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Every vehicle, no matter how well-built and carefully maintained, will eventually suffer a breakdown and require repairs.  Usually, those repairs will cost much less than a new auto, but as your vehicle ages, you may start to consider replacement as an alternative to repair.  Here are some tips to assist in your decision, courtesy of Chapman Mazda.

Consider the consequences of repair.  Although most repairs result from isolated breakdowns, some issues may be signs of bigger problems.  In some engines, for example, a seized water pump could disrupt the engine’s timing, potentially causing damage to internal motor components.  Your mechanic may not notice internal damage during a post-repair inspection, and that damage may cause more problems which are more costly to repair.  When you take your car in for inspection and repair, ask the mechanic for a detailed report of the service and whether the breakdown could be related to more severe underlying problems – your local Mazda service center can perform this inspection and provide useful advice.

Prepare a budget with a car payment included.  Adding a car payment – or increasing an existing one – could be an untimely burden on your finances.  The costs of repairs are nearly always less than the cost of a new car, but the amount you would spend on a repair could cover your next down payment.  Preparing a budget with estimated monthly payments versus your current budget (minus the cost of the repair) is the best way to know whether replacement is a more fitting alternative for your family.

Examine everything the market has to offer.  Even if you decide not to buy a new car, the pre-owned market has grown tremendously in recent years.  Certified pre-owned models include warranties like new cars, but come at reduced sticker prices.  Often, dealerships receive low-mileage, like-new vehicles which they sell at greatly reduced prices.  Your individual situation dictates the best course to take when your car breaks down, but the service team at your Phoenix Mazda dealer is always willing to offer advice.

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The fully updated 2014 Mazda6 is on sale now at Chapman Mazda! With a fresh design, a new engine and a collection of the most modern technologies, Mazda‘s goal is to cross the threshold into the full-size sedan market strong.

The exterior of the Mazda6 now has presence. It sits firmly on its wheels, leading with a superior, prominent grille that blends smoothly with the rest of its body. The front wheels have been pushed forward to reduce front overhang and side mirrors are mounted on the door rather than the side for aerodynamic reasons. However, the overall length, width and height have slightly decreased compared with the old model.

The interior of the 2014 Mazda6 is perfect for those who like to drive.  It includes the standard power equipment and a full range of available audio bonuses, including an 11-speaker Bose system, USB and Bluetooth functionality and steering wheel controls. The Mazda6 features two displays: a smaller one mounted in the instrument panel used for driver information, and a larger touch-screen system mounted high up on the dash for comfort, entertainment and navigation systems.

Under the hood is a large 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection which pumps out 189 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 189 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5-liter engine can also be paired with a traditional 6-speed manual transmission. This new unit features a full lock-up clutch design that improves responsiveness, as well as paddle shifters and “kick down” throttle-pedal functionality. Both transmission options send power to the front wheels only.

As far as safety, cars.com says that the Mazda6 has a new rear vehicle monitoring system which has a detection range of up to 50 meters. A lane departure warning system is another advanced feature and a new self-braking front-collision system automatically applies the brakes when the risk of frontal collision is detected. Other safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability system. The Mazda6 will also now flicker the hazard lights in an event of panic braking.

Stop by Mazda Phoenix today to check out the new 2014 Mazda6!