Best Movies Coming Out this Spring

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If you’re a movie lover, then you’ll appreciate how hard Hollywood is working to please you. Movies are bigger, bolder, and cost more than ever to ensure viewers are thrilled in the theater. Here are some of the best new movies coming out this spring.

  • Logan. One might think we’ve seen the last of Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine, but we’ll get another chance to see him in the new movie Logan, which comes out March 3rd.
  • Before I Fall. Coming out March 3rd, this film (based on a novel of the same name) makes you think about what you would do if you could go back in time to change one day of your life.
  • Kong: Skull Island. If you love watching big beasts battle it out, be sure to head to the theater on March 10th for the latest installment of the King Kong saga.
  • Beauty and the Beast. The classic Disney tale comes to life with Emma Watson playing Belle. It comes out on March 17th.
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife. This is the riveting, real-life story of a woman who was a hero to hundreds in war-torn Poland during World War II. It will be released on March 31st.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Watch your favorite galaxy-saving guardians come together again in the next Marvel comic adventure on May 5th.

Which spring movies are you most excited about?

New 2018 Honda Odyssey Offers New Passenger-Friendly Features

It’s hard to believe that the Honda Odyssey could adapt even more to a family’s needs, but the new 2018 Honda Odyssey is the minivan will prove that a family ride can get even better. This model will be coming out soon!

Not too much has changed in the Honda Odyssey’s silhouette; however, a redesigned front end does show off a new chrome grille. Where this new minivan shines is on the inside. There is plenty of flexible room for cargo and passengers, whether children or adults. The Honda Magic Seat technology makes it easy to fold seats in different configurations, depending on your cargo needs. A sliding second row provides easy access to the back seats and allows you to keep your second row passengers within arm’s reach.

No matter where your passengers sit, they’ll have plenty to do. A rear seat entertainment system features a ceiling-mounted 10.2-inch screen that can connect to services like PBS Kids and Spotify. But even tucked away in the third row, no one will feel excluded. The 2018 Honda Odyssey creates a social ride for all.

A new feature called Social Play List allows all passengers to upload their favorite songs from their smartphones so that everyone gets a turn on the playlist. Features like CabinWatch and CabinTalk use the 8-inch display screen, rear cameras, and the rear speakers to let parents monitor their kids in the back seat.

With these features and more, it’s clear that the 2018 Honda Odyssey will offer a new kind of ride experience.

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.

Why It’s Better to Service Your Vehicle at a Dealership

Your car is one of your most important assets. It allows you to travel to work, take your kids where they need to go, see friends, get food, and all other kinds of important life activities. Unfortunately, many people do not treat their cars as they should. Here is why you should service your car at a dealership.

Quality

Dealership mechanics are backed by major car companies, which means the car companies put their word behind their service technicians. Local mechanics range from very good to very bad, but you know exactly what you’re getting when you take it to a dealership.

Better Tools

As they are backed by major corporations, dealerships often have the latest and most effective tools for their mechanics to use. Local garages can’t always afford access to these tools right away.

More Organization

Dealership garages are generally much cleaner and more organized than local garages, which leads to efficiency and less problems. There are also usually nicer waiting areas for customers at dealerships to allow you to wait in comfort.

While it’s always good to support locally owned business, you simply don’t always know what you’re getting at a local mechanic. When you’re talking about your car, one of your most important investments, it’s often better to go with the sure thing.

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.

Why Michigan is the Best State to Live In

If you’re a Michigan native, you know that our awesome state is the best state to live in, hands down. If you’re not a resident and you’re looking for a new place to call home, here are a few of the many reasons why Michigan is the perfect choice!

First of all, most of Michigan has an incredibly affordable cost of living. Homes that cost thousands of dollars to rent in more expensive states are hundreds of dollars in the biggest Michigan cities. If you live in Michigan, you can afford to enjoy your close proximity to all four of the Great Lakes—buy a boat, go on frequent weekend trips. Michigan is your oyster.

The lakes, and all the other beautiful nature you can see in Michigan, are another reason to make the state your new home. Day trips to the beach, hiking in the forest, and picnics in the park are all just a few minutes away from any given place in the state.

Michigan also has a rich culture of sports and arts. Few states have football fans as passionate as the fans of the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan is home to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Whether you want to live in a big city, a bustling college town, or somewhere more rural, Michigan has something for everyone.

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.