2015 November Newsletter

Honda News
Trucks Drive Numerous American Honda September Sales Records
  • Total American Honda sales rise 13.1 percent on sales of 133,750 for a new September record
  • Overall American Honda truck sales also set a new September mark, increasing 26.9 percent on sales of 63,635
  • Honda brand sets new September record, rising 14 percent on sales of 119,046
  • Honda trucks also have best September, up 31.9 percent with 55,474 units sold
  • Acura trucks have best-ever September, gaining 0.8 percent on sales of 8,161 vehicles
  • Acura RDX records best September sales, rising 19.1 percent on sales of 3,848 units
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Used Car Inventory At An All Time Low
Now is a great time to trade in your vehicle. We will also buy used vehicles! Our team can appraise your vehicle while you are in for a service or make an appointment with your salesperson to discuss options!!
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Car Care Tips from the Pros Prepare You for

Fall and Winter Driving

It’s foolhardy to head out in a poorly maintained vehicle in the dead of winter.
  • Before you do anything else, read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.
  • Get engine performance and driveability problems — hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc. — corrected at a reputable repair shop that employs ASE-certified repair professionals. Cold weather makes existing problems worse.
  • Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline.
  • As the temperature drops below freezing, add a bottle of fuel deicer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Keeping the gas tank filled also helps prevent moisture from forming.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual — more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. A poll of ASE Master Auto Technicians revealed that regular oil and filter changes is one of the most frequently neglected services, yet one that is essential to protect your engine.
  • The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended. Do-It-Yourselfers: Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses also should be checked regularly by a professional technician.
  • The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.
  • Replace old blades regularly. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent — you’ll be surprised how much you use during the winter months. And don’t forget to always carry an ice scraper.
  • Have your battery checked. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. However, most motorists can perform routine care: Wear eye protection and protective rubber gloves. Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; retighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. A word of caution: Removal of cables can cause damage or loss of data/codes on some newer vehicles, so always check your owner’s manual first. Be sure to avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs. Replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag. Clouded lenses can be refinished by many service outlets or by using a DIY kit found in major auto parts outlets.
  • Exhaust fumes inside your vehicle’s cabin can be deadly. Have the exhaust system examined for leaks and problems while the vehicle is on a lift. The trunk and floorboards should also be inspected for small holes.
  • Worn tires are dangerous in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month, letting the tires “cool down” before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget to check your spare, and be sure the jack is in good working condition. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder and thus use excess gasoline.
  • Have your brakes checked periodically for safety and to prevent costly repairs that can be caused by neglect.
  • The transmission is often neglected until a major failure. Routine checks and fluid changes at prescribed intervals can prevent very costly repairs down the line.
  • Always carry an emergency kit with you: extra gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel and sand or kitty litter; tire chains; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box.
Employee Spotlight
Meet Annette Sinski, Our Evening And Weekend Cashier

My name is Annette and I have been at Ralph Honda for 9 1/2 years as the night time and weekend cashier. I just bought my second Honda which is a 2015 CR-V. My middle son, Jeff, also works at Ralph Honda as a Sales Lot Attendant. I have 2 boys (Bryant & Jeff) and 1 girl (Nicole). Both my son Jeff and my daughter Nicole both own Hondas. I have been married for 37 years and my husband and I love to collect Peanuts/Snoopy everything. I love our family vacations going to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and spending time on the beach.

Upcoming Events
Happy Thanksgiving From The Ralph Honda Family To Yours

November 11th Veterans Day

November 26th Happy Thanksgiving

December 4th– 20th Yuletide in the Country (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays) – Genesee Country Village & Museum, www.gcv.org

Featured Recipe
Cowboy Chili

What You Need:

2lbs. ground beef

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 large bell pepper, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

3 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 cups water

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes

2 cans of drained kidney beans

1/3 cup chili powder

1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

2 teaspoon cumin

For Thicker Chili:

1/3 cup cold water

2 Tablespoons flour

Make It:

Brown ground beef. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add salt, pepper, water, crushed tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cayenne and cumin. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 20 min. If you would like a thicker chili mix ⅓ cup water and 2 Tablespoons flour together and add to the chili after it has simmered 20 minutes and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Thank You To Our Veterans

Ralph Honda would like to thank our veterans!

10% Discount

Offered for active or retired military. See our service and parts department for details.