When Should I Bring My Car in for Service?

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Despite the fact that cars are the most popular mode of transportation, the art of keeping a vehicle in great shape for thousands upon thousands of miles is something of a mystery for many people. Most drivers think that a car needs to be brought in for an oil change every 3,000 miles, but even this eternal truth of car maintenance isn’t as accurate as you might think. Many newer cars, particularly hybrid vehicles, need oil changes much less often. Thankfully, there’s an easy place to find out exactly what kind of maintenance your car needs, and when it needs it: your owner’s manual.

The Importance or Regular Auto Maintenance

The owner’s manual that came with your vehicle should include a maintenance schedule, an easy-to-read guide informing you when your car needs to be taken to a local service center for regular maintenance. Whether you plan on keeping your vehicle for a long time or plan to trade it in after a few years, you’ll save yourself lots of time, money, and stress by sticking to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.

Getting your oil changed may be the most essential of maintenance tasks, but that doesn’t mean that sticking to the full maintenance schedule isn’t important. When your vehicle isn’t properly maintained, it can’t run as efficiently, and the various components of your vehicle will begin to suffer excessive wear. This can lead to major problems with your vehicle, which may end up costing you more money in the long run. And if you plan on reselling your vehicle or trading it in, a strong maintenance record will fetch a higher price – so think of the cost of maintenance as an investment in the resale value of your car, truck, or SUV.

It’s also important to pay attention to any changes in the way your vehicle is running. Even with regular maintenance, cars can develop problems, so if your vehicle starts making strange noises, vibrations, or odors, it’s a good idea to take it in to a service center as soon as possible. Here at Community Honda of Orland Park, our friendly service team can help you keep your car in good working order for years to come.

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The Best Reliable Used Cars

When it comes to buying a used car, there’s one thing above all else that buyers want, and that’s to make sure that what they’re getting is reliable and safe. Owners of pre-owned models want to know what to expect when

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driving their car, and not be surprised by any hidden troubles. The last thing owners of used vehicles want to have to do is constantly be taking their car, truck, or SUV into the shop because of maintenance issues. At Community Honda, we’ve got a great selection of reliable used models.

Community Honda Offers the Best Pre-Owned Vehicles

Honda Civic – The Civic is one of the most reliable vehicles available. As long as they’re in decent shape, this Honda model can last for quite a long time.

Honda CR-V – This Honda compact crossover SUV comes powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive models offer strong traction for when the roads become wet or snowy.

Lexus ES 350 – The ES 350 offers numerous safety features, including eight airbags, a pre-collision warning system, navigation system with rearview camera, and adaptive headlights.

Toyota Highlande r- This midsize crossover SUV is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that delivers 270 hp. Some Highlander models come equipped with all-wheel drive and a reaview camera for safety. The Toyota Highlander is large and offers plenty of space.

Toyota Prius – The Prius is one of the most economical vehicles on the market. Owners get a staggering fuel economy rating of 46 mpg combined city/highway. Drivers and passengers will also be comfortable while riding in the Toyota Prius.

Acura TL – The 2008 and 2009 models received top ratings from Consumer Reports and JD Power and Associates owner surveys. Its attractive styling, combined with stability control and other features make the Acura TL one of the most reliable vehicles available.

Visit Community Honda Today

Drivers in the Chicagoland area looking for some of the best reliable used cars available are encouraged to visit Community Honda in Orland Park. We’ve got a great inventory of pre-owned Honda models, as well as a variety of vehicles from a number of other car manufacturers. Feel free to contact us at 888-631-5959 with any questions.

The Benefits of a Remote Start System on Your Honda

For drivers in the Orland Park area, installing a remote start system on your Honda vehicle can have many practical benefits. Few accessories increase a vehicle’s value like a remote start system, particularly in areas where Keyless Car Remotewinter can be relatively harsh. Drivers can have remote start systems installed at their local Orland Park Honda dealership for a very reasonable price. And genuine Honda remote start systems provide many advantages that aftermarket systems do not.

How Honda Remote Start Systems Work

A remote engine start system consists of two parts: an electronic receiver and attachment that connect to your vehicle’s engine, and a remote that fits onto your keychain. With the press of a button, you can start your Honda from up to 200 feet away.

Before the remote system starts your Honda’s engine, the system checks to make sure that your vehicle’s immobilizer and security systems are functioning. In order to protect against carbon monoxide build-up in your garage, the remote start system will shut off your engine if it idles for too long.

The Advantages of Having a Remote Start System

  • Never get into a car that is excessively hot or cold: just leave your heat or AC system in the “on” position when you turn off the car, it will automatically engage when you start the vehicle remotely.
  • It’s easier to remove snow and ice from your car since the vehicle will already be warmed up.
  • Extend the life of your engine by allowing it to warm up.
  • Increase the value of your vehicle when looking to trade in or resell, with both the engine condition and the added bonus of this fantastic feature.

To find out more about installing a remote start system on your vehicle, be sure to contact Community Honda of Orland Park online, or at (888) 290-6073.

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Honda Summer Clearance Event Now at Community Honda

Summer Clearance

Right now at Community Honda of Orland Park, IL, we’re in the midst of the Honda Summer Clearance Event. We’re doing our best to roll out 2013 Honda cars in order to make room for new 2014 models.

So what does that mean for you, the customer? Well, if you’ve wanted a 2013 Honda, then now is your chance to take advantage of some remarkable leasing and financing rates alongside some helpful current offers. This might also be one of your last opportunities to drive home in a 2013 Honda!

Leasing and Financing Offers

There are several great leasing and financing offers available right now on most 2013 cars. Here are just a few of them:

  • The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan LX five-speed automatic: One of the most popular models, the Civic is available to lease for $159 a month with $1999 due at signing. You can also finance one for 0.9% APR for 24 to 36 months.
  • The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe CVT LX-S: You can finance this one for 0.9% APR from 24 to 60 months. You can also lease the Accord Coupe for $199 per month for 36 months with $3299 due at signing.
  • 2013 Honda Fit five-speed automatic: This Honda city car is available to finance for 0.9% APR for up to 60 months. You can lease it for $159 a month for 36 months with $1999 due when you sign.

Dealership Hours

We’re open Monday through Saturday each week with convenient hours so you can come check out our sale around your tight schedule. Monday through Friday, we are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, our Honda team is here from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Remember, the Honda Summer Clearance Event is only going to be around for a limited time, so we hope you can find a time to make it out to Community Honda!

Take a Test Drive at Community Honda

You can find Community Honda at 8340 W. 159th Street in Orland Park, Illinois. We encourage you to come visit us during the 2013 Honda Summer Clearance Event. You can learn more about all the deals available and take a test drive. Please contact Community Honda to ask any questions about the sales event.

What is a Crossover (CUV) Compared to an SUV?

2013 Honda Crosstour The last few decades have seen an onslaught of SUVs on the market. It was the fastest growing segment on the market, which made sense; after all, Americans love big cars. When the market took a tumble and gas prices started to skyrocket automakers like Honda started offering more crossover SUVs, or CUVs. So what is the difference between a CUV and an SUV?

Body on Frame Versus Unibody Design

The difference mainly comes down to platform and construction. Your standard SUV is pretty much a truck. Termed “body on frame,” the manufacturer takes a pickup truck platform and then secures a cabin on top that’s a bit more spacious than your standard pickup cabin. That’s an SUV. A crossover SUV utilizes a unibody design, which is how most standard cars are built. They’re built on car platforms and the body is carefully integrated into the platform.

Who Needs a Crossover SUV?

Due to the difference in construction, a CUV yields more benefits for the average driver who is interested in having a vehicle with lots of space. Compared to an SUV, a CUV is much more efficient with its fuel use, handles much better, and offers a smoother ride (SUVs are built for power, not comfort). They also tend to be more affordable than most SUVs. They aren’t as powerful, but a CUV can still do some light towing, if needed.

Who Needs an SUV?

So is there any reason to still need an SUV? Maybe not for the average commuter, but plenty of people still need SUVs. Since an SUV is pretty much just a pickup truck, it offers lots of power and strength. It can hold very heavy cargo and tow just about anything. This makes it well suited to people who live adventurous lives and need to tow or need a powerful vehicle for work. Their usage is more diverse than a pickup because they can also hold a lot of people. For people who enjoy off-roading, an SUV also makes more sense than a CUV.

Whatever your needs are, take a look at our new Honda inventory. You’ll be able to find both traditional SUVs and modern CUVS at our dealership.

Turn Your CR-V Into a Camper With This Tent Accessory

2013 Honda CR-V 4The 2013 Honda CR-V is compact crossover SUV that’s incredibly versatile. You can use it as a family transport, moving cross-country, or road trip adventures. Many families that come to Community Honda like to take their CR-V out for long stretches; the car does come with all-wheel drive, so it can handle those less-than-perfect roads. For those adventurous families, there is a tent accessory you can purchase as well.

The Honda Tent

This is a standalone tent that can fold up into a Honda-logo bag, but the really neat thing is that it attaches to the back of your CR-V. While you’re camping, you have full access and can get in and out of your Honda at will; you can easily fold the seats down and use the back for even more sleep space, which is now ventilated. It’s also a great accessory for outdoor events or tailgating.

The tent itself is 10 feet by 10 feet, which is enough room for up to six people to sleep in. It’s also seven feet tall, so there’s no having to crouch in this thing. The Honda tent is made from waterproof polyester and the bottom is made from polyethylene. Inside, there are spots for lanterns and even a loft to store your stuff. In addition to the connection to the CR-V, there are two doors, three mesh windows, and skylights.

When you’re adventuring during the day and need your car, you can easily disconnect from the tent and leave it up. When you’re done for the day, pull back up and reconnect. You can also use the tent even if you’re on a trip without your CR-V. It’s also not too difficult to fold up and store when you’re ready to leave.

Order Accessories for Your Honda CR-V

If you’d like to order the Honda tent for your CR-V, Community Honda can help. You’ll want to get in touch with our parts department. You can call them, come to the dealership, or even order parts online. There are a whole bunch of other Honda accessories also available, so feel free to stop by the dealership to learn more.

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!