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Where Did the Mazda CX-3 Go?

Did Mazda Discontinue the Mazda CX-3 Compact Crossover SUV? 

It’s 2022 and Mazda has already announced the 2022 model year updates to almost all its models here in the US. The Japanese carmaker has also launched its first-ever electric vehicle in the US with the 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV and is set to launch three all-new crossover SUVs by the next year – the first of which, the first-ever Mazda CX-50, aka the 2023 Mazda CX-50, has already been unveiled on November 15 last year and the Mazda CX-70 and CX-90 are still underway. But if you visit Mazda USA’s website, there’s a model missing from the vehicle lineup. It’s the Mazda CX-3. What happened to the Mazda CX-3? Did Mazda Discontinue its smallest crossover? Read on this blog from Fontana Mazda in Fontana, CA, to find out.   

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All You Need to Know About the Updated 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback  

Updated 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback Brings All-New Carbon Edition Trim and More

Apart from announcing the 2022 model year refreshes to its crossover lineup, Mazda USA has also updated its sole hatchback available in the US, the Mazda3 Hatchback. We at Fontana Mazda have recently added the 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback and other 2022 Mazda models to our Fontana, CA showroom lineup and cannot wait to share more details with you. We dabble into the 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback in this blog and tell you what’s new. 

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Should I Wait for Labor Day to Buy a Car?

With Labor Day Weekend coming up so soon, anyone who is currently in the market for their next vehicle has probably heard the rumors that they should wait until Labor Day to buy a car

If you’re currently shopping for a new or new-to-you vehicle, how much stock should you put in these rumors? If you’re ready to buy your car now, is it really worth it to wait for Labor Day to make your purchase? 

Plus, the auto industry has been turned upside down by COVID-19 with widespread dealership closures and production delays. How will these changes affect traditional Labor Day car sales? 

Keep reading to learn more about the truth behind Labor Day Weekend car sales and learn which deals apply and which don’t for Labor Day 2020. 

Why are Cars Cheaper on Labor Day? 

It is true that Labor Day Weekend tends to be one of the most affordable times of year in which to buy a car. This pattern is due to multiple factors, some of which apply for Labor Day 2020 and some of which do not. 

Many Choose to Wait for Labor Day to Buy a Car

Labor Day Weekend is an extended holiday weekend, just like President’s Day Weekend and Memorial Day Weekend. Car dealerships tend to offer special deals and discounts on various models within their inventories over holiday weekends in attempts to promote themselves and draw in more car buyers. 

Plus, Labor Day Weekend also usually coincides with the end of the month of August. At the end of each month, car prices tend to drop as car salesmen strive to meet their monthly sales quotas. 

Finally, Labor Day Weekend falls around the same time of year when car dealerships are trying their best to make room for new vehicles for the next model year before the end of the current year. This means that car prices are generally lower in August and

September of each year, which happens to be the same time of year when Labor Day occurs. 

2020 Looks a Little Different 

The world has basically been turned upside down in 2020 as a result of the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic around the world. 2020 looks a lot different than any other year in the recent past. Does that mean Labor Day Weekend car sales will be different, too? 

One factor that may affect Labor Day Weekend car prices in 2020 specifically actually doesn’t have anything to do with COVID-19. While Labor Day Weekend often coincides with the end of the month of August—which generally leads to better deals and discounts on cars over the three-day weekend due to car salesmen struggling to meet their monthly sales quotas—Labor Day 2020 falls a full week into September. This means that the usual end-of-month discounts may not apply on Labor Day in 2020, but it is not certain how much of an impact this will have on Labor Day Weekend car sales. 

Production delays as a result of COVID-19 have led to widespread shortages of vehicles from previous model years on car dealership lots. This probably won’t affect Labor Day Weekend sales on used cars and cars from previous model years. However, it is worth keeping in mind that you might not have as many options for used cars and cars from previous model years as you would like due to these production delays. 

Also, just because some automakers have delayed their release of some of their cars for the next model year does not mean that car dealerships are not striving to make room on their lots in 2020. Many automakers still plan to release their 2021 models within the third or fourth quarters of 2020, which means that car dealerships will still need to prepare for the influx of a variety of 2021 vehicle models on their lots in the near future. 

Bottom Line 

Labor Day Weekend is undoubtedly a good time of year to buy a car. Although Labor Day Weekend car sales might shift slightly in 2020, you will likely still be able to find great deals and discounts on cars over Labor Day Weekend 2020.

If you can wait until Labor Day to buy your next vehicle, you should. However, if you’re desperate to get your car now and are willing to pay a slightly higher price, it is not strictly necessary to hold off on your purchase.

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Mazda Miata Makes List of Best Vehicles for Summer Cruising

Picture this: You’re sailing down the highway with the windows down, the music is turned up loud, and you’ve got no final destination in mind. The weather is warm, the summer sun is out, and you’re driving just for the sake of driving itself. That’s summer cruising, and it’s one of the most tranquil summertime activities that is fun to partake in alone or with a friend in the passenger seat. All this in the Mazda Miata MX-5.

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Mazda CX-5 draws comparison to BMW

Mazda’s SUV Drawing More Comparisons to a BMW

Mazda’s lineup of SUVs has been performing particularly well on the mainstream auto market over the past few years. SUVs are currently topping the trend charts on the auto market, and many drivers have made the choice to switch from a classic 4-door sedan to an SUV or crossover vehicle. 

The affordability and value of the SUVs and crossover vehicles that Mazda produces have attracted many drivers who want to join in on the most recent SUV trend without breaking the bank. Keep reading to learn what Mazda has in store for the future of one of its best-selling SUVs: the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV. 

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5 Ways to Protect Yourself While Getting Your Car Serviced During COVID-19

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus—the virus that causes COVID-19—has led to drastic measures that have been put in place across the globe in order to help slow the spread of the virus and avoid overwhelming the critical care capacities of healthcare systems around the world. 

In the United States, these measures include the closure of non-essential businesses, widespread stay-at-home orders that encourage people to stay in their own homes and avoid socializing with members of other households as much as possible, and the implementation of social distancing guidelines nationwide. 

Through the COVID-19 outbreak, any facility that provides auto service and repairs is considered an essential business. That means you can still go get your vehicle serviced or repaired, even amid widespread closures of all non-essential businesses. 

Even though you can go get your car serviced during this time, many people are still concerned about the safety of taking their car in to get serviced during the outbreak of COVID-19. It is important to note that it is more dangerous to put off taking your car in for essential service or repairs than it is to take your car in to get serviced while the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. Delaying essential services and repairs for your car greatly increases your chances of getting into an accident and injuring yourself or others on the road, and that’s not a risk you want to take. 

If you do need to take your car in to your local dealership or auto service facility to get your car serviced or repaired in the near future, here are 5 ways to keep yourself and others safe while getting your car serviced amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

1. Wear a Mask 

Face masks have been very influential in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a face mask or other facial covering while in public prevents you from exposing others to COVID-19 and helps protect you from exposure as well. 

When you take your car in to get serviced or repaired, wear a facial covering at all times while out in public—especially while you’re near other people. Wearing a face mask is preferred, but covering your nose and mouth with a bandana, T-shirt, etc. is better than nothing in a pinch. 

2. Keep Your Distance 

It is widely thought that being within 6 feet of another person can expose you to COVID-19 and put you at risk of catching the virus. 

As such, it is recommended by healthcare experts around the world to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and anyone in your immediate vicinity while out in public amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Keep this in mind while at your local car dealership or other auto service facility. 

3. Wash Your Hands and Face 

Washing your hands regularly is by far one of the best ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. 

Wash your hands with soap and water for a duration of at least 20 seconds before you leave your house to get your car serviced and after you return home. It is also a good idea to wash your face after you have been out in public to remove any viral particles that may be on the surface of your skin near your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

4. Limit Your Exposure 

Limiting your exposure to other people is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19. That means that it is much safer to go out in public once than it is to go out twice, even if you go to the same place both times. 

If you know that your car is in need of several different services or repairs or will be in need of another service in the near future, try to schedule all of these services and repairs for the same appointment. 

That way, you won’t have to risk taking your car in for service or repairs on multiple different occasions through the COVID-19 outbreak. Limiting your exposure to other people and places outside your home is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

5. Choose Carefully 

Social distancing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. If you need to take your car in for service or repairs, it is important to take your business to a dealership or other auto service center in your area that is being careful to follow all social distancing guidelines to keep their customers and employees as safe as possible during this time. 

If you are located in San Bernardino County or its surrounding area, consider taking your car in to get serviced or repaired at Fontana Mazda. Fontana Mazda is a top-rated official Mazda dealership that is committed to adhering to all social distancing guidelines inside their dealership and on-site service center facilities in order to keep their customers and team members as safe as possible. 

Fontana Mazda is currently open for service with limited hours, so give this top-rated Mazda dealership a call today to schedule an appointment if your Mazda is in need of service or repair.