Community Honda of Orland Park has Been Honored by Edmunds as a Five Star Premier Dealer

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Earlier this year, Edmunds awarded Community Honda of Orland Park one of the most prestigious honors an automotive dealer can receive: their coveted 5 Star Premier Dealer ranking. Only 95 dealerships in the entire country earned this honor. The awards were handed out in February at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo in Orlando, FL.

 

Only dealers that have received an average rating of five stars on Edmunds.com with a minimum of 20 reviews over the past two years can be considered for the honor. Edmunds is a premier source for automotive information, both about cars and dealerships. It’s a place that both dealers and car buyers alike turn to for information and reliable pricing of new and used cars.

 

Edmund’s president, Seth Berkowitz, said, “Edmunds.com believes that customer service should be the number one priority for any dealership that wants to be successful. These 95 dealerships present a model for customer satisfaction, and we congratulate each one of them for creating an exceptional car buying experience.”

 

That’s how we feel here at Community Honda of Orland Park. We’re proud to be recognized for what we do well, but we couldn’t have done it without the most important part of our business: our customers! Our customers are what got us to this point, and the reason that Edmunds gave us the award. You can even see our perfect five-star sales rating on Edmunds and some of the nice things that people have to say about us.

 

If you’re one of our customers, we encourage you to leave us some feedback on a site like Edmunds, on our Google Plus Page, or in person. Even though we’ve been recognized by Edmunds, that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to keep trying to improve.

 

If you’re not one of our customers, come visit us at 8340 W 159th St in Orland Park, IL to see what Edmunds is talking about. We’d love to show you what service is like from a Five Star Premier Dealer, so the next time you’re in the market for a new or used car near Frankfort, come see us!

Customer Loyalty Rewards at Community Honda of Orland Park

Community HondaAt Community Honda of Orland Park, we’re known for offering a wide array of vehicles for our customers to choose from — ranging from the latest Honda models to pre-owned vehicles from a variety of automakers. Fortunately, our job doesn’t stop after you drive your new or used vehicle off of our lot — our service team is here to help your vehicle continue to run in great condition, and our new Customer Loyalty Rewards program is our way of giving back to the customers who continually entrust their vehicles to us.

 

The Benefits of Enrolling

Perhaps the most appealing part of our Customer Loyalty Rewards is that the fact that joining this program requires nothing in the way of enrollment or fees — you automatically gain the benefits just by being our customer! It works like this: a percentage of the money you spend at our service department will begin to accrue, and you’ll periodically receive a gift certificate for the accrued amount.

 

You can use your gift certificate to purchase any service or parts at our dealership, just like you’d use cash. Our new Customer Loyalty Rewards program provides a number of other benefits, too, including complimentary car washes and loaner vehicles. These benefits come with no extra hassle, and we make it easy for you to make the most of them.

 

Visit Community Honda Today

You can visit our service department for a variety of services, ranging from routine maintenance like oil changes and tune-ups to major repairs to your vehicle’s engine — almost no job is too big or small. We’ve got a team of ASE-certified and factory-trained technicians who will use genuine Honda parts to service your Honda vehicle. While an appointment isn’t necessary for all services, you can ensure that you’ll get in and out faster by scheduling an appointment online.

 

This Customer Loyalty Rewards program is just one of the many ways that we express our appreciation for our customers. To see what we can do for you, visit our dealership at 8340 W 159th St in Orland Park, IL. We look forward to helping you make the most of your vehicle!

Will 3D Printers Revolutionize the Auto Part Industry?

Auto Parts“The part’s not in, but we’ll order it for you?”

 

How many times have you heard that before? Your vehicle is in at the shop, everyone knows what needs to be done and how to do it — it may even be a simple, 5-minute job — but you can’t get back behind the wheel because the part needs to arrive from the manufacturer. It happens more often than anyone would like, but that could be changing soon.

 

Much in the same way that people upload patterns for craft projects, able to be printed onto paper at home, 3D printing looks like it could revolutionize the way many people do business and live their lives, and that includes in the auto industry.

 

Print a Part When You Need It

While different automakers have different designs for their parts, it wouldn’t surprise us if those at the forefront of innovation — as Honda has been for some time — would start pushing for 3D printers to be installed at their service centers. Then, all that you would need is to look up the schematic for the piece you needed, press “print,” and wait until it’s done.

 

Now, the materials you’ll be using in an engine might need to be of sturdier stuff than home 3D printers are capable of, so this may be a bit in the realm of sci-fi for now, but it would be very easy to create a temporary fix piece that lets you keep driving your car while the stock part is sent to the dealership.

 

It could even be the kind of thing that DIY mechanics could handle at home, with the technologically-inclined designing 3D printer-friendly designs for generic, all-purpose parts.

 

When it comes to certain accents, like roof rail pieces, gas caps, and other essential auto parts, there is little reason those couldn’t be made using current printers. It’s just an issue of pushing the envelope — and if there’s anyone that’s doing that in the auto industry, it’s Honda.

 

With their development of smartphone apps to ease traffic congestion and save fuel economy, their equipping of new vehicles with many modern amenities, and their push for fuel-cell cars in the form of the FCX Clarity, we think its just a matter of time.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey gets a Vacuum

Honda Odyssey Built-In Vacuum CleanerGrowing up, my family’s minivan was a trooper. It took the brunt of spills, stains, tears, and even burns from those who thought it would be funny to pull out a lighter. A solid hour of vacuuming was a weekly chore that my mom delegated down the ranks to the children.

 

Road trips were a completely different matter, though. Away from base, we didn’t have the ability to vacuum the vehicle. While there were ways around this, there would inevitably be a longer line at the gas station to use the pay-vacuum than either the bathroom or gas pumps combined. Not wanting to waste time, we would push on, letting the flotsam of spilled cheerios, popcorn, and broken crayon bits pile up even higher.

 

I do distinctly remember my mom half-heartedly joking that she wished she had a vacuum on board during our trips. Jump forward twenty years and Honda is making it a reality. The HondaVAC system will be an available on 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite Trims, allowing families to vacuum up on the go. Located near the trunk, the HondaVAC system can be easily accessed behind a panel and then discretely stored when not in use. A variety of different attachments make it ideal for tackling most car messes.

 

Interestingly enough, the idea for the HondaVAC didn’t come from Honda’s research teams, but rather from the 10-year old son of one of its engineers. The anonymous boy candidly told his dad during a road trip that they really needed a vacuum cleaner in their minivan. Struck by the simple genius of this idea, the dad returned to Honda’s engineering offices in Raymond, Ohio, and shared the idea with colleagues. It took off, with research teams probing simple questions like “How will it be wired in to the van?” and “Where will it be located?” The result is something that is remarkably useful and practical.

 

While the HondaVAC is a very real thing, Honda incorporated the system into their 2013 April Fools Day treat. In an official-sounding press release and accompanying video, Honda introduced the HondaHAIR add-on for the HondaVAC system, a hair-cutting attachment.

 

Here’s what Honda had to say about this piece of “innovative” technology:

 

“The HondaHAIR offers affordability and convenience and transforms the cargo space into a virtual salon on wheels — eliminating the need to trek to the stylist or barber.”

 

You can check out the HondaHAIR video on YouTube. The realistic production values and general tone of the film make the joke all the funnier.

 

Watch for the 2014 Odyssey and HondaVAC system later this year at Community Honda!

Hybrids, and EVs, and Fuel Cells, Oh My!

2013 Honda Insight

Sometimes, it’s tough to get it all straight when there are so many different kinds of technology coming out all the time. Lucky for you, at Community Honda of Orland Park, we’re experts because Honda has a horse in every race. What we mean is that Honda makes a wide range of low-emission, high-efficiency vehicles. In fact, they’re currently offering a fuel cell vehicle, a natural gas vehicle, an electric vehicle, and a variety of hybrids. Here’s how to keep it all straight:

  • Hybrids – The Honda Insight has been on sale for more than a decade, and now the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In hybrid is redefining how we think of Hybrid vehicles. These cars use batteries and gas to power electric motors and engines respectively. Both technologies work together to power the vehicle as efficiently as possible.
  • Electric vehicles – An electric vehicle doesn’t have anything to do with gas — it works purely on electric energy stored in a battery. Electric vehicles produce no emissions, and deliver instant torque to the wheels with high-speed electric motors. The new Honda Fit EV uses a 92-kW motor powered by a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery.
  • Natural gas – Honda currently produces a Civic Natural Gas, which effectively uses compressed gas in an internal combustion engine. This is cleaner than gas, and it’s efficient, too.
  • Fuel cells – The Honda FCX Clarity is one of the only fuel cell vehicles on the road in the United States. Fuel cell vehicles use compressed hydrogen to create electric power. Amazingly, this process produces just one waste product: water. That’s right — fuel cell vehicles are effectively zero-emissions. Unfortunately, the infrastructure for hydrogen fueling stations isn’t widespread and the technology is still developing. That’s why the FCX Clarity is only currently available for lease in California and New York as part of a large-scale test program.

Get behind the wheel of one of the efficient and innovative Honda vehicles currently available at Community Honda of Orland Park. We’d love to show you how much you can save by switching to an alternative-fuel technology.

Honda App Avoids Traffic Jams, Saves Fuel

Cell Phone Windshield Car MountDoes that sound like a piece of science fiction to you, a smartphone app that can both help you avoid a traffic jam and save you on your fuel costs? Well, it did to me, too, but Honda just recently announced its development and testing on a highway in Jakarta at the recent Nvidia GPU technology conference. So, how does it work?

It’s not a miracle machine that controls your vehicle or anything silly like that – though your phone will be able to sync with your 2013 Honda thanks to the included Bluetooth and Honda’s innovative i-MID system – rather, it is able to monitor your vehicle’s acceleration, deceleration, and compare to GPS stats for the area to help accomplish both of these achievements.

The first, avoiding one of the biggest frustrations of city drivers, the dreaded traffic jam, is done by carefully watching how vehicles are accelerating and decelerating and accommodating that. Basically, it tries to train drivers not to get into the stop-and-go traffic mode that often causes the frustrations that come with traffic jams.

You might be wondering how they knew to do this, as it would require data on other cars. The stretch of highway that was being tested had a series of vehicles connecting to a universal cloud drive to relate info to each other, but don’t worry, the fuel-saving technology will work with or without the cloud connectivity.

The fact is that many drivers have heavier feet than they believe, and that means you’re accelerating faster and braking more quickly than is ideal. Honda’s app will tell you when you should be slowly accelerating or decelerating, saving you as much as 20% in fuel costs.

Installing these types of applications on a vehicle might have a bunch of red tape to go through, but since you’re looking at a smartphone app, one that is just advising you on better driving tips, you could see this money-saving innovation in the app store soon.

For now, though, try to keep your feet lighter on the pedals; it’ll save you in the long run.

What is a Catalytic Converter?

Community Honda ServiceLook under your vehicle, starting with the tailpipe. As you’re working towards the front, you should see a metallic cylinder box on the pipe. This is catalytic converter, also known as “the cat.” It’s the cat’s job to catch the harmful byproducts of gasoline combustion. While pure gasoline would reduce down to simply CO2 and water, gasoline is chock full of impurities. These impurities get released into the air as nitrous and sulfurous oxides, the ingredients to smog.

Precious metals insides the chambers of the car attract and catch these harmful compounds as they’re trying to escape, trapping them. The cat does not catch carbon dioxide, though. Originally developed by a french chemist to combat smog production in Los Angeles, the catalytic converter has been helping to cut back on vehicle air pollution since the 1950s.

I really hope that most people are not here because you wanted to know what was stolen off the underside of your vehicle. Catalytic converters are valuable if fenced for their precious metals. Conversely, they’re expense to replace. Theft isn’t the only threat to your cat, though. Having sustained emission problems can ruin your cat, as well as cause major vehicle problems, including vehicle fires.

Besides the obvious safety precautions for not getting your catalytic converter stolen, there are several ways you can detect a potential problem in your emissions system.

  • Know the signs of the engine misfires. When your engine misfires, unspent vaporized gasoline travels through the emissions system and through the catalytic converter. There, the cat is working double time to absorb all of the bad compounds in the gasoline. Over time, this will coat the inside of the converter, rendering it useless. This will also cause even more heat build-up that normal. This can be the source of a fire.
  • Don’t ignore the check engine light. The light is there for a reason. It’s warning you of problem that could turn into a very expensive maintenance issue. The light is connected to sensors in the emissions system. If your exhaust isn’t in the parameters of normal exhaust, then the warning comes on. Following this up with a vehicle diagnostic can help you to avoid more expensive repairs, as well as a failure to a future emissions test.

If you’re having emission problems, feel free to make an appointment with Community Honda. We’re here to help you stay safe on the road.

What Kind of Oil Should I Put in my Car?

Oil ChangeAh, the classic car maintenance question. While changing the oil is definitely one of the most important vehicle services, there is a lot of confusion surrounding it. We’ll cut to the chase. You can find out what type of oil you should put in your car in your vehicle’s manual, as well as a huge drove of other important information.

 

If you’d like to understand a little more about what your oil does for your car, read on.

 

Why the Oil You Use Matters

If your car were a furry, four legged beast, its motor oil would be its lifeblood. Without it, it wouldn’t run too smoothly, and breakdown and disaster will soon follow.

 

Your engine has a lot of moving parts that create friction. Friction means heat, especially when you’re running constantly anywhere from 3,000 rpm to 5,000 rpm. Just rub your hands quickly together and notice the heat that builds up. Now imagine doing that fast enough to power a car. That’s enough heat to start a fire or warp steel.

 

That’s where motor oil comes in. Motor oil acts as a lubricant between your engine’s moving parts. More lubrication means less friction, which in turn means less heat. Less heat means less wear and tear on your engine while operating.

 

Not only does your motor oil act as a lubricant but also as a cleanser. Your engine picks up a lot of crud from the road while you drive. Winter roads are especially harsh, kicking up all sorts of grim and salt. Oil manufacturers add special detergents to their oil to help pick up these particles and keep them away from moving parts. If your oil didn’t do this, debris would slowly grind down vital engine components.

 

Here are some common oil related questions:

  • Why can’t I use any motor oil? Different oils have different weights and densities and are designed to go into different sized engines. A smaller engine will suffer if you put a denser oil in it. Go with what your vehicle manual recommends.
  • The oil is black. Should I change it? Black oil means that the cleaning agents are doing their job. For knowing when to exactly change your oil, go by the interval listed in your vehicle’s manual.

What does the “W” in the motor oil names mean? The “W” just means “winter,” indicating that the oil was designed to function in lower temperatures.

 

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What’s the Difference: Alloy Wheels and Steel Wheels

Alloy Wheel

If you’ve been paying any attention to what Honda’s been up to lately, you’re probably well aware that the automaker has been loading their vehicles up with some of the best features available, the kind that many automakers expect their drivers to pay extra for.

 

In addition to high-tech amenities such as Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, SMS text messaging functionality, and Honda’s unique i-MID system, many 2013 Honda models also come with alloy wheels as standard.

 

You might be wondering what exactly that means or why it’s a big deal, so read on to find out just what the difference is between alloy wheels and standard steel wheels other manufacturers use.

 

To start with, steel is actually an alloy, but it is one that we have become so familiar with that we treat it as a default metal these days, so that’s where the names come from. The alloys being used in Honda vehicles are engineered for lightweight performance and durability, while steel wheels are built for their density. Aluminum alloys can be cast and worked into a range of different shapes with ease, giving drivers unprecedented options for style.

 

Steel wheels are the old standby, and while some drivers like to stick to the old ways, the fact is that scientific updates have been sending steel wheels to the bottom rung for other automakers, and Honda opted to just do away with them like so many other low-end standards as they attempt to revitalize their base level LX trims.

 

To get a look at new alloy wheels firsthand, including seeing just how a new Honda handles with lightweight, precision designed wheels, you can visit us at Community Honda. You’ll find these updated wheels on all of our 2013 models, so whether you’re looking for a sedan like the Civic or Accord or something a bit larger – perhaps our famous CR-V – you’ll get alloy wheels right alongside the new tech features.

 

Contact our sales team to set up a test drive of a 2013 Honda today. We can’t wait to serve you!

Learn the Benefits of Properly Inflated Tires

new tiresLow tire pressure is a common problem with an easy remedy. Driving with soft tires increases the amount of emissions your car gives off, wastes gas and therefore lowering your fuel efficiency, and are safer to drive on. Check your tire pressure at least monthly, but preferably more often than that, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your tires.

Save Money, Lower Emissions

Under inflation of tires is common, and according to fueleconomy.gov, you lose 0.4 percent of gas mileage for every one drop of PSI missing. So if your car is supposed to have tires inflated to 35 PSI and they’re actually at 25 PSI, you’re losing a lot of money. When your car’s tires are lower in pressure than they’re supposed to be, your car is having to work harder to move you from point A to point B, wasting gas and increasing emissions in the process.

Safety

Many cars have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System in place for safety, but checking your air pressure is a good habit to get into regardless. When tires are not properly inflated, traction abilities are impaired for hazardous driving conditions, and your tire is also more likely to fail (or blow out) while on the expressway. This can cause an accident at high speeds, so keeping your tire pressure at the proper inflation is important for safety!

How to Check Your Tire Air Pressure

The first step to checking the air pressure in your tires is to find out what PSI your tires should be at. PSI stands for pounds per square inch, and is a method of measuring how much air pressure is held within your tire. It’s literally the force exerted by all the little air molecules bouncing around inside your tire.

If you open your car’s manual to the contents, you should find a section about air tire pressure. The PSI listed is what you should inflate your tires to. If your tires are different than what originally came on the car, make sure you look on the tire itself for the PSI. It’ll be in little letters that are on the outside, with other measurements. If this is different than what the manufacturer’s tires are, then write it down in your manual for easy reference.

The next step is getting a quality tire pressure gauge. Any auto parts store will have a huge selection of tire pressure gauges, and it’s important to get an accurate one. Some people prefer manual ones, and some people prefer digital ones. Manual or digital doesn’t matter as much as accuracy, so do your research and get one that you can count on.

Then find an air hose! Most gas stations have air hoses for public use, and sometimes tire repair places will have air available for use as well. When you press the air hose to your valve stem, make sure you’re pressing firm and at a 90-degree angle to avoid damaging the valve stem.

What if My Tires Won’t Stay Inflated?

If your tires won’t stay inflated then you probably have a leak. These things happen over the course of driving your vehicle. Take your car into a reputable dealership like ours to have your tires checked for leaks. We offer many different services at Community Honda, and frequently offer specials on tires and tire repair, so come down during our convenient hours and get your tires checked.