How to Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

get your car ready for back to school
get your car ready for back to school

As the hot days of summer recede and fall creeps closer, it’s time to begin your back-to-school preparations. These include, of course, getting your car in tip-top shape before the school year is in full-swing and your schedule fills up. The following are a few tips on how to get your car ready for back to school, whether that means heading back to college or carpooling your kids to school.

  • Check fluid levels: Simple fluid-level checks are part of good, routine car maintenance, so take an afternoon to make sure you have appropriate amounts of oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. These checks are easier to address while at home – if you’re heading back to college – or before the school year’s busyness sets it.
  • Check tires: You should also check your tire treads and pressure. If your tire treads are overly-worn, you will want to consider getting a new set of tires, especially if you plan on driving long distances back to college. You will also want to check your tire pressure, as tire pressure affects your control, handling, and fuel efficiency while on the road, and causes your tires to wear unevenly.
  • Clean it inside and out: A new school year is like a fresh start, so start the year off right be cleaning out your vehicle’s interior and washing its exterior.

The best way to get your car ready for back to school is to schedule a service appointment at Hardin County Honda and let our professional technicians take care of it. Give us a call today so you can stop worrying about your car and start thinking ahead to school instead!

Honda Partners with GM to Make Next-Gen Car Batteries

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In an era in which is seems no one is willing to work together, Honda has no problem stepping across the aisle to get things done; Honda recently announced its partnership with competitor General Motors in the development of the new next-gen car batteries.

The batteries are being developed specifically for all-electric vehicles and are incredibly complex pieces of machinery. With thousands of components going into just one battery, including chemical, electrical, and physical parts, teamwork is key to creating the safest, strongest, and most efficient product for consumers.

The current partnership calls for Honda to collaborate with General Motors based on GM’s current modelling of next-generation battery systems. The batteries will be optimized for and fully compatible with both Honda and GM vehicles. Both auto giants recognize that the key to future success in the industry lies in great innovation within green, electric technologies today, and this partnership marks a huge leap in the right direction.

Now, what does this new collaboration on next-gen batteries mean for all you Honda loyalists? How about maximized value in future all-electric Honda products? That sounds pretty good to all of us here at Hardin County Honda; we can wait to start seeing these specialized technologies in our showroom!

Honda Sensing Technology

Honda Technology

Honda cares about you and your family’s safety. That’s why they created the Honda Sensing© suite, which has your back at every turn.

Honda Sensing© features a suit of driver-assistive technology, all which give you an extra eye on the road. The four features included in this package are:

Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM helps prevent accidents before they happen by sensing the speed of those in front of you and applying your car’s brakes if needed.

Road Departure Mitigation System keeps you on the road by alerting you if you start drifting off the road as well as help adjust your steering if needed.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow makes cruise control easier and safer by adjusting your cruising speed to the speed of those in front of you, maintaining a safe following distance.

Lane Keeping Assist System will stop you from crossing into other lanes unintentionally by guiding you back in the lines if you drift without a signal.

These features help to keep drivers and passengers safer by decreasing both the number of collisions and the severity of collisions, which is why Honda has already sold one million vehicles equipped with this technology.

Honda is aiming for Honda Sensing© technology to be standard on all vehicles by 2022, but you don’t have to wait until then to benefit, as the tech is already rolling out across most of the automaker’s lineup in the meantime. Take a close look at them at Hardin County Honda!

2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards: And the Winner Is…Honda!

2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards
Honda recently won three awards from Motor Week, an industry leader when it comes to automotive reviewing. The Motor Week 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards are among the most prestigious on the market, and the Honda Accord, Odyssey, and Civic each won in their respective segments.

Honda recently won three awards from Motor Week, an industry leader when it comes to automotive reviewing. The Motor Week 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards are among the most prestigious on the market, and the Honda Accord, Odyssey, and Civic each won in their respective segments.

According to Motor Week, the Honda Civic earned the 2018 Best Small Car award for the third year in a row—an anomaly for this particular award. In addition to a striking rear fascia, the 2018 model year also comes with two high-performance designs, the Si and Type R, which are ideal for those who want a little added performance.

The Honda Accord won the 2018 Best Family Sedan award thanks to its four-door design and comfortable interior. The Accord has extensive safety features like Honda Sense™ to keep you and your family safe as you drive, and the refined interior and extensive infotainment options will make any long road trip more enjoyable.

The Honda Odyssey also won the 2018 Best Minivan award from Motor Week. The Odyssey has a reliable design and seating for up to seven people, and this minivan also comes with extensive infotainment. With sleek looks, an efficient engine, and multiple available features, the Odyssey is setting new standards.

If you’re looking for a truly award-winning vehicle, stop by Hardin County Honda to test drive the Accord, Civic, and Odyssey today.

The Honda Accord is the Best Car of 2018

Honda Accord
For all of those Honda lovers out there, you know that Honda stands out as a top brand. Others are noticing, too. The Honda Accord has officially been named the 2018 Car of the Year by the Detroit Free Press.

For all of those Honda lovers out there, you know that Honda stands out as a top brand. Others are noticing, too. The Honda Accord has officially been named the 2018 Car of the Year by the Detroit Free Press.

This win hardly comes as a surprise. The 2018 Accord delivers amazing bang for its buck, turning heads as it goes. The Accord has made big changes in recent years, as it’s now built on a lighter platform that makes it even nimbler on the road. Under the hood, it boasts the nameplate’s very first turbocharged engine options that beautifully combine power and efficiency. The 2018 Accord has also been noticed for its ample interior passenger space, offering both comfort and practicality.

Mark Phelan, an auto critic for the Detroit Free Press, applauded the Accord for its game-changing design for mid-size cars: ““SUV sales are soaring and traditional sedans are in retreat, but the sleek 2018 Accord raises the bar for a class of vehicles that remains important to hundreds of thousands of buyers every year.”

The Detroit Free Press isn’t the only publication that has noticed the Accord. The Accord has received multiple accolades, including Overall Best Buy of 2018 by Kelley Blue Book and Car of the Year Finalist by Motor Trend.

To see this classic, award-winning mid-size sedan, stop by Hardin County Honda and schedule a test drive.

Best of Honda in 2018

Honda’s 2018 lineup has already been recognized for its standout design, progressive features, and fantastic performance. The big winner so far has been the Honda Accord, which was named to both the KBB.com Best Buy list and the Car and Driver 10 Best List.

The 2018 Accord won the Mid-size Car Best Buy of 2018 award and the Overall Best Buy award from KBB.com, which cited its refinement and resale value as high points. KBB.com relentlessly praised the Accord, calling it “the most sophisticated, most advanced, most impressive automobile not wearing a luxury badge.”

best of HondaAccording to KBB.com, the Accord offers many of their favorite automotive technologies, including active safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning, and infotainment tech like USB ports and connected mobile apps. Plus, the Accord is incredibly fuel-efficient, spacious, and stylish.

The Car and Driver 10 Best Awards are also one of the most prestigious awards in the auto industry, and the new generation of Accord easily made the list, just like 31 of its predecessors.

The 2018 Accord is available now, so stop by Hardin County Honda to see all of its perks and features for yourself.

Honda at the Chicago Auto Show

2018 Honda Odyssey at the Chicago Auto Show

Honda has a habit of stealing the spotlight, no matter where it happens to be. The Chicago Auto Show was no exception with the full lineup making an appearance. The new Odyssey minivan showed off its new design with pleasure. Meanwhile, enthusiasts raved about two new concept vehicles.

2018 Honda Odyssey

While the Odyssey doesn’t arrive until later this year, the minivan certainly turned heads at the Chicago Auto Show. Sleek curves and a tapered rear end offer a refined style while the interior was certainly something to be proud of.

The family-oriented interior boasted a plethora of space as well as a whole host of technology features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. As always, safety comes standard and the in-car vacuum offers parents a convenient way to clean up.

Project 2&4

Drawing inspiration from its motorcycle roots, Honda debuted a concept vehicle unlike any other. Known as the Honda Project 2&4, the motorcycle-car features four wheels, a single seat, and a motorcycle engine that delivers 212 hp and 87 lb-ft of torque. While it weighs in at only 900 pounds, it’s still legal to drive on public roads.

Project 2&4 comes from a design competition between Honda’s designers and serves as a nod to the heritage of the Japanese brand.

We here at Hardin County Honda are pumped to see what Honda brings to the next auto show!

Honda Named 2017 NHL All-Star Game Title Sponsor

2017 NHL All-Star Game Title Sponsor
Keep reading for Honda’s new partnership!

Honda is joining forces with the NHL this year in Los Angeles. The Japanese carmaker was recently named the 2017 NHL All-Star Game title sponsor, which was revealed during the LA Auto Show earlier this month with a special appearance by NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky. The All-Star Game is set to occur on Sunday, January 29th at the Staples Center.

“Honda shares a love for the game of hockey with millions of fans around the world, and we are pleased to support the effort to host this ultimate showcase of the NHL and its incredibly talented players in our backyard,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “We look forward to working with the NHL to create some fun for fans throughout the 2017 All-Star Weekend including the intersection of Hockey and Hollywood that will be arriving at LA Life the last weekend of January.”

As the All-Star Game title sponsor, Honda will also present the game’s Most Valuable Player with an all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck at the end of the game. In honor of this partnership between the Japanese carmaker and the NHL, Honda showed off a custom-wrapped 2017 Honda Ridgeline truck during the 2016 LA Auto Show, allowing hockey fans attending the automotive show to take pictures with the “MVP Ridgeline” at the Honda booth.

If you would like to get your hands on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, then stop in for a test drive at Hardin County Honda.

Striking Style and Bold Features: 2017 Civic Hatchback Design

2017 Civic Hatchback Design
Get ready for a new view of the Civic’s tail end!

The 2017 Civic Hatchback design is making news around the globe. Thanks to some innovative style changes and upgraded aerodynamics, this model is faster, more efficient, and better looking than ever before. In fact, at first glance, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback.

Inspiration

According to Digital Trends, the hatch design is European-inspired. That means it comes with a sloping five-door design—which includes a liftgate instead of a standard trunk. The interior is actually roomier than a sedan, capable of seating five very comfortably.  Best of all, the sloping contours and aggressive exterior make a bold statement.

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“The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Now, we’re bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model.”

New Features

What’s so special about the new Civic exterior? This hatch model comes with an athletic stance and dark alloy wheels. An integrated spoiler and sweeping silhouette increase aerodynamics, while new air-intake vents add sporty appeal. The centered dual exhaust system also makes a statement, a feature that you rarely find on a hatchback. The Civic Hatchback will be released sometime soon, and its scheduled to hit the market before the much-anticipated Civic Type-R special performance model. We can’t wait to see both these Civics in action.

Coming Soon!

Hardin County Honda will have this new 2017 Civic Hatchback in stock soon! Keep an eye out!

Explore the Area: Louisville Museums and Galleries

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Hop in your new Honda and explore the Louisville area. There are tons of art museums and galleries to visit in the area, a family friendly activity that’s enjoyable for everyone. You can learn about the culture and history of the Louisville area, as well as see some of the finest works of art in the country. Explore Louisville museums and galleries today.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

According to the Louisville website, one of the most popular attractions is the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. This place was first opened in 1981 as a nonprofit museum, with a mission to support excellence in the arts. The permanent collection includes works by Wendell Castle, Ebony Patterson, and Simone Leigh among others.

Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum (pictured above) is also popular, located in downtown Louisville on Museum Row. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian, the museum has unique travelling displays you won’t find elsewhere. You can see a rifle once owned by George Washington, Teddy’s Roosevelt’s hunting equipment, and objects from Buffalo Bill and Jesse James.

Kentucky Science Center

Finally, explore the Kentucky Science Center. As the state’s largest hands-on science center, this place has features like an IMAX theater, interactive exhibits, educational programs, and more. You can see the famous pendulum in the lobby area, or visit the science-workshop in the Science Education Wing.

These are just some of the many museums and galleries in Louisville, KY. Others in include the Louisville Slugger Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, the Kentucky Opera, the Speed Art Museum, and more.