Honda Care is a warranty program backed by Honda that provides drivers with extended warranty coverage after the original manufacturer’s warranty on their vehicle has expired. The plan covers a variety of services that are designed to keep the car running smoothly and reduce repair costs as the car ages. Read on to learn about the benefits of Honda Care and the benefits and coverage levels offered to drivers.
Drivers of Honda vehicles that are less than 36 months old and have less than 36,000 miles are eligible to participate in the program. The warranty was designed to allow these drivers, who currently have relatively new Honda vehicles but plan to keep them for several more years, to continue to experience the benefits of Honda’s warranty program after their original warranty has worn off.
The program offers four different levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s condition and type. Benefits vary based on coverage level, but customers have access to 24-hour roadside assistance and emergency service, rental car reimbursements, trip interruption benefits, and more, in addition to covered repairs on certain equipment and components performed by Honda-certified technicians using the original manufacturer’s parts. Most plans include coverage of the drivetrain, electronics, chassis, heating and cooling systems, front and rear drive axles, and more.
One of the goals of the program is to increase the life of the vehicle while decreasing repair costs. Therefore, it’s extremely important for drivers to take good care of their vehicles in order to get the most life out of them. Part of taking proper care of the car is performing routine maintenance, like frequent oil changes. Drivers who regularly perform these routine maintenance tasks and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations may benefit from participating in the Honda Care extended warranty program to get the most mileage out of their vehicle.
It’s one of the worst nightmares for most car owners: seeing the “check engine” light pop up on the display. Some people pretend like they don’t see it and just ignore it, but in doing so, they may earn themselves a huge repair bill in just a few short months or even a few weeks. Taking action right away can catch the problem while it is still early, allowing you to save money on repair bills.
Here are the five most common reasons that we see the engine light on in the cars we’ve serviced:
Leaking fuel vapors can trigger the engine light. The gas cap may simply be loose, or it may be cracked or defective. Making this simple fix can turn the light off and prevent future damage.
A faulty airflow sensor will increase emissions and can cause the car to stall out. Replacing the air filter regularly will protect the airflow sensor, as well as the car’s fuel efficiency.
The oxygen sensor monitors what’s coming off the exhaust, and it helps regulate fuel consumption. A faulty oxygen sensor will kill fuel efficiency and trip the engine light. The sensor can fail over time as it is covered in oil and debris, and the only way to fix the problem is to replace it.
The catalytic converter plays a key role in reducing emissions by neutralizing carbon monoxide and other gases. If the catalytic converter fails, the car will not be able to run. Theoretically, the catalytic converter should not fail, but if other maintenance is neglected, it can cause a chain of reactions that will damage the converter.
Sometimes, a check engine light can be the result of a simple spark plug—either one that has failed or is misfiring. We recommend visiting a mechanic to get to the bottom of this issue, since it can be difficult to figure out which spark plug is causing the problem.
Drivers should never ignore the check engine light. By taking fast action, a simple fix can lead to huge savings.
Imagine a world where car accidents rarely ever happen. Collision repair experts may cringe, but Honda has brought drivers several steps closer to that goal with their new Sensing Technology. Far more than a trendy safety feature, Honda Sensing™ is a comprehensive suite of driver-assistive technologies designed to give motorists greater awareness of their environment. Here are some of the key features the system offers.
With the help of a monocular camera, the LDW system detects visible lane boundaries and alerts drivers to non-indicated lane departures. Not only does it does it give them a visual warning on the display when they start to drift in the lane, but it also sends vibrations through the steering wheel to ensure safe driving.
When the aforementioned alerts do not produce the desired effect, LKAS applies corrective steering to bring the vehicle back into the detected lane. The system actually applies the brakes and corrects the steering drift, making it an innovative and potentially lifesaving piece of technology.
Most modern cars have cruise control, but it has never been a smart, reactive system—until now. ACC lets Honda drivers program the maximum speed they want to drive as well as the distance at which they’re comfortable following other vehicles. As long as there’s no one in front of them, their vehicle will maintain the set speed without manual input.
Working in tandem with the Collision Mitigation Braking System™, FCW utilizes a small camera to detect nearby vehicles. If it concludes that the driver is in immediate risk of a front-end collision, the system will use audio and visual alerts to warn him/her. Should the driver fail to respond, the CMBS will immediately apply the brakes.
With the help of a wave radar sensor, CMBS automatically brings the vehicle to a halt when it determines that a collision will occur without immediate intervention. A sophisticated safety feature, it helps reduce the risk of a front-end crash.
The revolutionary Honda Sensing™ suite is an optional feature on most new Honda vehicles, but its innovative technology should not be overlooked.
Knowing how to spot when tires should be replaced can save drivers time and money on repairs. It may even save their lives. While tire failure is a leading cause of car crashes, it is largely preventable. With that in mind, here are five signs it’s time for a set of new tires.
According to automotive experts, old tires become dangerous when their tread depth falls to 2/32″ or below. Because their grooves are no longer deep enough to channel water away during wet weather, traction will suffer. Drivers can use the so-called “penny test” to reliably check the depth of their treads. Simply place a penny into the grooves with Lincoln’s head down. If the top of his head is clearly visible, new tires are needed.
While minor punctures in the treads can often be repaired with a patch, the same cannot be said when it comes to the tire’s sidewalls. When these structures start to wear down, they may show signs of shallow cracking. Bubbles or bulges may also appear because of damage to the tire’s inner liner. Gouges, on the other hand, are often caused by hitting a curb at the wrong angle. If the gouge is deep, the risk of a blowout may make replacement imperative.
Healthy tires lose about one pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure each month. When tires lose significantly more than that for several months, it most likely means they’re on their last legs.
Even if they’re still spinning, driving on tires that are over six years old could be dangerous, as they really could suffer a blowout at any time. In fact, a thorough inspection of older tires often reveals serious structural and wear issues.
Often caused by suspension or wheel alignment issues, uneven tire wear can make driving more dangerous. Although it may not be necessary to replace the full set of tires, since uneven wear often affects one side more than the other, tires that have compromised treads should be switched out immediately.
Drivers should consider these common problems the next time they inspect their tires.
HR-V entry crossover has achieved both an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating
TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 11, 2015 – The stylish and versatile 2016 Honda HR-V has received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top score available in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Earlier, the HR-V earned a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), making it a collision safety leader and standout choice in the growing small crossover market.
“Using Honda’s packaging magic, powertrain innovation and safety engineering expertise, the HR-V delivers a high level of occupant safety protection along with class-leading fuel economy and interior space,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager.
“True to Honda’s commitment to the safety of all road users, the HR-V is designed to make the vehicle more compatible with other vehicles and to help to mitigate injuries to pedestrians in the event of a collision.”
Blending the styling of a coupe, and the space and utility of a SUV, the 2016 Honda HR-V utilizes the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.
In addition to the application of Honda’s ACE™ body-structure, the 2016 HR-V features a host of standard active and passive safety features and offers many standard and available driver-assistive technologies, such as:
Standard safety equipment on all 2015 Honda models includes ACE™ body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags.
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. The company is broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies such as LaneWatch™, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning to its product lineup and has applied rearview cameras as standard equipment to 100-percent of its line-up for 2015.
Many people consider their dogs to be members of the family, so it’s no surprise that they often bring their furry friends along when they travel. Traveling with pets in the car can be difficult, but these cool products will make the trip a little easier while keeping the car as clean as it was on the car dealer’s lot.
Being prepared is the key to successfully traveling with pets, and these products will help dog parents give their fur-kids a safe, relaxing ride.
Fans of new and used Honda Civics may be wondering about the newest models of Civics to arrive on the lot. Here’s the rundown on the 2015 Hybrid and the 2015 Natural Gas.
The compact hybrid is a great choice for used Honda Civic drivers in New Jersey. The 2015 model, with a starting MSRP of $24,735, is a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Its 144-volt lithium-ion battery and electric motor help it to deliver improved fuel economy. It offers a rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system, LED daytime running lights, seat belt reminders, remote entry, automatic climate control, Honda LaneWatch, and BlueTooth HandsFreeLink, among other features.
The Natural Gas is the another excellent alternative fuel option, using CNG, a methane-based compressed natural gas that’s designed to be an environmentally conscious, cost-effective alternative to gasoline. CNG is both non-toxic and produced in America. With a starting MSRP of $26,740, the Natural Gas offers a compact five-speed automatic transmission, an antilock braking system, a rearview camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, a security system with remote entry, and BlueTooth HandsFreeLink, among other features. It comes in two trim levels, base and Leather/Navi.
Remember, buyers can’t go wrong with either model. Edmunds.com gave the 2015 Civic an “A” rating and recommended it in its 2015 Sedan Buying Guide. For questions on these or any other new or used Honda Civic models, contact Metro Honda in Jersey City, NJ.
**EPA fuel economy estimates are based on typical driving conditions and driver behavior. Your mileage may vary.
The back-to-school season is a pretty hectic time of year for a parent. Whatever the situation, shuttling the kids to and from school requires the right vehicle. Whether you have one kid or a few to transport, you’re likely going to want a roomy vehicle for occasionally shuttling friends and classmates as well. Making the same trip twice a day can really wear on a car, so your carpool vehicle needs to be affordable and easily serviced.
You will need plenty of space for backpacks, school projects, and your students themselves. Depending on the model, the Honda Accord offers 13.4 or 13.7 feet, making it perfect for smaller families and for those who feel they don’t need the added space. The 2015 Honda Fit offers 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats still upright, making it great for larger families, as the cargo space averages over 30 inches of space in every direction. In addition, the 2015 Honda Fit is the winner when it comes to oversized projects, as you can fold down the back seats to expand to 52.7 cubic feet of space—enough space to fit a small couch.
The affordability of a car encompasses the price of the vehicle as well as the price of driving it. Parents spend a great deal of time, and log a lot of miles, transporting schoolchildren to and from school, to and from extracurricular activities and even to and from their friends’ houses. As communities grow, schools become farther and farther away from students’ homes. That means gas mileage becomes a serious consideration for your perfect back-to-school vehicle. The fuel efficiency of the Honda Accord LX-S with automatic transmissions, and the 2016 Honda Fit LX with automatic transmission, makes both of these vehicles smart choices for the daily commute.
Choosing the right back-to-school car ensures that you get your kids to and from school safely. Depending on the needs of your students, a Honda Accord or a Honda Fit would be an excellent selection to jump-start the academic year!
**EPA fuel economy estimates are based on typical driving conditions and driver behavior. Your mileage may vary.
The Honda Accord is consistently one of the best-selling cars in the country with its sleek exterior, roomy interior, and high-tech gadgets. With more than six different types of 2015 Accords to choose from, each with excellent gas mileage – 18 mpg city/36 mpg highway – buyers can’t go wrong!
Between researching models and taking test drives, buying a car is an exciting process. It can also be confusing for first-time buyers, thanks to all the financing options and sales jargon sometimes used by car dealers. But financing a car is actually a relatively easy and straightforward process.
First, the buyer needs to know how much he can afford to spend. The buyer’s total living expenses and debt obligations should be subtracted from his total income; the monthly car payment should never exceed the remaining amount. A down payment will reduce the monthly payment or loan terms, but it’s not required by all car dealers.
When it comes to a loan, buyers can usually choose between direct lending and dealership financing. In both cases, the buyer agrees to pay the price of the car, plus a finance charge, over a specified period of time. Using direct lending, the buyer obtains the loan directly from the bank or financial institution. But using dealer financing, the car dealers’ finance officers work with the bank to negotiate loan terms.
The financial institution will review the buyer’s loan application and credit history to determine what, if any, loan terms they want to offer. These loan terms depend on the buyer’s income and credit history, the price of the car and down payment, and the desired length of the contract. Buyers with poor or limited credit may need a cosigner before the loan is approved. The bank will either offer the buyer a loan or deny the application; it’s then up to the buyer to accept the terms, negotiate for better terms, or find a new lender.
Once the buyer and financial institution have agreed on the loan terms, the buyer will have to sign all the loan paperwork agreeing to make the payments on time, and then they are free to drive their new vehicle off the lot!