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New Year’s Resolution for Your Car


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Nowadays it can be sometimes challenging to take care of your Honda as much as you should. While Honda’s are exceptionally built and have amazing value, they too need regular maintenance to ensure their longevity. And with 2015 upon us, we want to encourage you to make regular car maintenance apart of your New Year’s Resolution. We have some tips to make this New Year’s Resolution one to last the whole year:

  • If it has been a while since your last cabin cleaning, it may be time to clean your car. In addition to throwing things away, you should vacuum the in-between areas, wipe down your dashboard, knobs and other frequently touched items. You’ll appreciate it tomorrow.
  • While you’re at it, you may want to take it for a wash, especially if it’s been a while.
  • Begin a habit of checking your tire pressure once a month to ensure your tires are properly inflated.
  • You should also aim to have your tires rotated every 3,000 – 6,000 miles to ensure that each tire is worn evenly. This could save you hundreds of dollars in the life of your car.
  • On the subject of tires, check your tire treading to see signs of wear. If so, it may be time for new tires. Right now, we have a current deal for our Los Angeles area customers on tires for all the popular Honda models, so you should take a look at our service specials page.
  • Check your lights to ensure they are working at the proper brightness.
  • You should read into your Honda manual on how frequently you should have the oil changed, but typically it’s between 1,000 and 3,000 miles, depending on your driving style and vehicle.
  • You may also want to get your car battery tested, especially if you have had it for 3 years or more. Car batteries typically are meant to last 3-5 years, so it may be time for a new one. Right now we are offering a complimentary battery test and multi-point inspection with the purchase of a 4-wheel alignment. You can learn about this deal on our service specials page as well.

Airport Marina Honda of Southern California offers a full in-house service department for all your car maintenance needs, and a convenient online appointment reservation system. Our friendly service staff would be glad to help you improve the life of your vehicle. If you have any questions, or wish to speak with our staff, please contact us at 888-672-6644


Keep the Roads Safe on 4th of July

Its 4th of July weekend and this means extra fun, but also extra awareness needed on the road. The roads will be extremely busy, so while you are driving make sure your focus is only on the road, and nothing else. Avoid distractions such as texting, fiddling with the radio, talking on your cell phone, or anything that could cause your reaction on the road to be slower. Here are a few more tips to make sure you have a safe weekend.

Watch your speed. State and local police officers will be out in full force during the 4th of July week. So watch the local speed limits and keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you. Buckle Up. Wearing seatbelts every time you drive is the easiest way to help keep you and your family safe in the event of an accident. If you are going on a longer trip, Check your tires. The last thing you want is a blowout while on the highway. Check your tire pressure before you leave for a road trip. Low tire levels can potentially reduce fuel efficiency, as well as being a safety issue.

Choosing a safe car for your teen

When it comes to purchasing a vehicle for your teen, most parents are looking to find something that is affordable and as safe as possible. To do this, it’s wise to check crash tests scores from the NHSTA and IIHS. As for equipment, getting a car equipped with driver and passenger airbags and antilock brakes should go without saying. Side airbags and side curtain airbags are also important, and are available with many of today’s vehicles. Stability control, which becomes mandatory on all passenger vehicles by 2012, helps teen drivers avoid crashes, kicking in with braking and engine power if the system senses the driver is losing control of the vehicle.

While it’s common to seek out a used car for a teen driver, it is a good idea to find one that is from the past three or four years, as these vehicles will have the latest safety equipment.