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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!

Keeping Your Vehicle Clean

Cleaning – no one likes to do it, but it’s something that can’t be put off for very long. For many people, simply washing their car is enough; however, the experts here at Freedom Honda are to tell you that is not the case. It is essential keep your interior clean as well. Why? Besides the fact that clutter is never a good idea, the surfaces in your vehicle may be exceedingly dirtier than you think. Here are our suggestions on keeping your ride looking nice.

Declutter. If your vehicle’s interior is grossing your friends out and making you question if you’re a hoarder, it may be time to remove some of the junk from your car.

Vacuum. This is one of the easiest things that can be done to clean up your car. By vacuuming, you prevent dirt and grime from becoming ingrained into the fabric and cleaning up stray pieces of the trash, helping your interior look newer, longer.

Clean the steering wheel. Yes, we’re talking about your steering wheel a second time.  As the thing you’ll be touching the most in your vehicle, it’s important to make sure that it is cleaned on a regular basis.

Cleaning kit. The easiest way to take care of your car is to have a kit full of cleaning supplies on-hand to clean. Whether it’s inside of your car or in the garage, make sure that it is somewhere that can be easily accessed. Some things to include: a hand vacuum, dust-cloths and a germ-killing spray.

Whether your car is ten days old or ten years old, it is important to take steps to keep the interior clean. Want to make sure that your vehicle is spotless? Freedom Honda can help! As your go-to expert for all of your Colorado Springs Honda needs, Freedom Honda offers in-house detailing and can get your interior looking pristine. Schedule an appointment to get started today!

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!