Don’t Skip Your Oil Change

Our bodies are amazing and resilient. They can withstand a lot; however, it is important that we still make time to take care of them with proper nutrition, exercise and sleep. Just like you take care of yourself, it is important to take care of your car. One of the easiest, yet very important and often overlooked things you can do to take care of your vehicle is changing your oil. To keep your vehicle in tip-top-shape, make sure to follow these tips:

  • While each and every vehicle is unique, the general consensus is that a car should get an oil change every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first.
  • Check your vehicle’s oil level every 1,000 miles.
  • Why does it need to be changed? While oil does a lot of things, its most important job is to lubricate the engine and carry heat away from the engine block. As it circulates, it picks up dirt and other debris. If it is not changed, your engine will suffer deterioration. Eventually, it will get so bad that your engine will shut down and have to be replaced.
  • Just adding oil to your vehicle IS NOT changing it. It is best to let a professional mechanical handle your vehicle’s maintenance.

The car maintenance experts here at Freedom Honda want to make sure that your car is around for a long, long time. Not sure what needs to be done to keep it running “forever?”  We can help provide consultation about what needs to be done so your vehicle is always in its best condition. Schedule a service appointment and we can help!

Should You Get A Hybrid?

When it comes time to purchase your next vehicle, there are many things you need to consider. From the number of passengers you’ll be driving, the weather you’ll be driving in and what kind of sound system you want, finding the vehicle that meets your needs can seem like a daunting task. One thing that everyone is looking for in a vehicle is great gas mileage. How are you guaranteed to get it? Drive a hybrid! Here are Freedom Honda’s reasons you should consider getting a hybrid for your next vehicle:

Save Gas. Are you tired of spending all of your hard-earned money at the pump? While every commute is unique, you are far more likely to get better gas mileage in a hybrid. This means that you won’t be spending as much on gas – potentially saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

Better For The Environment. Here in Colorado, we’re dedicated to helping the environment. When you purchase a hybrid, you will be consuming less fuel. This means that you will consequently be using fewer resources and emitting less harmful toxins into the environment.

Cutting Edge Technology. Some people still use flip phones. There’s nothing wrong with that, but ask most people and they want a smartphone. This applies to cars too – many people want the latest and greatest technology. By driving a hybrid, you can be sure that your vehicle has all of the new, modern features that you’re looking for.

Freedom Honda, your go-to Honda dealer in Colorado Springs, knows that each and every customer has unique needs in their vehicle search. From hybrids to trucks, we have wide-range of vehicles to choose from that meet your needs. Contact us and let us see what we can do for you!

Seat Belt Safety

To some of us, wearing a seat belt is like second nature. To others, it feels like burden. Regardless of your opinion of them, it’s important to always wear one! Why? In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the reasons Colorado Springs drivers should always wear their seat belts:

It’s the law. According to the Colorado DMV’s website, it is illegal to not wear a seat belt when driving. While you can’t get pulled over for just not wearing your seat belt, if you are stopped by an officer and aren’t wearing a seat belt, you will receive a citation. So unless you want to start forking over cash to the government, we would recommend you and your passengers wearing seat belts.

Preventing Injury. If you’re involved in a vehicle accident, having a seatbelt on can reduce the injuries in the accident. Even a simple fender-bender could lead to serious injuries if you are not properly belted in.

Not dying. While nothing is for certain, you are less likely to be fatally injured in a car accident if you are wearing your seat belt. Taking the huge risk of not wearing a seat belt is a mistake that should be avoided. There are people out there that love you – take care of yourself and your passengers and make sure they’re buckled up

No matter what, Freedom Honda wants you to be safe in your car and always wear your seat belt. Looking for a car that has great safety equipment to make sure you’re safe in an accident? Come stop by your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda. We have a wide range of vehicles with great safety equipment. Stop by to find out more!

Cruise Control – What You Need to Know

It seems like every year, automakers develop a new technology that further helps drivers. One technology that has been around a while is cruise control. Cruise control is starting to become standard in many vehicles – including Hondas. From your friends at Freedom Honda, here’s what you need to know about cruise control:

Cruise control allows you to set your vehicle at a certain speed – allowing it to “cruise” down the road. You would want to use this feature for several reasons. First, if you find that you have a lead foot, using cruise control can help you avoid a speeding ticket. This way, you can set the cruise control for the speed limit and not worry about how fast you’re going. Also, cruise control can help you if your leg is fatigued from pressing on the gas pedal for hours on end.

As great as cruise control is, it is important to be cautious when using it. We love to go up in the mountains; however, using cruise control here is not a good idea. Why? Cruise control is best used on flat roads. In the mountains, you need to be paying attention to the road. Additionally, you’ll be frequently braking, which deactivates cruise control. Don’t use cruise control in traffic – you should be paying close attention to how fast you are driving in these high-traffic situations. Lastly, it is essential to not use cruise control in the rain. By doing so, you increase your risk of hydroplaning and crashing your vehicle.

Freedom Honda understands that drivers are looking for vehicles that have all the creature comforts they expect, but at a low price. Thankfully, your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda, has a wide-range of new Hondas and pre-owned vehicles that will fit your budget and Colorado Springs lifestyle. Stop by for a test-drive today!

LaneWatch – A Lifesaver

Honda has dedicated itself to becoming a leader in automotive safety. In addition to making their vehicles safe in the event of a collision, Honda is implementing new technology in their vehicles to help prevent collisions in the first place. The newest technology is called “LaneWatch.” Here is why LaneWatch from Honda is a revolutionary feature:

The first step to protecting someone in an accident is preventing accidents in the first place. States are stepping in to implement driving laws that allow teens to gradually learn how to drive. Honda is taking the next step with LaneWatch. LaneWatch is a technology that uses a camera to display the passenger side blind-spot in the Accord’s display screen. Drivers now will be able to make safer lane changes or even see pedestrians when driving on city streets.

Freedom Honda knows that many car shoppers may be overwhelmed with the many choices in vehicles and the options they have. If you want your vehicle search to given the customer touch it deserves, come by and see us!

Keeping Your Pets Safe While Driving

Here at Freedom Honda, we understand that our customers love that living in Colorado Springs affords them the opportunity to live an active lifestyle. Quite often, this active lifestyle includes a pet. While bringing your pet with you on outdoor adventurers can be fun, it is important to transport them safely in your vehicle. Here are some tips on keeping your four-legged friend safe in your vehicle:

Don’t put your pet on your lap. Yes, it’s insanely cute to let your pet chill on your lap when you drive around, but it’s also very dangerous. If you pay more attention to your pet than to driving, you could crash.

Restrain your pet. In addition to keeping the pet off your lap, you should keep your pet from roaming around your vehicle. Consider getting a secure crate or pet-seat belt that will help keep your friend secure in case there is an accident.

Bring a toy. If your furry friend isn’t exactly fond of riding in the car, bring a toy that can help keep them be preoccupied while you focus on the road.

Pet insurance. You protect the people in your vehicle, why not your pets, too? Contact your insurance provider to see what kind of coverage you can get on your pet. If you ever were to be involved in an accident, you wouldn’t need to worry about out-of-pocket costs for your pet’s medical care.

Regardless of whether you have a pet or not, Freedom Honda is here to help everyone find their next vehicle. We have a large inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles that meet everyone’s lifestyle and budget. Come down and see why we’re the best Honda dealerships in town!

Things You Need In Your College Car

Oh, college. The next four years of your life are likely to be some of the most important. While you’re off learning and having fun, it’s important that you start making good decisions: try to eat healthy, buy used textbooks and try not to rack up too much student debt. One thing you may not think about is transportation. A vehicle can make or break your college experience. Here are Freedom Honda’s suggestions of things to consider when choosing a college car:

Size. Whether you live on campus or commute, you’ll be parking your car somewhere on campus. Make sure you find a vehicle that is easy to park – finding a spot somewhere on campus can be a challenge.

MPG. Yes, that jacked-up truck is very cool and all, but getting 15mpg isn’t very practical. You don’t want the cost of gas to eat up a large portion of your budget. Look for a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Space. Whether you’re hauling furniture to your dorm or driving your friends around town, you want a car that has plenty of room for everything you’ll be doing.

Whether you’re staying local or going to the other side of the country, you need a vehicle you can count on to get you where you need to go. Freedom Honda, your local Colorado Springs Honda authority, is here to help. With a large selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, we have something for every budget. Come check us out today!

Tips to Build Your Credit Score

Freedom Honda, your local Colorado Springs Honda dealership, is here to help you afford the vehicle that best meets your needs. At the end of the day, we want to put you in the vehicle that you can afford. One of the best ways to afford your next vehicle is to qualify for a low interest rate. To get a low interest rate, you need to build your credit. Here are some steps to build up your credit:

Pay bills on time. Nothing will bring down your credit score faster than not paying your bills. Make sure you pay everything before the due date to limit your risk of lowering your score. Buy a calendar and write down when bills are due. This will help you stay on top of your bills.

Have credit cards? Use them wisely. Credit cards are an immensely powerful tool that can be used for good; however, they come with great risk. The best advice is pay them off in full every month. One thing most people do not consider is their utilization. This ideal utilization is under 30% of your full credit limit. If you have a $1,000 credit limit, try to keep your balance under $300.

Get another form of credit. The more diverse your credit history, the better it is. From student loans to credit cards to a home mortgage, multiple forms of credit is a great thing and can raise your credit score.

Look at the big picture. While not directly related to your credit score, seeing where you are spending your money and what your overall financial picture looks like is a healthy step toward being financially stable, which will encourage behaviors that lead to a good credit score. Mint.com is a great way to better understand your money.

Whether you know what you can afford or are still unsure, Freedom Honda is here to help put you in your next vehicle. As the go-to expert for all your new and pre-owned vehicle needs in Colorado Springs, Freedom Honda can work with you to put you in a vehicle that meets your budget. Want to learn more? Contact us!

The Honda Civic – The New Standard

Freedom Honda knows that when you’re looking to purchase your next vehicle, you want to get the most bang for your buck. When you’re on a budget, you expect that you’re going to have to make some sacrifices on the features your vehicle will have. Well your local Colorado Springs Honda dealership, Freedom Honda, is here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! The Honda Civic LX, which is the base model, comes with a slew of standard features that you won’t find standard on some luxury brands. Here is why the Civic’s standard features make it a no-brainer for your next vehicle purchase.

Manual is so 1994. Arm workouts are important, but rolling up your windows shouldn’t be your source of exercise. With the Honda Civic, you don’t have to worry about that. With standard power windows, locks and remote keyless entry, you can leave the 90’s where they belong.

Back-up camera. It’s hard to believe, but there are some luxury brands that don’t even include a backup-camera on their cars. For half the price, Honda gives you this important safety feature on every Civic.

Bluetooth. It’s 2014, yet some automakers think that Bluetooth should be an option. Thankfully, Honda isn’t one of these stuck-in-a-rut automakers. On every single Civic, Bluetooth comes standard.

Safety. Honda is dedicated to protecting you and your occupants. With a variety of safety features, you never have to pay more to be protected. Honda allows you to drive with confidence.

With so many standard features on the Honda Civic, the only hard part of choosing to buy one is picking out a color. When you do decide to add some more #HondaLove to your family, stop by your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda – we have a Civic for everyone. Contact us to find out more about how we can help with your vehicle search.

New Driver Tips

Learning to drive a car is one of the most important steps someone can take to transition into adulthood. Unfortunately, that transition always doesn’t go very smoothly. Never fear, Freedom Honda is here with tips to help new drivers embrace the world of driving.

Wear your seat belt. Vehicular safety begins before you even put your car in gear. Get into the habit of putting on your seat belt before driving. Eventually, it will become second nature.

Party like it’s 1999. As in when (most) people didn’t have cell phones. While a more experienced driver would be able to able to use new Bluetooth technology to make phone calls while driving, it is best for all drivers to completely avoid using cell phones while behind the wheel.

Limit your passengers. While laws for passengers in vehicles driven by teens vary from state to state, it’s never a good idea for novice drivers to have lots of passengers. While piling all of your friends into the car may seem harmless, it can greatly increase your risk of being in an accident.

Drive a safe car. In the event of an accident, you want to be sure that you will be protected. Luckily, Honda offers a variety of automobiles loaded with safety features.

Stay calm. Just like with anything else in life, being nervous is only going to make things worse. Remember, you can do this! The more you relax, the more you’ll be able to focus on the road.

Here at Freedom Honda, your local Colorado Springs Honda dealership, we know that each person needs to take the time to learn how to become an excellent driver. When you feel like you’re ready to take that step, come to Freedom Honda to pick up your new ride. With a large selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, we have something for every driver and every budget.