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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Jan Is Back In The Drive!

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BUckeye Honda ServiceToday on Team Member Monday we are talking about one of our absolute favorite Buckeye Honda Associates, Jan Hawthorn.  To know Jan is to love her, she is truly one of the “Good Guys (Gals)”.

So before we get started you might be asking yourself… didn’t I just talk to Jan on the phone when I was setting my last service appointment?  Didn’t I see her when I was there a month or two ago?  So did she leave and come back or am I confused? …. Well you are not confused, Jan didn’t leave Buckeye Honda just changed roles for a little while.  You see Jan is the consummate professional and always a team player so when we needed someone to fill in on the service drive Jan was there to take care of business.

Some of you might remember that Jan was originally one of our service advisers, checking in clients, listening to concerns and helping10734717086_8303b870ba_m make sure your vehicle was well taken care of.  She was so great at what she did that when we needed someone with loads of knowledge and a super friendly voice to help people over the phone, Jan was the perfect choice.

Jan, one of the nicest people you will ever meet, resides in Thornville with her daughter Lindsay, husband Jeff and their two Corgi’s – George and Riley!  In her free time Jan enjoys relaxing, spending time with her family and friends and reading.  One of Jan’s favorite books is Customers for Life… and she brings this philosophy with her to work everyday.  Jan will do her best to give you top-notch service and attention with a warm and welcoming attitude personality… CAUTION… You might just want to be one of her “Customers For Life”!

8656810596_219df647de_mOne of Jan’s other enjoyments is traveling and her favorite “out of this world” destination was Belize.  Jan is a Breast Cancer Survivor since 2009 and when going through her treatment, she found a picture that she would imagine being at when things were tough…. this place was Belize.  Through some extraordinary events, Jan got the opportunity to visit her “special spot” and has been in love with it ever since.

Jan would love to have you bring your vehicle into Buckeye Honda and promises to give you the genuine customer service that Buckeye Honda and Jan Hawthorn are known for.   The service department is open Monday through Saturday with extended hours (7pm) Monday – Friday to serve you better.  You can make a service appointment using the online service tool or call toll-free at 1-866-822-7485.

Service Saturday: Cabin Air Filters

servicesaturdayWhile the engine air filter in your car is important, in most cars manufactured during the past decade or so there is another, little-known air filter that screens a different type of air – the air you breathe.

Thought automakers refer to them by different names, they are most generally known as cabin air filters.  These filters work very similarly to the air filters that screen the heating / cooling system in your home, in that they screen the air that is circulated into your car’s passenger compartment for dust, soot, pollen and other contaminants.  Some high-end cabin air filters even contain a layer of activated charcoal that actually scrubs odors from the air, as well.  The result is air that is much leaner that what would otherwise be pulled into the car. (Want proof? Try searching for “dirty cabin air filter” photos on the Internet to see just a few examples of the types of things drivers have  been prevented from breathing thanks to their cabin air filters.)

Recommendations on when it should be replaced vary by manufacturer — some say every 12,000 or 15,000 miles, others longer — and how often can depend on how much you drive and where. Check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor air quality, you could need to replace the filter annually or even more often. However, that also could be true in a desert climate where there is a lot of dust.filter2

Some signs that you need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your HVAC system, such as when you crank up the fan too high and you get more noise than results. Another is persistent bad odors. Even if you don’t have these warnings, you should have the filter checked at least once a year and ask your Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota service center to let you see the filter.  The filter might be in pretty good shape but you might be shocked to see what is covering your filter and coming into contact with all of the air coming into your vehicle.

Maintaining your cabin air filter is an important part of keeping the air inside of your vehicle clean.  This clean air will be better for you to breath, make your heating and cooling system work more efficiently and keep the inside of your vehicle cleaner.  Next time you are in one of the Buckeye Service Centers in Lancaster Ohio talk to them about your cabin air filter.

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Thursday’s Thoughts: Tips to Plan for Roadside Emergencies

thursdayThere are many things that can happen while you’re driving that might leave you stuck in a parking lot or on the side of the road. Luckily, the majority of these situations are minor roadside emergencies that can be planned for and handled with minimal stress and inconvenience – provided you have a plan! You can’t plan for every possible situation, but the most common roadside challenges are easy to navigate. Here are some tips for planning for roadside emergencies from your Columbus Area Honda and Toyota dealer:

Keep Phone Numbers in your Car

These days, everyone seems to have a cell phone with a contact list built in. It’s still a good idea to keep a list of phone numbers in your car in case your phone battery dies or is lost just when you need your contact list! Add your insurance agent, towing companies, roadside assistance plan information if you have one, and Buckeye Honda (1-866-822-7485) and Toyota’s (1-866-698-2709)  service center to the list of numbers just in case.

Think About a Roadside Assistance Planroad

When you buy a new car, many times a roadside assistance plan is offered for so many miles or months. Car insurance plans may also include roadside assistance as do some credit cards or a national roadside membership. If you don’t have roadside assistance coverage under any of these options, consider buying a roadside assistance plan.  The Business Managers at Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota can help make this process easy with one of our roadside assistance programs.

Keep Access to Cash

If you need to be towed, have gas delivered, or help changing a tire – chances are you need to pay a service provider to help you out. If you have a roadside assistance plan, these are probably included as part of the plan coverage. If you don’t, you will want to have access to cash for these minor emergencies whether it is an envelope of cash hidden under your seat or a credit card.

 

Thursday’s Thoughts: Tips for Fall Driving

thursdayFall is almost officially upon us, and that means a lot of things: cooler weather, shorter days and another change for Mother Nature. While our Buckeye Honda and Toyota dealership looks forward to all that fall has to bring, there are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe on the road.

Avoid wet leaves. One staple of the fall season is the abundance of leaves on the ground and the road. Avoid driving over wet leaves on the roadway as they can be slippery and your vehicle can lose traction. Use additional caution when leaf piles obstruct the roadways and markings on the road.

Back-to-school traffic. Fall means back to school for kids, which means more cars and buses on the roads. Drivers also need to watch out for increased pedestrian traffic in the morning and afternoon as children walk to and from school and their neighborhood bus stops.falldriving3

Be alert when the sun goes down. Each day, we lose more and more daylight. You might be used to the sun going down after 8 p.m. during the summer, but now it’s important to remember when it actually becomes dark. Be extra vigilant in looking out for pedestrians, cyclists and others on the road as you adjust to the time changes.

Fog. Cold fall mornings often lead to fog, which can greatly limit your driving visibility and perception of distance. Fog tends to occur in low places or areas surrounded by hills, water, mountains, and trees. One common mistake drivers make during foggy conditions is putting on their high beams instead of staying with their low beams. This only makes visibility worse because your high beams will bounce off the fog and create glare.

When driving through fog, slow down and stay well behind the car in front of you so you’ll have adequate time to stop if you need to.

falldrivingDeer.  The fall season brings an increase in deer activity because it’s their time for mating and migrating. If you live in a deer-heavy area, watch for darting deer, especially when driving at night.

Prepare for winter. It’s never too soon to prepare for inclement weather. You never know how early snow could visit! Have salt or traction sand on hand for the driveway and consider investing in snow tires in the near future.

Fall brings a lot of our favorite things — changing leaves, football season and pumpkin-flavored treats! But it can also bring with it a new set of driving challenges. Be sure to pay extra attention on the road this season. Looking for a new vehicle this fall?

Fall is here – prep your used car!

servicesaturdayIt’s the beginning of September and as far as we’re concerned, fall is well on its way – Labor Day Weekend usually signifies the rounding out of the summer season.  Although the temperatures may not agree with us just yet here at Buckeye Honda and Toyota, we’re ready to help you prep your vehicle for the upcoming season!  This is especially important if you’re planning on taking your used car out-of-town to see the changing colors of autumn or to visit family for holidays; in order to have a safe and efficient journey, you need to give your car certain tools.  Our Lancaster Toyota  and Honda Service Centers are here to help!

Get your used car ready for shorter, rainier days!falldriving3

Fall weather means shorter days, cooler temperatures, more precipitation, and slippery roads when the foliage starts to leave the trees. Prep your Lancaster used car to take it all on with these simple tips!

Check your tires.  Like we said, falling leaves and rainy weather can make it tricky when you take your used car  out on the roads. Make sure you have the traction you need to stay safe – have our Toyota and Honda techs check your tires to make sure they’re properly inflated and have enough tread on them for maximum grip!

Make sure your headlights are in good condition! You should always use your headlights when driving  in the rain, as it provides you with better visibility and lets other drivers see you better, too. However, you’ll also want those headlights in good working condition as the days get shorter and you find yourself in the dark on your evening commute home, or if you face any foggy mornings on your way into the office!

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Take a close look at your windshield wipers.  It tends to get a bit rainier in the fall.  Be sure that your used car has a set of wipers that can handle the wet weather – if they’re just smearing water around on your windshield, they’re not going to do you much good. Get a new set at our Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota  parts store and have our techs install them for you for free!

falldrivingDouble check your defroster and heat, especially if you’re taking a road trip into colder climates! You definitely want your car to have a working defroster to give you the maximum visibility you need for a safe trip!

You might also want to give your car a solid wash and wax – wax will protect your car from excess moisture (which can cause rust if left too long) and any salt and snow that might be on the roads come winter. Give your used car a little TLC!  Our professional detail department can handle this for you if you don’t have the time, just give us a call and we can set it up for you.

 

Schedule an appointment at our Honda (740-653-7678)  or  Toyota (740-654-3943) Service Center!

Weekend Wednesday: What’s Going On This Weekend

Welcome back to Weekend Wednesday, a short listing of local events that you might find interesting.  Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or in the comments if you have an event coming up or if you had a great time at one of the ones we posted!


Downtown Live! – Downtown Lancaster – Friday, September 5, 2014

firstmonthDowntown LIVE! is a new event this year as Destination Downtown Lancaster works with downtown businesses to coordinate special events in the businesses the first Friday of each month.

Different businesses (including restaurants, shops and museums) will choose to participate during different months and have different offerings such as live music, discounts, exhibit openings, along with a variety of entertainment options. This is your opportunity to take advantage of the best that Downtown Lancaster has to offer on one great night.

Everything from Art and Shopping to Live Music, Food and Drink.  For a complete list of happenings click here


 

Saturday Cinema On The Square – Downtown Lancaster – Saturday, September 6, 2014

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Free Double Feature this Saturday in Downtown Lancaster.  Starting at 8pm with the smash hit – The Lego Movie and then classic E.T. starting at around 10pm.  Bring the family out Saturday for 2 great movies and a great time in the Downtown Lancaster!  Free children’s activities begin 1-hour before the first movie.  Snack concessions available.  Bring a chairs, blankets and snacks (space reserved in front for blanket only legomovieseating).

When you are there take a picture and post it tagging #buckeyehonda or #buckeyetoyota!  We would love to see your pictures!

 

 

 

 


Steampunk Spectacle September 5th and 6th – Athens Ohio

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The Steampunk Spectacle is in it’s second year and it has added a second full day! Are you a Steampunk? Enamored of the fiction, fashion and fun of this offbeat trend?

On Friday, September 5th, ARTS/West will be opening it’s doors at 5pm for the Steampunk Spectacle Gallery show from artists across the globe. At 7pm there will be Steampunk themed performances, including dances and music. There will also be vendors showing off their Steampunk wares.

On Saturday, Sept. 6th, experience playful reinterpretations of Victorian social customs and clothing, scientific speculation, and inventive gadgets at our festival’s presentations, workshops, and social amusements all presented at the Athens Public Library from 10am-5pm. Costumes and accoutrements encouraged! (Registration is required for workshops. Please call 740-592-4272 or visit the Athens Public Library to register. Registration will begin one week prior to the Spectacle.)

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RHYTHM ON THE RIVER – Bicentennial Park/Downtown Columbus Sept 5th

FREE |  September 5 @ 7:30 pm

Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Critically-acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch joins the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Byron Stripling, for their debut performance in Bicentennial Park. Byron, the Blues & All That Jazz travels through jazz masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, blues legends B.B. King and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and wraps up with the ever-charming Helen Welch. With entertaining vignettes about the music and its creators, plus a finale that closes out with an unforgettable, toe-tapping jam session, this high-energy show is not to be missed!

Columbus Crew Hosts Chivas USA – Sunday, Sept 7th at 3:00pm 

It’s a new era in Columbus Soccer and The Crew is working hard to make the playoffs.  They take on Chivas USA at the best soccer stadium in the entire league.  Come out and cheer on the home team and see what the hype is all about!