Archive for the ‘FAQs’ Category

Should I warm up my car in the winter before I start driving?

Friday, January 8th, 2021
person cleaning snow off car

Starting Your Car to Warm It Up: Good Practice or Myth?

If you’re here, then you’ve got a simple question:

Should you warm up your car in the winter before you start driving? Well, that depends on the type of engine in your vehicle. Take a look.


How much will it cost to put a full set of winter tires on my vehicle?

Thursday, December 24th, 2020
close up on vehicle with snow tries driving in snow

Winter/Snow Tires: How Much Do They Really Cost?

If you’re here, you’ve definitely heard that you should get winter or snow tires. Consumer Reports recommends anyone that drives in a place that regularly gets below 45° F put a set on their vehicle. But aren’t they expensive?

How much will it cost to put a full set of winter tires on your vehicle? Take a look.


Should I wash my car during the winter?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
winter salt build up on car suspension

Winter Car Care: Car Washing

Road salt is the bane of every car’s existence. And here in Wisconsin, it’s everywhere during wintertime. While salt is very important for keeping us safe while driving on snowy roads, it completely destroys the cars it touches. But if it cold outside, you can’t wash your car…right? Not quite.

Here’s why you should wash your vehicle during the winter.


Is it safe to drive a FWD car in the snow?

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
car driving in deep snow

Drivetrains and Snowy Roads: What’s Safe and What to Avoid

There’s no two ways about it: AWD is the best drivetrain for driving in the snow. However, there’s a idea floating around online that anything other than AWD is completely useless in the snow. Is that true?

Is it safe to drive a FWD car in the snow? How about a RWD one?


Which 2020 Mazda vehicles have heated seats?

Monday, September 21st, 2020
2020 CX-5 cockpit in winter

2020 Mazda Vehicles Ready for Cold Weather

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn! With autumn comes shorter days, beautiful fall colors, and…colder weather. That’s right. And while some of us love the colder months, no one likes getting into a cold car, sitting on cold seats, and having to wear gloves just to hold a cold steering wheel. And don’t forget about scraping the windows and mirrors so you can see. Luckily for us here in the Milwaukee area, most Mazda vehicles come with great features to mitigate all that discomfort.

Today, we’ll show you at which trim level every 2020 Mazda vehicle gets cold weather features including heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, and multi-zone automatic climate control.


Do manual vehicles have adaptive cruise control?

Friday, June 5th, 2020
2020 Miata stick shift showcase

Can Manual Transmissions Use Adaptive Cruise Control?

Adaptive cruise control and a manual transmission may initially seem like they’re completely incompatible. If a vehicle manually requires you to shift gears, then how could adaptive cruise control regulate speed? Despite this seemingly inherent contradiction, some manual vehicles do have it, like the 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback Premium six-speed manual variant.

So then, how can a manual vehicle have adaptive cruise control?


Do bigger wheels affect ride quality?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
2020 Miata wheel showcase

Does Wheel Size Affect Ride Quality?

You may have seen or heard something about wheel size affecting ride quality. Perhaps you were talking to someone with the same car as you who said they’re car has a rough ride, but yours is smooth. So what’s going on?

Do bigger wheels really affect ride quality?


What is Mazda KODO design?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
2019 Mazda lineup

KODO: The Soul of Motion – The Science of How Mazda Turns Automobiles into Art

With the 2020 Mazda recently winning the World Car Design of the Year for 2020, we thought we’d explore what makes Mazda vehicles so distinct from other brands. The answer to the success of Mazda in recent years lies partially in their design philosophy: KODO.

What is Mazda KODO design?


Why does my car squeal when I start it?

Monday, January 13th, 2020
close-up on front of engine and serpentine belt

How to Stop Your Car from Squealing on Start-Up

Turning on your car just to have it squeal loudly is as annoying as it is embarrassing. Everyone with in earshot will look around and want to know where such a distinct sound came from. Luckily, about 90% of the time there is a single, easily-fixable culprit.

Let’s take a look at…

Why does my car squeal when I start it?


What’s the difference between a retractable roof and a traditional convertible?

Thursday, December 26th, 2019
2019 MX-5 Miata pictured from above

Retractable Hardtop vs Traditional Soft-Top: Which is Better?

Many people love the cabriolet, or the convertible as we call them in the States. However, sometimes what looks like a normal coupe all-of-a-sudden starts folding down its roof like something straight out of a sci-fi flick. Some people swear that the true convertible experience comes with a soft top though. So which is better? Which should you choose? What are the pros and cons of each?

What’s the difference between a retractable roof and a traditional convertible?