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Fall Car Care Tips | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

3 Fall Car Care Tips for Vallejo, CA

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Once fall arrives in Northern California, the temperatures get cooler, the weather gets wetter, and the days get shorter. The change in seasons gives you an excellent opportunity to catch up on some important vehicle maintenance. Here are three of the most important service tasks to take care of this autumn.

Check the lights

With the sun setting earlier and rising later, it’s more important than ever to make sure all your car’s lights are working properly. Test the headlights, taillights, daytime running lights, and brake lights. While you’re at it, make sure none of the lenses are clouded or otherwise damaged.

Check the tires

Each season, check your tire treads to ensure that they’re not too worn and can still grip the road. If you can stick a quarter upside-down between treads and still see the top of George Washington’s head, it’s time to replace your tires. Even if they’re still in good shape, you can care for your tires and help them last longer by scheduling a rotation at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo.

Check the battery

Your Honda’s battery worked extra hard on summer’s hottest days, so fall is a good time to have it tested and make sure it still has plenty of life left. You may also want to check the cables and terminals to make sure they’re not loose or corroding.

At Avery Greene Honda, we’re here to help with these and any other fall service steps you need — just contact our service department!

Emergency Brake Tips | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

How and When You Should Use Your Car’s Emergency Brake

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You use your vehicle’s regular braking system every time you drive, but what about the emergency brake? Let’s take a closer look at how and when you should use this lesser-known — but very important — system.

Lever, pedal, or switch?

In older vehicles, the emergency brake is activated mechanically by pulling up a lever located between the front seats, or by pressing a pedal far to the left of your usual gas, brake, and clutch pedals. However, newer models often have an electronic emergency brake that you use by pulling a small switch on the console.

Perfect for parking

The emergency brake helps keep your vehicle in place when you park (especially when you’re on an incline) and take pressure off your transmission. To use it this way, put your vehicle in neutral, activate the emergency brake, and shift into park. Doing this will also ensure that your emergency braking system gets regular use and will be ready for an actual emergency.

An emergency backup

The emergency brake has less stopping power of regular brakes. However, if your regular brakes fail, you can still use the emergency brake to come to a gradual stop. To do this, pull up gradually on the lever or press down gradually on the pedal. With electronic systems, you may need to repeatedly pull the switch. For more specifics, be sure to check the owner’s manual for your vehicle.

In the best-case scenario, you’ll only ever need to use the emergency brake for parking. To boost peace of mind and decrease the likelihood of any serious brake problems, we recommend bringing your vehicle in for regular inspections here at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, California.

Tips For Data Usage | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Tips for Limiting Data Usage on Road Trips in Your Honda

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Summer is a great time of year to take a road trip in your Honda Accord, Honda Passport, or other Honda vehicle — especially if you live in California. If you rely on your smartphone for directions and entertainment on your drive, here are some tips for limiting data usage on road trips while you’re riding in your Honda.

Download instead of stream

Conserve your monthly data allotment by downloading podcasts and music when you’re on Wi-Fi® instead of streaming them via 4G usage in the car. You can also download maps to access later or turn off data after plugging in your destination.

Stop background apps

It’s not always the obvious apps that are draining your data; many apps still run in the background and consume mobile data. Check your phone’s data usage records and see if any inessential apps have been running in the background that you can restrict.

Pause on social media

Wait until you get back onto a secure Wi-Fi® network before checking your Facebook or Instagram feed. Those data-draining apps aren’t essential and can be skipped for now.

Sign up for in-car Wi-Fi®

Newer Honda models like the Odyssey offer an in-vehicle Wi-Fi® hotspot through AT&T. If your Honda vehicle offers this, consider enrolling in a plan for mobile internet access.

The Golden State has many beautiful road trip destinations, such as the redwood forests in NorCal, Hollywood in SoCal, and Yosemite National Park east of Vallejo. Before taking your next long-distance trip, make sure your Honda is ready for the journey with a maintenance checkup at the Avery Greene Honda service center.

Maintaining Your AC | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Tips for Maintaining Your Honda Vehicle’s Air Conditioning

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Summer in Vallejo gets very hot, and you need to stay cool during these sweltering months. You don’t want the air conditioning on your Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, or other Honda model to break and leave you sweating! Here are some tips from the Avery Greene Honda service center for maintaining the air conditioning system in your car.

Change the air filter

Where not talking about the air filter under the hood; your Honda has a different air filter in the cabin that sifts out dust and dirt from blasting through the AC system. Make sure you replace this filter every 6 months, because a clogged filter

Dust and unblock the vents

Make sure nothing is covering the air vents underneath your Honda vehicle’s seats. Also, wipe off the slots in the dashboard vents to remove any dust, dirt, or grime.

Run it on a cold setting

Your car’s air conditioning system works best when it’s on its coldest setting. A low temperature lets the system work efficiently and burn less fuel. Keep the AC on the coldest setting with a high fan speed or automatic climate control to keep the cold air moving.

If your Honda SUV, sedan, or truck needs an AC tune-up, schedule a service appointment at Avery Greene Honda before the temperatures get any hotter!

2021 Honda CR-V | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Honda Sensing 360 Tech Aims to Increase Driver Safety

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The vehicles you’ll find here at Avery Greene Honda are designed to keep you and your passengers safe on the road here in Vallejo, California. For example, newer Honda models like the 2021 Pilot and 2022 CR-V already offer driver assistance tools as part of the Honda Sensing® suite.

Now, the automaker has set a plan to make driving even safer, with the ultimate goal of eliminating traffic collision fatalities involving its vehicles by 2050. How will the brand achieve this goal? Through its next generation of driver-assistance technologies: Honda Sensing® 360.

As the next phase of the company’s plan to give drivers the tools needed to increase awareness and avoid crashes behind the wheel, Honda Sensing® 360 earns its name by being an omni-directional safety system that virtually eliminates blind spots around the vehicle. This all-inclusive monitoring of your surroundings is achieved through the use of next-level sensors and monitors.

This level of safety innovation would be a major help to drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially those who commute a long distance into and out of downtown. If you want to learn more about the latest Honda safety systems currently on the latest cars and SUVs and how they can help improve your protection on the road, visit Avery Greene Honda.

3 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Romantic Valentine's Day Car Gifts | Vallejo, CA

February 14th is coming up quickly, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to get the Valentine in your life. If your significant other happens to love cars, you can always tailor your gift to this passion. To help you out, we’ve put together some ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for car lovers.

 

Get their car detailed. There are few things better than having a car that’s spic and span. If your loved one is the type to really focus on taking care of their vehicle, then why not treat them to a detailing? An auto detailer will do a deep clean, leaving your significant other’s car sparkling like new.

 

Make it easier to head out in the morning. Morning drives aren’t fun, especially with how hot it can get in Vallejo sometimes. Make your loved one’s car that much better by getting them a remote starter. This will allow their car to get to a comfortable temperature without them having to sit in it, waiting for it to cool off.

 

Think of the right tools. From changing oil to changing out wheels, your partner likely needs new tools to make taking care of their car easier. Consider getting them new tools to help with any job. This gift can be tailored to their specific needs, whether they need a new wrench or a tool organizer to keep the garage tidy.

 

If you truly want to give your Valentine a gift they’ll remember, though, how about a new car or car accessory from Avery Greene Honda?

2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards Recognizes Honda

2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards | Vallejo, CA

Kelley Blue Book is known as a go-to website for those looking to do some research before purchasing new and used vehicles. Recently, this website released the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards — of which Honda won three recognitions.

For the fifth year in a row, Honda was chosen as America’s “Best Value Brand.”* Kelley Blue Book mentioned that it awarded Honda its Best Overall Brand award for the 2019 Brand Image Awards due to the brand’s high quality across its broad product lineup. Honda was also recognized for its commitment to offering a range of vehicles for both first-time buyers and loyal customers, which some brands don’t do.

Honda also received two other recognitions from these Kelley Blue Book awards. With the “Best Value Brand” accolade, Kelley Blue Book recognized the amenities available in the four Honda models — the Civic, Accord, CR-V, and Pilot. It also noted that Honda had eight vehicles in its 15 top-ranking vehicles in the refinement category, leading to it earning the “Most Refined Brand” award.

These awards from Kelley Blue Book look to recognizes automotive brands that succeed in fostering and retaining specific brand attributes that customers look for when considering a new-car purchase. For more hands-on experience with your vehicle of choice, stop into Avery Greene Honda.

*2019 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards are based on the Brand Watch™ study from Kelley Blue Book Strategic Insights. Award calculated among non-luxury shoppers. For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. 

2019 Honda Ridgeline Receives IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

2019 Honda Ridgeline IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a pickup truck that manages to stand out from its segment, especially when it comes to safety. This truck was recently named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick when it is equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights, making it the only pickup truck to earn this rating from the IIHS.*

 

Along with this safety rating, the Ridgeline also earned the top “Superior” rating from the IIHS for its available Collision Mitigation Braking System™. This system applies the brakes when a potential collision is detected on the road ahead and is part of the larger Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies.

 

The Honda Sensing® package comes standard on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition Models. It includes features like Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

 

The Ridgeline is the seventh Honda model to be recognized by the IIHS. Along with this pickup truck, the 2019 Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey all received the IIHS Top Safety Pick title. The Insight was awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ title. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also given all 2019 Honda models that have been tested so far, including the Ridgeline, its top five-star overall vehicle score.

 

Learn more about the 2019 Honda Ridgeline at Avery Greene Honda.

 

*Award applies to RTL-E and Black Edition trims. As of 3/21/2019.

Honda Pastport April Fool’s Day Joke Brings Back ’90s Nostalgia

Honda Pastport April Fool’s Day

 

On the first of every April, people across the country get up to some major hijinks, thanks to April Fool’s Day. This year, Honda was no exception. The Japanese carmaker got into the April Fool’s Day spirit this year by posting about the brand-new Pastport trim for the 2019 Passport — an entirely fictitious model, but one that we really, really wish were true.

 

The fictional Pastport trim is a ’90s-inspired version of the Passport, which features a throwback interior that highlights popular ’90s features, including automatic windows, a cassette player, and plush micro-fiber seats. It even has a mount for your beeper!

 

“From TV reboots to fashion, the ’90s are making a huge comeback, and we saw an opportunity at Honda for consumers who want uniqueness and simplicity, so we decided to reach back and bring the Pastport to market this spring,” said Zack Tanner, historical innovations manager for Honda. “We think the new Pastport is all that and a bag of chips.”

 

While this nostalgic trim level isn’t actually available, you can come in to Avery Greene Honda to check out the actual Passport. This ruggedly handsome SUV is the newest addition to Honda’s SUV lineup. It comes with an available all-wheel-drive system, standard safety technologies, ample power, and an abundance of interior space to make it a solid choice in its segment.

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Fuel EfficiencyIt’s no secret that Honda vehicles are some of the most efficient options out there. But even if you have a car that sips that gas, you might be able to increase the fuel efficiency even more with these fuel efficiency tips.

Keep it Light

The more a vehicle weighs, the more gas it must use to push itself forward. Thus, if you’re carrying heavy cargo in the trunk or your car or pulling an empty trailer with your SUV you’re using more gas than you need to.

Brake Sparingly

The more you brake and accelerate, the more gas your car uses. Learn how to come to gradual stops and get in the habit of accelerating slowly to make the most out of each tank of gas.

Inflate the Tires

If you’re driving on under-inflated tires, then you’re not getting the maximum fuel efficiency. Keep your vehicle’s tires inflated to the recommended PSI for the best efficiency and traction.

Service Regularly

Having regular service done to your Honda, like getting oil changes and replacing air filters, is one sure way to be certain your car is delivering its best fuel economy.

Don’t Idle

If your car will be running for longer than 30-60 seconds in an idle, turn it off. You’ll use up less gas restarting than you would leaving it on.

If you could use a more fuel-efficient vehicle, today’s lineup of Honda vehicles — available at Avery Greene Honda — are among the most efficient you’ll find.

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