Honda Launches 2015 Custom Fit Project

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There’s a Honda Fit for every one! Honda launched an interactive 2015 Fit experience on Tumblr today to show the customization potential of the all-new 2015 Fit. All six final products will be on display at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Honda selected six performance shops to participate in the custom building project. These shops include Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces.

  • Six project teams will each customize a 2015 Fitfit-performance-project
  • Fit fans and car enthusiasts will vote for their favorite custom Fit
  • Completed project vehicles will be on display at the 2014 SEMA Show Honda booth

Each team will use modifications such as body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and much more to build their creations. View the official Tumblr posts (including photos, animated GIFs and video), and progress of each custom Fit here. From August 21st through October 22nd you can vote for your favorite Fit by liking and reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. The performance shop with the highest total number of likes and reblogs will win an award from Honda.

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“Personalized Honda subcompacts were the foundation of the original import tuner revolution, and the all-new Fit upholds that legacy with a great powertrain, an engaging chassis and renowned Honda quality, all at an affordable price,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Our Fit project vehicle program and our Tumblr initiative, #ProjectFit, together offer a unique, fun way to demonstrate the personalization potential of this great new car.”fit2

 

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Team Member Monday: Betzi Cable

10734383186_e45f3b9913_zWelcome to Monday’s Team Member Spotlight of Buckeye Toyota’s own Betzi Cable!

Betzi’s official title could be inventory manager or  customer service representative but in the end she does both of these jobs and much much more.  When something needs done outside the general focus of selling or servicing a vehicle Betzi can, has or is prepared to do it.  Over the past year and a half she has mastered a network of contacts at other dealerships that take most people 5 yeas to cement.  This allows her to efficiently get you the vehicle that you want, when you want it.  Betzi is also versed in the many things it takes to help keep the dealership running from the bookkeeping to data entry, customer service to knowing who to call to order supplies… you could say that Betzi is the resident expert in a lot of stuff!

Betzi calls Lancaster Ohio home and has for her entire life.  She has 2 sons that are currently attending Lancaster High School and keep her pretty busy when she isn’t at Buckeye.  One day she hopes all of her hard work pays off and she is able to take her fantasy trip to the beautiful Ireland.  She would love to visit the north reaching Donegal all the way to the southern area of West Cork.  Watch out Ireland, Betzi is coming, you have been warned! 10734594813_23031b4e91_z

When not at Buckeye, Betzi likes to curl up with a great book from her favorite authors; Nora Roberts and Dakota Cassidy.  Interesting fact: One of Dakota Cassidy’s characters is based on Betzi.  She won a contest and was chosen to have her likeness included in one of the author’s books.  Next time you see Betzi ask her the title of the book and how she was able to win this awesome contest.

Betzi admits that her favorite comfort food is potato soup, “it’s the perfect combination of taste, texture, warm and goodness in one bowl.”  Although she likes to listen to all kinds of music lately she enjoys Miranda Lambert “Mama’s Broken Heart”, for those familiar with the song this might give you a little insight into Betzi, for those that are not you might want to check it out.

When asked to pick her favorite Toyota, she wasted no time and quickly named the Blue Ribbon Metallic Toyota Tundra!  We have to say we don’t disagree with her choice.

Next time you are in Buckeye Toyota stop and say hello to Betzi and don’t forget to ask her about her book character!

 

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Your Car Battery: Have it tested before it loses that spark!

servicesaturdayGetting stranded in a parking lot or your own driveway from a dead battery is frustrating and can cause a serious inconvenience for your day. While car batteries last for many years in most cases, there are some things you can do to prolong their life even longer and avoid being stuck with a dead battery! Here are some tips from Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota of Lancaster for battery maintenance:

Get Battery Power Checked Out

You can have your battery checked at your Buckeye Service Center to see how much power is left. If it is very low, it may be recommended that you get a new battery to avoid waiting until it completely dies before you replace it.  A good time to check battery power is anytime you are in for any maintenance.  A quick test can be run and the results available to you before you leave.  This way you know the health and life of your battery before it is too late.  At the first signs of a weakening battery you need to speak with one of our trained service professionals, they know the exact battery for your Honda, Toyota or pre-owned Central Ohio vehicle.

A couple of things that can contribute to your battery failing:

Age

If the battery is more than five years old and there’s any sign of it struggling to start the car, get it replaced. Some will struggle on for a bit but many won’t. It’s much better done at your convenience than as a roadside emergency.

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If you mostly do short journeys or leave the car standing for days at a time, this can shorten the life of your battery.

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Check that everything electrical is turned off when you park up – even an interior light, trunk light, or radio left on overnight can kill a battery when it’s truestartcold.

Keep up with Your Auto’s Maintenance Schedule

The best way to keep your car rolling down the road is to keep up with your regular maintenance schedule. Oil changes, filter changes, brakes and tires are all good things to keep up with when it comes to maintaining your car.  Then, if you notice your car is having trouble starting, bring it into the Buckeye Honda or Buckeye Toyota service center for a battery check up right away.

Weekend Wednesday: What a great weekend to get out and do something Sept 25 – 28th

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaWe live in a great community with tons of things going on.  Let’s get out and enjoy them.  From some of the best parks, to world-class arts and entertainment let’s take advantage of these opportunities and experience life in Central Ohio.  If you have something you would like to share with everyone please leave a message in the comments or contact us on Facebook or Twitter. 


Annual Band of Gold Invitational

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825 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 5:00 p.m.

The Lancaster Band of Gold will hold their 34th Annual Band of Gold Invitational. The Lancaster Band of Gold will perform to receive their rating to qualify for State Marching Band Finals. The Invitational is an OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) adjudicated event. Bands will compete to receive awards within their classification and to receive a superior rating in order to qualify for State Marching Band Finals.


Open Nature Center

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2805 Old Logan Road SE, Lancaster, OH 43130 Lower Level of the Goslin Nature Center

Ticket Pricing: Admission is free.

 Visit the animals and displays. The Nature Center is open on Sunday afternoons from April through October. Outdoor education staff will be on hand to answer questions and host the center. A nature gift cart is also open and items are available for purchase.

OHIO MADE: CELEBRATING ARTISTS NOW FESTIVAL

Dates: September 27, 2014
Location: Ohio Village
Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:1982 Velma Ave.Columbus, 43211

Located within the Ohio Village, Ohio Made is a unique celebration of, for, and by local artists. Patrons will stroll through a marketplace of artists selling their wares and enjoy cuisine from local food trucks, music from Ohio artists, and artistic demonstrations all within the historic atmosphere of the Ohio Village. This event is a partnership between the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Art League, the Art and Artists of Network, Columbus Idea Foundry, and the Cultural Arts Center. Celebrating Artists Now is a celebration honoring artists for their contribution to Ohio art and culture.


 6TH ANNUAL PUMPKINPALOOZA

Dates: September 27, 2014 pumpkin
Location: Lynd Fruit Farm
Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Address:9590 Morse Rd. SW Pataskala, 43062

Pumpkinpalooza is a day long family festival held in a beautiful country setting complete with food, hayrides, bounce houses, pumpkin patch, games, crafts, corn maze, Great Pumpkin photos, balloon artist and Pick-a-Prize.


 

TRAPPED IN A ROOM WITH A ZOMBIE

Dates: January 22 – December 31, 2014 zombie
Location: Columbus Idea Foundry
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 1 p.m.
Admission: $30.53
Address:1158 Corrugated WayColumbus, 43201

Escape From A Zombie Website

Prepare to be locked in a room with up to 11 other people and a Zombie that is chained to the wall! Hidden in the room is a key that will unlock the door to your freedom.  To find the key you must locate numerous clues and solve riddles.  Every five minutes the hungry Zombie’s chain will be released another foot.  Within an hour, the Zombie will be able to reach you.  You have 60 minutes to the find clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the door and escape the room without getting eaten!  Are you smarter than a Zombie?  Find out!

Test Drive Tuesday – Toyota Tacoma: Built For You

testdrivetuesdayLet’s face it; sometimes, all work and no play does make a dull person. Being stuck in a cubicle surrounded by paper, pencils, and that odd employee at the end of the hall that nobody really knows but is always there. We need adventure, we need to get out, explore and maybe play in the mud a little.  Now before we go crazy we need to make sure we have the vehicle that can handle such an adventure. Fortunately for you, Buckeye Toyota of Lancaster Ohio has a truck series that can help you make this happen: The Toyota Tacoma.

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With the Toyota Tacoma, nothing is off limits.  Take the trail into the backwoods, across a creek through a  field or get dressed up and take it on an urban trail to a downtown hotspot.  The Toyota Tacoma won’t let you down and is always the perfect vehicle for any trail you decide to go down.  A heritage inspired grille gives the iconic image that all Toyota fans have known and adored for years, while a definitive hood scoop and blackout badging add that subtle attitude to make a bold impression. To back that up, this powerful hunk of muscle has an available 6500 pound max towing capacity. There’s a reason that the Toyota Tacoma is known for ‘getting dirty’ and it’s not just the All-Terrain tires, or the 4.0L V6 engine packed into the hood; it’s the pure rugged fun of the driver, and you could be one of them!

tacoma interiorYou Deserve The Best Inside

Now the outside might be rugged and able to handle any terrain but the inside gives you functional  practicality and the luxury you deserve.  With a backup camera you won’t have to worry about backing off of a trail into mother natures pristine foliage or that hidden rock or bicycle left in the driveway.  You can stay connected with the new Entune system, always know where you are headed with the first in class navigation system and predictive traffic and weather feature.  Just because we are headed for the great unknown doesn’t mean we want to be stuck in unknown traffic!

Buckeye Toyota in Lancaster Ohio is here for YOU!tacoma2

Finding the perfect vehicle to take you through the trail we call life is awesome but some of the greatest explorers always had a support staff.  Buckeye Toyota in Lancaster Ohio has the service, parts and sales professionals to be your greatest support team!  No matter what you need the professionals at Buckeye Toyota are here to help you with the purchase and maintaining of your new or pre-owned Toyota!  Give us a call today at 740-654-3943 to set up a time to come in and see what we have to offer, maybe while you are here you can start your next adventure by looking at a new or pre-owned Toyota Tacoma.

 

Team Member Monday: Chad Balser

10734715016_ab5c783650_zWelcome to Team Member Monday!  Today we are highlighting Chad Balser, Buckeye Honda Sales Professional.

Chad has been with Buckeye for about a year and was in a sales position before coming to Buckeye.   Originally from Lancaster, Chad now calls Carroll Ohio  home with his wife, daughter and two sons.  When not at Buckeye you can find Chad spending time with the family enjoying the many things the Ohio outdoors have to offer; from zip-lining, to hiking and cycling.  All of Chad’s kids are avid athletes so many a day are spent at the gymnastics arenas and baseball diamonds.

Chad likes to listen to country and christian music and enjoys a great steak with all of the typical sides.  A perfect night might be enjoying the company of great friends and family over a perfectly cooked steak with some soft music playing in the background as the sun sets over the trees.  It really doesn’t get much better than that! 10734620365_45e10a3276_z

Chad has always been drawn to sales.  He really enjoys the feeling he gets when he is able to help people with their transportation needs.  “Everyone has a different story and I like to be able to listen to that story and help them figure out what the next chapter is going to be.  Getting a new or used car is a big decision and a big event, I just want to be able to help make it a great experience.”

The next time you are in Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio, take a moment and search out Chad and say Hello!  You won’t find a better person to share a moment of conversation with and if you are interested in a vehicle you won’t find a more professional sales person anywhere.  Chad can be reached at cbalser@buckeyecars.com or 740-6534107!

 

 

Recalls: What To Do!

servicesaturdayThere may be a time when you receive an important alert concerning your Buckeye Honda or Buckeye Toyota vehicle from our dealership or directly from the manufacturer. Such alerts, known as recall notices, let customers know when a problem has been discovered with the mechanics of your vehicle. In some cases, a defective part has been discovered to cause mechanical problems in Honda or Toyota vehicles. In other scenarios, a more immediate repair will be necessary due to mechanical problems in certain models.

Whatever the recall notice involves, it is important you take action as recommended by the manufacturer. While recall notices can be frustrating, our dealership is ready to step in and complete all repairs and replacements at no cost to you to ensure your vehicle is safe and operating properly. Our service center will help you through the entire process so you can be assured your safety is a priority.

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A recall notice will be sent to vehicle owners directly from Honda or from our Buckeye Honda or Buckeye Toyota new or used car departments located in Lancaster Ohio.  It is important to have your vehicle regularly serviced at our dealership so accurate records, including your contact details, will be kept on file. Our certified mechanics will know exactly what to do to repair your vehicle and have the proper parts and equipment necessary to get the job done.

If you have received a recall notice in the mail, be sure to bring the correspondence and your affected vehicle into our service center as soon as possible. Our staff can explain exactly what the recall involves and will schedule the repair work so you will not be inconvenienced. The costs of the recall repairs will be paid for by the manufacturer and our service technicians will work to ensure your vehicle is running safely and efficiently when you get back on the road.