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5 Steps To Getting Your Car Ready For Spring

It’s that time of year! Break out the dust pans and broomsticks because spring is in the air and spring cleaning is on the agenda. While you’re preparing for the sunnier season don’t forget to prepare your car for the new weather as well. Here are some tips on how to get your car all ready for spring!

 

Wash Your Car and Get It Detailed

Spring is the ideal time to give your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out. Getting your ride washed, waxed, buffed and polished can really give your car a face lift after dealing with snow, ice, salt and more during those harsh winter months. Don’t just settle for your car looking better, make sure it feels better too. Bring your car back to showroom condition by having the interior vacuumed, shampooed and having the leather and plastic surfaces treated. A detail also gets all of the dirt and crumbs out of those hard to reach places.

 

Touch Up Paint and Small Dents

For minor dings and chips purchase some automotive touch up paint and carefully fill in all the scuffs and scratches. It won’t be a professional job but it will prevent rust from attaching itself to your sheet metal.

If you have some more substantial damage to your vehicle make a visit to your service department or local body shop. Different repairs have different prices but to keep your car in fair cosmetic condition it is worth an occasional visit to a professional. Having a car in good condition makes it easier to sell down the line and if your interested in an upgrade bring it to your dealer service center;  they can give you a trade in quote before you pay to have any work done!

 

Check Your Oil & Tire Pressure

These are routine procedure that every driver should keep up with but when life gets busy they are the last things on your mind. Be sure that you are checking your oil frequently and getting it changed according to your manufacturer standards. Getting your oil changed when needed is a easy and effective way to keeping your car in top performing condition while letting your oil get too low can cause detrimental damage to your vehicle.

Be cautious of wear on your tires after the winter months. The start of spring is the ideal time to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your spare tire included. It is also a fantastic time to have your tires rotated and balanced to make sure you are getting the maximum life span from each tire.

 

Invest in New Floor Mats

Winter is a very harsh time for your floor mats, especially if they are made of typical carpet. Spring is a great time to evaluate your floor mats and see if they need replaced. Some drivers even upgrade their floor mats from carpet to rubber or synthetic materials. These are easier to clean and don’t allow dirt, mud, water and more to get to your cars carpeting.

 

Clean Out Your Glove Compartment

First off, when cleaning out your glove compartment make sure that all important documents are where they need to be. Know where your insurance information is as well as your vehicle’s registration and owners manual. Clean out all of the un necessary papers and receipts that accumulate in your glove compartment over time time make sure these documents are easily accessible.

The glove compartment is also a great place to keep contact information from your local dealership and mechanic as well as any service coupons you acquire. It would also be a good idea to keep a tire gauge and pair of work gloves in there in case you need them while on the road.

 

If you follow these five steps you and your ride are ready for spring! Enjoy the sunshine and drive safe.

Benefits of a Certified Pre-Owned Honda

 

Ever wonder what the difference is between a pre-owned vehicle and a certified pre-owned vehicle? You see the sign advertising that the car you’re looking at is “certified pre owned” but what does that actually mean? Is it worth the extra cost? The short answer is yes but let’s explore why.

 

First off a certified pre owned car is a vehicle that has been through an intense and deliberate inspection by a Honda trained technician. This is to ensure that any problems with the car are fixed BEFORE it goes on the market. Any recalls, manufacture flaws or other problems will be addressed and fixed before the car leaves the lot. So when purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle you are assured that the car has been properly inspected and maintained to fit today’s top safety standards.  Furthermore in order for a vehicle to met Honda’s certified pre owned standards the car must be less than six years old and have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer.

 

Second, when purchasing a certified pre-owned car you are instantly purchasing a vehicle with some much needed add ons. For example if you purchase a certified pre-owned Honda vehicle Honda extends the powertrain warranty to a total of seven years (from initial in service date) or 100,000 miles. A Certified Pre Owned Honda also comes with a comprehensive vehicle history report so you know everything about your cars former life. Not certified pre-owned cars will typically carry out the original warranty that came with the vehicle but those are often expired by the time the car has been resold and it’s very difficult to find a pre owned car with a thorough report on its history.

 

So is it worth it to purchase a certified pre-owned Honda? Yes! Though vehicles made by Honda are meant to be reliable and last longer than ever, having an extended warranty as well as a detailed history report is well worth the minimal additional cost. The multi point inspection a certified pre-owned vehicle goes through also insures that there will be no immediate problems with the car and will put your mind at ease for a long time to come.

Check out our entire selection of pre-owned and certified pre-owned cars today.

 

 

Five Things to Know About Buying a Used Car

2014-Honda-CR-VBuying a used car comes with challenges that you won’t find with a new car. The savings may be worth it, but only if you find a vehicle that won’t cost you extra money in repairs shortly after buying. There are some things you need to know before you make such a significant purchase. Let’s go step-by-step through a common introduction to a used car, from how to conduct research to what to look for on the test drive.

1. Research

You shouldn’t buy a used car sight unseen. Do some research ahead of time about what kind of car you’re looking for. Driver reviews are especially useful, as they are likely to be honest about the experience of driving the car and what kinds of problems that particular make and model might have. You can avoid a troublesome vehicle if you do your homework.

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3 Reasons to Trade-in Your Used Car

Vehicle owners often face a tough decision about what to do with their old car when they buy a new one. They can sell the car to a private party or trade it in to a dealership. Trading in your used vehicle can be the best option in many cases because it saves you time and money, and it helps to lower the purchase price of your new car.

  1. Simpler than Selling to a Private Party

When you decide to sell your used vehicle to a private party, the process can be time-consuming. You must place an ad online or in the newspaper, be available for potential buyers to look at the car, and ensure the car is clean and in good shape. Trading-in a vehicle at a dealership takes significantly less time and energy. You will simply sit down with a dealer and talk until you come to an agreement about the price.

  1. Save Money

Selling a vehicle to a private party means that you continue to pay for routine costs such as insurance, fuel, and repairs until you find a buyer. You may incur other non-routine costs as well. You may need to pay for a new inspection sticker should the vehicle not sell before the old one expires or pay for repairs to ensure the vehicle passes inspection and meets the expectations of a buyer.

  1. Reduce the Cost of a New Car

When you trade-in your used car at the dealership where you are purchasing your new vehicle, the trade-in can be used as part of your down payment. That allows you to take out a smaller loan to pay for the new car. In certain states, car buyers only pay sales tax on the price of the new car minus the value of the trade-in. So for a new car selling for $25,000 with a $5,000 trade-in, the buyer only pays sales tax on $20,000.