Our Favorite Fall Festivals in Northeast Ohio

Fall Is Here

 

The school year has started, and fall is arriving right on schedule with crisp air and changing leaves. If you’re looking for some autumnal fun to have with your family this season, be sure to check out these fall festivals in northeast Ohio this year:

Apple Butter & Cider Festival

 

Head west to Lake Farmpark on Sep. 22-23 this year for the annual Apple Butter & Cider Festival. If you love all things apple — from apple pie to apple juice — you can’t miss it! You can sample a variety of apple ciders and try your

hand at pressing your own. Pro tip: Don’t leave without tasting the unique and delicious Apple Slushy!

3rd Annual Kuchta Farms Fall Fest

 

On Sep. 29-30, head to Kuchta Farms in Newton Falls for their third annual fall fest, an event that is quickly becoming one of the favorite fall festivals in Northeast Ohio. Corn mazes, hayrides, fresh kettle corn, and more — Kuchta Falls has all the fixings for down-home fall fun.

Heritage Harvest Pumpkin Festival

 

Do you have a history buff in your family? Or are you the history buff looking for an excuse to drag your crew to a museum with you? Whatever the case, you’ll have a great time at the Heritage Harvest Pumpkin Festival from Oct. 6-7 at the Brunswick Area Historical Society. You can tour the museum, take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, and shop around at the farmer’s market. The best part? 2018 marks the second-annual Canine Costume contest!

There’s so much to do in northeast Ohio over the autumn, but there’s really only one right way to get around: in a fresh new Honda that you’ve driven off the lot at Jack Matia Honda.

2019 Honda HR-V Offers Enhanced Technology and Upgraded Style

2019 Honda HR-V

Each year, crossovers and SUVs grow in popularity. Drivers want the versatility of a larger SUV without sacrificing the agility and maneuverability of a smaller car. One of the most popular choices since it hit dealerships back in 2015 has been the Honda HR-V, and the 2019 Honda HR-V receives some serious updates that make this bold crossover more appealing than ever.

 

Refreshed exterior

 

The 2019 Honda HR-V gets a refreshed exterior, with the most significant changes seen right up front. A more prominent chrome grille insert accompany striking LED headlamps to convey a more aggressive, confident stance while new wheels designs add a splash of even more head-turning style.

 

New trim levels

 

The 2019 HR-V is available in two brand new trim levels — Sport and Touring — that complement the existing LX, EX, and EX-L trims. While we’re still waiting on some specifics about the new trim levels, they will open up even more flexibility for HR-V drivers. At this time, we do know that the Honda Sensing driver-assistive suite will come standard on all 2019 HR-V models other than the base level LX trim.

 

Standard technology upgrades

 

Equipped with an upgraded available color touch-screen infotainment display, the 2019 Honda HR-V will offer a seamless connectivity experience. Now this Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, the 2019 HR-V leaves little to be desired when it comes to connected audio.

 

Interested in learning more? Visit our showroom at Jack Matia Honda or give us a call to schedule a test drive.

Road Trip Travel Tips for the Best Trip Ever

Road Trip Tips

There’s nothing quite like taking to the open road with the windows down and discovering something new on a road trip. If you’re considering an adventure behind the wheel this summer, be sure to check out these simple road trip travel trips and get ready for a drive to remember.

 

Check up on your vehicle

 

Before you get going, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is up to the rigors of extended driving. On a road trip, you can run into all sorts of weather and terrain conditions, so check up on your vehicle’s most important systems before you pull out of the driveway. Don’t forget to:

  • Monitor your tires for correct pressure and alignment
  • Pack a spare tire
  • Change your car’s oil
  • Replace damaged wiper blades
  • Inspect and replace the battery if needed

 

Bring along the right technology

 

Even the most exciting road trip can have some dull stretches along the way. Before you leave, load your phone with music and apps that will stave off any boredom. Apps like Audible and Spotify are great for hands-free entertainment while a good navigation app will help you from getting unintentionally lost along the way.

 

Keep it clean

 

Whether you’ll be on the road for a few days, weeks, or even months, clutter has a way of quickly building up during a road trip. Because of this, it’s best to start off with a spotless interior and make a habit of regularly cleaning out the car along the way.

 

If your vehicle needs any maintenance before you set off, stop by Jack Matia Honda and speak with our service department. We’d be happy to give your vehicle a full inspection and do any necessary repairs.

Use this Car Trivia to Pass Time on the Road

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Want to test your car knowledge? You’re in luck, because we’ve come up with a car trivia game perfect for your next road trip. Most of these questions involve the Honda brand due to its iconic history, but there are also some more general interest questions. See how many you get right, quiz your friends, and have fun playing this game.

Questions:

  1. What was the first mass-produced American car?
  2. Where was the first drive-in movie theater?
  3. What is Honda’s luxury division?
  4. What year was Honda founded?
  5. What was the first modern hybrid in the United States?
  6. Which Honda sports coupe was discontinued in 2001?
  7. What’s the best-selling Honda ever?
  8. What model was the first Japanese car built in the United States?
  9. How many vehicles were sold in the United States in 2017 (to the closest million)?
  10. Where was the first Honda manufacturing plant in the United States?

Answers:

  1. The Model T
  2. Camden, New Jersey
  3. Acura
  4. 1948
  5. Honda Insight
  6. Honda Prelude
  7. Honda Civic
  8. Honda Accord
  9. 6,332,925 vehicles
  10. Marysville, Ohio

Interested in taking home one of the vehicles in Honda’s legacy? Stop by Jack Matia Honda to browse our inventory.

 

Three Honda Models Earn Best Retained Value Awards

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Everyone knows that when you buy a car, it starts losing its value immediately. This is called depreciation. However, not all cars depreciate at the same rate. Every year, Edmunds evaluates new car models and estimates which vehicles will hold onto their value longer than others and awards those models Best Retained Value Awards.

This year, three Honda vehicles came away with the top prize in their respective segments: the 2018 Honda Accord, the Civic, and the CR-V. This means buyers who choose these models can feel confident that they will get more money back into their pockets when the time comes to trade it in or sell it.

“Buying a new car is a huge financial decision, and our 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards are designed to help shoppers discover the brands and vehicles that can help them get the most out of their investment,” said Avi Steinlauf, Edmunds’ CEO. “This year’s winners underscore a commitment to quality and reliability and are good bets to hold their value over the course of ownership.”

In the Best Retained Value Awards, Edmunds’ analysts study years of market data to determine which model are expected to have the highest projected residual value after five years. So, if you are looking for a new car that will give you a lot of value, a Honda is always a great choice.

Take a closer look at Honda’s lineup and find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle at Jack Matia Honda.

 

Make Spring Cleaning Easy with These Quick Car Cleaning Tips

car cleaning tips

Despite a few cold pop ups, spring has officially sprung. The coming summer sun is starting to warm up thousands along Lake Erie’s still-slightly-dreary shoreline. Unfortunately, that same summer sun is now shining a spotlight on all the dust and gunk that’s accumulated on and in your car over the winter.

Help your car look as shiny and new as the weather (finally) does with these quick car cleaning tips:

Empty out the trunk and rear seating

It’s not just the mounds of snow that pile up over the winter — garbage, boxes, wrappers, and more tend to snowball between November and April. Throw out what you don’t need and properly store what you need to keep until next winter. Cleaning big items out of your trunk can also improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

Focus on the carpets and upholstery

First, vacuum away any large pieces such as chunks of rock salt and miscellaneous wrappers. Wash down carpets and seating with a damp wash cloth and dish soap. After it dries, run it over one more time with the vacuum.

Don’t forget under the hood

Dirt, leaves, and other debris can collect under the hood of your car and cause mechanical problems later on. Make sure you clean out the engine area carefully.

If your car needs any post-winter maintenance, stop by Jack Matia Honda and speak with a representative from our service department.

Auto Terms Glossary

Auto Terms GlossaryAnti-lock Braking System – Abbreviated as ABS, the Anti-lock Braking System senses the wheel rotations and automatically pumps the brakes when a driver suddenly performs a hard stop. The pumping prevents the wheels from locking up, allowing drivers to retain the ability to steer.

Alloy Wheels – Many wheels are made of steel, but an alloy wheel is made of a mixture of two or more metals. Most alloy wheels are primarily made of aluminum.

All-Season Tires – Most vehicles roll off the production line with all-season tires. This type of tire combines the major benefits of summer and winter tires, providing good traction during winter road conditions and not wearing as quickly on hot, dry pavement.

Automatic Transmission – Unlike a manual transmission, an automatic transmission uses the power and torque of a powertrain to automatically change gears as the vehicle moves. The driver doesn’t have to have any interaction with a clutch to change gears.

Climate Control System – This is a system that includes the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation.

Coupe – A coupe is a two-door car with the rear seats enclosed.

Environmental Protection Agency – Abbreviated as EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency is a federal agency that regulates air quality and sets fuel economy and emissions standards.

Hatchback – A hatchback is usually a three- or five-door vehicle that features a full rear door with a rear window.

Horsepower – Commonly abbreviated as hp, horsepower is the power produced by an engine and is an indicator of how powerful a vehicle’s engine is.

Muscle Car – The term was born in the mid-1950s and described cars with high horsepower. It’s still in use today and is interchangeable with “pony car.”

Sedan – A sedan is a vehicle that features four doors with a fixed roof and a standard trunk.

Torque – Expressed as lb-ft, torque is the force exerted by the engine on the crankshaft. Engines that produce high torque at low rpm will accelerate faster.

Car Spring Cleaning Made Simple

Car spring cleaning

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some simple car spring cleaning tips that will make you feel more confident behind the wheel and will have you turning heads on the road.

Check Your Tire Pressure

While many cars come with a tire pressure monitoring system, there are still some that don’t. Check the tire pressure of each of your tires to ensure that your road handling and efficiency are in tip-top shape.

Inspect/Replace Wiper Blades

Your windshield wipers are essential, especially when the spring season brings ample rain. Inspect your wipers and, if needed, replace them. Wipers should be replaced at least once a year or bi-yearly.

Tidy Up Inside

Throwing away old receipts and fast food bags is a quick and easy way to feel cleaner in your car. If you have enough time on your hands, take a vacuum to the inside after you’ve cleared it of trash and get all that dust and grime that’s been sitting around.

Wash and Wax

Giving your car a thorough washing doesn’t have to be hard – you don’t even have to do it yourself! Take a trip to your local carwash and get a wash and wax. This is sure to get your car looking clean and ready for spring.

If you ever want more tips about cleaning or maintenance, we’re always here to give advice at Jack Matia Honda.

Tips on Saving Gas in 2018

Tips on Saving Gas

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save money, you’re probably looking for ways to cut costs wherever you can. While you can’t avoid buying gas (unless you’re driving an electric car), you can take steps to reduce the gas that you use. These quick tips on saving gas from Jack Matia Honda will help you move through 2018 with more money in your bank account.

Clean Out Your Car

For every extra 100 pounds a car carries, its fuel efficiency is reduced by 1-2%. Keep your car cleaned up for optimum performance and efficiency.

Get Regular Check-Ups

Your car needs clean oil and fresh air filters like we need water and food to move through our tasks. Taking care of your car will help it last longer and drive better, so schedule your check up with Jack Matia Honda every few months.

Stick to the Pavement

As fun as it can be to go off-road, gravel and dirt roads can significantly reduce your vehicle’s gas mileage.

Don’t Idle

If you plan to sit in park for over a minute, you’ll save more gas by turning your engine off and back on than by idling.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Driving on tires that are under-inflated is bad for both traction and efficiency. Check your tire pressure every few weeks to ensure that your vehicle is deliver the best fuel efficiency possible.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
If you’re looking for the secrets to keeping your New Year’s resolutions, we’ve got the answers. These tips will help you carry out your goals with success.

If you’re looking for the secrets to keeping your New Year’s resolutions, we’ve got the answers. These tips from Jack Matia Honda will help you carry out your goals with success.

Be Realistic

If you want to keep your New Year’s resolutions, you have to make them attainable. Don’t put yourself up to an unrealistic challenge. Instead, start with small goals that you know you will be able to achieve. Setting yourself up for immediate success will help you build momentum, and get you ready to face larger goals as the year progresses.

Go Month by Month

Thinking of resolutions as a year-long process can be tricky. A much easier method is to break your resolutions down month by month. Take the smaller goals that you’ve come up with in step one and apply them to each month. This will give you small steps, and a feeling of success every few weeks.

Don’t Give Up

So you missed your mark one month—so what? No one has a perfect record when it comes to making big changes; the important part is to remember your main goal, and to keep pushing towards that goal even if you don’t carry out each step perfectly.