Tips for Keeping Your AC Running Well During the Summer Months

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Your vehicle’s air conditioning consists of several parts, including the compressor, high and low pressure hoses, condenser, receiver/dryer, evaporator, and a filter – depending on the vehicle, an orifice tube or expansion block. Additionally, the system requires a belt, fan and refrigerant. Keeping your air conditioning maintained at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall will help keep it running well during the hot summer months.

Belt

Make sure the air conditioning belt is in good condition. It should have the proper tension, should not be dry-rotted and the grooves, if applicable, should not be worn.

Fan

The air conditioning system needs a fan to cool the condenser. The fan should turn on when you turn the air conditioning on. If the fan is not working properly, the air conditioning will not cool properly. The fan could have a bad fuse, wire or fan motor if it’s not working.

Clean System

If the air conditioning doesn’t cool properly and you notice that the receiver/dryer or the expansion valve (or orifice tube location) is frosting over, you may have a blockage. You’ll have to have the system cleaned and refilled.

Compressor

Keep the compressor in good working condition. It uses oil; and though the system is closed, if you have a leak, some of the oil may leak out along with the refrigerant. Don’t just try to top off the system yourself. Instead, bring it in so our service technicians can properly repair the leak and ensure the compressor has the proper amount of oil.

Running the Air Conditioning Unit

Don’t run the air conditioning unit if the windows are down. Your unit will just have to work harder to cool the vehicle; and this wears on it quicker. Set the temperature at a comfortable level. There is no need to set it to 60 degrees to try to cool the vehicle faster – it just makes the air conditioning work harder and longer. Use sun shades to help keep your vehicle cool while you are not driving. Also, if you can park in the shade or in a garage, it will help keep the vehicle cooler and put less stress on your air conditioning unit.

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June Events on the Jersey Shore

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Before you head out to all of the June events on the Jersey Shore, be sure to stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle or call us to make an appointment to have your current vehicle serviced. That way, you’ll know your vehicle is less likely to break down on you and ruin a fun day.

The Amazing Funtathlon

On June 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until noon, team up with family or friends to compete in archery, kayaking, problem solving, athletics and more. The entry fee to this exciting event is $50. Teams must have two to six members and can be any combination of adults and children. Each challenge requires at least one adult and one child between the ages of 6 and 14. You will need a bike to complete the course, thus you’ll need an adult bike and a child’s bike. The event will take place at the Thompson Park Outdoor Area. For more information call (732) 542-1642.

Cold Spring Country Fair

Head over to Historic Cold Springs Village for the country fair on June 6, 2015. The fair runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. You’ll enjoy live music, games, hands-on crafts and family activities, check out the antique and collectible shops, and check out art and craft items. Plus, walk through the 26 restored historic buildings and watch interpreters wearing period-appropriate clothing demonstrate the crafts, lifestyles and trades of the 1800s.

45th Annual Irish Festival

On June 7, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., head to the Jersey Shore for the 45th Annual Irish Festival. Irish step dancing, thoroughbred racing, crafters, food, a human horse race and a pipe and drum competition will keep you occupied for the entire day.

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2015 Kia Sedona Earns NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

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If you are looking for a vehicle with a 5-star safety rating, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the 2015 Kia Sedona. This model just won the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 5-Star overall safety rating.

The 2015 Kia Sedona has a long list of standard safety features plus a good body structure. The Sedona, all new for 2015, features exceptional quality with CUV styling. And, you get all of this for a great price. If you want to feel confident with your vehicle’s engineering, choose the 2015 Kia Sedona.

The Sedona received the 5-star rating on the front impact crash test, pole test and side impact tests. The all-new chassis was built has 36 percent more static torsional stiffness than its closest competitor. Additionally, 76 percent of the Sedona’s body is made from Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). This steel gives the Sedona additional rigidity, which makes it more durable and gives added crash protection for everyone inside. Furthermore, Kia engineered the Sedona with steel tubes in the A pillars so that it distributes impact loads evenly throughout the body.

The 2015 Kia Sedona

The Sedona is available in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and the SX Limited or SXL. Choose from seven- or eight-passenger configurations. All trim levels feature a standard 3.3-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The interior features soft-touch materials, Kia’s UVO infotainment and “first class” lounge seating. Additional features include a surround view monitor, blind spot detection, smart cruise control and lane departure warning.

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Nissan Ride of Your Life

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If you’ve seen the new “Ride of Your Life” commercials and want to see for yourself just how “cool” the new Altima is, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to take your own test drive. While you can’t take it on the racetrack until you actually buy it, you’ll get a good feel for the power of the Altima on a short test drive.

This year, Nissan is inviting mall patrons to take part in the “Ride of your Life” campaign. Patrons have to “unlock” a glass box that contains an Altima. If you are lucky enough to unlock the box, you get to ride in the Altima around a racetrack.

The “Ride of your Life” has another spin on it this year. Play “The Altima Chase,” a game that starts with a video – on social media – that has you track down the Altima via clues. Follow the clues to see where the “Mastermind” hid the Altima.

One fan who solves the clues and has a bit of luck will win the “ultimate getaway car,” a 2015 Nissan Altima. Players are also eligible to win Altima-inspired gear or cash prizes. The campaign started on May 11 and will continue through the end of the month. Solve clues on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The 2015 Nissan Altima

The Altima is one of the top-selling cars in the United States. This model year features a premium exterior, a premium interior, driver-focused technology and more. It’s 2.5-liter engine gets 38 mpg* on the highway so not only is the Altima flashy, it’s economical. If you’re more concerned about power, you have five trim levels to choose from including a trim level that offers a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Both engines are backed by an Xtronic transmission.

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Nissan Versa Note Named One of the 10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20K

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The Nissan Versa Note, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, was named one of the 10 tech-savviest cars that is available for under $20,0000 by Kelley Blue Book. Each year the notorious automobile pricing company issues lists of vehicles for certain categories, including the 10 tech-savviest cars under $20,000. Because vehicles under $20,000 are considered “entry level” many vehicles don’t feature tons of technical features, thus the title is quite important.

For the second year in a row, the Versa Note was on this list, and that is mostly because of the AroundView Monitor system that is available. The AroundView Monitor gives drivers a 360-degree overhead view for parking; and this feature is exclusive to this class. The Versa Note also features Bluetooth, Pandora and a hands-free texting option.

The vehicles in this category have a starting list price of less than $20,000, according to the Fair Purchase Price tool by Kelley Blue Book. Fred Diaz, the senior vice president of Nissan Sales and Marketing and Operations said, “The 2015 Versa Note is a great example of value, technology, style and comfort all rolled into one rock solid vehicle.” The Versa Note, according to Diaz, features unique exterior and interior styling, an extensive list of technology features and plenty of cargo space.

This hatchback version of the Versa sedan makes up about half of the model’s sales – and these sales lead the subcompact sales market. The Nissan Versa Note features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, twin continuously variable timing controls and dual fuel injection. The S trim level features a five-speed manual transmission while the S Plus, the SV, SR and the SL features the next-generation Nissan Xtronic transmission.

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May Events Around the Jersey Shore

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Now that it’s really starting to warm up, you’ll be looking for more events to attend, which means you’ll be driving more. If you don’t plan on getting a new vehicle this spring, be sure to have your car or truck checked at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall before you head out. And if you plan on buying or leasing a new vehicle, stop by sooner rather than later to test drive a Nissan or Kia so you’ll have something new to drive to the events, especially if you are taking your mother out on Mother’s Day.

Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Showcase

On May 7, 2015, the Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show will be held in Wildwood. The show is open until May 10, 2015 and starts with a car cruise and party for those participating in the show. The car show opens to the public on Friday, May 8 starting at 8:30 a.m. The show closes at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A Boardwalk Top 40 event will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and then a drive in movie at Fox Park at sundown. The awards ceremony will be on Sunday at the Wildwoods Convention Center at 9:00 a.m. For more information call (609) 522-4546.

Coast Guard Community Festival

From May 8 through May 10, 2015 Cape May County will be celebrating the Coast Guard Community. On Friday at 5:30 p.m., a proclamation ceremony will be held; and there will be a military parade and flyover at the Coast Guard Training Center. Saturday’s schedule will include several activities starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Tour ships and the base and take a boat tour of the harbor. Food vendors, search and rescue demonstrations, live music and children’s activities are just part of the fun.

Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend

The Garden State Wine Grower’s Association will be sponsoring a Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend and Bellview Winery is taking part. Wine tasting at the winery will be from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and May 10, 2015. The wine tasting is $5 per person so treat your mom to a great day.

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3 Car Accessories You Can’t Live Without

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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.

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.

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Top 5 Places for a Weekend Road Trip in the Northeast

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When it’s time for a vacation, one of the things that you need to do is to make sure your vehicle is up to the trip, especially if you are going to be traveling in remote areas including the mountains. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to pick up your new vehicle before you head out. And, if you don’t plan on a new car this year, call us to schedule a service appointment so that we can check your vehicle and make necessary repairs if needed.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre piece of woods and mountains that was designated as a national park in 1919. If you want to spend some time getting a good workout and relaxing, visit this park to get the best of both worlds. Climb mountain peaks, hike woodland trails and explore the coastline. Enjoy kayak trips in the many lakes or drive the carriage road system to see the stone-faced bridges. Don’t forget your camera – you’ll want pictures of everything including the waterfalls.

Look for peregrine falcons on Echo Lake Beach, watch for moose and black bear and relax on Sand Beach. You can also take the Island Explorer bus system around Acadia’s Park Loop Road.

Cog Railway

Climb Mount Washington on the Cog Railway – the train takes you to the summit of the highest point in the Northeast. The cog train travels at about 3 miles per hour at a 40-degree angle up the White Mountains. The trip up takes about an hour while the trip down takes about 40 minutes. Visit the gift shop and be sure to bring your camera for some of the best scenery shots you can find.

Mystic Seaport

Visit Mystic Seaport to see a working preservation shipyard, a recreation of a 19th century coastal village and exhibit galleries. Things you can do include taking a carriage ride through the village, exploring a cooperage, a lobster shack and the Fishtown Chapel. Listen to musicians singing sea shanties and learn tons about the 1800s-era New England Coast.

Stowe, Vermont

Visit Stowe to see the old covered bridge and sight see. Stop at some of the 40-plus restaurants and shop on the old-fashioned Main Street. Be sure to visit Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and the Cabot Annex Store.

Casco Bay Islands

Visit these Maine coastal island outside of Portland to enjoy sandy beaches, an artists’ community and many restaurants. Ride your bikes on Cliff Island’s dirt roads and visit Fort McKinley.

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Be sure to stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to pick up a new car or to have our current vehicle serviced before you head out on your trip to the northeast.

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2015 Kia Soul EV Named Best Value in America Award by Vincentric

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The 2015 Kia Soul EV was awarded “Best Value in America” in the plug-in / hybrid category by Vincentric. You may be thinking, “So what? It’s not available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall yet.” Well, that could change within the next year or two. As of now, the Soul EV is only available in California. However, during the second quarter of 2015, Kia will be releasing the Soul EV to Georgia dealerships; and soon after to dealerships in Texas, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii.

Once other states get enough charging stations, Kia expects to release the Soul EV in those states. As of now, Georgia has 284 charging stations.

Kia Brand and Value

According to Orth Hedrick, the vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America, Kia has always been synonymous with value; and even with the company’s growth, it never strayed from its commitment of value to customers.

The Soul EV has the best range of any vehicle in the plug-in / hybrid class and is Kia’s first zero-emissions car released in the United States. In addition, the Soul EV offers practical packaging and an iconic design, all for a affordable price.

Vincentric Factors

Vincentric analyzes eight different factors when choosing which vehicle will be awarded the Best Value Award: fees and taxes, deprecations, fuel, financing, maintenance, insurance, repairs and opportunity cost.

The Soul EV model’s cost of ownership was 9 percent below what was expected of the vehicle. Help in that area came from a 5-year, 60,000-mile comprehensive warranty.

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April Events in New Jersey

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If you just had your vehicle serviced at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or if you just bought a new vehicle from us, you’re ready to head out to some of New Jersey’s April events. If you still haven’t had spring service done, call us for an appointment today.

Cherry Blossom Family Day

On April 18, 2015 at the Essex County Branch Brook Park, Mill Street, Newark, NJ, help us celebrate spring. This event is a 1-mile walk through the Southern Division of the park. After the “race,” enjoy live performances, children’s activities and ore at the Prudential Concert Grove. The Cherry Blossom Family Day runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information or to register your school or group, call (973) 239-2495.

Daffodil Day

On April 19, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., stop by Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ to celebrate spring and enjoy family-friendly activities and crafts. For more information call (908) 273-8787 or (908) 273-6869.

Second Annual EarthFest Overpeck

Visit Overpeck County Park, 50 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ on April 25, 2015 for the Second Annual EarthFest Overpeck. The festival will feature a midway, animal rescue groups, green vendors, live entertainment, healthy-living advocates, a beer garden, food trucks and children’s activities. Hackensack Riverkeeper is also providing free paddling on Overpeck Creek. For more information call (201) 968-0808.

Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration

Stop by Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ on April 25 or April 26, 2015 to celebrate Earth Day and pick up new plants including ferns, perennials and woody plants. Admission is free. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call (908) 234-2677.

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