New Tech in the Subaru Outback

May 1st, 2017

When someone mentions off-roading, the Subaru Outback is often the first thing to come to mind. Its capable all-wheel drive and versatile, outdoorsy spirit has gained it a big group of cult followers. The new 2018 Subaru Outback promises to offer those same performance standards with an upscale twist that includes some cool new technology.

Beyond a new front- and rear-end exterior design, and a quieter cabin with upgraded, sophisticated materials, the 2018 Subaru Outback gets a buffed up media system. Previous models have featured the Starlink Multimedia system, which continues to be the media and information hub of the Outback. However, the standard 6.2-inch screen grows to 6.5 inches, and a new 8-inch screen is now available.

The Starlink system continues to offer standards like smartphone integration and audio streaming. The updated version in the 2018 Subaru Outback also offers new apps, including an eBird app which helps drivers find birdwatching locations—the perfect outdoor twist to a Subaru feature.

The rearview camera, the tire pressure monitoring system, and the Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert system have all been updated as well. These are just some of the exciting changes we’re looking forward to in the new 2018 Subaru Outback. To learn more about what’s new in the new model year, give us a call at Hassett Pre-Owned.

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Car Spring Cleaning Tips

April 22nd, 2017

car spring cleaning

As the weather improves and the temperatures rise, we are entering one of the busiest driving times of the year. With a few simple steps, you can make sure your car is ready. Use the following car spring cleaning procedures.

  • Clean Interior. Over the past few months, dirt, salt, and trash have had their heyday inside your car. Now, it is over. Throw away all the trash in your car and take the time to seriously clean your car. Scrub away any stains on the upholstery, carefully dust and clean your dashboard, and vacuum from top to bottom.
  • Wash your car. Wash away the salty build-up on your car with a thorough wash. Pay close attention to the underbody, which usually gets the worst of it. Add a coat of wax to protect your paint.
  • Do some maintenance. Check your tires, along with your spare, to make sure they are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth. Also, it is a good idea to replace your windshield wipers as winter can leave them cracked and worn.
  • Organize. Make sure everything you want to keep in your car has a place. Purchase extra storage containers, if needed.

With these simple steps, you will have the cleanest car on the street. If you need a new car for your spring driving, come visit us at Hassett Pre-Owned.

Subaru Shows Off Redesigned Crosstrek for 2018

April 5th, 2017

 

redesigned Crosstrek

At the Geneva Motor Show held in Switzerland last month, Subaru showed off its redesigned Crosstrek that will make its debut for the 2018 model year. The Crosstrek is based on the Impreza and will take on many of the improvements found in the redesigned 2017 Impreza.

One of the most notable changes will be the Crosstrek’s quiet interior. Subaru says it has improved body rigidity by at least 70%, translating to reduced vibrations in the seats, floor, and steering wheel. This should deliver a smooth, quiet ride.

redesigned Crosstrek
The Crosstrek’s engine has also been improved. It will use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is both lighter and more powerful than the outgoing model. In addition, its continuously variable transmission has been modified for better shifting and improved efficiency. Official ratings will be released later; however, the outgoing model currently returns an EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway*.

Another notable change will be in the EyeSight safety system. It will come standard on all models and will include features like lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, automatic precollision braking, and adaptive cruise control.redesigned Crosstrek

Here at Hassett Pre-Owned, we are excited to see the changes in the Subaru lineup. If you’re looking for a great used Subaru, come see what we have available now.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity for Ford and Lincoln

March 27th, 2017

SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity

In recent years, Ford has stayed ahead of the competition when it comes to connectivity, but this wasn’t always the case. Older Ford models, specifically those between 2010 and 2016, lacked several common features, but the automaker is taking steps to rectify the problem. A new SmartLink retroactive connectivity system will soon be available for older Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

The new SmartLink system will provide owners with a range of new features that are available on current models, but weren’t offered at the time their vehicle was purchased. New features include remote engine start, maintenance notifications, and more.

“Offering [SmartLink] through our dealerships is another way to keep us connected with our customers and earn their loyalty,” said Stephen Odell, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

Notably, Ford is upping the ante with its closest competitors by offering a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting to up to eight devices. The connection will be supported through partnerships with Verizon and Delphi.

The tech-savvy move makes Ford the first in the industry to offer retroactive connectivity to customers. Users will be able to schedule service through SmartLink as well.

SmartLink retroactive connectivity will officially launch this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.

We here at Hassett Pre-Owned are happy to see older Ford and Lincoln models becoming better than ever!

General Service Schedule

March 7th, 2017

Keeping your car up and running doesn’t involve much guesswork, unless you lost or don’t have an owner’s manual. Fortunately, there’s a general guide you can follow to keep your car properly serviced. Here’s a general service schedule from us here at Hassett Pre-Owned so you can keep your car running at peak performance.

 

General Service Schedule - Fluid

Weekly

Drivers would do well to check their windshield washer fluid and engine oil levels weekly, if not more often. Make sure all lights are working, including the dashboard indicator lights. Check tire inflation and condition too.

Three Months/3,000 Miles

Every three months or 3,000 miles, make sure to check the oil, engine air filter, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Inspect the battery, cables, belts, hoses, and exhaust as well.

General Service Schedule - Oil

Six Months/6,000 Miles

In addition to the previously listed items, drivers should check their chassis lubrication every six months or 6,000 miles. Make sure to change the oil at this point if you haven’t already.

12 Months/12,000 Miles

Most vehicles are engineered for minimal attention which is why most items can go unchecked for one year or 12,000 miles. Make sure to check the wheel alignments, steering, suspension, coolant, brakes, and wiper blades.

Over caring for your car won’t hurt, but neglecting general service can lead to disaster.

February is President’s Month, and You’ll Be Saving Piles of Cash During Hassett’s Annual Presidential Event.

February 15th, 2017

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It’s that time of year again— to get off your couch, breath some cool, fresh air, and parade on over to Hassett of Wantagh— for plenty of stars, stripes and “huuuuuggge” savings all month long.

Through February 28th, Hassett is saluting “President’s Week” by chopping down prices, and slashing finance rates— on every Ford, Lincoln and Subaru in our impressive inventory… honestly! Our pledge is to drain the showroom— by stimulating your economy— with monthly-lease payments starting as low as eighty-nine dollars… financing offers from zero (for new) to one-point-nine (for Certified) percent… and sky-high, trade-in values that are making the art of the car deal… great again! We cannot tell a lie. The deals are gonna be “huuuuuggge”!

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Second-Generation Ford F-150 Raptor Better Than Ever

January 26th, 2017

Ford F-150 Raptor

Some things get better with time — wine, television, internet speeds — and some things do not, like pop music and grey hair. What falls squarely in the former category is the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. It is the next-generation version of the F-150 that was originally envisioned as a Baja racer.

If you’re wondering, “Yeah but… How would a stock Raptor do when really put to the test?” There’s a definitive answer to that question. A 2017 stock Raptor finished third in its class at the Baja 1000. Then, as Motor Authority put it, “…it drove home to Phoenix.”

The success of the second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor has everything to do with new and improved features for 2017. For instance, Ford has done away with the V8 and replaced it with an even more powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. Power output is now 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

Naturally, Ford kept the aluminum body for the current go-round. That helps the Raptor save 500 pounds, meaning not only is the new version stronger, it is also lighter. Fox Racing Shox dramatically improves off-road capability and the wide fenders and flares help protect the underbody.

But what if you’re not planning on participating in a Baja race anytime soon? The second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor can easily accommodate casual driving. It comes available in five-passenger SuperCab and SuperCrew versions. It also features adjustable performance modes. Put it in Normal for your regular commute, Sport mode for any shortcuts you might take.

Can I Have Tinted Windows on My Vehicle

January 17th, 2017

Effective January 1st 2017, examination of tinted or shaded windows will be required during motor vehicle inspections.

Section 375 (12-a) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law does not allow a

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Winter Driving Tips

January 16th, 2017

winter driving tipsEven the most seasoned driver can find him or herself challenged by winter driving conditions. That’s why it’s a good idea to think about everything you can do to make it through to the other side. To that end, we’ve compiled some winter driving tips.

Do NOT delay service. This is a good idea anytime of the year, but the thing is, delaying service in winter can have even greater consequences. Breaking down in the winter can be dangerous, especially if you often drive through rural, sparsely populated areas. Components like the radiator, brakes, and hoses — these things should all be inspected before winter even starts.

See the light. It’s not just about snow and ice obscuring your windshield, what can really blind you is the salt residue left from passing plow trucks. Make sure that not only is your windshield wiper fluid reservoir full, but think about keeping a jug of it in your backseat. Also, the end of autumn is a great time to change your windshield wipers.

And then there is actually driving… A good philosophy to follow is that in the wintertime; exaggerate all of the regular rules of the road. Increase the distance between yourself and other drivers even more than usual and brake even earlier than usual. Lastly, always give yourself more time to get to your destination.

2017 Ford Focus Electric Gets New Battery

December 28th, 2016

KBB 10 Best Back to School CarsInformation for the 2017 Ford Focus Electric has finally been released and the updates are definitely exciting. Where the former Focus Electric has a range of just 76 miles, the 2017 model gets a huge boost for a much more versatile range of 115 miles on a single charge.

This is the rating that was projected at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, though official EPA estimates haven’t been released yet. The Focus Electric also got a small boost in energy efficiency, going from 105 MPGe to 107.

The battery pack is brand new with a powerful 33.5 kWh that keep the Focus Electric in competition with other segment vehicles like the Nissan LEAF. The motor, according to Ford, is the same as the 2016 model – a 107 kW electric motor.

The exterior of the Focus Electric is the same as the previous models, though the charging port cover is bigger and more oblong than the previous round version. It also has a fast-charging option that wasn’t available on the 2016 model.

Not much else has been released about the new Focus Electric, but the boost in range plus the general popularity of the Focus is sure to make this one of the biggest electric cars of 2017.