Colorado Springs Honda Dealership Tips: Helpful Hints for First Time Buyers

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First Car Tips

Deciding to purchase a car for the first time is an exciting milestone, but it can be overwhelming for someone who hasn’t done it before. Just deciding what type of vehicle you want and which features are important to you can be difficult enough – and there are a lot of things to consider on top of that. We’ll give you some pointers to make your first car buying experience a good one.

Know your budget. Before you get serious about car shopping, know what kind of budget you’re working with. If you don’t have a vehicle to trade in, make sure you’ve saved money for a down payment. Break down your expenses to see what you can afford for monthly payments, and remember to consider taxes and other up-front costs.

Prioritize your wants and needs. Chances are your first car won’t be your dream car. Whether it’s seating, gas mileage, towing capability or anything else you consider a must, decide what’s most important to you. Know what your must-haves are, and know what you’re willing to sacrifice.

Take your time. Even if you need a car as soon as possible, don’t rush the decision. Use the Internet to your full advantage – research different vehicles and get a good idea what you should pay. Take time to learn about the financing process to fully prepare yourself for your purchase.

Think you’re ready to make your purchase? Stop by your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer at Freedom Honda today!

Shopping Online? Don’t Forget to Come in for a Test Drive

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If you’re looking for information, there’s a very good chance you can find it on the internet. It’s a powerful tool, especially when it comes to car shopping: you can research makes and models, learn about the latest features, get an idea of what you can expect to pay – the list goes on and on. So with all of that information at your fingertips, is there still any reason to visit a dealership and take a test drive? Here at Freedom Honda, we think the answer to that question is YES – and we’ll tell you why.

A car is a big purchase. Would you buy a house without going to look at it? OK, maybe a vehicle isn’t that big of a purchase, but the premise is the same:  there’s something to be said about seeing something in person. You can read exactly how many cubic feet of storage space a certain vehicle has, but can you picture what that looks like? You can view hundreds of photos, but does that tell you exactly how you’ll feel sitting in the driver’s seat? The internet can tell you a lot of things about a car, but there are some things you just need to see for yourself.

Although online tools allow you to compare the features, dimensions and specifications of multiple cars side by side, actually driving each of those models gives you a much better idea of the real differences between them. Is it comfortable? Are the controls user-friendly? By test driving a vehicle, you’ll get a sense of its comfort, functionality and shortcomings compared to the other vehicles on your list – and that’s something you just can’t get from a chart on the internet.

Finally, getting help from real people who are experts on the types of cars you’re looking at can make the decision making process much easier. Ask questions and get answers in real time, and let someone explain your options to you. Although you can Google your questions or concerns, nothing beats having a conversation with someone who knows what they’re talking about.

Next time you’re ready for a new vehicle, remember that research is important – but don’t forget the test drive! Come visit with one of our experts at your Colorado Springs Honda dealer – Freedom Honda!

Prepare for April Showers with these Colorado Springs Rainy Driving Tips

Freedom HondaWe all know that April showers bring May flowers – which basically means we have to experience a little bit of bad to get to the good part of spring. But what about those road trips you don’t want to wait to take in your Honda from your local Colorado Springs Honda dealership at Freedom Honda? Heavy rain can significantly affect driving conditions, so we have some tips to help you drive safely.

Stay alert. During a rain storm, be sure that you are using all of your senses. Turn the radio down so you can focus. Listen to the sounds of the rain and other vehicles, use your wipers and headlights to give you maximum visibility and check your mirrors frequently. Don’t forget to pay attention to the feel of the road so you’ll immediately notice if you start hydroplaning.

Leave early. If the weather forecast predicts nasty weather, but you still want to make your trip, give yourself plenty of time to arrive on time so you’re not in a hurry. If you’re already en route when the rain begins, try not to be in a rush. Even if you’re already running late, take your time—wherever you’re going can wait.

Be aware of your brakes. While wet brake pads still work, they aren’t quite as effective as their dry counterparts. If you need to brake, do it earlier and gradually than you normally would. This can prevent you from sliding and it gives the driver behind you ample notice that you’ll be slowing down.

The best thing we can recommend to keep you safe this spring is to be prepared. Visit your Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda, and we’ll make sure your tires, brakes and wipers are ready for the road this spring.

4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Colorado Honda

colorado springs honda dealershipYour local Colorado Springs Honda dealer – Freedom Honda – knows that you can’t always control ownership costs such as fuel, repairs and insurance rates. But one thing you do have power over is making your car last longer and maintaining its value. I mean, that’s why you bought a Honda, right? While Hondas are known for their long-term reliability, here are four additional tips to help you get the most miles out of your Colorado Springs Honda

1.       Get Regular Checkups. Find a repair shop and mechanic you trust, and let that shop service your car all the time. When you get sick you don’t go to a different doctor every time, your doctor knows you from top to bottom, inside and out.  A good mechanic will get to know your car and look over it the same way.

2.       Drive Smarter. The way you drive has an effect on how long your car — and your gas — will last. You not only save wear and tear by having good driving habits, but also fuel. Taking off fast and coming to a stop quickly can be bad on a car and affect the engine, the brakes and more.

3.       Keep It Cool. Maintaining your car’s cooling system and the proper coolant level is as important as making sure the engine is well lubed and can potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs. A cooling system failure can result in your engine literally melting down.

4.       Breathe Easier. Even the most mechanically challenged drivers know to change a car’s oil and oil filter on a regular basis — even if they don’t always do it. But other fluids and filters also need regular maintenance. For example, changing your air filter helps your car breathe easier and the engine last longer. If your air filter is clogged, your engine is not performing properly. It also hurts your fuel economy, and it can harm the engine over the long term.

Fortunately, the service department at Freedom Honda specializes in taking care of your cars to make sure that they have a very long, very happy and very healthy life. If your Honda is overdue for a service, click here to make your next appointment.

Three Colorado Springs Hondas for Your High School Graduate

Freedom HondaFor future college students, this summer can mean a lot: great weather, road trip opportunities and don’t forget graduation time. With a lot to look forward to and prepare for – from moving away from home to getting your first internship – your vehicle is probably the last of your worries. Whether you’re looking for a reliable vehicle to get you to and from work or to reward yourself for four years of hard work, Freedom Honda, the newest Colorado Springs Honda dealer, has these three rides that could fit in the budget.

2014 Honda Accord Coupe. Have you been driving around in your brother’s hand-me-down car for the last three years? It might be time to get something new to reward yourself. With its sporty good looks and three engine options to choose from, the Accord is for the college student looking to move on up in the world.

2013 Honda Fit. With gas prices creeping higher every day, you’re not going to want to worry about filling up the tank every week. With 35 MPG* on the highway and incredibly versatile seating, the Fit is perfect for any college student on the go.

2014 Honda CR-V. With the most horsepower and torque of any CR-V yet, the 2014 model has plenty of bragging points. Whether you’re headed to the mountains for a week of Mother Nature or you’re soon to move across the country with all of your belongings in tow, the CR-V can handle anything.

Don’t believe that a new vehicle is attainable as a new college student? Think again. With the Honda Graduate Program, you can get exclusive financing rates to get you in a new, safe and reliable vehicle. To test drive a Honda, stop by our Colorado Springs Honda dealership in the Powers Auto Park.

*27 city/33 highway mpg rating for Fit and Fit Sport with manual transmission. 28 city/35 highway mpg rating for Fit with automatic transmission. 27 city/33 highway mpg rating for Fit Sport with automatic transmission. Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Thinking About Buying a Car From a Colorado Honda Dealership? Follow These Tips to Prepare

Freedom HondaBuying a new vehicle is a big decision for anybody. Whether this is your first time or your tenth, there are a few things to consider before even visiting a Colorado Honda dealership to test drive a vehicle. As a community-oriented dealership looking to make the car buying process simple, remember these three tips before you purchase your next vehicle.

Think about service. We’ve mentioned it before, but when you buy a vehicle from a Colorado Honda dealership, in some ways you’re also buying into their service department. While one 2012 Honda CR-V might be the same as the next, you’ll want to trust the service department you plan on taking it to. That means it’s important to do your research!

Know your credit. It’s safe to say that not many people have a few grand in cash just sitting around the house to buy a car. That’s why it’s important before beginning your vehicle search to know your credit and what kind of financing you are eligible for. How can you do this? Visit our website and get pre-approved.

Value your trade-in. Do you plan on trading in your old vehicle when you purchase a new one? This can help free up some garage space as well as save you some money on your new Honda. But before you go selling your pre-owned Honda to the first person interested, you’ll want to value your trade-in and know what it’s worth. Luckily, you can get a preliminary estimate on your vehicle’s value online.

At Freedom Honda, we try to make the car buying process enjoyable. Stay tuned to our blog for more helpful tips and news from the newest Colorado Springs Honda dealership.

Is a Colorado Springs Honda SUV Right for Your Family?

Colorado Springs Honda dealerAlthough spring isn’t officially here yet, warmer weather has arrived – and with that comes camping, float trips and vacations during a Colorado Springs summer! You’ll need a vehicle that can handle all that, and we have a wide variety of options here at your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer – Freedom Honda. But what’s the best option for you? We’ll help you find out!

Crosstour. Modeled after the Accord, the Crosstour is the perfect option for anyone who is torn between a large sedan and a crossover or SUV. Though compact, it still features the power and four-wheel drive capability that you’d expect from an SUV. And in true Accord fashion, the Crosstour delivers up to 31 highway MPG*. If it’s utility and efficiency you’re looking for over space and seating, the Crosstour is a good option for you.

CR-V. Looking for something a little more spacious? The CR-V has extra cargo space and a larger interior than the Crosstour, and the 60/40 split back row gives you added storage versatility. Despite the extra room, the CR-V is still compact enough for easy handling and impressive fuel efficiency.

Pilot. If you’ve got major plans on your summer to-do list with a big family to boot, the Pilot is the best choice. Third row seating gives you room for everyone and plenty of cargo space to spare. And the towing capacity of up to 4,500 pounds means the boat or RV can come along, too.

Sometimes the best way to figure out which option is best for you is to get behind the wheel. Stop by your Colorado Springs Honda dealership, Freedom Honda, for a test-drive!

*22 city/31 highway mpg rating for 2WD 4-cylinder models. 20 city/30 highway mpg rating for 2WD V-6 models. 19 city/28 highway mpg rating for 4WD V-6 models. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

A Colorado Springs Honda Dealer You Can Trust: Certified Pre-Owned Hondas

Freedom HondaFor some, there might be a stigma attached to pre-owned vehicles. You want a car that is brand-new and one which you know the exact history.  But what if your favorite model was discontinued? Or you really miss the ’06 Honda Element? Whatever the reason, Freedom Honda offers Colorado Springs certified pre-owned Hondas that are reliable and trustworthy. How?

  • 150-point inspection. Every Honda at Freedom Honda goes through an extensive 150-point mechanical and appearance inspection. Our certified technicians check all major systems, including the brakes, engine, drive-train, as well as the interior and exterior.
  • Free Carfax history report. Want to know if the former owner of this vehicle really was a sweet old lady who only drove it to church and back? All of our pre-owned Hondas come with a Carfax history report so you can know all you want about your vehicle before buying it. That’s what we like to call peace of mind.
  • Certified and trained service staff. When you buy a vehicle from a dealership, whether it’s brand-new or pre-owned, you’re always – in a sense – buying their service department. Don’t you want to know that you have a reliable resource for everything from an oil change to a complete engine overhaul? At Freedom Honda, our entire staff is friendly, reliable and easy to work with.

Want to learn more about certified pre-owned Honda standards? Or see our inventory of pre-owned vehicles? Visit our website. At Freedom Honda, we have a great selection of pre-owned Hondas in Colorado Springs that you can trust.

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Colorado Springs Honda

Freedom HondaThe weather is warming up, we have “sprung” forward and our windows are down – that means spring is here! Before you decide to hop in your Honda and hit the road for a little Colorado Springs road trip, here are a few cleaning tips to help get your Honda in tip-top shape.

Vacuum the interior – Be sure to work from the ceiling to the floor, because gravity dictates that stuff stirred up works its way downward. Also, yank out the salt-caked floor mats for a quick pass with the vacuum. Then use your HondaVac or a shop vac and a rigid tool such as a screwdriver to work dirt out of the creases.

Wash your mats – Be honest – are your floor mats just plain filthy? It’s nothing to be embarrassed about and it very common after winter. Think about it – you’re tracking leaves, mud, salt and more into your car and it is just too cold to car in the winter!

Wash everything – Yes, EVERYTHING! Windows get super foggy in the spring partially because of how dirty they are, so be sure that they are clean and clear. Obviously you need to spend some time on putting a little elbow grease into your car’s exterior. Don’t forget to take your car to a carwash AFTER you’ve given it a wash yourself. This helps eliminate anything detrimental in your undercarriage like road salt.

Check your tires – Ok, this isn’t cleaning so much as inspecting your tires wear and tear. It also goes without saying that if you have snow/winter tires on your car, it’s about time to make the switch back to summer tires.

If putting in a little elbow grease to your car just isn’t giving you the results you want, come check out the selection of new and pre-owned vehicles at your local Colorado Springs Honda dealership at Freedom Honda.

Your Colorado Honda Dealer Rates the Ridgeline

Freedom HondaHonda really got it right when it comes to the Honda Ridgeline. Described by Honda itself as a pickup that isn’t intended to be a full-size truck, but one useful to owners of its other motorized products – this truck may not be the right fit for everyone.

The Honda Ridgeline is a unique choice for Colorado Springs residents in that has a crossover-derived body. The Ridgeline is part frame, part unibody, with some of its structure shared with the Honda Pilot crossover. Pairing its unique body with its brisk acceleration and good passing response, the Ridgeline is a triple threat.

The Ridgeline has been a longtime overachiever in safety. Front side airbags, rollover-sensing side-curtain bags covering both rows, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are included across the model line. The Ridgeline achieves top “good” ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and as a result gets a spot on the “Top Safety Pick” list. 

Are you into the outdoors? Own an ATV or some Honda motorcycles and dirt bikes? Need bed space for your tools or sports equipment? Sounds to us like the Honda Ridgeline is right for you. Looking for massive towing capacity that often leads to less-than-impressive gas mileage? This is not the truck you’re looking for – but come on down to your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer at Freedom Honda and we will find a pre-owned truck that’s perfect for your needs.