Is it Finally Time to Buy a Dash Cam?

Is it Finally Time to Buy a Dash Cam?

From showing who is responsible for an accident to adding an extra reason for teen drivers to drive safely, there are a lot of reasons why dash cams are becoming more popular in the United States.

YouTube is filled with plenty of crazy, international videos that were caught on dash cams – but the craze never took off here in the United States. With the advancement in dash cam technology along with the increase in road rage incidents and accidents caused by distracted drivers, more drivers are adding dash cams to their vehicles.

The video above shares some tips on how a dash cam can help you and what to look for when you purchase one.

Crashed HR-V Turns Heads at 2019 NY Auto Show

Crashed HR-V Turns Heads at 2019 NY Auto Show

Our New York Auto Show debut didn’t feature a glossy concept car, but rather the crumpled body of a crashed HR-V. The entry-level SUV emerged from one of IIHS’ most stringent collision tests with impressive results, showing how Honda engineering can help protect people in the vehicle. The eye-catching display has been called the most important debut at the whole show.

For more information on the HR-V’s safety rating, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Go Camping in Your Pickup

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Go Camping in Your Pickup

If you like the idea of getting outside and camping, but don’t necessarily want to spend the night on the ground with creepy crawlies or worry about floating away in a downpour – why not try a truck bed tent?

These handy tents set up quickly and come in their own carry bag for easy storage.

Some features to consider when buying a tent for your truck bed:

Installation:
Look for tents that used color-coded poles and pockets. This can simplify the set-up process and speed things up, which is helpful when you’re in a hurry to get to the relaxing part of camping.

Size:
Truck tents usually come in various sizes to fit your truck:
Full-size short bed (5’5″ to 5’8″)
Full-size regular bed (6’4″ to 6’7″)
Compact regular bed (6′ to 6’1″)
Full-size long bed (8′ to 8’2″)

Also, check the interior headroom with many truck bed tents ranging from 5’6″ to 6′ which isn’t as high as many ground tents but still enough space to be comfortable.

Cab Access:
Some truck bed tents are designed to have a window in the tent that lines up with the window in the back of your cab. This feature allows you to have easy access to items in your cab, which can be very handy in the middle of the night.

Ventilation:
Just like with a standard tent, you’ll want to select a truck bed tent that has proper ventilation. Panels made out of mesh are typically used for windows, the doorway and the ceiling. The mesh helps provide airflow while also giving you a good view of your surroundings.

Built-in Floor
Some truck bed tents include a built-in floor while others are open. Having a design that includes the floor will enable you to create a better-protected interior from bugs and weather. If you are the type to keep many items in the bed of the truck, an open floor may give you more flexibility to put the tent over the top of those items.

While you are shopping for a tent, you may also want to pick up an air mattress designed explicitly for truck beds. These mattresses fit around and over the wheel wells of your pick-up, which creates a sleeping area that uses the entire truck bed.

You can find a variety of truck tents and truck air mattresses on Amazon and at some sporting good stores in the camping department.

2019 Honda Odyssey, Accord and CR-V Named “Best Family Cars of 2019” by Edmunds.com

2019 Honda Odyssey, Accord and CR-V Named “Best Family Cars of 2019” by Edmunds.com

The 2019 Honda Odyssey, Accord and CR-V have each been recognized as best-in-class by Edmunds.com on their just-published list of “Best Family Cars of 2019.”

The 2019 Odyssey won for Best Family Minivan, with Edmunds.com editors citing Odyssey’s Magic Slide seats, Cabin Watch and Honda VAC among its many family-friendly features.

The 2019 Accord won as Best Family Sedan thanks in part to its roomy interior and trunk, and standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety and driver assist systems.

The 2019 CR-V’s class-leading cargo space, Honda Sensing availability, excellent fuel efficiency, and available hands-free rear liftgate helped it win the Best Small Family SUV category.

Edmunds.com editors select the winners of Best Family Car after an extensive, engineer-led vehicle testing and rating process that used more than 30 criteria in the five main areas of driving performance, comfort, interior, utility and technology. Edmunds also considered the availability of safety, technology and convenience features designed with families in mind.

To arrange a test drive of any of these award-winning cars, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314, or to shop our new inventory of vehicles, pleaseĀ click here.

How Dangerous Are Older Cars?

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How Dangerous Are Older Cars?

We all know that newer cars are safer than older ones, but this latest report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will knock your socks off when you read what a dramatic difference there is.

The NHTSA analyzed all crashes in which there was a fatality. The analysis shows that among all passenger vehicle occupants involved in a fatal crash, the percent who were fatally injured dramticallyincreases with vehicle age:

55 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built before 1984
53 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 1985 and 1992
46 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 1993 and 1997
42 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 1997 and 2002
36 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 2002 and 2007
31 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 2008 and 2012
26 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 2013 and 2017

You can read the full report here:
https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812528

NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King added: “We encourage car buyers to select vehicles that meet their individual lifestyle, budget and transportation needs with the added assurance that they are making an investment in safety.”

It’s common for a teen’s first car to be an older, used model. These statistics might make you want to consider investing in a newer model instead. For the latest information on our specials and incentives, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

If you have a 2015 or newer vehicle – we would like to buy it! Our inventory of vehicles that are three to four years old is very low right now and the market prices for trade-ins is very high which means your vehicle is worth a lot. These conditions make it a great time to sell or trade your vehicle. Want to find out just how much we’ll pay you? Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.