Should You Buy A Used or New Honda?

Couple Buying Car at a Dealership | North Little Rock, AR

Once you’ve decided to purchase a Honda vehicle, you still have a lot of choices to make before you can do so. One of the biggest choices is whether you should purchase a used model or a new one. Each option has different benefits that are worth considering before searching for your next Honda vehicle.

 

Why buy used

Used vehicles are appealing for many reasons, but the main one is that a used vehicle tends to be less expensive than its all-new counterpart. And, it doesn’t just have a smaller price tag – it also can potentially save you money in auto insurance and taxes.

Because you’re paying less for a used vehicle, you will likely be able to get a higher trim level than you would if you were buying new. It’s also important to note that a used vehicle can retain its value better than a new vehicle and won’t experience the same level of depreciation.

 

Why buy new

Purchasing a new car can have a lot of advantages as well. A new vehicle comes with the peace of mind that it has never been in an accident and it’s never been owned by anyone. You will also get up-to-date technology and other newer features.

A new car will also come with full warranty coverage, so you don’t have to worry about paying for unexpected repairs during the first few years of ownership. Finally, shopping for a new car is easier since you only need to research one specific model year rather than a whole new range.

 

Whether you have your heart set on a pre-owned or new vehicle, check out the vast selection of Honda models we offer at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas.

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 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.

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.

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.

3 Great Ideas for Your New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s resolution

The New Year is officially upon us, and it’s time to put together our New Year’s resolutions. When putting together your resolutions, it’s important to make concrete, measurable goals to hold yourself accountable. Here are a few of our favorite New Year’s resolutions at Russell Honda.

Learn a new skill

 

Adopt an entirely new skill this year. Try something you’ve always wanted to do, such as dancing or snowboarding. Learn a new card trick or how to make a new recipe the whole family will enjoy. Whichever skill you learn, you’ll be able to carry it over each year.

Read 12 books

 

Instead of resolving to “read more,” make your goal a little more concrete. Consider setting a goal to read one book per month. You can pick from a variety of different genres, including fiction, poetry, and biographies.

Reduce distractions while driving

 

Modern technology makes it easy to get distracted behind the wheel. Instead of driving with your phone in your lap, lock it in the glove compartment before you even put your keys in the ignition.

From all of us at Russell Honda, we wish you a safe and happy 2019. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle to start 2019 off right, visit our showroom or give us a call to schedule a test drive.

 

 

Family Winter Trip Ideas

Just because it is cold and frosty outside, that does not mean you and your family can’t have any fun. In fact, some places offer the most fun when the temperatures are below freezing. Here are some family winter trip destinations you can plan this year.

  • Go to Disney World. Nobody likes standing in staggering lines in sweltering heat. You can beat both of these things by going to Disney in the winter. Since Florida enjoys a mild winter, you likely won’t even need your coat.family winter trip
  • Hit the Slopes. You don’t have to travel too far to reach some snowy slopes. Just north of Arkansas in Missouri there are two ski resorts, Hidden Valley in Eureka and Snow Creek in Weston.
  • Be an Olympian. Visit one of the former Olympic host cities, like Lake Placid, Salt Lake City, and others to try out some classic winter sports.
  • Visit National Parks. Even in the wintertime, our national parks are a spectacular sight. Take ranger-led tours, see amazing wildlife, and more all without the heat or the crowds.
  • Head to Texas. The Lone Star State offers a lot of fun for not a lot of money, making it an ideal spot for warm weather fun on a budget.

Which of these family winter trip ideas would you love to try? If you need a new vehicle before you hit the road, come visit us at Russell Honda.

Car Safety Kit

Car Safety Kit

Car Safety Kit
Car Safety Kit

Fall and winter bring cold weather that ultimately affects road conditions throughout the United States. Here in Arkansas, the inclement weather can make roads dangerous and unpredictable. Fortunately, a properly-stocked car safety kit can help stranded drivers pass the time in comfort. We here at Russell Honda have a few recommended items and suggestions for your car safety kit.

First Aid

For starters, your car safety kit should also double as a first-aid kit. Make sure to pack it with Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, gauze, tweezers, and bug spray. If you plan on taking a trip, adding any medication to the kit is a good idea as well.

Emergency Equipment

Packing a few emergency items in your safety kit can help you get back on the road faster or make waiting for roadside assistance safer. Road flare and jumper cables are two must-have items. Adding duct tape, a fire extinguisher, and a few rags can go a long way, just in case.

Seasonal Items

Fall brings cooler weather and winter is right around the corner. If your car safety kit doesn’t include seasonal items, it definitively should. Every vehicle should have an ice scraper, blankets, a flash light with extra batteries, and a small box of cat litter to create traction.

Family-Friendly Sherwood Summer Activities

Sherwood Summer Activities | Russell Honda | North Little Rock, ARLooking for great Sherwood summer activities that are fun for the whole family? Look no further than this list, courtesy of the Russell Honda Staff.

Local Parks & Pools

Sherwood is filled with a number of local parks in which children can happily play while parents enjoy the fresh air. Or, if you’d like to beat the summer heat, then nothing’s better than grabbing a seat poolside at any of Sherwood’s four public pools.

Sherwood Dog Park

Wanna let Fido run free? This dog park offers 11,000 square feet of fenced-in land for your pup to wander. There’s two separate sections for small and large dogs, as well as a playground for the kids.

Food Trucks at the Forest

Come sample the what the Sherwood community has to offer when it comes to local dining experiences on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. This event runs until September.

Sherwood Farmer’s Market

Support local artisans, farmers, and other businesses by stopping at the farmer’s market with the family! It’s a fun way to get involved in your community and see what Sherwood has to offer. The market takes place every Tuesday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

4th of July Celebration

While the 4th of July is still a few weeks out, it’s still an important event to mark on your calender. Every year, live entertainment, great food, and fireworks come together in Sherwood Forest for a family-friendly event.

If you try out these Sherwood summer activities, then you and your family are sure to have a blast.

Places to Go in Your Honda Civic

Places to Go In Your Honda Civic

The best thing about spring and summer is how scenic everything becomes as it blooms, as well as how much easier it is to drive by it all without all that snow in the way. If you’re a Honda Civic driver, then you know that spending time in your car is the best part of your day. Your Civic is efficient enough to let you save gas on a long road trip. If you’re a travel fan but you’re not a Civic driver, maybe these beautiful places to go in your Honda Civic will convince you to get one!

One incredible place to take a long drive is Highway 1 in California. This 121-mile drive along the Pacific coastline passes by the ocean and so many historic cities where you can stop and see the sights or grab a bite to eat.

For a shorter trip, try Illinois’ Lake Shore Drive, which takes you along Lake Michigan and through Chicago’s parks for 18 miles. The Brockway Mountain Drive is even shorter at 9 miles, heading up Brockway Mountain in Michigan. Virginia has the Skyline Drive, another trip of 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park, where 1,300 species of plants live. Don’t miss it in May when the wildflowers bloom.

These are just a few beautiful road trips to take across the beautiful United States, so check out more here. And if you’re interested in a Honda Civic, which will keep you comfortable and will allow you make fewer stops at the gas pump during your trip, give us a call at Russell Honda.