We at Crown Honda of Southpoint are proud to announce the 2013 Honda Accord and CR-V have each been honored with a 2013 Polk Automotive Loyalty Award for superior performance in owner retention. The Accord was recognized for owner loyalty in the “Non-Luxury Traditional Mid-Size Car” division, while the CR-V was awarded in the “Non-Luxury Compact CUV” group.
Each year, IHS Automotive’s Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards honor various automotive brands for superior performance in owner retention. To be considered, the vehicle must provide such a great overall experience that the owner returns to buy another vehicle of the same model, make or manufacturer.
David Hendley, assistant vice president of sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. commented on the recognition. "Model loyalty largely depends on long-term customer satisfaction and keeping each vehicle at the top of its class, two things at which Honda excels," said Hendley. "Being recognized by IHS Automotive in two of the largest and most competitive vehicle segments illustrates both the quality of our vehicles and the customer satisfaction efforts of Honda dealers across the country."
Let’s trade places.
Are you looking to sell your old Honda vehicle? Fret not. Our team at Crown Honda of Southpoint wants to buy your car!
We are looking to buy all Honda vehicles in model years ranging from 2005 to 2010. In exchange for your car, we ensure you will get the best value for your trade-in, up to $500 than your NADA value. Additionally, though no car purchase is necessary to trade in your Honda vehicle, if you choose to buy a new Honda, we currently have an array of unbeatable offers for you to take advantage of!
If you’re ready to discuss your trade-in, contact us today at Crown Honda of Southpoint.
Act quickly to prevent rust and undercarriage damage
Each year, drivers face the same challenge in the aftermath of wintry weather: potential rusting and other vehicle damage due to the buildup of road salt, ice, and grime. Road salt serves an important function by actively melting snow and ice that may have formed on the surface of the highway in addition to preventing snow and ice from settling in the first place, improving traction for road users and helping to keep the traffic flowing more safely. The main disadvantage of road salt is that, if left unchecked, it can potentially cause damage to your car.
When road salt builds up on your vehicle, don’t wait to get your vehicle thoroughly cleaned as soon as possible. This guide from Crown Honda of Southpoint illustrates just how damaging road salt can be—and how easy it is to prevent with our professional cleaning services.
Prevention is key to avoid long-term damage
Many experts recommend applying a coat of protective wax, followed by a coat of wax sealant, before road salt buildup, since it is far more difficult to prevent damage to the car after the fact. These products help protect the paint work from the corrosive effects of road salt.
But it’s not just the paint work that requires protection. Your brake and fuel lines are very susceptible to damage from corrosion. Therefore, road salt can not only have damaging aesthetic implications—it can have a significant impact on your vehicle’s safety as well.
Get salty deposits removed quickly
When you have been driving on salted roads, it is important to remove salt deposits as soon as possible. A simple car wash may not always be the most effective option. With professional detailing services at Crown Honda of Southpoint, you can count on getting a thorough cleaning which will help protect your vehicle against possible damage. Additional services like steam cleaning and undercarriage cleaning offer even more peace of mind.
Professional detailing services may be more affordable than you think, especially when you consider the long-term damage that can result if road salt is left unchecked. After the cleaning, we recommend getting your vehicle re-waxed and sealed to protect your vehicle against any future wintry conditions during the season.
To learn more about our detailing services at Crown Honda of Southpoint, contact our service department today.
The 2014 North American International Auto Show was full of automotive debuts, but few were more exciting than the unveiling of the all-new 2015 Honda Fit. The redesigned subcompact wowed enthusiasts with its newly appointed interior, advanced technology, and stylish redesign. Now in its third generation, the 2015 Honda Fit is enhanced for driver convenience and comfort. Additionally, onlookers will enjoy its striking exterior styling.
Brand-new features for a new model year include improved fuel efficiency and driving performance, courtesy of Honda’s exclusive Earth Dreams Technology powertrain. The 2015 Fit is also outfitted with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which is ultimately expected to garner top safety ratings for the vehicle upon release.
Though the 2015 Honda Fit is not yet available at our dealership, we have an array of all-new Honda models, including the latest Fit, currently available in our inventory. For up-to-date information on the 2015 model, be sure to visit http://automobiles.honda.com/2015-fit/.
Since the late 1980s, the Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling cars in North America. Nine generations later, the Accord is still going strong, and the 2014 production model retains the body shape that car buyers first saw in 2012. Part of that popularity stems from being able to offer a range of different models to appeal to different drivers. As more and more consumers become motivated to adopt greener driving habits, car manufacturers have to respond. For 2014, the Honda Accord offers a hybrid option that caters for these environmentally-friendly drivers.
The Honda Accord Hybrid shares the same two-motor hybrid power train as its plug-in hybrid counterpart. This means that it offers different driving options. In EV Drive mode, the lithium-ion battery allows the car to operate at low to medium cruising speeds without using any gasoline at all. Engine Drive mode sends the power directly to the front wheels. Hybrid drive combines the 124-kilowatt electric motor with the 2-liter 4-cylinder engine for a true hybrid drive. Honda estimates that the 2014 Accord hybrid will be able to offer 50 miles per gallon* in the city. It's easy to see why this option will appeal to drivers concerned about the rise in gas prices.
Of course, the benefit of a hybrid model of this nature is that it can also offer the features and specifications of the rest of the range, and the 2014 Accord is an attractive proposition. The interior is well-appointed, and the hybrid model has bespoke hybrid styling touches. The hybrid model, of course, shares the same body styling and construction as the rest of the range, which will include the full range of Accord safety options. This includes Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) and new SmartVent™ front-side airbags. Driving a hybrid car clearly doesn't mean that drivers must compromise in other ways.
The Accord Hybrid also combines technology with practicality. Available features on the new model include an 8-inch color display, seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a multi-angle rear view camera. Advanced safety features also include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, SmartVent™ front side airbags and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is now on sale across the United States. Starting at $29,155, the Hybrid model offers luxury and performance inherent to the Accord lineup. Contact us today to schedule your test drive.
*50 city/45 highway/47 combined mpg rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors.
**All prices shown are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination and delivery, taxes, title, licence, emissions and local fees. Actual price may vary. See authorized dealer for details on optional equipment and accessories.
If you have ever had the misfortune of experiencing a flat tire, or worse still, a blowout, then you can appreciate the importance of carrying a spare tire. When driving on a long journey, carrying a spare tire is absolutely vital, as you may not otherwise be able to get assistance to get you somewhere safe. A spare tire, however, is not a permanent replacement for a damaged tire. So how long can you drive on a spare tire?
It is worth remembering that a spare tire is not the same as a regular one. It's not as durable. Spare tires have fewer layers of steel and polyester beneath the rubber, which means they won't last as long. This is good news generally speaking, because it means that you are carrying less weight since the spare takes up less room in the rear of the car. But it also means that in the event of a crisis, you can only use the spare for a certain amount of time.
A spare tire will have a smaller contact surface with the road, because it is narrower. This increases your stopping distance, and makes an emergency stop much riskier. Other functions of your car, such as anti-lock brakes and traction control are going to be less efficient too. If you use the spare tire for too long, then you run the risk of causing damage to other parts of the car, which are optimized for a regular, full-size tire.
As a general rule, you should drive on a spare tire for the shortest distance possible. Use the spare to get you to the next available place where you will be able to get mechanical assistance where you can purchase a replacement tire. The spare is there to get you out of an emergency situation. It is a lifeline, not even a medium-term substitute for a proper replacement. Fit the spare, and then work out the shortest possible route to safety. Make sure to take into consideration the driving conditions. A slightly longer route on a highway might be better than remote rural roads, for example, in case you need to call for assistance.
That aside, the limit of your spare tire will be documented in your owner's manual and will, technically, differ from one vehicle's make and model to the next. If you run into trouble and you are a long way from assistance, then you may have to look for alternative means of help if the minimum distance is greater than the safe limit stated in the manual. If in doubt, contact your dealer for assistance. A mechanic will always be able to give you the best advice for your car.
Myth: Premium gives the best gas mileage
Fact: Gas is expensive. At our dealership, we don’t want you to waste your money believing this longstanding myth.
While premium gas does enable high-performing engines (such as that of a luxury car) to perform at their full potential, that does not necessarily make it better for your car than regular gas. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, the vast majority of cars are designed to run fine on regular. Unless otherwise stated, premium gas will not improve the fuel economy or performance for most cars.
The only guarantee with premium gas is paying up to 20 cents more per gallon, and our team wants you to save money in the long run. Therefore, we suggest choosing the correct fuel grade for your car based on the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Although soccer is the world's most popular sport, Americans have relegated it behind the likes of basketball, football, baseball, hockey, tennis, golf, and tiddlywinks for much of the past several decades. However, with the proliferation of sports on cable and the Internet, international soccer has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, yet many still watch without knowing the rules of the game.
This brief on the rules of soccer will get you up to speed.
The field. People in the know call a soccer field, a "pitch." The size of the pitch varies depending on the skill level and age of the players. Regardless of field size, it must maintain certain rectangular proportions; that is, there are no squares in soccer. FIFA, the organization that presides over international soccer, has made the soccer field length between 110-120 yards and the width between 70-80 yards.
The goal. The goal of soccer is to score goals—the more, the better. The size of the goal depends on the skill level of the players. A standard goal is 24 feet long and eight feet high. Youth leagues often use much smaller goals. Each team is allowed to designate a goalie, whose main purpose is to stop the other team from scoring a goal, achieved by kicking the ball in the net (although you probably knew that). The goalie wears a different colored uniform than his or her teammates and is the only player on the team allowed to touch the ball with his or her hands, usually covered by gloves for protection and a better grip.
The ball. Soccer is played with a ball, which soccer fans refer to as a soccer ball, unless they live in England, in which case, they call it a football, not to be confused with American football. The standard size-five soccer ball has a circumference between 68-70 centimeters and weighs between 410-450 grams. Youth leagues may use smaller size-3 or size-4 balls.
The players. Each team features 11 players on the field at a time, one being the designated goal keeper. In an official international match, three substitutions per game are permitted. Most youth and developmental leagues have fewer players per team and allow unlimited substitutions.
Kicks. Here are common soccer kicks and what they mean.
- Goal kick. When the attacking team kicks the ball wide of the goal and out of bounds, the goalie restarts the game with a goal kick. He or she can either place the ball on the ground and kick it or drop kick it.
- Corner kick. If the ball goes out of bounds on the goal line and is touched by the defending team, the attacking team gets to restart play with a kick from the corner.
- Penalty kick. A penalty kick occurs when a foul is committed in the penalty box, an 18-foot area near the goal. An onerous foul will result in a yellow card or a red card. Two yellow cards in a game result in a red card. A red card removes the player from the game and his or her team must then play short-footed.
- Free kick. An indirect free kick occurs after an offside or other non-penalty stoppage of play. A goal cannot be scored by the player kicking the ball in on an indirect free kick. A direct free kick occurs after a foul and the player restarting play is eligible to score a goal.
Offsides. The offsides rule is the most confusing to neophyte soccer fans. A player is ruled offsides if he or she is between the last defender and the opposing goal when the ball is struck by the individual passing the ball.
Enjoy the game!
For those of us who love the glitz and glamour of Hollywood – Oscar Night is the night of the year. It’s an opportunity to lust and hate over celebrities, their attire, dates and speeches. Oh, and there are awards for movie performances, direction and some other stuff, as well.
Whether you’re watching it for the films and performances or the gossip on who wore what designer, throwing your own Oscar Night party can enhance the experience tenfold. But while the idea of an Oscar Night party sounds awesome, you might be wondering where to begin.
First, the invitation. The invitation sets the tone of the party. Think wedding invitation but on a lot tighter budget. Try to make it as fancy and elegant as possible. Make sure you send them out with enough time for people to RSVP. On the invitation ask guests to dress for the night in glamorous attire, which could be anything from an old prom dress to that wedding dress you thought you’d only wear once. Someone has to get on the worst dressed list, right?
Then, set the scene. Go to any fabric store and get a long piece of red cloth for your “red carpet,” which all your guests will walk down before they enter the party. If you live in an apartment, this “red carpet” can be put in the entryway or if you don’t think your neighbors will think you’re crazy, the hallway. You can select a friend to act as the Joan Rivers or Maria Menounos and have them interview your guests as they arrive. Your “Joan” or “Maria” should ask guests whom they’re wearing and why they chose this designer, etc.
After your guests arrive, you can hand out ballots that list all the nominees for that year’s Oscars so everyone can vote. You can even have people toss in a few dollars into a pot and make it a betting game before the ceremony starts. Official ballots can be found on Oscar.com.
Make sure you have enough seating for those who want to watch the ceremony. Bring in oversized pillows and beanbag chairs to fill up the space and offer people a place to sit. You could even set up the seating as if your guests are sitting in an auditorium.
Then, the food. Do a buffet style with simple hors d’oeuvres that look fancy like crab puffs; shrimp cocktail displayed around martini glasses on ice, mini quiche and savory pinwheels. You could also make a cheese fondue and offer bread and vegetables for dipping.
Make sure you use real dishes, glasses and cloth napkins. Would celebrities eat off paper plates with plastic silverware at the Oscars? We don’t think so. Decorate the table, as well, with a mixture of tall and short candles.
For dessert, offer some chocolate treats like chocolate dipped strawberries and truffles. You can also bake cookies in the shape of Oscar, himself.
Be sure to provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for your friends. Champagne is a great option – looks fancy and elegant. For those on a budget, try buying some Prosecco, which is Italian sparkling white wine, or Cava, Spanish sparkling white wine. They’re both cheaper but just as tasty. You can also create signature cocktails inspired by the best picture nominees.
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