Mark Your Calendars for the Annual McKinney Oktoberfest

September is here, and that means fall is coming. Everyone is ready to participate in the fun festivals and events that autumn brings our way. Here in McKinney, Texas, we celebrate the annual McKinney Oktoberfest at the end of September. If you live in the community or nearby, make sure you mark your calendar for Oktoberfest, coming up from September 22nd-24th.

Oktoberfest takes place in Historic Downtown McKinney on Main Street, bringing traditional local breweries and nearby restaurateurs for a celebration of all the delicious fare McKinney has to offer. With lots of traditional German goods, it’s easy for event-goers to immerse themselves in the fun activities and atmosphere of the festival. There will also be vendor stalls featuring locally-made crafts and art, in addition to tons of live entertainment, from music to games to a Weenie Dog Race.

You can purchase tickets for food, beverages, and rides online in advance so that you can beat the lines, but you don’t have to pay anything to get in; the event is free! Come to have fun with your community and welcome the beginning of autumn at the McKinney Oktoberfest in the Historic Downtown Area.

Those of us at El Dorado Mazda hope to see you there!

Back-to-School Safety Tips for Driving Parents

Back to School - McKinney, TexasDropping off your kids for class in the morning? Here are some back-to-school safety tips you should keep in mind to keep your kids—and everyone else’s—safe and sound.

  • Go Slow: School zones have slower speed limits for a reason. Make sure you obey the speed limit and follow all traffic laws while in a school zone to prevent a collision and ensure students get safely to school.
  • Watch for Pedestrians: Some children walk or ride their bikes to school. Pay attention to cross-walks and crossing guards, but there may also be some pedestrians jay-walking, so be aware of where you’re driving.
  • No Cell Phones: It may be tempting to call work to let them know you’ll be late or get some errands out of the way as you drop off your kids, but limit distractions by staying off the phone.
  • Be Mindful of the School Bus: The school bus should not be passed while it’s stopped and has its flashing red lights on, but you should also be careful of driving around and near a bus regardless of whether it’s stopping or moving.

Follow these back-to-school safety tips from us here at El Dorado Mazda to ensure your students get home and to school safely.

Mazda CX-5 Safety Features Earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

2017 Mazda CX-5 in McKinney, Texas

In case you didn’t know, Mazda CX-5 safety features include a range of intelligent upgrades, which is a reason the CX-5 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Top Safety Pick+ rating is the highest designation a car can receive from the IIHS, and this award is evidence of the impressive safety features possessed by the CX-5.

According to Mazda, the CX-5 has received this award from the IIHS five years in a row. Safety features include Smart City Brake Support, standard LED headlights, and more. In order to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the CX-5 had to earn a “good” rating in five areas, as well as “advanced” in front crash prevention and “acceptable” or “good” in headlight ratings.

“Our Mazda Proactive Safety Philosophy guides us to develop cars and crossover SUVs that are nimble and direct-feeling to help a driver avoid incidents altogether. Our vehicles are designed and engineered to help protect the driver and passengers if a collision happens,” said Masashi Otsuka, VP of research and development at Mazda North America.

Other new safety features include Mazda Radar Cruise Control to help you maintain a safe following distance, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition to ensure you stay alert on the road. To see the range of new safety features on the 2017 Mazda CX-5, visit El Dorado Mazda.

New 2017 Mazda CX-9 Safety Features Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The latest 2017 Mazda CX-9 safety features are more extensive than ever before, including updated driver assist technologies. In fact, the Mazda CX-9 recently earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), one of the top awards in the industry. With three rows of seating, tons of power, and extensive safety, the Mazda CX-9 is perfect for virtually any driver.

 

According to Mazda, the car earned “good” ratings on collision and occupancy tests, including the latest headlight standards from the IIHS. With standard LED lighting, the Mazda CX-9 also ensures you always have great visibility. Other features include optional systems like automatic emergency braking, Smart Brake Support, predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, and more.

“We wanted to create a vehicle that could delight couples or shuttle families with…effortlessness,” said Mazda program manager Masashi Otsuka. “Now, we are proud to say that the IIHS has recognized CX-9 for its safety, highlighting the achievements of our engineering team.”

In addition to remarkable safety features, the Mazda CX-9 excels in other areas. The model was named one of the “10Best Trucks and SUVs” by Car and Driver, and it also earned a spot on WardsAuto’s “10 Best Interiors” list.

If you’re looking for a truly versatile ride, check out the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 at El Dorado Mazda today.

Increase Your Credit Score with These Tips

Your credit score is a numerical rating that determines your creditworthiness. In other words, it lets lenders know how reliable you are as a borrower. Not only can a bad credit score lead to application denials, but it may also increase your interest rates in the long run. There are some basic steps you can take to increase your credit score.

According to myFICO, the first thing you should do is regularly check your credit score. You can get a free copy once every 12 months by going to annualcreditreport.com or you can sign up for a service through a company by paying for your score. It’s important to stay up-to-date so you can notice any inconsistencies on your report, an issue that happens more than you might think.

Auto Finance Department in McKinney, Texas

Next, pay your bills on time and sign up for autopay. Payment history is the largest factor in your score (about 35%), which means that if you miss payments it can have serious consequences. If you are having trouble paying bills, contact creditors and/or seek a credit counselor.

You should also keep balances low on “revolving credit” accounts, like credit cards, and don’t open too many accounts too rapidly. Many young creditors try to improve their score by opening more accounts, but this can backfire if you borrow too much at one time. If you do get new credit accounts, try to focus on positive types of credit like mortgages or student loans, as opposed to credit cards.

For more information about credit scores or financing, talk to our experts in the finance department at El Dorado Mazda. Our goal is to get you behind the wheel of your dream car and save you as much money as possible. Maintaining your credit scores is one of the best ways to do that.

Mazda Has Big Plans for the CX-5 Diesel Engine

The US market doesn’t seem to care much about diesel engines. Oftentimes, diesel gas is cheaper, diesel-powered vehicles are more efficient, and engines running on diesel fuel are more powerful. So, what gives? Whatever the case, Mazda has plans to change that soon with the new Mazda CX-5 diesel engine. Many automakers tend to keep their diesel engine offerings to the pickup truck lineups, but with a diesel option now on one of the brand’s most popular and trendy crossovers, Mazda is hoping that 10% of Mazda CX-5 buyers will opt for the diesel engine.

2017 Mazda CX-5 in McKinney, Texas
The popular 2017 Mazda CX-5 will have a diesel engine option available.

The 2.2-liter diesel engine isn’t coming to the Mazda CX-5’s lineup until this fall, but that’s not stopping the manufacturer from setting goals in advance. Considering the Mazda CX-5 sold about 112,000 units last year, that means Mazda has a target of about 11,500 sales of the diesel-powered model. Mazda is currently awaiting EPA approval for the SkyActiv-D engine, but because its engineers tuned the engine to comply with strict environmental regulations, Mazda reps are confident the diesel option will get a pass.

Pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates for the Mazda CX-5 diesel engine is not yet known, but officials say it will only be available on upper-range trim levels. Mazda says this will also give the company the opportunity to observe American consumers’ buying habits so they can adjust their long-term business strategy.

For more information on the new Mazda CX-5 diesel, contact us today at El Dorado Mazda!

How to Host a Kid-Friendly Bonfire Party

Summer Bonfire in McKinney, TexasWarm weather means longer days, shorter nights, bare feet on pavement, and just-crisp-enough breezy evenings that are absolutely perfect for hosting a bonfire with friends. Hosting a kid-friendly bonfire party is an awesome way to help your little ones socialize over the summer months while also enjoying the weather. Here are some great ideas for activities.

Campfire Songs

This one is a classic. If you know any campfire songs of your own, it can be fun to get the kids and their friends involved and teach them an old favorite. Bonus points if it has interactive movements.

Roasting Food

S’mores are obviously a fan-favorite, but hot dogs are also a great food to roast over an open fire. Just make sure they get cooked all the way through.

Scary Stories – or Not

Telling spooky ghost stories around the fire has also withstood the test of time, but if you’re afraid to upset the children, choose to make up stories instead. Start by having one person start with a sentence, and go around the circle having everyone add on.

Capture the Flag (with Glow Sticks)

If the kids get bored of sitting around the fire, you can mix things up by handing out glow sticks and having them play Capture the Glow Stick rather than standard Capture the Flag. It’s a fun way to take advantage of the dim light of evening.

Having a kid-friendly bonfire party is a cinch. The kids can be in charge of making their own food and having everyone together in the same space cultivates a fun and close atmosphere on a warm summer evening.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Earns 10 Best Interiors Award

If you are looking for a three-row crossover that both performs well and look good, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is what you need. Earlier this year, the CX-9 earned a Wards 10 Best Engines Award for its SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, and now it is being honored again with a Wards 10 Best Interiors awards.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Interior

“We’re thankful that WardsAuto recognized CX-9 as a ’10 Best Interiors’ winner, as it speaks to the success of our fledgling ‘Mazda Premium’ brand focus and the evolution of our KODO—Soul of Motion design language,” said Julien Montousse, director of design, Mazda Design Americas, who personally led the design of CX-9’s interior.

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 went through a complete redesign to launch the second-generation of the popular crossover. It offers numerous available luxurious amenities, including Auburn Nappa leather, LED interior accent lighting, genuine rosewood and aluminum trim, and more.

With these upscale features on the Grand Touring and Signature trims, Mazda is seeing a lot of new customers, including many from premium and luxury brands. In fact, about 60% of CX-9 buyers are opting for these top two trims.

Come see the premium interior offered in the 2017 Mazda CX-9 at El Dorado Mazda today.

Celebrate National Teacher’s Day with These Car Gifts for Teachers

National Teacher's Day

If your kids attend school, you know how hard teachers work. May 6th is National Teacher’s Day, and when combined with the near end of the school year, this is a perfect time to show your appreciation. Since we love cars, here are some car gifts for teachers that are sure to brighten their day.

  • Car wash. Get their car looking fresh and clean again with a good wash. You could either gift them with a gift certificate to a local car wash or covertly wash their car yourself while they are teaching.
  • Detailing. For an even cleaner car, give them a gift certificate to get their car detailed.
  • Coffee break. Many of us drink a cup of coffee while driving to work and we’re sure that teachers are no exception. Use some investigative skills and learn what their favorite coffee shop is. Get them a gift basket filled with goodies, like a gift card, new travel mug, and coffee.
  • Car accessories. Give your teacher’s car a good look to see if they are missing any necessities, like a windshield sun shade or steering wheel cover. Talk to other teachers to see if they can drop some hints to give you some feedback as to what your teacher would really like.

If you are looking for some great car accessories, stop by our parts department here at El Dorado Mazda.

Mazda to Add Smartphone Integration Compatibility to Lineup

2017 Mazda CX-5 - Smartphone Integration Compatibility

Mazda has officially announced that it plans to add smartphone integration compatibility across the lineup, but hasn’t released an official date just yet. The Japanese automaker made the official announcement at the debut of the 2017 Mazda CX-5. Best of all, the new smartphone integration technologies won’t be limited to brand new models.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities will come to the Mazda lineup in the near future. New vehicles won’t be the only models available with the technologies. Drivers will be able to upgrade retroactively with additional hardware. The catch: the vehicle must be equipped with Mazda Connect.

Mazda Connect, the brand’s infotainment system, launched in the 2017 Mazda3 and has made its way to each model through the lineup. Enthusiasts and experts expect something similar to occur with the release of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Japanese automaker has partnered with both smartphone integration systems since 2014, so new software arriving in Mazda vehicles has been a long time coming. While the brand doesn’t have an official timeline just yet, drivers can expect to see more details on the rollout plan in the near future.

We here at El Dorado Mazda are pumped to see such innovative technologies arriving throughout the lineup!