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What Determines Your Credit Score?

 

What Determines Your Credit Score

What Determines Your Credit Score

Your credit score is very important; it will help determine the type of loan you get—or if you get a loan at all—for big purchases like a house or car. But what actually determines your credit score?

  1. Credit Card Usage: How you use your credit card helps determine your credit score. The utilization rate is essentially how much available credit you have been awarded and how much you actually use. If you have a $1,000 credit limit on a card and only use $300 (30%) each month—and regularly pay it off—you are actively working on building strong credit.
  2. Payment History: Late bills and payments will negatively affect your credit score, but if you regularly make your payments on time, this will help improve your credit score.
  3. Number of Open Lines of Credit: Improving credit can be confusing. Creditors want you to have a robust history of credit, meaning they like to see several open lines of credit. But that doesn’t mean they want you to open ten credit cards and never pay them off. Instead, they want to see a balanced and maintained credit history, with perhaps a couple credit cards, student loans, an auto loan, and a mortgage, all of which are regularly paid.

Have questions about your credit as you prepare to buy a new Mazda? Visit Steet Ponte Mazda’s finance department today.

IIHS Names 2017 Mazda CX-5 a Top Safety Pick+

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

When many drivers go out shopping for a new car, they might factor things like design and driving experience into their decision, but one of the most important things to consider is safety. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is quickly becoming one of Mazda’s best-selling family cars. That’s why Mazda CX-5 safety features have been engineered with the modern family in mind, to provide parents with a practical, affordable ride that protects and provides more security than ever. In fact, the IIHS has named the Mazda CX-5 a Top Safety Pick+.

 

The IIHS is one of the organizations besides the federal government (the NHTSA) that subjects vehicles to crash tests and other safety tests and rates them based on how they perform. The IIHS found that the Mazda CX-5 not only scored the highest rating of “Good” in every crash test, but also earned a Superior rating for its optional front crash prevention system. Additionally, the crossover’s available LED headlights earned top ratings, too. By meeting all these criteria, the IIHS tacked the extra “+” onto the end of its “Top Safety Pick” title, the top accolade from the organization.

 

If you want to check out the 2017 Mazda CX-5 safety for yourself and see what makes it an award-winning ride, come check out our inventory at Steet Ponte Mazda.

Tips for Back to School Season

Parenting Tips for Back to School Season

Parenting Tips for Back to School Season

Back to school season can be stressful and busy for parents and kids alike. So, the question becomes, how do you stay connected during this busy time?

Make a game out of asking about their day

Lots of kids will groan if you ask them the generic, “What happened at school today?” question. Instead, make a game out of it by matching different questions to different numbers, and then having kids pull playing cards. Whatever number is on the card is the question they have to answer.

Ask questions at bedtime

If you don’t want to ask questions as a game, here’s four simple questions to ask as you tuck the little ones into bed.

  • What was your favorite part of today?
  • What was your least favorite?
  • Do you have any questions about today?
  • How did you show kindness today?

Introduce kids to cell phones by negotiating rules

Giving young children their first phone doesn’t have to be stressful. Involve them in the decision to set boundaries and rules for cell phone use.

Make a tech curfew

Letting kids stare at bright screens until bedtime can interfere with their sleep. Make sure to set a time when tech use has to stop.

Give kids morning cue cards

Are your kids struggling with their routine? Make little cards for them, instructing them what order they should complete tasks in and at which time.

 

With these tips from us at Steet Ponte Mazda, back to school season doesn’t have to be so hectic.

Steet Ponte Auto Group Sponsors “It’s a Three Dog Night”

Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind will be hosting their annual fundraiser, “It’s a Three Dog Night”. The event will be held at the Roselawn Banquet Facility in New York Mills, NY this Saturday April 18 starting at 6:00 PM.

Guide Dogs

Picture courtesy of Smerikal

The event is to help offset the cost of training guide dogs for the blind and benefits Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind which is a local training school located in Cassville, NY.  This non-profit organization does it all from breeding, raising and training the guide dogs and places them with the blind and visually impaired through their program. The program they use to place the dogs with those in need is called Hometown Training and is very distinctive. The Freedom Guide Dogs’ services are available to people in the Easter United States at no cost!

To help support this wonderful cause you can purchase tickets that are $40 each or a table of eight for $280. Tickets to this event include a buffet dinner, silent auction and basket raffle. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsorships run from a Naming sponsor to a quarter page ad in the program. Gold and Silver sponsors and Naming sponsors will receive a mention on TV, radio and in newspaper ads as well as a full page ad in the program book and they will receive tickets to the event. This year’s media partners for the event include WKTV, WIBX and the Observer Dispatch.

We hope to see you out at the event this Saturday April, 18 starting at 6 PM! To purchase tickets to the event click here. If you’re not able to attend but would still like to support the cause, please become a sponsor by clicking here or purchase an ad in the book by clicking here.

The Steet Ponte Auto group is proud to sponsor a wonderful cause that will help others not only in our community but in the entire Eastern United States!

Mazda Avoids ‘Most Stolen Cars in America’ List

2014 Mazda CX-9LoJack is a company that provides tracking and recovery systems, most notably for cars. When their systems are installed in your vehicle, they can track and recover it in the event it’s stolen. For the last five years, LoJack has released their list of most stolen and recovered cars. This is one list we were happy to stay away from.

Maybe its good luck or maybe it’s our intelligent security systems, but Mazda cars seem to stay in the possession of their adoring owners. Most of the cars that did make the list are top-selling cars in the market, but they’re also the most susceptible to burglary and theft. Lucky for the owners of the cars that made this list, they had LoJack installed, and 90 percent of these stolen cars were recovered.

The complete list is as follows:

1. Honda Accord

2. Honda Civic

3. Toyota Camry

4. Toyota Corolla

5. Chevrolet Silverado

6. Acura Integra

7. Cadillac Escalade

8. Ford F-350

9. Nissan Altima

10. Chevrolet Tahoe

If you’re concerned about the lack of security your car offers, stop by Steet Ponte Mazda to learn more about our wide range of secure cars.

SKYACTIV Technology More Popular than Ever; Over 1 Million Vehicles Produced

2014 Mazda6 SKYACTIVMazda’s SKYACTIV technology is that rarest of products: a product where the execution of an idea actually surpasses the brilliance of the original idea. SKYACTIV technology encompasses a wide range of adjustments to Mazda vehicles, all of which are designed to improve the environmental impact and safety record of these vehicles without sacrificing the “zoom-zoom” power that’s always made Mazda famous.

Customers have responded in extremely positive ways to SKYACTIV technologies, as more than 1 million vehicles equipped with these technologies have now been produced as of March 2014. Three current Mazdas feature the whole SKYACTIV suite, the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, and Mazda3. Together, 1,040,000 of these vehicles have been produced as of the end of March.

All three vehicles feature better engines and transmissions and reduced overall weight to improve fuel economy. Plus, with Mazda’s new KODO-Soul of Motion design language, these vehicles look just as good as they drive.

“At Mazda we put everything into developing our SKYACTIV vehicles, and it is because these models have struck a chord with a wide range of customers all over the world that we have reached the one million-unit landmark” Masamichi Kogai, Representative Director, President and CEO of Mazda, said. “On behalf of Mazda, let me express my gratitude to each and every person who bought one of our cars. With our undying challenging spirit and a great deal of hard work, Mazda will continue to make even more appealing cars that will enrich the lives of their owners, and help us build a strong and lasting bond with our customers.”

If you’re looking for a car whose internal organs beat with a human pulse, a pulse that aims to treat the environment and the road with equal respect, you’re looking for one of Steet Ponte Mazda’s SKYACTIV-equipped vehicles. See you soon!

Mazda Hints at Next-Generation Subcompact Car with HAZUMI Concept

With the reveal of the Mazda HAZUMI concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, we caught a glimpse of the future of Mazda’s subcompact car. We at Steet Ponte Mazda likey.

As the automaker continues to advance its model lineup, the concept car embodies the driving fundamentals that inspire Mazda’s engineering: SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, KODO – Soul of Motion design, Mazda Proactive Safety, and the next-generation Mazda Connect technology.

The HAZUMI concept may be small in size, but it has a commanding presence that demands attention with its aggressive styling and distinguished five-point grille.

Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, said in a press release, “Mazda HAZUMI indicates the exciting direction of Mazda’s products which, with no exception, will deliver Mazda’s unique driving pleasure. We hope that they will enrich people’s lives, and help build a strong and lasting bond between Mazda and our customers.”

Check out the pictures of the HAZUMI concept and let us know what you think of Mazda’s future plans in the comments below.

Welcome to the Steet Ponte Mazda Blog!

Steet Ponte MazdaWelcome to the official Steet Ponte Mazda Blog! We are located in Yorkville, NY on Commercial Dr. Our new inventory offers a variety of Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5, CX-9 and many more! We also have a variety of pre-owned vehicles. Check out our new and pre-owned inventory for more information! We also have great monthly specials on new Mazda models. They change monthly, so make sure you check back often!

We proudly serve the Utica, Yorkville and surrounding areas of Upstate New York. At Steet Ponte Mazda we pride ourselves on our friendly staff. Our employees strive for excellence in customer service. Our staff wants to make the car buying experience a pleasurable one. We understand your vehicle is an investment and our service department will help keep your Mazda in the best condition.

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