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Parades, fireworks highlight 4th of July in Sonoma Valley

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community, Local Events, Local News on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 11:00 AM
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4th of July fireworks 2018 near Santa Rosa, CA

The beautiful weather is here and summer is well on its way. Now is the season for weekend road trips, barbeques, and 4th of July celebrations. In fact, this special holiday is coming up very quickly! What is your plan for the 4th of July this year? If you don’t have plans yet, have no fear. There are a variety of events happening in the local area this summer. From parades to live music, these celebrations have something for everyone, including fireworks. In fact, nearly every 4th of July celebration in the area has a great fireworks display. Here’s where to watch the fireworks near Santa Rosa this 4th of July. Read the rest of this entry »

20 ways to have fun in Sonoma Valley that don’t include wine tastings

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community, Local Events, Local News on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 10:12 PM
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Things to do in Sonoma Valley besides wine tasting 2018

Our beautiful part of the state is well-known for its many wineries. While our area’s delicious wine is a source of pride and joy for our state, that’s not all there is to do in Sonoma Valley. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here all your life and are just looking for something new to do, our list is for you. Here are some of the many things you can do in Sonoma Valley that doesn’t include wine or alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure grade?

By blogsadmin | Posted in New Vehicles, Toyota on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at 9:18 PM
2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure grade in the woods

No matter where life takes you, it’s nice to have a vehicle you can depend on. From weekend camping trips to the morning commute, it’s important to have a multi-faceted vehicle that can do it all. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is just that. This capable crossover SUV has everything you need, no matter what life throws your way. And as if the RAV4 couldn’t get any better, Toyota added a new Adventure trim for 2018. The RAV4 carries this premium trim over for 2019, which comes standard with a generous array of high-tech features. But just what is the Adventure trim? Read the rest of this entry »

Ways to stop car rust from spreading

By blogsadmin | Posted in FAQ, Service, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 9:17 PM
How to stop car rust from spreading

Seeing rust on your vehicle can be very frustrating. Not only does it look terrible, but unless you treat it, that rust will continue to spread and fast. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to stop rust from eating into the metal. Read the rest of this entry »

Does the 2019 Subaru Ascent take premium gas?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Automotive News, New Vehicles, Subaru on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 9:18 PM
2019 Subaru Ascent by a forest

We are counting down the days until the release of the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent. This sophisticated three-row crossover SUV comes in seven- and eight-passenger configurations, a generous array of high-tech features and an all-new turbocharged 260-hp BOXER® engine. That leaves a number of questions, one of which is “will the Ascent take premium gas?” Read the rest of this entry »

Does the 2019 Subaru Ascent have a DVD player?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Automotive News, New Vehicles, Subaru on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 9:15 PM
Rear seats in the 2019 Subaru Ascent

The 2019 Ascent is one of the newest additions to the Subaru lineup and is expected to go on sale as early as July 2018. The new three-row crossover SUV is the largest Subaru ever made and also the most powerful, boasting up to 5,000 pounds of towing capability. In fact, the Ascent receives a variety of firsts for 2019, including new 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability and a generous array of premium entertainment and convenience features. With all the new tech and capabilities, a big question remains: “does the 2019 Subaru Ascent have a DVD player?” Read the rest of this entry »

How often should you change your cabin filter?

By blogsadmin | Posted in FAQ, Service, Tips and Tricks on Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 7:21 PM
Stinky vent in a car

It’s nice to save money when you can, this is especially the case when it comes to your vehicle. Unfortunately, one of the most common ways that drivers try to cut corners is by not replacing the air filter as often as it should be. So how often should it be changed? Most manufacturers recommend changing the air filter every 15,000-25,000 miles or once a year. When in doubt, check your vehicle’s manual. Read the rest of this entry »

Who can service a car under warranty?

By blogsadmin | Posted in FAQ, New Vehicles, Service, Tips and Tricks on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 8:58 PM
Mechanic working under the hood of a car

There are a variety of perks to buying a new vehicle, but one of the best is the warranty. No matter what manufacturer you choose, most new cars, trucks and SUVs come with a 3-year warranty or longer. Most warranties cover the repair work on every part of the vehicle, except for the tires, brake pads and other items that wear out due to normal use. When it comes time to get your vehicle in for repair, it’s important to choose the right facility and services so you don’t void the warranty. With that said, who can service a car under warranty?  Read the rest of this entry »

Get your dream car with help from a college grad rebate

By blogsadmin | Posted in About Hansel Auto Group, Acura, BMW, FAQ, Finance, Ford, Honda, Lincoln, Mazda, New Vehicles, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen on Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 7:33 PM
College graduates tossing caps

College grad car rebates 2018

You put the time and hard work in day-in and day-out and it has all paid off. You have earned the title of “graduate!” Finishing college or trade school is a major accomplishment that deserves a celebration! From all of us here at Hansel Auto Group, congrats on your new degree. As you begin your journey onto the next big adventure in your life you will need a reliable vehicle that can get you from point A to point B. Fortunately, there are a number of automotive manufacturers that offer special rebates for 2018 college graduates on new and certified pre-owned vehicles. Read the rest of this entry »

How to do lease vs. buy analysis

By blogsadmin | Posted in Comparisons, FAQ, Finance, New Vehicles, Tips and Tricks on Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 9:32 PM
Showroom at a car dealership

One of the most important decisions car shoppers making is the choice to buy or lease. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to each, but it’s important to weigh the options. Our handy lease vs. buy analysis here makes it easy to compare so you can find which is right for you. Read the rest of this entry »