Tuesday, May 6, 2014

   With Memorial Day just around the bend, vacation time is nearly here, and Mazda families are preparing to head out for fun and excitement on the road... some Zoom-Zoom if you will, and if you own a Mazda, you will! Just don't go overboard like Top Gear episode which featured the Mazda CX5 in a race towing a travel trailer, or as they are known in the UK, a caravan. This episode presented a classic case of pushing the CX5 to its limits, which was not a problem at all for the Mazda, but was a completely different story for the poor trailer/caravan. You can check out the flashback for the event on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2xfaPoe-gU .

    Yeah, the trailer gets a little tore up, but the CX5 takes all that's dished out, and ends up winning the race, and annoying the locale clientele at the camp grounds to boot. All in all, a great day for Mazda and the CX5!

   If you have not had the chance to check out the CX5 yourself, then feel free to head over the Ricart Mazda in The Ricart Megamall and take one for a spin... but you will have to do it without towing a trailer behind you for the sole purpose of turning it into kindling, which of course, goes without saying. Even without the trailer, the CX5 is still going to be the most fun you've had driving a crossover!

   See you on the road this summer!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's show time, then test drive time at Ricart Mazda!

   An auto show is like a movie. You can see what it’s all about, but you can’t actually experience any of it. For that, you’ve gotta be in the real world! That’s why we love it every year when the Columbus Auto Show comes to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and folks have the chance to see what’s new on the road, what’s on the horizon, and sometimes an early peek at what’s on the drawing board in the automotive industry.

Having a bunch of different cars, trucks, SUV’s, and crossovers all in one place, it’s a car enthusiasts dream, and a car shopper’s candy store! The only problem is you can’t drive the vehicles at the car show. Sure, you can sit in some of them, but you can’t grab the keys (or just push the start button) to fire up your favorite ride and tool around the extra wide hallways in the Convention Center, or up and down the aisles in the Exhibition Hall! That kind of activity definitely does not fit with proper auto show decorum, and will probably get you arrested. Actually, that’s pretty much a guaranteed criminal record and guest appearance in the next Need for Speed game!

So, let’s say you saw something you really like at the auto show, but where can you put it through its paces, safely and legally? Umm… that’s exactly the reason why we have as many vehicles as we do at The Ricart Megamall, and as many kinds of vehicles we have! It’s easy to compare and contrast vehicles when you can do it at one location with no fuss and no muss!

Whether you go to The Columbus Auto Show every year, or have never been, when the time comes to see what that new ride you’ve been thinking about is like when rubber actually hits blacktop, just stop by the Ricart Megamall. We’ll be waiting for you.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

To boldly go... test drive the 2014 Mazda6 after you go see "Star Trek Into Darkness"

For more than 40 years, the vision begun by Gene Rodenberry has waxed and waned and waxed again, at least three or four times, while always holding true to the Star Trek foundations of breaking cultural molds and technological boundaries. That’s why Mazda and the new 2014 Mazda6 have joined up with “Star Trek Into Darkness”, the new JJ Abrams directed vision of the young Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and Enterprise crew, in the second of what may well turn out to be a trio of Star Trek films from Abrams .

The reimagining of Star Trek by Abrams is the perfect companion to the reimagining of the 2014 Mazda6 because both offer a fun ride… one at break-neck speeds, careening across the big screen, and the other, more sensibly following the speed limit and traffic laws, but with uncompromised performance and fuel efficiency with its SkyActiv Technology delivering the driving fun other sedans have only heard stories about! See the Star Trek themed Mazda6 ad here.

The new 2014 Mazda6 and its SkyActiv Technology give you up to an EPA estimated 38 MPG HWY, in a ride that looks great, feels great to drive, and won’t set you back a pile of dilithium crystals… the new 6 has an MSRP starting at under $21,000!

If you are going to check out “Star Trek Into Darkness”, have a great time at the show, and when it’s over, swing by Ricart Mazda in The Ricart Megamall and take the 2014 Mazda6 for a spin around the galaxy, err, test track. Save us the aisle seat, Ricart Mazda will save you the driver’s seat!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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  The thermometer is bouncing up and down like a basketball on The March Madness hard wood , the Arnold Fitness Classic has come and gone, the award show season is done, and the count to baseball’s opening day is just around the bend. What do all these mean? It’s time for The Columbus Auto Show, when auto manufacturers tout their current wares, and offer a glimpse at what they have in store for us, or at least what they may have coming down the road. And this year, every single new Mazda you see at the Columbus Auto Show is from Ricart Mazda in The Ricart Megamall! That means you can get the exact new Mazda3, or redesigned Mazda6, CX5, Miata, or whatever Mazda you see at the Greater Columbus Convention Center this year at Ricart Mazda!
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This year’s Columbus Auto Show runs March 14th through the 71th, and in addition to exhibits and presentations that fill a motor-head’s dreams, and the thoughts of somewhat less possessed car lovers, Dialed Action Sports BMX Team will have multiple shows each day, The Columbus Zoo will have some animals to check out Saturday and Sunday, Matt The Balloon Guy will be at The Show Sunday, so there’s things for the whole family to do!
Ricacrt MazdaThe Columbus Auto Show hours are Noon to 9:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And if you see a new Mazda you really want to drive, Ricart Mazda will be open 10 to 8 Thursday and Friday, 9 to 8 Saturday, and Noon to 6 Sunday! That makes it easy to take a spin in the new CX9, Mazda5, or any Mazda you saw at The Show on our six acre test track, on the road, or both! Oh, and take advantage of the $300 Mazda Auto Show Bonus thru the end of March!
Enjoy this year’s show, and we’ll see you at The Ricart Megamall soon!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall vehicle maintenance... and zombies at Ricart Mazda

You’re taking a pleasant walk with your dog through the woods at a park. It’s twilight, and the shadows among the trees are starting to take on other-worldly appearances. You aren’t worried though, having walked the trails of this park many times.

As the light fades more noticeably and you start to head back to your car, your dog begins to whine as if sensing something in the surrounding trees and bushes, but you hear or see nothing out of the ordinary, and coax the canine to follow you. After a few more steps, the dog becomes dead weight on the leash as he stops, facing back up the trail with a low rumbling growl. You turn to see what has gotten into the dog, and notice a figure lumbering through the trees. Then you see another figure, then a couple of more. Something must be wrong with those people because they all seem to be stumbling through the growing darkness. It’s time to get back to your car!

You pull the leash hard, and with it the dog, as you begin to walk with greater purpose toward the parking lot. Suddenly the dog passes you, whining loudly, as he begins pulling you hard down the path to where your car is parked. The reassuring sounds of nightfall, the crickets and the fading calls of song birds, are quickly overwhelmed by the growing din of a large group of people now crashing through the underbrush and trees. You move faster and faster, the dog pulling you ahead harder and harder. You look over your shoulder and see many of the dark figures following you now, and notice they don’t seem to move quite right, but you are too scared now to try and figure out why.

With your car just ahead, you are running full speed, the dog still racing ahead of you jerking the leash and your arm hard. When you reach the car, you yank open the door, the dog leaps across the driver’s seat to sit shotgun, you hurl yourself into the car, jam the key into the ignition as you see the first zombies spilling from the woods onto the parking lot and heading toward you! You turn the key in the ignition, and… you guessed it… the car does not start!

Maybe it’s the battery, maybe the starter. Who knows? Had you taken the time to get your vehicle serviced regularly by the Factory trained and certified technicians at Ricart, you would be half way home now, and not a snack for the zombie horde.

Sure, zombies are not real, but rain, ice, and snow storms are. So are dark nights in a lonely parking lot. So to avoid having a bad vehicle experience under any conditions, make sure to follow the vehicle maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual, and call Ricart Service at 614-836-6300 to set up your next appointment.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Before there was a ricart.com...

There is an overwhelming chance you have researched a new vehicle on-line. That’s because more than 8 in 10 folks now go to at least one web-site to do some research when they start thinking about a new vehicle. When they get to that web-site, they see full color pictures of cars, trucks, SUV’s and CUV’s, and lots of them! There are videos, and live chat, and payment generators for both leases and purchases on the site, along with links to articles about the vehicles, and social sites so you can see what other people are saying about the car you want and the store you want to go to (umm, that better be Ricart!).

Color, sound, video, chat, and oodles of information are what you find on our website today, and that’s are far cry from the first website, which went live 21 years ago this month!

Wow. That’s pretty boring. And does anyone still refer to the ‘net as W3?

Actually, when you think about it, when Tim Berners-Lee published the first web-page from his lab in the Swiss Alps, it was a pretty major event. Of course, back when Tim was working for the European Organization for Nuclear Research his site was designed to be used by fellow researchers. That was the World Wide Web long before you started checking your Facebook status, or even received your first email… and forget about that smart phone you have, or live streaming video, instant messaging, or any of the other stuff you now accept as part of your life!

So the next time you hop on ricart.com to look at that new car, or make a service appointment, or check Facebook or Twitter to see what community event Ricky Ricart will be hanging at this weekend, remember it always didn’t use to be that way. Life was hard back in the day, wasn’t it?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

There's a free show coming just before sunset on May 20th, 2012. Hey! That's a Sunday! Great! Let's hope for nice weather!

No, it's not a live performance of "Dark Side of the Moon", but it's really cool, and your Ricart Mazda Family didn't want you to miss out the chance to enjoy something you just can't see every day... a partial solar eclipse. If you want to see the total eclipse, grab the family or some friends, fill up your Mazda, and Zoom west a few states.

To see the partial eclipse, find a good place to look westward with as few ground objects between you and the western horizon as possible. Plan on arriving at your spot by 8 p.m. or so on the evening of the 20th, weather permitting. The event should begin a bit after 8:00, and you should begin to see the Moon's shadow blocking a bit of the Sun's disc. The Moon should cover as much of the Sun it's going to by about 8:40, or about the time the Sun will set completely.

Remember to never look directly into the sun! That would not be good because it can damage your eyes. So if you are gonna view the eclipse, check out how NASA suggests you do it. Make sure any children with you follow the viewing guidelines, or stay at home and watch it from Mt. Fujiyama in Japan at go-green.ae.

If you want to find out even more, you can check out Annular Solar Eclipse May 20. 2012 on Facebook. While you are on Facebook, just go ahead and like Ricart Automotive too. You know you want to!

So pack some snacks, and maybe a blanket for the ground... put together a good tunes list on your player or phone, hop in your Mazda, and head to that spot you have picked out. It'll be a great way to end the weekend, so have fun! If we don't see you out there, we'll see you the next time you visit the Ricart Megamall.

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