How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Here in North Carolina, fall means bold, beautiful colors all across the state. It also means slick, wet roads, colder temperatures, and longer nights. As you are changing out your wardrobe, don’t forget to get your car ready for fall, too. Here are a few tips to prepare your vehicle for autumn.

car ready for fallCheck your lights

Earlier sunsets mean you will be using your headlights more often. Check all of your exterior lights to make sure all the bulbs are working and aimed in the right direction.

Get new wipers

You want to make sure you can see out of your window when the rain starts. Wiper blades should be replaced at least once a year. If they are cracked or leaving streaks, it is time for new ones.

Inspect your tires

Wet leaves on the road can lead to slippery situations. Make sure your tires have enough tread to grip the pavement in inclement weather.

Make sure your heater works

No one wants to drive to work in a frigid car. Check your entire HVAC system now to make sure everything is in working order.

If you need help getting your car ready for fall, please schedule an appointment with our excellent service team right here at Bryan Honda.

Have Some Fun in Fayetteville this Fall

Just because school is starting, that does not mean the fun is over. There is still plenty of fun in Fayetteville this fall. Add some of these great events to your calendar to kick off this festive season.

fun in Fayetteville this fall

Lafayette Birthday Celebration

This annual festival celebrates the birth of Lafayette’s namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette, who played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War. Head downtown September 8th and 9th to join the party with music, historical reenactments, and food.

Renaissance Faire 

Take a step back in time with a visit to Fort Bragg’s annual Renaissance Faire held on September 16th and 17th this year. The fair costs $10 per car and includes stage performances, jousting, period musicians, and Renaissance-themed food and drink.

Evil Dead: The Musical

If you love all things zombie, be sure to head to the Gilbert Theater to catch this hilarious musical rendition of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films. The Show runs from September 22nd to October 8th. Purchase tickets ahead of time online

North Carolina in the Great War 

The Museum of Cape Fear will commemorate the centennial of World War I with a focus on the multitude of North Carolinians who served in the war. There will be a special exhibit from October 3rd to October 8th.

Here at Bryan Honda, we love calling Fayetteville our home and enjoy tapping into all that this great community has to offer. What are your favorite fall activities in Fayetteville?

Our Favorite Features of the 2018 Honda Odyssey: Family- AND Fun-Friendly!

There are some awesome features of the 2018 Honda Odyssey

Minivans may get a bad rap, but at Bryan Honda, we know that there is no better vehicle out there for epic road trips, easy tailgating, and overall entertaining rides than the 2018 Honda Odyssey. It helps that the new Odyssey just so happens to be a pretty darn stylish and modern-looking van, appearing more like a sleek SUV than the bulbous minivans of yore.

The versatile features of the 2018 Honda Odyssey range from impeccable safety systems to charming good-looks to hidden convenience gizmos; here are just a few of our absolute favorites.

So Long, Shouting!

Thanks to Honda Cabin Talk™, you can override any RES connected headphones to be heard by all passengers, as well as have your voice projected through the rear speakers on the Elite Odyssey model. For peace of mind on short trips or long hauls, Cabin Talk™ will feel like a miracle.

Magic is Real

The super-convenient Magic Slide Seat™ 2nd-row seating will change your life. We understand how over dramatic that sounds, but we’re not kidding. No more heavy lifting of awkwardly huge seats. No more sticky levers that don’t really work. The Magic Slide Seat™ option lets you completely reconfigure your rear cabin with just a push for easy access and better seating option.

eVACuate the Mess

If you’re standing, take a seat now: the 2018 Honda Odyssey comes with a built-in vacuum. Keeping your car clean has never been easier thanks to this handy device with its long-reaching suction tube.

With all the incredible features of the 2018 Honda Odyssey, what are you waiting for? It’s about time you got your family into the perfect vehicle for all. Come to Bryan Honda today for a test drive.

Don’t Miss Fayetteville’s 39th Annual International Folk Festival

At Bryan Honda, we like to highlight the many important and exciting events happening right here in our hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Coming up soon is the 39th Annual International Folk Festival, running from Friday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 24th.

Every year now, for 39 years running, the people of Fayetteville have come together to celebrate and recognize our multicultural community with an acclaimed weekend-long festival. We’ve been doing this for nearly four decades, making our little hometown one of the earliest small cities in the country to start honoring and enjoying citizens of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

39th Annual International Folk Festival The 39th Annual International Folk Festival will be the perfect opportunity to learn about a new culture, try delicious foods from around the globe, and delight in international music, art, and dance styles. For those of us who didn’t do as much traveling this past summer as we would have liked, the International Folk Festival is a great way to get a little taste of what we may have missed (and gain inspiration to finally plan one of those big, around-the-world trips).

If you can’t make it to all three days of the Festival, at least come for the Saturday, September 23rd, festivities. The “Parade of Nations” will kick off on Hays Street at 10:30 am, then at Festival Park there will be live music and dancing on multiple stages, food carts, and stands, arts and crafts activities for the kiddos, plus lovely art available for purchase.

Have fun this year at the 39th Annual International Folk Festival—Bryan Honda will see you there!

Free Things To Do in Fayetteville

If you’re bored out of your mind but need something to do on the cheap, we at Bryan Honda know of a few free things to do around Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Local Museums

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is the only US Army museum not located on a military base, while other museums like the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex detail the history of the local region. If you still want more history, other historic landmarks like Cross Creek Cemetery, Averasboro Battlefield, and Fort Bragg are nearby, too.

Themed Driving Trails

Did you know the Cumberland County website has a list of 18 different themed driving trails? Spend the day following local attractions via the American Independence Trail, All-American Adventure Trail, Gaelic Beginnings Trail, and more.

 free things to do

The Art Council’s Cultural Events

The 39th International Folk Festival is coming up in September, but if you don’t want to wait that long, you can just head to the Art Council’s website to see what events are coming up soon – like 4th Fridays, Art Attacks, and a number of other local cultural activities.

The Great Outdoors

From the Cape Fear River Trail to the Fayetteville Rose Garden, there’s plenty of beautiful, scenic areas for you to spend your day out with the family enjoying the local flora and fauna.

There’s plenty of free things to do in Fayetteville. You just have to know where to look!

Honda Launches “Keep the Peace” Campaign for New Odyssey

If you’re a parent, you know how tough it is to “keep the peace.” You’re not alone; parents all over the world struggle with preventing their kids from arguing, whether they won’t share their toys or they just like to annoy each other for no reason. That’s why the new 2018 Honda Odyssey was designed to help busy parents pay attention to what their active kids are up to. This is showcased in Honda’s new “Keep the Peace” campaign, a series of advertisements illustrating how convenient the Odyssey is for families everywhere.

Keep the Peace campaign

The minute-long ad that kicks off the campaign opens with two giant monsters attacking a city. One of them picks up a bus, which the other monster wants, and the two begin to fight over it. While the two monsters are fighting, two soldiers make a plan to split the earth, separating them before they can cause any more damage. Right at that moment, the scene cuts to reveal that the two monsters are actually just a brother and sister fighting over a toy bus, and the whole “splitting the earth” thing? Actually just the Odyssey’s “Magic Slide” seating at work, allowing Mom to easily separate the kids and give the sister a new toy airplane to distract her.

“When kids are happy, parents are happy,” says Susie Rossick, Honda Marketing assistant vice president, who highlighted the core of the “Keep the Peace” campaign in a statement to The Drum.

North Carolina Summer Events

North Carolina Summer Events

 

North Carolina summers offer some of the greatest weekend trips and local events, designed to attract visitors from around the country. Of course, the warm climate and sandy shores make it a great place to vacation, even if you don’t intend on planning any events, although attending a summer festival can make any North Carolina stay well worth the trip. So, here are a few can’t-miss North Carolina summertime events recommended by us here at Bryan Honda!

Independence Day

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Lake Junaluska! This family-friendly event features live music, a parade, and square dance to lead into the night. A fireworks show over the lake starts at 9:30pm and makes for a great way to close out the celebration of American independence. Taking place on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Independence Day at Lake Junaluska is a must-attend event to celebrate the country we live in!

Christmas in July Festival

The Christmas in July Festival takes place on June 30th and July 1st. Live country music and street dancing makes up most of the 30th while the largest street festival in the county kicks off on the 1st. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, Civil War reenactments, and much more! Best of all, the event is free to attend!

North Carolina Black Bear Festival

North Carolina is home to the highest black bear densities in the world so it only seems right to celebrate it. Now in its third year, the North Carolina Black Bear Festival features a 5K, paddle event, mechanical bear ride, and more!

2017 Honda Civic Si Price

2017 Honda Civic Si

The 2017 Honda Civic Si arrived at dealerships not long ago, but customers are already snatching them up! An affordable price and impressive performance have made the compact car an impressive contender, and that’s not to mention the new technologies and convenience features in the new Honda Civic Si.

Available in either a coupe or a sedan, drivers can get behind the wheel of the new Civic Si for the same affordable price: $24,775 MSRP. The new model builds on the Civic EX, a value-oriented trim with plenty of standard features and a turbocharged engine that delivers 174 hp.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Civic Si without a few upgrades. Available with a six-speed manual transmission, the performance-driven model boasts a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.

That kind of power comes balanced with excellent efficiency, as the 2017 Civic Si earns up to an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.* Plus, the standard 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration software will almost certainly seal the deal for drivers of all ages.

The 2017 Honda Civic Si won’t top the lineup when it comes to performance, though—the Civic Type R would fit right in on the track and will start in the mid-$30,000 range.

We here at Bryan Honda can’t help but be impressed at the new 2017 Civic Si!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

Fayetteville Firefighters Cooking Show Teaches Kitchen Safety

The firefighters of Fayetteville, North Carolina, have traded in their fire suits for aprons in their new show, “Cooking with Fire.” The Fayetteville firefighters cooking show teaches kitchen safety. It has become a big hit with the local residents.

The Show

“Cooking with Fire” gives the people of Fayetteville a look into the lives of the firefighters and lets them see what a firehouse kitchen is like. Angie Cimino-Locklear, the fire department’s Fire and Life Safety Educator, is the host. She brings on different firefighters to cook a meal and demonstrate different fire safety techniques.

Outdoor Cooking

Recently Cimino-Locklear teamed up with firefighter Corey Tedder to film two episodes on grilling, which featured meals like salmon and asparagus, hamburgers and corn, and roast potatoes. Tedder prepped the meal in the firehouse kitchen, and when it was time to grill the food they went outside to throw everything on the grill.

When the episode airs, it will include tips between scenes on fire safety focused on outdoor cooking. It especially focuses on what to do in the event of a grill fire. The viewer learns something valuable while having fun, and the firefighters get to have a good time and break out of the norm. The show is a great asset to the Fayetteville community, and at Bryan Honda we’re proud to be part of it!

Possible Mid-Size Honda SUV in the Works Based on Pilot

There are rumors that a mid-size Honda SUV may be in the works that would be a smaller version of the full-size Pilot. Honda currently has the compact CR-V and the subcompact HR-V, so it has plenty of room in the lineup for a two-row mid-size.

Honda Pilot

The Rumor

The smaller version of the Pilot, which would have much of the same build but be built on a shorter wheelbase, would compete with other segment leaders like the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge. Autoblog suggests the mid-size SUV may be around 187 inches long and be priced at about $27,000, squarely between the CR-V and the Pilot and on par with other vehicles in the segment.

WardsAuto came out with the news about the mid-size Pilot first, and while they have no guesses as to what the name will be, Car and Driver thinks they may revive the Passport moniker. Autoblog disagrees, saying it may go the way of Hyundai and Mitsubishi and call it the Honda Pilot Sport or just come up with an entirely new name.

Production on the new mid-size SUV will begin in September of next year. For more information on this or the Honda SUV lineup, give us a call at Bryan Honda!