Tire Safety for the Winter


When you buy a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall this close to winter, you don’t have to worry about getting your tires ready since they are new. However, if you purchase a used vehicle or you’re not ready for a vehicle, you’ll need to make sure the tires are safe for the winter.

Check the Tread

Your vehicle’s tires should have plenty of tread for the winter. If the tread is low, it’s better to change the tires now rather than wait. The more tread you have on the tires, the better traction you’ll get in the snow.

The tread should also wear evenly. If you look at the tires and notice that the tread is worn more on one side than the other, you most likely have an alignment problem. This could cause the vehicle to slide on the snow because of the worn tread and because of the pulling if the alignment is out.

If the tread is worn evenly on both sides but not worn in the middle, the air pressure in the tires is too low. And, if the center is worn lower than the outside of the tire, the air pressure is too high. When the pressure is too high, less tires is touching the ground, thus you’ll have less traction.

Winter and Summer Tires

If you prefer to have summer and winter tires, be sure you make an appointment to have the tires changed as soon as possible. The last thing you want to do is to get caught in a snow storm with those summer tires on the vehicle. Before you change over to the winter tires, check them carefully for worn tread, dry rot and other issues. If the tires are the same age and one has a problem, you can expect that problem to crop up in the other tires sooner rather than later. Replace them with another set of winter tires or all-season tires.

Call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

Call the service department at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to schedule an appointment to balance and rotate the tires or get new tires. If you are considering a new vehicle, stop by our showroom to test drive your favorite model.


The 2015 Kia Forte 5-Door EX is a Winner!


If you’ve been waiting for the new 2015 Kia Forte 5-door EX, your wait is over. Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive this winner of a vehicle. With tons of features, you can’t go wrong.

Mechanical Features

The 2015 Kia Forte 5-door EX model features a 2.0-liter engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The transmission also features Sportmatic Sequential Shift Control and driver selectable modes.

The battery is a 68-amp/Hr 600 cold cranking amp (CCA) maintenance free battery that features run down protection. It is charged by a 110-amp alternator. Additional features include electric power-assist and speed sensing steering, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, vented front rotors, hill hold control and brake assist.

Exterior Features

The exterior features bumper that are the same color as the body, chrome trim on the side windows, chrome door handles, heated power door mirrors with power fold and turn signal indicators, a rear window wiper , defroster and heated wiper park, variably intermittent wipers, fully automatic projector beam halogen lights, daytime running lights and front fog lights.

Entertainment Features

Entertainment features include an AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 player, SiriusXM radio, a USB auxiliary jack, four speakers, Bluetooth, Seek/Scan functions and an integrated roof antenna.

Interior Features

The interior features bucket seats in the front and a 60/40 folding split bench in the rear, a tilt and telescopic steering column, a leather steering wheel, front and rear cup holders, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, an illuminated ignition switch and panic button, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, leather gear shift knob, illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors, a floor console with covered storage and an overhead console with storage.

Additional features include two 12-volt DC power outlets, concealed storage in the cargo area, lights in the cargo area, driver and passenger one-touch up and down windows, power door locks and air filtration.

Safety Features

Safety features include electronic stability control, ABS and driveline traction control, dual stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, curtain first and second row airbags, an occupancy sensor for the airbags, a low tire pressure warning system and rear child safety locks.

Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall today to test drive the new 2015 Kia Forte 5-Door EX.


October Events in New Jersey

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When you have your vehicle serviced or buy a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll be ready to head out to the many fall events in New Jersey. A reliable vehicle will get you to and from the events without you having to worry about breaking down along the highway. Before you head out, stop by our dealership for service or to purchase or lease your next new vehicle.

Jersey Shore Biz Fest

The Jersey Shore Biz Fest will be held on October 15, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Buona Sera Palazzo, 1033 West Park Avenue, Ocean, New Jersey, 07712. Visit this business expo to get some face-to-face networking for your business or upcoming venture. Business celebrities, contests and power networking will make this a fun day for all. Admission and free and lots of food vendors will be offering their tastings.

Terror in the Timbers

Terror in the Timbers will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Dates include October 17 and 18, October 25 and 26, and November 1 and 2. The event will be held at the Parvin State Park, 789 Parvin Mill Road, Pittsgrove, New Jersey, 08318. Take a haunted walk through the park and relax on a hayride.

Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company Oktoberfest

The Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company Oktoberfest will be held from October 17 and 18, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and on October 19, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Oktoberfest will be held at the Cape May County Airport, Breakwater and Briarwood Roads, Erma, New Jersey, 08251. Visit with craft and food vendors, listen to live entertainment and try some craft beer!

Westville Fall Festival

The Westville Fall Festival will be held from October 30, 2014 through November 1, 2014 at the Boro Hall, Main Street in Broadway, Westville, New Jersey. Enjoy food vendors, craft vendors, a pie eating contest, hay ride and children’s activities.

Clifton’s Downtown Street Fair

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Main Avenue in Clifton, New Jersey will hold its Downtown Street Fair. The main street will be closed to traffic and will be an open air pedestrian marketplace. Business will be open to show off their wares, plus you’ll find plenty of vendors, festival foods, family activities and non-stop music and entertainment.

Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall today to have your vehicle serviced or to pick out a new vehicle just in time for all of the fall festivals.


Back Seats Are Getting An Upgrade In Sedans New Jersey!

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Photo Credit: cargurus.com

As long as there have been cars, there has also probably been the debate of who gets the front seat.  Whether it’s because the back seat makes a person sick, someone feels left out sitting in the backseat or you have kids that are constantly arguing who gets the honor of sitting up front, you have probably heard many, many times the argument that goes on over that coveted front seat.  Well now, automakers seem to be coming to the aid of those back seat passengers.

A new trend has heated up in the auto industry: seat heaters for rear passengers.  Whether this trend is due to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommending kids ride in the backseat until the age of 13 or 80 pounds in weight, or that families want to transport their families in sedans once again, the auto industry is answering the call of consumers.  Rear heated seats used to only be available in luxury cars, but this is changing.  The best part of this trend is that rear seated heats are now available in more affordable sedans.  One such mid-size sedan that is now offering rear-seated heats is the 2013 Kia Optima.  Starting at $21,350, you can get this luxury sedan at an affordable price.  The 2013 Kia Optima EX starts at $24,425.  By adding on the EX Premium Package for $2,950 you can get the rear seated heats across the back seat bench, plus a panoramic sunroof for an added feeling of space. All this is available for $27,375.

For more information on this new luxury feature trend in mid-size sedans, visit cars.com.  And to test-drive the 2013 Kia Optima and take a look at all the luxury features it has to offer, visit your local new and used New Jersey Kia dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, today!  Your backseat passengers will thank you New Jersey!


Driving Safely On Snow And Ice New Jersey!

Although winter is on its way out, there always seems to be that late season storm to throw us back in the midst of snow and ice.  Although the wisest way to drive safely on snow and ice may be to avoid driving on it all together, you may find yourself having to venture out on the hazardous roads.  If you do have to head out on the roads during a winter storm New Jersey, there are some tips to staying safe on the snow and ice.

According to NBC’s “Today Show,” poor driving techniques increase when driving on snow and ice.  There is one major mistake that drivers tend to make when driving in snowy conditions.  They will brake and turn at the same time.  However, to control your driving in these conditions, you should only do one or the other.  If your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes, avoid pumping them when braking.  Rather, you should apply a steady pressure.  When driving on snow and ice, braking can take up to four to ten times longer, so it important to pay attention o your speed and traffic situation.

AAA, the Automobile Association of America, also has some tips for driving on snow and ice.  They recommend carrying a shovel, ice scraper, flashlight, first-aid kit and cell phone charger in your car in case of emergency.  AAA also recommends carrying kitty litter, sand or ice melt in the event that you may get stuck in the snow.

And the “Today” show, states that nearly 64,000 injuries and 1,400 deaths are caused by snow and ice conditions.  The most important thing when driving in winter conditions such as snow and ice is to pay extra attention and be extra cautious when in those conditions.  For more information on how to drive safely on snow and ice, visit cars.com.  And your local new and used New Jersey auto dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, can also help you prepare for winter weather conditions.


Kia Helps Offer A Driving School At No Cost New Jersey!

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Photo Credit: motortrend.com

Although we all have to go through driving courses, driving log time and testing before we are granted a driver’s license, sometimes it helps to log a little more schooling, especially if you are a young driver. The more you can learn and practice safe driving, the better. As a parent with young drivers, I would feel better knowing my teens are getting a little more experience and knowledge before they set out on the road. To help them with this, why not send them to the Teen Pro Active Driving Course?

Kia Motors America and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) have partnered to provide a driving course offered to 150 kids, ages 15 ½ to 19. Here, they receive advanced driving training in real-world scenarios. The goal of the course is to demonstrate to teen drivers how safe driving can help prevent injury and accidents, in turn helping to save lives. Kia brought a brand new fleet of Rio Sedan’s to help.

The school consists of a four-hour training course with a low student-teacher ratio to ensure lots of personal attention. Many defensive driving techniques are taught as well as speaking to teen drivers about distracted driving habits including texting. The following techniques are taught and discussed:

1. Accident Avoidance/Slalom – Learn to avoid objects that dart in front of your vehicle. Students learn to avoid these objects safely as well as driving through cones for better navigation.

2. Car Control and Recovery – Learn to over-steer and under-steer in the middle of skidding on a wet road.

3. Distracted Driving – Make teen drivers aware of the dangers of distracted driving such as cell phones, texting and other distractions.

4. Panic Stop – Teen drivers learn how ABS brakes work, what a safe driving distance is and how to quickly stop.

5. Drop Wheel/Off Road Recovery – Drivers are taught how to regain control of their vehicle in the event that they go off the road.

If you are interested in a driving course such as the Teen Proactive Driving Course, for your teen driver, visit kia-world.net. And to get your teen in a safe vehicle to practice their safe driving, visit your local new and used Kia New Jersey dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall!


All New 2013 Nissan Sentra Coming Soon New Jersey!

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If you are a Nissan Sentra lover, you will be happy to hear that Nissan will be releasing an all new redesigned Sentra to it’s customer base. The 2013 Nissan Sentra will be debuting at your local new and used New Jersey Nissan dealer this fall.

The all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra will be 150 pounds lighter than it’s predecessor adding to it’s fuel efficiency giving it 40 miles per gallon on the highway and a combined 34 miles per gallon. The engine under the hood has been replaced with a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The base model S, is the only model available with a six-speed transmission. Other models offered include S, SV, SL and a then new SR package. For added fuel efficiency, the S and SV models are offered with an optional FE+ trim package. The new SR package will feature five spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, sporty front and rear fascias, a sporty front grille, fog lights, rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip.

Other features and options offered on the all new 2013 Nissan Sentra include keyless entry with the push of a button on your door handle and push button start. Your Sentra will start with the push of a button when it senses your Nissan Intelligent Key inside the vehicle. The Nissan Connect with Navigation is also available along with the easy fill tire alert. Nissan’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System will alert you when your tires are not inflated properly and will just as easily let you know when they are filled to the recommended level. Other options include Bose premium audio and hands-free communication with Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant and Bluetooth Hands-free phone system.

Pricing for the all new 2013 Nissan Sentra has not been released yet, but check with your local New Jersey new and used Nissan dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall for the latest news and updates. For more information visit autoweek.com.


The Popularity Of Compact Crossover SUV’s New Jersey!

Kia Sportage New JerseyIs a car too small, but you love the fuel efficiency and gas mileage? Do you want an SUV (sport utility vehicle) for the cargo space and an active lifestyle, but their size intimidates you? Well, for once, there is something that gives you the best of both worlds: a compact crossover SUV.

Compact crossover SUV’s are a great combination of a car and an SUV. They’re smaller than an SUV, but bigger and roomier than a car. The newest models are built on a lightweight car platform, and offer a sedans comfort and driving. However, the cargo space, ground clearance and all-wheel-drive choices lend a hand to its SUV qualities. And, compact crossover SUV’s are similar in cost and fuel efficiency to cars.

According to USA Today, the buyer of a compact crossover SUV was initially intended to be someone in their 20’s who was active and sporty. Today however, this includes everyone from baby boomers to smaller families. Sales of compact crossover SUV’s has increased from 20% of all SUV sales to 45%.

One such compact crossover SUV that you can find at your local new and used New Jersey Kia dealer is the Kia Sportage. The 2012 Kia Sportage starts at $18,500 with a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine featuring aluminum and block-heads. The fuel efficiency of the Kia Sportage includes 22 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway. Some of the many available highlights of the Kia Sportage include all-wheel-drive, air-cooled driver’s seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, projection headlights and LED daytime running lights and a dual exhaust. The Kia Sportage offers four model types, from the base to the LX, EX and SX. In addition there are 5 packages you can add on to your model.

For more information about the compact crossover SUV and the Kia Sportage visit usatoday.com and kia.com. To check out the 2012 Kia Sportage in person visit your local New Jersey Kia dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall!


Experience Kia In A Whole New Way New Jersey!

As technology is present in our lives in so many ways these days, there is one more way that it is becoming a part of our daily lives and tasks. Kia has been developing car apps for their buyers to have a virtual and interactive forum for the information of their products and the car buying.

Kia has developed the “all-new Rio” and “all-new Picanto” iPad apps, which are fully interactive e-publications for your mobile device. These apps allow you to rotate models 360 degrees, browse all color and wheel options, and view multi-media content and information on the brand and cars. Users also have the ability to view and navigate through the design, interior, convenience features and eco-friendly powertrains of the Kia Rio and Kia Picanto. In addition to being able to view all the features and styling of these two cars, users can customize and tweak simulations of the vehicles that showcase their exterior, interior, safety and performance features.

Features of the Kia iPad apps include the following:
• Available for download onto your iPad
• Available for European and General markets
• 360 degree exterior and interior views
• Customization tool allowing you to view color and wheel options
• 3D introductory movie
• Interactive experience of features and benefits
• Photo and video gallery
• Kia company and design story information

The Kia Rio and Kia Picanto iPad apps were released in November of 2011 geared towards the European and General Markets which include the Middle East, Africa and Central/South America. These iPad apps have even received the “best of the best” award in the communication design category from the Red Dot Design Awards. For more information visit kia-buzz.com and download your free copy from the iTunes store. Visit us at your new and used Kia dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, today to compare the virtual and real-life Kia Rio and Kia Picanto.


A New Model of Nissan Is Coming To The States New Jersey!

If you are a fan of the crossover utility vehicle (CUV) Nissan Juke found at your local new and used New Jersey Nissan dealer, there is some good news coming your way. Nissan is unveiling the all-new Nissan Juke Nismo production model at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 13-17 in Le Mans, France.

Nismo is Nissan’s performance brand, which was established in 1984, and is involved in many motor sport activities. Now they have expanded their reach with their involvement in the all-new Nissan Juke Nismo. This new model of the Juke has several modifications and enhancements from the standard or stock version. The Juke Nismo combines the standard Nissan Juke with sports coupe details and more SUV styling. The Nismo Juke has a new aerodynamics kit enhancing its power and design. On the outside, styling enhancements include lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings, wider sill side skirts and a modified grille and tailgate spoiler. These external and design enhancements affect the Juke Nismo’s driving performance reducing lift and drag. The tires also received some changes becoming 18 inch alloy wheels with a wider base for improved grip on the pavement.

Under the hood, the Nissan Juke Nismo1.6 litre turbocharged engine was inspired by Nissan’s Delta Wing racecar also making its debut at Le Mans. The updated engine offers sportier handling and better traction control and includes torque vectoring. Torque vectoring technology enhances the Nismo Juke’s grip and cornering. Once you slide into the drivers seat, the enhancements continue. A sporty interior completes the feel along with suede trimmed sports seats with red stitching.

Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President Global Product Planning, says “The introduction of Juke Nismo further cements our dedication to provide innovation and excitement for everyone. The Juke, with its radical design and pioneering attitude, is the natural choice to be one of the first Nissan models to receive the mythical performance and distinctive design treatment from our Nismo specialists.”

For more information visit www.autoblog.com. The all-new Nissan Juke Nismo will be offered at your local new and used Nissan dealer in about 6 months. So keep your eyes peeled when you stop by Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, for the all-new Nissan Juke Nismo New Jersey!