Accidents Happen Everyday

Accidents happen everyday.  You drop a glass, you bump into someone in the hall, you may even fall down and scrape your knee.  In the big picture of things these accidents are all very insignificant and don’t stick with us very long if at all. But sometime there is an accident that may change your life; one such type of accident is a Car Accident.

On Saturday we came to work like we always do, we unlocked cars and we got ready for whatever the day would bring.  We greeted clients in our award-winning service and sales department just like any other Saturday.  One such client that came into our sales department was not unlike many others, they were interested in looking at a brand new Honda Civic.  The young man was accompanied by his father and they had a number of questions and were interested in all that the Honda Civic had to offer.  Much like most of our clients safety is something that is important when making a buying decision, who wouldn’t at some level be interested in how the vehicle would be able to protect the driver and passenger in the event that there was an….. accident.

The salesperson made sure to go over all the safety features including but not limited to the ACE Body structure that helps absorb energy in a front on collision and disperses it around the vehicle. ACE does so much but more about that later.  The sales professional also made sure to talk about the front and side airbags along with the HondaLink Assist.  HondaLink Assist.  HondaLink Assist is standard on many Honda models including the Civic EX, EX-T, EX-L and Touring models. The HondaLink® Assist* feature which can enable you to request help in the event of a collision using a paired compatible cell phone. After a collision that results in an airbag deployment, the system will automatically attempt to connect with an operator and send the vehicle’s location. Once connected, you can also talk to the operator to give an account of your situation.

Our client and sales professional moved through exploration portion of their trip and decided that a test drive would be a good idea.  Dad was very interested in how the vehicle would handle and wanted to make sure his son was comfortable and would be safe in the Civic.  As the trio set off on their short trip around the block all was going well until there was an… accident. Travelling on a two lane road at 25 mph a vehicle in the oncoming lane drifted left of center traveling at 35 mph and struck our trio.  The impact was fast and solid and the Honda Civic performed beautifully.  There was no time to avoid the collision, our driver did all they could but the accident was inevitable.  Both front and driver-side side airbags deployed right on cue.  The ACE body structure worked as it was engineered to work and no one inside of the vehicle was seriously injured.  Our trio was wearing their seat belts and have some soreness and a few bumps but all were able to exit the vehicle under their power.  One of the most amazing things in how the ACE body structure kept the engine compartment intact.  The Civic accepted the energy and and crumpled in all the right places.  When you look at the engine compartment by itself there is hardly any notice of an accident.

We understand that this accident could have been at a much higher rate of speed but we are confident that The Honda Civic would perform at an extremely high level.  We are not only proud to sell and service Honda’s but we are also proud to own them and have our families ride int them.  Accidents happen everyday.

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Buckeye Honda Going Greener

igo_green_by_digitalphenomBuckeye Honda has been doing business in Lancaster, OH since 1984 and we understand how important we are to the local community.  We also understand that the larger community is as important as the local community and we want to do everything we can to help preserve the environment.  Following American Honda’s lead on becoming a more environmentally conscious company we are making a huge change in how we take care of a few things around the dealership.

goats2In recent years we have announced an extensive recycling plan, our own waste oil burners that keep oil out of landfills and produce clean and efficient heat source for the dealership, and a number of other processes and procedures to do our part to help the environment.  Today Buckeye wants to announce out Largest Green Effort Ever… GOATS!  Yes goats!  We  plan to use goats this year to handle all landscape management projects. If this is a success we plan to spread this initiative to our other locations in Lancaster (Buckeye Toyota) and Columbus (Buckeye Nissan) with the possibility of renting them to others in the area.goats

Goats are eco-friendly, they eat unwanted plants and invasive weeds and they are super cute.  Buckeye will start building the goat operation on the same property that houses the Honda dealership. “We already have the land and it only makes sense that we build the barn on the property.  Before all of the other businesses came to this area we were located goat3in the middle of a farm field and we were able to retain our commercial agriculture zoning from the township and the state.  This means we will be able to have the goats, and any other animals we need and the best part is we don’t have to put up additional fencing.  Since the zoning was in place before the other businesses came in we are grandfathered in with open grazing.  It might be a little difficult for people driving through the lot or even trying to get to Walmart but in the end our grass will be shorter and goats are cute” says Scott Thomas,  General Manager for Buckeye Honda

Buckeye does have an opening for 1 full time goat herder and 1 part time assistant.  Applications can be sent through our website at http://www.buckeyehonda.com.  Experience is necessary.

Save Time: Schedule Service Online!

servicesaturdayWhen you want the best Honda service in Central Ohio, there’s no other choice than Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio! Save time and schedule online, 24/7!

You’ll find that you get the best Honda service near Columbus when you choose Buckeye Honda in Lancaster, and we make it super-easy to schedule your next car maintenance online at your convenience, 24/7! Our service department has convenient hours 6 days a week to serve you; 7 AM to 7 PM Monday-Friday and Saturdays 7 AM to 4 PM! If you are seeking the best Honda service  for things like Honda repairs,  assistance and routine maintenance with no appointment necessary as well as genuine Honda parts and accessories, Buckeye Honda is here for you!

scheduleonlineWe always offer competitive pricing, and you’ll absolutely love the customer service and attention you receive!Along with our everyday, competitive prices, we have current service specials on our most popular services and you can get a FREE car wash.

Please contact us for any questions, concerns or further assistance. Thank you!

STOP TEXTING WHILE YOU DRIVE! — PERIOD!

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Texting while driving has become a very serious problem and needs everyone’s attention.   At Buckeye Honda and Toyota we love our clients and we love seeing them come into the dealership for service, sales or even to just say Hello!  We are hearing stories almost every day about an accident or near accident from our clients and associates caused by distracted driving.  You wouldn’t believe what some of our delivery vendors, parts drivers and porters have seen in their daily travels.

There is no message so important that you have to read it or respond to it… IT CAN WAIT.  There is no Facebook status so important or a meme so funny that it can’t wait… IT CAN WAIT.  At Buckeye we urge you to pledge not to text and drive.  If not for yourself how about that van with a family headed in the other direction that you won’t see because you were looking at your phone.  IT CAN WAIT.

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If you are in a vehicle with a driver that can’t wait you are responsible to tell them to stop.  This can be hard to do, but would it be easier to do than having to look at a parent that lost a child because you didn’t?  Here’s some scary statistic:

  • If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to have a car crash.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.textdrive-sign1
  • 11% of all drivers under 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • According to the Harris Poll, 49% of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving.
  • 60% of drivers use cell phones while driving.
  • 57% of drivers rate themselves as better than the average driver.
  • 42% of young adult drivers are very/somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving.
  • 68% of teens and young adults disagreed that it is easy to text while driving and still pay attention to the road.
  • 49% of adults say they have been passengers in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cell phone.
  • 36% of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else’s distracted driving.
  • 78% of teens and young adults say they have read an SMS message while driving.
  • 71% of teens and young people say they have composed/sent SMS messages while driving.
  • The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives.
  • A study from the University of Utah indicated that the reaction time of a teen driver using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone
  • According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an auto crash than driving when intoxicated.

There are a number of other statistics that will just astound you but we hope this got the point across.  It Can Wait… it really can.

donttextanddriveTexting while driving has become the number one driving distraction for many people. Drivers need to be aware of the dangers and keep their attention on the road, not on their cell phones or other mobile devices.

Think you can text and drive?  Try it on the it can wait simulator.  It uses your smart phone and a computer screen so you can see how well you can do it.  We didn’t make it past the second text before we were pulled over.  TRY IT HERE!

 

Wonderful Things To Do This Weekend – Sept 19th – 21st

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaIt’s almost the weekend… let’s get out and do something fun this weekend.  School might be back in session but we still have the weekends to get out and enjoy!

Buckeye Toyota 2nd Anniversary

Dates: September 18th – 20th
Location: Buckeye Toyota
Hours: from 9-8pm on Thursday and Friday and 9-6 on Saturday

Come out and help Buckeye Toyota celebrate their 2nd year serving Central Ohio!  Food, Drinks, Super Slide, Prizes and Giveaways are all included with this free family friendly event!

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OPEN STREETS COLUMBUS

 

Dates: September 21, 2014 Rich-Street-Slider-01
Location: Rich Street
Hours: Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:Rich StreetColumbus, 43215

Open streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. They return streets to their historic origin as a place for people.

Today, there are more than 90 Open Streets initiatives in the United States and Canada.  People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become ‘paved parks’ where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, or ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their mental, physical, and emotional health.

www.openstreetscolumbus.org


 

The Main Event – The Lego Moviemainevent

Dates: September 19, 2014
Location: Capital University in Bexley
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:1 College & Main Bexley, 43209
www.gobexley.com

Activities –Feature Movie: The Lego Movie
Bexley’s Got Talent competition
Food Trucks
Plenty of kids’ activities!


 

The Columbus Crew VS New England Revolution

Dates: September 20, 2014
Location: Crew Stadium
Hours: Saturday 6-11 p.m.
Admission: $23-$55

Enjoy $1 Bob Evans brats and Budweiser ice cold drafts at the last Dollar Night of the season.

Come join the Hardest Working Team In America as they push to make the playoffs.

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Test Drive Tuesday: 2015 Toyota Sienna

testdrivetuesdayFind the 2015 Toyota Sienna at Buckeye Toyota

One of the toughest and most selfless duties to take on is the job of being a mom. Moms will wake up every day and do their best to get their children where they need to be on time, whether it’s school, baseball practice, or piano lessons. And sometimes, your vehicle isn’t living up to the reliable sidekick that it should be.  That’s when you can turn to a reliable name like Toyota, and you can find the 2015 Toyota Sienna at Buckeye Toyota in Lancaster Ohio

Getting Through the Day

The new 2015 Toyota Sienna has been built with both space and efficiency, having plenty of room for all of your little ones. The 2015 Sienna can seat up to eight passengers, making road trips with the family or carpooling super easy! The 2015 Toyota Sienna also contains a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can yield up to 266 horsepower! The six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence allows you to receive twenty-five mile to the gallon on the highway.

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Interior Technology

To enhance your drive and keep the kids entertained, the 2015 Toyota Sienna has been designed with a few impressive technology features. On the 7-inch high-resolution touch-screen, you can access different systems, such as Bluetooth Technology, Entune App Suite, Voice-Activated Touch-Screen DVD Navigation, and even SiriusXM Radio. There is even an available dual-view entertainment center that includes a 16.4-inch color display with RCA jacks and power outlets! One new feature that’s been added for the 2015 Sienna: a microphone up front which lets drivers use the car’s built-in microphone to amplify their voice through rear speakers. No more shouting at the kids in the backseat or turning your eyes away from the road to glare at roughhousing children. for the parents to bark at the two arguing children in the very back, that way, you can keep your eyes on the road, and the children will have something to watch during the long road trips!

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Safety

When driving the 2015 Sienna, you can be confident that you and your passengers are safe. The 2015 Sienna has enlarged airbags, and the entire system consists of driver and front passenger front seat-mounted side airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, all-row side curtain airbags, and even an added fitted seat-cushion airbag for the front passenger! The Sienna even has technology features that contribute to your safety and confidence, such as Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Panorama Camera, Vehicle Stability, and even Parking Assist!

Get Started!

To make your job easier as a mom, check out the new 2015 Toyota Sienna at Buckeye Toyota of Lancaster Ohio!  With a great selection, as well as excellent service and a friendly Financing Department, Buckeye is here to exceed your expectations. Contact us today at 740-654-3943 to schedule your test drive!

Trade It In -VS Selling It Yourself

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Trading Your Used Car
Trading your car is usually the quickest and easiest way to get rid of it. In fact, the moment you decide you’re ready for your next vehicle, any dealer is likely happy to take your current vehicle off of your hands.

If you are considering trading in your vehicle, ask the dealer for an estimate. The dealer will assess the condition of your car, its age, and other factors to determine a fair trade value. Trade-in values can always be negotiated, or you can simply accept what the dealer offers. When you reach an agreement, the amount the dealer gives you for your trade-in will be deducted from the amount you pay for your new vehicle.

That sounds simple enough. So why don’t more people trade? Dealership trade-ins get a bad reputation because consumers believe they get less than their car is worth. Trade value is 8655707489_cfcabe49d3_msometimes lower than the amount you could sell the car for yourself, but by trading in you avoid significant perils. You save time, effort and potential post-sale headaches because the dealer assumes the risk of purchasing a used car.

Selling Your Used Car
If you plan on selling your used car, be wary of the work involved in this process. Preparing your vehicle for sale will take time and maybe even money for things like cleaning product and minor repairs.Once the veh10734604043_ed89ae74e7_micle has been cleaned and fixed up, you’ll need to determine its value. Kelley Blue Book is a good starting point, but remember that this is simply a suggested value. You will still have to deal with negotiation and be prepared to take less than that in a private sale if you intend to get rid of it quickly.

Most importantly, carefully consider the liability involved with a private sale. There is a chance that something could go wrong with the vehicle you’re selling. For example, an unforeseeable circumstance like the transmission going out a week after you pass the vehicle onto its new owner.  As a seller, you could be held accountable and potentially face legal action for this. This is a worst case scenario, but you need to be aware of such possibilities and prepared to face them if you are going to sell your car privately.

Whether you decide to trade or sell your car is up to you, but it’s important to start the process with proper research.  To learn how much your current vehicle is worth  contact us at Buckeye Honda or Buckeye Toyota and let us take a look at your vehicle.  We can go over all of your options in a timely and professional manner.