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.

2017 Ridgeline Features: Setting New Standards

2017 Honda Ridgeline Features - Bryan Honda in Fayetteville

The 2017 Ridgeline features set this model apart. In fact, you could say that this truck is breaking all the rules. With the latest high-tech gadgets, a smart design, and impressive capabilities, you won’t want to leave the driver’s seat. Check out the new 2017 Ridgeline today.

According to AutooMobile, Honda is pulling out all the stops on this new model. It comes with a sleek exterior, a design that’s perfect for tailgating. You can get a special 400-watt outlet that’s perfect for hooking up a TV or another appliance. The in-bed storage system gives you added space for cargo, and the Ridgeline comes with an available in-bed audio system as well.

Under the hood is a powerful 3.5-liter engine as well. The 2017 model year can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The engine is also paired with standard six-speed transmission, and it also comes with available all-wheel drive.

Other great features include things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for added entertainment and connectivity, while steering-wheel controls give you ease of access to the infotainment system. Plus, with a unibody construction and a fully independent suspension, you get a truly smooth ride. Check out the new Honda Ridgeline for yourself. You’ll be blown away.

Honda Sees Record Sales for CR-V in July

Record Sales for CR-V Bryan Honda

July is a great month. It’s the height of summer vacation, we get to celebrate our nation’s birthday, and get to enjoy fresh produce from our gardens. For Honda, July was even better because it saw record sales for CR-V and a number of other vehicles.

Total July sales for both Honda and Acura vehicles came in at 152,799—a 4.4% increase over July 2015 and new monthly record. The Honda Division on its own had a jump of 5.9% with sales of 139,125.

Leading the summer sales was the CR-V, which set an all-time monthly record with 36,017 units sold across the country. That is a 13.3% increase over last year. The Civic also had an impressive month with a 5.8% jump and sales of 32,952. Also in the crossover category, the Fit and HR-V both had increases over 25% for the month.

The CR-V is a remarkable compact crossover that delivers an impressive amount of interior space for both passengers and cargo. In addition, it has a fuel efficient engine, lots of desirable technology, top safety scores, and so much more.

Visit us at Bryan Honda today to see for yourself what makes the Honda CR-V so impressive.

Late Summer Events near Fayetteville, North Carolina

Summer Events near Fayetteville

As school heads back in session, you might feel like the summer is over. But, it’s not! There is still fun to be had. Here are some great summer events near Fayetteville that you can still add to your calendar without too much planning.

  • Downtown Farmers Market. Every Wednesday from 2-6 pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm, head to the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History museum for goods from local artisans, locally grown produce, and more.
  • Fayetteville After Five. On August 26th at Festival Park, hear some great live music, eat some delicious food, and have a lot of fun. The gates open at 5pm, with music beginning at 6:30pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.
  • Dueling Pianos Garden Dinner. If you want to participate in a hilarious evening event for a good cause, be sure to get tickets for this. It will be held on August 27th at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. This comedy piano show will include lots of audience participation. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance as you cannot pay at the door.
  • Heritage Square Tours. On Sunday, September 4th from 1-4 pm, get a tour of some of Fayetteville’s most historic locations, including the Sanford House, the Oval Ballroom, and the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House.

Which events are you planning to attend?

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Goes on Sale

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid - Bryan HondaWhile Honda didn’t offer an Accord Hybrid for the 2016 model year, the fuel efficient model is back. Having undergone a refresh, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid offers improved performance and efficiency for a relatively miniscule price increase. All in all, the new Accord Hybrid promises to be one of the most efficient family sedans on the market.

Compared to the 2015 Accord Hybrid, the latest model sees a price increase of just $300 to a total of $30,440. That’s just $2,225 more than the conventionally-powered Honda Accord EX with Honda Sensing.

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid comes with an updated gas-electric drivetrain that produces an extra 16 hp for a total of 212 hp. The latest ratings show the new system earning an EPA-estimated 49 city/47 hwy mpg. In addition to an upgraded drivetrain, the Accord Hybrid also gets new active safety features and remote start.

While you’ll have to get behind the wheel of the EX-L, $33,740, or the Touring, $36,790, they’re well worth the extra money. Both models come with leather and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Touring also includes heated rear seats, navigation, and rain-sensing wipers, as well as a few other goodies.

Here at Bryan Honda, we can’t wait to show you what the new Accord Hybrid can do!