Accord, Civic and CR-V Earn Best Retained Value Awards

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Accord, Civic and CR-V Earn Best Retained Value Awards

Honda’s three top-selling models have received 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards. The 2018 Accord, Civic and CR-V topped their respective product categories in projected residual value after five years of ownership. A higher residual value can reduce the long-term cost of ownership and put money back in your pocket when it comes time to sell or trade-in a vehicle.

“Buying a new car is a huge financial decision, and our 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards are designed to help shoppers discover the brands and vehicles that can help them get the most out of their investment,” said Avi Steinlauf, Edmunds’ CEO. “This year’s winners underscore a commitment to quality and reliability, and are good bets to hold their value over the course of ownership.”

The 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards are designed to highlight overall ownership value to shoppers, beyond just the initial purchase price, by indicating the highest projected residual value after five years.

For more information on these award winning vehicles, or to schedule a test drive, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

How to Let People Know You’re Safe During an Emergency

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How to Let People Know You’re Safe During an Emergency

Whether you are walking down a street alone, are traveling to a summer location that has an unexpected natural disaster, or get caught up in any other type of emergency, it’s helpful to know ahead of time about these four sources of help for letting your friends and loved ones know that you’re safe when cell phone calls aren’t going through:

1. Google’s Trusted Contacts
2. Facebook’s Safety Check
3. Apple’s Find My Friends
4. Tips from the Red Cross

Google’s Trusted Contacts
Whether you’re hiking alone or walking down a dark street, sometimes you want to know that someone’s got your back. To help you feel safe and give your friends and family peace of mind, Google created Trusted Contacts. This new personal safety app lets you share your location with loved ones in everyday situations and when emergencies arise, even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it.

Here’s how it works:
Once you install the Android app, you can assign “trusted” status to your closest friends and family. Your trusted contacts will be able to see your activity status-whether you’ve moved around recently and are online-to quickly know if you’re OK. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, you can share your actual location with your trusted contacts. And if your trusted contacts are really worried about you, they can request to see your location. If everything’s fine, you can deny the request. But if you’re unable to respond within a reasonable timeframe, your location is shared automatically, and your loved ones can determine the best way to help you out. Of course, you can stop sharing your location or change your trusted contacts whenever you want.

Facebook Safety Check
In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates. It’s in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families who are anxious for news. Facebook has a helpful tool called Safety Check, a simple and easy way to say you’re safe and to check on others.

During a major disaster or crisis, Safety Check will help you

let friends and family know you’re safe;
check on others in the affected area;
mark your friends as safe;
protect your privacy-only your friends will see your safety status and the comments you share.

Here’s how it works:
When the tool is activated by Facebook-and if you’re in the affected area-you’ll receive a Facebook notification asking if you’re safe.

Facebook will determine your location by looking at the city you have listed in your profile, your last location if you’ve opted into the Nearby Friends product, and the city where you are using the internet.

If Facebook gets your location wrong, you can mark that you’re outside the affected area.

If you’re safe, you can select “I’m Safe,” and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your update. Your friends can also mark you as safe.

Apple’s Find My Friends
Not a dedicated emergency response option, the Find My Friends app lets you easily share your location with family and friends, but it does require that

– you set up sharing in advance with your friends who have an iPhone or iPad;
– your friends turn on “Allow Friend Requests” in order to see your location.

When you use the app, friends you’re sharing with will see you as a dot on a map that will automatically refresh as you move. Friends can even get directions to your location. This particular app will only let your friends know your location, not whether you’re safe. (This app is also helpful in tracking the whereabouts of teen drivers-but that’s another article!)

Red Cross tips

Be creative and persistent. If one contact method doesn’t work, try another.

Call during off-peak hours for the best chance of getting through.

Send a text message, which may go through when phone calls cannot.

Check your loved one’s social media pages (i.e., Facebook, Twitter), as they already may have gone online to tell their story.

Send an email.

Call friends and relatives who already may have been in contact with your loved one.

Call people and places where your loved one is well-known: neighbors, employer, school, place of worship, senior center, social club, union, or fraternal organization.

If your loved one has a serious, preexisting physical or mental health condition, you may also initiate an Emergency Information Request by calling your local American Red Cross chapter or 1-800-RED-CROSS.

With all of these helpful options, it’s best to create an emergency contact plan ahead of time with friends and family, so if a crisis does happen, you’ll be better prepared to connect with them.

Tire Blowouts Are Rarer but More Dangerous

Tire Blowouts Are Rarer but More Dangerous

For many drivers, there’s nothing more frightening or potentially dangerous than a tire blowout – at almost any speed. While the number of tire-related crashes has dropped dramatically since all new vehicles have been required to have automatic tire-pressure monitoring systems, there are still nearly 11,000 collisions and 200 fatalities each year due to blowouts and tire issues.

With all the advances in safety standards and technology, why are tire blowouts still such a significant safety issue? One reason may be that, although blowouts are now a rarer occurrence, when they do happen, drivers are less prepared to handle them and to react properly. When a tire blows out, it can take about a quarter of a second before your ride suddenly turns into a struggle to avoid an auto accident. How you react can make all the difference in how the situation plays out.

How to Handle a Blowout
The first step is to stay calm and in control of your vehicle. Your natural reaction is to slow down quickly and try to get off the road, but that is exactly the wrong thing to do. With a rear-tire failure, turning at high speed will likely result in a spin and a bad crash.

According to the National Safety Council and other safety experts, here are the best practices to remember if you experience a tire blowout:

– Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
– Do not slam on the brakes.
– Let your car slow down gradually.
– Pull to the side of the road once you have slowed to a safe speed.
– Activate your emergency flashers.

What to Do After a Blowout
Exit your vehicle only if you are certain you are safely off the road and out of harm’s way. Once you’ve turned on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers, put out reflective cones or triangles if you have them. If it isn’t safe to change the tire where you are, or if you are unsure how to do it, call for roadside assistance.

Also keep in mind that a spare is only recommended for emergencies and should not be driven for long distances or at high speeds. Take the time to read your owner’s manual to learn the location of your spare tire and the necessary tools. Your manual may also provide instructions on how to change a flat tire. It is a good idea to be familiar with these procedures before you get stuck on the side of the road.

How to Prevent a Blowout
The good news is that many tire blowouts are preventable with the proper effort and attention. Most occur from May through October when the road surface is the hottest, and result from an underinflated tire, excessively worn treads, or an overloaded vehicle. A simple, routine inspection of your tires to check for slow leaks, wear and tear, and proper pressure is important. Keeping your load within the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations (found in the same spot as the recommended tire pressure) can help too.

As summer heats up, tire blowouts increase. Some flat tires are the result of plain bad luck, but many flats and blowouts can be avoided with a little knowledge and some minimal routine maintenance.

Check Your Pressure
Most blowouts are caused by too little air pressure, which allows the tire to flex beyond its elastic limits until it overheats to the point at which the rubber loses its bond to the internal fabric and steel cord reinforcement. It is important to check your vehicle’s tire pressure (including the spare) at least once a month, for the following reasons:

– Most tires may naturally lose air over time.
– Tires can lose air suddenly if you drive over a pothole or other object or if you hit the curb when parking.
– With radial tires, it isn’t usually possible to determine underinflation by looking at the tire.

Inspect Your Tires
Examine the tires after any sort of trauma. If you hit a curb or pothole or run over an object in the street, take the time to inspect your tires. If you notice any irregularities, please contact us. Also, make sure your tire valves have valve caps.

Check Your Tread
In general, tires become unsafe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 inch. An easy method for checking tread depth is to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you’re ready for new tires.

Avoid Driving Near Construction Sites and Other Hazardous Roadways
Highway construction projects increase in the summer, and so do opportunities for flats caused by construction debris. Although construction zones are sometimes unavoidable, try to take alternate routes and to bypass roads that are not well maintained. Nails, metal shards, glass, and large potholes can all cause punctures and flats. Whenever possible, avoid driving on the highway shoulder, which can be full of sharp rocks and debris from car accidents.

Don’t Overload Your Car or Truck
Take a look at the sidewall of your tire. There should be a maximum load rating printed near the center. Keep this number in mind while you’re loading your car or truck and never exceed it. Overloaded tires undergo greater heat and friction and are far more likely to fail. If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.

If you need new tires, we can help. We have very competitive pricing on tires and even match Costco’s pricing too! Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314 for more information.

Little Girl Shows How to Change Your Oil and It’s Adorable & Informative

Little Girl Shows How to Change Your Oil and It’s Adorable & Informative

If you don’t enjoy changing your oil, maybe it is because you’re not using the cookie method! This cutie has a great career ahead of her as a mechanic.

Enjoy the video and if it reminds you that your vehicle is due for an oil change and you don’t feel like doing it yourself, please call our service department at (866) 822-9314.

 

2019 FIT is Putting the Fun in Functional

2019 Fit Is Putting The Fun In Functional

The 2019 Fit continues to boast unparalleled versatility, premium feature content and a playful, city-friendly demeanor – particularly with its standard 6-speed manual gearbox.

The 2019 Fit lineup includes the affordable-yet well-equipped Fit LX, aggressively styled Fit Sport, the upgraded Fit EX, and leather-lined Fit EX-L. With available Honda Sensing, the 2019 Fit provides one of the most robust suites of advanced driver-assistive and safety technology packages in the subcompact car segment.

Combined to either a slick-shifting 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT), Fit’s 1.5-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine produces a peak output of up to 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque.

Standard features on all Fit models include rearview camera, liftgate spoiler, auto on-off headlights, LED taillights, Bluetooth, and a multi-function center console.

Fit’s vibrant palette of exterior color consists of eight choices: Helios Yellow Pearl, Orange Fury, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red, Aegean Blue Metallic, and new Platinum White Pearl.

The Honda Fit continues to blend fun-to-drive performance with outstanding fuel efficiency, comfort, and safety in a high-quality, affordable package. Clever packaging, such as the fuel tank mounted underneath the front-row seats, gives the 2019 Fit unequaled cargo capacity, boasting a class-leading 52.7 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

For the latest in-vehicle connectivity experience, Sport models and up include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration through a high-resolution, 7-inch touchscreen. The available Honda Sensing suite of technologies includes Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning and pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning and new Auto High-Beams.

What’s New for 2019?

Auto High-Beams added to Honda Sensing-equipped models

New Platinum Pearl White exterior color replaces White Orchid Pear

For more more information on the 2019 Fit or outstanding opportunities on our remaining 2018 models, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

An Easy Trick to Debug Your Vehicle’s Bumper

An Easy Trick to Debug Your Vehicle’s Bumper

Your front bumper, side mirrors and windshield gets hit with a lot of bugs. This secret tip – using a common household item – will make it easy-peasy to remove dried bugs from your vehicle.

Dried-on insect splatter can damage your paint if left on for long periods, so your best option is to clean affected areas as soon as possible. As the video above demonstrates, a very simple way to remove the residue is with a used dryer sheet.

If you have questions, or if your vehicle needs servicing, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

2018 Accord Hybrid More Affordable Than Ever

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2018 Accord Hybrid More Affordable Than Ever

The all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid has arrived as the latest addition to Honda’s growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. Boasting class-leading power, cabin space, and cargo space, the next-generation Accord Hybrid wholly embodies Honda’s unique approach to electrification – infusing fun-to-drive performance, efficiency, premium feature content, and comfort in a sophisticated and affordable package.

To suit a wider variety of hybrid sedan shoppers, the Accord Hybrid lineup now comes in five trim levels: Hybrid, EX (new), EX-L, EX-L Navi (new), and Touring. Better yet, the new Accord Hybrid is more affordable than ever thanks to a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price(1) of $25,100 (excluding $890 destination and handling), reflecting a $4,505 drop compared to the previous model. Despite this lower entry point, the Accord Hybrid still offers a lengthy list of standard equipment, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (low beam) and taillights, dual-zone climate control, Smart entry with Push-button Start, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, a multi-angle rearview camera, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which bundles together Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The 2018 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Helping to maximize energy generation are steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors. Similar to transmission paddle shifters, the Accord Hybrid’s Deceleration Selectors allow the driver to easily toggle between four levels of regenerative braking performance. The right selector increases regenerative braking and the left selector reduces regenerative braking. The system simultaneously helps reduce stress on the brakes while increasing battery charging via regeneration.

The Accord Hybrid’s powertrain operates by seamlessly shifting between three distinct drive operations: EV Drive (100-percent electric motor), Hybrid Drive (electric motor and gasoline engine [driving the generator motor]) and Engine Drive (gasoline engine), utilizing power from the gasoline engine and electric motors to accommodate the current driving conditions.

The 2018 Accord Hybrid EPA Fuel Economy Ratings are 47 city / 47 highway / 47 combined(2)

The 2018 Accord Hybrid benefits from a 2.16 inch longer wheelbase and a 32-percent smaller intelligent power unit (IPU) that is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, allowing for the inclusion of a 60/40-split rear seat. As a result, the Accord Hybrid provides the same people- and cargo-hauling space and flexibility as its conventionally-powered counterparts. Add it altogether and the 2018 Accord Hybrid delivers class-leading cargo space (16.7 cubic feet), interior space (122.3 cubic feet), and rear legroom (40.4 inches) all while reducing its overall footprint.

The newest Accord Hybrid joins an expanding line-up of electrified Honda vehicles that includes the Clarity series – Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – and forthcoming 2019 Insight compact hybrid sedan. These models represent the next generation of Honda vehicles as the company advances toward its global initiative to grow electrified vehicle sales to two-thirds by 2030.

The new Accord Hybrid joins the Accord 1.5T and 2.0T in Honda’s all-new, award-winning 10th-generation Accord lineup. The new Accord has been called “America’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver magazine, and in January was named 2018 North American Car of the Year. On the heels of claiming Kelley Blue Book KBB.com’s prestigious Overall Best Buy Award for 2018, the Accord has also earned a KBB.com Best Resale Value Award.

For more information on the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

(1) MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $890 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

(2) Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Crash Risk Update!

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Crash Risk Update

Drivers who miss even one or two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers that getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”

The AAA Foundation’s report, “Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement,” reveals that drivers missing two to three hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadruple their risk of a crash, compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.

Furthermore, the report found that in a 24-hour period, crash risk for sleep-deprived drivers increased steadily when compared to drivers who slept the recommended seven hours or more:

– Six to seven hours of sleep: 1.3 times the crash risk
– Five to six hours of sleep: 1.9 times the crash risk
– Four to five hours of sleep: 4.3 times the crash risk
– Less than four hours of sleep: 11.5 times the crash risk

Although 97 percent of drivers told the AAA Foundation that they view drowsy driving as a completely unacceptable behavior and a serious threat to their safety, nearly one in three admitted that at least once in the past month they had driven when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.

“Managing a healthy work-life balance can be difficult, and far too often we sacrifice our sleep as a result,” said Jake Nelson, director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for AAA. “Failing to maintain a healthy sleep schedule could mean putting yourself or others on the road at risk.”

Symptoms of drowsy driving include having trouble keeping your eyes open, drifting from lanes, and not remembering the last few miles driven. However, more than half of drivers involved in fatigue-related crashes experience no symptoms before falling asleep behind the wheel. AAA urges drivers not to rely on their bodies to provide warning signs of fatigue but instead to prioritize getting plenty of sleep (at least seven hours) in their daily schedules. Below are some important tips for longer trips:

– Travel at times when you’re normally awake.
– Schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles.
– Avoid heavy foods.
– Travel with an alert passenger and take turns driving.
– Avoid medications that cause drowsiness or other impairment.

The AAA Foundation report is based on the analysis of a representative sample of 7,234 drivers involved in 4,571 crashes. All data is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, which is composed of a representative sample of police-reported crashes that involved at least one vehicle that was towed from the scene and resulted in emergency medical services being dispatched to the scene.

From all of us at Honda Oakland, we wish you a good night’s sleep and safe driving.

Nitrogen vs Compressed Air: Which is Better for Your Tires?

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Sometimes, ¬†manufacturers fill tires with pure nitrogen instead of just normal air. Here’s why.

Odds are you don’t give a second thought to what kind of air is in your tires. It’s just air, right? Well, as Team O’Neil Rally School instructor Wyatt Knox explains, not all air is made equal. Moreover, stuff like nitrogen could give you the edge when it comes to monitoring tire temperatures on track.

It all comes down to moisture. Regular compressed air contains a bunch of water, so when it’s heated up (during hard driving, for example), it expands rapidly and unpredictably. This could cause your tires to over-expand and work against the rubber’s effectiveness. Depending on where in the world you’re filling the tire, there could also be more or less moisture content, meaning even more unpredictability.

Nitrogen, on the other hand, is a much drier substance, and doesn’t summon as much moisture as regular air when compressed into a tire. Because nitrogen-filled tires don’t have as much moisture, they’re less prone to expansion than those with only compressed air. As Knox points out, unlike normal air, the expansion of nitrogen can be carefully and accurately monitored with temperature, which means more predicability in competitive environments like stage rally or road racing.

Listen for yourself to see why nitrogen is used in tires, and which kind of air is best for your tires.

Brian Silvestro/Road&Track

Extended Service Hours Now Open Sunday!

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Extended Service Hours: Now Open Sunday

We keep looking for ways to provide you with the best service available. That’s why we are excited to announce that our new service hours are Monday through Friday from 7am-7pm, Saturdays from 7am – 6pm and Sundays from 9am – 5:30pm.

We know your schedule is busy and that sometimes there’s not enough time to get everything done. Now you can schedule your vehicle repairs and maintenance whenever it is most convenient for you.

For more information, please call us at (866) 822-9314 or schedule your service online at https://www.hondaoakland.com/service-scheduler.htm