The temperature is dropping, which means that winter is on the horizon. As the weather station starts predicting the chance of snow, it’s important you make sure your car is ready for this cold weather. Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for winter.
Keep an eye on your tires. Lower temperatures will
cause your car’s tire pressure to decrease. Check your tire pressure regularly
to ensure it’s always in the recommended range. Also, make sure your tires have
a good amount of tread on them to ensure your car will get good traction out on
Top off your fluids. There are a number of fluids
that your car needs to keep it running smoothly in the colder weather. Make
sure your car’s antifreeze – the fluid that keeps your engine from freezing
over – is at the appropriate level, along with your car’s windshield wiper
fluid. This fluid is necessary for ensuring you have perfect visibility when
the roads get salty and winter weather hits.
Pack an emergency kit. You never know when you might
find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Because of this, it’s important
to be prepared. Pack an emergency winter kit for your car that is filled with
supplies that will help you in winter weather. This includes items like
blankets, warm clothes, extra gloves, a bag of sand for traction, a flashlight,
road flares, a first-aid kit, an extra ice scraper, and some non-perishable
snacks like granola bars.
Winter is a beautiful season full of celebrations and family get-togethers, but it can be extremely dangerous if you’re not well prepared. Set up an appointment with the service department at Jack Matia Honda and let our certified technicians prepare your car for winter.
If you’re in the market for a family vehicle, the Honda lineup has three solid options you should consider. Three 2019 Honda models, the 2019 Honda Odyssey, 2019 Honda Accord, and 2019 Honda CR-V, were recently named on the Edmunds.com Best Family Cars of 2019 list for their respective segments.
According to Edmunds.com, the 2019 Accord earned its title as Best Family Sedan due to its roomy interior and trunk, along with its standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies, which help keep you confident out on the road.
For the 2019 Odyssey, its Best Family Minivan title was awarded because of its Magic Slide™ seats, Cabin Watch™ technology, and Honda VAC®.
The 2019 CR-V was also recognized for its Honda Sensing® availability, along with its ample cargo space, solid fuel-efficiency numbers, and available hands-free rear liftgate. This allowed it to be named the Best Small Family SUV title.
To determine the winners of each segment, editors at Edmunds.com put eligible vehicles through extensive, engineer-led tests. Each vehicle is then rated using more than 30 criteria in five main categories – driving performance, comfort, interior, utility, and technology. The availability of safety features, along with technology and convenience features that appeal to families, is also considered.
Visit Jack Matia Honda to test drive one of these Best Family vehicles for yourself.
Over the past few decades, Honda has established a
reputation for offering stylish, powerful, and efficient vehicles. The
following classic Honda models helped the Japanese carmaker establish its name.
The S600 was a roadster that raised the bar in the industry. Its styling stood in good company with other popular roadsters like the Triumphs and Austin-Healeys. The S600 was also the first-ever Honda production vehicle to be available in two trim levels.
Quirky elegance comes to the forefront with the Z600 hatchback. As one of the first Honda models for sale in the United States, the Z600 appeared on motorcycle dealership lots from 1970 to 1974 because no Honda dealerships existed across America. This hatchback became well-known, despite its short-lived lifespan. Eric Burns broke the land-speed record in 2008 for stock body production cars with 750 cc engines for this model.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, supercar performance at
the fraction of the price of competitors became a reality. The NSX was sold
under the Acura nameplate in the United States. This sports car debuted as a
1990 model, offering a 3.0-liter V6 engine, before eventually being discontinued
Washing and detailing your car at home has tons of benefits, like the higher quality than you get going through an automatic wash, the convenience of staying home, and the money you save. So what are you supposed to do when you live in an apartment and don’t have an easy way to wash your car? We have some tips on how to wash your car for apartment dwellers.
Get creative with water sources
Okay, maybe you’ve already looked for a hose hookup. But if you haven’t, you might be surprised to find one somewhere around your building that will let you spray down your car after you wash it. You can also try filling up buckets with water in the bathtub.
Use a rinseless cleaner
If you can’t use a hose to spray down your car after you soap it up, try a rinseless cleaner. You mix the cleaning solution with water, and it lifts the dirt away without having to be rinsed off. An added benefit of this is that there’s a lower risk of scratching the paint, especially since you don’t have to do the extra step of drying the car off.
Go totally water-free
You might not want to fill up giant buckets of water and lug them down several flights of stairs, so try water-free wipes and sponges for cleaning and waxing your car. It can take some extra time to wipe down every inch of your car with a wipe like this, but it’s another method that doesn’t require rinsing or drying.
Alternatively, if you want your ride to sparkle, we’ll detail it for you the next time you come into Jack Matia Honda for service or maintenance. Just ask, and we’ll deliver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What was the first mass-produced American car?
Where was the first drive-in movie theater?
What is Honda’s luxury division?
What year was Honda founded?
What was the first modern hybrid in the United States?
Which Honda sports coupe was discontinued in 2001?
What’s the best-selling Honda ever?
What model was the first Japanese car built in the United States?
How many vehicles were sold in the United States in 2017 (to the closest million)?
Where was the first Honda manufacturing plant in the United States?
The Model T
Camden, New Jersey
Interested in taking home one of the vehicles in Honda’s legacy? Stop by Jack Matia Honda to browse our inventory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find a safe place to stop, like a straightaway. Avoid stopping on curves and hills.
Turn on your hazards lights so other drivers can see you from a distance.
Set the parking brake and wheel wedges if you have them.
Pry off the hubcap to access the lug nuts.
Loosen the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t remove them entirely.
Consult your owner’s manual to where to place a jack on your make and model.
Raise the vehicle six inches to a foot in the air. Don’t put any part of your body beneath the vehicle.
Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and place them where you won’t lose them, such as inside the hubcap.
Remove the flat tire by pulling straight out. Replace it with the spare tire by pushing straight in.
Tighten the lug nuts by hand. Don’t use the wrench just yet.
Lower the vehicle, but don’t remove the jack. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench.
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.