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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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Buying vs. Leasing | Waldorf Honda

Thinking of upgrading your car this spring, but are torn between buying or leasing your next vehicle? Make an informed decision before you move forward with your new car.

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Benefits of Leasing

Many people jump at the opportunity to lease a new vehicle because it will save more cash out of pocket as opposed to purchasing the car. And lower monthly payments when leasing means you may save more money over time.

Leasing a car also allows for a shorter signing process at the dealership. The paperwork for leasing a car takes less time to complete than the paperwork for buying a car. This means you can get out of the dealership and into your new car quicker.

Dealerships tend to offer more subvention offers when it comes to leasing. Subventions are types of financial incentives in the form of discounted up-front costs or other similar offers. These subventions are usually put in place by dealers, which allows the customer to take advantage of great lease deals.

Benefits of Buying

The main allure of buying a car is that the car is entirely yours. The owner won’t have to worry about how many miles are driven per year or extra charges for going over those yearly miles, making changes to the exterior or interior, or fees for wear when the vehicle is returned to the dealership at the lease end.

When you own a vehicle, you can pass it along to a family member when you’re through with it or sell it when you please. That is a major draw when it comes to deciding whether to buy or lease your new car.

Making Your Decision

When making your decision between buying and leasing, you want to get the best deal for your situation. You need to weigh the financial options to determine what works for you. To do so, it’s essential to look beyond the monthly car payments and pay attention to all of the pros, cons, features, benefits, and other specifics to all of your deal options.

There are also non-monetary decisions that every potential customer should take into consideration. For example, how long do you want to have this new car? Will other members drive it as well? Do you think you’ll regret your choice of vehicle? Thinking about these non-financial factors will help make you make your decision.

With the right amount of planning, the decision to buy or lease your new car can be an easy one. And whether you choose to purchase or lease your new vehicle, Waldorf Honda’s large inventory of new cars will surely have the perfect car for you with a deal that fits your needs.

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Your New Crossover Awaits You at Waldorf Honda – The 2017 Honda HR-V

Love the look of an SUV, but want the gas mileage and efficiency of a sedan? You’ve found the perfect vehicle. Explore the 2017 Honda HR-V, here at Waldorf Honda.

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The 2017 Honda HR-V includes seating for up to 5 people, or, up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space, perfect for hauling around friends and family, or all of your necessary equipment.

Powered by 141 horsepower, a 1.8L engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission, or a CVT which comes with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Available convenience features include heated driver and passenger seats, HondaLink Next Generation and a 7-inch touchscreen display, where you can stream your music from your smartphone, access social media, and even schedule service appointments.

Additionally, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink is an available option, along with the SMS feature, so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road, or your hands off the wheel to send and read text messages.

Safety features that you may want to consider including on your 2017 Honda HR-V include Honda LaneWatch, as well as Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, and a Multi-Angle Rear-View Camera.

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Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

Although rain is in the forecast for this weekend, it’s important to know how to drive in ice, especially this time of year, when ice can unexpectedly happen at any time! Here are a few tips for safe driving in wintry conditions:

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  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Be sure that you gradually ease into the gas or break when the roads are slick, to avoid spin-outs.
  • Drive slowly. Even if the roads aren’t terrible, black ice paired with speed can be a recipe for disaster. Be sure to slow down and take your time when the temperature is below freezing.
  • Increase your spacing between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Allow for plenty of stopping room, in the event that your car begins to slide.
  • Test your brakes before you get out on the roadway. Come to a few harsh stops in your driveway, before you venture out, to test the road conditions and your brakes with the slippery roads.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t come to a complete stop. If you can safely coast through an intersection without having to come to a stop, or to make a turn, you’re likely to keep traction longer than if you stop completely.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. When faced with a hill, don’t hit the gas too fast and try to gain too much speed. Take your time, drive slowly and steadily until you reach the top of the hill.
  • If you can avoid it, stay inside. Allow road crews to treat the roadways before you get behind the wheel.

Driving in winter weather can be frightening, especially if you don’t do it very often. Take these tips along for the ride, and stay safe, if you can’t stay off the roads.

Contact us today to set up an appointment with our Service Department, to ensure your car is ready for the quickly approaching winter weather!

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Your Next Car Search Stops at Waldorf Honda with the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord has been around for years, and it’s always been one of our favorite cars, but, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid stands out from the crowd, and is quickly becoming our favorite sedan to-date!

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The exterior of the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid has been redesigned in the front and the rear, with elegant taillights and bold LED fog lights, making this car one of the most beautiful in its class.

With an estimated 49 MPG in the city, and 47 on the highway, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is the perfect vehicle for those constantly on-the-go, or for long car trips with your family and friends.

Some of the standard features of the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid include:

  • Back-up Camera
  • Manual Folding, Power-heated Side Mirrors
  • Curtain First and Second Row Airbags
  • Distance Pacing
  • Electric Power-assist Speed-sensing Steering
  • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
  • Driver’s Seat Lumbar Support
  • Automatic Daytime Running Lights with Delay-off

Numerous other features are available on this outstanding car. So, what are you waiting for? Visit us online or contact us today to set up your test-drive. We know you’ll love it.

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Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Christmas is only 10 days away! Many families have traditional dishes that they prepare for the holidays, and between the shopping, wrapping, and decorating, it’s tough to find time to find new recipes to bring into your traditions.

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This year, we have you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite recipes, to give you some ideas!

  • Peppermint Brittle
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds of White Chocolate
      • 30 Small Peppermint Candy Canes
    • Directions:
      • Line a large jellyroll pan with heavy-duty foil.
      • Place white chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on medium setting for 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
      • Place candy canes in a plastic bag, or between two pieces of waxed paper. Using a mallet or rolling pin, break the candy canes into small chunks. Stir peppermint into melted white chocolate. Spread evenly in pan, chill until set (about 1 hour). Break into pieces by slamming pan onto counter.
  • Christmas Brunch Casserole
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 Pound of Bacon
      • 2 Onions, Chopped
      • 2 Cups of Fresh, Sliced Mushrooms
      • 1 Tablespoon of Butter
      • 4 Cups of Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes, thawed
      • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
      • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Salt
      • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
      • 4 Eggs
      • 1 ½ Cups Milk
      • 1 Pinch Dried Parsley
    • Directions:
      • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
        Directions:
      • Place bacon in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside. Add the mushrooms and onion to the skillet; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent and the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
      • Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish with the tablespoon of butter. Place potatoes in bottom of prepared dish. Sprinkle with salt, garlic salt, and pepper. Top with crumbled bacon, then add the onions and mushrooms.
      • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and parsley. Pour the beaten eggs over the casserole and top with grated cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
      • Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees
      • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until set
  • Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
    •  Ingredients:
      • 4 Russet Potatoes, Sliced into ¼ Inch Slices
      • 1 Onion, Sliced into Rings
      • Salt and Pepper to Taste
      • 3 Tablespoons Butter
      • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose Flour
      • ½ Teaspoon of Salt
      • 2 Cups Milk
      • 1 ½ Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • Directions:
      • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1-quart casserole dish.
      • Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
      • Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven.
  • 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.

We hope you enjoy these recipes—share a photo of your finished product with us.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Waldorf Honda!

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The 2016 Honda CR-V is Turning Heads in Southern Maryland

The Honda CR-V is and always has been one of our top selling vehicles, and the 2016 Honda CR-V is absolutely no exception.

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The perfect combination of SUV and Sedan, the 2016 Honda CR-V is a sporty and sleek crossover, perfect for an individual, or for a family.

With an estimated 25 mpg in the city, and 31 on the highway, the 2016 Honda CR-V is perfect for your long commute into the city, or for cruising around the town, enjoying the nightlife. While driving, if you turn on the ECON button, your vehicle will make adjustments to its systems so that they can be more fuel efficient, and will give you feedback on how efficient your driving is…talk about a smart car!

The 2016 Honda CR-V comes equipped with a 2.4-Liter i-VTEC 4-Cylinder engine with 185hp and a Continuously Variable Transmission.

And it doesn’t stop at the mechanical features. The 2016 Honda CR-V holds 5 passengers comfortably, with a spacious cargo area in the back. A large covered stow bin houses USB and auxiliary inputs, as well as a 12-volt power point, perfect for the on-the-go family.

So what are you waiting for? Stop in to Waldorf Honda and test-drive your new 2016 Honda CR-V today—we’re sure you’ll fall in love, just as quickly as we did!

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Our Favorite Apps for Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, along with the biggest travel day of the entire year!

This year, instead of fighting through traffic or listening to music from radio stations that you’re not familiar with, download some new apps to take along.

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Here is a list of some of our favorite Holiday Travel Apps:

  • Spotify – For less than $10.00 per month, you can stream unlimited music to your smartphone. By downloading the music beforehand, you can listen to your playlists on or offline, keeping your ears satisfied on your road-trip.
  • Waze – Heading somewhere far away? Download the Waze app, and keep apprised of traffic conditions, speed traps, and potential dangerous road conditions, all free-of-charge!
  • Citymapper – Visiting a new city? Check out Citymapper for more detailed planning information than Google Maps, including real-time departures and disruption alerts, along with Uber integration and cycle routes!
  • Tripit – Flying or taking mass-transit out of town? Download the Tripit app, and keep all of your flight, car rental, hotel, and event bookings in one streamline place, rather than having multiple itineraries!
  • App in the Air – Flying out of town this year? Check out the App in the Air to keep track of your flight departures, with awesome coverage of airlines and airports.

No matter where you’re headed, or how you’re planning to get there, make your holiday travel more enjoyable, just by downloading a few apps!

If you’re headed out of town by car, stop in to our Service Department, and make sure your car is road-trip ready, before you head out.

 

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Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Honda Fit Hatchback

The best of both worlds—fuel efficiency and versatility. The 2017 Honda Fit is one of our favorite vehicles of all-time! Perfect for the daily commuter or student, the 2017 Honda Fit is a subcompact car, with a ton of space.

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The 2017 Honda Fit has an exquisite, unique style, complete with features not typically found in a car of its stature. Available leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats and 60/40 split rear seats makes it perfect for those frosty mornings and for loading up all of the tools you need to succeed.

Perfect for your young driver are immense options for technology including available Honda LaneWatch which displays to the center 7-inch touch screen, HondaLink Next Generation keeping them connected to all of their favorite iPhone apps, and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation with an HD Traffic Feature, perfect for those that are constantly on the go.

The 130hp engine at 6,600 RPM gives the 2017 Honda Fit plenty of get-up-and-go, and with a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or the continuously variable transmission, you’ll be sure to maximize efficiency, no matter the driving conditions.

The exceptional fuel mileage allows you to get where you need to go, without having to venture over to a fuel station what seems like every other day. With up to 29 city MPG and 36 highway MPG, front-wheel drive and the awesome features that come with the 2017 Honda Fit, you’ll be sure to love it. We do.

Visit our website or contact us today to set up your test-drive—we only have a few left in stock!

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