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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Trade It In -VS Selling It Yourself

thursdayShould You Trade or Sell Your Used Car?

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.

Weekend Wednesday: Some Weekend Events To Consider

The Weekend Is Coming, The Weekend Is Coming!  What are we going to do?

Here are just a few things to consider this weekend when trying to come up with something to do.  From cartoons to crafts and museums to hockey we have you covered in this edition of Weekend Wednesday!


Craft Bazaar and Bake Saleolivedale
Olivedale Senior Center -253 Boving Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Date: 11/16/2013
Time: 9:00a to 2:00p

Shop-till-you-drop Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Olivedale’s Craft Bazaar. Find those unique gifts to start your Christmas shopping. Also purchase baked goods for those Holiday family gatherings. This event is free and open to the public.

Bake Sale, Gift Basket Raffle, Olivedale Angel Food Cakes, and Olivedale Noodles.  Lunch items available: hot chicken and sloppy joe sandwiches, chicken & noodles, marching tacos and more. Take out.


Pickerington-Violet twp Historical Society: Open House/Historical Museum

Saturday, November 16, 2013

15 E Columbus St, Olde Pickerington Village, OH 43147

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Event Details: Weekly Saturday Open House at the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum, formerly the Carnegie Library. See tools, toys, fashions, furniture, photos, and more from days gone by. The Museum also features a Gift Shop with books, prints, notecards and Pickerington logoed merchandise. Museum admission is free!   www.pickeringtonhistoricalsociety.com


WYANDOTTE WINERY CELLAR TOURwyandottewine

Dates: September 7 – December 28, 2013
Location: Wyandotte Winery
Hours: Saturdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free. Reservations Required
Address:4640 Wyandotte Dr. Columbus, 43230
614-476-3624

During the tour we will talk about the history of Wyandotte Winery, about the wine making process, and about how we make wine at Wyandotte. The tour lasts from 45 to 60 minutes and is all inside. Informative, educational, and fun! The tour is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. Visit our events calender at http://www.wyandottewinery.com to make a reservation.


COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL

Dates: November 7-17, 2013
Location: Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center Gallery
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m

This festival is the longest running film festival in the United States. The festival honors and screens the work of makers whose creations of vision, beauty and power help us understand the complexities of our world by using their committed artistry to touch our minds and hearts.

FILM: SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS FOR KIDS

Dates: November 16, 2013cartoon
Location: CCAD Canzani Center Auditorium
Hours: Sat., 10-11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Address:60 Cleveland Ave.Columbus

This year the Columbus International Film + Video Festival Saturday Morning Cartoons for Kids brings to the screen animated stories of a Russian boy who wants to play baseball in Siberia, a trio of healthy food heroes, an Oneida tale of a young turtle and a foolish beaver and a locally produced cartoon about a sphere who doesn’t fit in a land of squares. Join us for a great morning of award winning animations on November 16 at 10am at the Canzani Center at the Columbus College Of Art & Design. Admission is free for kids, students of all ages, CCAD staff, and CIF+VF members. All others just $5.


COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS HOCKEY VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Dates: November 15, 2013
Location: Nationwide Arena
Hours: Friday 7 p.m.

http://www.bluejackets.com

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Team Member Monday: Tammy Thomas

tammy thomas excell facilitator at Buckeye HondaToday for Buckeye Honda’s Team Member Monday we are talking to EXCELL Facilitator, Tammy Thomas.

Tammy has been the EXCELL facilitator for Buckeye Honda for about 10 years now and has been around auto dealerships for a few years before that.  Tammy is not only responsible for the EXCELL training and documentation at Buckeye Honda but she also does a very similar job for Buckeye Toyota also located in Lancaster Ohio.  As part of her duties Tammy is constantly working with the associates at both stores to develop and document processes that involve the clients.  If there is room to improve a particular process or if we receive feedback from clients regarding a particular area of concern, Tammy collaborates with the team members to figure out the best way to tackle the issue.

“The favorite part of my job… is being able to interact with clients and with all of the associates to make everyone’s experience tammy thomas excell facilitator at Buckeye Hondaat Buckeye better!”

EXCELL stands for EXceeding Customer Expectation Levels for Life.   The EXCELL Program was put into place by Honda for those dealerships that are committed to being the very best at what they do everyday.  Buckeye Honda has been “EXCELL Validated” since the inception of the program in 2002.  Being “Validated” means that the dealership has shown to a board at Honda that it is committed to providing the best customer experience and that the dealership has action plans in place to handle any and all situations that occur inside the dealership.

tammy4Outside of Buckeye, Tammy is very involved with the Ohio Chapter of The Children’s Heart Foundation.  The Children’s Heart Foundation Ohio Chapter is committed to improving the lives of 144,000 of Ohio’s citizens battling the lifelong birth defect that is congenital heart disease.

You might also find Tammy spending time with her fantastic kids, Adam and Katie and husband – Scott.  One of her favorite things to do is to take bike rides with her husband Scott.  Her personal favorite trail is the 3 Creek Metro Park Trail that runs from Pickerington to Bexley with a little stop off at Jeni’s Ice Cream as the halfway point before heading back!!  Her favorite flavor is the Passion Fruit Sorbet, I have to agree with her on this one but then again it is hard to argue about any of the flavors.  One of Tammy’s other delights is cooking with fresh produce from the garden.  One of her favorites is risotto with fresh squash or tomatoes and garlic.

Next time you are in the dealership say “Hello” to Tammy, One of Buckeye Honda’s behind the scenes associates that makes a big impact!

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Team Member Monday: William Neeper

billToday for Buckeye Honda’s Team Member Monday we are featuring Sales Professional – William “Bill” Neeper.

With 15 years of service selling new and used vehicles at Buckeye Honda, William is the longest tenured Sales Professional at the Lancaster Ohio location.

Originally from Maysville KY, William now calls Pickerington OH home with his lovely wife Sherry.  Although Bill has really enjoyed living in Central Ohio most of his life, he is looking forward to retiring and making the move to the Smoky Mountains.  He still has a few years before  this happens but if you are ever hiking in that area and see a guy that looks familiar it probably is Bill.

Golf and playing golf is one of the things Bill really enjoys when not at the dealership. When bill2asked what one of his greats disappointments was he said “being 2 inches from a hole-in-one, is one of my greatest disappointments and if that is the largest you ever have then you have had a pretty great life!”  We couldn’t agree more.

When it comes to comfort food Bill enjoys a nice slice of pizza and when asked to name 2 people to invite to dinner he would choose; “George Clooney and Matt Damon, after dinner we could play a little poker and just relax and I would make them listen to some bluegrass music.”

To find out about Bill’s favorite movie, book, song and other interesting facts go to his online profile page. BuckeyeHonda

 

 

Service Saturday: Let’s Talk Car Batteries!

servicesaturdayToday on Service Saturday we are talking about car batteries.

Typically most people think about the battery in their car during the winter but the summer heat can be even more damaging to your car’s battery than winter’s cold temperatures.

Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, this damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate. That’s slow death for a battery.

True, there are more  calls in cold weather for dead batteries that cause starting failure but the damage is caused during the summer months and the battery just is not able to get the job done in the cold when the engine is harder to turn over.

On average, a battery will last 3 to 5 years, but driving habits and exposure to extreme elements can shorten the life of your car battery. At Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio, we offer a free battery check with every visit to our store.  This is a quick diagnostic check to estimate  how much battery life you have left. One little test tells you if your battery is good to go or if you need to start thinking about having it replaced before you get stranded.

Your battery might be telling you that it is getting close to “retirement”.  Often times in the service department we hear, “If I only knew sooner…”  Well here are a few things to look and listen for that might help you know sooner.  Of course we will run a battery check anytime you would like at no charge!

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  • Slow Engine Crank:  This is when you try to start your vehicle and it just seams a little sluggish when trying to turn over and takes a batterychecklittle longer to get started.  (Sounds like a lot of people I know in the morning!)
  • Check Engine Light:  Sometimes when there is not a sufficient amount of charge coming from your battery the check engine light will come on.
  • The battery case is swollen or bloated.  If the plastic case that holds your battery looks like it has swollen up then the battery is most likely going or is bad and you should consult a factory trained technician to have it removed and replaced.
  • Stinky:  The battery smells like rotten eggs.  What you are smelling is sulfur and this this means the battery is most likely leaking.   Leaking also causes the corrosion around the posts (where the + and – cable connections are located.) The gunk may need to be removed or your car may not start.

Well it still works so why should I replace it now?  This is a great question and a fair one.  Here is one way to look at it – If your battery is older than 3 years old and it is performing the way it is intended and after having it checked the report comes out good then don’t replace it but be mindful that it could start to decline and make sure you have us test it for you during your future services.

BUT if it is still getting the job done but it isn’t passing the tests then you could be doing other damage to your vehicles electrical system by not having a strong battery.  Think about it this way, your knee is slightly injured so you tend to compensate for that knee by putting stress on other parts of your body and by the end of a strenuous day other parts of you are hurting as well… this could be happening with your electrical system.

hondabatterySo what kind of battery should I replace my current battery with?  This is easy, a Genuine Honda Battery of course.  Not only is it best to always use genuine Honda parts but the Genuine Honda Battery comes with an industry high 100 month (prorated) warranty with the first 36 months covered 100%!  Yes you read that right, for the first 36 months Honda will warranty your Genuine Honda battery and then prorate it the rest of the 100 months at this schedule.

  • Proration Schedule: During the first 3 years of service – A defective replacement battery will be replaced at no cost to the customer with a new Honda Genuine Replacement Battery and installation.
  • After the first 3 years of service – A prorated credit, based on years of service, will be applied toward the purchase of a new Honda Genuine Replacement Battery and the owner is responsible for the installation expense.
  • No cash reimbursement will be made.
  • The credit is calculated as follows: (Usage in Months)
  • 0-36 = FREE
  • 37-45 = 60%
  • 46-55 = 50%
  • 56-65 = 40%
  • 66-75 = 30%
  • 76-85 = 20%
  • 86-95 = 10%
  • 96-100 = 5%

Now is the time to start thinking about your battery before you get stranded and Buckeye Honda serving Baltimore Ohio, Pickerington Ohio, Logan, Chillicothe, Circleville, Athens and All of Central Ohio has you covered with factory trained technicians and free battery checks!  Next time you are in the dealership let us check your battery and supply you with a written health report so you are in the know.

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Team Member Monday: Dan Marchi

Dan Marchi Buckeye Honda, Lancaster Ohio.Dan Marchi isn’t just one of the Business Managers for Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio, he is a golf playing, husband, father, grandfather with a secret love of cigars!  OK maybe it is not much of a secret but everything else is true!

Dan has been with The Buckeye Family of Dealerships since January 2005 as a Business Manager for both Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Nissan.  Being a Business Manager for Buckeye is “a great job” says Dan.  Dan goes on to say that “Every day is different and being able to work with all of the clients and the other members at Buckeye have made this more than just a job.”  Some would see Dan’s daily duties to be a little boring and mundane,  with all of the paper work that he has to deal with but not Dan. “This is the best position in the dealership because I get to see all of the people who are getting a new car!”  he goes on to say “The best is when someone is getting their very first New or “New to them” vehicle.  It is really exciting, they are smiling so big and excited it is a little contagious; I am not getting a new car but I get excited and am so happy for them.”

When Dan is not at work you can find him typically in one of two places; Spending time with his family or on the golf course.  “One of my favorites isdanm2 when I can golf with my family – then I get the best of both worlds.”  Dan makes his home in Pickerington Ohio with his wife Roberta, an elementary school teacher at St Pius Catholic Schools.  Dan says the best time of his life is when he married Roberta, “she is the light of my life.”  The birth of his three children ranks as some of the most memorable moments in his life.  Dan has a daughter, Stephanie and two sons, Danny and John.  Dan and Roberta have one grandchild, Andy and Andy has a cousin on the way this summer!  The grandparents are extremely happy that their family is growing and take every chance they can to visit their children and grandchildren.

To say that Dan likes Golf is like saying Willy Wonka kind of likes chocolate.  Dan is an avid golfer, with an all-around game.  “When I was younger I was a scratch golfer but now I am content with being under 80.”  He is still as competitive as ever  but he also takes the time while out on the links to enjoy nature and reflect on what a great life he has.  Dan hits Titleist Pro-V1 balls and he is pretty adamant about this stating “I have played others brands but with these I have a certain comfort level that I just can’t explain, I know where the ball is going and I love the feel of the ball as it leaves the club.”   Although Dan loves to play golf whenever and wherever he can he says that “Cumberland Trail in Pataskala, Ohio is my favorite.  They have the best greens of any public golf course in the Columbus area.”

Dan Marchi Buckeye Honda Columbus OhioWhen Dan is not on the golf course or at Buckeye he likes to unwind with a nice beverage on the back deck grilling out for the family or just sitting and enjoying his favorite cigar.  Get the man a Coors Light and some shrimp and you will be in his favor for quite some time.  (Check our Foodie Friday May 10th when our Chef gives you his favorite grilled shrimp recipe).  Dan is also famous for his spaghetti and meatballs that take all day to make, “growing up in an Italian family, pasta was a big part of my childhood and for me being able to make my sauce is part of keeping that  family tradition going.”

To find out more about Dan (favorite sports team, childhood toy or maybe his nickname) and others at Buckeye Honda check out his personal bio page at www.buckeyehonda.com/Dan-Marchi