How to De-Ice Your Windshield Quickly

Winters in Kentucky can be icy, and when you’re in a hurry a frozen windshield can really hold you up. Learn how to de-ice your windshield quickly so you can be on your way with a clear field of vision.

Use a de-icer spray

You can buy a de-icer spray at your local car parts store or at many big box stores. The solution is designed to melt the ice quickly so you can remove it with a scraper or with your windshield wipers. In a pinch, you can also use a solution of two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol and one part water. Mix together in a spray bottle and apply it to your windshield to melt the ice fast.

Turn on your car before you need to leave

Windshield ice will start to melt once your car starts to heat up. Rather than waiting until you have to leave to start your car, start it a few minutes early and turn on the interior heat to the highest setting. Choose the “defrost” setting for your front and rear windshields to ensure the warm air is aimed in the right direction.

Use a scraper

Once the ice starts to melt from the de-icer spray or the heat from your car’s interior (or both), it should come off quickly with a scraper. Once it’s completely removed from your windshield you can be on your way with no visual obstructions.

Make sure your car is equipped for cold temperatures by keeping up with your routine maintenance. Schedule an appointment at Hardin County Honda in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, today!

3 Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaway Ideas in Kentucky

Ready to spend some quality time with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Hop in your Honda vehicle from Hardin County Honda and check out these Valentine’s Day weekend getaway ideas in Kentucky.

A romantic weekend in Louisville

You don’t have to travel far to have a fun weekend getaway with your significant other. You can be in Louisville in less than an hour and easily spend a full weekend having fun and enjoying each other’s company. Book a night in a swanky downtown hotel and make a reservation at a world-class restaurant like Le Relais (for French cuisine) or Brazeiros Louisville (for some top-notch Brazilian steak).

A country getaway in Shakertown

Drive in your Accord for just over an hour and you’ll be in beautiful Shakertown, where you can learn about the rich history of the Shaker community alongside your loved one. Book a room at The Inn, where you’ll enjoy Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors, and incredible views of the Kentucky countryside.

A hiking trip in Red River Gorge

Spend a night or two in a cozy cabin or treehouse in Red River Gorge, where you can enjoy a quiet and romantic weekend with your significant other. It’ll take you 2-3 hours to get there, but the tranquility that awaits you is definitely worth it. Hike up to Natural Bridge to see breathtaking vistas, then stop at Miguel’s Pizza for a casual fireside meal.

Need to service your car before your weekend getaway? Book a service appointment at Hardin County Honda today!

Should I Get Winter or All-Season Tires for My Honda?

If your Honda vehicle is in need of new tires for the winter season, you have two main options to consider: winter tires and all-season tires. Here’s a closer look at the advantages of both.

All-season tires

Your vehicle probably already has all-season tires — nearly every Honda leaves the factory equipped with them. These tires are designed to perform safely, quietly, and efficiently all year round in moderate climates like Kentucky. They typically do well in both wet and dry road conditions.

All-season tires aren’t quite as effective when you need to do a lot of driving on snow or ice. However, if your home and driving route are located in an area that gets quickly cleared after one of Hardin County’s occasional snow or ice storms, all-season tires might be right for you.

Winter tires

Winter tires are designed with highly flexible rubber, deeper treads, and tiny biting edges, providing superior grip on icy and snowy roads. They’re not appropriate for warm-weather driving, so you’ll need to change them out when winter is over.

If you live in a rural neighborhood or a hilly area where road conditions are worse in winter, winter tires are a great option to improve your Honda’s performance and traction. And no matter where you live, winter tires are also a great way to boost your confidence behind the wheel during the winter months.

Still not sure which tires are right for your Honda? Come see us here at Hardin County Honda in Elizabethtown. Our experienced service technicians will be glad to help you find the right tires for your needs.

Safety Features We’re Thankful for at Hardin County Honda

It’s that time of year, so thankfulness is on our minds here at Hardin County Honda. We’re especially grateful for the many advanced safety features included with Honda models. These technologies make every aspect of driving easier, keep everyone inside and outside of the vehicle protected, and give you more confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™

Included as standard on many Honda vehicles, this cutting-edge Honda Sensing® technology is a crucial tool for helping you avoid crashes — and for making crashes less severe when they do occur. Thanks to sophisticated sensors, CMBS™ can automatically hit the brakes when a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian is imminent.

Road Departure Mitigation System

Road Departure Mitigation System is another outstanding Honda Sensing® technology that works to keep you and your passengers protected. This system detects when your vehicle is drifting or veering out of its lane and adjusts the steering and braking to get you safely back on course.

Traffic Sign Recognition

Nobody likes the hassle and expense of a speeding ticket — and Traffic Sign Recognition is a smart solution. This Honda Sensing® system scans the road for signs with a special camera and alerts you so you’re always aware of the current posted speed limit.

Learn more about these and other Honda safety systems when you visit us here at Hardin County Honda in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

What Your Dashboard Lights Mean

Honda Dashboard Lights | Hardin Honda Co | Elizabethtown, KY

Your vehicle has many ways of telling you that that something is wrong. One convenient way is through its dashboard lights. Here is what some of the most common dashboard lights on your vehicle mean:

  • Check Engine Light: The little yellow submarine (not the one the Beatles live in) means there is potentially an issue with your engine. Some issues could be minor, while others could be major. Ignoring the light, however, will only lead to more expensive repairs, so it’s best to bring your vehicle to our service center right away.
  • Antilock Brake Warning: When you see ABS in a circle and parentheses, it means there is a problem with your antilock brake system that needs to be addressed.
  • Oil Pressure Warning: This light, which looks like a dripping teapot or genie’s lamp, indicates that you are possibly low on oil (or else there is a problem with the system). Get this checked out by a professional.
  • Tire Pressure Warning Light: This yellow exclamation point in a strange U shape means that one of your tires has low pressure. If you fill the low tire and the light comes back on, your tire likely has a leak that needs to be patched.

If there are other illuminated lights on your vehicle’s dashboard and you’re not quite sure what to do, just bring your vehicle in to our Service Department here at Hardin County Honda and we’ll take care of it for you.

Autotrader’s 10-Best CPO Cars for 2019 List Recognizes Honda Civic

Autotrader’s 10-Best CPO Cars for 2019 List Recognizes Honda Civic
Autotrader’s 10-Best CPO Cars for 2019 List Recognizes Honda Civic

When you’re shopping for a used car, you likely want a vehicle that will give you both value and features. A certified pre-owned vehicle will do just that, but how do you know what CPO will work for your needs? That’s where Autotrader comes in. This automotive magazine recently released its 10-best CPO cars for 2019, and the 10th-generation 2016-2018 Honda Civic was recognized on this list.

“Our list of ‘good as new’ vehicles can bring the car a consumer wants into the price range they want to pay,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader. “These CPO vehicles are thoroughly inspected, covered by warranties, and offer the latest designs, making it difficult to even tell the difference between their new car counterparts.”

The 10-Best CPO Cars award considers vehicles that are offered through manufacturer CPO programs. Each eligible vehicle must have a certified pre-owned warranty that lasts for up to 100,000 miles and must also have an overall National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety score of at least for out of five stars. The vehicles must also not exceed $40,000 in price.

For the Civic to become a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, it must undergo a thorough 182-point inspection. Like other CPO Hondas, this Civic must be under six years old and comes with a no-deductible, 7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Honda-Backed Limited Warranty.

We’ve always known the Honda Civic to be one of the best CPO vehicles around, but it’s nice to get validation from a reputable publication like Autotrader. Check out our Certified Pre-Owned Honda Civics at Hardin County Honda today!

Fall in Love with the New 2019 Honda Accord

2019 Honda Accord
2019 Honda Accord

Finding the right vehicle to suit your needs can be difficult, but the new 2019 Honda Accord is here to try and make your decision easy. From its standard safety tech to its peppy performance, this midsize sedan is an appealing choice for many consumers. Here are a few reasons why you should fall in love with the 2019 Accord.

Safety tech comes standard. Feel confident behind the wheel of the Accord with the standard Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies. You will receive a Road Departure Mitigation System, Forward Collision Warning, a Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Departure Warning, a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a Traffic Sign Recognition System on every 2019 Accord model.

The right powertrain for you. There are three engine options to choose from on the 2019 Accord. The first is the standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which puts out 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. On the Sport and EX-L trims, you will also find an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine puts out 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Finally, for those consumers who are eco-minded, the Accord Hybrid has 48 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, while putting out 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.

The new 2019 Honda Accord is one of the smartest and most stylish vehicles in its segment. Test drive it today at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Accord Hybrid Wins 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines Award

For many hybrid vehicles, you will find that power is sacrificed for fuel efficiency. This isn’t the case for the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid. This hybrid sedan was recently honored with the 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines award, a prestigious accolade from WardsAuto.

The Accord Hybrid uses the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain. It is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC iVTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-four engine that is paired to an electric propulsion motor that puts out a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. This power, combined with the sedan’s EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 48 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, makes it a good option for an everyday vehicle.*

Along with its power, this two-motor hybrid powertrain was praised for its fuel efficiency and responsiveness. WardsAuto also noted the Accord Hybrid’s affordability and the seamless, quiet delivery of power by this engine.

“The operation is all very seamless, nimble, quiet, amazingly responsive, and affordable — making believers out of even our staunchest hybrid skeptics,” said David E. Zoia in WardsAuto’s write up on this winner.

Currently, the Accord Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $25,320. It comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies, dual-zone automatic climate control, an Eco Assist™ system, and other innovations. It also has the option of either an eight- or ten-year Hybrid Battery Warranty.***

At some point, the Honda Accord will have to stop winning awards, but based on how the last year-and-a-half have gone, it won’t be any time soon. Visit Hardin County Honda to learn more about the industry’s top hybrid sedan.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.

** MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

***Warranty covers abnormal loss of battery capacity. Other warranties may provide additional coverage. See dealer for details.

How to Prepare Your Car for Snow

How to Prepare Your Car for Snow

As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, the likelihood of your car breaking down increases. To help you get ready for winter weather, we’ve put together some tips on how to prepare your car for snow.

Check the battery. Cold weather can affect the performance of your battery. Make sure you keep an eye on your battery’s charge throughout the winter. If your car’s battery happens to be more than four years old, it might be time to replace it for optimal performance.

Take your tire pressure. Your tire pressure can decrease as the temperature drops. Use a tire pressure gauge to check that your tires remain in the recommended pressure range that is noted in the owner’s manual for your car.

Bring it in for a check up. If you’re worried your car isn’t winter-ready, bring it by your local mechanic’s shop and have them check all fluids, especially your car’s antifreeze levels.

Replace your windshield wipers. Visibility is important in the winter, so make sure your windshield wipers are in working order. If it’s been awhile since you last changed them — or if you notice and chips or splits in the rubber — you should change them now.

There are a number of ways to prepare your car for cold winter weather, but the best thing to do is to simply let us take care of it. Bring your car for service at Hardin County Honda and we’ll make sure your car is ready to take on even the coldest winter.

All-New 2019 Honda Passport Unveiled

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Adding to its impressive lineup of SUVs and crossovers, Honda debuted its all-new 2019 Honda Passport on November 27th at the LosAngeles Auto Show. The new, 5-passenger SUV offers contemporary drivers theperfect balance of performance and capability, as the Passport will smoothlycruise the city streets while also offering admirable off-road capabilities. Anadded bonus is that it boasts best-in-class interior space, offering 115.9cubic feet of passenger space, guaranteeing that everyone stays comfortable.

The 2019 Passport is a welcome addition to Honda’s lineup, as it provides an option between the popular compact CR-V and the midsize Honda Pilot. The Passport will come equipped with a 280-horsepower i-VTEC® V6 engine, be easily maneuverable, and offer an available advanced Honda i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. Coupled with Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management System, this system will make traversing any terrain a breeze.

To give you additional peace of mind while driving, the 2019 Passport comes with standard Honda Sensing®. Honda Sensing® is the automaker’s suite of state-of-the-art safety and driver-assist technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation System (including Lane Departure Warning), Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control. With such confidence-inspiring features on your side, you’ll finally be ready to set out on whatever adventure you choose.

We can’t wait for the all-new 2019 Honda Passport to arrive at Hardin County Honda!