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

Honda Ridgeline - Fayetteville, NC

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.

Enjoy the Holiday Lights at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

holiday lights- Christmas at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

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.

Honda Odyssey Updates More Family-Friendly Than Ever

Honda Odyssey Updates

Honda Odyssey Updates

Nothing says family-friendly like a minivan. From its spacious interior with flexible seating to the host of convenience features it offers, the Honda Odyssey is the picture-perfect representative of the minivan segment, more than earning its place as a solid member of Honda’s lineup. Now, for 2016, the Honda Odyssey updates have served to only make the minivan more convenient and accommodating for parents everywhere.

One feature that stands out – and has reviewers gushing – is the HondaVAC. While this built-in vacuum cleaner was offered on previous model years of the Honda Odyssey, 2016 marks the first year the feature will be standard on all models, whereas earlier incarnations of the van saw the HondaVAC appear only on upper-range trims. Outlets for your electronic devices and even a standard rear-seat entertainment system also come with the Odyssey, making sure you can keep the kids busy on long trips.

If you upgrade to some of the upper-level models, you can also get access to conveniences like an integrated touchscreen navigation system and a power liftgate, but Honda’s inclusion of these standard features on a more affordable trim showcases the brand’s determination to make the Honda Odyssey updates more accessible to families everywhere. How’s that for customer satisfaction?

Taste of Fayetteville Coming Up Early October

Taste of Fayetteville

Taste of Fayetteville

Many cities now have their own variation of a “taste of” event where they celebrate the local cuisine and business of the area. Fayetteville is celebrating its seventh year in a row of the Taste of Fayetteville event, where local businesses unite to provide sample sizes of their food to lure in potential patrons. It’s a great way for guests of the event to try something new and discover restaurants in their area they didn’t even know about.

Taking place on Sunday, October 9th in Festival Park, Taste of Fayetteville is a free entry, rain-or-shine event. You have to buy tickets in order to exchange them for food, however, with ticket prices being only $1 per ticket – though vendors can charge anywhere from 1 to 4 tickets for a taste of their food, so budget accordingly. You can pre-buy tickets online, or you can buy on-site – however, if you choose to buy tickets at the event, keep in mind it’s cash only! There will be ATMs available at the park.

Taste of Fayetteville will also be providing a Kids Zone for the little ones, as well as live musical acts for entertainment. The event will run from 12 PM until 6 PM, so be prepared for a full day of trying out all the great food the region has to offer.

Fayetteville Events and Activities: Explore the Area

fayetteville events and activities bryan honda

Hop in the car and explore the Fayetteville area. With tons of events and activities, you’re bound to find something the whole family will enjoy. This includes things like the Art Attack and the Downtown Farmers’ Market. These Fayetteville events and activities are just some of the many occurring in the region.

According to the Downtown Alliance, the Fayetteville Art Attack takes place on Wednesdays at the Rock Shop (128 S King Street). Admission is just $2 for those 21 and older, and $5 for those under 21. You can see some of the best art in the area, some of which includes performances by talented musicians. There is hip hop, acoustic music, poets, and more. Stop by to see at 6:00pm to see what’s happening in the art community in Fayetteville.

You should also drive down to the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Featuring fresh and locally grown produce, you can shop for everything from wine to vegetables. You can also find arts and crafts on occasion, as well as information on local vendors. Stop by from 2:00pm to 6:00pm around the Local History Museum.

These are just some of the many events in the area. A new car can provide you with an opportunity to get out and see the best of Fayetteville. Plus, with ample parking, you won’t have a problem finding a spot.