Archives for June 2013

Benefits of Trading with Carmax

Cars on Car LotFinding a great trade-in value is one of the most important parts of getting a great deal on a new car. You may have heard of Carmax and have wondered whether or not you should sell your car with Carmax. Read on to find out.

What is Carmax?

Carmax is a car trading firm that operates independently of any dealer and which works directly with car buyers and sellers to help them set up deals that works for both. They were founded in 1993 and have become a major, Fortune 500 corporation which has expanded to 100 locations and has sold more than four million cars, winning a “Best Place to Work” award for nine years straight.

Benefits of Carmax

When you sell your car from Carmax, they won’t haggle on the price. They will accept the price you want, as long as it’s within reason and close to Kelley Blue Book price. Dealers at Carmax firms also receive fixed commissions for each car they buy or sell, meaning they won’t push you into a direction you aren’t interested in pursuing. Carmax will also give your vehicle a 125-point inspection to help understand it inside and out.

Benefits of Trading to a Dealer

Don’t run to Carmax without knowing some of the benefits of selling to a dealer first. The biggest benefit of trading to a dealer is haggle based buying. This may seem like a contradiction but if you’re good at haggling or understand the basics of car price haggling, it can actually work to your benefit. Working with a specific car brand dealer can also give you the benefit of a buyer that fully understands your model and its value on first glance without having to do an inspection. Lastly, smaller, family-oriented dealers may know you by sight and want you to get the best deal possible because of your personal relationship.

Final Verdict?

The truth is, both Carmax and car dealers are designed to work for specific sellers. If you’re looking for a no-problem, easy-to-understand, and highly efficient way to sell your vehicle, Carmax may be your best option. But if you want the option to haggle, are interested in a specific dealer, or simply want to support local business, a dealer may be the choice for you.

Proper Pet Safety for Summer Months

Dog Riding in a CarThe weather is starting to heat up around our Orland Park Honda dealership and lots of people are having adventures. Whenever you make a stop at a light, it’s not uncommon to see a dog sticking their head out the window with their tongue flapping. While your animal may love getting some sun and catching a breeze, it’s quite dangerous for your dog or any other pet to travel unrestrained. In the event of a collision, there’s nothing to keep an animal from going airborne. Even if you’re a great driver, you can never count on others out on the road.

Cats and Other Animals

For cats or pretty much any animal that’s not a dog—I’m looking at all you sloth and capybara owners out there—you’ll want to get a crate. Preferably you can get one that’s built for car transportation that can be strapped in to the seat or attaches to the seatbelt. Never put a crate or loose animal in the back of a Honda Ridgeline or any other type of pickup.

Dog Restraints

Dogs have it a little bit easier. Similar to the restraints many dogs wear in lieu of collars, there are pet restraints built for car travel that allow your pet to use the protection of your car’s seatbelt. The restraint attaches to the seatbelt, giving the animal a little bit of room to be free, but protecting it from an accident.

Roll Up the Windows

Your pet may love sticking their head out the window, but, even restrained, it’s still a bad idea. The dog’s head could get struck by another car or a side mirror. Breathing in a lot of cold air isn’t great for their lungs and road dust and debris can get in their eyes too. Pets have also choked themselves before by accidentally stepping on the window control switch.

Don’t Leave Pets Alone in Cars

Perhaps most important is to never leave a dog, cat, or other animal in your car during the summer months. Even if you’ve had the air on, your car is quickly going to become a sweatbox. Take your animal with you if you have to make a stop or have someone stay with the animal.

Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Family Vehicles Include Three Honda Models

Family collecting new carAt Community Honda of Orland Park, we’re proud to extol the virtues of Honda vehicles throughout the Frankfort area and beyond, and we’ve got the automaker’s full lineup available at our dealership. You don’t need to take our word for it, though — recently, three Honda models appeared on Kelley Blue Book’s list of Top 10 Family Vehicles. So which one is right for you?

The three Honda models on the list include:

  • 2013 Accord – The Accord is fully redesigned for 2013, and is one of the top family sedans out there. Exceptional fuel economy, strong performance, and a refined ride define the Accord. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, Pandora functionality, and more.
  • 2013 CR-V – The CR-V was redesigned for the 2012 model year, so the 2013 edition just refines this crossover’s winning formula. Strong fuel economy, ample interior space, and a great slate of features are this model’s hallmarks. It’s available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. With the rear seats up, you’ll have 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space; folding down the rear seats gives you 70.9 cubic feet to work with.
  • 2013 Odyssey – The Odyssey has long been one of the top family minivans on the market, offering a versatile interior, surprisingly agile handling, and more. Being a minivan, the interior is the star of the show, and the Odyssey delivers with enough space for eight passengers across three rows of seating. Removing the second row seats gives you access to a cavernous 148 cubic feet of cargo space, making this vehicle capable as both a people- and stuff-mover.

While drivers’ tastes differs, Kelley blue book’s Top 10 list includes only vehicles that perform highly in areas of comfort, value, and safety, among other criteria.

At Community Honda of Orland Park, we’re pleased that these vehicles have earned the recognition they deserve from Kelley Blue Book, and we’re delighted to offer them all at our dealership. We also have the rest of the Honda lineup, of course. To see it all for yourself, visit us at 8340 W 159th St in Orland Park, IL. We hope to see you soon!

A Few Great Road Trip Apps for Kids

Driving With KidsIf you’re heading out on a long summer road trip this summer and you’re wondering how to keep your kids entertained, happy, quiet, and maybe even teach them a thing or two, you might want to try an app for your smartphone. It seems like an unlikely choice, but there are some excellent apps out there that will serve your purposes. Here are just a few of our favorite apps that will keep both you and your kids happy on long summer road trips:

  • Storylines – This app is a great take on an old game. The first player writes a saying or any sentence and passes it on to the next player. That player illustrates the sentence. The next player needs to write a caption for the picture the second player drew. This goes on for a few rounds, and at the end of the game you get an original story that no one expected! This is fun for kids (and parents) of all ages.
  • Stack the States – While you’re driving across the country, you and your kids may as well brush up on your geography! With Stack the States, kids can learn to identify states and state locations, as well as information like state capitals, mottos, flags, and much more.
  • License Plate Travel Game – This is a modern take on another classic travel game. It also makes it even more fun by making it into a competition, complete with scores. You and your kids can compete to spot all the different license plates on the road; spotting a license plate from a new state earns you two points, while catching an already-spotted license plate gives you one.
  • Road Trip Bingo – Good for young kids, this game brings another classic travel activity to tablet computers and smartphones. Bingo squares are labeled with things that you might see on the road, such as signs, cars, and common objects. First to bingo wins — you might have to come up with the prizes yourself, though!
  • Cool Mad Libs – Mad Libs are fun wherever you go, and this is a neat interactive packaging of that classic word game. It’s a great an interactive family activity that lets everyone contribute to making a fun and unexpected story.

At Community Honda of Orland Park, we’re happy to provide tips to help you make the most of your road trip. Before you strike out into the country, though, make sure you stop by our service center to make sure your vehicle’s maintenance is up to date!