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How to Protect Your Vehicle From Salt Corrosion

Winter driving can be extremely dangerous, especially when there’s a lot of snow or ice on the roads. We’re always grateful when the plows pour salt on the roads, but we tend to forget the damage the salt can do to our cars. Come to First Choice Honda and allow us to give you tips on how to protect your vehicle from salt corrosion.

Always wash your vehicle after a snow or rain storm before salt has a chance to settle on the car’s body. Try to wash it during the day or when the temperature is…

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Learn How to Get Started in Off-Roading

For many, off-roading is an exciting hobby that provides an alternative to racing. The continued popularity of off-roading has garnered the attention of newcomers. If you are one of the people interested in this activity, make sure to fully understand it first. First Choice Honda can confirm that knowledge is necessary to fully enjoy off-roading in a safe, fun manner.

You can start off by reading information on the internet. There are various off-road forums that can provide information about how to get started.  

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Why Switch to Winter Wiper Blades?

Winter weather conditions can make driving very hazardous and can severely limit visibility on the roadways. That's why the service technicians in our Honda service department recommend that you switch from summer wiper blades to winter wiper blades at the same time you have us put winter tires on your vehicle.

Winter wiper blades feature anti-clogging armor blocking snow, ice and rain from clogging up the wiper blade elements so that the blades can do their job of keeping your windshield clean and clear.  

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How Temperature Changes Affect Your Car Battery

Whether you're dealing with the sweltering heat of summer or the frigid cold of winter, it's important that you take care of your automobile battery. While they're built to be tough, car batteries are susceptible to extreme weather changes. We here at First Choice Honda want you to be an informed vehicle owner, so here are some things you need to know.

When the temperature drops, your battery's capacity decreases. In freezing temperatures, battery capacity is reduced by as much as 20 percent. This can lead to some issues when you're starting your vehicle.  

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Driving Tips to Help You Stay Safe on the Snow and Ice

The winter can be a dangerous time for drivers, and it is important to be prepared for ice and snow. Here at First Choice Honda, we can help. Before the ice and snow come, have your vehicle inspected for leaks, worn hoses, and other damages.

Try to carry items in your vehicle that can help you stay safe if you get stuck in the snow and ice, which include a snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper. Abrasive materials, which may include cat litter and sand paper, can also be helpful if you get stuck. 

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Big Benefits from Checking Tire Tread and Pressure

If your vehicle doesn't have an automatic tire sensor alert, you may be driving with tires that are underinflated or overinflated. This can not only affect your traction on the road, but also negatively impact your gas mileage.

Our Honda service advisers recommend that you invest in an inexpensive tire pressure gauge. This will enable you to check on a regular basis that each of your four tires is inflated to the recommended air pressure levels suggested in your vehicle owner's manual. 

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Reasons to Buy an SUV

Buying a new vehicle is a big deal, especially when you’re making the switch from a car to an SUV, and we at First Choice Honda want you to make a choice that’s right for you. We’re here to make sure you can make an informed decision. Switching to an SUV can feel like a big deal, and you may be uncertain if it’s really what you want, so we’re ready to offer some good reasons to buy an SUV.

  • Many SUVs get good gas mileage while still offering great performance.
  • SUVs offer plenty of…
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An Alternator Plays an Essential Role for Your Vehicle

There are fewer parts connected to your engine that are more important than your alternator. The alternator plays an essential role in your entire electrical system. The goal of the part is to continually provide an electrical supply to the charging system and electrical components in combination with your battery.

Although the battery is needed for starting your vehicle, the alternator helps in this process by redistributing an electrical current to the battery so that it stays fully charged.  

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Why Timing Belts Are Important

If you want your car to run well, it's essential that all of the moving parts in the engine work properly. One of the most critical components is the timing belt. It ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft are turning in sync with each other, and as a result, valves and pistons can move at just the right time.

When a timing belt begins to show signs of weakness, you'll likely hear a high-pitched noise coming from under your hood. This can resemble shrieking or whining. This noise calls for a service appointment as soon as possible.  

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Understanding Auto Financing Terms

Once you have found the perfect vehicle to fit all of your needs, it is time to consider how you will pay for that purchase. There are a variety of terms to keep in mind when deciding which financing route to take. The APR is the annual percentage rate you will pay over the course of the year. This rate is generally dependent on the credit scores of the applicant. The down payment is the amount that you are able to put down at the time of the signing. 

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