The Honda Fit and Lyft Team Up!

thursdayThe way people get around now has changed dramatically. Where once hopeful riders would be left to hail a cab or grab a bus, social media and innovative smartphone technology have allowed people to get rides through car-share services like Lyft. Lyft is definitely aimed at the young professional crew, so it only made sense for Honda to appeal to them with the 2015 Honda Fit which is also aimed at those who are just entering the work force! Let’s see how the Honda Fit and driver Nick do with the Lyft service.

This “ride-sharing” idea aims to foster a fun relationship between driver and passenger and it’s a great way for people who don’t have cars to get around the city.  Right now the Lyft service is available in the greater Columbus area but we can see the possibilities of it moving to the entire state including Fairfield County.  Meanwhile consider the new Fit for your own personal ride to get you where you need to be.

Would you ever consider being a Lyft driver or perhaps using the service to get where you needed to be?  Let us know on our Facebook page or in the comment section.

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How to handle a flat tire with your Honda

servicesaturdayAll motorists at some point will probably be faced with the unexpected and highly annoying occurrence of a flat tire. This can happen for a number of different reasons, and it is always best to make sure that you are prepared for it.

There are many great reasons to buy a Honda car from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio, including the handy tire repair kit that’s included in most models. Take a quick look here at this instructional video so you can see how anybody can make a quick repair and be safely on your way in no time.

Of course when it comes to bigger maintenance jobs, we’re happy to take a look at any issues you have and our service center will send your Honda home feeling like brand new. Driving with this added level of confidence allows you to enjoy all the other qualities in your Honda, from the fun and efficient drive to the smooth handling and innovative tech features.

Now not all vehicles come with a repair kit so here are some tips on taking care of that flat.

Tools

Of course you can’t change a flat tire if you don’t have the proper tools on hand that are needed to get the job done. Be sure that you always carry these items in your trunk. Obviously you will need a spare tire, or at least a donut to hold you over. Then you will need something to secure the vehicle with, like some bricks or wedges of wood. The rest of the items include a jack to raise your vehicle up, a wrench, and a screwdriver.

Changing the Tire

Before you begin, be sure to secure your vehicle with either your bricks or your wedges of wood to block it from rolling. Then you need to raise your vehicle up with your jack. Once your vehicle is in place, remove the wheel cover with your screwdriver. Use your wrench to loosen all of the lug nuts, and then use your hands to actually remove them. Grasp the tire and pull it straight towards you to take it off. Then put your spare tire or donut on and replace the lug nuts. Lower the vehicle back down, tighten everything, and put the wheel cover back on.

Call a Tow Truck

You can always call Buckeye Honda and we can get a tow truck sent to you and have the vehicle brought directly here, where we can have one of our factory trained technicians look at the tire and repair or replace it for you on the spot.  Sometimes it’s just easier and safer to have your car brought in on its own personal chariot.

 

Buying or Leasing? Which is better for you?

thursdayPurchasing a new vehicle is never a simple or easy decision. There are many factors that need to be weighed out and accounted for in the process. It’s usually a very personal decision, let’s face it our cars become a part of who we are. When it comes down to deciding between leasing or buying, our Honda dealer serving Central Ohio will be ready to help drivers decide which option is best for them.

At Buckeye Honda, we’re proud to offer drivers a diverse inventory of new and used Honda vehicles that are ready to give drivers the experience on the road that they’ve been looking for. After our customers discover the model– whether new or used– that’s the best for them, then we can talk about the best way to finalize everything.

warrenSo what are the differences between buying and leasing?  There are obviously staggering distinctions between the two options that’ll allow drivers to enjoy their new vehicle without the tedious restraints of high monthly payments.  Leasing allows you to pay for only the portion you plan to use.  Think of it like ordering a pizza, yeah a pizza.  Wouldn’t it be great to only pay for the part we were going to eat and then have the option to pay for the other half maybe when we decided to have leftovers the next day?  This is similar to a way a lease works, stop laughing, it’s true.  Why pay for all of the car when you only plan to use half of it and then you can give it back and get another fresh one?  Now sometimes we love it so much that we decide we want to drive it longer, that’s OK there is a plan for that. DSC_4746

Now for others owning is the only way to go or paying on the vehicle for an extended period of time is more comfortable to them.  Great!  The best news is we are able to help you no matter how you decide to go and are also trained to go over all of the reasons you may benefit from either decision.  Isn’t life great?  So should you lease or should you buy… the answer is Yes, yes you should.  Choosing between the purchasing or leasing of a vehicle, in the end, comes down to the shopper’s discretion and their own personal needs. At our Honda Finance Center, our staff will work to help drivers figure out which option is the best fit for you.

If you are interested in learning more about leasing or financing please stop by out showroom located on N. Memorial Dr in Lancaster Ohio or call 740-653-7678 or more details.  If you want to talk about pizza or leasing and how pizzas are similar to leasing ask for Jeremy he can help you out and when you are done it will all make sense, promise!

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2016 Honda HRV is almost here!

testdrivetuesdayHonda is always cooking up something new.  Whether it be new technology implemented into its vehicle lineup or a completely new model altogether, the automaker is continually making new improvements.  One of the most intriguing models Honda is about to release is an extremely compacted crossover.  The new photos of the Honda HR-V have hit the internet, and we at Buckeye Honda have to admit, we are impressed by what we have seen.  hrv2

The Honda HR-V is designed to be the an entry level vehicle for those looking for a model that has an ample amount of interior space yet solid fuel economy.  Honda has been keeping the HR-V’s powertrain a closely guarded secret – until now. All of them get a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 138 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque with the choice of either a six-speed manual or CVT. Either front- or all-wheel drive is available, but the six-speed is only available on front-driving models.

Based on the same platform as the Fit, the HR-V actually doesn’t seem to share much with its smaller sibling in terms of looks and instead borrows more cues from its big brother – the latest 2015 CR-V. Bits of Honda’s larger crossover peek out in the grille and roof shape, but the HR-V reinterprets the design in its own funky way. Hiding the rear door handles near the rear pillar is an especially clever touch. The compact’s wheelbase is 102.8 inches, just 0.3 inches shorter than its larger sibling. However, overall length for the new model is 169.1 inches, about 10 inches shorter than the CR-V.

hrv1“The new HR-V crossover is a true segment-busting vehicle, unlike anything else on the market today,” said Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda Division, in the company’s model announcement.

The HR-V comes with a bold appearance: Featuring both sleek contours and and a dynamic stance, the HR-V looks like a vehicle that would be fun to drive.  Inside, the HR-V gets an airy cockpit with some convenient standard features, including Hill Start Assist and a multi-angle rearview camera. Further options include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the company’s LaneWatch system, and the CUV is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trims. The Magic Seat storage system from the Fit allows for up to 58.8 cubic feet of rear storage – a little less than the CR-V’s 70.9 cubic feet. Honda also expects the compact crossover to earn top scores in crash tests.

 This is a big move for Honda, as it is entering an entirely foreign class.  One of the vehicles that the HR-V is probably going to take on is the Nissan Juke.  The model is is going to be hitting the market in early 2015.  In the interim, come check out our great model selections.

Recalls: Is My Honda Included?

servicesaturdaySo over the last few weeks we have seen a lot of news stories regarding recalls and especially air-bag recalls.  If you are like most everyone else you want to know if your vehicle is part of the campaign and if you need to be getting your vehicle inspected.  You may also just want to know if there are any other recalls open on your vehicle that you have not heard about or received any information concerning.

Here are some common questions regarding recalls that might help you out.

Why are these recalls in place? Are they necessary?

Vehicles affected by recalls often need parts replaced or inspected in insure the utmost safety when driving or riding in your vehicle.  Some recalls address more serious problems than other recalls but at Buckeye Honda we take them all seriously and will do everything we can to get it taken care of for you as quickly as possible.

How do I know if my vehicle is involved?

Honda has a website set up where you can enter your unique VIN into their system and it will inform you if you are included in the recall.  Honda is also required to send this information to you in the mail.  Additionally, you can always contact our Honda Service facility at 740-653-7678 and we can check for you as well as set you an appointment to have any recall repairs addressed.

What do I do if my vehicle is affected by the recall?
Give us a call at 740-653-7678 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll gladly take care of the repairs in a timely fashion. With certain recalls parts are limited and we may need to order your parts and wait until they are allocated to us by Honda.  This can sometimes be frustrating and take a little time but our staff is experienced in handling this and know the best ways to get things done.

How much will these repairs cost?
Nothing. You are not financially responsible for these repairs.

If you have any questions please contact us at 740-653-7678.  Have a great day!

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Deer Season Is Upon Us. Read these tips to help prevent hitting a deer.

thursdayDeer mating season can be a dangerous time for drivers, deer and car hoods. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 1.6 million deer-vehicle collisions occur each year, resulting in 200 fatalities, tens of thousands of injuries and over $3.6 billion in vehicle damage.

Being prepared can help prevent you from adding to these statistics. When driving this fall, you should:

  1. Watch for the rest of the gang. Deer are pack animals, and rarely travel alone. If a deer crosses in front of you, chances are there are more nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out for more deer darting across the road.
  2. Timing is everything. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn: periods when your vision is most compromised. To add to their terrible timing, deer are on the move during mating season (between October and January) when you’re more likely to travel after the sun sets. Slow down and stay alert, especially after dark.
  3. Wear your seatbelt. It may not prevent a collision, but if the inevitable happens a seatbelt can reduce injuries. This is especially true if you lose control and collide with something bigger, and more stationary than a deer.
  4. Take a moment to reflect. First, look for the road signs. The yellow diamonds with the deer on it are placed in high-traffic areas for deer. You may also spot a deer because their eyes will brightly reflect a car’s headlights, making them easier to spot.
  5. Stay Center. On a multi-lane road, the center lane is your safest bet for avoiding a deer collision, as long as your local traffic laws permit it. This gives deer plenty of space; and in case your vehicle does startle them, it gives you more time to react if one darts onto the road.
  6. Stay the course. If you see a deer, brake firmly and calmly, and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle and turn a bad situation much worse. Not to mention, deer are unpredictable, and you could swerve directly into their changed path.
  7. Honk! Some experts recommend that one long blast of the horn will scare deer out of the road. Do not rely on hood whistles or other devices designed to scare off deer — studies have shown them to be largely ineffective at minimizing accidents.

So majestic and beautiful… The Weekend Is Coming!

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye Honda

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaIt’s Wednesday and we can already see the weekend from here.  Let’s get out and enjoy the weekend and have some fun!  Share with us your pictures of what you do this weekend!


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Downtown Lancaster Winter Carnival – Saturday December 6th

Visit with Santa at his new house on Main Street, craft market, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, participate in the 90.9 cookie bake-off, and fun activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, and children’s crafts (most of which are free). The Lancaster Holiday Handmade Market will be going on all weekend at The Lodge In Lancaster, LLC. Don’t forget to look for the elf hiding in participating business. Be sure to stamp your passport each time you find an elf and you will be eligible for our drawing! Enjoy the Tour of Trees in the Chamber of Commerce office, 18 artificial trees are decorated by businesses, organizations and groups and then donated to a family in need of holiday cheer. Trees are also located in participating downtown businesses. Hundreds will join us for a great day Downtown, and we hope you will be one of them!

Bring the whole family and experience the holidays in Downtown Lancaster, Saturday, December 6th, Noon-4pm.


 

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Downtown Lancaster Annual Tree Lighting – Saturday December 6th

Join Destination Downtown Lancaster and the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department for the official Downtown Lancaster Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 6th. Enjoy a performance by the Singing Gales of Lancaster, visit with Santa, free cookies and hot chocolate, and help countdown and light up the community Christmas tree. This is a family friendly and free event. Music begins at 5:45pm and the ceremony begins at 6pm.

Downtown Lancaster during the holidays has something for everyone. We invite you to be a part of our great traditions, and to start your own! Downtown Lancaster for the holidays…Yule Love It!

 


Hocking Valley Santa Train

Time: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Location: 33 West Canal Street, Nelsonville, Ohio
Phone: 1-800-967-7834hvtrain
Nov 29-30 Dec 07, 13-14, 20-21, 2014

Make this year’s holiday memorable with a ride on Santa’s Special Train and the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway! On-board you’ll enjoy Christmas poems and festive music. Santa Claus boards the train and visits with each child as the train traverses the countryside.  There’s also a special treat from Mrs. Santa for each child.

Train dates: Every Saturday and Sunday for four weeks starting in December. Trains depart on Saturdays at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. Trains depart on Sunday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

A fun and memorable time for the entire family, the Santa train is a great way to enjoy Southeastern Ohio during the Christmas season. Find out more by visiting the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway web site or by calling 1-800-967-7834.


 

Grand Illumination Ceremony – Friday December 5

Dates: December 5, 2014
Location: Bicentennial Park/Downtowngrandill
Hours: Friday 5-11 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:233 Civic Center Dr.Columbus, 43215

Mayor Michael B. Coleman invites you to celebrate the holiday season and Grand Illumination of Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile. Enjoy traditional carols, a custom light show choreographed to seasonal music, and a special appearance by Santa! In the spirit of giving, support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229.