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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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Car Seats Keep Kids Safe

When you're traveling, it's always important that you take the proper precautions to keep your children safe. Car seats have been designed to reduce the likelihood and/or severity of injury in the event of an accident.

The youngest riders should be in rear-facing car seats. Some recommend that they ride backwards for at least two years, even more if possible. When children outgrow their infant seats, they can ride in convertible seats that can be both rear- and front-faced. Make sure you're using a five-point harness to keep kids buckled in securely. 

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Do You Understand Towing and Payload Capacity?

At First Choice Honda, we've found that many truck owners don't understand the difference between towing and payload capacity. We understand how critical it is to not overload your truck by accidentally interchanging the two ratings.

The towing capacity, which is generally larger than the carrying capacity, refers to the weight that can be towed behind the vehicle, either with a hitch in the bed of the truck or off of the back. On the other hand, carrying capacity refers to anything that is being carried between the bumpers of the truck. 

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What is the Purpose of Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid, which is sometimes called hydraulic fluid, works to help your vehicle's braking system function properly. It runs through the brake lines and needs to be drained and changed on a routine basis to keep your brakes in good shape. When a vehicle doesn't have adequate brake fluid, the car won't be able to stop when pressure is applied to the brakes. Learn more about brake fluid by reading our content below. 

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Detailing Fights Corrosion of Your Vehicle

Today's roadways, city streets, and highways contain a lot of corrosive particles. Residues from engines and brakes, join many kinds of airborne chemicals on the surface your vehicle. These contaminants and debris can cause scratching, marring, and other damage to the surface of your vehicle. Detailing with a clay bar is a proven method for returning to the original smooth surface.

Drivers enjoy the shiny, clean appearance of their vehicles after a washing. To get an excellent result from a car wash and wax, you must detail your vehicle to get a smooth, clean surface. 

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Testing a Car Battery

You don't want the bad experience of your car not starting when you have to get somewhere in a hurry. It's important to make sure that your battery is in good condition so your car will start properly. One way to check the condition of the battery is to test the charge.

To test the battery, use a device called a voltmeter. Before testing, make sure that your car and the lights are turned off. You will need to place the red colored clamp on the red battery terminal and the black clamp on the black terminal. 

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A Vehicle History Report Helps You Choose a New-to-You Car

If you are looking at some of the used vehicles for sale in your area, then you want to make sure that you gather as much information as possible before making your final decision on a purchase. There is a lot of information to think about when considering a vehicle, regardless of what kind it is or the auto manufacturer of your choice. You may want to sit down and take a much closer look at the detailed vehicle history report. 

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Experts Say Putting Your Phone Away Can Keep You Safe

Driving distracted is one of the worst things you can do on the road. No one knows this more than we here at First Choice Honda, which is why we want to help you stay distraction-free as much as we can. To accomplish this, below we have listed one of our all-time favorite tips for staying mindful on the road.

It can't be stated enough: Cell phones are for emergencies only on the road! As tempting as it may be to respond to a text or return a missed call while driving, it's crucial to resist. 

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Tips for a Successful Test Drive Experience

There are some things that you should do when you are test driving a vehicle and there are some things that you should not do when test driving a vehicle. The Honda sales professionals right here at First Choice Honda want you to know just how things should go down so that everything works out well for you.

When you are test driving a vehicle, you should bring someone with you. You should have someone along who you can talk to and who can help you figure out just what you think of the vehicle. You should not plan on…

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Why Should You Consider a New Honda Hatchback Model?

Hatchbacks are one of the most popular car choices among today's consumers. And because we here at First Choice Honda want to be sure that you are an informed car buyer, we thought it was important to give you a brief overview of the benefits of this style of vehicle.

First, hatchbacks have far more cargo space than most people give them credit for. Rear seats can fold down, only further expanding storage room. Also, because they are more compact vehicles, hatchbacks tend to get incredible gas mileage compared to larger SUVs, trucks, or minivans.  

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