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Keeping your Car Safe at College

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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It’s that time of the year again! The Fall semester is starting. You have your class schedule in place; things packed and ready to go! Leaving for college is an exciting time and having a car on campus can be a great convenience. However, if you’re bringing your car to campus, the last thing you need is a car-related theft to dampen your semester. We have some tips for keeping your car and belongings safe while on campus. These tips may all seem like common sense but if you haven’t gotten into the habit of doing the following you may be asking for trouble.

Always, always lock your car doors! As soon as you get in the car, while you’re driving and after you park. Locking your doors is the first important step to car safety. If you have automatic power locks then…great! All you need to worry about is locking the doors when you leave your vehicle. Just be sure not to lock your keys in your car. Keep a spare key in a safe place at home or in your dorm room just in case.

Keep your valuables hidden and pay attention to your surroundings when parking. DON’T leave valuables such as your smart phone in plain view. If you must leave your valuables in your vehicle, conceal them in the glove compartment, center console or trunk. As the saying goes “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” The best practice is to park in well-lit areas that have lots of foot traffic. You may also want to have a friend accompany you, should you have to walk to your car late at night.

Oftentimes thieves aren’t interested in taking your car. They target vehicles for parts or the contents inside. Thieves commonly go for aftermarket stereo equipment. If you’ve installed a stereo system into your vehicle be sure to write down your serial number and keep it somewhere other than your vehicle. In case it gets stolen you could possibly track it down and have it recovered. If your stereo comes quipped with a removable faceplate be sure to take it with you when you park your car.

Aside from these basic tips, when bringing your car to school, it’s a good idea to consider the neighborhood you’ll be driving in. Your campus may be beautiful and well-lit, but remember to check out the surrounding area. Does it have a high crime rate? Are you driving a high theft car? If you’re concerned, you may also want to invest in an anti-theft device.

However, if at this point you only dream about having a car for college, maybe it’s time to check out the great deals we have on the 2013 Honda Civic or 2013 Honda Fit. In fact, it might be the perfect time to look into leasing a car: low payments and no long-term debt. And just so you know, we always carry the best Honda lease offers in Austin.

2013 Honda Civic achieves highest safety ratings among all small cars

Friday, May 17th, 2013

2013 CivicOur favorite small car, the Honda Civic is leading the small car segment in terms of safety ratings. The Civic received the highest possible rating from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The 2013 Honda Civic sedan achieved the top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA for their New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The sedan and coupe also earned a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, including the top GOOD score in their new small overlap frontal collision test, making the Civic the first and only small car to receive this distinction.

“Car shoppers cannot find a small car with higher overall safety ratings than the 2013 Honda Civic,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “Safety ratings leadership across product lines is a fundamental part of not only our strategic business plan, but also out philosophy as a company.”

This recent achievement puts Honda in an incredible place in the automotive marketplace. It is the only auto manufacturer with every single one of its tested model year 2013 vehicles earning a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.

Why wheel locks are important: A safety lesson from a dealership in Georgetown TX

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Honda-Wheel-Locks-Austin-TXAs 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.

How to identify brake problems on Honda vehicles

Friday, May 10th, 2013

honda-brake-repairBrakes are an incredibly important part of your Honda vehicle. Please make sure yours are working smoothly to ensure the safety of every passenger.

Brake Squeal and Wear Indicator

On Honda cars, all four brakes have audible brake wear indicators. So when your brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive metallic “screeching” sound when you apply the brakes. If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will begin screeching all the time. Do note that your brakes may sometimes squeak or squeal when you apply them lightly; don’t confuse this with the brake wear indicators. The brakes will make a very audible “screeching” noise.

Low Brake Fluid & Flushing the Brake Fluid

If your brake fluid is low, it may be leaking or brakes could be worn.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs moisture. When that moisture finds its way into the braking system, it can corrode metal and seals. Flushing the system with new fluid removes the condensation before extensive damage occurs.

When you’re flushing the system, always use Honda Heavy Brake Fluid DOT 3. If this specific fluid is unavailable, only use DOT 3 or DOT 4 from a sealed container. However, only use these as a temporary solution. The use of any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and may decrease the life of your brakes.

Honda Genuine Brake Pads

Honda Genuine Brake Rotors function the best with Honda Genuine Brake Pads. Particularly since Honda brake pads are tested extensively on Honda vehicles in the most extreme situations and environments.

Now, it’s not only for this reason that Genuine Honda Brake Pads effectively help prevent premature disc wear and minimize noise. They’re also precisely engineered with state-of-the-art materials that produce superior performance, proper wear, long life, and are specifically designed to dampen noise and reduce vibrations.

Honda Genuine Brake Rotors

Brake rotors are vital to dissipating the heat that comes from the pads every time you use the brakes. Genuine Honda Brake Rotors are built to take that heat time for lasting performance and reliability. They’re made with the optimum mix of materials and compounds to safely withstand long periods of wear and to help prevent overheating and warping.

If your brakes show any of these signs, please contact our Honda Service Center in Austin by calling 512-443-4300.

NHTSA Releases New SafeCar App

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the government agency under the US Department of Transportation in charge of carrying out safety programs for traffic and vehicle safety, just announced the release of their SafeCar app for smartphones.

The new app provides the safety ratings of vehicles, but the real kick of the app is that it allows you to register your vehicle and receive recall and safety notifications (were your car involved in one). Besides that, it lets you file vehicle complaints with the NHTSA, get directions to the nearest child-seat inspection station and read NHTSA headlines.

The app is free and, although only currently available for the iOS platform (iPhone, iPad, iPod), the agency is working on developing the Android version.

Cell phones and gas stations: A fatal attraction?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

cell phone and gas stations | Howdy Honda BlogLet’s travel back a decade or so when “forward emails” were popular. We all received them; from the one that warns that if you don’t forward the email to at least 10 friends in the next 60 seconds some horrible person is going to knock on your door and kill you, to the less threatening but equally terrifying one about the man who used his cell phone while pumping gas and everything exploded. Don’t you just miss those emails? Well, today I am here to debunk this last piece of gem: is it really dangerous to use a cell phone while pumping gas?

Short answer: NO!

History: The whole debacle started around 1999-2002 with an email claiming to be from Shell Oil that warned readers about the dangers of using a cell phone while at a gas station. The email recounted a few cases of men bursting into flames because they picked up their mobile phone when pumping gas. Want to know something interesting? No media news outlet ever reported of these incidents. Want to know something even more interesting? Shell Oil released a statement denying their involvement in such email. Interesting.

So how did this misconception spread? Well, besides the fact that we all love a good urban legend, people would rather be safe than make the evening news so gas stations did their part to place signs and perpetuated the myth. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), and The American Petroleum Institute have all stated that there is absolutely no evidence that mobile phones cause explosions or accidents at gas stations. Even after initial reports place blame on cell phone use for fires at gas stations, subsequent investigations always conclude that the initial reports were erroneous. In fact, even the masters of myth-debunking, Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, have proven this myth to be false.

So there you have it, you can be at ease when pumping gas because your phone will not act as a portable bomb. Now static electricity is another story…

If you want to read lengthy explanations of this post with good sources, visit: http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp & http://truthandmyth.blogspot.com/2006/03/facts-about-cell-phones-and-fires-at.html

Rear-View Camera To Become Standard For 2013 Honda Models

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Rearview camera on 2013 honda austin txHonda just announced that their 2013 vehicle models will feature a rear-view camera standard moving forward.

Vicki Poponi, American Honda’s Assistant VP of Product Planning, stated how important safety is to Honda, affirming that, “At Honda, we feel that this visibility feature will be important to many families and we’re widely applying it even before we may be required to do so. In addition to the wide application of the rear-view camera technology, Honda is also introducing several new features for enhanced driver safety, visibility and security in model-year 2013.”

Getting more into specifics, Honda announced that 94% of their total 2013 lineup will be offering the rear-view camera standard, leaving very few vehicles without it. The 2012 Honda CR-V already offers it as a standard feature and 100% of the 2013 Honda truck lineup will come standard with the rear-view camera. This means that all trim levels of the 2013 CR-V, Crosstour, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline will have this safety feature.

The rear-view camera will certainly offer drivers extra visibility, but it isn’t the only new safety feature on the 2013 Honda lineup. Honda is adding Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems as optional safety features. These two warning technologies will make their debuts on both the 2013 Honda Accord and the 2013 Honda Crosstour.

Are you looking forward to the 2013 Honda lineup?