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.

Fun Upcoming Events in Michigan

Fall is filled with so many fun things to do that it’s hard to break it down into one list. However, here are some of the most fun events in Michigan going on this fall.

Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival- Big Rapids (October 9-16)

For anyone interested in classical music, the Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival provides free shows every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon from September-October.

2016 Season!- Beaverton (September 17-October 30)

Get outside and enjoy some family fun with corn mazes, fresh donuts, and animals that will eat right out of your hands.

Hell-O-Hollow Weekends- Hell (September 17-October 31)

What better way to get ready for the Halloween season than by going to a festival in Hell? You receive a Death Certificate when you try the Grave Digger Sundae, and there’s free kiddie cones for those dressed in costumes.

Kent Harvest Trails- Grand Rapids (September 8-October 31)

There will be over 20 farms participating in this year’s Kent Harvest Trails program, giving families all kinds of country fun. Kent Harvest Trails provides all kinds of classic fall fun activities like pumpkin picking, trail riding, and other fun activities for all ages.

There are all kinds of different fairs and festivals this fall, so get outside and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Go Exploring in Your Honda: Check Out This Epic US Road Trip

Are you an outdoors sort of person with a sense of adventure? You should get to know the name Randal S. Olson. It’s the name of a data scientist, researcher at University of Pennsylvania, and avid search path fan who likes to plan the best-ever cross-country road trips. On the list of his latest hypothetical trips, he pinpointed 47 of the 59 US national parks along the best possible route. Are you up for this wild US road trip?

Spanning 14,498 miles, Olson’s latest tribute to the National Park Service, which turns 100 this year, runs through a number of memorable and famed parks, including landmarks like California’s Redwood National and State Parks, home to the largest trees in the world.

Olson created the route using an algorithm known as the Gurobi TSP solver. TSP stands for “traveling salesman problem,” which alludes to the algorithm’s purpose – to find the fastest, best, and most efficient route through multiple destinations, with the end of the route looping back to the origin point where the traveler began.

The loop-shaped design of this national park packed US road trip is made to make it easy for anyone anywhere in the States to hop on the route and go. The question is, are you brave enough to take this estimated two-month-long trip?

Honda Ridgeline Review Takes You Through a Test-Drive

Midsize trucks like the Honda Ridgeline occupy a niche, in-between market that can be hard-pressed to find an audience. However, since its inception in 2005, the Ridgeline has continuously impressed critics and found itself a good reputation as a more unconventional truck. In a recent Honda Ridgeline review by Car and Driver that test drove the latest 2017 model, the Ridgeline was confirmed to still hold true to its quirky ways while still coming out on top as one of the best trucks in its class.

The Honda Ridgeline comes standard with a single engine in its range, a 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. That may sound average for its class, but the Ridgeline’s nimble performance allowed it to reach 60 mph in as little as 6.6 seconds during the test-drive. Additionally, the 2017 Ridgeline is the first to offer front-wheel drive, which provides a lower base price and better fuel economy unless you choose to opt for the AWD version. Either way, the Ridgeline gets up to 26 mpg on the highway in the FWD model, or 25 mpg on the highway in the AWD model, so AWD doesn’t affect fuel consumption that much.

The Honda Ridgeline review goes further into the details of the truck, including its unique two-way tailgate design that makes loading the cargo bed easier and the well-appointed interior that is packed with comfort and technology.

Brighton High School Ranks Among Top 25 Public Schools in State

Brighton High School was recently ranked among the best in Michigan. The annual US News & World Report High Schools ranks the high school 21st in the state, as well as 777th in the nation. With more than 21,000 public high schools in all 50 states, that’s pretty impressive.

According to the Brighton Patch, the top 25 schools were determined based on things like graduation rates and standardized testing. Brighton students perform among the best in the state, as well as in the top percentiles in the nation. Not only that, but Brighton students have gone on to perform well in college as well.

“Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college,” according to U.S. News & World Report, which looked at curriculum, test scores and student demographics.

The number one high school in the US was the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas. The number one school in Michigan was the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, which also ranked number nine overall. Nonetheless, we here at Brighton Honda couldn’t be more proud of our local high school students. Not only that, but the faculty and staff also deserve recognition for their ability to teach and inspire students.

2017 Accord Hybrid Design: Unparalleled Style

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is getting some exciting upgrades including design changes and technology additions. This new model gets 49 mpg in the city, which is impressive even for a hybrid. The new Accord Hybrid is bound to be a great car for virtually any driver.

According to Forbes, the 2017 Accord Hybrid design will feature a revised front and rear fascia. This includes a more pronounced grille, with an expansive look and bright accents. It also has LED lighting—with Daytime Running Lighting (DRL)—and fog lights to add a sporty appeal. The Hybrid also gets unique blue accents and light housings, as well as distinct colors for this model.

“The Accord has always been one of the sportier vehicles in the midsize sedan segment, and even though it wears a ‘green’ label, the Hybrid features several elements that continue to bolster that trend,” said auto writer Karl Brauer at Forbes.

The Accord Hybrid design will also have a more rigid and lightweight body thanks to ultra-high-strength steel and an all-aluminum hood. Amplitude Reactive Dampers also work to control steering and handling, giving you better response. Best of all, the lithium-ion battery system has been shrunk over 30 percent, which increases space for cargo and passengers. There’s nothing quite like the new Accord Hybrid design.

Things to In Ann Arbor, Michigan

If you live Michigan and want to spend a day getting to know your state, Ann Arbor is a great place to visit. Plan a road trip to this great city and you won’t be disappointed. Here are some great things to do in Ann Arbor.

  • Michigan Stadium. Football fans anywhere in the country know which stadium you’re talking about when you say The Big House. Even when it’s not football season, the stadium still offers tours and you’ll get to see things even the biggest fans never do.
  • Hands-on Museum. Your kids will love going to a museum where they are actually allowed to touch everything. They will learn about science and how the world works while having fun at the same time.
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Tour the beautiful gardens including a large Peony garden and other native plant life.
  • This unique part of Ann Arbor has a special blend of both residential and business locations. You’ll find one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, and a rich and diverse culture.
  • Hill Auditorium. Catch a performance by a local group, university ensemble, and more at this beautiful performance space.

Where you planning to go the next time you visit Ann Arbor?