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


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:

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.

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.

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

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

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

The 2019 Odyssey won for Best Family Minivan, with 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. 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, please click here.

How Dangerous Are Older Cars?


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:

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.

2019 Accord Named Best New Car


2019 Accord Named Best New Car

The 2019 Honda Accord has been recognized with a Good Housekeeping 2019 “Best New Car Award,” winning the sedan category. For 12 months, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute, in partnership with Car and Driver, screened hundreds of new cars and narrowed the field down to the top makes and models in 10 categories. Good Housekeeping experts assessed things such as value, safety, reliability, smoothness, handling, interior design, comfort and onboard technology.

The 10th-generation 2019 Accord midsize sedan boasts aggressive styling, a premium and spacious interior, rich feature content that includes the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver assistive and safety technologies, two turbocharged engine options plus a highly fuel-efficient hybrid model, and refined yet agile driving dynamics.

For more information on the award-winning 2019 Honda Accord or to schedule a personal driving experience, please gives us a call at (866) 822-9314. You can check our online inventory, just click here.

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.

Is Your Car Roadtrip Ready?


Is Your Car Road Trip Ready?

Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your vehicle is road trip ready so you can have any problems fixed before you go. A pre-trip vehicle checkup will help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home.

Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, antifreeze/coolant, windshield washer and power steering, brake and transmission fluids. Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power.

Check the hoses and belts and replace if they become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.

Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.

Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.

Check the engine to make sure it is delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy and produces the lowest level of emissions.

Check that the gas cap is not damaged, loose or missing to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.

If you’re planning a summer road trip, it’s important to remember that it’s not as simple as just putting gas in the car and driving off. Performing a thorough inspection of your vehicle before you leave will give you peace of mind and help make your road adventure safer and more fun.

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Whoops! What Happens When You Jump Start Your Car the Wrong Way? (and how to never make this mistake)


Whoops! What Happens When You Jump Start Your Car the Wrong Way? (and how to never make this mistake)

What’s worse than having a dead battery? Damaging your vehicle by not jump-starting it the right way. If you attach the leads to the wrong terminals, you’re likely to fry the car’s electronics, computers, and the wiring itself. And you can also explode the battery or possibly cause a car fire.

Not a good thing.

Luckily, there’s a brand of jumper cables that will protect you from yourself, so you’ll never need to worry about your car turning into a ball of flames and becoming a viral sensation on YouTube.


Mychanic Smart Jumper Cables ($25) include the brilliant feature of reverse-polarity protection. The indicator warns you if the connection is incorrect with both a flashing red light and a beep-and not with sparks or fire! The voltage meter lets you know the level of your battery’s charge, so you can diagnose before jump-starting whether or not the battery is the cause of your engine failing to start. (

For your reference, here’s a review of the correct, safe way to jump-start a car:

First, grab your owner’s manual for a quick check. Some vehicles require extra steps for a successful jump.

To properly jump-start your car, you need to create a circuit that carries current from the live battery over to the dead one. Once one end of each jumper cable is connected to its correct battery terminal, do not touch the metal clamps on the other ends to anything except the appropriate targets. The cables should be connected in this exact order:

1. Connect one end of the red (positive) jumper cable to the red (+) positive post of the dead car battery.

2. Connect the other end of the red (positive) jumper cable to the red (+) positive post of the fully charged car battery.

3. Connect one end of the black (negative) jumper cable to the black (-) negative post of the fully charged car battery.

4. Connect the other end of the black (negative) jumper cable to a metal part of the dead car that is unpainted, as far from the battery as the cable will reach. This will ground the circuit and help prevent sparking. Connecting it to the dead battery carries a risk of the battery exploding.

5. Verify that none of the cables is touching any engine parts that will move when the engine is started.

Now it’s time to start the engine of the working vehicle. It may take a few minutes for the jump to work. Try starting the dead car. If it doesn’t, continue charging the battery for a minute or two before trying again. In some cases, slightly revving the engine of the working car may help.

Once the dead car is running, disconnect the jumper cables, starting with the black, negative cable clamps.

Do not let the clamps touch each other while any part of either cable is still attached to a car.