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Honda Accord Aftermarket Accessories
Accessories help add quality, durability, and style to your Honda model. Here at Howdy Honda, we offer trunk trays, window tint, wheel locks and splash guards with most of our models at an all inclusive rate. To showcase some of our most popular accessories, we’ve put together information about some Honda Accord aftermarket accessories. Most of these accessories are offered on all Honda models, so if you own a different Honda, you can still get these accessories custom-fitted for your specific model. Contact Howdy Honda for details!
Named the “Hottest Sport Compact” at this year’s SEMA Show, the 2015 Honda Fit arrived in STYLE with 9 customs to display! Six of which were part of Honda’s Fit Performance Project. Honda officially launched Project Fit back in August and provided performance shops with a 2015 Fit to customize, for a planned unveiling at this year’s SEMA show. The progression of the vehicle projects was documented on Honda’s official Tumblr page hondaloves.tumblr.com. The performance shops featured for Project Fit included Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces.
The Honda booth at the SEMA Show was highlighted by the Fit customized by Tjin Edition, who was voted as the Fan Favorite in the 2015 Fit Performance Project. The fan favorite was determined by which project vehicle received the most buzz on social media. The progress of each car was documented virtually with interactive photos, videos and animated GIFs, adding a unique touch to the ambitious project!
Three additional personalized 2015 Honda Fit vehicles on display included a Fit B-spec race car prepped for competition by Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s North American racing company; a Fit loaded with available dealer-installed Honda Genuine Accessories; and an additional Fit personalized by prominent tuner, Bisimoto, on behalf of Norm Reeves Honda in response to fan feedback prompted through the 2015 Fit Performance Project.
“The 2015 Fit is a worthy addition to Honda’s strong heritage of developing tuned sport compact vehicles, and it wears the mantle of “Hottest Sport Compact” well,” said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “Fun to drive, versatile and a great value, the new Fit does so many things right, and it’s great to see it becoming a popular platform for owner personalization.”
As you might have heard over the weekend, 192 wheels and tires were stolen from 48 new cars at a Georgetown TX dealer. The theft is valued at a loss of $100,000 for the dealership and police have no information on potential suspects. You can read the news articles here and here.
Why would a group of people (we’re assuming it’s a group of people because the theft was too big for one person to do alone) steal the wheels and tires from 48 new cars? Well, we know there’s a big market for “cheap” wheels and the price of tires has risen dramatically with the increase of petroleum price. But the more important question is HOW did these people achieve this? And, if they were able to do this to 48 cars in a few hours without anyone noticing, how vulnerable am I that this could happen to me?
Although there’s no app for that, there is a solution: wheel locks. Wheel locks protect your wheels and tires from getting stolen. As you know, wheels don’t have alarm systems and they can’t be tracked – once they’re gone, there’s no way of recovering them. Wheel locks prevent this from happening by locking your wheels and tires in place and serving as a security sign (like security system signs on front yards). It also protects you from having to spend $600 on a new set of tires.
At Howdy Honda, we put wheel locks on every vehicle – we want to protect you from having to spend a significant amount of money on new tires and protect ourselves from being in a situation like the dealer in Georgetown. So while wheel locks might seem like added “stuff;” there is a real, useful and smart reason why we do it: safety. It’s much better to spend a little bit extra now, than have to unnecessarily spend 5x, 6x, 7x more on a new set of tires later.
And just like any other Honda accessory, the factory wheel locks are made with a superior quality alloy (which is better than what you’ll find in Pep Boys or any other automotive shop) and they are covered for 3-years/36k miles.
Honda factory wheel locks cost about $60 here at Howdy and you can stop by the dealership to buy them or order Honda parts online.
Hybrid vehicles are all the rage these days. While the hybrid system is generally available on newer cars, students from the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) have developed a way for nearly every car to be converted into a hybrid. The Plug-In Hybrid Retrofit Kit is estimated to cost approximately $3,000 if it were to be sold.
University Professor Charles Perry recently fitted the school’s technology to a 1995 Honda station wagon and showed off how the process works. Basically, an electric motor is added to the rear wheel of the car and linked to a battery system in the rear of the vehicle. The battery augments the actual engine drive system of the car to help the vehicle become much more efficient – improving fuel mileage 50-100%.
The system is designed for those that drive primarily in the city, as it does not provide the advantages at a high rate of speed. In city driving, though, the system can assist the vehicle greatly and provide outstanding fuel mileage. A big part of the system’s success is being fitted in unused space on the vehicle without interfering with the braking process.
For us, the hybrid process at MTSU shows the innovations that can be achieved in the vehicle industry, even by students. We’re not sure if the process will ever reach the mainstream, but we have some used Honda cars that we’d be interested to see it on.
Watch how the Plug-In Hybrid Retrofit Kit works:
With the Back-Up Sensors, you’ll soon be zipping in and out of parking spots you may have previously passed up as too small. The four sensors emit audible beeps into the cabin while you back up, signaling objects as you approach them. Those beeps quicken as your vehicle gets closer to objects.
Auto Day/Night Mirror
The Auto Day/Night Mirror reduces the glare of bright headlights from the cars behind you. It automatically adjusts for all light conditions, and perfectly replaces the standard mirror.
The Roof Rails, along with the Cross Bars can securely haul items on top of your CR-V depending on your choice of roof attachment. Extruded aluminum and capron resin means long-lasting, sturdy construction.
The Cross Bars are designed to fit with the roof rails (above) and made to accommodate the Honda roof rail attachments for versatile use. And when you are living in Austin, there’s no shortage of items you can carry on the roof (bike, kayaks, etc.).
*See Howdy Honda for pricing.
With summer in full swing, you have to be prepared for everything that the season may bring. And while many people prepare well for it, getting the car prepped is something that is often forgotten. Traveling (down the street or long distances) is an essential part of summer, so it’s a good idea to be well prepared for the anything that could pop up. For that reason we’ve compiled a list of important things to pack in your car when the summer sun is shining.
- Maintenance kit: Breakdowns don’t just happen in the winter months, so it’s important to be prepared. This includes having items like fix-a-flat, coolant and protectant wipes.
- Sunscreen and bug spray: The sun’s UVA rays go through window glass and affect your skin if you don’t have any protection. A bottle of sunscreen doesn’t take up much space, but it can be a lifesaver, just like bug spray. Mosquitos and insects love warm weather so make sure to be prepared because nothing ruins an outing like a swarm of bugs.
- First-aid kit: When traveling with kids, this one can come in handy in many instances. This item also doesn’t take up space but could be huge.
- Towels: Water adventure is synonym with summer life. Whether it’s the pool, spray park, beach, or natural stream, you can never have enough towels. Pack a few extra just in case.
- Umbrella: Packing an umbrella has a two-fold benefit – shelter from rain (obviously), but also from the sun.
- Cash stash: With so many options in the summer, it’s a good idea to have some cash handy for those extra stops.
For most of us the car is like a second home. Between long trips and the daily commute, the average American can spend over 500 hours a year inside a car, which amount to 21 days. So when we’re spending almost one month a year in our cars, you better make sure that your ride is as comfortable as it can be. Here is a list of things that can make your car feel like you are at home:
1. Neck pillow – This can relieve the neck strain that comes from sitting in an office chair all day, or just driving for long periods of time. And if you have to pull off to a rest stop, this will help you get some actual sleep in your car.
2. Don’t forget comfortable shoes!
3. iPod adapter – If you’re going to spend some quality time in your car, then you should have the accessories that you need as well. Any car adaptor to keep your electronics alive is well worth the price, as you can pass the time much easier.
4. Lavender air freshener – I say lavender because it’s a soothing sent that can help calm you down after work (and it’s not like those tree air fresheners that gas stations sell). It’s also a subtle way to make your car feel homier.
5. Car organizer – An organizer that you can strap onto the back of your seat will definitely come in handy and make it easy for you to store and find any important item.
Now you just need a new car to implement these things – like a new or certified used Honda from Howdy Honda!
If you’re like me, you just realized that Father’s Day is only a few days away (Sunday, June 17th to be exact). And if that’s the case, I can safely assume that, like me, you haven’t picked up the perfect gift for dad just yet. However, don’t worry because we have compiled a list of Father’s Day gift ideas so your dad can drive the most decked out Honda in Austin TX.
1. Buddy Desk
Maybe your dad is the serious career type and has to sometimes do work from his car. This awesome car desk hooks up to the steering wheel and instantly becomes a work station.
2. GPS system
If your dad’s Honda doesn’t have navigation, this is a perfect gift.
3. Car microwave
Yes, they exist. And your dad might really appreciate it! This one works via the car lighter so no batteries required. It doesn’t get very hot – which is good for a car – but it gets heats enough to warm up a snack.
4. Vintage cufflinks
Is your dad really into vintage cars? This is a great gift for those dads that reminisce the old car era.
Whether you get a gift or not, just remember to spend some time with your dad and tell him “I love you.”
Mother’s Day gifts can be tough ones to come by, especially if you’re a professional procrastinator. Odds are you probably don’t have enough spare cash lying around to buy that special woman in your life a new Honda, but why not get her something that will add chracter to her current Honda? Here are some ideas:
Leopard print floor mats
In-car seat organizer
Zebra license plate frame
What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?