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Best Road Trip Apps for Your Summer Travels

Road trips are a quintessential part of summer, and at Community Honda of Orland Park, we love sharing tips to make those long hours behind the wheel a bit more Family on a road trip, Group photo in front of car (1)enjoyable, if not easier. If you have a smart phone, be sure to check out the following apps to optimize your travels.


Rising gas prices can be a real downer as you hit the open road, but apps like GasBuddy can help you find the cheapest gas in the area. The application lets drivers plug in their current location and search for the cheapest fuel around. All of the pricing information is crowd-sourced, meaning users submit the information, but the app is updated frequently and the prices are generally accurate.

Trip Tik

Next on the list of road trip must-haves is Trip Tik from AAA. The app allows drivers to download detailed maps to their phones as they travel and includes helpful information like attractions you can stop and see along the way. If you want to get a jumpstart on planning before you start your adventure, plot your route on your home computer and download the map to your smart phone for easy access. Only AAA members have access to this app.


When it’s time to stop for the night and grab a bite to eat, turn to the TripAdvisor app. The app’s users post their reviews of restaurants, hotels, and even attractions in the area.


Once you arrive at your destination, make sure you don’t get lost wandering around an amusement park or subway system by downloading the Maplets app. There is a $2.99 charge associated with this one, but the benefit of not carrying a dozen crumpled maps around all day is a plus.


If you gulped down too many sodas on your trip, don’t worry – the SitOrSqust app has you covered. This free app allows you to search for the nearest public restroom based on your location and also includes rating of the facility from other users.

If you have questions about the most crucial element of a summer road trip, your car, feel free to stop by at talk to us at Community Honda at 8340 W. 159th St. We can suggest fuel-efficient vehicles and even schedule you for a tune up to make sure your summer travels go smoothly.

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

At Community Honda, we ant to make sure that our drivers and their families are safe behind the wheel, and if you’re going on a trip this summer or just heading out for Dog Riding in a Carthe day, we want to make sure you keep in mind some summer safety tips for traveling with pets.

So if you’re just taking the family dog along for a visit to the beach or you’re planning your great American road trip, we have some advice for our pet owners to keep your loyal companions safe.

Never Leave Pets in the Car

These days, many drivers know not to let their pets stay in a parked car whether the window is cracked or not. The fact is that while a cracked window will allow some ventilation and keep the vehicle from becoming a complete sauna, if you have a dog in there for more than a few minutes on a hot day, it can be very dangerous to their health.

Beloved pets have been seriously injured or killed by being left in the family car on a hot summer day, and we don’t want any of you to have to go through that.

Always Have Water on Hand

One of the best ways for a dog to cool down is with some fresh water. Keep a pet dish in your car so that you can easily pick up a bottle of water and give your pet a drink when he or she needs it the most. It’s never a bad idea to have some treats on hand too!

Look into a Travel Bed

If you’re going on a long trip, there’s a good chance that you’ll have your pet in the cargo area of your vehicle, and we suggest you look into a travel bed for them so they have a comfy place to lay down.

Learn More at Community Honda of Orland Park

We do our best to keep our drivers informed on auto safety, and today that means letting you know about a few ways you can keep your family pet safe and comfortable this summer. If you’re looking for a new car that’s great for bringing the dog along on trips, consider the CR-V or the Pilot, which both have plenty of cargo space your dog is sure to love. Visit us today for a test drive!

Best Free Road Trip Apps

In spite of all our technology and advancement, a good old fashioned cross country road trip is all it takes to remind us of how much nothingness there really is out Family on a road trip, Group photo in front of car (1)there, for better or for worse. Anyone who has hit any stretch of I-80 through the Midwest knows how quickly panic arises when the gas light comes on and there is no sign of civilization in sight.

The smart phone has been been one of the best things to happen to not only urban, but rural exploring. Building a road trip “tool box” on your phone can help you to stay informed, stay safe, save money, and have fun.

Here are just a few of Community Honda of Orland Park‘s recommendations for some of the best free apps to have on your side for a road trip:

  • HotelsByMe. You thought that you and your spouse/sibling/buddy would have the energy to drive through the night, but come 2:00 a.m., both of you are exhausted. HotelsByMe is a lifesaver for those last minute reservations. The app shows realtime availability and pricing, as well as reviews from TripAdvisor. A definite must have.
  • OpenTable. HotelsByMe is to sleep as OpenTable is to food. OpenTable allows you to view restaurants and their menus in an area, whether it’s where you are at the moment or where you’re going to be in two hours.
  • Field Trip. Visiting a town is fun, but only if you know where to go and what’s cool. Field Trip fills you in on fun things to do, eat, and see in whatever area you’re in. This is also a fun one to have active while driving, especially if you’re looking to get as much out of the drive as you are your final destination.
  • Project Noah. Hiking was always an important part of any family road trip that we took. Even if you never venture far from the road, though, you’re sure to encounter wildlife and vegetation that is not common to your home. Project Noah is an app that lets you upload pictures of your findings and share them with others.
  • Sky Map. If you live in an urban area, chances are you don’t get to see as many stars as when traveling in more rural areas. Sky Map is an interactive star map that will identify and inform you about different things you’re looking at in the night sky. Just hold it up in the air and the map will follow your movements in real time.

Honda Adds SE Trim to the 2015 Pilot Family

The Honda Pilot SUV line-up just got a little more accessible. Honda is adding an SE trim level that will bridge the nearly $5,000 price gap between the Pilot EX and 2015-honda-pilot-exterior-rear2the fully decked out Pilot EX-L. Denoting “Special Edition,” the Pilot SE not only helps to bridge the features and price gap between the two EX models, but it also adds a few features of its own like unique 18-inch alloy wheels. Since the Pilot has already been a fantastic hit with families, we’re expecting the newly minted SE trim to only increase that popularity.

What Sets the SE Apart?

With an MSRP of $33,120* for two-wheel drive, the SE is ultimately a more upscale version of the EX, but offering more family-friendly accessories than the EX-L. This includes a standard high-resolution DVD entertainment system to ease any family road trips in the future. That’s not all, though. Features included on the SE that are not included on the EX include a one-touch power moonroof with tilt, an 115V power outlet in the center console, and Sirius XM radio.

And don’t worry about missing out on what made the Pilot so popular in the first place; the SE still shares many of the same features with those in its price range, including standard options like:

  • Rearview camera
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth handsfree calling
  • Flat folding second and third row seats for easier storage
  • An integrated Class III trailer hitch
  • Fog lights

Watch out for the 2015 Honda Pilot SE at Community Honda of Orland Park

The 2015 model year may be the perfect time to buy a new Honda Pilot. While we wait for these new models to arrive, if you would like to take any of our 2014 Pilots out for a test drive, we encourage you to stop by Community Honda of Orland Park. We’re located at 8340 W. 159th Street, just a quick trip from many different towns in the Chicagoland area. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a test drive with us, we encourage you to give us a call.

* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

How to Avoid Bad Credit

It’s a terrible moment when you realize that bad credit may be standing in the way of securing proper financing on your vehicle. And while bad credit can cause Automotive Financingproblems, it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. Community Honda of Orland Park knows this, and is happy to help drivers with less than desirable credit scores, or even a history of bankruptcy, to get connected with car loans that help them to get them behind the wheel of a new vehicle.

Good financial management skills should always be a goal, whether you’re a newer consumer or trying to make a fresh start. Here are a few tips for avoiding bad credit, as well as how you can begin the loan process with Community Honda.

Staying on Track with Good Credit

  • Quality over quantity. Getting in over your head with creditors can be pretty easy. When it comes to paying loans back, focus on paying off the bulk of the higher interest ones first, then focus on the lower interest ones. If possible, try to have only one or two credit cards.
  • Set up online bill pay if possible. Oftentimes, it’s not that we don’t have the money to pay for a bill, it’s that we simply forget to do so. Setting up online bill pay will help you to make those payments on time and avoid late fees.
  • Keep track of your credit history. Federal law states that you are legally allowed to access your credit history for free at least once annually. Looking at this can help you to find possible errors that are dampening your credit score. If you see an error, get in contact with the company that reported it and get it corrected.

Applying for a Loan at Community Honda of Orland Park

The first step to getting a loan through our dealership is to apply with our online application. On the application, we’ll need some information delivered through our secure connection and use that to give you an idea of your options. It’s free and takes under 15 minutes to complete. After that, we’ll get in touch with you about how to proceed.

Community Honda is located at 8340 W. 159th Street in Orland Park, just a short drive from many communities in the Chicagoland area. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Check Out the 2015 Honda Pilot at Community Honda

If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers the versatility of being the perfect family vehicle and tackling a heavy work duty, then you might want 2015 Honda Pilotto strongly consider the 2015 Honda Pilot. At Community Honda of Orland Park, you’ll find that we have a full selection of new and pre-owned Pilot models, including the new 2015 Pilot. With seating for eight passengers along with an abundance of cargo space, the new Pilot also offers the latest technological and safety features to make your ride that much more enjoyable.

Trims and Pricing

The 2015 Honda Pilot comes available in LX, EX, SE, EX-L, and Touring trim levels. Pricing for each model is as follows:

  • The LX starts at $29,870* for the 2WD model. The 4WD edition costs $31,470.*
  • The EX 2WD starts at $32,120,* while the 4WD model begins at $33,720.*
  • The SE 2WD model starts at $33,120.* The 4WD SE is priced at $34,720.*
  • The EX-L 2WD is $35,370,* while the 4WD edition starts at $36,970.*
  • The Touring 2WD version is $40,020* and the 4WD model is $41,620.*

Unmatched Versatility

Whether you need the new Honda Pilot for work or family, this sport utility model delivers with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. With the ability to fold the second and third row of seating, you can even get up to 87 cubic feet of cargo space.

Technological Features

The new Pilot comes equipped with a wide selection of entertainment features designed to enhance your driving experience. Depending on the trim level, you’ll find features such as Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a DVD rear seat entertainment system, and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation system.

Test Drive a 2015 Honda Pilot at Community Honda of Orland Park Today

If you’re interested in taking the 2015 Honda Pilot out for a test drive, don’t wait! We encourage you to come and visit Community Honda, located at 8340 W 159th Street in Orland Park, where our staff will be happy to show you all that this new Honda SUV has to offer. *MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

Bad Credit Doesn’t Necessarily Disqualify Your from a Car Loan

It goes without saying that there’s a often a sinking feeling that comes with realizing you need a new car, especially when it’s unexpected. Most drivers can’t pay entirely Financing a Carfor a new vehicle up front, so they rely on financing their vehicle with a loan. Some drivers have good credit, but a lot don’t. And though a good credit score often grants you a better finance rate, it’s not the only way to get connected with a loan.

Everyday at Community Honda of Orland Park, we hook people up from a wide range of financial backgrounds with the financial help they need to pay for their new vehicle. Whether if you have good credit, bad credit, no credit, or even a history of bankruptcy, we work hard to get you connected with the support you need.

Consider a Larger Down Payment

If you’re worried about your credit score getting in the way, and can manage it, putting down a larger down payment on your vehicle may give you a better chance of getting approved. Besides that, it can also help secure you a better credit rating.

Fill Out an Application Online

The first step to getting connected with financing is filling out our online finance application. It’s easy and takes less than 15 minutes. We simply ask you for some contact and other information, such as your name, social security number, and employment information. Don’t worry; the information we gather is stored securely.

We’re Here to Answer Questions

Hey, not everyone’s a finance expert, but it’s okay because we are. If you have any questions about the financing process, we encourage you to give us a call. We’d be happy to go over different options with you specific to your financial situation.

Community Honda is located at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, just a short drive from many communities in the Chicagoland area. We happily provide financial assistance to all potential car buyers and will work very hard to find a loan plan that will work for you and your family. So, don’t wait! Stop on in today.