Tuesday, April 17, 2018

10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- On Thursday, April 26th, we celebrate the undisputed champion of salty snacks: the pretzel. Whether on their own or slathered in melty cheese. Whether in stick, bite, or classic twist form. Some even make desserts out of them! Pretzels are enjoyed by many people the world over, and it's no wonder they deserve their own special day.

In preparation for National Pretzel Day, we at RiverTown Honda found 10 delicious pretzel-filled recipes you have to try. You're welcome.


10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

1. CHEESE-STUFFED PIZZA PRETZEL

Does this one really need an explanation? Just look at it!



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day
 

2. STRAWBERRY CREAM STUFFED CINNAMON SUGAR PRETZEL

This sweet take on the pretzel is topped with cinnamon sugar instead of salt, then stuffed with strawberry cream creating something of a pretzel-shaped strudel. A "strutzel", if you will.



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

3. JALAPENO CHEDDAR PRETZEL BITES

Add some spicy flavor to your National Pretzel Day with these beauties.



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

4. SOFT PRETZEL BREAD PUDDING

You can't have a list of pretzel recipes without the oddly delicious combo of salty-sweet, not to mention an extremely creative iteration of it.



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

5. PRETZEL DOGS

If your mouth isn't watering at the sight of these, we don't know what to tell you.



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

6. HOMEMADE PRETZEL BREAD BOWLS

Pretzel bread bowl. This is not a drill.



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

7. SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE + BACON STUFFED SOFT PRETZELS

*dies* *resurrects to taste this gift from the heavens* *dies again. but dies happy*



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

8. NUTELLA-PRETZEL TRUFFLES

Salty. Sweet. Smooth. Crunchy. Bliss.



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

9. CHEDDAR APPLE PRETZELS

And! AND! Wait for it: Apple. Cider. Dipping. Sauce. *swoon*



10 Delicious Pretzel Recipes You Have to Try for National Pretzel Day

10. PERFECT SOFT PRETZEL

Ending our list we have the one, the only, the original: soft pretzel.



Those were 10 delicious pretzel recipes you have to try for National Pretzel Day. Celebrate the almighty pretzel with these unique and tasty iterations on everyone favorite salty snack. Now if you'll excuse us, we have to get cookin'. Happy National Pretzel Day!


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Monday, April 16, 2018

National Car Care Month: Learn Why You Should Have Your Oil and Important Fluids Checked

National Car Care Month: Learn Why You Should Have Your Oil and Important Fluids Checked

GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- The different fluids that run through your vehicle all serve specific and crucial purposes that affect its function, performance, and efficiency. Ensuring that they're regularly checked, flushed, topped off, and changed is an essential part of seasonal maintenance that will help extend the life of your car. The fluids we've listed here should be checked on a routine basis, and the start of spring is the perfect time to do it. If you're planning on spending a lot of time on the road come the warmer months, it's even more important to schedule a service appointment to stay safe and make sure your car is running at its best.

During National Car Care Month, we at RiverTown Honda want you to learn why you should have your oil and important fluids checked.



National Car Care Month: Learn Why You Should Have Your Oil and Important Fluids Checked


WASHER FLUID

Washer fluid works together with your wiper blades to allow you clear visibility through your windshield. Some vehicles have built-in sensors that signal low washer fluid levels on the dashboard, while others do not. Regardless, it's important to get in the habit of checking it yourself so you always have a way to clear the windshield and have an unhindered view of the road ahead. The opening to your vehicle's washer fluid tank can be found under the hood, indicated by a picture of a windshield on the cap. Most tanks will take a whole gallon of washer fluid when completely empty, though when filling it up yourself be sure to pour evenly and slowly

When purchasing washer fluid, be aware that there are concentrated solutions that need to be diluted 50% with water, and those that come already diluted and ready to use. Whichever you choose, make sure it can withstand the temperatures of where you drive. For reference, the label on the bottle will indicate the temperature threshold. If you're unsure about refilling your vehicle's washer fluid yourself, we'll happily top it off for you with your next oil change!


National Car Care Month: Learn Why You Should Have Your Oil and Important Fluids Checked

OIL CHANGE

Oil is an extremely important component of a well-running vehicle, as it lubricates the moving parts of your engine, helps to reduce heat caused by friction, keeps the engine clean, and protects it against wear. Routinely having your oil changed can help you avoid expensive damage in the long-run, as well as enhance the overall longevity of your car. Routine oil changes should be done every 3,000-5,000 miles, or sometimes longer depending on your driving habits and if your vehicle uses synthetic oil. If you're not sure, always consult your owner's manual.

However, if you have any upcoming road trips or other spring and summer activities that will put you on the road more often, stop in for an oil change to ensure your vehicle can handle it and that your engine runs smoothly.


National Car Care Month: Learn Why You Should Have Your Oil and Important Fluids Checked

COOLANT

Coolant, also known as antifreeze, is responsible for controlling the temperature of various engine components. It serves a dual purpose of keeping the radiators in your vehicle from freezing or overheating throughout the year. When should you get it changed? We recommend replacing your coolant every two years or 24,000 miles. However, as always, check your owner's manual for the specific needs of your make and model.

If you suspect that your engine may be overheating or detect a sweet smell while driving that might indicate a coolant leak, let us know! Our service experts will gladly check it for you, and top it off if needed. With warmer temperatures on the way, spring is the perfect time to check your coolant fluid checked to prevent overheating.

Your washer fluid, oil, and coolant are all important fluids you should have checked this National Car Care Month. All three fluids serve crucial purposes that are essential to a well-running vehicle and work together to ensure your safety as well as that of your investment. To perform their duties, however, they need your help. If you're uncomfortable checking or changing these fluids yourself, RiverTown Honda's friendly team of service specialists will gladly do it for you! Schedule an appointment today!

Give RiverTown Honda, the #1 Honda Dealer in Michigan in 2017, 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, April 10, 2018

Check Your Alignment and Suspension for National Car Care Month

Check Your Alignment and Suspension for National Car Care Month

GRANDVILLE, Mich., -- As any Michigander knows, our roads are terrible. Big time. Harsh winters coupled with the drastic freeze/thaw cycles we experience heading into springtime leave our highways and city streets peppered with potholes, which in turn wreak havoc on your vehicle.

This National Car Care Month, your friends at RiverTown Honda are here to show you how important it is to check your alignment and suspension this spring and help prepare your car to run at its best this summer.


Check Your Alignment and Suspension for National Car Care Month

ALIGNMENT

Over time, things like potholes, dirt/uneven roads, and regular driving can take a toll on your vehicle's wheel alignment. However, road conditions get particularly nasty here during the winter here in our beloved Mitten State, so it's extremely important that you check up on your alignment when spring arrives.

When your wheels aren't properly aligned, your car has to work harder to move thus causing its performance to suffer. Spring alignment care is important because it maximizes tire life, performance, and fuel efficiency. Scheduling an alignment check at RiverTown Honda is easy, and here are some signs for you to look out for in the meantime:
  • Your car pulls to one side
  • Vibrations in the steering wheel
  • Visible uneven tire tread wear
  • Squealing tires
  • Your steering wheel turns while traveling straight

Check Your Alignment and Suspension for National Car Care Month

SUSPENSION

Your vehicle's suspension is responsible for controlling the bounce and impacts of certain rough road conditions, and helps to keep the tires in contact with the road. It also serves the purpose of providing consistent handling, helps control roll and sway, encourages even tire and brake wear, and contributes to overall passenger comfort. Spring suspension care is especially important after experiencing treacherous road conditions during the winter (and let's be honest, even well into spring). You can easily schedule a suspension check-up at Rivertown Honda, should you notice any of the following warning signs:
  • Hard steering
  • Heavy tipping feeling when turning
  • Nose-dive stops
  • Rough ride
  • Excessive bounce
  • Low riding height of the vehicle

As we brave the aftermath of winter and head on into spring, make sure your vehicle is at the top of its game by checking your alignment and suspension for National Car Care Month. Our friendly and knowledgeable service team at RiverTown Honda is here to help you every step of the way, so feel free to visit our service center at 4260 Kenowa Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418give us a call at (866) 574-4228 or visit us online to schedule a check-up!

Give RiverTown Honda, the #1 Honda Dealer in Michigan in 2017, 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, April 9, 2018

Autotrader Names 2018 Honda Accord a "Must Test Drive" Award Winner

Autotrader Names 2018 Honda Accord a "Must Test Drive" Award Winner

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,---Calling it the "best ever" version of the popular model, Autotrader has named the 2018 Accord a "Must Test Drive" Award Winner. Boasting impressive fuel efficiency, next level safety features, and luxury styling at an accessible price, its no wonder why the all-new Accord is one of only 12 recipients to be named a vehicle worth taking for a spin before shoppers make their final decision.

"While most of the car buying process has moved online, the in-person test drive continues to be a make or break aspect of the purchase decision, and it's important to consider all your options," says Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

So consider this...

FUEL EFFICIENCY


38 highway. 30 city. That's the fuel economy you're getting out of the 2018 Accord. And the hybrid model gets 47 highway AND city. Now that's what we call "going green" (for the planet as well as your wallet).

Autotrader Names 2018 Honda Accord a "Must Test Drive" Award Winner

SAFETY


The 2018 Accord comes standard with Honda Sensing, an intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies and the most comprehensive in its class among midsize sedans, all designed to help you stay alert and may even prevent accidents. Let's break it down:


  • Collision Mitigation Braking System: Helps the vehicle brake when it detects a car in front of you. If you don't have enough time to react, the Accord will react for you.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System: The Accord can sense road markers, alert you if you're about to leave the road, and take action to keep you from doing so.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: Helps you maintain a set following speed on the highway, without having to change it yourself.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System: If you start to veer from the center of a detected lane without signaling, the Accord will adjust its steering to help bring you back.
  • Traffic Sign Recognition: The Accord recognizes speed limit signs and will inform you of a change should you not notice. Take that, speed traps!

Autotrader Names 2018 Honda Accord a "Must Test Drive" Award Winner

STYLING


The 2018 Accord is as much beauty as it is brains. A muscular, fastback-inspired design holds a wide stance with lines that span the length of the car that give the effect of constant forward motion, and a look of sporty refinement. Moving on to the interior, the Accord sports a "concert hall-inspired" cabin granting unhindered visibility while Active Noise Cancellation keeps things quiet. Plush leather-trimmed seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel give it a luxury feel, and a full-color 7-inch digital driver interface tops off this sleek look.

Come see for yourself why Autotrader names the 2018 Honda Accord a "Must Test Drive" Award winner. Boasting impressive fuel efficiency, next level safety features, luxury styling and accessibility starting at $23, 570 in a variety of models, book your test drive today.

Give RiverTown Honda, the #1 Honda Dealer in Michigan in 2017, a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Great Garage Organization Hacks

Great Garage Organization Hacks

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Ahh, your garage, the home for your car, or your storage unit. Whatever you call it, if you have it, it's a space that you're probably thinking about when the spring season rolls around. There might be bicycles, garden tools, sidewalk chalk, and other sorts equipment you'll need for the warm weather somewhere in your garage. For many of us though, there's more than just that. For many of us, there's lots of junk crammed into the corners, overcrowding shelves, and taking up valuable floor space, because not everything can stay outside during the winter.

This is why we've all got garage on the mind whenever someone mentions "spring cleaning". Depending on the state of your space, doing some organization or cleaning in the garage could sound easy, or it could sound completely dreadful. Either way, we've got some great garage organization hacks that'll help you clear it out AND keep it clear throughout the rest of the year!


Great Garage Organization Hacks
Sports fanatics in the family? This hack is great for storing basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, bouncy balls, and more. All you need is a corner, some wood, a few screws, and bungee cords. You can easily adjust the amount of bungee cords and size of the "container" if needed. 


Great Garage Organization Hacks

Monkey Hooks
 and a flat-back bucket make the perfect solution for car wash or household cleaner items without using a shelf. 



Great Garage Organization Hacks
Those annoying power cords? A simple hook and chain is a great solution that'll avoid any tangling or falling. We recommend these velcro ties to keep your cords neat, tidy, and together!


Great Garage Organization Hacks

Everybody needs some shelving in their garage, and this solution is an easy one (it only takes about 1-2 hours to complete)! Keep in mind, these shelves attach right to your garage wall, but they're great for plastic storage bins, garden tools, etc. Be sure you've got enough room for your car before screwing the boards into the wall. 

Great Garage Organization Hacks
Magnetic strips make storage super easy. Just install and start sticking stuff up. You can also use this hack with metal lidded jars (hack: glue a large washer to plastic lids to make it stick) for storing nails, screws, staples, nuts, bolts, and whatever other small items you can think of! 


Great Garage Organization Hacks
Have fishermen or fisherwomen in the family? If you do, a pool noodle is a super easy solution to keeping your lines organized. If not, you can use this cheap hack for brooms, rakes, shovels, etc. 


Great Garage Organization Hacks
Keep shoes in the garage? Even just tennis shoes for when you mow the lawn or do yard work? Try this hack! Alternatively, you could hang a shoe organizer on the wall. 

We hope these great garage organization hacks give you the tools to get your garage tidied up for the spring season so you can enjoy the nice weather while it's around! If you need help tidying up your car, we offer a great selection of car detailing packages, as well as a-la-carte services like headlight restoration, pet hair removal, and rain-x windshield treatments, to meet your budget. Check out our cleaning and detailing menu online which includes pricing. You can schedule an appointment online or by giving our Service Center a call at (866) 574-4228! We look forward to serving you this spring at RiverTown Honda - just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, down the road from RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville. 

Give RiverTown Honda, the #1 Honda Dealer in Michigan in 2017, 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, April 3, 2018

National Car Care Month - How to Maintain Your Tires

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––April is National Car Care Month! You might be wondering why April? This time of year marks the end of winter, or for us in Michigan, the winding down of winter weather, and the beginning of warmer weather. What happens when the warm weather comes around? More driving! Whether it's a long road trip you'll be taking, or more back-and-forth trips to sports practices and games, your car requires a little extra care before you hit the open road this spring.

We'll be posting a few blogs throughout the month to help you care for your vehicle. To kick things off, here's how to maintain your tires for National Car Care Month!


National Car Care Month - How to Maintain Your Tires


Inspect

What should you be looking for when you inspect your tires? And how often should you be inspecting them? We recommend performing a visual inspection and inflation inspection. Make it easy on yourself and perform this on a date you'll remember like the 1st, 15th, or the last day of the month. The things you should be looking for are tire bulges on the sidewall, odd or really uneven tread wear across each or all four tires, and any puncture damage (from nails, staples, etc.). See anything funny? This could put you at risk for a blow-out or a flat tire, so make sure to switch your tire for the spare and bring your tire/vehicle in as soon as possible.

Inflate

As we mentioned above, we recommend doing an inflation inspection about once a month! Because the weather changes so often in Michigan and the temperature fluctuates, the air pressure in your tires can also fluctuate. Take note of the recommended PSI for each tire in your owner's manual or on the sticker on the inside of your driver's door and check your tires with a handheld gauge. You can also bring it into our Express Service Lane to have them checked with professional equipment. Why is this necessary, though? Having under inflated tires can cause you to pay more on gas AND can cause premature wear. Having over inflated tires can cause uneven wear and put you more at risk for damage, especially at high speeds.

Rotate

Did you know regular rotations can help you save money? That's right! Each tire will wear differently depending on the location on your vehicle. By having them rotated every 5,000-8,000 miles (we recommend at every other oil change), you'll ensure each tire is getting even tread wear, which means you'll have to replace them less often. Keep in mind, it's recommended by many tire professionals to replace all four tires at once. Stay tuned for our next blog that will cover wheel alignments and suspension, which plays a good part in your tire's tread wear!

Respect 

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. what does it mean for your tires? It means staying at or above the load capacity and avoiding very fast speeds/brakes. If you're a moderate driver, you're likely treating your tires just fine. If you're a driver with a lead foot, you could be putting more wear on your tires which will lead to a tire purchase sooner than expected. You can typically find the load capacity on the tire itself, or in your owner's manual.


National Car Care Month is a great reason to schedule an appointment for an oil change, tire rotation, and multi-point inspection at RiverTown Honda. Our service technicians understand that time is money, and that your time is valuable. We do our best to get you in and out and back on the road in no time. Need more info on how to keep your vehicle in top shape this Spring? Stay tuned to our upcoming National Car Care Month blogs AND check out our Spring Car Care tips and seasonal maintenance info on our website.

Give RiverTown Honda, the #1 Honda Dealer in Michigan in 2017, 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, March 29, 2018

How to Replace Your Wiper Blades at Home

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Did you know your wiper blades should be replaced every 6 months or so?  It all depends on how often you use them and if there are any Wiper blades are something that you can easily replace at home if you choose to do so, but if you've never done it before, you might need some help learning how. Below you'll find some brief info on their importance and tips on how to replace your wiper blades at home! 

How to Replace Your Wiper Blades at Home


First - take a second to think about how important your wiper blades are. Whether they're brushing away water or rain, mud or slush, or snow and ice, it's their job to keep your most important view clear on the road. If your view is clouded, you'll most definitely have trouble seeing not just the road, but any dangers that may present themselves (deer or animal crossings, large potholes and bumps, and other cars to name a few).

Many drivers seem to lose track of time when it comes to this and wait until they have trouble seeing through the windshield to replace our wiper blades. We highly recommend making a note in your phone, or maybe a post-it note to put in your center console of the date your wiper blades are due for a change. At the very least, you'll then have a reminder to give your current blades an inspection!

Next - to do an inspection, you'll want to first lift your wiper blades and run your hands along the rubber to check for any cracks or broken pieces. If you don't feel anything, spray your windshield with your washer fluid and run your wiper blades to see if there's any streaks or missed spots. Sometimes all your wiper blades need is a solid cleaning, so if you see missed spots, give your blades a good wipe down and run them again. *Check out the video below for further details!

Last - if you've determined you need new blades, you'll first want to purchase a pair that fits your vehicle properly. Some cars require two different front-windshield sizes, while others require two of the same. If you're replacing your back windshield wiper blade, it's likely a smaller size than your front two. There's often a booklet near the wiper blades at the store where you can check sizes for your specific make, model, and year.


HOW TO INSTALL WIPER BLADES

1. Lift your wiper off the windshield to begin (we recommend doing one at a time)
2. Find the small tab where the wiper blade meets the arm
3. Depress the small tab and slide the wiper blade down to remove
4. Take the clip on the new wiper blade and slide it into the same spot
5. Make sure you hear it click into place
6. Repeat on the other arm
7. Start your car up and test them out!




When it's time to purchase new blades, you can stop by RiverTown Honda in Grandville - just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids - to purchase them and have them installed, but you can also get them from many auto parts stores and convenience or department stores as well. Higher quality blades are, predictably, more expensive, but worth the investment because they stand the chance to last longer and provide a consistently clear, streak-free view.

We can help you decide which wiper blades are best for your Honda and help you install all new at an affordable price. Simply stop by our Express Service Lane in Grandville, and we'll get you back on the road as quick as possible. Need more info on how to keep your vehicle in top shape this Spring? Check out our Spring Car Care tips and seasonal maintenance info on our website.

Give RiverTown Honda, the #1 Honda Dealer in Michigan in 2017, 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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