What to Look for in a Used Car


Used Car

Deciding what vehicle to purchase is one of the most important financial decisions that you have to make. You car is important for getting to work, going on dates, picking up your kids, and going on vacations, just to name a few things. Unfortunately, not all dealerships that sell used cars have your best interests in mind, so here are a few tips to help you make the best possible choice.


Choosing Between a Dealer and a Private Party


If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of looking over a car and taking it in to have it looked at by a mechanic, a dealer may be a better choice. Many dealers offer certified pre-owned cars that have been inspected and have a warranty, so it takes a lot of risk out of your purchase.


Have Options


Avoid purchasing the first car that you find. While it may be tempting to simply get it out of the way, getting a sense for other cars in your price range will help you better determine whether or not it’s the right car for you.


Do What’s Right for You


Most importantly, don’t ever let anyone pressure you into buying something that you don’t really want. You don’t owe anything to anyone no matter how much time they’ve invested in you. Do your research, and get the car that’s best for you.


Best Barbecue Recipes for the Summer Months

Trying a new barbecue recipe is one way to start a new tradition, whether it’s with your family or the whole neighborhood. Experienced and aspiring chefs alike can enjoy the thrill of finding something new. Your taste buds might even thank you. Here at Parks Select Auto, we have the best summer barbecue recipes that will make you the star of any family gathering!

Best Barbecue Recipes

  • Spicy Grilled Shrimp – To make a dish of spicy grilled shrimp, you’ll need extra-virgin olive oil, thinly sliced garlic, celery seed, crushed red pepper flakes, whole-grain mustard, large easy-peel shrimp, kosher salt, lemons, and ground black pepper. To start, combine the oil, garlic, celery seed, and red pepper flakes in a single saucepan. Cook it on medium heat while stirring. Add mustard then move the mixture to another bowl. Throw in some sliced lemon, as well as the shrimp, then season with salt and black pepper. Refrigerate the entire bowl for at least 15 minutes. Cook the shrimp and lemon slices on the grill on medium-high heat. Squeeze some lemon juice over the shrimp. Add chives for extra effect.
  • Classic Cheeseburger – To make a perfect classic cheeseburger, you need fresh 80% lean ground chuck, sharp yellow cheddar cheese, a fresh tomato, raw red onion, and ketchup. Cool the meat on the grill to your liking. Brush a soft hamburger bun with butter then toast it. Add the other ingredients then add the meat as the final step to avoid making the bun soggy.

These are just two examples of some incredible dishes you could enjoy this summer. Have any recipes of your own? Don’t be shy! We need to share more so the worlds taste-buds can be satisfied!


Great Summer Activities to Pass the Time

Taking a summer vacation is one way to make the season memorable but staying at home, kicking back, and relaxing is another. Not every summer has to feature a new adventure and relaxing can be the best way to spend the season. We here at Parks Select Auto have some of great summer activities to make this summer the best yet!

Great Summer Activities


  • Swimming – One of the most obvious ways to spend summer is spending some time in the water. Whether you’re on a lake or at the local swimming pool, it’s a great way to beat the summer heat. If you have a local swimming hole nearby, its likely less crowded which means there’s more space for families. Make sure to watch the kids!
  • Grilling – Coming up with or trying out a new recipe is a great way to make summer a little more interesting. Whether its a few simple steps or something complicated, throw a slab of meat on the grill and get to work! Your taste buds will thank you.
  • Party – When all else fails, throw a party in your backyard. Whether it’s for the whole family or the neighborhood, everyone enjoys a good summer bash! You could even ask everyone to bring a dish to avoid spending too much money.

Do you have any incredible activities your family and friends enjoy doing during the warm months? If so let us know below!


Mazda Unveils New Electronic Chassis System

Mazda is committed to always bringing the best of the best to its customers, and that means putting effort not only into big, obvious new features like the latest tech on the market and more powerful and efficient engines, but also considering the little things. The new Electronic Chassis System, recently revealed by the brand, is a result of Mazda’s efforts to make long-distance drives more comfortable while also reducing fatigue.

Electronic Chassis System

The trick to the Electronic Chassis System is to tweak the engine torque in order to put more weight on the front wheels. According to Mazda representatives, this small change improves cornering and maneuverability, as well as providing better overall ride comfort for drivers and passengers alike. The torque is monitored and distributed by the new G-Vectoring Control System, or GVC.


The GVC system isn’t the only effort Mazda is putting into improving the experience of riding in its vehicles. The company also has plans to develop more comfortable and firmer seats for passengers, and its research and development department is scheming ways to make the cabin more rigid. Putting more weight on the front wheels with the new Electronic Chassis System is just the first step of many.


To check out Mazda’s full lineup of tech-savvy vehicles, come visit us today at Parks Mazda.


Family Fun at the All-a-Flutter Butterfly Farm

The All-a-Flutter butterfly farm offers visitors one of the most unique and fascinating experiences of a lifetime. The farm’s April through October season accepts field trips of more than 20 guests by appointment; however, throughout the summer, All-a-Flutter invites families to come into the farm on a walk-in basis on preset Family Show days, which are designated on the farm’s event calendar. That way, you can bring your whole family to the All-a-Flutter Farm to see their exhibit of beautiful butterflies and learn about their life cycle.


All-a-Flutter butterfly farm


Aside from the show itself, families are invited to use one of many picnic tables available for public use before and after the show, where you can eat lunch on the countryside while children play in the farm’s open, grassy fields. The Family Show presentation itself starts at 10:00am on Saturdays and invites audience members to participate in a skit about the biology, life cycles, and behavior of butterflies. Additionally, visitors are given sugar pads they can use to attract and feed the butterflies up close!


So give your family the opportunity to meet butterflies in person by planning an afternoon out learning about these beautiful insects at the All-a-Flutter Butterfly Farm. There’s fun to be had and sights to be seen by the whole family.


Mazda Just Finished the One-Millionth MX-5 Miata, And You Can See It Yourself

Mazda recently passed an enormous milestone – the kind of event that many automakers can only hope to achieve – by reaching the production of the one-millionth Mazda MX-5 Miata on April 22nd. Reaching that point with a vehicle so beloved by the community brings it to another level.

One-Millionth MX-5 Miata

The auto company has been producing the vehicle for more than 27 years, as mass-production of the MX-5 Miata started all the way back in April of 1989. And now, it’s one of the most popular vehicles on the road and around the world.


To celebrate, the actual one-millionth MX-5 Miata produced will go on a tour, starting in Japan but ultimately touring around the world, so that fans everywhere can check it out. Yes, that means you can see it.


The latest version of this much-loved car is sporty, stylish, feature-heavy, and fuel-efficient – getting up to 36 mpg on the highway. Plus, the MX-5 Miata has been and always will be praised for its affordability. So once you do see it, there’s no reason to not go out and get one immediately.


To explore the new Mazda MX-5 Miata yourself or to take one out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime here at Parks Mazda.

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