Will A Used Car Be Safe for My Family?

Family Buying a Used Car | North Little Rock, AR

When you purchase a brand-new vehicle, you can have peace of mind knowing that no one else has driven it and caused wear and tear. Purchasing a new vehicle, though, isn’t always feasible budget-wise, especially when you have a family. Purchasing a used vehicle is the more affordable, budget-friendly option. And, by following these steps, you can make sure the used car you’re interested in is safe too.

Do your research

Before you decide on the right vehicle for your needs, make sure you thoroughly research your options. Check safety ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA, so you have a good idea of your potential vehicle’s safety. Also, read reviews from other families who have owned the vehicle to see what they think about its reliability.

Get a vehicle history report

Once you’ve decided on a specific vehicle, ask to get a vehicle history report. This report will tell you if there were any major repairs completed on the vehicle, if there were insurance claims, or if neglected maintenance has kept the vehicle from being in tip-top condition.

Buy from a trusted dealership

While an individual seller may be able to offer a great deal on a car, it can be difficult to make sure the car they’re selling is reliable and undamaged. Rather than take the risk of buying from someone without good credentials, shop from a dependable dealership.

 

Ready to find a pre-owned family hauler? Give us a call at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Three Reasons to Choose an SUV for Your Next Vehicle

2020 Honda Pilot Touring with Family | North Little Rock, AR

Over the past ten years, it seems as if SUVs have gained popularity and become the family vehicle of choice. Here, we delve into the reasons why SUVs have become more popular and why you should choose an SUV as your family hauler.  

 

Lower gas prices

Gas prices dropped in the last decade and have remained relatively low since doing so. With this dip in gas prices, you don’t have to worry about spending as much on fuel for your SUV. Crossovers and SUVs are also more efficient than they once were, and some even come with hybrid or all-electric powertrains.

 

A spacious interior

One of the biggest draws for SUVs is the fact that they tend to be large, making them superior when it comes to space. More space means that you can pack up more luggage, more furniture and more people. For instance, with the 2021 Honda Pilot, you can get up to 109.2 cubic feet of cargo volume and up to eight seats. That’s nothing to shake your head at.

 

A safe design

Lots of SUVs and other large vehicles are already on the road. Driving around large vehicles while you’re in a smaller car can make you feel unsafe. Opt for an SUV to feel safer while driving around Sherwood, Arkansas, and have better visibility, thanks to the higher ride height.

 

Find out for yourself why a Honda SUV may be the right choice for your family when you give us a call at Russell Honda.

Three Smart Tips for Transporting Your Groceries in Sherwood, AR

Groceries in the trunk of a 2021 Honda Insight | North Little Rock, AR

After you’ve packed your Honda with a trunk full of groceries from the store, you don’t want to arrive home to find all its contents spilled and broken. We at Russell Honda want to make life easier for busy parents like you, so we wanted to share these tips for transporting your groceries, courtesy of The News Wheel.

Utilize reusable bags

These are good for the environment and your groceries. Instead of relying on those thin plastic bags provided at checkout, bring your own durable, rigid reusable bags. For extra sturdiness, place a square of corrugated cardboard at the bottom of each bag to keep it flat.

Use nets and hooks

Did you know that many Honda cars, crossovers and SUVs offer cargo nets and bag hooks in the trunk? See if your vehicle has these convenient tools, which make it easier to secure your bags from sliding around.

Purchase a trunk organizer

These sturdy, reusable canvas totes are a must-have for any driver in Sherwood, Arkansas. They give you a place to safely stash your eggs or flower bouquet, or to keep that heavy watermelon from rolling around and crushing everything else. There are many affordable products you can buy online, or you can use a cardboard box as a free alternative.

Hopefully, these techniques will prevent any future food spills or damaged goods from ruining your grocery run. If you need a new family SUV or crossover with lots of cargo space, check out the huge selection of affordable Honda models that we have in stock at Russell Honda by viewing our online inventory.

HondaLink® Adds New Driver Feedback Feature

Honda is teaming up with Verisk Analytics on a new feature that tells you how you’re driving. Driver Feedback, available through HondaLink®, senses how you drive and offers suggestions to improve efficiency and minimize wear and tear.

The all-new Driver Feedback feature is available for eligible Honda owners who have at one point had HondaLink®. Qualifying vehicles include the 2018 and newer Honda Accord Touring; 2019 and newer Honda Passport Touring and Elite; and 2019 and newer Honda Pilot Touring, Elite and Black Edition. 

Driver Feedback uses data to generate a Driving Score, which according to Verisk Analytics is based on five different factors: Smooth Driving, Consistent Driving, Driving Time, Speed Responsibility and Time Behind the Wheel. Monitoring everything from the time of day to speed and braking, Driver Feedback provides tips to help improve your behavior behind the wheel. By following the advice given, you could find yourself becoming a more fuel-efficient and risk-averse driver.

Though Verisk Analytics uses the data to determine your Driving Score, it’s worth noting that no personal information is shared with a third party without your authorization. Opting in to the Driver Feedback feature is entirely at your discretion, and you can just as easily opt-out as you please.

Driver Feedback is yet another way Honda is working to provide a more connected experience. Experience innovation and excitement firsthand by checking out the Honda lineup at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Tips for Effectively Washing Your Honda

Two Women Washing a Car | North Little Rock, AR

When you drive a nice-looking vehicle, you want to keep it looking fresh all year ‘round. Washing your Honda on a regular basis doesn’t just keep it shining, it can actually increase its longevity and help it retain its value. If you know the right way to wash your Honda, you’ll be styling around Sherwood for longer.

Invest in the right tools

If you really want to get the most out of your investment, it’s worth paying a little extra to have the proper car-washing kit on-hand. Rather than using household soaps that aren’t made for keeping your car clean, stock up on a soap specifically for the job. While you’re at it, get a high-quality sponge or lambswool mitt to ensure a nice, even clean all the way around.

Start at the top

Water flows downward, so the worst thing you can do is start your day in the driveway polishing the wheels. When you start letting the suds flow, be sure to start at the top of the vehicle and work your way down. This lets all the dirt wash completely off the vehicle, leaving your wheels and tires for last.

What you shouldn’t do

When washing your Honda, there are some things you’ll definitely want to avoid doing. If it’s a hot Arkansas day, wait until your vehicle is cooler before you wash it off — soap and water dry quicker on a hotter vehicle, which can mean unsightly spots. Avoid washing in circular motions since it can cause swirl marking — go side to side in smooth motions instead. And when it’s time to dry, use a chamois or terry towel to avoid unsightly water spots.

Washing your Honda regularly is key to feeling good about your ride every time you get behind the wheel. To make sure it’s in tip-top shape on every front, be sure to stay up to date on your maintenance with the help of Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Family-Friendly Audiobooks to Listen to on the Drive

Family Road Trip in the Honda Odyssey

If you’re driving around Sherwood, Arkansas, frequently as a family, there’s one great way to pass time – listening to audiobooks. Finding the right audiobook for your children, though can be difficult. That’s why Russell Honda has put together this list of family-friendly audiobooks that can help make your commutes and road trips both fun and educational.

“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech

Focusing on the life of a young girl, this award-winning book combines three storylines seamlessly, making for a compelling read. There are threads of mystery, quirkiness and a lot of love woven throughout, and it’s beautifully narrated to make it a solid option for your family. Better yet, the story involves a road trip, so it’s fitting to listen to during your family’s drive.

“The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog” by John R. Erickson

This is the first book in an exciting series, which is ideal for driving trips of any length. The series is especially good for families that love dogs, seeing as it follows the life of an adventurous dog. Overall, each book is a laugh and a wonderful listen for the whole family.

“Matilda” by Roald Dahl

“Matilda” is a classic about an exceptional little girl who discovers she has incredible magical powers. Not only does she take on the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, but she also shows listeners that it’s okay to be different along the way.

 

We at Russell Honda hope your family enjoys listening to these audiobooks. If you’re looking to buy a new vehicle to drive your family around, check out our new inventory online.

New 2021 Honda Insight Offers Tech-Savvy, Efficient Ride

The Updated 2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

If you’re looking for a vehicle that is both efficient and refined, consider the 2021 Honda Insight. This compact hybrid sedan received a range of updates for the 2021 model year, making it an even more appealing option for driving through the city.

The 2021 Insight now features the available blind spot information system with cross traffic monitor, allowing you to feel more confident behind the wheel as you reverse or changing lanes.* The sedan also comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies.

The exterior of the 2021 Insight is stylish with LED headlights and taillights along with striking lines. You can select between six different exterior colors for the sedan, including the new Radiant Red Metallic color.

Inside the cabin, the 2021 Insight offers premium appointments throughout with available leather upholstery and heated seating. You can also opt for features, like an 8-inch touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration to keep entertained.

The 2021 Insight can even help you spend less time filling up at the gas station and more time driving on the road, thanks to its fuel-efficient engine. The engine gets an incredible EPA-estimated 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.**

The 2021 Honda Insight is an exciting new option for commuting to work and taking on city streets. Learn about the different Honda models available at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas, by viewing our inventory online.

 

* The systems are not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes or backing up, and may not detect all objects, or provide complete information about conditions, behind or to the side of the vehicle. System accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object, and speed. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

** 55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

Honda Will Offer the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition

Honda will be bringing the capable and powerful 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition to the U.S. This track-focused model will come equipped with a range of enhancements to make it a fun-to-drive car.

In addition to having the updates of the 2020 Civic Type R model, the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition will also be having exciting modifications, including lightweight aluminum wheels and specially tuned dampers. The car will have a lighter weight and recalibrated steering so you can have added control on the road.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition will come in a bold new Phoenix Yellow color. Gloss black paint on the roof, intake vent and outside mirror caps will complement the Phoenix Yellow color. In addition, the dark chrome Civic badge will stand out on the rear hatch.

When it comes to performance, the car will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which delivers 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It will pair to a six-speed manual transmission and send power to the front wheels. To help you have peace of mind when hitting the road, the car will have standard Honda Sensing® safety technologies.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition looks to be an impressive option coming to the U.S. Learn more about the thrilling cars that Honda offers when you give us a call at Russell Honda in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Best Podcasts for Your Daily Commute

2021 Honda Insight Interior | North Little Rock, AR

Driving to and from work every day can be stressful, especially if you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic. To add some additional enjoyment and relaxation to your drives, try listening to podcasts when commuting. These are some of the best podcasts to listen to during stop-and-go traffic.

“Stuff You Should Know”

“Stuff You Should Know” teaches you about an array of topics that are interesting to learn about. You can expand your knowledge on paramedics, John F. Kennedy’s assassination and more, making for commutes that are both educational and fun.

“Bon Appétit Foodcast”

If you’re a fan of cooking shows, the “Bon Appétit Foodcast” is essentially like listening to a cooking show on the go. It covers many food-related topics from how to make certain sauces to tips on roasting chicken, giving you the chance to learn how to improve your meals.

“Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations”

Oprah has taken her talk-show expertise to the podcast, “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.” The thoughtful podcast features inspiring and informative conversations with experts, doctors, authors and public figures. It’s a thought-provoking way to explore a number of meaningful topics.

We at Russell Honda hope you have more relaxing commutes listening to these podcasts. If you’re looking for a new vehicle that has a variety of technologies to keep you entertained, visit us to view our inventory.

Top Valentine’s Day Locations in Arkansas

Couple on a Valentine's Day date in Arkansas

If you’re looking for a way to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day, plan to take them to a beautiful destination. Any of these Valentine’s Day locations in Arkansas can be the perfect backdrop for a romantic date.

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Blanchard Springs Caverns is a breathtaking three-level cave system that will wow you with its stalactites, flowstones and other formations. On Valentine’s Day, you can head out on a hike or take a tour of a cave. After your exploration, you can take in the natural beauty of Arkansas in the Ozarks, which has woods, streams and rock bluffs for you to view.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

The University of Arkansas features the Garvan Woodland Gardens, which is a relaxing botanical garden. Here, you can walk along the wooded shoreline, which stretches over 4 miles, and take in sights of the waves and pine trees.

Thorncrown Chapel

Surrounded by woods, Thorncrown Chapel is an architectural marvel that’s well-deserving of its many awards, including the 1981 Design of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects. As such, it’s a great spot to take a few photos and unwind in the serene setting.

We at Russell Honda hope you get to spend an amazing Valentine’s Day with your loved one. Stop by our service department for routine maintenance before going on your date.