Buckle Up, Baby! Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Is Back

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Buckle Up, Baby! Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Is Back

Most parents don’t realize that used car seats shouldn’t be given away because they expire every six years, according to Target. They also need to be replaced if there’s any minor damage of if they have been in a car accident.

The good news is that now you can trade-in your old car seat at Target and get a 20% off coupon!
Target’s next car seat trade-in event is April 22-May 4, 2019!

Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged. Materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management.

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20 percent off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear, such as playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers.

Here’s how it works:


    1. When you get to your local Target store, bring your used car seat to the drop-off box located near Guest Services.


    1. The team member there will give you a 20 percent off coupon. Guests can get one coupon per seat dropped off.


    1. While car seats can only be traded in at a Target store, the coupons picked up can be applied to both in-store and online purchases.

Now you’ve got one more reason to make a Target run!

4 Driving Apps You’ll Love


4 Driving Apps You’ll Love

These apps can help you find fun points of interest, turn your phone into a dashcam, document your mileage for the IRS, or listen to a book while you travel.

This app makes any drive more enjoyable by highlighting those wonderful off-the-beaten-path places to visit. Its unique database contains millions of the world’s most interesting locations. It also has hundreds of preplanned road trips for North America’s more iconic routes, from the Pacific Coast Highway to Canada’s Icefields Parkway.

Roadtrippers helps people explore the world around them in an entirely new way by streamlining discovery, planning, booking, and navigation into an engaging and intuitive process. The web and mobile applications are free to use.

Available for Android and iOS:

Writing off your mileage for business commuting is a great tax deduction, but remembering to keep a log for the IRS can be a challenge.

MileIQ solves this problem by using your phone’s clock and GPS to automatically track and log all of your trips. At the end of each one, simply swipe left to categorize it as a personal trip or swipe right to classify it as a business trip. Your reports can easily be exported as an expense spreadsheet that is IRS-compliant.

Available on Android and iOS:

If you’d like to add a dashcam to your car without buying another gadget, this app might be for you.

DailyRoads Voyager is an Android app that allows for continuous video recording from vehicles. Essentially, the application acts as a video black box, dashcam, or auto DVR, recording everything but keeping only what the user is really interested in. Any driver can now quickly and safely capture video sequences of important road events, which can be especially helpful in the event of an accident.

Available on Android:

This app can make traffic tie-ups or long drives much more tolerable. And since it’s an Amazon company, it’s a name you can trust.

To listen to a best-seller or learn something new, just select an audiobook and tap the car icon. This easy-to-use display makes it super-simple to play, pause, and bookmark. Just drive and listen. It does the rest.

The subscription to Audible includes a credit for one free audiobook each month (regardless of price), and these books are yours to own forever.

Available on Android and iOS with a $14.95/month subscription:

Accord and Odyssey Earn Best Retained Value Awards


Accord and Odyssey Earn Best Retained Value Awards

The 2019 Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey topped the Midsize Car and Minivan categories in Edmunds’ 2019 Best Retained Value Awards, delivering the highest projected resale value after five years of ownership. Higher retained value helps reduce the long-term cost of vehicle ownership, putting money back in your pocket when it comes time to sell or trade-in a vehicle. The Honda Accord and Odyssey are the retail best-selling midsize car and minivan in 2019.

“With a well-deserved reputation for making high quality, reliable vehicles, Honda is a mainstay on the Edmunds Best Retained Value list year-after-year,” said Richard Arca, associate director for pricing at Edmunds. “We continue to see car buyers pay a premium for Honda vehicles because they are good bets to hold their value over the course of ownership.”

For more information on these award winning vehicles, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314 or to search our online inventory of new Hondas, please click here.

Where to Repair? (3 Reasons Not to Use a Quick Lube)


Where to Repair? (3 Reasons Not to Use a Quick Lube)

Where’s the best place to take your vehicle for service? We may be a bit biased, but here are three advantages we offer over the corner garage or quick lube location:

1. Trained technicians

One of the biggest advantages of using our service department is our factory-trained technicians, all of whom have undergone training that is specific to the factory models. While the neighborhood garage may only work on your particular make and model once every year, we work on the entire range of models every day.

Our factory-trained technicians are required to attend classes to receive certification and recertification as technology changes on the most recent models. Since a 2000 model is very different from a 2018 model, the technicians must keep up to date. (Have you seen the new infotainment features in our cars?-that’s a lot of technology to keep up with!)

Certification classes consist of classroom and application training. These can take days to complete and require the technician to pass a rigorous test in order to be certified.

A certified technician is more likely to notice an early symptom of a future problem with a specific car than someone who rarely works on that make and model. Some vehicles develop model-specific issues that a trained technician will recognize immediately and be able to diagnose faster than someone who is unfamiliar with the vehicle.

2. Warranty

The warranty on your vehicle requires that you maintain it as recommended by the factory or risk losing your protection. When the dealership carries out the servicing, the technician and service writer are able to record it into your vehicle’s database and thereby update your service records with the factory.

If the factory recommends that you replace a timing belt at 75,000 miles and you fail to do so, you may have trouble filing a warranty claim if it breaks at 90,000 miles and causes engine damage. If you have it replaced anywhere other than the dealership, you may run into trouble filing a warranty claim on a major repair. You may need to supply proof of replacement or other documentation to get your claim processed. Even then, there is no guarantee the claim will be paid.

The best way to keep your warranty intact is to have a factory-authorized dealership to perform all your services. Additionally, we can fix your vehicle for little or no cost if the problem is covered by the warranty.

3. Recalls
In addition to their familiarity with any small quirks your vehicle may have, trained technicians and service writers are well advised of any recalls or service bulletins regarding your car. Some of these service bulletins and recalls are for minor issues, such as replacement bulbs or other small items that can be changed in no time. However, there are other service bulletins and recalls that can relate to safety issues.

The factory will notify vehicle owners about any recall. Do not confuse a legitimate factory recall with a fake recall notice that some businesses send out trying to sell you an extended warranty. Any legitimate recall you receive from the factory should be followed up with a prompt visit to the dealership, since recalls usually concern important issues.

The purchase of your vehicle was a major monetary investment. Protect it and your vehicle by trusting its care and maintenance to our technicians. If you have questions about your vehicle or need to schedule service, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314 or click here.

The Best Way to Increase Your Gas Mileage


The Best Way to Increase Your Gas Mileage

I love spending time at the gas pump… said no one, ever. This tip will save you money, help the environment, and also cut down on your visits to the gas station.

If you’d like to see consistent improvement in gas mileage, I’ve found that the place to start is where the rubber meets the road: your tires. Keeping them properly inflated means your vehicle has more grip on the pavement, and because of that, the engine doesn’t have to work as hard (use as much fuel) to move forward.

You’ll find the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure for your car on a sticker on the driver’s door jamb or in your owner’s manual.

Also, keep in mind that changes in outside temperature affect your tires. A good estimate is that for every change of 10°F, tire pressure will adjust by 1 psi. For example, if the outside air temperature increases by 10°, tire pressure will increase by 1 psi, and if the air temperature falls 10°, tire pressure will decrease by 1 psi.

It’s important to check your tire pressure regularly, not only to improve gas mileage, but also for improved safety and handling of your vehicle.

Here are a few additional tips to increase your mileage:

Keep your car properly tuned, and see gas mileage improve by an average of 4 percent.

Replace dirty or clogged air filters on older vehicles, and see gas mileage improve by as much as 14 percent.

Replace dirty spark plugs, which can reduce mileage by 2 mpg.

Change oil regularly, and gain another 1 mpg.

Check the gas cap. Damaged, loose, or missing caps let gas evaporate.

Observe the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 mph.

Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets 0 mpg. Warming up the vehicle for one or two minutes is sufficient.

Avoid quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.

Consolidate trips. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much gas as one longer multi-purpose trip.

Don’t haul unneeded items in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.

Have a question about your tires or your vehicle’s maintenance? Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314 or to schedule a service appointment, please click here