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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!

Hazard Light Safety | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

When Should I Use My Vehicle’s Hazard Lights?

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Your vehicle’s hazard lights are designed to help you in an emergency, but when should you use them? Here’s a quick guide to situations where you’ll need to activate your hazard lights — and when you won’t.

When to turn on hazard lights

Generally, you’ll need to use your hazard lights for situations when you’re pulled off to the side of the road:

  • After you’re in a collision
  • When you have a breakdown
  • When you’re changing a tire

When a police vehicle pulls you over, you should turn on your hazard lights to communicate to the officer that you’ll pull off to the side as soon as possible. And if you’re driving in a funeral procession, you’ll probably be asked to turn on your hazard lights then as well.

When to leave hazard lights off

According to California state law, you can’t use hazard lights while driving except in an emergency. So avoid using them in other situations, like:

  • When you’re driving in bad weather (if you’re worried about visibility, it’s best to pull over somewhere)
  • When you’re driving more slowly than usual
  • When you’re parked illegally (which you shouldn’t do at all, lights or no lights)

Other states may have different hazard-light laws, so inform yourself about those if you plan to drive outside California soon.

To reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to use your hazard lights, be sure to stay current on maintenance for your vehicle. Need to get caught up? Contact our team of service experts here at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo!

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!

Family Road Trips | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Tips for Keeping Kids Quiet on Family Road Trips in Your Honda

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There’s nothing as memorable as taking a family road trip through northern California to see our state’s gorgeous national forests. Unfortunately, that scenic drive can be memorable for all the wrong reasons if your children are throwing tantrums the whole time. Here’s some advice for keeping kids quiet in the car from the parents at Avery Greene Honda.

Take breaks

You may be tempted to travel the full distance of your road trip without taking any breaks. But, the longer you drive without stopping, the more restless your children will become. Schedule time in your itinerary for detours to see local sights — not just take a bathroom break and keep moving. You can even the kids choose where and when to stop along the where.

Plan activities

Keep your kids occupied by providing in-vehicle activities that are fun, engaging, and creative. For example, pack scrapbooking kits that contain blank notebooks, crayons, glue, and scissors (if age appropriate). Encourage your children to gather items from your vacation — like pamphlets and leaves — and assemble them into a memory book.

Our Honda dealership in Vallejo has safe, quality family vehicles for sale like the Odyssey, Pilot, and Accord. Avery Greene Honda has sedans and SUVs in stock ranging from compact to large.  

Family Road Trips | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

How to Pack Light on a Summer Road Trip in Your Honda

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Summer is the best time of year to hit the open road and see the beautiful forests of northern California. However, before you take off from Vallejo in your Honda Accord or CR-V, you should plan your road trip by packing properly. Here are some tips on how to pack for a road trip by minimizing your luggage and traveling light.

Double up

Most everything you wear should be usable more than once and in a variety of situations. For instance, pack a zip-up that functions as a rain jacket, a windbreaker, and comfortable loungewear. The same goes for items like shoes, which should be wearable on a hike or at a restaurant. Don’t pack anything that’s only useful in certain specific conditions.

Light and breezy

Instead of packing clothing made of thick, heavy materials, choose items that are lightweight, thin, and breathable. These take up much less space in your suitcase. For instance, pack hiking pants instead of jeans. If you’re worried about feeling cold, bring a jacket you can wear over any thin shirt rather than a bunch of thicker shirts or sweaters.

Another essential for every summer road trip in California should be to have your Honda vehicle serviced by a professional mechanic. Schedule a service appointment at Avery Greene Honda if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pre-Order | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Pre-Order Your New Honda at Avery Greene Honda

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If you’re used to buying a car in Vallejo by driving to the dealership and seeing what’s currently on the lot, you should change the way you think about shopping for a new vehicle. Pre-ordering has become a convenient way to get the exact model, features, and color you want on your new Honda car, truck, SUV, or minivan. Here are some reasons to pre-order a new Honda from Avery Greene Honda.

Customize your Honda

Instead of settling for a predetermined combination of characteristics on a Honda model that’s already been built and delivered to our dealership, you can pre-order a Honda to make sure it has the traits you prefer. That includes selecting the color, trim level, optional packages, powertrain, and drivetrain.

Guaranteed availability

Sometimes, new Honda models are so popular they sell like hotcakes here at Avery Greene Honda and we run out of stock. Then, when you come to buy a new Odyssey, CR-V, or Ridgeline and we don’t have any more available, you’re out of luck. That’s been particularly common in recent years with supply shortages and high demand for new cars.

Pre-ordering ensures that you have your name on the Honda model you want, letting you reserve it before someone else buys it. You may have to wait a while for it to be built and delivered, but it can be worth the wait if you’re able to hold off on needing that new car right away.

If pre-ordering your next Honda vehicle sounds like the right choice for you, we encourage you to contact Avery Greene Honda and begin the pre-ordering process.

Honda Green Program | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

How Honda Green Dealer Program Makes a Difference

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Over the decades, Honda has become a well-known, influential brand in the U.S. automotive industry. Part of the company’s commitment to our country is to keep the land green and healthy. That commitment to the environment extends to Honda dealerships through the Honda Green Dealer Program.

The automaker’s environmental leadership program facilitates the “greenification” of Honda dealerships across the U.S., which leads to a reduction in CO2 emissions. This national effort began in 2011, connecting dealerships with environmentally responsible operations, machines, and products.

At the 2022 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show, Honda shared insights from its decade of experience pursuing the goal of global carbon neutrality in its operations.

As a Honda Green Dealer Program participant, Avery Greene Honda strives to reduce energy consumption, water bills, and negative impact on the Vallejo environment. It should be no surprise that Avery Greene Honda is committed to environmentally conscious initiatives — it’s practically in our name!

How can you keep California beautiful? Drive a Honda model that uses a hybrid, electric, or plug-in electric powertrain. Vehicles like the Honda Clarity and CR-V Hybrid burn less gas than non-electric models, making them better for the environment and your wallet. Find a wide selection of hybrid models for sale in Vallejo here at Avery Greene Honda.

Green Honda Vehicles | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Green Honda Vehicles for St. Patrick’s Day

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Looking to go green this St. Patrick’s Day? While Honda doesn’t offer any vehicles that are actually painted green, we do have several models that’ll help you go green while also saving you green thanks to their outstanding efficiency ratings.

Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid has been helping drivers go green for years. For 2022, this eco-friendly sedan is rated at 48 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.[1] But that efficiency doesn’t result in a loss of power — the Accord Hybrid also boasts 212 total system horsepower and responsive electric torque perfect for escaping those pesky leprechauns in a hurry.

Honda Insight

If you need even more efficiency than what the Accord Hybrid offers, the Insight is the car for you. This hybrid-only model gets up to 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.[2] And it also comes with an 8-year high-voltage battery limited warranty, giving you even more peace of mind as you enjoy being green for many more St. Patrick’s Days to come.

Honda CR-V Hybrid

Need something bigger? The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid comes with all the perks of the beloved HR-V crossover, while also adding fuel efficiency ratings of 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.[3] The only way this CR-V could get any greener is if it was literally painted green; unfortunately green is not one of the CR-V’s eight available color options.

When you’re ready to go green on the road and save your pot of gold from the gas pump leprechauns, contact our sales team at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, California.

[1] 48 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg rating for Hybrid and Hybrid EX-L. 44 city/41 highway/43 combined mpg rating for Hybrid Sport and Touring. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

[2] 55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for the EX trim. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

[3] 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

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