2017 February Newsletter

Honda CR-V, HR-V and Fit Receive “2017 Best Cars for the Money” Award
Three 2017 Honda models, the CR-V, HR-V and Fit, were named as 2017 Best Cars for the Money by U.S. News & World Report. The 2017 Honda CR-V topped the bill in the Compact SUV category, the HR-V retained its top position in the Subcompact SUV category, that it also won last year, and the Fit took first place in the Subcompact Car segment, which marks the third year in a row it has won.

Certified Dream Deal Sales Event
Available on 2011-2017 Honda Certified Pre-Owned Odyssey, Pilot, Accord, and Civic vehicles through 2/28/2017 for well-qualified buyers.
For Well-Qualified Buyers on all Honda Certified Pre-Owned Odyssey, Pilot, Accord, and Civic vehicles. Available on approved credit through Honda Financial Services. 1.9% APR for 24-36 months on all 2011-2017 Honda Certified Pre-Owned Odyssey, Pilot, Accord, and Civic vehicles through 2/28/2017 for well-qualified buyers. Example per $1,000 financed and 1.9% APR: 24 months at $42.50/month or 36 months at $28.60/month. Not all buyers will qualify. Higher financing rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Dealer sets actual prices. See participating dealers for details.
Service Tips

Wash and Wax
A good, thorough wash and wax is the most important thing to do with your car once the winter is over. Winter driving can cause a huge amount of road grime, debris and — worst of all — salt to build up on your car. You want to make sure those items are long gone before spring starts. Allowing debris and grime to build up on your car can affect its paint and finish, while allowing salt to build up can lead to rust and other serious problems.

Clean the Inside, Too
Nobody wants to spend time cleaning out their car during a cold winter day. That’s why spring is the perfect time to clean your car’s interior, so spend a day doing some spring cleaning. Remove and throw away all the interior papers, trash and other items that have accrued over the winter. Not only will you have a clean car, but your spring cleaning can be done when it’s more temperate and comfortable outside — especially important if you have to vacuum your carpets and seats.

Check Your Tire Pressures
Tire pressure is especially important in the spring. As air temperatures get cooler during the winter, tire pressures decrease, which probably caused you to fill up your tires during the winter months. But as air gets warmer again in the spring, tire pressures can increase. If the pressure increases past your manufacturer specification (because you added air during the winter), it can seriously affect your car’s drivability and fuel economy. This is an important part of car care, so if you don’t feel comfortable checking your car’s tire pressures by yourself, stop in to Ralph Honda and we will be happy to help.

Inspect Your Wiper Blades
As spring starts and temperatures warm up, check your wiper blades for any signs of cracking or wear. The wiper itself could wear dramatically over the winter due to ice buildup or other issues on your windshield. In most parts of the country, you’ll need those wipers for spring rains, so be sure they’re in good working order after winter comes and goes.

Check Under the Hood
Do a thorough check under your hood to make sure your car’s engine made it through the winter without problems. Specifically, check belts and hoses to ensure the cold temperatures haven’t rendered them brittle or heavily worn. Check your coolant to make sure it’s not too old — an important factor for avoiding overheating as temperatures gradually climb. If you aren’t comfortable performing these checks on your own, contact our service department at 723.4883 to set up an appointment.

Check Alignment and Suspension
Winter is known for being harsh on roads, and that in turn can be harsh on your vehicle. If you find yourself frequently traversing roads with huge potholes or rocks that have emerged from the asphalt, it could ruin your car’s alignment or damage suspension components. Our advice: If you’ve taken your car to a mechanic to check under the hood, ask for a quick suspension and alignment check to make sure nothing is too far outside the manufacturer’s specifications.

Call us today at 585-299-2695 or go to our Service Department page online!
Featured Recipe
Sweetheart Cookie Bouquet
Ingredients:1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
24 craft sticks of various lengths
24 dark or milk chocolate heart candies, unwrapped
Decorative container
Plastic foam
Tissue paper


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Cut cookie dough into 24 slices; shape each into 1 1/2-inch ball. Place each cookie dough ball over one end of a craft stick; press gently to adhere dough to stick. On ungreased cookie sheets, place 2 inches apart, overlapping craft sticks as needed.

2. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Press 1 heart candy in center of each cookie. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 45 minutes. (Do not pick up cookie pops using sticks until completely cooled.)

3. To assemble each cookie bouquet, place plastic foam in decorative container. Arrange six cookies in container as desired. Tuck tissue paper in between sticks to fill out bouquet.

Upcoming Events
February 14: Valentine’s Day
March 2-5: Greater Rochester International Auto Show (Rochester Riverside Convention, 585-232-7200)
March 18-19, 25-26: The Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast (Genessee Country Village & Museum, www.gcv.org)