Archive for the ‘Used Cars’ Category

Why Buy your Certified Pre-Owned Honda from Howdy Honda?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

In this featured video, General Sales Manager, TJ Nissen explains what it takes to certify a Honda. If you are considering purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned Honda from us, rest assured that your vehicle has been through a thorough 150 point inspection with standards set by Honda. We invest the time and resources to ensure that we deliver you, a quality vehicle. And with the addition of an extended warranty, your investment is protected.

You should also be aware that dealers may set their own standards to certify a vehicle. At Howdy Honda, there is no need to worry. We follow the standards set by the manufacturer to make sure you get the best possible value on your Pre-Owned Honda.

View our current Certified Pre-Owned Honda inventory here and schedule your test drive today!

3 Honda Models Included in Edmund’s “Best Used Cars for 2013”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Used Honda Austin Texas

For some people buying a new car is not on their to-do list because new vehicles don’t meet the needs and expectations of those individuals. Thankfully, for those of you that share that sentiment has compiled a list of the “Best Used Cars for 2013” where you might find that a used Honda is just what you’ve been looking for.

If you’re looking for a Certified Pre-Owned or used Honda, here are the ones Edmunds recommends:

2007-2011 Honda Fit: The best used subcompact you could buy right now. Since its 2007 introduction, the Fit has enjoyed an impeccable reputation thanks to its spirited and nimble driving demeanor, high fuel economy, and uniquely spacious rear seating/cargo design. Editors at Edmunds are always singing its praises.

2006-2011 Honda Accord coupe: For a sporty 2-door look no further than the Accord coupe. Many forget that America’s “best-selling sedan” has a sleeker and sportier coupe sister that features a tight-built quality, smooth ride, refined powertrains, solid reputation for reliability, and can be found with a manual gearbox hooked up to an energetic V6.

2006-2011 Honda CR-V: You might know the CR-V as the compact SUV that half of America drives. Well, there’s good reason why the CR-V is their SUV of choice – space-efficient, fuel-efficient, easy to drive and maintain, and with as much cargo space as some mid-size SUVs. The CR-V easily meets most shoppers’ needs and with its excellent reliability record and strong crash safety ratings, it’s easy to understand why it’s a top pick among Edmunds’ editors.

The inventory of used Honda for sale in Austin TX changes on a daily basis so please check back often if you don’t find the one you’re looking for.

10 Common Car Insurance Myths and Misconceptions

Monday, September 16th, 2013


Insurance-PolicyWhen establishing your insurance policy it’s important to know exactly what you get out of your auto coverage in case of an accident. However very important details aren’t always clear. Add-ons such as rental coverage can prove to be a life saver in the event of a wreck. Here are ten common myths and misconceptions cleared up…

1. “Full Coverage” includes rental and towing coverage. 

The name is misleading. We would think full coverage is exactly that, a policy that covers everything in the event of damage or an accident. Rental and towing coverage are individual riders that are added on separately and apply an additional cost to your policy.

2. Your driving history determines your car insurance rate. 

Several factors influence your car insurance rate such as your age, type of car (typically, the better the crash test score, the better your rate), the intended use of your car and the theft rate in your area (urban areas or “port” cities usually have higher theft rates than rural areas). Also, if you’re a student, good grades can help reduce your premiums. Even your credit history can be evaluated to determine your rate.

 3. If I stay ticket and accident free, my rate will go down. 

Remaining ticket and accident free will influence your auto insurance rate over time, but other factors can keep your rate as it is or cause it to go up. Not to mention regional or national trends like increasing repair costs, rising hospital bills & lawsuits.

 4. Newer cars are more expensive to insure. 

Some new cars are less expensive to insure than the older ones are. It depends on the year, make and model. Do your research and check around.

5. Smaller, less expensive cars are cheaper to insure. 

This depends on your coverage. This does not apply to collision and comprehensive coverage because smaller cars typically sustain more damage in an accident and have a higher rate of being “totaled” in a collision.

6. “No – fault insurance” refers to an accident that is not the policy-holder’s fault.

“No-fault insurance” simply means that your own insurance company pays for your injury-related bills, regardless of who is at fault.

 7. My car will be declared “a total loss” if it cannot be driven away after an accident. 

A Total Loss is declared only when the repair costs exceed a certain threshold of the car’s present value. The threshold generally falls between 50% and 70%.

8. If my car is totaled, my insurance will pay off what I owe on my loan. 

When you car is totaled your insurance company will pay the actual value of your vehicle (before the accident) minus your deductible. You are still responsible for any amount outstanding on your loan or lease. If you are driving a newer vehicle, Gap insurance is good additional coverage to look into.

 9. My insurance will cover me if my car is stolen or vandalized. 

Unless you have comprehensive coverage, you are not covered. If you want to fully protect your vehicle be sure to have collision AND comprehensive coverage.

10. If items are stolen from my car, they are covered under my policy. 

In most cases, your homeowner’s or rental insurance policy covers items stolen from your car. NOT your auto policy.

Whether you’re buying a new or used car in Austin, Texas insurance is important to establish before driving your new car off the lot! For more info about car

insurance and coverage, visit Allstate’s Blog.

What Happens To Your Car When Its Roadworthy Days Are Over

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

While you probably haven’t put much thought into what will happen to your car once it reaches the end of its life, a pleasant surprises is that, from the body to the tires, much of your car can be recycled.

Take a look at this awesome info graphic that breaks down not only what can happen to your car, but what makes up an automobile.

Credit: DriveSteady

If you find yourself in a situation where it might be time to recycle your car, you are obviously in need of a new vehicle. Check out our inventory of new and used cars in Austin, and give us a call at 512-443-4300 so we can get you in your car right away.

Make a video and sell your car now

Friday, June 15th, 2012
sell your used car in austin with a video | howdy honda blog

Take a video of your car with your camera.

Looking to sell your used car in Austin? Well, if you really want to move it in a hurry, making a video might be one of the quickest way to go. By creating a video about your car, you are providing potential buyers with very much the same experience that car dealers provide. But before you go out and slap something on YouTube, here’s some advice from our guys at the Used Car Department (they make videos for cars all the time):

1. Position your car in a spot where you won’t be bothered with noise when you shoot your video.

2. Go over what you want to say – practice makes perfect!

3. Start at the front left of the vehicle and work around clockwise.

4. Tell the potential buyers the basic information on the vehicle (year, make, model, miles, etc) but don’t go overboard on the car’s attributes.

5. Keep it short! Viewers aren’t going to watch more than 2 minutes of footage.

6. Shoot several different videos and upload the best after reviewing.

7. Stay away from talking about price since that could change.

Once you’ve done all this, throw the video on YouTube and include the video link on your posting (whether you’re doing Craigslist, etc.). Also, post it on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin – you never know when someone you know has a friend who’s looking for a used car. Now, wait for the calls and emails!

One quick YouTube trick: use the same basic information about the car (year, make, model, etc) and your location (Austin,Central Texas) on the title and description of the video. This will make it easier for potential buyers to find your video. And remember to include your contact information.

Good luck!

Refer-A-Friend Program at Howdy Honda

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Refer-a-friend to Howdy Honda in Central TexasSo you bought a car at Howdy Honda and showed it off to your family and friends. Now what? Now its time for you to get rewarded and here’s how you can do that:

1. Make a list of your friends and family. Who needs to buy a new or used car?

2. Send that person to Howdy Honda.

3. Remind them to add your name on the survey they will take when they purchase a vehicle.

4. Receive a $100 gift card in the mail a few weeks later.

5. Repeat.

Get rewarded for buying at Howdy Honda and for knowing people that need a Honda or a used car in Austin.

Honda to mass recycle rare earth metals

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
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Rare Earth Metals in Hybrid Technology | Illustration from: Sufiy

Apparently the clean tech industry has been mourning for a while the impending shortage of the minerals called “rare earth metals” which are used to make things like electric vehicle batteries and solar panels. 

I must admit I don’t really know too much about these rare earth metals, so I had to dig a little bit and go back to my 10th grade Chemistry class to find out. The rare earth metals are 17 chemical elements from the periodic table. Although dispersed throughout the Earth’s crust, they’re not often found in concentrated and extractable deposits; hence the use of the word “rare” and the shortage warning.

Therefore, Honda has joined forces with Japan Metals & Chemicals to start mass-recycling rare earth metals found on the batteries of used Honda hybrid vehicles collected from Honda dealers worldwide. These rare earth metals will be used again on Honda batteries and Honda auto parts.

Since 1999, Honda has sold over 800,000 hybrids worldwide, but this mass-production process at a recycling plant is the first of its kind.

The brands we drive

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
I just came accross this pretty cool infographic about the automaker brands that we drive here in the United States. Which brand do you drive? (We secretly hope it’s a Honda!)
The brands we drive infographic

Source: AYTM

How sixteen 2012 Honda Accords ended up in a dealer’s used car lot

Friday, March 30th, 2012

They were sunny days down in Palm Beach, Florida those first days of March. Spectators and news cameras from all over the world gathered at the PGA National Resort & Spa to watch some of the greatest golf players battle it out at The Honda Classic.

Anyone who’s anyone in the world of golf was there; from Darren Clarke to Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, they made the journey from their home country to play this famous golf tournament.

During the four days of The Honda Classic (March 1st through the 4th), brand new 2012 Hondas were used as courtesy cars to transport the likes of Tiger Woods, Kenny G (who performed a benefit concert and was also the host of the event), and a myriad of golfing royalty.

Now, what happened to all of these new Honda cars once the golf tournament was over? Did they drive off into the sunset never to be seen again? Did they get eaten by the famous alligators of Florida? None of the above my dear friend.

Over a dozen of these courtesy cars made the trek all the way down to Austin, Texas. As if they were part of a high school marching band, sixteen 2012 Honda Accords marched (or drove) into the Howdy Honda used car parking lot and found their temporary home.

Now these practically brand new 2012 Honda Accords are waiting for a family to take them home and love them. They have all been Honda Certified and posses under 500 miles, and quite a few of them have less than 100 miles on them. Practically new.

Not everyone in Austin knows that we are also a used Honda dealership, but we are (and a good one!). So if you want to give one of these 2012 Honda Accord your love, give us a call at 512-443-4300, email us at or drop by.

Oh yeah, and check out this infographic that tells the story of these sixteen 2012 Accords and their journey:

Certified Used 2012 Honda Accord for Sale Austin TX

What is a transmission service and why does my car need one?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Transmission Service: what does it entail and why is it necessary? 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid exterior black side

So let’s start with the easy stuff; what is a transmission service? A transmission service is simply the removal of the transmission fluid via a drain plug and then adding new transmission fluid. This process gives the transmission a sort of “cleanse” that helps reduce the strain on the components within the transmission and prolong its life.

Why does your car need a transmission service? A transmission service is essential due to the fact that by removing the old transmission fluid, any buildup that has occurred in the transmission will be removed also. The old residue inside of your transmission can potentially contaminate your fluid over time and put unnecessary stress on the transmission, thus increasing your chances of having to replace the transmission all together.

Recap: A simple transmission service not only will make your transmission run better, but will also prolong the life of the transmission. In other words, you will be saving serious money by maintaining the transmission as transmission repair/replacement averages as one of the highest costs related to automobiles.

If you’re unsure of when the right time to do a transmission service is, check out your vehicle’s owners’ manual, Honda maintenance schedule, or contact one of the service advisors at our Honda Service Center. The service advisors and certified technicians here at Howdy Honda know pretty much everything about your Honda and they’ll be able to quickly determine when a transmission service is due on your car.