10simple Summer Car Care Tips

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10 Simple Summer Car Care Tips

While drivers are busy enjoying a whole range of fun summertime adventures, including family road trips, trekking the kids to summer camp, and regular jaunts to the pool, it can be easy to forget to pay attention to car maintenance, beyond your typical gas fill-up. But because the heat can really take its toll on your vehicle, here are 10 Simple Summer Car-Care Tips to keep your vehicle in great shape:

1. Keep your cool: Staying cool is important, not just for you, but also for your car. Beyond checking the level of coolant fluid, be sure to inspect the state of the hoses and coolant reservoir, keeping an eye out for leaks. Squeeze the hoses (when the engine is cool) from time to time to make sure they feel firm and not excessively squishy or soft.

2. Tighten up your belt: There usually is a serpentine belt that runs between the alternator, the fan and several other components that can become loose or deteriorate over time. It needs to be in good condition and at the right amount of tension, so if you see cracks or small pieces missing, it’s time to replace the belt.

3. Clear your vision: Summer rain showers really can do a number on wearing out your windshield wipers, creating nasty streaks across your windshield and affecting your vision while driving. Replacing your wipers is not costly so you may want to inquire about wiper installation during your regular oil changes.

4. Stay hydrated: Check oil, brake, power-steering and windshield-washer fluids regularly, as these liquids are in constant use and are key to your vehicle functioning properly.

5. Crank the air: Air conditioning is a summer essential, so if the system hasn’t been working properly in recent months, summer certainly is the time to get serious about repairing any leaks or issues. Have one of our qualified mechanics fix the leak before paying to have the air-conditioning system recharged.

6. Clean your filters: Summer is the time to have your air filter replaced. Many modern cars also have pollen filters or cabin filtration systems, so be sure to take a look at those, too. And, as always, when in doubt, please give us a call.

7. Under pressure: Tires really need to be checked regularly all year round, and summertime is no exception. Pressures must be correct (consult the manual for levels specific to your vehicle), treads should be free of stones or stray nails, and all four tires should be in good condition (meaning no cracks, no uneven wear, and plenty of tread depth). Don’t forget to also check your spare to be sure it’s usable.

8. Throw some shade: Don’t underestimate the benefit of a dashboard sunshade for those times when you’re not driving but the car is still out in the sun. It helps to protect the dashboard and interior against ultraviolet rays, prevent fading over time, and, in the short term, keep the interior a little cooler.

9. Keep it clean: Those long, balmy evenings when the sun seems to hang low for hours can be lovely, but also hazardous if your car’s windshield is dirty. Any haze on it can diffuse the light and make things hard to see, so be sure to keep your car’s exterior clean. Things look much sharper after your car has had a good wash, and regular washings protect the paintwork from the sun’s rays.

10. Plan accordingly: It’s hot out there, so keep the driver and passengers happy by making sure everyone stays hydrated. Plan road trips by making lists of what you’ll need to keep everyone in the car content during the journey (for example, sunglasses, travel mugs, games for the kids, snacks, phone chargers, etc.). And don’t forget to have those just-in-case items like a flashlight and a small tool kit handy. Be sure your license and insurance are up to date, and remember to keep tabs on your vehicle’s scheduled service.

“You may have summer vacation on the brain,” says Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader, “but your vehicle is working even harder in the warmer temps. Because it is so important to keep your car running well during the hot summer months, these few simple tips can help keep things running smoothly so you and your passengers can relax and enjoy the ride.”

If you have questions or need to schedule a service appointment, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Honda Oakland Wins Enviromental Award

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Honda of Oakland Earns Honda Environmental Leadership Award for Reducing Its Environmental Impact 

10% reduction in energy use, conservation of water, and recycling
at core of “green dealer” effort
 

Oakland, CA March 2018 – Honda of Oakland has earned the Honda Environmental Leadership Award and has been recognized by American Honda Motor Co. Inc., as a leader in the company’s effort to reduce the environmental impact of Honda dealerships in communities around the nation.

Honda of Oakland earned the award for achieving specific environmental targets based on a rigorous points system that includes reducing total energy use at the dealership by at least 10 percent.

“We’re extremely proud to be part of Honda’s global effort to help preserve and protect the environment,” said Todd King, General Manager. “Our customers already benefit from owning a fuel-efficient Honda vehicle, but now they have the extra piece of mind, knowing that they’re doing business with a local Honda dealer that is committed to reducing its environmental impact in the community.”

Honda Oakland has taken numerous steps to reduce its environmental impact and to earn the Honda Environmental Leadership Award.

Honda introduced its new voluntary “green dealer” program to its U.S. dealers in the fall of 2011. The company uses a third party evaluator to conduct environmental audits of participating dealers and recommend strategies for reducing their energy use.

Over the past three decades, Honda has been working to reduce the environmental impact of its products, manufacturing and logistics operations, and facilities in North America. These initiatives are reported annually in the company’s North American Environmental Report.  Expanding its environmental initiatives to its dealer body is the logical next step in the company’s effort to reduce waste, energy use and CO2 emissions across the full spectrum of its operations and throughout the lifecycle of Honda products, including at the point of sale.

 

About Honda of Oakland

Honda of Oakland is a full service Honda dealership, providing its customers in the San Francisco Bay Area with high-quality sales and service support since 1985. Honda of Oakland was also recently awarded President’s Award from American Honda Motors

 

Honda Environmental Leadership

Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. Honda is targeting a 50 percent reduction in its total company CO2 emissions on a global basis by 2050, compared to 2000 levels.  The company also is striving to realize significant growth in sales of electrified vehicle which includes the introduction of the Honda Clarity series of vehicles, beginning with the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle, launched in late 2016, followed by a new Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in 2017.

 

Honda also is endeavoring to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycles, including the reduction of energy use and emissions from our production, distribution and sales. This includes the Environmental Leadership Award “green dealer” program, through which more than 100 U.S. Honda and Acura dealers have reduced annual CO2 emissions by more than 12,500 metric tons.

 

Media Contact Information:

Cole Weeks hco@pscauto.com

Marcos Frommer (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.): 310-781-4223

Happy Honda Days Sales Event

Happy Honda Days Sales Event

Wherever your travels take you this season, get on the holiday road in a Honda. At Honda Oakland we have put together some extra special savings options for you to make our 2017 year-end, the best ever.

I think you’ll be surprised at how easy and affordable it is to get a newer model Honda with all of the new safety and infotainment features. Please give us a call today so we can update you on our latest incentives and let you know what your trade is worth. You can reach us at (866) 822-9314.

Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050, industry says

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2018 Clarity Fuel Cell in Honda of Oakland’s Showroom

BONN, Germany — Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday.

To encourage industries to use hydrogen, Toyota and Air Liquide helped set up the Hydrogen Council, a global lobby launched in January this year.

Its 27 members include automakers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda and Hyundai, and energy firms such as Shell and Total.

The council said using hydrogen for transport, energy generation, energy storage, industry, heat and power could cut annual carbon emissions by 6 billion tonnes by 2050.

“This would … contribute roughly 20 percent of the additional abatement required to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius,” the council said in a report released on the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference in Bonn.

To achieve a two-degree limit this century agreed by governments in Paris in 2015, the world must reduce energy-related carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2050.

The report said one in 12 cars sold in California, Germany and Japan were expected to be powered by hydrogen by 2030.

By 2050, hydrogen could power 400 million cars, 15 million to 20 million trucks, around 5 million buses, a quarter of passenger ships and a fifth of non-electrified train tracks, as well as some airplanes and freight ships.

Achieving this shift in transport and other sectors would require investment of $280 billion by 2030, with about $110 billion to fund hydrogen output, $80 billion for storage, transport and distribution, and $70 billion to develop products.

Fuel cell vehicles combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity to power an electric motor, producing water as a byproduct. However, making hydrogen from fossil fuels, a common route, also produces some greenhouse gas emissions.

So far the take-up of hydrogen vehicles is tiny and industry experts say their wider use is years away, with high purchase prices and a lack of refueling stations the major barriers.

But some firms, such as miner Anglo American and carmaker Toyota, are pushing for fuel cell cars to play a role even with the rise of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs).

Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman of automotive research and development at Hyundai said EVs and hydrogen fuel cell cars were needed because EVs were better for city driving and fuel cell vehicles better for longer journeys.

Some countries have set targets for hydrogen use, such as China, which aims to have 1 million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2030. Britain has a 23 million pound ($30 million) fund to accelerate the take-up of hydrogen vehicles.

Some Chinese firms are interested in joining the Hydrogen Council, Pierre Etienne Franc, vice president of the hydrogen initiative at Air Liquide, told Reuters. “Most probably we will have a Chinese member in the next six months,” he said.

The council believes that, with the right policies, the investment needed was “feasible” and the hydrogen market could see revenues of more than $2.5 trillion a year.

Original credit: autoblog http://www.autoblog.com

 

2018 Honda HR-V

Versatile, Segment-Leading 2018 Honda HR-V Arriving Now

With its stylish coupe-like design and SUV functionality, the versatile and segment-leading (1) 2018 Honda HR-V is here. The HR-V has become America’s best-selling subcompact SUV(1), outpacing all other subcompact SUVs.

For 2018, the Honda HR-V offers a vibrant new color, Aegean Blue Metallic, available on select trims. The HR-V also features a refreshed wheel design with black-painted inserts available on select models to enhance its sporty personality.

The 2018 HR-V will continue to deliver one of the most versatile interiors in the segment, thanks to Honda’s 2nd Row Magic Seat that offers four different modes for multiple seating and cargo-hauling configurations. With the 2nd row seats folded down, the HR-V has 100.1 cu. ft. of passenger space and 58.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume (LX FWD), space that rivals some competitors’ midsize SUV offerings.

The 2018 HR-V is also fun to drive, with lively yet secure handling and a standard 6-speed manual transmission (2WD models). The HR-V is powered by a responsive 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC valvetrain. The HR-V is available with Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System for outstanding all-weather handling and control. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available on all models, and a 6-speed manual transmission is available on the LX and EX trims with 2WD.

The 2018 Honda HR-V offers standard safety and driver-assistive features including anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) electronic stability control system, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and more.

For more information on the award-winning 2018 HR-V or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at 866.839.2119.

1 Based on Urban Science retail sales data for 2017CYTD June.