Spring Maintenance Tips


It’s definitely spring now and summer is well on its way. If you still haven’t checked your vehicle since before winter or you’re just wanting to prepare for a summer road trip, now’s the time to go see a certified technician. Set up a service appointment with Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to have your vehicle thoroughly checked for the spring.


Detail the interior and exterior of your vehicle. When it’s cold, people tend to ignore their vehicles – after all, most people don’t want to spend a couple of hours cleaning and detailing the interior when it’s cold. Be sure to use the appropriate products for the materials in your vehicle.

Detail the exterior to remove any rust-producing and paint-fading crud and salt. Once you’ve washed the vehicle, be sure to put a coat of good wax on the paint. And, don’t forget to wash the undercarriage.


Be sure to follow your maintenance schedule for your vehicle’s powertrain, brakes, suspension and steering. Be sure you change the oil and top off the fluids. Have your service technician check the brakes, belts, hoses and fluids. Test your air conditioning. If it’s not cold, our service technicians will check the system for leaks and clogged expansion blocks or orifice tubes.

Have our vehicle’s charging system checked. The battery may have taken a hit this past winter. A weak battery makes the alternator work harder and could wear it out sooner rather than later.


If you have all-season tires, you just need to have them checked for uneven wear, normal tread wear and to see if you may have a separated tire. Hitting a big enough pothole could cause a tire to separate. If you have winter tires, it’s time to change over to all-season or summer tires.

Suspension and Steering

Riding on rough roads could also affect the steering and suspension components on your vehicle. Be sure to have your service technician check all steering and suspension components. As part of this, have the alignment checked.

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Nissan Named “Best Environmental Performance Brand” for 2017 by ASG


Nissan today was announced as the “Best Environmental Performance Brand” for 2017 by the Automotive Science Group (ASG), a lifecycle data-driven research group founded by environmental policy consultancy Eco-innovations, LLC. ASG’s annual study also found Nissan “to embody exceptional environmental integrity along its production and distribution chains, as well as in the Nissan products themselves.” In addition to the overall brand award, four Nissan models finished among the top vehicles in their categories in ASG’s 2017 Automotive Performance Index (API).

The 2017 Rogue – Nissan’s top-selling vehicle – and 2017 Pathfinder each earned double recognition in their classes as “Best All-Around Performance” and “Best Economic Performance” honorees. “Best All-Around Performance” designates vehicles demonstrating the top combined environmental, social and economic attributes.

In the “Best Economic Performance” analysis, Rogue bested 146 vehicles in the Midsize SUV category, while Pathfinder was selected over 127 competitive models in the Full-size SUV class. The award criterion includes purchase and operating cost during the first 6.5 years of vehicle ownership.

The Nissan Versa Sedan and Nissan LEAF were also honored as “Best 5 All-Around Performance” winners in the Compact and Midsize Cars classes respectively.

“We are honored to be recognized as an environmentally and socially responsible brand, as well as for the strong environmental and economic performance of four of our popular Nissan vehicles,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations.

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April Events Around the Jersey Shore


After you pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll be ready to head out to some of the April events on the Jersey Shore including Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow and the Historic Downtown Somerville Arts and Crafts Festival. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for spring service.

Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow

Head over to the Raritan Valley Community College Athletic Field, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey, on April 9, 2017 for the Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from the pow wow will benefit the creation of a Native American scholarship program and will help to further develop the Native American studies program at the RVCC. Performers and guests include WarPaint, SilverCloud, Red Blanket, Wild Band and Medicine Horse, Sister Nations Color Guard, the Sinquah Family Dancer, the Aztec Dancers and Eagle Pines Falconry.

Hub City Music Festival

Visit New Brunswick, Highland Park and Somerset from April 14 through April 24, 2017 for the Hub City Music Festival. Start out at 9 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. This festival is an annual festival that features performing artists and supports the local music scene. The festival will be held at various restaurants in the three cities.

Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival

On April 17, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., head over to East Main Street in Somerville for the Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts, handmade items for yourself and open air seating at many of the restaurants in the area. There will also be live music and a hands-on free craft section for children. Items available including pottery, sculpture, paintings, decorative fiber works, garden works, metal works and tons more.

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3 Car Accessories You Can’t Live Without


Your vehicle is probably one of your biggest investments, and that means you want to keep it looking and feeling good inside and out. The 66 MVP customization shop is your on-stop shop in New Jersey for all of the latest and greatest vehicle parts and accessories, The following are three accessories you don’t want to drive without.

Remote Starters

Nothing is more convenient than being able to start your vehicle ahead of time on a cold or extremely hot day. We offer a number of remote starter options right here at the 66 MVP customization shop. Whether you’re interested in a one-button remote starter that’s compatible with most OEM keyless remotes, a one-way security and remote start system or the two-way security and remote start system for additional safety, you’ll love the added comfort and convenience of a remote starter.

Window Tinting

Window tinting is a vehicle improvement that does far more than make your car, truck or SUV look better. Tinting your vehicle’s windows can keep the interior cooler and protect interior cargo and features from the sun. Tinting can even keep you safer by protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. Our window tinting is available in a number of high-performance options, so you get the effective and stylish tint you’ve been seeking.

Top-Quality Wheels and Tires

Your vehicle’s wheels and tires endure the demands of the road day after day. Treat your vehicle to upgraded wheels and tires at the 66 MVP customization shop’s state-of-the-art facility operated by highly trained specialists. Whether you want upgraded tires to help you get through grueling winters or simply to make your vehicle look better, the 66 MVP shop is the place to get your upgrades done right.

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Whether you’re looking for an upgraded car audio system, vinyl wrapping, multi-piece wheels or full interior and exterior detailing, the 66 MVP customization shop is your No. 1 place for vehicle parts, accessories and top-quality service. If you need to shop for a new car, truck, or SUV, just stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall.


Nissan Rogue Earns 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award


The 2017 Nissan Rogue has been named a 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award winner. The thorough evaluation of process for the award examines every aspect of every vehicle that is being considered and how it pertains to consumers’ real-world driving experience. The award was presented today in conjunction with the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

“Nissan is honored to have Rogue recognized by the editors of Consumer Guide – a true testament to the strength and value of this great vehicle,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “With visual and safety enhancements for the 2017 Rogue, as well as continuing sales growth of this vehicle and segment, we are excited to see what is to come for the Rogue nameplate in 2017.”

To create the annual Consumer Guide Automotive awards, editors test drive and thoroughly evaluate more than 150 new vehicles each year, culminating in an exclusive list of vehicles receiving a Best Buy Award, the publication’s highest ranking.

The Consumer Guide Automotive editors said, “the Rogue offers respectable fuel economy, refined interior materials, and passenger and cargo versatility that few compact SUVs can match.”

The Nissan Rogue, following three straight years of sales growth since the introduction of the completely redesigned second generation for the 2014 model year, takes another major step forward for 2017 with a new look, enhanced utility and an expanded suite of Nissan Safety Shield technologies. And, in an expansion of the Rogue lineup, a new gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain – available in two grade levels and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive – is offered for the first time in Rogue history.

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Stop by Paul Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to check out the Nissan Rogue and see what makes it a best buy. Once you’ve test driven the Rogue, you’ll want to take it home with you.


Behind the Wheel: 2017 Kia Niro

2017 Kia Niro

Kia’s newest vehicle, the 2017 Niro, is the lowest-priced, gasoline-electric hybrid SUV on the market and is rated as high as 50 miles per gallon in combined city/highway travel.

The starting MSRP is $23,785 for a front-wheel drive, five-seat Niro FE with four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and lithium ion battery pack to generate a total of 139 horsepower.

The base price includes an automatic transmission, rearview camera, keyless entry, cruise control, seven air bags, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel and a 7-inch display screen in the middle of the dashboard.

Even with luxury features added, such as a Harman Kardon premium sound system, leather-trimmed seats, power sunroof, navigation system and heated steering wheel, the Niro still can be priced under $31,000. This pricing undercuts other hybrid SUVs that combine power from an onboard electric motor with a gasoline engine for optimum fuel mileage.

While affordability is the Niro’s most attractive trait, this small SUV also appeals with its comfortable seating positions, pleasant driving traits, decent passenger space and flexible, SUV-like cargo room.

Kia uses a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission in the Niro for more natural-feeling gearing and responsiveness. Regenerative braking and the engine help replenish the battery pack, but a plug-in Niro is due later in 2017.

The top fuel mileage of 52 mpg in city driving and 49 mpg on highways is for the base, Niro FE model, which weighs the least. City mileage is rated higher than highway mileage because the electric power is able to assist more often in city travel.

Back-seat passengers have 37.4 inches of legroom, while there’s nearly 42 inches for front-seat riders. Headroom all around is more than 39 inches.

The luxury features in the Touring model included heated and ventilated front seats, memory driver seat, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, turn signals in the outside mirrors, front and rear park assist, leather, sunroof, 18-inch wheels, and premium audio. Rear seatbacks fold down flat to expand cargo space. The cargo floor sits up at bumper level, so there’s no lifting heavy objects up and out. All-wheel drive is not offered on the Niro, and towing capacity is limited.

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Stay tuned to this space for more info on the Kia Niro as it becomes available. Stop by 66 Automall in the meantime to test drive a new or used Kia or to schedule service with a technician at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall.


Best March Events on the Shore


Try one of these fun events if you’re looking for something to occupy yourself this March along the Jersey Shore.

Highlands St. Patrick’s Parade – March 18

Head to Huddy Park in Highlands to see the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Nearly 100 marching units, including bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, and beautifully decorated floats, will line up to march in the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The parade is free to attend.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fair – March 19

Getting married soon? Head to the Spring 2017 Bridal Fair to get ideas, meet vendors and professionals, and learn how to make your big day extra special. Admission is free and there will be prize drawings. The event is from noon to 4pm at the Wildwoods Convention Center in WIldwood, New Jersey.

Jersey Shore Comics and Cosplay Show – March 19

If you love comics, cosplay, and pop culture in general, head to the Jersey Shore Comics and Cosplay Show for a great day of family entertainment at the “Biggest Little Con on the East Coast.” There will be a number of special guests, including artists, creators, and writers of comics. Also on hand will be various vendors offering up comics from the Golden Age to Modern, collectible cards, toys, graphic novels, DVDs, crafts, and more! The show will take place at Toms River Elks from 10am to 4pm

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Spring Break Road Trip Ideas


If you want to head out for spring break without going too far from home, pack up the car and pick one or more places around New Jersey. Even though you are close to home, you should still have your vehicle checked before you leave. Call us at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to schedule a service appointment for regular maintenance or to have your vehicle repaired if needed.

Lighthouse Tours

Take tours of some of the lighthouses in Cape May, go on a 3-hour cruise to spot dolphins, finback whales, sea turtles and humpback whales, or visit many of the historic places in the city. During the summer, Cape May is generally crowded, but you can still enjoy this beach town during the cooler months.

Co-Co Key Water Resort

Reserve one of the overnight packages at the Co-Co Key Water Resort in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The indoor water park is the perfect place to visit for a spring water vacation and feature over 55,000 square feet of high-speed body flumes, water slides, an interactive play area and arcade, an adventure river, dip-in theater and more.

Crystal Springs Resort

Head over to Hamburg, New Jersey, to visit Crystal Springs Resort and spend time on the 140-foot water slide, in the Jacuzzi or the cave-themed steam room and sauna, at the Biosphere Pool Complex or spend time at the indoor golf simulator. Grab dinner at the Minerals Spa or the Restaurant Latour.

Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park

This water park, located in West Berlin, New Jersey, features over 58,000 square feet of water fun including a family raft ride, indoor surfing simulator, a toddler lagoon, tube slides and water basketball. Check out local hotels before you go for their “stay and play” packages. And, if you get tired of the water park, head over to Philadelphia – about 20 miles away – to visit some of the museums and other offerings.

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What to Expect with the 2017 Kia Niro

2017 Niro - Red

Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced pricing for the all-new 2017 Niro crossover hybrid.  When the Niro arrives in dealerships early in 2017 it will be offered in five trim levels – FE, LX, EX, Touring and a limited-production, Launch Edition. MSRP for the FE is just $22,890 and the top-of-the-line Touring with its many luxury, infotainment and convenience features is $29,650.  Destination charges of $895 are not included in the MSRP.

“At Kia, we’re always striving to offer exciting new products that redefine their segments in all areas, including price,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA.  “The new Niro checks all the boxes – it provides crossover utility, good looks, outstanding fuel economy, it’s fun to drive and it’s affordable.”

The Niro FE, with a starting MSRP of $22,890 and 50-MPG (combined), is equipped with a long list of standard features, including: 16-inch wheels; 6-way front seats; power windows; keyless entry; cruise control; 7-inch touchscreen display with rearview camera; UVO3 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a six-speaker audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls.

Moving up to the $23,200 LX trim adds Smart Key with push button start, roof rails and LED rear combination lamps.  Among the extras added to EX $25,700 are heated combination cloth and leather seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, heated power folding mirrors, front fog lamps, and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assist (LCA) driver assistance features.

The Launch Edition is available in Snow White Pearl or Aurora Black Pearl exterior colors and offers an exclusive look via the unique Hyper Gray 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin tires, unique metallic color grille, 10-way driver’s seat, 8-inch touchscreen navigation system, 8-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio and is $28,000.

Touring trim $29,650 is equipped with an amazing array of additional features – power tilt/slide sunroof, front and rear park assist, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, 10-way power driver’s seat with memory and 8-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio.

Three option packages are available.  Advanced Technology Package is offered on the LX at $1,450 and includes Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning System.  Sunroof and Advanced Technology Package is offered on EX at $2,300 and includes power tilt/slide sunroof, Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning System. The Advanced Technology Package $1,900 offered on Touring includes HID headlights, wireless phone charger and 110V inverter, Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning System.

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Stay tuned here at Car Chat with Paul Sansone Jr. for more info on the Kia Niro as it becomes available. If you can’t wait to check out a Kia vehicle, stop by 66 Automall today to discover what Kia has to offer with its current lineup.


2017 Nissan Maxima Named Best Resale Value


The 2017 Nissan Maxima is the highest-ranked full-size car of the 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards. The annual Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards recognize new vehicles that best retain their value over the first five years of ownership, based on the Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide. The award was presented this week in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention in New Orleans.

The eighth generation Nissan Maxima, which was completely revised for the 2016 model year, is enhanced for 2017 with the addition of standard Apple CarPlay™ and two new accessory value packages – the Medallion Package and Dynamic Package. The two new packages join the previous Midnight Edition, offering buyers three convenient ways to customize their Maxima straight from the dealership.

The Maxima is available in five fully equipped models: Maxima S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum – with a starting MSRP of $32,610 USD. The 2017 Maxima is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide.

“Nissan is proud to have the Nissan Maxima named a Best Resale Value,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). “This prestigious award speaks volumes about the strong value of Maxima – not only is it a stylish, technologically-advanced and fun car to drive, but it also rewards customers in their pocket books many years after purchase. We are very pleased to be recognized by the experts at Kelley Blue Book.”

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