2014 February Newsletter

Honda News
CR-V is the besting selling SUV in the U.S. – period – with annual sales topping 300,000 (303,904 total units) for the first time. (CR-V joined Accord and Civic in the 300,000 club.)

CR-V’s top advantages
(over the 2014 Tuscon AWD, 2014 Jeep Cherokee 4×4, and 2014 Nissan Rogue AWD)

~ Roomier rear-seat with great rear-seat headroom, legroom, hiproom and

shoulder room

~ 500 pounds greater standard towing capacity than Nissan Rogue AWD

~ Smooth-shifting automatic transmission

~ 7.5 – 11.5 cubic feet more cargo room with the rear seat up (depending on

model comparison)

~ 5 Star overall vehicle score from National Highway Traffic Safety


~ Significantly better EPA fuel economy

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New Vehicle Special

2013 Honda Fit Base

$119 per month lease for 36 months!

*Model Code: GE8H3DEXW. 36 month closed end lease. $1500 trade or cash down. First payment. $595 acq. Fee. Taxes + DMV fees due at lease signing. 12,000 miles/year. $0.15 overage. To qualified buyers through AHFC. Offer valid through 3/3/14.
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Work Anniversaries

Scott Westcott: 7 years, Tom Martin: 9 years,

Elvis Pagan: 30 years & Tom Loughlin: 33 years

Service Specials & Tips
True Cost Of Not Maintaining Your Car

People on tight budgets are often tempted to skip some routine car maintenance services, or at least to delay an appointment getting their car serviced.

The true cost of not maintaining your vehicle can include hefty repair bills for bad brakes, failed emissions tests and maybe even a failed engine. Following is a list of some common maintenance requirements for automobiles and the costly problems that can occur if they aren’t completed:

Car care checklist

Delaying car repairs can cost you hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars over the long run. Here are five areas of maintenance you should never skip.

5 car maintenance must-dos

  1. Consistent oil changes
  2. Tire rotations, air pressure checks
  3. Replace timing belt
  4. Annual brake checkup
  5. Changing spark plugs and filters

See what you would be spending if you didn’t do the

regularly scheduled maintenance here.

Employee Spotlight
Patrick McTammany started with Ralph Pontiac Honda in 2003 as a part time Pontiac technician while attending the General Motors ASEP program at MCC. In 2004 he received his Associates degree in applied Sciences and became a full time technician. Patrick continued his studies and became an ASE and GM Certified Master Technician. When the Pontiac Division closed Patrick chose to work towards becoming a Honda Certified Technician and had completed 83% of training as of January 2014.

We recently had an opening at our service desk and Patrick opted to change his role within the company and take the Service Advisor position. He feels his knowledge and experience from being a technician will benefit the customer. Patrick said he is excited for the opportunity to directly interact with our customers on a daily basis and intends to treat everyone the way he would like to be treated if he was coming in for service.

Patrick has lived in the town of Greece his entire life where he attended Arcadia High School and also met his awesome wife Brittany. They have a 3 ½ year old son who is quite the comedian and makes life interesting to say the least. Most of Patrick’s free time is spent with family and friends camping as well as spending time at their cottage in the Thousand Islands boating and fishing. He also likes to do some remodeling projects around their home.

Simple (and Green!) Pest Control Tips
Did you know that mice turn up their noses at peppermint? Or that ants and roaches hate Tex-Mex? Some easy tricks and common household ingredients can help keep nature’s nuisances at bay, without harming kids, pets or other wildlife.

Be a Menace to Mice

  • Peppermint has been an anti-mouse strategy for centuries. Some swear the strong smell keeps mice from being able to find food. Soak cotton balls in pure peppermint oil (found in health-food stores) and place in small cups near their entry points. Planting peppermint in your yard may help too.
  • No cat? Borrow some cat hair from a friend or a groomer, and place it around holes.
  • Better yet, block those holes altogether. Stuff them with copper mesh, which won’t rust like steel wool. Cover larger openings and the space behind air vents with hardware cloth that has a mesh size less than a quarter-inch.
  • Ants depend on their scent trail: Wipe it out with undiluted white vinegar.
  • They also avoid cayenne pepper. Other pests, including cockroaches and squirrels, avoid it too.
  • Ants can’t digest cornmeal, but they don’t know that. Put piles of it near a problem anthill, and ants will eat it and slowly starve. This solution takes some time, but it’s safe for kids and pets.

Banish Biting Bugs

  • Mosquitoes track you by the carbon dioxide you exhale. Mask it with citronella. Lemongrass (not the citronella plant) is the source of this oil. Plant this lovely ornamental around your patio or in portable pots.
  • Bedbugs don’t like extremes. Chill a room at 32°F or below for several days to stop these pests cold. And wash and dry bedding at the hottest settings for at least 15 minutes. You can also set the legs of your bed in plastic cups filled with a little mineral oil, to keep bugs from climbing up.
  • Many insects go toward the light. But bugs avoid yellow bug lights—use them near doorways, driveways and sidewalks. Place mercury vapor or incandescent lights around the perimeter of the property to lure insects away.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Valentine Crispy Cutouts

­What You Need:

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 pkg. (10 oz.) Marshmallows
8 drops red food coloring

Assorted decorating icings

Make It:

1. MELT butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until

marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat. Add food coloring; mix well.

2. ADD cereal; mix well. Press onto bottom of 15x10x1-inch pan sprayed with cooking

spray. Cool completely.

3. CUT into heart shapes with greased 4-inch cookie cutter. Decorate with icings as