Thursday, August 25, 2016

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––Michigan is a wonderful place to live for many reasons, including the bountiful produce we reap in the spring, summer, and fall. Whether you buy locally at the store, buy from a stand at the farmer's market, or take advantage of the many U-Pick farms, you can enjoy Michigan's sweetest offerings like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. To help you make the most of it, we've compiled some delicious recipes to use during Michigan's summer berry season.

No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season

Blackberry Bacon Grilled Cheese

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season


Lemon Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season

Blueberry Cream Cheese Bread Braid

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season

Blueberry Feta Salad

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season


Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Delicious Recipes to Use During Michigan's Summer Berry Season

These delicious recipes to use during Michigan's summer berry season will help you enjoy the last of the season. With back-to-school right around the corner, there's lots to get ready, schedules to change, and stress to be had. Don't worry! At RiverTown Honda, we can help you prepare for back-to-school with auto service and that'll keep your carpool safe. You can easily schedule an appointment for an oil change, tire rotation, or inspection online, or you can conveniently stop into our Express Service Lane without an appointment for services under 90 minutes. Make sure to check out our HondaLink page to see how you can make your carpool entertaining, too! Lastly, we've also created a list of freezer meals on our blog you can use to make those back-to-school days a little easier. 

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Honda Fit is a Kelley Blue Book 10 Best Back-to-School Car

The Honda Fit is a Kelley Blue Book 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––Have you met the Honda Fit yet? If not, it's high time you do! The Honda Fit is going on its 10th year and third generation in America with the 2017 model. It's a subcompact, 5-door, hatchback that was first introduced in 2006 as a 2007 model. It's a popular choice for reasons including its fuel efficiency, its affordability, and well-praised Honda safety. Those factors made the Honda Fit a Kelley Blue Book 10 Best Back-to-School Car. 

The 2016 Honda Fit made the top of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list thanks to its unmatched reliability, efficiency, affordability, and fun. It even has praise from younger generations for its good looks. Not to mention the cargo space inside feels cavernous, and is quite flexible, making it one of the best options in its class in terms of space. The small size on the outside makes it easy to drive around Grand Rapids and fit into those small parking spaces It's an easy to own car, has a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from NHTSA, and holds a strong resale value as with most other Honda vehicles. All these factors together make the Honda Fit one of the best options for students.

The Honda Fit is a Kelley Blue Book 10 Best Back-to-School Cars


The 2017 Honda Fit is now available and comes available with even more great Honda features than it's 2016 model. The MSRP of the 2017 is about $16k keeping it affordable, but with better features. The 2017 Fit offers top-of-class cargo space with the center mounted fuel tank and Magic Seat for a total of 52.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are down. The inside is so spacious, in fact, that it offers more legroom than most midsize cars, in some cases up to 4 inches more.

The exterior of the Honda Fit reflects the redesign of the Honda lineup, speaking the sporty and progressive language like a second tongue. The solid grille design and lower intake is paired with the chiseled sides and emphasized wheels for a dynamic look. The 2017 Fit is offered in 8 colors, including a few vibrant options that'll appeal to students who want to express themselves through their vehicle.

What else could a student want and need in a car? Safety and technology. As you may have guessed, the Honda Fit shoots for the stars in these departments and reaches far beyond its competition. The Fit will come equipped with a 7-inch display and HondaLink technology, enabling the driver to use Bluetooth HandsFreeLink. The 2017 Honda Fit will also feature a suite of driver assist safety technology known as Honda Sensing. This includes features like Vehicle Stability Assist, Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, and Honda LaneWatch.

The Honda Fit is a Kelley Blue Book 10 Best Back-to-School Cars


The Honda Fit is another great Honda option for students and young drivers, landing it on the Kelly Blue Book 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list. If you our your student are looking for a new car, the 2017 and 2016 Honda Fit are options you'll definitely want to consider. While we don't have any 2017 models in stock yet, our inventory is always updated on our website. You can stay on top of what we've got by checking out our inventory, or by stopping by our dealership. We're only 12 minutes from Grand Rapids off 196 and not far from Grand Valley State University, Calvin College, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Kendall College of Art and Design, and more!

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Honda is Bringing Back the Civic Hatch

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––The Honda Civic is a great small sedan. Recently re-designed, it's renewed Honda fans excitement about the model. If you love the Civic now, then hold on to your seat because you're about to fall in love again. Honda is bringing back the Civic Hatch! The Civic Hatchback's last year of production was 2005. Almost 12 years later, the Hatchback is making a strong comeback with the 2017 model in addition to the 10th generation Civic lineup.

Honda is Bringing Back the Civic Hatch


The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback was designed with inspiration from Europe and their love of hatchbacks. It appears with the same bold styling of the redesigned Civic, but with a fifth door and obviously bigger back. Overall the design is powerful and sporty. It will be available in trim levels LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring and will include high-grade materials throughout.

In the U.S. the Honda Civic Hatchback will include a 1.5L direct-injected 4-cylinder engine in the LX/EX/EX-L trim models, which reach up to 174 horsepower. The Sport and Sport Touring models have the potential to reach 180 horsepower, and feature a special high-flow center-mounted exhaust. All trim levels have the option of a turbocharged engine.

Don't let the power and sportiness of the 2017 Civic Hatch throw you off. This hatchback will still achieve stunning fuel economy and include the advanced safety features you want through the Honda Sensing Suite of Driver Assist features. The 2017 Civic Hatchback received EPA ratings of 31 city, 40 highway, and 34 combined MPG in the LX, EX, and EX-L models. These are top-of-class EPA ratings!

Not to mention, the Civic Hatch received top-of-class ratings in safety, too. It has been awarded a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and has been claimed an IIHS Top Safety Pick. How many cars can say they've received a superior rating in frontal crash prevention? The 2017 Civic Hatch sure can. If this doesn't get you excited, we don't know what will!

Let's recap: Honda is bringing back the Civic Hatch and it's going to be one of the years most fun-to-drive, safe, and quality vehicles. Are you ready to get behind the wheel? We are! Although they're not at dealerships quite yet, you can test drive a 2016 Honda Civic to get the feel of what's to come this fall. We'd love to help you find the perfect vehicle, so if the hatchback doesn't excite you, we'll show you something that will. Whether you're still working on keeping your current Civic in great shape with routine maintenance, or you want a new Civic, we can help! Stop by RiverTown Honda for an unforgettable dealership experience. Remember, we're only 12 minutes from Grand Rapids off 196 in Grandville.

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Freezer Meals to Help You Prep for Back to School

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––We hate to admit it, but summer is ending and school will be back in session soon. While you're getting in those last minute summer trips and fun family activities, there's preparations to make for back-to-school. With doctors appointments, buying school supplies, clothes shopping, etc. back-to-school prep can be exhausting! Even though it can take a lot out of you, you can do a few things now that'll make your life just a little easier when the hustle and bustle of school days rolls back around. We've put together a list of freezer meals to help you prep for back to school. Pick a few from the recipes below and spend a day prepping! Just make sure you have enough room for storage in your freezer beforehand.


Freezer Meals to Help You Prep for Back to School


Chicken Noodle Casserole Freezer Meal

Freezer Meals to Help You Prep for Back to School


Chicken, Broccoli, Bacon, & Potato Freezer Meal

Freezer Meals to Help You Prep for Back to School


Slow Cooker Cheesy Tortellini Freezer Meal

Freezer Meals to Help You Prep for Back to School


Shrimp and Veggie Stir Fry 



Slow Cooker Veggie Tortilla Soup Freezer Meal

Freezer Meals to Help You Prep for Back to School


Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Freezer Meal



Some of these freezer meals to help you prep for back to school require baking and prepping, while others require a simple mix of ingredients to throw in the crockpot. Either way, these meals will be ready for you to throw in the oven, microwave, or crockpot so you can enjoy your meals together, with minimal effort and less dirty dishes overall. We want to make your life easier overall! Whether it be providing a list of freezer meal ideas, providing advice on routine maintenance like our new Dashboard Warning Light Guide, or providing online scheduling and excellent service. 

We want to remind you to be safe and extra attentive on the road, especially when the kids are out waiting for the bus or walking to school. You can stay safe all year long by following our seasonal maintenance tips that you can use on your current vehicle. If you're looking for a new ride to tote the kids in on the way to school, we've got great options to show you including the 2016 Honda Odyssey, which has a built-in vacuum (yep, you read that right!) or the 2016 Honda Pilot. We'll find just what you need within your budget, and get you the financing you need. 

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Signs Your Brakes Need Service & More Tips for Brake Safety Awareness

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––Your brakes on your car are one of the most important safety components on your vehicle for the obvious reason of slowing down or stopping your car! While your brakes are so important, they can easily go missed in routine maintenance checks. It's a great idea to have your brakes inspected at every oil change to ensure your safety, but there are things you can look and listen for to know when your car needs service or repair. Here are signs your brakes need service & more tips for brake safety awareness for peace of mind on the road.

Signs Your Brakes Need Service & More Tips for Brake Safety Awareness


1. Your brakes are making noises

This is one large sign that your brakes need service or sometimes part replacement. Some of the noises you might here are squealing or grinding when the brakes are applied. Did you know your brake pads are designed to make the squealing noise to indicate the need for replacement? If you're hearing strange noises, it's time to make a service appointment!


2. You see visible wear, metallic flakes, or excessive brake dust

Making a quick visual inspection of your tires can go a long way. If the slot in the middle of your brake pad looks like it's barely there, it means your brake pads will need replacement soon. If you see metallic flakes shedding from your brakes, they will most likely need replacement in the near future. And finally, if you see excessive brake dust (the black dust on your rims) it could be caused by cheap parts or it could indicate heavy wear, which will mean replacement sooner than expected. In any event, have your technician inspect your brakes with you at your next service appointment so you know what to look for, and know what the current status of your brakes are.

3. Your steering wheel shakes or vibrates when brakes are applied

If you feel your steering wheel shake when your braking at any speed, this could mean your brake rotors or pads are warped or too worn to make a smooth brake. Because of the uneveness in the surface of these parts, the vibrations or shaking is created and will relate back to you through the feel of the steering wheel. While this may not need immediate attention, it is important to have your brakes looked at soon.

4. Your brake pedal feels soft or spongy

If you've noticed a change in the amount of pressure you need to put on the brake pedal to slow down or stop, it could be because of your brake fluid. Your brake fluid is hydraulic, meaning it works through a pressurized system. It has a certain boiling point and when it gets hot, your brake can feel soft. This can happen normally with heavy brake use or in a hot climate. However, if your brake is very soft, it could indicate air bubbles in your brake fluid, and compromised brake function. It's important to have your brakes inspected as soon as possible so you won't be stuck with non-functioning brakes all-together.


5. Your brake light is on your dashboard

We know you're not an idiot, but this sign is still worth mentioning. Your light turns on for a reason, so ignoring it or waiting until a service appointment is convenient for you can prolong the problem or potentially make it worse. You can schedule an appointment with us, or stop by our Express Service Lane without an appointment! We'll have you back on the road safe in no time. Feel free to check out our Dashboard Warning Light Guide to help determine whether the light you see needs immediate attention or not.

Now that you've read through our signs your brakes need service & more tips for brake safety awareness, do you need service? Our factory-trained and certified technicians are able to work on any make and model. This means they know quite a bit about cars and are able to handle any brake issue you might have! It's our goal to help you be safe on the road and to extend the life of your vehicle through routine maintenance. You can schedule a service appointment online, by giving us a call, or have service done simply by stopping into our Express Service Lane in Grandville, MI.

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Learn About Your Car's Dashboard Warning Lights with Our New Guide at RiverTown Honda

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––When it comes to knowing your vehicle, your dashboard lights are an essential piece. There are plenty of lights that show up on your dash regularly, while others show up when you need service or when something is wrong. We know it can be stressful when a light suddenly shows up and you don't know what it means! We're here to clear things up and get you 'in the know' about all the possible lights or indicators. You can learn about your car's dashboard warning lights with our new guide at RiverTown Honda. Below we'll review each section included on the page.

Learn About Your Car's Dashboard Warning Lights with Our New Guide at RiverTown Honda


Critical Performance Lights

This section highlights some of the most important lights you'll see regarding your vehicle's performance. Your car is full of vital components that contain sensors to notify you (via dashboard light) if something is broken, having issues, or needs service. Some of the lights we cover in this section are:

-Brake System
-Low Oil Pressure
-Charging System
-Supplemental Restraint System
-Smart Entry System
-Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator
-Anti-Lock Brake System
-Tire Pressure Monitoring System
-High Temperature
-Low Temperature
-Daytime Running Lights
-Vehicle Stability Assist
-Brake System
-Electric Power Steering


Learn About Your Car's Dashboard Warning Lights with Our New Guide at RiverTown Honda


Standard Indicators

The lights covered in this section, as appropriately named, indicate your vehicle's condition. These lights may need attention, but might not necessarily need service. While you might know what some of these already are, the lights we review in this section are:

-Parking Brake
-Seat Belt Reminder
-Trunk Open
-Low Fuel
-Low Tire Pressure
-Washer Fluid Level
-System Message
-Vehicle Stability Assist
-Maintenance Minder

On/Off Indicators

These lights are simply to indicate a system or feature on your car that is on or off. Typically the lights only illuminate if the system is on. They're there for your awareness. The lights that we cover in this section are:

-Cruise Main/Cruise Control
-Turn Signals and Hazards
-Fog Lights
-High Beams
-Exterior Lights

You can learn all about your car's dashboard warning lights with our new guide at RiverTown Honda, so you won't have to panic when you see one illuminate when you're out on the road. We want to help you be aware of your car, all its features like HondaLink, and the maintenance needed to keep it running its best. We're consistently updating our website with new content, like our fluids and filters maintenance pages, to help provide the knowledge you need to extend the life of your vehicle and avoid seeing these dashboard warning lights.

If you've seen enough dashboard warning lights throughout your experience with your current vehicle and are ready for a new ride, we can help you out there too! We'll find just what you need in your budget. Not sure whether you would like to buy or lease? Check out our buying vs. leasing page for a side-by-side comparison, or get into the details of each process in our How to Buy or How to Lease page. You can check out details on the newest Honda models on our Models Overview page.

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Honda Reported A New All-Time July Truck Sales Record

Honda Reported All-Time July Truck Sales Record

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––Honda has been climbing the sales ladder lately, and this month is no different. Honda has reported a new all-time July truck sales record and a record for total vehicle sales in July. American Honda Motor Co., reports total sales of 139,125 vehicles for the Honda division alone. The stand-out players that contribute to the overall July record total are the Honda Ridgeline, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, and Honda CR-V.

The Honda CR-V was recently named one of the top 10 SUVs under $25k, and the sales show it's not messing around. The CR-V crossover broke an all-time monthly record with 36,017 units in sales this July. That's a 13.3% increase year over year.

The CR-V's strong sales lead to the all-time July truck sales record with the Honda HR-V, Pilot, and new Ridgeline truck making strong contributions. The HR-V gained 25% in sales while the Pilot gained a notable 8% this past month. Even with the strong truck sales, the sedan sales continued strong. The Honda Civic also broke a July sales record with sales of 32,952 units, which was a total increase of 5.8% over it's previous record that was set in 2013.

Honda Reported All-Time July Truck Sales Record


"The strong cadence of new Honda products we continue to bring to market has created extraordinary retail demand that is unprecedented in our history," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "With the Civic Hatchback on the way along with our step-by-step effort to fortify our truck business, we will continue to grow our sales through individual car buyers."

We're always excited to show off our Honda vehicles when a new customer comes into RiverTown Honda. If you haven't been paying attention to Honda lately, it's time you did. There's a perfect Honda for everyone and we'd love to help you find one that fits your needs AND budget. We work hard to get our customers the best financing plans, so they can drive around in the car they deserve.

We also work hard to help our customers maintain their vehicles, too, so they can enjoy it for years to come. We provide new content on our website with tips, information, and best practices on how to care for your vehicle. Check out our routine maintenance pages and if need be, schedule a service appointment online. Don't forget to get your coupons for your auto service before coming in!

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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