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.

Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Thanksgiving Family Traditions
The holiday feast is only a few weeks away! We here at Jack Matia Honda would like to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving family traditions.

If you’re like many Americans, odds are you or your family are traveling in order to be together on Thanksgiving. The holiday feast is only a few weeks away, but it isn’t too late to come up with a new family tradition. We here at Jack Matia Honda would like to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving family traditions.

Eat a Big Breakfast

While many families choose to fast in order to save room for some delicious turkey, others indulge themselves with a hearty breakfast. As it turns out, a big breakfast makes for a great start to the Thanksgiving festivities! Make sure to add eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles, and pie to the Thanksgiving menu this year.

Remember Loved Ones

Giving thanks is the whole point of Thanksgiving, but the holiday can also be a day of remembrance. As family travels from throughout the country, make it a point to sit down and remember loved ones who have since passed away. Cherish their memories, tell heartfelt stories, and take a moment of silence. You may even learn a thing or two about your family.

Have Thanksgiving Dinner…for Dinner

Did you ever think it was a little odd that most families have their Thanksgiving dinner in the afternoon? While there’s a reason for it, why not simply have Thanksgiving dinner for dinner? Setting out a plate of snacks can help tide over hungry relatives, assuming the big breakfast didn’t fill them up, of course!

Why Buy Honda?

Why Buy Honda
Why buy Honda? There are plenty of reasons why many drivers are dedicated to the Honda brand. Here are five of our top reasons at Jack Matia Honda.

If you’re shopping around for a new car, you’ve no doubt heard about the Honda lineup. Why buy Honda? There are plenty of reasons why many drivers are dedicated to the Honda brand. Here are five of our top reasons at Jack Matia Honda.


If you’re looking for a vehicle with a friendly price tag, Honda is your brand. These vehicles are extremely affordable and offer a lot of bang for the buck.


Hondas are known for a lot of things, and one of those is their efficiency. From the compact Honda Fit hatchback to the versatile Honda CR-V, these vehicles will save you money at the gas pump.


Honda vehicles feature long lists of modern technology, including smart safety features. The Honda Sensing® safety suite available in Honda vehicles is a collection of intelligent, advanced, and active safety features.

Fun to Drive

Honda cars are not just about practicality—these vehicles are plenty of fun to drive too, with nimble handling and manual transmissions available in many models.

Resale Value

If you’re ever ready to resell your Honda, you can be sure that you’ll get some of the best resale value on the market from it. These cars are built to last a long time, though, so you should be happy with your Honda for years to come.

How to Prep Your Car For Winter

Prep Your Car
Knowing when and how to prep your car for the winter months is a crucial skill. Here are a few pointers for you to check out.

Knowing when and how to prep your car for the winter months is a crucial skill. Here are a few pointers.

Check Tire Pressure Regularly

Cold temperatures cause tires to lose their air pressure faster. As a result, you’ll lose traction and get worse fuel economy. Check and fill your tires regularly.

Test Your Battery

When the air gets cold, your battery is also affected, often lowering its capacity. Make sure your battery can take the extreme drop in temperature.

Invest In New Wiper Blades

Wipers do a lot of work in the winter when it comes to moving slush, grime, and ice out of the way, so a new set is definitely in order.

Replace and Clean Exterior Lights

Visibility is critical in the winter, so make sure you check your headlights, taillights, turn signals, and all other exterior lights to ensure they work. Additionally, try cleaning headlight covers on the inside for brighter lights.

Add a Coat of Wax

Most people think finishing the exterior of their car with wax is purely a cosmetic thing. It preserves the color and prevents the usual wear and tear that comes with age. However, a coat of wax can also prevent corrosive road salt from damaging the lower half of your vehicle.

If you need any help when you prep your car for winter, let us know here at Jack Matia Honda.

Honda Pickup Truck Stealing Attention from the Big Three

Honda Pickup Truck
The Honda pickup truck, known as the Honda Ridgeline, has emerged to greatly surprise industry insiders with its sales numbers.

For decades, the pickup truck segment has been ruled by the big three: the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and the RAM 1500. No challenger has come forth to topple these giants from their thrones—until now.

The Honda pickup truck, known as the Honda Ridgeline, has emerged to surprise industry insiders with its sales numbers, as data suggests the competitor is actually stealing sales from longtime favorites.

In the past year, Honda has sold 40,000 units of the 2017 Ridgeline stateside. The truck’s success is due to its carlike design, which Honda representatives say has not only brought in loyal truck enthusiasts, but a few new buyers who previously weren’t interested in driving a pickup. A big part of the appeal is the Honda Ridgeline’s smaller size, taking advantage of the fact that rivals like Ford haven’t sold the midsizes like the Ranger in the US for years.

Another thing that’s so appealing about owning a Honda pickup truck is the features. Whereas many trucks are known for their rugged capabilities, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline makes owning a pickup fun, with tailgating features like speakers in the bed, a 400-watt outlet, and a cooler-sized compartment with a drain that can be filled with ice and your beverage of choice.

While the big three are still the reigning champions, the Honda pickup truck has found its niche. Check it out at Jack Matia Honda.

Could a Honda Self-Driving Car Be in the Near Future?

Honda Self-Driving Car

There’s no doubt that the automotive industry has had its eyes set on a future of autonomous driving for some time now. These days, most vehicles can be equipped with their own array of autonomous tools that help increase safety, like park assist or automatic braking. Many of the Hondas on the lot at Jack Matia Honda are set up with the Honda Sense suite of safety features like these. Beyond that, however, Honda didn’t seem to be the most competitive brand in the race for self-driving vehicles—until now.

Recently, Honda hosted journalists at their main facility in Japan in order to announce their plan to seriously invest in the move toward a Honda self-driving car. The PR gathering gave them a chance to both offer rides in prototypes of self-driving cars, and also announce an exciting new partnership with Waymo.

Waymo is a sibling to Google under the parent company of Alphabet. Waymo, the self-driving division, has made it a goal of theirs to partner with an established automaker in order to work toward developing autonomous vehicles. Since Waymo has no interest in making cars of their own, and Honda need the technological support, it seems to be a perfect match, and we can’t wait to see what this pair comes up with in the next decade.

Direction on How to Change a Tire

How to Change a Tire
How to Change a Tire

Whether it’s a blowout or you simply need to replace an old tire with a new one, knowing how to change a tire should be common knowledge for all drivers. We here at Jack Matia Honda have a quick guide on how to change a tire, just in case it happens to you.

  1. Find a safe place to stop, like a straightaway. Avoid stopping on curves and hills.
  2. Turn on your hazards lights so other drivers can see you from a distance.
  3. Set the parking brake and wheel wedges if you have them.
  4. Pry off the hubcap to access the lug nuts.
  5. Loosen the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t remove them entirely.
  6. Consult your owner’s manual to where to place a jack on your make and model.
  7. Raise the vehicle six inches to a foot in the air. Don’t put any part of your body beneath the vehicle.
  8. Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and place them where you won’t lose them, such as inside the hubcap.
  9. Remove the flat tire by pulling straight out. Replace it with the spare tire by pushing straight in.
  10. Tighten the lug nuts by hand. Don’t use the wrench just yet.
  11. Lower the vehicle, but don’t remove the jack. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench.
  12. Lower the vehicle and remove the jack. Check the spare tire’s pressure. If all is well, return your tools and flat tire to your vehicle.

Things to Do in Summer in Lorain County

Summer in Lorain County
Summer in Lorain County

Traveling is a great way to spend summer, but Lorain County is home to several local gems that make it a wonderful place to stay. Whether you’re a local resident or traveling from afar, there’s plenty to see and do to make your summer vacation a memorable one. Here are a few ways to enjoy summer in Lorain County according to us here at Jack Matia Honda!

  • Altitude Trampoline Park – Lorain County is getting a new Altitude Trampoline Park this summer! With a massive indoor jumping space and a variety of activities, including dodge ball and competitive jumping, this is the perfect spot for locals and those just passing through. Plan a birthday party while traveling or stop in to enjoy a day of fun for all ages and group sizes!
  • Allen Memorial Art Museum – Now celebrating its centennial anniversary, the Allen Memorial Art Museum features more than 14,000 words of all cultures and history. A vital resource for Oberlin College and the surrounding community alike, there’s plenty to see and experience at this museum.
  • 103rdOhio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Museum – Those in search of a day in the air conditioning will find no better place than the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Museum. The museum is home to a vast number of Civil War artifacts and is dedicated to those who served from 1861 to 1865.