Friday, January 19, 2018

Keeping Pets Safe During the Winter and Cold Weather

Keeping Pets Safe During the Winter and Cold Weather

GRANDVILLE, Mich. –– It is undeniably winter in West Michigan. This means snow, wind, and bitter cold air are making it difficult to even go outside for a short amount of time. As hard as it is for us, the same goes for our pets! They may love to play in the snow and make it seem as if they're not affected by the cold weather, but it's your responsibility to ultimately care for them and keep them safe. Take a look at our tips for keeping pets safe during the winter and cold weather, and take any necessary precautions when the temperatures take a dip!

  • Keep the Basics Plenty: Pets who spend lots of time outdoors use lots of energy to keep warm. Make sure they have fresh water in a freeze-safe plastic bowl, and have eaten enough food. A little more food than normal during the winter months can help with the energy deficiency. 
  • Protect Paws Before and After Going Outside: Pets going outdoors, even if it is a short walk, can be affected by the salt and ice on their paws. Using petroleum jelly or another type of pet-safe moisturizer will help protect their pads before going out. It's also a good idea to wipe paw pads with a damp towel to rid them of salt that can dry them out and irritate the pets mouth if they lick them. Pay attention to in-between the toes and remove any snow clumps or salt. You might consider boots sold at pet stores if temperatures or ice conditions are bad. Your pets might have trouble with boots at first (see the funny video below), but they'll get used to them. Make sure to also keep your pet from licking or eating any road salt, which can cause excess water consumption and vomiting. 


  • Avoid Bathing if Possible: If you can get away without a bath, do so to let the essential oils do their job. Just like us, pets will get dry, flaky skin because of the cold which can be irritating and itchy. Running a humidifier inside your home will help. If you do need to bathe them, use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. 
  • Keep Them Inside: If it's too cold outside for you, it's too cold for your pets. Your pets are happiest and the safest inside on unbearably cold days. It's also a good idea to provide a warm blanket and pillow or bedding so they can keep warm during their downtime inside. You can make them even more comfortable, and help their dry skin, by running a humidifier throughout the day - this is a good thing to do for the humans in your home, too! 

We love our pets like family, so we treat them like family! There are plenty of things you can do together during the cold weather that'll keep your pets healthy and active. Let them try their paws at a puzzle toy, train them on new or old tricks, and play their favorite game (like fetch or tug) indoors when you can. Make sure to keep pets safe during the winter and cold weather by following the tips listed above. Just as a reminder, never leave your pup(s) in the car for long in any extreme temperatures.

You can keep your family safe in the winter, too with a Honda like the CR-V or the brand new 2018 Honda Accord that comes standard with the most advanced suite of safety features, Honda Sending,  It's no secret Honda is one of the most awarded brands on the market. If a new Honda isn't in your budget we have plenty of safe and winter friendly options in our used inventory we'd love to show you.

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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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meet the 2018 North American Car of the Year: the 2018 Honda Accord

Meet the 2018 North American Car of the Year: the 2018 Honda Accord

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Each year during the North American Auto Show in Detroit, the Car and Truck of the year are names. We're proud to announce that Honda has done it again! In the past two years, Honda vehicles have been awarded the coveted North American Car or Truck of the Year titles. In 2016, the newly redesigned Civic took the Car title. In 2017, the recently redesigned and resurrected Ridgeline took the Truck title. This year, one of the most talked about sedans to be introduced to the market in 2017, took the Car title. Meet the 2018 North American Car of the Year: the 2018 Honda Accord. 

There has been much praise from industry giants like Car and Driver, who called the 2018 Accord "America's Best Sedan" and put it on the 10Best list for the 32nd time, to reviewers and analysts like Kelley Blue Book giving it the 2018 Best Buy Overall and 2018 Best Buy: Midsize Car titles. It's no surprise the Accord took the top prize of the year, even ahead of tough competition like the Kia Stinger (a performance based consumer sedan) and the Toyota Camry (another long time midsize giant). But, why? What makes the 2018 Accord so great?

Simply put, it's the absolute best bang for your buck. 


Meet the 2018 North American Car of the Year: the 2018 Honda Accord

The 2018 Honda Accord offers a completely new look with LED headlights, a big air intake on the front fascia, a longer wheelbase and lower stance for an athletic and sporty attitude. And while what's under the hood is one of the most important factors, a new turbocharged VTEC engine in 1.5L or 2.0L with a 10-speed auto transmission, there are other factors that make this affordable midsize sedan seem like a luxury steal.

The Accord, previously known for its practicality and reliability, has a new attitude and a suite of seemingly endless features that will appeal to the pickiest of drivers. The advanced convenience, infotainment, and safety technology is at the core of it's offering. Honda Sensing, one of the most comprehensive suite of safety features in the non-luxury market comes standard with every model, which, since the 2018 Accord was unheard of.

The convenience of the Accord goes far beyond what you would imagine a Honda vehicle could offer with an electronic gear selector, plush leather trimmed seating in some models, 60/40 split rear seats, a full 7" driver dashboard display, and class-leading interior space with generous trunk space, too. Drivers will also enjoy keyless entry, a premium sound system, wireless smartphone charging, mobile hotspot capability, and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

The MSRP for the 2018 Accord Sport CVT begins at a surprisingly affordable $25,780. Of course, that's a lot of money for many and a big investment, but for a midsize sedan with everything this one has to offer, it's quite practical and an excellent choice for the long run. Honda vehicles achieve some of the best resale value in the entire auto market, so you can be sure it'll serve you well now and in the future.

At RiverTown Honda, we want to congratulate the 2018 North American Car of the Year: the 2018 Honda Accord, not only for its brand new title, but it's accomplishment in being America's best-selling sedan for the last 41 years. We're proud to offer this top-tier midsize sedan at our dealership, along with all Honda's other award winning models. We understand the intimidation of buying or leasing a new or used car and are here to help you through the process and stand by your side with every step. It's our goal to provide you the best dealership experience of your life, regardless of what you're coming in for. Give us a call to schedule appointment to take a test drive of the new 2018 Accord and get the full RiverTown Honda experience at our location in Grandville, just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.

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, January 12, 2018

Winter Car Care and Routine Auto Maintenance Tips from RiverTown Honda

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––The bitter cold temperatures, the heavy snow fall and lake effect snow, and ice along the backroads can all make Michigan winters a pain to deal with. Whether you like the winter or not, driving in inclement weather can be scary, and even scarier in a car that's not equipped for it. If you're a Michigander, chances are there are some small steps you took to make dealing with winter driving easier like putting an ice scraper in your car, creating an emergency kit, and maybe even having winter tires put on your vehicle. We're here to help keep you safe on the road, help you deal with winter on the road, and keep your car running well through the cold weather with Winter Car Care and routine auto maintenance tips from RiverTown Honda.

Winter Car Care and Routine Auto Maintenance Tips from RiverTown Honda

We've got some informative pages on our website that highlight the components on your car necessary to take care of during the winter season because of their safety factor, complete with tips on how to do so and advice that'll help you extend the life of your vehicle! Explore these Winter Car Care pages by clicking the links below and let our team of auto experts at RiverTown Honda know if you have any questions.


Tire Inspection and Installation

Maintaining the health and longevity of your tires consists of inspection, inflation, and rotation. During the winter, these tasks are especially important. If your tires aren't inflated enough, or are lacking in tread wear, they may not be able to provide the traction you need. Check this page out for how to take care of your tires, check out our "should you invest in winter tires?" page for more information that might help with your next tire purchase.


Battery Tests and Replacements 

Although this is a simple part of routine maintenance, this is a critical part to dealing with winter driving. Have you ever gone outside in the morning only to find that your car won't start immediately? It could be because of your battery! Check this page to learn about when to replace your battery and how cold weather affects it.


Brake Inspections

Your brakes are what allow your car to stop - simple as that. Without properly working brakes in snowy and icy conditions, you're putting your safety at risk. There are ways you can ensure they have enough stopping power throughout the year by having inspections done and service as needed. See this page for more information and signs you need brake service.


Oil Changes 

Oil changes are an integral part of routine maintenance year-round, but are especially important in the winter. As the weather gets colder, your car works harder to run. To ensure your engine is running well an oil inspection and regular oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles is necessary. See this page for more oil change tips and schedule your next $24.95 oil change online!


Wiper Blade Replacements

These two rubber blades are responsible for keeping your view of the road clear. This is especially important to your safety this winter because of the snow, ice, and dirty slush that can cloud your windshield. It's also a good idea to have your washer fluid topped off. Learn more about wiper blade replacements and fluid top offs at RiverTown Honda on this page and our routine maintenance pages.


With these Winter Car Care and routine auto maintenance tips, you've got the tools to safely drive through the cold weather season. See our website for more seasonal maintenance tips and schedule your auto service online. Our team at RiverTown Honda is more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle and take care of it throughout your time of ownership. It's our goal to provide you the best dealership experience of your life!


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, January 10, 2018

Best Places to Ski and Snowboard in Lower Michigan

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––After a long last week of bitter cold temperatures, this wildly mild weather seems like a dream. Let's be honest, even with the warmer temps, winter isn't the ideal season to comfortably do activities outside. But, if you have the right gear and the right attitude, winter can be a total blast! If you want to get active outdoors in the winter, skiing and snowboarding is a great way to do so. Unfortunately we're not quite in the mountains, or even close, but there are some great hills throughout the mitten where you can have fun carving into the powder. Here are the best places to ski and snowboard in lower Michigan:

Caberfae Peaks 

Best Places to Ski or Snowboard in Lower Michigan

Where: Cadillac, MI 
Drive Time: About 1 hour 45 minutes from Grandville
Caberfae is home to 34 runs and the largest day lodge in Michigan! 



Boyne Highlands 

Best Places to Ski or Snowboard in Lower Michigan

Where: Harbor Springs, MI 
Drive Time: About 3 hours 20 minutes from Grandville 
Boyne Highlands offers 55 runs and a handful of terrain parks, plus tubing! 



Crystal Mountain

Best Places to Ski or Snowboard in Lower Michigan

Where: Thompsonville, MI
Drive Time: About 2 hours 5 minutes from Grandville
Crystal Mountain has 58 trails or runs with 27 lit for night skiing/snowboarding, plus they've been rated as a 2017 top 12 ski resort for families in the U.S. and Canada by Conde Nast Traveler. 


Treetops 

Best Places to Ski or Snowboard in Lower Michigan

Where: Gaylord, MI
Drive Time: About 3 Hours from Grandville
Treetops is a smaller resort offering about 23 runs, a big tubing run, and a homey resort. It's a great place for little ones to learn. 


Nub's Nob

Best Places to Ski or Snowboard in Lower Michigan

Where: Harbor Springs, MI 
Drive Time: About 3 hours 15 minutes from Grandville 
Nub's Nob is home to 53 ski runs as well as nordic ski trails and 3 fun terrain areas. 


If you're interested in finding a new place to ski or snowboard, or want to try for the very first time, these ski hills in lower Michigan are the best places to do so! It's important to remember to always wear the appropriate gear so you stay safe and warm on the slopes wherever you decide to go. And, if you plan on taking a longer drive to any of these hills, we recommend you stop by our dealership for a brief check-up. Our service team would be more than happy to check your oil, your tires, and your brakes so you can be sure you'll make it there and back safe. Also, check out our winter car care tips for information on how to keep your car in good condition throughout the cold weather. 

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, January 5, 2018

How to Get Organized in the New Year

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Unless your reputation is "organization queen", there are probably a few areas of your life that could use a little work. Each and every New Year, someone out there will put "get organized" on their resolutions list. Although resolutions can be stuff to stick to, a few small steps and investments can help you reach and keep your goals beyond the month of January. Here are a few tips on how to get organized for the New Year!

How to Get Organized in the New Year


1. Realize that habits take a while to acquire. In fact, it takes on average 66 days for a behavior to become automatic. That's a little over two months of repeating this behavior you want to become a regular practice. It may seem daunting, but put your organizational mind into practice and make a check sheet (daily, weekly, monthly, or the full 66 days). Each time you complete a task you can mark it as done so that you know you're meeting the requirements of habit making. Completing and marking off even the smallest of habits like cleaning or picking up your house for 10 minutes a day counts!

2. Segment your organization goals. It's okay to say you want to organize your life in 2018, but your life consists of many areas and once you realize the work involved, this goal can be a little overwhelming. Start with the area you want to organize most. Is it your documents or personal files? Maybe it's your kitchen or your kids' play area? Figure out a starting point and don't touch anything else until you've completed that area. You can make your segments as small or as large as you deem doable. For instance, if you want to reorganize your kitchen you can segment it by utensil drawer, refrigerator, dishes, etc.

3. You can also dedicate yourself to, as mentioned in tip #1, a certain amount of time to work on something to make it easier to do! If you're trying to tackle a large project like cleaning and reorganizing a garage, basement, or child's bedroom, set aside small increments of time to work on it. It'll seem much less intimidating to work on the project for 20 minutes a day than to spend an entire day exhausting yourself over it. This way you'll be less likely to procrastinate, too.

4. If your goals involve physical reorganizing, begin by sorting, categorizing, and tossing before you invest in any new materials. You might have forgotten about a mail organizer you bought online last year, or you might realize that you can repurpose that old coffee mug as a utensil holder. There's a Goodwill drop-off location in Grandville, and other organizations in the Grand Rapids area that will take gently used household items, clothing, books and media, etc.

5. Simplify your possessions! Even if you're not trying to downsize, getting rid of some things can help you lead a more organized life in general. While you're sorting through your things, ask yourself "does this item make me happy?" and "does this item have a use?"- if your answer is "no" or "someday", put the item in a throwaway or donation pile. Keeping items that you might have a use for someday is a dangerous practice and will lead to accumulating things you'll never actually use or need because life changes.

6. Once you've cleaned out the old, invest in methods that'll help you keep organized. Whether it's a budgeting app that costs $2, a special planner that costs $30, or new storage containers and tools for that costs $100+, invest in quality, well-reviewed, easy-to-use, and attractive items you'll actually want to use. Carefully assess your space as well so you know the items that you invest in properly fit and work in the space. Keep all your receipts available for any returns needed.

7. Use the advice in tip #1 to put new habits into practice! Give yourself small tasks, be mindful and motivated, and take responsibility for their completion. If you want something to happen bad enough you'll make it a reality. 

From all of us at RiverTown Honda, we wish you good luck in your New Year's resolution endeavors, especially if they involve getting organized. We can help you stay organized by keeping you on track with routine maintenance. Things like oil changes, tire rotations, air filter changes, and inspections on critical components are something that should happen regularly to ensure your car will run right. By being a service customer at RiverTown Honda, we'll be able to keep track of when you need the next service and send you reminders. Check out our full service menu for pricing and details, and schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you!


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, January 3, 2018

Honda Records Best-Ever December and Breaks Annual Record

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Happy New Year from the entire team at RiverTown Honda. We're kicking off 2018 with great news from Honda! It's always exciting to hear about increases sales, not just at our dealership, but nation wide. It shows that the brand is doing well and that the brand's vehicles are in high demand by a large number of consumers for their quality, affordability, and overall appeal. This time, the increase is substantial. Honda has recorded a best-ever December and has broken the all-time annual record for Honda and Acura vehicles!

Honda Records Best-Ever December and Breaks Annual Record

Honda has posted an all-time annual sales record for the third year in a row, which included sales of 1,486,827 units from the Honda division  - that's 10,245 units more than last year. The trucks category, including all SUV models and the Ridgeline pickup, posted sales of 734,269 for the year. The success of the trucks category with help from the Pilot, CR-V, and HR-V.

The Pilot, now produced in Alabama, jumped 5.4% year-over-year this December. The CR-V, also produced in the United States at three different plant locations, also jumped 5.8% year-over-year with 377,895 units sold. The CR-V is undoubtedly Honda's best-selling model, and a marvel in the compact SUV category. The 2018 CR-V was named Motor Trend's SUV this year. Aside from the Odyssey, which fell from last year's big launch, every light truck model saw an increase in sales this year. The Ridgeline in particular gained a stunning 46.8%, with a total of 34,749 units sold.

While cars saw a year-over-year decline throughout the U.S. market, across almost all manufacturers, Honda continued to post good numbers in 2017. The release of the all-new 2018 Accord has been going well, and should see a jump when the 2.0T engine model is brought to dealerships, but the Civic is the real star of the show. The Honda Civic, posted a best-ever annual record of 377,286 units - that's 10,359 more units sold than last year, equaling a 2.8% increase year-over-year. Aside from the brand new Clarity, the Civic was the only sedan to post an increase for 2017.

Check out the numbers for yourself:

Honda Records Best-Ever December and Breaks Annual Record

"2017 was a terrific year for the Honda brand with the continued fortification of our light truck and passenger car lineups, and a new generation of electrified vehicles combining to reach a record number of new customers for a fourth consecutive year," said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division & general manager of Honda Sales. "Eight all-new or refreshed product launches is an impressive achievement for any car company, but it put us in a strong, competitive position to maintain our unique commitment to retail sales to individual buyers."

At RiverTown Honda, we really feel like we're starting of the New Year right with a lineup of incredible, heavily-awarded, and best-selling vehicles from a brand that's committed to offering consumers the most bang for their buck. We're also continuing our never-ending resolution: to provide our customers the best dealership experience of their lives! We don't just say that, we actually mean it, and we'd love to show you the RiverTown Honda difference at our dealership in Grandville- just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. You won't just find a great selection of new Hondas, including the 2018 Honda CR-V and 2018 Honda Civic, but a team of helpful, understanding, and welcoming sales, service, and finance people that care about you beyond the dealership. Please let us know how we can assist you in your search for a new or used vehicle this year!

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, December 29, 2017

Ways to De-Stress After the Holiday Season

GRANDVILLE, Mich.–– It's time to wind down after the craziness of the holiday season and enjoy a fresh start to the new year. The last three months of the year are always a hectic and stressful time because of all the major holidays in a row. October through December, the focus is on costumes, giving thanks, spending time with family, giving presents, and spreading holiday cheer rather than taking time for yourself. It's necessary to relieve all that pressure and gift yourself time for relaxation and mindfulness. Read our ways to de-stress after the holiday season to help you take a load off and focus on yourself for the start of the new year!


Ways to De-stress After the Holiday Season


  1. Go to bed early - no later than 10 pm.
  2. At least an hour before bedtime, wind down with quiet activities like reading a book or taking a warm bath.
  3. Start a healthy diet to rid your body of the fatty and sugary foods of the holiday season.
  4. Listen to relaxing music at night.
  5. Take a yoga class.
  6. Drink a cup of green tea first thing in the morning and at night before you go to bed.
  7. Use essentials oils for relaxation.
  8. Practice deep breathing to slow your heart rate and help calm you down.
  9. Cross things off your "to-do" list to help free your mind from any added stress.
  10. Take a 10 minute walk during your lunch.
  11. Escape to your favorite spot for the weekend.
  12. Start a regular gym routine.


Ways to De-stress After the Holiday Season


It's important to be mindful of your own health after the holidays have come to an end. Create an environment that will help you find peace and relax so that you can enjoy the start to the new year. January is the month to put the priority on yourself by following these ways to de-stress after the holiday season. While you enjoy the peace and quiet, browse our Winter Car Care tips and get your vehicle in for routine maintenance so that you can cross one more thing off your "to-do" list. Just another way to help you get rid of added stress after the holiday season!

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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