New Fayetteville Homeless Shelter Opens, Gives Hope to the Homeless Population

A new homeless shelter opened in Fayetteville, North Carolina, earlier this month on March 14 and has proven especially helpful to local homeless men on cold nights. The shelter is made possible by Operation Inasmuch, an active non-profit in the community.

The 6500-square-foot facility has been in the works for three years, according to CBS North Carolina news, and its impressive quality shows that. The Inashmuch shelter was funded by the local community and has 40 beds, six bathrooms with hot showers, a kitchen, and a laundry room.

The homeless staying in the shelter are impressed with its quality and the opportunities it provides, letting them know about job opportunities like cashiering and truck driving as well as letting them wash their clothes and shower so they’re presentable for job interviews.

Stacy Sanders, who works with the county sheriff and has an office right in the homeless facility, is the go-to Fayetteville resident when it comes to the homeless population and has worked with the homeless for 13 years.

The shelter is open seven days a week, and they’re looking for volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let them know. The staff of Bryan Honda are proud to be part of a community that supports people down on their luck with facilities and projects like Inasmuch.

Honda Little League Field Restoration in Houston

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Using its versatile Ridgeline pickup truck, Honda has restored an OFA Little League Field in Houston that was damaged throughout 2016 by flooding. Honda donated $55,000 to the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project to get these facilities back up and running.

Honda performed a huge range of renovations and upgrades including regrading their fields, restoring their dugouts, replacing the protective netting, and installing new equipment for the concession stands. Local Honda dealers participated to make the renovations a
reality as well as volunteers and the Honda Ridgeline truck.

The Honda Little League project is a reflection of the long-standing relationship between Honda and Little League Baseball and Softball. Honda has been a Little League sponsor since 1996 and has donated more than $1.2 million to underfunded teams in the last 21 years. Susie Rossick, the Assistant Vice President of Honda Automobile Marketing, said that “Honda is dedicated to helping young people strive to pursue their dreams” through the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project.

The Ridgeline, which was named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year, is packed with design innovations like an in-bed trunk that makes it the perfect truck for projects like this one.

For more information about the Honda Ridgeline or what Honda is doing for your community, give us a call at Bryan Honda.

Honda’s Georgia Plant Receives $100 Million Investment

Honda’s Georgia Plant Receives $100 Million

When it comes to the minivan segment, the Honda Odyssey is a game-changer. With extremely thoughtful features like a rear-seat entertainment system, an in-van vacuum cleaner, and a 115V power outlet, there’s no doubt that this van is ahead of the curve. Yet, it’s about to become even more advanced, thanks to Honda’s investments in its northwest Georgia Plant.

When Honda’s Georgia plant receives $100 million in investments from Honda, it will be put towards developing the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles. The first vehicle to receive the new 10-speed automatic transmission will be the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Later, the same transmission will go into other Honda and Acura vehicles, but for now the Honda-engineered transmission is getting tested on the minivan.

So, why the change? The new 10-speed automatic transmission is expected to greatly increase fuel efficiency as well as acceleration. It should also change gears more quickly, making highway driving more productive and responsive.

Over 18,000 Georgians are employed at automobile factories of some kind. Honda’s new transmission isn’t just good for its lineup, but it’s positive for the job market, too. We can wait to test it out at Bryan Honda, and invite you to join us as soon as it’s available to test drive.

Three Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Get Your Car Ready for Spring

At Bryan Honda, we find that there’s no better way to greet warm weather than with a fresh, clean car. Here are three tips on how to get your car ready for spring inside and out.

 

Pressure Wash

From the tires to the engine to the paint job, winter can take its toll on a vehicle. Road salt splashes up onto the sides and cakes on underneath. The salt can cause corrosion and rusting if it’s not cleaned off. Take your car to a car wash where you can use a pressure washer to clean the undercarriage of your vehicle. Rinse off any other areas, or wipe down with a gentle detergent and a soft towel.

 

Check Under the Hood

Your vehicle’s engine components might need some extra love and attention too, after working hard all winter. Check to make sure everything looks in order, and top off any fluids that may be low. Now is even a great time to get an oil change and have your mechanic give your car a good once-over.

 

Gain A Clear Perspective

Be ready for those April showers by replacing your wiper blades. Your windshield can be washed off with some glass cleaner. Afterwards, coat it in Rain-X, which will help make driving in heavy rain easier and safer.

How to Keep Your Car Running Forever – Or Seem Like It

Keep Your Car Running Forever

Keep Your Car Running

Are you the type to keep your car long after you’ve paid off your auto loan? Here are some tips to keep your vehicle running for what feels like forever.

Don’t Floor It

Accelerating quickly right when you put the keys in the ignition is a big no-no. When your engine is cold, that means the oil isn’t flowing properly yet, and forcing the mechanical parts to work hard right away means your engine is running with less lubricant – which means more damage in the long run.

Drive Calmly

The same way you shouldn’t put your pedal to the metal right away when you start your car, you also shouldn’t be slamming the brakes or quickly shifting from forward to reverse without coming to a full stop.

Follow the Service Schedule

I know, I know – getting your car checked so often is such a huge and seemingly unnecessary expense, but having your vehicle inspected regularly can catch damage before it becomes a much bigger – and more expensive – problem down the road.

Check Fluids and Tires Often

Gas, oil, coolant, brake fluid – all of these are crucial to keeping your vehicle in top working condition. It’s also recommended that you check tire pressure every other week, because improperly inflated tires can be hard on your car.

Listen to Your Car

Above all, trust yourself. You know what your car usually drives and sounds like. Listen for odd noises or any strange vibrations or clunks when driving; noticing the symptoms of a problem can prevent damage later on.

You can save a lot of money by holding onto the same vehicle for years. Keep your car in like-new condition by following these guidelines.

What You Should Know About the New Honda Ridgeline

New Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline surprised pickup enthusiasts everywhere this January when it swept into the North American International Auto Show and took home the ‘Truck of the Year’ title. Afterwards, critics and fans alike took a closer look at the new Honda Ridgeline to see what made it so great. The truth is that the 2017 Ridgeline is a jack of all trades that makes the pickup segment more accessible to a variety of lifestyles.

 New Honda Ridgeline Specifications

The Ridgeline is a four-door truck that can comfortably seat five passengers in a well-appointed interior that looks and feels luxurious. The cabin has been redesigned to be more user-friendly and tech-savvy, making it a great option for drivers who need a family hauler but want a truck. This mid-size truck is also equipped for off-road handling and features available options like an in-bed trunk and audio system, which is great for drivers who love to tailgate.

 A Family Truck

With all of the above, plus your typical midsize truck capabilities like towing and hauling and a whopping seven trim levels to choose from, it’s easy to see why industry insiders are calling the new Honda Ridgeline a “family truck.” From top-of-the-line safety systems to fun accessories that make entertainment on the go more accessible, the Ridgeline doesn’t compromise a thing.

New Honda Civic Type R Is Set to Hit the US

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The Civic Type R is getting plenty of attention from car enthusiasts worldwide, as this new prototype is a promising new take on a classic Honda sedan. The Civic Type R promises up to 300 horsepower and a tuned six-speed transmission, as well as record-setting lap times. This sporty new special edition could just be on the market in the next year or so.

According to CNET, the Honda Civic Type R is a new version of the latest 2017 Honda Civic to hit the market. The Type R comes with great changes, including improved air intake, carbon fiber trim, a front splitter, 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and more. Though this model is offered currently as a hatchback in Japan, the brand recently announced that it will hit the US sometime in the next year.

True Honda fans probably recognize that the Civic Type R was actually released several years ago, first with the NSX and then the Integra. The Civic version came along in the late 1990s and again in the early 2000s, offering up to 182 horsepower. However, the 2017 version promises to nearly double the power of the older version.

What else is new on the Civic Type R? This model also has a mechanical limited-slip differential for added handling around corners, as well as adjustable dampers, front struts, and more. Other great features include Agile Steering Assist torque-vectoring, improving performance on the track. We can’t wait to see the latest Type R when it makes its way to the US.

Things to Do in Fayetteville: Visit the Airborne and Special Ops Museum

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Looking for things to do in Fayetteville? Stop by the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Often ranking as one of the top attractions in the area, this historical museum has interesting information, stunning architecture, and impressive displays. Great for young kids as well as adults, this museum is a perfect way to spend a day.

According to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum website, the facility opened its doors in 2000, and it has free admission. There is a main exhibit area, temporary gallery, and a four-story theater, and you’ll also find a motion simulator ride, a fun experience for all. The building is an official part of the United States Army Museum System, and the exhibits largely date from modern warfare to WWII operations.

“Nearly 20 years from dream to reality, the museum has become a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation’s interests,” reads the official website.  “From the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing War on Terrorism, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers.”

The most notable exhibits include the Battle of Mogadishu exhibit, an event that is the focus of the film Black Hawk Down (2001). You can also see early airborne divisions dating back to 1940, as well as Korean and Vietnam War exhibits. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is just one of many things to do in the area.

Updated 2017 CR-V More Spacious and Efficient

Honda updated 2017 CR-V - More Spacious and Efficient

The Honda CR-V is a best-selling member of its class for a reason, and that’s because it’s packed with tons of cutting-edge features that make driving easy, fun, and more convenient than ever. Practicality pairs with style and performance to make a great family car. Now, the updated 2017 CR-V is more spacious and efficient than ever, and adds a ton of value to this already excellent and reputable vehicle.

The 2017 CR-V is entering a brand-new generation, with the fourth-generation model sitting on a new platform with an all-new design that’s as striking yet affordable as ever. The more modern look gives away the CR-V’s more capable driving dynamics, thanks to two efficient engine options and a CVT for boosted fuel economy. The 190-HP turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is the more efficient of the two with a fuel rating of 29 mpg combined.

The updated 2017 CR-V also features a longer wheelbase as well as increased height and width, allowing for even more volume in the interior for passengers and cargo. You can now expand the cargo area to up to 76 cubic feet by folding down the rear row, too. Either way, the new CR-V is committed to being more modern, efficient, and comfortable than ever.

Enjoy the Holiday Lights at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

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Fayetteville is packed with fun things to do for the holidays, but if you’re stumped on where to go to get into the spirit of Christmas, why don’t you check out the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens? Just in time for Christmas, the Gardens have put up stunning displays for their Holiday Lights event, so you can enjoy the sights all through December up until December 30th, when the last evening for the show concludes at 9pm.

This is Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s sixth year in a row hosting the Holiday Lights event and festivities, transforming all the plants and trees on display in the Gardens into sparkling visions of Christmas lights. Enjoy thousands of displays along a mile-long path with the whole family to embrace holiday festivities and the outdoors. You can purchase tickets online to save money or buy tickets at the door.

You can conclude your adventure through the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens by enjoying arts and crafts for kids, taking photos with Santa Claus, roasting s’mores over an open firepit, and searching through the gift shop for a souvenir or gift. No matter what, the Holiday Lights event is sure to become a tradition with lasting memories for you and your family.