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Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is turning heads across Southern Maryland, and we’re happy to share some of it’s best features with you!

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The exterior is sleek, yet  intimidating, with a boisterous front grille, muscular body lines, but an overall appealing stance, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will make you quickly forget that you’re even in a truck.

From the 18″ painted alloy wheels, fully automatic projector beam halogen daytime running headlamps, and LED brake lights, the perfect amount of flare is portrayed on this already stunning vehicle.

The interior of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will quickly make you fall in love. The luxurious cabin will give you the comfort that you desire, and the features will make you forget that you’re not behind the wheel of a luxury sedan. From the remote start, auxillary port, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and 7-speaker audio system, you’ll never want to reach your destination.

To schedule your test-drive of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, contact us, or stop by and see us on Crain Highway in Waldorf.

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The Best Cars for Students | Waldorf Honda

In just a few short weeks, students in Southern Maryland will be heading back to start the 2017-2018 school year.

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Parents of high school and college students are not only preparing to buy all of the clothes, shoes, and school supplies to get your kids off to a great start, but what about a new car to keep them driving safely to and from class?

Waldorf Honda is the go-to destination for back-to-school vehicles for the 2017-2018 school year. With a wide variety of Honda models, you’re sure to find your student’s new car, for a great price!

The Honda Civic, Honda Fit, and Honda HR-V make wonderful first cars. From the unbeatable fuel efficiency to the unmatched drivability, you’ll find a car that makes both you, and your pocket-book happy!

 

If a new car is a little out of your budget, try on a pre-owned vehicle for size. With hundreds of makes and models available, there’s an option for everyone.

So, what are you waiting for? Your student’s dream car is just a click, call, or visit away!

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Tips to Protect Your Teen Behind the Wheel

The moment your teen turns 16 is exciting, but is also potentially worrisome for parents. As they acquire their driver’s license, they’re well on their path to independence, however, protecting them is still your priority.

But how do you protect them, when you’re not around?

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Here are a few tips to ensure your teen is safe, when they get behind the wheel:

  • Be sure that the vehicle your teen is behind the wheel in is in tip-top shape. Verify the safety ratings on the vehicle, as well as the current condition of the tires, brakes, and engine. Contact our Service Department to ensure the vehicle that your teen will be driving is up-to-par.
  • It might be a good idea to limit the time that your teen is allowed to be behind the wheel; according to an article from esurance, most accidents involving teen drivers occur after 9:00 PM, so, setting curfews could be in their best interest.
  • Limit the number of passengers that your teen is allowed to travel with, to help avoid distractions.
  • Speak with your teen about the dangers of driving distracted, or driving under the influence.
  • Be sure to thoroughly teach your teen about all the features of the vehicle they will be driving, before they get behind the wheel. Ensure your teen knows exactly where to find the switches for the lights, windshield wipers, and hazard lights, in case of emergency.

Driving is an exciting privilege, but could potentially be a very dangerous task. To learn what vehicle might be the best fit for your teen, visit us at WaldorfHonda.com, or contact us today!

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Top Travel Destinations Within Driving Distance of Southern Maryland

School is out, and the weather is heating up. If you’re thinking of venturing out in the coming weeks for a mini vacation, we’ve compiled a list of a few destinations, well within reach, that you might love to explore with your family.

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All within three hours of driving distance, Southern Maryland is perfectly situated to give you the best of both worlds—whether you’re craving mountains, the ocean, or even history!

  • Ocean City, Maryland – Over 10 miles of sand, waves and salt, this destination is sure to please everyone in your family. With activities like golf, shopping, fine dining, and one of the nation’s best boardwalks, you will have the time of your life. Just a few short hours from Waldorf.
  • Rehoboth Beach, Delaware – If you’re looking for more of a low-key weekend, take a trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. You have numerous outlet stores to choose from, along with several fine-dining options, perfect for you and your special someone to escape from everyday life. Just a few short hours from Waldorf.
  • Assateague Island, Maryland – If adventure and gorgeous scenery are on your priority list for your next trip, Assateague Island is the perfect getaway. A small island located at the most-southern portion of the Eastern Shore, Assateague Island is just a few short hours from Waldorf, and comes complete with wild ponies running on the beach.
  • Deep Creek Lake, Maryland – Known mostly for its wintertime ski resorts, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland has numerous outdoor activities to choose from including water skiing, tubing, kayaking, and jet skiing. This is the perfect destination for your family, and only a few short hours from Waldorf.
  • Williamsburg, Virginia – Whether you’re in it for the thrill rides or water rides at two of the best amusement parks around, or you’re looking to learn about the historic side of Williamsburg, Virginia, this destination is sure to top your list. Located just a couple of hours from Waldorf, Williamsburg, VA is a great destination for family-fun.

So, hop into your Honda, or Pre-Owned Vehicle, and set out on an adventure. After all, you’ve been waiting all winter long to set out on a journey, and now you have the perfect opportunity to do so.

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5 Common Factors Attributed to Accidents

Although driving is a wonderful privilege, it can also be a very dangerous task, regardless of the endless safety features that come on new cars, today.

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To help keep our customers safe behind the wheel, we’ve compiled a list of 5 common factors attributed to accidents, to keep in mind, the next time you get behind the wheel:

  1. Distracted Driving – Driving while operating an electronic device, whether a cell phone, GPS, or any other device, can prove to be a very dangerous distraction. Taking your eyes off the road, even for a split second, can cause you to miss something, that you ordinarily wouldn’t have missed if focused completely on driving.
  2. Drowsy Driving – We’ve all been there. Life gets busy, and sometimes there isn’t quite enough time for sleep, and then you’re back behind the wheel of your vehicle, on to the next task. Driving while sleepy can slow down your reaction time, which could result in a collision, no matter how closely you feel that you’re paying attention.
  3. Driving Without a Seat Belt – No matter the distance you’re traveling, engaging your safety belt is vital when you get behind the wheel. Although cars today are built with air bags to help protect you in the event of an accident, a seat belt could save your life.
  4. Speeding – Regardless of how long you’ve been permitted to drive, or how much experience you have, speeding is a dangerous habit to get into, and according to a Blog from Road and Track, is the second leading cause of traffic fatalities. Be sure to plan ahead, and give yourself enough time to reach your destination, without having to speed to get there.
  5. Being Unaware of Driving Conditions – Whether it’s snow and ice that we’re experiencing, or rain, staying apprised of weather conditions is an important factor in avoiding danger behind the wheel. Attempting to reach your destination before inclement weather starts is your safest bet to avoiding a weather-related collision.
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Be Sure Your Vehicle is Road-Trip Ready at Waldorf Honda

Memorial Day weekend is just a couple days away, and as many of us prepare for a 3-day weekend, millions of families will hit the road on the first mini summer vacation of the year.

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Needless to say, your vehicle should be in tip-top shape, before you hit the road.

Schedule an appointment with our Service Department, before you set out on your journey. Whether it’s an oil change and tire rotation that you need, or, you just want to have our technicians double check that everything is in proper working order, we’ve got you covered.

If it’s a replacement part that you’re in search of for your vehicle, contact our Parts Department. Our experts are standing by, waiting to find the perfect part to make your vehicle as good as new.

So, contact us today, and make sure that you’re putting your family in the safest vehicle possible, before you set out on your mini vacation.

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The 2017 Honda Odyssey—Not Your Average Minivan

If you have a growing family, and haven’t exactly been keen on the idea of a minivan, the 2017 Honda Odyssey might just change your mind.

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The 2017 Honda Odyssey possesses an aerodynamic profile, punctuated with a rear roofline spoiler, making the sleek and sporty design a popular choice among parents across Southern Maryland.

But the reasons to fall in love with this minivan don’t stop there.

In addition to the exterior design, the 2017 Honda Odyssey seats up to 8 people, comfortably, and has several amazing features that will make you wonder why you waited so long to upgrade into something that makes your life easier. The available power liftgate makes transporting luggage, the kids, or sports equipment a breeze. Getting to the third row is a breeze, with the pull of a lever, the middle seat in the second row folds up, in an instant.

Available safety features like the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, which gives you turn-by-turn direction, and traffic updates in real-time, and the Forward Collision Warning, will prove to be features that you never knew you always wanted in your vehicle, but you’ll quickly never want to be without them again.

With plenty more features available across our 7 trim styles of the 2017 Honda Odyssey, the possibilities are endless. Contact us today when you’re ready to set up your test-drive. We know you’ll fall in love, just as quickly as we did.

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Give the Ultimate Gift of Freedom to Your Graduate, and Save While Doing It

Do you have a college graduate that will be crossing the stage in the next few months? Show your graduate how proud of them you are, with the ultimate gift of freedom, a new Honda!

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Knowing that your college student will be venturing out on their own can be a scary feeling, however, knowing that they’re driving a reliable car, might just make the “leaving the nest” process, a little easier.

Honda Financial Services wants to celebrate your graduate’s first year after school with the College Grad Program. Qualified upcoming and recent college grads can save $500 on any 2016 or newer Honda vehicle when they finance or lease with Honda Financial Services. The graduating student must present proof of employment, or firm commitment from an employer, must have graduated in the last two years or will graduate in the next six months, provide Honda dealer with credit and document requirements, and must have no adverse credit history.

Other benefits of purchasing a new Honda for your graduate include an option to defer the first payment for 90 days, purchasing a vehicle is an excellent way to build credit, and with flexible and competitive finance and lease packages, you can’t go wrong!

Here at Waldorf Honda, we have a wide selection of different vehicles, to suit your graduate’s needs. From the stunning Honda Civic and Honda Accord, to the versatile Honda CR-V, you’ll love the options that we have to choose from.

Visit us online to view our inventory, and contact us when you’re ready to start the process of finding your graduate’s new vehicle. Our team is standing by, waiting to take your call!

**The Honda Graduate Program is limited to the 48 U.S. contiguous states, Alaska and Hawaii. [1] For well-qualified customers who meet Honda Graduate Program criteria, subject to approval by Honda Financial Services (HFS). Bonus offer applies toward any new 2016 or newer model year Honda when financed or leased through HFS. Only offered at participating dealerships. Only one $500 Honda College Graduate Bonus offer per vehicle. LEASE: $500 applied towards the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $500 reduction. Cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease program. PURCHASE: $500 applied towards down payment. Offer not valid on Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles or used Honda vehicles. Offer valid through March 31, 2018, and may be terminated at any time. Verifiable proof of employment or firm commitment from an employer with start date no more than 120 days from date of finance contract. Must have graduated in past two years or will graduate in next six months. No adverse credit history. Master’s, Bachelor’s or Associate degree from U.S.-accredited college or registered nursing school. Provide Honda dealer with credit and document requirements. [3] Option to defer first payment 90 days (60 days interest-free) is only available with traditional financing (not leasing).
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April is National Car Care Month

April is National Car Care month, and in effort to help you ensure you’re taking the best care of your car possible, we’ve created a brief checklist of all the things that may get neglected throughout the year, especially during the busy winter months:

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  • Check Vehicle Registration Expiration Date – Now that we’re in a new month, and 4 months into the new year, double check your Registration on your vehicle to ensure the expiration date has not passed.
  • Verify Your Automobile Insurance Coverage – Request a copy of your Insurance Declaration Page to ensure your coverage limits are where you want them to be, and that your premium is paid up-to-date.
  • Check All Lights on Exterior of Vehicle – Ask a friend to help you ensure all your lights are working properly. Be sure to check your headlights and tail lights, brake lights, tag lights, and turning signals. If you’re in need of a replacement bulb, contact our Parts Department, and leave the searching to us!
  • Check Brakes and Tires on Vehicle – Take the coin test to your tires. Be sure that you have the proper amount of tire tread on all four of your tires, and that all your tires are wearing properly. Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to ensure that your brakes are in tip-top shape, or if you’re in need of new tires or even just a rotation or balance. Our team of experts are waiting for your call.
  • Check Fluids and Battery on Vehicle – Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to ensure all your fluid levels are where they should be, and that your battery is in proper working condition.
  • Clean Windows, Inside and Outside – The winter months can be especially brutal on your vehicle, between the salt, dirt and grime that gets splattered onto your vehicle, all winter long, this is a great time to ensure your windows are clean, inside and out!

At any point in time, our fantastic teams in our Service Department and Parts Department are available to help. Visit us online, or contact us today to schedule your appointment, and make sure your car is spring-time ready!

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Tips for Spring Car Cleaning

It might be safe to assume that Winter is finally over, and, it’s time to start thinking forward to spring cleaning!

But spring cleaning isn’t only for your home or office.

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Take the time this year to make sure you properly clean your car, and get it looking it’s best for spring and summer, with these few tips:

  • Organize the glove box, and consoles. Sort through all of the paperwork in your glove box, and remove old insurance cards, vehicle registrations, and any other objects that you no longer need to cart around every day. Create a folder for your current vehicle registration and insurance card, and neatly place the important documents back inside of your glove box, to ensure that everything is there and easy to find when you need it!
  • Clean the windows—inside and out.  Wintertime driving can be pretty trying on the exterior of your car. Clean the windows extra, both inside and outside, with a clean towel, to ensure your visibility is never compromised.
  • Remove clutter from your trunk. Sort through all of the clutter in your trunk, and take out anything you might not need this summer (snow brushes, ice melt, gloves, etc.) and store them away for next year. While your trunk is clean, verify that your spare tire is in perfect, working order, just in case!
  • Scrub the exterior.  Winter time can leave salt and road grime all over the exterior of your vehicle. Be sure to scrub off the salt, especially on the lower half of your vehicle, and make sure your paint stays looking brand new!

If you’re in need of service for your vehicle, to ensure it’s running it’s best before you venture out for your spring and summer adventures, contact our Service Department, today!

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