Camping Tips for Experienced Campers: What You Might Not Know

camping tipsAlmost all of the Hondas that we sell at Brighton Honda have plenty of room in them for tents, sleeping bags, and coolers. This summer, take advantage of your spacious vehicle and the beautiful weather; find a camping ground near you and use these camping tips for the perfect weekend in nature.

Save your dryer lint

You may be thinking: Um, what? But dryer lint is actually a must-have when camping, as it’s the perfect fire starter. So while your neighbors are sifting through wet leaves for kindling, you’ll be set with your baggie of dryer lint.

Bring comfortable folding chairs

In the hustle to pack gear for sleeping and cooking, one can easily forget to pack gear for sitting. Remember to bring some folding chairs so that when the fire is roaring, you’ll have a nice place to relax.

Don’t forget plastic bags

It seems like no matter how many grocery bags, Ziploc bags, and other containers one brings, there’s always a use for each. Whether you use it to collect trash, store a muddy pair of shoes, or wrap up your leftover dinner, you’ll be happy to have these useful objects at your campsite.

Bring hand cleaner

Many campsites have bathrooms and some include hand washing stations. But it’s always nice to have hand sanitizer or soap handy when you’re feeling grimy in a pinch. When you’re packing for your camping trip, think ahead of all the things you might want—like hand sanitizer—and make a list that you can save for your next trip, too.

If you’re looking for a new or used car to stuff all that camping gear into, just let us know at Brighton Honda and we’ll find you the vehicle to make your summer even better.

How to Wax Your Vehicle: A Starting Guide

Wax Your Vehicle

If you recently purchased a new Honda from Brighton Honda, you no doubt want to take good care of it. Taking care of your car is just as important on the outside as it is underneath the hood. To protect your car from paint damage, rust, and corrosion, you should wax your vehicle every three to six months. Not only does a good polish protect your car, but it makes it look pretty darn good, too.

Step 1 – Gather Supplies

You’ll need an orbital buffer—easily obtainable online for as low as $30—buffing pads, buffing compound, as well as a kit with polish, wax, and microfiber cloths.

Step 2 – Buff

Look over your vehicle’s exterior for areas with scratches or obvious damage. Smooth plenty of buffing compound over these areas, spreading it evenly with the buffing pad. Then, turn on your buffer and work over these areas in circular motions

Step 3 – Wax

Place a new buffer pad on your buffer and apply the wax by gently pulsing your buffer, rather than leaving it on. Leaving your buffer on as you did with buffing may cause the wax to cake on unevenly. Complete one section of your car at a time, and then remove the wax using circular motions with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this on one section of your vehicle at a time until you’ve achieved a new, polished look all over your car.

If you have any other questions on how to take care of your vehicle, just contact us at Brighton Honda!

 

Tips for Driving in Rain and Strong Winds

Driving in rain and strong winds can be scary, especially if you drive a small, lightweight car that tends to get knocked around. Here are some tips for staying safe in rainy and windy weather.

When it’s just windy, without rain, the biggest problem you’ll have is big gusts of wind. You just need to keep both hands firmly on the wheel at all times and anticipate the gusts. As soon as you feel the car moving in a direction you didn’t steer it, pull it back to the middle of the lane. You should also keep an eye out for long vehicles like semi-trucks and RVs, since they have less control in the wind.

When you’re driving in rain, the most important thing to do is slow down. The slower you’re going, the less likely you are to skid or hydroplane. Driving slower also makes it easier to stop suddenly. You should also leave more room between yourself and vehicles in front of you so that if you do need to stop suddenly, you run a lower risk of running into them.

Always turn your headlights on when it’s raining. Low visibility increases the risk of a crash and lights not only help you see, they help other drivers see you.

For more tips on driving in the rain or anything else that’s auto-related, give us a call at Brighton Honda.

How You Can Celebrate Earth Day

As we move further into 2017, the environment becomes an increasingly important topic. As such, there will be plenty of celebrations all around the world for this year’s Earth Day. Here are just a few ways that you can celebrate Earth Day this year.

 

Leave the car at home

In a show of solidarity, feel free to leave your car home for the day. As we move closer to clean technology, it’s an important step. If you can, try biking or taking public transportation to work.

 

Don’t shower

It sounds gross, but the average shower uses a lot of energy and water, and you can do your part on Earth Day by skipping out on the shower for once. Just be sure to use deodorant!

 

Write to the government

If you’re unhappy about the current environmental situation, write to your local government, as well as the federal government. Change has to start somewhere.

 

Volunteer

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by actually getting out in the environment and doing something to make a difference. There will be plenty of different events going on.

 

No matter how small of an action you think it is, it’s always better to do something rather than nothing on Earth Day to show your support for cleaning up the environment. We here at Brighton Honda love to see change in action.

Celebrate Earth Day

Treat Your Partner to a Sweet Ride with Car-Related Valentine’s Day Surprises

One of the most exciting parts about Valentine’s Day is finding new and surprising ways to show your partner how much you care. Instead of leaving a note on the bed or sending flowers to their workplace, make your love known in an unexpected location—their car! There are lots of ways to hide Valentine’s Day surprises in a car or truck. Here are some of our favorites.

 

Leave a Note

Leave a short and sweet love letter on your partner’s dashboard, windshield, or steering wheel. You could also write the things you love about your partner on post-it notes and stick them all over the inside of their car.

 

Give a Clean Start

Does your partner tend let his or her vehicle get a little messy? Surprise them by having their car cleaned inside and out. For an added sweet touch, purchase a car vase and leave some flowers inside.

 

Heart-felt Decorations

Make sure your partner takes your love with them on the road by leaving sweet and thoughtful decorations he or she will love. Pick out a decorative steering wheel cover or a cute air freshener that will make your partner think of you. Anything you can do to make your partner feel loved and cherished during their daily commute is a gift they will never forget.

Common Automotive Terms

Cars can be confusing, what with all their moving parts, upkeep, and that incredibly long owner’s manual. It’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed when talking about cars, especially if the other person is an expert. Here are a few common automotive terms to know, courtesy of us here at Brighton Honda.

  1. Horsepower – While many know that more horsepower means a faster car, that isn’t all there is to a car’s speed. Horsepower is the measure of an engine’s power The average sedan will achieve anywhere from 100 hp to 400 hp.
  2. Torque – The second major factor in a car’s speed, torque is often measured in lb-ft. Defined as the measurement for the force needed to rotate an axis around an object, larger vehicles generally have higher torque. Trucks and SUVs designed to tow or haul heavy loads will have much higher torque than the average sedan.
  3. Direct Fuel Injection – Simply put, Direct Fuel Injection is the system that regulates how much fuel flows into the engine. Overall, this system increases fuel economy and more power compared to indirect fuel injection.
  4. Traction Control – A standard technology on most vehicles, traction control detects when a car is about to skid. The system adjusts the power to avoid wheelspin in order to give the driver more time to react.

5 Things to Look Out For When Buying a Used Car

While buying a used car has become incredibly viable due to the price of new cars, the price could come with a few surprises. Hidden damage could cost a fortune in repairs. We here at Brighton Honda have five things to look out for when buying a used car.

  1. Leaks – If a car is leaking oil, anti-freeze, or any other type of fluid, it could be a cause for worry. To check to see if the car you’re considering has any leaks, take a test drive and stop on a clean, dry part of the road. Idle for a minute or two then pull forward. If you see any liquid on the ground, it may be a good idea to pass on the car.
  2. Reviews – Checking out the model as a whole is a great idea when buying a used car. Reviewers often list common problems, defects, and overall impressions and experiences.
  3. Vehicle History Report – Any seller should have a vehicle history report available. If they don’t consider shelling out a few bucks to get one. The report will list any accidents, major repairs, ownership history, and more.
  4. Interior – Before buying, make sure you do a full inspection of the car’s interior. Look for tears in the upholstery, stains in the carpet, and use your nose. The smell of cigarette smoke isn’t something you can get rid of just by opening the windows.
  5. Exterior – Give the car’s exterior a good inspection. Rust and leaks could be signs of major problems sooner rather than later. Minor scratches and dents are common and aren’t too much cause for worry. Larger damages are something to take into account when negotiating the price though.

Three Simple Reasons to Buy a Used Car

Buying a vehicle is one of the most important financial decisions that people have to make. The right car will provide you with many years of value, while the wrong car can continue to cost you more and more money with each year that passes. Here are three simple reasons why you should buy a used car.

Depreciation

This is maybe the biggest reason why you should avoid purchasing a brand-new car. The minute that you drive your new car off of the lot, it loses approximately 20% of its value. After one year of driving it, it will lose another 10% of its value. Purchasing something that loses value that quickly simply is not a strong investment.

Reducing Hidden Costs

When purchasing a new car, many people think that the sticker price is the only thing that they have to pay. However, both insurances fees and registration fees are generally higher for new cars. Buying a used car can help you keep those prices down.

Finding Real Value

While buying a used car may have once had a stigma attached to it, there are now so many ways to check a vehicle’s history to ensure that you are purchasing a quality vehicle. Also, many new models of cars are almost exactly the same as the previous year’s model, so purchasing a two year old car will essentially be the same as a brand new car.

Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

As one of the northernmost states in the US and surrounded on three sides by the Great Lakes, Michigan gets some seriously bad winters. Here are some tips for getting your car ready for winter so you can keep your car on the road in any conditions.

First of all, make sure your car is running at its best. Check the fluids and make sure your antifreeze is at the right level. If you haven’t had your oil changed in a while, now is a great time to get that done, since you’ll want fresh oil to keep your engine running well in the cold weather. Get your brakes checked for thin brake pads, leaks in the lines, and so on.

It’s a good idea to get your battery tested—cold is harsh on batteries, so if it’s already having problems it may not last through the season. Check your tires for worn tread, cracks, bulges, and leaks. If your tire pressure is low, it reduces traction, which is less safe for you and uses more fuel. If your tread is low, you may want to get new tires. Otherwise, check the pressure regularly and add air when necessary—cold weather reduces tire pressure.

Put together an emergency kit with warm clothes, blankets, flares, flashlights, nonperishable snacks and water, basic tools, and anything else you might need to get help and stay warm if you do break down.

Guide to Buying a Used Honda

Buying a car is an important investment, and doing your homework beforehand can potentially save you thousands of dollars. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best options for used Hondas.

2009 Honda Fit

While it is a small car, the 2009 Honda Fit has as much space as many compact SUV options. In 2009, it was named US News and Ranking’s Best Subcompact Car for the Money, and it’s still a great value.

2011 Honda Civic

Honda Civics are known to be reliable, and this year’s model was named the US News Best Used Small Car between $10k-$12k. It was also named the 2011 Best Compact Car for the Money.

2012 Honda Accord

The 2012 Honda Accord is a fairly economical car for its class, getting up to 34 MPG on the highway. It was named the Best Used Midsize Car $15k and up.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

The 2014 Accord Hybrid comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that switches easily to an electric motor. It gets up to 50 MPG, so it’s very economical, and it comes standard with a lot of great technology features.

Honda cars are known to hold their value over the years, so choosing Honda for your pre-owned vehicle is a great choice.