Hassett Subaru Supports Local Charity, Pet Peeves, During The Share The Love Event

April 1st, 2017

On March 30th, once again animal rescue groups, non-profit shelters, corporate sponsors, and animal lovers in general, joined together to raise some needed dollars in support of pet-rescue organizations across Long Island.

This time there were over 300 businesses were in attendance held at The Crest Hollow Country Club, where attendees were treated to a fun event and the opportunity to meet all the wonderful recipients of Subaru’s Share The Love donation.

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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

Presidents Graphic

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.

Value Means as Much as Creature Comforts to a Savvy Lincoln Buyer. Both are in Great Supply at Hassett, and Especially in the 2017 Lincoln MKC

December 20th, 2016

Some would say “you can’t put a price on luxury”. At Hassett, we say the price of luxury is often much less than you might think— while the options to customize are far greater than you might imagine. Take the new Lincoln MKC… the perfect balance of vehicle indulgence and practicality in the luxury-crossover class. The MKC is offered in four distinctive trim packages— Premier, Select, Reserve… and Black Label— each equipped with an upscale array of style and function features… leaving plenty of room for those custom touches that will make the MKC your own.

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How Does All-Wheel Drive Work?

December 15th, 2016

Driving in Winter Weather, all-wheel driveHave you ever wondered, “How does all-wheel drive work?” Most people know that vehicles with AWD perform better on slippery roads, but you might not know why or how the AWD system works, so we’ve put together a quick guide for you.

All-wheel drive is one of several drivetrains, which also include front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is the most common and involves a front differential that delivers power from the engine to the front wheels. On a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is mounted in the back and sends power to the rear wheels instead.

Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles are similar in that all four of the wheels receive power, but instead of a center differential, four-wheel drive vehicles have transfer case that provides maximum torque to both sets of wheels.

The center differential in all-wheel drive vehicles is what lets it control the amount of power delivered to the front and rear differential at both sets of wheels. If one wheel is spinning in snow or water, the sensors on the wheels will deliver information to the car’s computer that then tells the drivetrain which wheels to give more power to, helping the tires get traction and move forward much more easily than in a front-wheel drive car.

All-wheel drive is a good investment if you live in snowy conditions, so seriously consider adding AWD when you’re buying a new car.