Road Trip: White Mountains


The White Mountains are located in New Hampshire and offer many sightseeing opportunities, including the highest point: Mount Washington at 6,288 feet. The White Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains and cover about 25 percent of New Hampshire and part of western Maine. Before you drive your car on a long trip through the mountains, make sure you check all the fluids, tires, brakes and suspension.

Mount Washington

Mount Washington features several campgrounds, both private and those provided by the United States Forest Service. Whether you prefer tenting it or traveling in an RV, you will find some of the best camping in the area. You can haul a small trailer behind your vehicle when you camp in a tent. This is one of the best ways to experience the White Mountains, as you can drive your car on the auto road or drive to many of the hiking trails in the area. You’ll find plenty to do and places to go with 43 state parks, seven recreational trails, 12 historic sites, four fishing piers and marinas, 39 islands and 14 natural areas to visit in New Hampshire.

Mount Washington Auto Road

Unlike many mountain parks and retreats, Mount Washington stays open during the winter months. Instead of driving the auto road, you can ride the snow coach on a tour of the road, which leads you into the heart of the mountain. It will take you right up to the treeline; and you’ll experience pristine snow and scenery like you have never seen before.

Winter visits to the area mean snow tubing and cross country skiing; and you can warm up at lunchtime at the Glen View Café or visit the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. To find the auto road, enter 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, New Hampshire in your GPS.

The Cog Railway

The one thing you can’t miss when you visit Mount Washington is the Cog Railway. The Cog Railway was built in 1869 by Sylvester Marsh. The train climbs a three-mile long trestle – the steepest railroad tracks in North America. The train takes you to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast while you enjoy spectacular views. On a clear day, you can see New Hampshire, Vermont, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean.

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What to Expect in the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder


If you are planning to purchase a new vehicle but are not quite ready yet, keep your eye out for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, soon to be available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. The new model year has a new look, updated powertrain new technology features, improved dynamics and new safety features.

The exterior is squarer with Nissan’s newest designs including boomerang-shaped LED lights and Nissan’s V-Motion grille. These come standard on all four of the trim levels: the S, SV, SL and the Platinum. Plus the Platinum trim level gets LED headlights. The lower three trim levels keep the halogen headlights.

The rear of the new Pathfinder features new taillight lenses and a new bumper cover. Plus, new this year, the Nissan Pathfinder features a motion-activated tailgate. The vehicle’s aerodynamics have been revised, too, ringing the drag coefficient down 0.33 from the previous 0.34. This is even better than the Mazda CX-9 model’s 0.35 Cd.

The engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 named the VQ35DD and is new this year. The engine is expected to make 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. That’s 24 more horsepower and an additional 19 pound-feet of torque over last year’s model. The new Nissan Pathfinder is expected to get 20 mpg* in the city and 27 mpg* on the highway.

A continuously variable automatic transmission will transfer the engine power to the wheels. The refreshed mid-sized crossover will tow up to 6,000 pounds, which is 1,000 pounds more than last year’s model was able to tow.

The suspension has also been revamped; and this year’s model features stiffer front and rear dampers. Plus the Pathfinder has new improvements to the suspension to help reduce body roll and make the steering quicker.

Safety features include adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking on the Platinum trim level. A 360-degree camera system, which is only available on the S and SV trim levels, adds moving object detection.

The interior features a new color display for the gauge cluster, plus an 8-inch touch screen, which is larger than last year’s touch screen. If you opt for the Platinum trim level, you’ll get standard navigation. However, navigation is optional on the SL and SV; and it’s not available on the S trim level.

If you are looking for a crossover that features a rear entertainment system for long road trips, choose the Platinum trim level. The entertainment center features 8-inch headrest-mounted display screens – an inch larger than they were on last year’s model.

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Buying Pre-owned v New: Which is Best for You?


When it’s time to get a new vehicle, your first choice is to choose pre-owned or new. That decision determines the next steps you take in finding the perfect vehicle when you visit Paul Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. If you’re not sure which make and model you want, then the first step would be to visit our website or stop by our showroom to see what features are standard with each vehicle.

Amount You Want to Spend

The biggest thing to determine is the amount you want to spend for a vehicle and what type of vehicle you want. If you want something that is more expensive, you could find a pre-owned model with low miles and pay much less for it than you would pay for a brand new model. For example, if you want a $50,000 SUV but do not wish to have payments that high even if you qualify; you might consider a pre-owned model that is 2 or 3 years old to save thousands of dollars.


Often people will buy a new vehicle for commuting or for driving the kids back and forth to school and events; but prefer a pre-owned model for a “work” vehicle. If you work in a construction job or you do a lot of work around your home – your “second” job – you may prefer a pre-owned vehicle since it could get dinged up. You may want a smaller four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle for hunting and fishing – and since you might be driving it on narrow dirt roads, you may not want a brand new vehicle.

Certain Vehicle

You may want a certain year, make and model because you like the vehicle’s looks, you might like the engine in the vehicle or for any other reason.

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Stop by 66 Automall to test drive a new or pre-owned vehicle. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to find the perfect vehicle for your needs. And, if you’re not ready for another vehicle just yet – maybe yours is still only a couple years old – be sure to schedule an appointment with our service department for maintenance.


Getting Your Car Ready For Trade-In


There comes a time in every car owner’s life that we have to prepare ourselves for the inevitable. Eventually, we will have to get rid of the car we have had for years in order to get something new. This isn’t a terrible thing, however. Getting ready for a new car can be exciting and quite an experience. But in case you have never traded in a car before, here are some pointers to help you maximize your trade-in value.

The first thing you want to make sure you do is wash the car in question. You immediately increase the value of it simply by cleaning it. Be sure you vacuum it extremely well inside as well. Scrub out the wheels, wipe the door jambs and use a dashboard protectant to give it a shine. Even on the outside, make sure you get a good wax coat to make it look its best.

If you have any small dents or dings, make sure you fix any of the ones that can be fixed easily. There are several kits you can buy from leading retail stores that will help you fix them yourself. For larger dents, be sure to go to a professional. The extra $50 you spend repairing dents can get you hundreds more on your trade-in. The same thing applies to scratches. If you can buff out some of the smaller scratches without having to sand and repaint, which is costly, then do it.

Leaks under the hood can make the value of your car drop drastically. If you suspect any leaks or broken lines, take it to your mechanic and have it inspected. This is another area where spending a little on a replaced hose can up the value of your car by hundreds. Another thing that can increase the trade-in value of your car is replacing batteries in your key fob and replacing worn out tires. Make sure all four tires have at least 75 percent of the tread.

When you’re ready to trade-in your older vehicle for something new, bring it to Paul Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall. We will give it a thorough inspection and a fair and honest price. We look forward to helping you into a new car.


Nissan Scores Big in Vehicle Satisfaction


When you stop by Sansone Jr.s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle, be sure the 2016 Rogue, Maxima, Frontier or Murano is on your list. These four vehicles have been named top in their segments in the 20th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by AutoPacific. This is the second year in a row for the newly redesigned Nissan Murano crossover. With these four wins, Nissan tied for second place with the most wins awarded by AutoPacific.

The Survey

The survey asked more than 65,000 owners of new 2016 and 2015 light trucks and cars about 50 attributes for each vehicle. Instead of measuring what’s wrong with the vehicles, this survey looks at customer satisfaction.

The Vehicles

The Rogue, Maxima and the Murano were all completely redesigned during the past three years; and all three experience record sales. Through May 2016, Maxima sales increased by 146 percent, Rogue sales increased 6.7 percent and Murano sales increased 46 percent. The Frontier’s sales increased by 21 percent in 2016.

According to Dan Mohnke, the vice president of Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations, the Frontier is a true workhorse and the vehicle “continues to deliver on and exceed owner expectations year after year.”

The Maxima is Nissan’s flagship sedan; and it has excellent style along with great technology and performance. WardsAuto named it to its 10 Best Interiors list and 10 Best Engines list; and MotorWeek gave the Maxima a Drivers’ Choice Award.

The Murano also won several awards including Parents Magazine’s Best Crossover award and’s 10 Best Family Cars award. The Nissan Rogue was completely redesigned in 2014; and features an EZ Flex Seating System and a Divide-N-Hide Cargo System. The Frontier is a leader in its segment and features premium hardware, great off-road and on-road performance and extraordinary power.

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July Events Around the Jersey Shore


Pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall and then plan to attend some local activities including a firefly festival and vintage motorcycle special. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle yet, be sure to call our service department to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Duke Farms’ Firefly Festival

On July 8 and July 9, 2016, head over to Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway W., Hillsborough, New Jersey, 08844 to see fireflies. Walk along 1.5 miles of trails to see activity stations where you will learn to “talk” with the fireflies. You’ll also be able to see what a glowworm is and create your own firefly. For more information, visit

4th Annual AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Festival

From July 8, 2016 through July 10, 2016, visit the New Jersey Motorsports Park, 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, New Jersey, 08332 for the 4th Annual AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Festival. Enjoy vintage motorcycle race, food trucks, a swap meet, live music, craft vendors and more. The swap meet covers over 60,000 square feet where you might find any bike, part, collectible or merchandise you need. For more information, visit

NJ State Barbeque Championship & Blues Festival

From Jul 8, 2016 through July 10, 2016, head over to Olde New Jersey Avenue and 2nd Street in North Wildwood for the NJ State Barbeque Championship & Blues Festival. Enjoy the best barbecue while listening to the best blues music, live cooking demonstrations and more. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Friday; 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday; and from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit

Cumberland County Fair

The Cumberland County Fair is currently running and will run through July 9, 2016 at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, 3001 Carmel Road in Millville, New Jersey, 08332. Enjoy regular fair features, a demolition derby, daily music and entertainment, an amateur truck pull and mud bog, horse shows, animals displays, arts and crafts, a midway and more. For more information, visit

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Tips to Maximize Fuel Efficiency in Your Car


With the price of gas always fluctuating and ever increasing, you need to maximize fuel efficiency as much as possible. If you don’t want to change components on the engine or the rear chunk, you can maximize fuel efficiency on your Paul Sansone Jr. vehicle by changing your driving habits.

Component Changes

Today’s vehicles are fuel injected and use a computer, thus there is little that you can do to the engine without having to change out the computer. You can change the air filter to a K&N cold air intake system. With a little bit of mechanical knowledge, you can change this yourself, but if you are uncomfortable with working on your engine, ask the techs at Automall 66 to help you.

You can also change the gear in some vehicles to a higher gear, but keep in mind, if you move from a 3-series gear to a 2-series gear you will lose torque and gain upper end speed. If you tow with your vehicle, this is not a good move. You need torque to pull the weight of the trailer. Only an experienced auto technician should change the gears.

Driving Habits

Many people get into bad driving habits early. Changing your driving habits can significantly increase your fuel mileage.

  • Learn to drive at a consistent speed, preferably about 55 to 60 mph. Going much faster reduces fuel economy. Also, slowing down then speeding up significantly reduces fuel economy.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes. Start applying the brakes earlier so that you begin to slow down earlier. If the light changes or the person in front of you picks up speed, you can then pick up speed from a higher mph. When you have to start from a complete stop, you use more fuel. The faster you are going when you need to pick up speed, the less fuel your engine will use.
  • Keep the proper distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If that person has that bad habit of slowing down and speeding up, you will be forced into doing that, too, thus wasting fuel. If you keep six or seven car lengths between you and the person in front of you, that person can slow down by a couple miles per hour and you won’t have to if he or she picks up speed within a few seconds.

In addition to driving habits and mechanical changes, keep your vehicle’s maintenance up to date. Clean filters also help fuel economy. Stop by Paul Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 to have your vehicle serviced or if you would like help in changing filters.


Kia Motors Launches Apple CarPlay!


When you pick up a new Kia from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, depending on the model, it could have Apple CarPlay. When added to UVO, your driving experience will be elevated as you’ll be able to stay connected through your iPhone.

The 2017 Kia Sportage and the 2016 Kia Optima will be offered with Apple CarPlay when you opt for a compatible navigation system or UVO3. The vehicles with this system will be at dealerships during the second quarter.

If you previously purchased one of these vehicles and it has a compatible navigation system or UVO3, you’ll be able to download the update at The new update will be available in the third quarter.

The 2017 Kia Sorento was the first Kia model that was offered with CarPlay support. Apple CarPlay will be available in other models; and those will be announced later.

Adding Apple CarPlay to the infotainment system will allow you to seamlessly integrate your iPhone’s easy-to-use interface to your favorite Kia model, according to Henry Bzeih, the managing director of connected and mobility services for Kia Motors America.

Apple CarPlay brings convenience and safety to being connected while you are in the vehicle. You’ll be able to listen to music, make phone calls, get directions and send and receive messages without taking your focus off the road. You’ll need to be able to connect your iPhone to the system via a USB port. Apple CarPlay also features hands-free support through Siri voice control or through your Kia’s touch screen and controls.

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Nissan Receives Energy Star “Partner of the Year” for Fifth Year in a Row


The Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor that is given to organizations that show dedication to protecting the environment; and Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall has many Nissan models in its showroom. Because Nissan is dedicated to making its operation green, it continues grabbing this coveted award. This is the fifth year in a row that Nissan earned.

According to Rebecca Vest, the vice president of corporate development and social responsibility of Nissan, the auto manufacturer continues to make improvements to its operation to reduce its environmental footprint while still producing the “highest quality vehicles sold in North America.”

How Nissan Reduces Its Footprint

Part of how the auto manufacturer reduces its footprint includes using LED lighting, improving the efficiency of industrial motors, ensuring compressed air leaks are repaired immediately and using a paint process that is environmentally friendly. With just these changes, Nissan reduced energy usage by 30 percent.

Energy Star Collaboration

Working with Energy Star not only reduces Nissan’s footprint, but it also saves Americans money; and it helps drivers reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions when they buy Nissan. According to the EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, Nissan “demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

About Nissan

Nissan has manufacturing operations in Smyrna, Tennessee. This vehicle assembly plant has assembled more vehicles in 2015 than any other manufacturer’s automotive assembly plant in North America. The plant in Canton, Mississippi was awarded the Energy Star Certification for its 10th year in a row; and that shows Nissan’s superior energy management is in the top 25 percent of the automotive manufacturing industry.

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June Events Around the Jersey Shore


Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle so that you can attend events on the Jersey Shore in style. Or, if you are not ready for a new vehicle just yet, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.


Head over to Red Bank on June 3 through June 5, 2016 for the Riverfest. Enjoy local bands on multiple stages and nationally well-known jazz and blues artists. Crafters and food vendors will be in Marine Park. For more information visit

Arts and Crafts by the Sea

On June 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., head over to the Boardwalk between Dupont and Blaine Avenues in Seaside Heights for over 50 crafters and artists. Shop for unique gifts for upcoming birthdays and holidays. Enjoy a day of shopping with the Jersey Shore in the background. For more information visit

Wildwood Beer Fest

Enjoy locally brewed craft beer from June 10 through June 11, 2016 in Fox Park. The festival features over 100 brews, live music, craft vendors and great food. Tickets are $40 and session are from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and from noon until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information visit

Skimmer Festival

On June 18 and 19, 2016, head over to Sea Isle City for the Skimmer Festival. Enjoy food and craft vendors, children’s activities, live music, a sand sculpting contest and more. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and then a concert will be held at Excursion Park from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday, enjoy vintage vehicles and live music at the Auto Antique Car Show, which will be held on the promenade. For more information visit

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