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.
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.
Honda is reaching new milestones. In particular, the brand recently announced that it has one million vehicles with Honda Sensing® technology on the road right now in the US. Offering next-generation driver-assist safety technology, Honda Sensing® is an unparalleled system. Helping you to reduce damage and claim rates, this technology is the future of driving.
According to Honda, the brand will be providing Honda Sensing® technology standard on all 2022 model-year vehicles. The IIHS, Highway Loss Data Institute, and Honda recently worked together to publish scientific studies to show that Honda Sensing® is incredibly effective in reducing damage to other vehicles and property, and it can even reduce claim rates. Believe it or not, claim rates drop an average of 28% with Honda Sensing®.
“Honda dreams of a collision-free mobile society and the Honda Sensing technology has a crucial role to play in advancing us toward that goal,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. “With the rapidly growing population of Honda vehicles applying these technologies, we hope to significantly reduce collisions involving Honda vehicles within the next three to four years.”
Where To Find It
The Honda Sensing® suite includes technologies such as Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control. You can find this suite standard on current models like the Clarity, the Accord, and the Insight.
If you’d like to know more about the Honda Sensing® technology, ask our team of technicians here at Russell Honda.
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.
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.
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.
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.