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Trunk-or-Treat – Your Colorado Springs Honda’s Guide to Halloween With Your Car

Boo! With October coming to a close soon, one thing is on everyone’s mind: Halloween! While everyone is busily rushing around trying to find a costume to wear or party to go to, many forget about decorating. One way to show off your creativity? Trunk-or-treats! With convenience and safety on everyone’s mind, trunk-or-treats have become popular over the years. What is a trunk-or-treat? Quite simply, a church/business/community group sets up vehicles in a parking lot for kids to go car to car, rather than door to door. Why participate in a trunk-or-treat? In addition to being safer, it’s easier than going door to door. For those in rural areas, it gives kids an opportunity to participate in a local Halloween event. If you plan on participating in a trunk-or-treat, these steps are a must-follow:

Clean your trunk. This seems obvious, but it can be easy to forget to regularly clean the part of your car that you rarely see. Because this part of your vehicle will be exposed, it’s important to take the time to clean it and make sure it is presentable. After all, you’ll have plenty of candy back there – let your decorations, not dirty trunk, scare people.

Pick a car with lots of space. Obviously, the bigger the trunk, the more you can decorate. Make sure it can accommodate all of your candy, treats and props. Our personal favorites for trunk-or-treat vehicles? The Honda Pilot, the Honda Odyssey and the Honda Fit! All of these cars have a hatch that opens wide and has the room you need.

Be creative.  It’s Halloween – have fun with it! Don’t just throw a bunch of generic Halloween themed decorations in there – the coolest cars at trunk-or-treats have specific themes. Whether you want to theme it after a movie or your kids’ favorite bedtime story, make sure you go to town – after all, Halloween only happens once a year. Looking for inspiration? This article has plenty of trunk-or-treat ideas!

Regardless of whether you’ll be decorating your car for Halloween or not, we know you’re looking for a car that best reflects your personality. Isn’t it time that you had a car your proud to show off? Come to Freedom Honda! We have a wide range of new and pre-owned vehicles for you to test out. Stop by today to see which one best fits your needs.

Reasons to Drive A Manual Transmission

Huh, a what? Yes, you heard us correctly – a manual transmission. A stick shift. A five (or six) speed. Whatever you call it, chances are you’re not driving one. There are many reasons you are currently driving an automatic, but have you ever given a stick shift car a shot? You should! Here are some reasons you should consider driving a manual transmission:

Better Control. You don’t have to be a control freak to appreciate being in control of your vehicle. When you drive a manual transmission, you don’t have to rely on the car’s computer to determine when it is a good time to shift. You get to decide when and where the transmission will shift. This can help you better control your speed – something that is very important when driving in the mountains.

Cheaper. If I told you that you could save hundreds – even thousands – on your next car, would you be interested? If you are, then get a stick. Stick shift cars generally run $700-$1,000 cheaper than their automatic equivalents. In addition, manual transmissions are easier and more affordable to service.

Fun. One of the biggest complaints from stick shift drivers have about automatic transmissions is that they are no fun. When you drive a stick shift, you are more engaged with the operation of the vehicle and can have more fun – extracting the most power possible from the engine. Let’s be honest – shifting is also a ton of fun!

How do you learn to drive one? There are several ways to learn. Know someone that drives a stick? Ask them if they can teach you! If not, there are driving schools out there that help. Even a simple trip to YouTube can be helpful in learning how to drive a manual; however, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and at the end of the day, practicing long enough will help you master the art of driving a manual transmission.

Whether you’re a row-it-yourself fanatic or believe clutch pedals are a sin, Freedom Honda – Colorado Springs’ premiere Honda dealership, has the vehicle you’re looking for! With a wide-range of vehicles for everyone, we can help you purchase and maintain your next vehicle. Want to find out more? Contact us!

Nobody is Perfect – Unless You’re the Honda Accord!

If we’re lucky enough, we hear about it as children – no one is perfect. If you had younger children around five years ago, you definitely heard the song about it. Regardless, it’s important to understand that as humans, we are not, nor will we ever be perfect. You know what is perfect? The Honda Accord! Here are some reasons from your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda, on why the Honda Accord is perfect!

Awards. Nothing makes you stand out like winning awards – and the Honda Accord is no stranger to being recognized for being amazing. Whether it’s for its amazing crash test scores, high resale value or being named one of the best cars you can buy 28 times by Car and Driver, the Honda Accord is one of the most awarded and respected cars in the automotive industry.

#HondaLove. Chances are you know someone that loves an Accord. And for good reason – the Accord is one of the longest-lasting cars on the road. You can read professional reviews of cars all day long, but in the end, your friends’ opinions of their vehicles is going to matter a lot more to you than an expert opinion. It’s the older Accord owners that seem to have the most love for their vehicle – anyone’s car can seem perfect at 2,000 miles – what about 200,000? That’s where the Accord’s quality, reliability and comfort truly shine.

The competition is good – but the Accord is better. Our not-to-be-named arch nemesis is good – we’ll be first to admit that; however, the Honda Accord is better. More standard features, a more engaging ride, and the fact that more individuals choose the Accord over any other car in America all point to the fact that the Accord is the best choice for you.

Whether or not you’re a perfectionist, the Honda Accord is the perfect car for you! Don’t believe us? Come and see for yourself! As the largest Honda dealer in Colorado Springs, Freedom Honda has the largest selection of new and used vehicles for you to choose from. Stop by today and see how we can get you rolling in the Accord of your dreams!

Honda Fit – It’s The Yoga Instructor of Cars

Whether or not you’re into yoga, you must admit that “yogies” have some pretty impressive moves. They flip, fold and do things with their body that many wish they could. If the Honda Fit were a person, we’re pretty sure it would be a yoga pro. Why is that? It is one of the most flexible small cars currently available. Here are some reasons why it’s a “flexible” vehicle:

Refresh mode. A car is not usually somewhere you find yourself sleeping; however, there comes a time for everything. Whether it’s a camping trip or some other event that leaves you away from home, sometimes you find yourself needing to just chill for a little. Refresh mode allows you to do this! Essentially, you can remove the headrests on the front seats and recline the chair to allow you to sit/lay in a comfortable position. Sit back and take a nap – maybe even watch a movie on the optional touchscreen display!

Magic seat. Most people think that in order to get a lot of storage, they need a huge car. This simply is not the truth. Just like a home’s square feet is sometimes much larger than the outside would indicate, the Fit offers a lot more storage that its small size would suggest. It’s trick to being able to do this? The magic seat! The magic seat can flip and flop like a yoga instructor into all sorts of different positions. This allows Fit owners to able to transport items tall and wide in their car. You can learn more about the different seating configurations over on Honda’s website.

Regardless of your stance on exercise, the Honda Fit can fit into any lifestyle – pun intended. Ready to see the magic seat in action for yourself? Come down to Freedom Honda! As the premier destination for all of your Honda needs in the Colorado Springs area, we have a wide selection of vehicles to choose from. Stop by today to find out more!

Maybe You Can Have It All – Colorado Honda Dealer

In life, it seems like you can’t have the best of both worlds. You can’t get in shape and eat nothing but junk food, you can’t have a massive house for a small price and you definitely can’t be a normal person and secretly be a pop star – well, most of the time anyway. There is one thing you don’t have to comprise on: your car. It seems like car shoppers are stuck with two choices: sensibility or style. Well, oppressed commuters, we come bearing good news: the Honda Civic doesn’t make you compromise. You get both sport and sensibility.

Sensibility. Listen, we’ve all been there. You pull up in your new car at your social gathering of choice, only to be greeted by a ton of negative feedback. While there will always be a hater or two looking to cause trouble, most people will not be able to fault you for buying a Civic – and for good reason! It’s roomy, fuel efficient, cheap to buy, inexpensive to insure and with proper maintenance, it will more than likely run ‘til the sun falls out of the sky! It’s hard to find a car that makes more sense than a Honda Civic.

Style. After hearing about how much sense it makes to buy a Civic, you probably think it’s a boring car to look at. Not in the least! No matter what part of Colorado Springs you’re driving around, we know you want to be driving a car that looks good – and the Honda Civic delivers. For the past two generations, the Honda Civic has been setting the bar when it comes to futuristic design in the compact class, leaving it with a sleek, sporty look. Don’t like making choices? Bad news: the Honda Civic looks great in every trim level AND you have the choice between equally sporty, modern body styles – a sedan and a coupe. To top off the style party, you can even get the Civic in Si trim – making the car faster and more agile than the traditional Civic.

As you can see, it truly is hard to go wrong with buying a Honda Civic. Whether you’re looking to snag a great deal on 2014 Civic or want all the latest and greatest Honda has to offer in the 2015 Civic, Freedom Honda is here to help! As your go-to course for all your Honda needs in Colorado Springs, Freedom Honda has a huge inventory of Civics and other vehicles for you to choose from. Stop by or give us a call to learn more.

Bluetooth – The Ultimate Accessory

Bluetooth used to be a dirty word. Up until a few years ago, all it was good for was allowing you to be that annoying person that looked like they were talking to themselves while standing in line at the grocery store; however, it has evolved into something much more. In today’s blog post, we’re going to discuss why Bluetooth is a valuable accessory to your car.

The first and primary reason that Bluetooth is a valuable feature is the ability to make phone calls, hands-free. No longer must you take both hands off the wheel just to answer your phone. In Hondas, Bluetooth connectivity will allow the car to read your text messages and even reply to them! This means that you never have to miss anything, yet still drive safely.  Besides staying safe, you don’t have to break the law – using Bluetooth while driving is legal. You can learn more about Colorado driving laws here. Additionally, Bluetooth is great for keeping your car cord-free. Because many people these days keep their personal music collection on their phone, you can listen to it without having to have a series of cords in your car. In addition to your music collection, you can also stream from other sources like Pandora.

Ready to get into a vehicle that has Bluetooth? Come to Colorado Springs’ premier Honda dealer, Freedom Honda. We have a wide variety of vehicles that have Bluetooth as well as the other features that you are looking for in your dream car. Contact us to see how we can help you with your vehicle search!

No Keys – Push to Start

Twenty years ago, one of the most important features a vehicle had was cup holders. Ah, yes, cup holders were just one of the things that could make or break a decision to purchase a vehicle. Even though the ability to carry the largest size pumpkin-flavored coffee you can get your hands on is still important, technology has progressed to where there are other vehicle features that can determine if someone purchases a car. One of these features is push to start. Here are some more details on it:

If you haven’t been in a modern car recently, you might be surprised to find out that many vehicle are now equipped with push to start. This means that rather than using a normal key to enter a vehicle, a key fob is used to gain entry to your vehicle. Once you’re in the car, you don’t have to take the key out – simply press the brakes and push the “push to start” button and you’re good to go! The same process applies for turning off your vehicle.  One of the best parts? No longer having to fumble around for your keys! By simply walking up to the vehicle with the key fob in your pocket, purse, hand, etc., you will able to place your hand on the car’s handle and unlock your car.  So what happens if the remote doesn’t work for some reason? No problem! There is a physical key hidden in the key fob that will allow you to get into your car and start it up. For a demonstration of the smart key on push button start vehicles, check out this video.

Not sure what features you’re looking for in your next car? Freedom Honda can help! Come stop by our showroom – we have a variety of used and pre-owned vehicles for you to look through and our sales staff will explain each vehicle feature in detail. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do to help you!

Ways to Keep the #HondaLove Going Strong

I think we all can agree that any relationship – whether it’s romantic or platonic – takes work. At some point, things will no longer seem new and exciting and you may become bored. Just like there are ways to inject enthusiasm back into a relationship, there are ways to make you fall in love with your car all over again. Here are some tips from Freedom Honda on how to bring back that “I-love-my-car” spark:

  • Clean it. You know what is crazy? How much better a car feels after it’s been washed. It seems silly; however, it works! Obviously, your car won’t ride any better, but it does make you take pride in your ride.
  • Take a road-trip. Nothing makes you feel more connected to your car than going on an adventure with it!
  • Name it. You know who names their cars? Cool people, that’s who.
  • Create a social media account for it. Yes, you heard us correctly. If people can create an Instagram for their pet, you can make one for your car. You could even connect with other owners who share a passion for your vehicle!

Regardless of whether you’re looking to take care of your current car or upgrade to a new one, we’re here to help! Freedom Honda is your destination for all of your new and used car needs in the Colorado Springs area. Want to find out more what we can do for you? Contact us!

New Honda? Yes, Please!

Once upon a time, there was a consumer who wanted an SUV, but still wanted a vehicle that got good gas mileage and was functional. They searched far and wide; however, they could not find such a vehicle. Luckily, Honda heard this consumer and designed a vehicle for them. Thus, the Honda CR-V was born! With time, more and more people grew to love the CR-V; however, a new consumer came along: they wanted a vehicle like the CR-V, but smaller. Flash forward to the present, and Honda is yet again listening to consumers and giving them the vehicle they want in the form of the Honda HR-V. While we don’t know everything about the HR-V yet, here is what we can tell you:

  • The Honda HR-V will go on sale sometime this winter.
  • The HR-V is going to be based on the same platform as the Honda Fit – like the Fit, expect this to be a super-functional vehicle. It will even a have Honda’s exclusive Magic Seat!
  • The HR-V is expected to be very fuel efficient. Combine the fuel efficiency, cargo capacity and Honda reliability, and you have a recipe for a great vehicle!

Regardless of whether you want to wait for the new HR-V or get in a new Honda today, Freedom Honda is here to help you. As Colorado Springs’ premiere Honda dealership, Freedom Honda has an extensive inventory of new and used vehicles that meet everyone’s needs and budget. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

Driving An Older Vehicle? Consider Upgrading at Freedom Honda!

We’ve all been there. You’re trying to squeeze the life out of your old vehicle, when suddenly, it starts making a new noise. Uh-oh. The age old dilemma of whether or not to fix your car can be a challenging one; however, it might be time to take the leap and purchase a new vehicle. If you’re on the fence about upgrading your vehicle, here are some reasons from Freedom Honda on why it’s time to make the purchase:

Treat Yo Self. Listen, no one is going to look down on you for purchasing a new vehicle. You’ve done your due-diligence and driven a vehicle into the ground. You work hard, so why not reward yourself with a new car?

Model Year-End Deals. With the end of the year just a few months away, all of the 2015 models are beginning to show up on the lot. This means that you potentially could save thousands by going with a 2014 vehicle. With such great deals, your purchase will be guilt-free.

Stress. Cold weather and the holidays are quickly approaching. Our lives become increasingly chaotic this time of the year. The last thing you want to be worrying about is a broken-down car. With a new car, you won’t have to stress about constantly making repairs.

Safety. It’s highly likely that your new car will be safer than your current one. This not only gives you peace of mind, but it can also help keep the cost of your insurance low.

If you’re ready to throw in the towel on your current vehicle, Freedom Honda is here to help. With a large selection of new and used vehicles, we have something for everyone’s tastes and budget. Want to find out more? Contact us today!