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Hondas Ready For Spring - Vallejo, CA

Why You Should Get Your Car Ready for Spring

 

You know what they say—if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But the truth is, even if your car doesn’t seem to be begging for help now, it might do well with a little extra care. Avery Greene Honda recommends that you get your car ready for spring so that it runs well and looks great all throughout the warmer seasons.

Get A Checkup

It’s important to get your oil changed every three months or so, and the beginning of spring is a great time to do it. This will also give your mechanic a chance to look over the rest of vehicle and to check things like brake fluids and wheel alignment, which may need some attention after a long, hard winter.

Clean the Exterior

Honda Ridgeline Spring Fishing - Vallejo, CAIf you have a busy schedule like most people, you know that it’s tempting to just hope that the rain will clean your car as much as it needs it. However, much of your car—and especially the undercarriage—may have built up road salt from the winter. This can ultimately cause corrosion and rusting if left on for too long. Use a power wash to clean underneath, and a soapy towel to scrub off grime.

Get New Wipers

April showers are no lie, and you’ll want to be prepared for them. Spring is a great time to get new wipers so that you’ll have the best possible visibility for safe driving when the rain starts to pour.

The Best Honda Models for Graduates Trying to Save Money

graduateWhether you’re a recent graduate of high school looking to save money as you head to campus, or a recent graduate of college looking to save money as you pay back student loans, we know how difficult it can be to afford a vehicle that’s perfect for you.

We recommend getting one of these Honda models for graduates that offer different benefits depending on what type of driver you are.

2016 Honda Fit

This tech-savvy, little car is perfect for young drivers who want to spend less money on gasoline and put more effort into helping the environment. Plus, its contemporary style is sure to please.

2016 Honda CR-V

On the other hand, this compact SUV is perfect for young drivers in areas that need more off-roading capabilities, the ability to cruise over snow, or tons of cargo space for their gear.

To learn more about either of these vehicles or the Honda graduate program, contact us or visit us anytime at Avery Greene Honda.

Spring Car Care Tips

The harsh winter weather can do a seriously number on your car, especially if it’s an older model. In order to get it into tip-top shape for spring, love and attention is all your car needs. Best of all, getting your car ready for the fast-coming warmer weather is easy. Here are a few quick spring car care tips from at Avery Greene Honda’s service department!

  1. under the hoodUnder the Hood – Winter is a harsh season and if you parked outside, it’s time to take a look under the hood. Make sure to check all of your belts and hoses for wear and cracks. Verify that your coolant isn’t too old to ensure your car won’t overheat. If you aren’t car-savvy, a dealership service department can check for you. Better safe than sorry!
  2. Wiper Blades – Ensuring your wiper blades can handle the spring rains should be a top priority. You never know when you’ll be driving through a storm, after all. Look at the blades for cracks and wear. Ice can do a number on your wiper blades so don’t skimp on new ones.
  3. Wash – Last, but not least, wash your car. Dirt, grime, and road salt can build up over winter and each can do damage to your paint if left unattended. A simple car wash will remove most of the residue and leave you with a sparkling car!

Truths and Myths About Car Color

2016 Honda HR-V

Red 2016 Honda HR-V

Everyone’s heard the “fact” that red cars get pulled over more than different colored cars, but is it actually true? And what other myths about car color are there? There are actually quite a few urban legends on the subject, most of which are false.

First of all, no, red cars aren’t pulled over more often. According to Snopes, this myth might have sprung from a few different ideas, the most prominent that red cars are more eye-catching. Red cars have also been said to create an illusion of going faster than they really are. However, statistics show that red cars aren’t pulled over any more often than other cars.

Red cars also aren’t more expensive to insure, another popular myth. This has roots in the previous myth about red cars being ticketed more often. It also comes from the idea that red cars are associated with sports cars and thus are more likely to go dangerously fast. But, car insurance companies don’t actually take this into account.

Finally, the one true fact is that car color can affect resale value. Crazy colors get less money and are harder to resell than neutral colors like black, grey, and white.

Save Money (and the Earth!) with These Easy Fuel Efficiency Tips

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Save fuel with these efficiency tips!

If you haven’t gotten yourself into one of those high-tech all-electric cars yet, have no fear: there are still plenty of ways to make your ride cheaper, cleaner, and greener. We’ll get you started with some quick and easy fuel efficiency tips.

  • When you’re driving, especially on the highway, make sure to avoid hard acceleration and sharp braking. Both will increase the amount of fuel being used by your engine.
  • Make sure you’re at the correct PSI (tire pressure). Following the PSI suggested in your owner’s manual can increase your car’s efficiency up to 3% per month.
  • If there are any mechanical problems with your car, fix them as soon as you can. Small issues can decrease your efficiency by 4% monthly, and large problems can absolutely destroy your efficiency numbers, losing up to 40%. In other words, go get that tune-up!
  • Don’t idle! Idling costs you 1-3 cents each minute, or 2-4 cents if you’re AC is on.
  • Consider all your transportation options before hopping in your car: carpool, walk, bus, train, etc. A few avoided rides a month can save you a lot in the long run.

These fuel efficiency tips are sure to keep your car – and your wallet – happy.

Essential Driving Tips: Jump-Starting Your Car

jump-startGetting a dead battery happens to everyone if you drive long enough. Although it can be a stressful situation, just remember to relax and follow these simple steps. We’ve broken down the methods for jump-starting your car to make it easier than ever.

According to wikiHow, the first thing you should do is make sure that the battery is actually the problem. Turn on your headlights–are they dimmer than normal? If so, it’s probably the battery. Does the car crank slowly or just click? It’s probably the battery. If it’s cranking like normal or if you notice other problems, it may not be the battery.

After locating the battery, follow these simple steps:

  • Put the two cars hood to hood if possible. They need to be close, but there should still be room to work. Never touch the two cars.
  • Connect one positive clamp (red) the positive terminal (+) on the dead battery.
  • Connect the other positive clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
  • Connect one negative (black) clamp to the jumper car’s negative terminal.
  • Connect the other negative clamp to grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a nut or bolt, preferably one without corrosion. If successful, you may see a small spark when you connect the ground.
  • Clear the cables from moving parts.
  • Turn on the jumper car and let it sit for 60 seconds.
  • Try to start the dead car–if it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit more or reconnect the cables.
  • If successful, remove the cables in the order you put them on. Keep the dead vehicle (now working) running for a while.

Remember that connecting jumper cables can be dangerous. Make sure to wear protective equipment, avoid touching exposed metal, and be aware of moving parts.

Holiday Traveling: Thanksgiving Driving Tips

Happy ThanksgivingThe worst part of the holiday season is that everything happens in the colder months, when the roads are slick and traveling is much worse than any other time of year. Follow these Thanksgiving driving tips to make your holiday travels as safe as possible.

First, prepare your car for a breakdown. Cold weather is hard on cars, and if you experience issues and are stuck on the side of the road for a while, you’ll want warm clothes and supplies. Bring a first aid kit, extra blankets, snacks, water, and either a car charger for your phone or a spare prepaid phone to make emergency calls with.

If you aren’t familiar with the route, use a GPS or your phone to navigate so you don’t get lost. GPS is much more reliable than writing down directions, especially if you miss an exit and need to find your way back to the right freeway.

If you end up driving through bad weather and visibility is too poor, pull over! If the roads are bad, give yourself plenty of room to stop, more than usual, and drive slowly. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tips for Trailering or Towing a Boat

lakeHere in Vallejo, where we sit right on the Napa River, summer is the perfect time to haul our boats to the shore and head out for a relaxing day on the water. Hitching your boat safely to your truck isn’t hard, but it’s good to know some tips for towing a boat to keep it safely fastened for the drive.

Number one, make sure the weight in the boat is balanced. You may have to move things around so that the weight in both sides is about the same and the weight in the front and back is about a 60/40 split. You also need to attach—at least to ratchet—straps from the trailer to the bow eye.

When backing out of the driveway, have someone stand behind you to guide you. Steer from the bottom of the wheel, turning the wheel the direction you want the trailer to go.

While driving, give yourself more time to stop than usual, and take wide turns. When going up or down hills, shift down a gear to make braking safer and help you climb it.

spring cleaning

Spring Car Care Tips You Don’t Want to Skip

spring cleaningSpring is in the air, and with warmer temperatures comes an important reminder to make sure your car is up-to-date on all its maintenance. Ensure your car is ready to help you leave behind the long winter months with evening drives, weekend road trips, and sunny daily commutes.

Here is our spring car care checklist:

Get caught up on regular maintenance. Give us a call at Avery Greene Honda and we’ll make sure you’re all caught up on oil changes, filter replacements, and more.

Flush the radiator. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to correctly flush and refill the cooling system before the hot summer months set in.

Check the belts. Inspect the condition and tightness of belts. Cracks and obvious wear can be a sign of trouble to come.

Check the battery. Now is a good time to check the life of your battery, and make sure it’s holding a charge so that you don’t find yourself stuck with a car that won’t start.

Check the tires. Here in California, we’re doing the rain dance. Make sure you’re prepared just in case that call is answered with tires that provide optimal traction. Make sure they aren’t over-worn, over- or under-inflated, or misaligned.

Check the wiper blades. Consistent, direct sunlight can cause major damage to the rubber that clears water from your windshield. If you find that yours are warped or cracked, or just don’t clear the windshield like they should, replace them.

Wash and wax. If you’ve spent the winter months ignoring your car, now is the time to clean it out, wash it out, and shine it up.

Check the air conditioning. Have a trusted dealership or mechanic shop check your A/C for any issues before the sweltering summer months hit.

Print this handy infographic from The News Wheel and use it as a reminder and “to-do” list.

Tire Tips

Tire Care Tips to Prepare Your Car for Fall

For many people, it is hard to believe that the only thing between your car and the rode is a little bit of plastic filled with air. While there are many important parts to your car, one of the most important is your tires. These plastic donuts allow you to not only have a smooth ride, but also can increase or decrease your fuel efficiency with ease. Because of the importance of your tires, it’s also important to take care of them. As the weather begins to cool off this fall, make sure you follow these tire care tips to ensure your car will be in prime condition!

Keep an eye on your tire pressure. As the temperature decreases, so can you tire

Tire Tips

Keep your tires in top shape with these care tips!

pressure, which can affect your driving in multiple ways. Not only does tire pressure increase your chances of a blow out, but it also decreases your fuel economy significantly. Your steering is also affected by low tire pressure, which causes your car to drift one way or the other, making handling difficult. To ensure your safety and a great driving experience, be sure to check your tire pressure on the same day each month—we promise, you won’t regret it.

Don’t forget to listen to Honest Abe. According to the history books, Abraham Lincoln wasn’t a liar, which is a good thing because he sure knows how to measure tire tread. One of the most important ways to take care of our tires is to check tire tread. All you need to do is take a penny, insert it into the tread with Abe’s head upside down. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, then you need new tires. If your head mostly disappears, you’re in the clear. Who knew a penny—or Abraham Lincoln, for that matter—could be so helpful even now?

Rotate, rotate, rotate! Tire rotation is the top way to ensure your tires have the equal opportunity to wear down. Rotate them every 5,000 to 7,00 miles to maximize the life of your tire—you might even want to do it every time you get your oil changed. It’s an easy way to remember!

Choose the right tires for you. Each car has a recommended tire that is recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure you choose a tire that the company suggests, as it probably works the best with your car. Also, take the climate in which you live into consideration. If you’re driving through snow every winter, purchasing snow tires might be a good idea, whereas they are not a necessity when you live in Southern California.

These tire care tips are sure to keep your tires in top condition. If you have any questions regarding tire maintenance, bring your car in to Avery Greene Honda today for assistance!

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