Waldorf Honda

Fall Fun in Southern Maryland

Fall is a wonderful time of year here in Southern Maryland. Between the fall festivals, corn mazes, hay rides, spooky haunted houses, and other autumn activities, you’ll find something for everyone, here in Southern Maryland.

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Here’s just a few of our favorite autumn activities, all local to the residents of Southern Maryland:

  • Bowles Farm – With a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, barrel rides and the chance for a picture with Sponge Bob, your family will love all that Bowles Farm has to offer. Located in Clements, Maryland.
  • Montpelier Farms – With a corn maze, animals, hayrides, fun activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch, and more, Montpelier Farms has some of the greatest autumn activities, and is located directly off of Route 301 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival – Also in nearby Crownsville, the Renaissance Festival is a favorite among our staff. Travel back in time with your family and immerse yourself in the culture of a 16th Century English Village. Just minutes from Upper Marlboro, your family will love all that the Renaissance Festival has to offer.
  • Fright Fest at Six Flags America – Located right here in Upper Marlboro, Six Flags America holds one of the areas top spooky events, from September 22-October 28 Enjoy thrill rides, complimented with thrills by day and fright by night.
  • Vampire Manor – Around for 30 years, Vampire Manor has become a favorite autumn activity to those in Southern Maryland. Put on to benefit the Charles County Dive Squad, Vampire Manor is a haunted house, full of monsters, and zombies alike, and is perfect for those chilly October nights!
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Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

Typically, in the fall, Southern Maryland tends to experience days of rain, whether due to a hurricane or tropical storm, or just run-of-the-mill weather. Although many new vehicles are well-equipped to drive in different weather conditions, it’s always nice to have a few tips to keep yourself and your family safe while on the road.

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  • Install Fresh Windshield Wiper Blades – Make sure your windshield wiper blades are performing at their best. Don’t forget about your rear window Contact our Parts Department to order a new set for your vehicle.
  • Keep a Safe Distance Between Vehicles – Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you while driving. In a heavy rain, hydroplaning may occur. Be sure to leave enough distance for your vehicle to stop suddenly if the vehicle in front of you makes an abrupt stop.
  • Slow Down – The easiest way to avoid hydroplaning in a heavy downpour is to slow down. Leave extra time for you to take your time before arriving to a destination so you’re not speeding.
  • Ensure Your Tires are Safe – Be sure there is enough tread on your tires to give ample traction during a heavy rain. If you’re unsure how to determine whether your tires need replaced, contact our Service Department and let our experts help you.
  • Drive with Headlights On – In accordance with the law in the state of Maryland, you must turn on your headlights if your windshield wipers are running. This not only helps you to be able to see in poor driving conditions, but it helps other cars see you more easily.
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Tips for Labor Day Weekend Travel

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner, and many will be setting off for the last trip of the summer with their family and friends. 

If you’ve traveled on this holiday in the past, you know that planning is key to a seamless, relaxing trip, and we’ve got just the list to keep you organized this year!

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  • Stay Connected – Download the latest travel apps for your phone before you hit the road—Spotify is a great channel for music, Waze will help with traffic, and Citymapper will be your best-bet for navigation!
  • Travel Late or Early – Instead of sitting in a huge mess of traffic this year, leave in the middle of the night, or early in the morning to avoid traffic jams—you’ll get to where you’re going much faster, and your passengers will thank you… especially if you have kids!
  • Pack Wisely – Make sure to bring temperature-appropriate clothing, shoes, and coats, especially if you’re heading north or to the mountains!
  • Have Your Car Serviced – Make sure that all of your fluid levels are topped off, your brakes, lights work properly, and that your car is up to date on all routine maintenance including oil changes and tires. Contact our Service Department to set up an appointment to have your car prepared for your road trip!
  • Have Travel Documents on Hand – Be sure to carry your Insurance Card, Roadside Assistance information, and any other vital information, in case of emergency.
  • Make All Stops at Once – If you have children, it might be challenging trying to travel with the constant stopping for bathroom breaks, food, and drinks, but, if you stop in a place where you can use the restroom, grab a sandwich and a bottle of water, all in one place, you’re guaranteed to save time instead of loading and unloading everyone into and out of the car at each place.

 

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Spring Cleaning: For Your Car

Although this week’s snowfall didn’t prove that spring has arrived, we know that it’s true. Spring is officially here, and spring cleaning will be on all of our minds very soon!

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 its best before you venture out for your spring and adventures, contact our Service Department, today!

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Community Organizations in Charles County

Here at Waldorf Honda, our community is the absolute foundation of our success, and the non-profit organizations that assist our community members are organizations that we hold near and dear to our hearts.

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Although there are several community organizations that we think the world, of, we thought we’d name a few that you might want to consider sponsoring, the next time you’re looking to give back to your community.

The Arc of Southern Maryland

Center for Children

Children’s Aid Society of Charles County

United Way of Charles County 

For a full list of non-profit organizations in Charles County, please visit the Charles County Chamber of Commerce online.

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Vehicle Spotlight: 2018 Honda Pilot

If you have a growing family, and need a little more space in your vehicle, look no further. The 2018 Honda Pilot might be just the vehicle you’re looking for.

With the ability to seat up to 8 passengers, the 2018 Honda Pilot brings immense comfort to you and your family, along with a stylish demeanor, and a feature-filled interior.

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For those with small children, accessing the third row is easy in the 2018 Honda Pilot. With the ability to adjust the placement of the second row, car seats will fit into the rear seats with ease. The cabin is quiet, and the suspension smooths out bumps, keeping the ride enjoyable, for both you and your passengers.

The 3.5L V-6 engine boasts the power you crave behind your SUV, but also gives you the fuel mileage that you’re looking for.

With features like HondaLink, including an available 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth capability, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Navigation, and so much more.

When you’re ready to schedule your test-drive, contact us. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with this stunning SUV, just as quickly as we did.

 

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

We’re heading into a New Year, and almost everyone is thinking of a way to improve their life, whether with fitness, organization, or even managing finances. But what about bettering your automobile?

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Your vehicle is most likely one of your most valued and relied on possessions, so, why not take every measure to ensure you’re keeping it in tip-top shape throughout the year?

Here are a few ideas for New Year’s Resolutions, specifically for your automobile:

  • Keep up with your routine maintenance. Your vehicle’s routine maintenance is one of the easiest things to overlook—whether it’s not having the time to have maintenance addressed, or the money. Although it’s easy to neglect, it’s also one of the most important aspects of your vehicle’s longevity and can help you save money and time, in the long run. Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to have your routine maintenance addressed. 
  • Keep your vehicle’s interior and exterior clean. Although it’s tough to maintain the cleanliness of your vehicle, especially in the colder months, you may feel better if you do. Having a clean vehicle may help reduce stress, especially if your vehicle tends to get cluttered easily.
  • Keep up with your neglected maintenance. Have a rattling noise that’s been driving you crazy for a while, but haven’t had it looked at yet? Bring your car in for Service, and let our experts help you pin-point the problem, before it becomes a bigger problem.
  • Schedule regular check-ups. Just like your physical health, it’s important to keep tabs on your vehicle’s health. Schedule regular appointments to have your car checked, to ensure everything is in working order.

 

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is around the corner which means food, family, friends and memories!

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Here is a list of a few of our favorite recipes, perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, potluck lunches at work, or any holiday celebration:

  • Green Beans with Almonds
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans, Washed and Trimmed
      • 2 Slices of Bacon
      • ¼ Cup Sliced Almonds
    • Directions:
      • Remove both ends of beans, break in half, and wash thoroughly.
      • Place in a large pot and add water 3 to 4 inches from the top. Add bacon and cook until tender.
      • Remove bacon from cooking water and discard. Remove beans and place in a large bowl, add almonds and toss. Serve Hot.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole 
    • Ingredients:
      • 4 Cups Sweet Potato, cubed
      • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
      • 3 Eggs, Beaten
      • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
      • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
      • 1/2 Cup Milk
      • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
      • 1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
      • 1/2 Cub All-Purpose Flour
      • 3 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
      • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
    • Directions:
      • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.
      • In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.
      • In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture.
      • Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.
  • Red Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    • Ingredients:
      • 8 Red Potatoes, Cubed
      • 2 Teaspoons Crushed Garlic
      • 1/2 Cup Butter
      • 1/4 Cup Half and Half Cream
      • 1/4 Teaspoon Steak Seasoning
      • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
      • 1/8 Teaspoon White Sugar
    • Directions:
      • Place the potatoes into a large pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Add 1 teaspoon of the crushed garlic to the water for flavor. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.
      • Drain the potatoes, and add the butter. Mash until the butter is melted. Mix in the half-and-half, steak seasoning, garlic powder, sugar, and remaining garlic. Mix potatoes with an electric mixer until smooth.
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Tips for a Flawless Thanksgiving Roadtrip

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, along with the busiest travel holiday of the year!

If you’ve traveled on this holiday in the past, you know that planning is key to a seamless, relaxing trip, and we’ve got just the list to keep you organized this year!

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  • Stay Connected – Download the latest travel apps for your phone before you hit the road—Spotify is a great channel for music, Waze will help with traffic, and Citymapper will be your best-bet for navigation!
  • Travel Late or Early – Instead of sitting in a huge mess of traffic this year, leave in the middle of the night, or early in the morning to avoid traffic jams—you’ll get to where you’re going much faster, and your passengers will thank you… especially if you have kids!
  • Pack Wisely – Make sure to bring temperature-appropriate clothing, shoes, and coats, especially if you’re heading north or to the mountains!
  • Have Your Car Serviced – Make sure that all of your fluid levels are topped off, your brakes, lights work properly, and that your car is up to date on all routine maintenance including oil changes and tires. Contact our Service Department to set up an appointment to have your car prepared for your road trip!
  • Have Travel Documents on Hand – Be sure to carry your Insurance Card, Roadside Assistance information, and any other vital information, in case of emergency.
  • Make All Stops at Once – If you have children, it might be challenging trying to travel with the constant stopping for bathroom breaks, food, and drinks, but, if you stop in a place where you can use the restroom, grab a sandwich and a bottle of water, all in one place, you’re guaranteed to save time instead of loading and unloading everyone into and out of the car at each place.

Visit us online to schedule your appointment with our Service Department, to ensure your vehicle is up-to-par for your Thanksgiving travel. Buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

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Lease Return Program | Waldorf Honda

Have you been leasing a vehicle through Waldorf Honda, and are coming to the end of your lease agreement? Get $250 from Waldorf Honda, just for returning your leased vehicle to Waldorf Honda. 

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There are three options available to you at the close of your lease. Whether you decide to purchase your vehicle, lease the same or another vehicle, or create a new lease altogether, our experts can help you make the best decision for your family. Contact our experts, and let us help you decide which is the best for you.

Visit us online to learn more, today!

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