New Jersey Roadtrip Getaways for Valentine’s Day

A road trip doesn’t have to be super long – and all of these events are in New Jersey. If you don’t have anything planned yet and just had your vehicle serviced – or you just bought a new vehicle at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’re ready to head out.

Women in Horror at Horror Happens

See a horror film visit Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 to catch a horror movie or two that was directed by a woman. The Horror Happens Film Showcase dedicated Saturday – Valentine’s Day – to the ladies. Admission is $10. For more information visit

Ladies Night at the Prudential Center

For something a little more romantic, head over to the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ to catch Jaheim, Avant, Tank and K-Ci, Jagged Edge and JoJo. This R&B night starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket range from $59.95 to $129.75. For more information visit


Visit Poricy Park Nature Center for some bird watching this weekend. The National Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at 345 Oak Hill Road, Red Bank. You’ll be able to rent field guides and binoculars if you don’t have your own. Admission is free. For more information call (732) 842-5966.

New Jersey Film Festival

Head over to New Brunswick for dinner and the New Jersey Film Festival. Since the festival starts at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, you’ll have plenty of time for dinner at a romantic restaurant beforehand. The film is “Frank and Franklin,” a short movie from Adam Egizi. The film festival short will be shown at Room 105 of Voorhees Hall, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick. Admission is $10. For more information call (848) 932-8482 or visit

Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

To make your sweetheart’s day really special, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to pick out a new vehicle. Test drive one or two to find out which vehicle you like best. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all of the features available on the newest models and trim levels.


Kia Soul Wins Most Popular on Award


If you have been thinking about buying a new Kia and are still considering the model you want, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a Kia Soul. This model just won the Most Popular on Award. The online car magazine awarded the Soul this award for the second year in a row.

Kia Sets Sales Record

In 2014, Kia Motors America raised the bar among auto manufacturers by setting an all-time annual sales record. The Soul was a major part of the numbers garnered to get that record: the model sold more than 145,000 units. Michael Sprague, the executive vice president of sales and marketing at Kia Motors America, stated that the number of units sold is “evidence of the popularity of the Soul,” and that being recognized by just solidifies that consumers like the brand.

The Most Popular on finds the most popular car on its site by identifying three models in each segment with the highest “car-shopper consideration.” This is calculated by adding the total monthly unique desktop website visitors to the vehicle’s research and inventory pages, model year detail pages, review, new-car inventory pages and build-and-price tools. Data from the first day of the year until October 31 is considered. According to CEO Avi Steinlauf, Kia has a lot of momentum and a great number of consumers are drawn to the Soul.

The 2015 Kia Soul

The 2015 Kia Soul has been completely redesigned for 2014, and the 2015 model year has select enhancements. Kia has stayed with its original three trim levels: the Base, Plus and Exclaim. To see all of the changes to the Kia Soul for the 2014 and 2015 model years, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a Kia Soul.


New NissanConnect Mobile Apps


When you buy a new Nissan Altima, Juke, Rogue, Frontier, Sentra, Versa Note or Versa Sedan at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll get the new NissanConnect Mobile Apps. While some models may have had NissanConnect, the upgraded version added Pandora for iOS, TripAdvisor and Twitter.

NissanConnect was already set up with Google, Facebook and iHeartRadio. In June 2014, NissanConnect was named the Telematics Detroit 2014 Industry Newcomer Award winner – and with the addition of Twitter and other apps, it could set itself up for additional awards.

What is NissanConnect?

NissanConnect Mobile Apps is an infotainment system that with the use of a driver’s smart phone, keeps the driver connected to the outside world. The system also helps to personalize the driving experience.

The system also provides the driver with navigation and other entertainment including ways to stay in touch. NissanConnect is a dash-mounted system and is designed to reduce distractions while at the same time gives you directions and keeps you connected.

According to Dan Teeter, the director of Vehicle Connected Services, Twitter, Pandora for iOS and TripAdvisor are the most popular mobile apps used by drivers. And, Teeter stated that prior to the addition of the three apps, NissanConnect already won awards for a great system and it’s only getting better.

Additional features include SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link and voice commands. The menu commands and buttons are easy to reach and the system is easy to navigate. You can also hit the voice button on your steering wheel to give commands to the system.

You can put music on shuffle or listen to the online services. Stream wirelessly with Bluetooth, add music to your iPod or listen to over 150 different channels of news, sports, family programming, comedy and music. And, use the SiriusXM Travel Link to find movie listings, game scores, weather and even stock market data.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new Nissan with NissanConnect and to learn more about your favorite vehicle’s features.


February Events in New Jersey

New Jersey winters don’t have to be confining – you can get out and attend indoor events. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is properly serviced or you have a new vehicle if that purchase is in your sights for this time of year. It wouldn’t do to get stuck out in the frigid cold because of a broken belt or a bad tire, so be sure to call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall for a service appointment.

A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life & Death of the Passenger Pigeon

Every day through June 27, 2015 at 9:45 a.m., this exhibit, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, looks at the extinction of the species. A little over 150 years ago, passenger pigeons numbered in the billions. Learn how the extinction affected the earth and how we can better treat the planet. Suggested admission is $5 for adults. The exhibit is at the New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information call (609) 292-6464 or visit

Baby and Me Hike


If you’re looking for something to do with your baby, strap him or her in a backpack and explore the Morris County area trails. This event takes place from Feb. 3, 2015 through Mar. 31, 2015 on Tuesdays only; and it starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 11:00 a.m. Admission is $2 per adult. For more information call (973) 635-6629 or visit Registration is required.

Dinosaurs of the Deep

Every day until Feb. 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., the Dinosaurs of the Deep exhibit will be on display at the Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ. See well-known dinosaurs such as T-Rex and velociraptors, plus other including Tosaur, Icthyosaur and Liopleurodon. The exhibit holds more than 20 monsters of the deep plus 5,000 square feet of life-size species, a coral reef with prehistoric animals, ancient fossils, interactive activities and more. Admission is $25.95 for adults, $18.95 for children over 2 years, and free for children under 2 years of age. For more information call (856) 365-3300 or visit

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Be sure to stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall if you are ready to purchase a new vehicle or give us a call to set up a service appointment if you haven’t had your vehicle serviced since the fall.


Nissan Murano Named Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover

If you are in the market for a great midsize crossover SUV, then stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the 2015 Nissan Murano – this crossover was named “Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The 2015 Best Value Awards tells consumers which of the newest models have the best value. The new Murano was just released to dealerships in December 2014 – the award was announced at the 2015 Washington Auto Show.

What Kiplinger’s Editors Look For

The editors review vehicles for performance, price, safety, value, driving impressions and roominess. Every year, the editors look at hundreds of vehicles before making their decision. The results are published in the Kiplinger’sannual buyer’s guide – Deals on New Wheels. This year, the publication will be available February 10.

About the Murano

The crossover segment basically started with the release of the Murano in 2002. This year, with the Murano’s makeover, Nissan is helping to redefine the crossover segment according to the vice president of Nissan’s Chief Marketing Manager and Marketing Operations. He stated that the new Murano was redesigned so that it would give drivers style, comfort and innovation.

The 2015 Nissan Murano features a premium interior, car-like styling and advanced technology. The new exterior design to continued in the interior, which has a “social lounge feel” because of the new instrument panel, a lower center console and Zero Gravity seating in the front and rear outboard seats. The windows are also larger; and the Murano features a huge power panoramic moon roof.

Additional premium features include an 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, NissanConnectSM with mobile apps and navigation, Nissan Intelligent Key with push button ignition, an Around View monitor, moving object detection, predictive forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward emergency braking and an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system.


The new Murano features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine backed by an Xtronic transmission. The new engine and transmission combination makes 260 horse power and a 20 percent increase in fuel economy over the 2014 model year. Gas mileage is rated at 21 mpg* in the city and 28 mpg* on the highway for all-wheel and front-wheel drive models.

Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall today to test drive the 2015 Nissan Murano and to learn more about the new generation’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.


The 2015 Kia Sedona Makes the Minivan Look Cool

If you need a minivan but hesitate to buy one just because they don’t have a cool reputation, think again. The 2015 Kia Sedona, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, makes the minivan look cool. Not only that, but it has a great ride. When tested in Los Angeles’ Palos Verdes area, the minivan performed well and was “a lot of fun,” according to MSN Autos digital director. The suspension gives the Sedona great cornering performance and a smoother ride than other minivan brands on the market.

Performance and Efficiency

While ride control is one of the most important things to a minivan owner, Kia managed to provide the Sedona with some impressive performance. The 2015 Kia Sedona features a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that makes 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. This will pull off a 16.1-second quarter mile – not too shabby for a minivan.

The engine is advertised as getting 17 mpg* in the city and 19 mpg* on the highway. When tested by MSN Autos, it got 17.3 mpg* in the city and 19.7 mpg* on the highway.


Even if you don’t have kids, the minivan will appeal to you, especially with such a nice interior. The Sedona features Nappa leather, an infotainment system, real wood, and second row captain’s chairs with leg rests, reclining functions and swivel capabilities.

Safety Features

Since safety is one of the most important features that buyers look for, the Sedona provides plenty of that. According to data provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2015 Kia Sedona received the Top Safety Pick.


The Sedona provides the most value for the money because of the amount of technology and content offered in this minivan. In addition to the leather, wood and awesome second row of seats, this minivan features a 360-degree camera system and collision mitigation.

Cost of Ownership

The cost of ownership over five years in not the lowest of the minivans, but the cost of fuel is lower than at least four other minivans. Insurance costs were a bit higher, but this will also depend on your driving record and credit.

Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

To learn more about the minivan that thinks it’s an SUV, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to take a 2015 Kia Sedona for a test drive.


Why Regular Car Maintenance is Important

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Whether you just bought your vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall yesterday or you have a vehicle that is 15 years old, regular car maintenance is an important part of owning that vehicle. Regular maintenance helps your vehicle hold its value and it allows you to get many years of service from it. Thus, if you think you’re going to trade it in after a couple years, maintenance is still important.

Cost of Maintenance and Repairs

All vehicles have a cost to maintain it, and if you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, the cost of ownership is lower as you have fewer “surprises.” While it may cost you to maintain your vehicle today, it is still less than paying for needless repairs.

For example, when the vehicle’s brake pads are squealing, the sooner you get them repaired, the less damage it will do to the rotors, calipers, master cylinder and brake hoses. Instead of buying new rotors, you may be able to have them turned. Instead of buying new calipers every time you do brake pads because they overextended, you will keep the same calipers for years.

A timing belt is another great example. When the manufacturer says to replace it after 60,000 miles, it means 60,000 miles. If your vehicle’s engine is an interference engine and the belt breaks, it could cost you a new engine or a very expensive rebuild.

Value of the Vehicle

A well-maintained vehicle always lasts longer than a vehicle that has been ignored. Furthermore, your service technicians will find things that are worn but not broken – and will give you the option of repairing the part before it breaks, saving you a potential tow bill.

When you keep your vehicle maintained, and this includes the paint and the interior surfaces, it is worth more on a trade in or if you sell it outright. A coat of wax at least every six months helps to protect the paint from Mother Nature. Detailing the interior keeps it from getting built up ground in dirt and stains, keeping it looking new.

Call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

Call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or visit our web site to make an appointment for maintenance or service for your vehicle. Keep your vehicle in good shape by attending to maintenance needs.


Kia K900 is the 2015 Urban Car of the Year

The Urban Wheel Awards, or UWA, is a global marketing initiative; the Award promotes diversity awareness in the automotive industry. It also serves as an event that allows businesses, media, celebrities, politicians, trade organizations and the community to network during the North American International Auto Show.

This year, the K900, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, won the 2015 Urban Car of the Year Award from Decisive Magazine. The K900 is Kia’s luxury flagship vehicle that boasts world-class craftsmanship, design and materials. It also has a very competitive price.

The 420-horsepower K900 is not only luxurious, but it has power and is elegant. This model shows just how far Kia has come since its introduction to the United States some 20 years ago.

This year’s annual Urban Wheel Awards ceremony was the 19th; and it is the official multicultural event of the North American International Auto Show. The UWA award winners must have elegance and refinement. The K900 has premium amenities, world-class features and impressive performance to go along with the elegance and refinement – and it is an affordable luxury vehicle. This is what caught the attention of the jurors for the UWA and what made them choose the K900 this year.

Challenging Convention

According to Michael Sprague, the executive vice president of sales and marketing for Kia Motors America, the Kia brand has “always challenged convention and redefined the notion of what value is.” And, he stated that “To be recognized by Decisive Magazine and the Urban Wheel Awards jurors for the Urban Car of the Year Award is an indication that our first foray into the premium luxury segment has the right combination of design, craftsmanship, technology – and value – to be a winner.” A UWA juror, Les Jackson, called Kia K900 owners “savvy, trendy professionals.”

Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

To learn more about the 2015 Kia K900 including all of the convenience, entertainment, security and safety features this vehicle has, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to take a test drive. Take note of the style of the K900 and convenience features such as a larger rear seat, heated front and rear seats, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, parking assist and the many airbags this vehicle has.


Is Your Vehicle Prepared for Winter?

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Winter isn’t coming – it’s already here! If you haven’t prepared your vehicle for winter yet, then you’re way overdue and should schedule an appointment at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to have your vehicle serviced and prepared for the rest of the winter.


If you are driving on summer tires or all-season tires with low tread, you’re just asking for trouble. If the tread on your tires is low the tires are dangerous any time of year. Without tread, your vehicle won’t get traction in wet or snowy conditions, and could even slip on dry roads that have sand or other debris on them.

Brakes, Suspension and Steering

The brake, suspension and steering systems should also be in top-notch condition, especially during the winter months. If the suspension is worn, it could cause problems with steering and braking. Problems with these three systems are worse in the winter when you might slide on a slippery road or if you are trying to regain control after someone slides into you. Make sure all three systems are in excellent working condition.

Charging System

If the battery isn’t in the best condition and barely takes a charge, replace it. Cold weather takes a lot out of a battery and while it might work fine during warm weather, you will have trouble starting your vehicle in cold weather. Furthermore, if your battery doesn’t have a charge or has a low charge and the temperatures drop below freezing, you could damage the battery’s cells to the point it won’t hold a charge at all.

If the alternator is charging but not enough, replace it. Don’t wait until it ruins the battery. The alternator should be charging at 13.7 plus or minus. If it’s charging right at 12 volts, that is not enough as the battery is a 12-volt battery. The techs at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall will test your charging system for you and will recommend whether you should have a new battery, alternator or both.

Belts and Hoses

Be sure to have your belts and hoses checked. If the belts look dry-rotted or are slipping, replace them before they leave you stranded on a cold highway. The same goes for the hoses – if they are cracked or soft, they should be replaced.

Call for an Appointment

Contact Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall for a service appointment as soon as possible if you haven’t had your vehicle serviced for winter yet.


Upcoming Events in New Jersey

Even though it’s still cold, you can still find events to get you out of the house – and that means traveling. If you are considering a new vehicle or a pre-owned vehicle, now is the time to visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or Sansone Jr.’s EZ Auto Center to pick up your new or new-to-you vehicle. If you are not planning on a new vehicle until a little later, you’ll still need to make sure you current vehicle is mechanically sound. Call our service department for an appointment for maintenance before you head out to these February events.

Elegant Bridal Shows: The Saddle Brook Marriott

This bridal show takes place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The Saddle Brook Marriott is located at 138 New Pehle Avenue, Saddle Brook, New Jersey, 07663. See the latest in designer gowns and tuxedos, meet the area’s wedding vendors and professional experts, listen to live band and live DJ performances, pick up a bridal bag with popular gifts and magazines, and get a chance to receive honeymoon, Broadway show tickets, a bachelorette party and Katie Couric VIP ticket giveaways. For more information visit

Vintage Costume Jewelry Show

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On Saturday, February 7, 2015 and the first Saturday of every month thereafter, visit the Sparta Avenue Stage for the Vintage Costume Jewelry Show from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The Sparta Avenue Stage is located at 10 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, New Jersey, 07871. Get dazzling vintage costume jewelry from 1880 to 1980 in mint condition. Prices are reasonable and admission is fee. For more information call (201) 213-2146.

Cape May Crafts and Antiques in Winter

On Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, 2015 you’ll be able to see some of the region’s most sought-after dealers and craftspeople at Antiques in Winter. This event is held from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey, 08204. This show gives you the chance to pick up unique handmade items, glassware, antiques, furniture and more. For more information visit

Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or EZ Auto Center

Visit Sansone Jr.s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle or EZ Auto Center to test drive a new-to-you vehicle. Or, call us to set up a service appointment for service or our vehicle’s scheduled maintenance.