Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Best Times for Thanksgiving Travel

The Best Times for Thanksgiving Travel


GRANDVILLE, Mich. –– If you’re making a long trek across, or out-of-state, this year for Thanksgiving, it could be helpful to know when you should and shouldn’t plan on traveling. AAA released its annual travel estimate, and this year's staggering number is 50.9 million people that will be traveling 50 miles or more.

In fact, they reported that 89% of travelers will be doing so by car - that's 45.5 million people (1.6 million in Michigan alone) on the road Nov. 22 - 26. With a number that big, you can expect plenty of traffic and delayed travel times, unless you know the best times for Thanksgiving travel to help you avoid it. 

It’s a bad idea to travel on Tuesday or Wednesday.
If you're thinking about getting an early head start, think again. AAA has reported the worst times for travel are on Tuesday 3:00pm-5:30pm (Detroit), and almost all day Wednesday 7:00am-8:00pm! If you don't mind the traffic, you could still get a head start, but be wary of other drivers on the road. Many others will be rushing out of the city to make it to their destination and will often be more distracted, especially if they've got a full car. 

It’s a good idea to travel on Thanksgiving Day
Thursday might not sound like an ideal day to travel on for Thanksgiving, but if you’re looking to avoid traffic jams then Turkey Day is actually your best bet. Most families will already be at their destinations, leaving wide-open roads for you to cruise on while you dream of turkey.

It's a bad idea to travel home on Sunday.
Looking to get the most out of your Thanksgiving holiday? Stick around till Sunday afternoon and spend time with family, then have a leisurely trip home. Again, the common theme is: think again. The worst time to travel back home is on Sunday 12:00pm-8:00pm, because of the large number of travelers that will be on the road. Depending on where you're coming from and what cities you'll be driving through, you could leave early in the morning or Saturday evening instead!

You can make your trip more enjoyable by know the best days for Thanksgiving travel, but you should also consider other influences on the quality of your trip. Take a look at these other Turkey Day travel tips to ensure you have a peaceful drive:

  • Take a look at the weather forecast before you hit the road. Knowing what road conditions to expect will help you decide on what routes to take, what traffic to expect, and when optimal times for departure will be.
  • Map out your route before you leave so you’re aware of areas construction is taking place. This will help you avoid areas of possible congestion and you’ll be more familiar with alternate routes.
  • Have contact information for a roadside assistance service. Having this information on hand will put you at ease as you make the long drive, and should something happen to your vehicle you’ll be ready to make a call.
  • Make sure your vehicle is ready to make the drive to your destination. You can read our seasonal car care tips on our website or visit our Express Service Lane where our technicians can handle any auto service your vehicle may need before you hit the road.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

2018 Honda Accord Named Best Car to Buy 2018 by Car Connection

2018 Honda Accord Named Best Car to Buy 2018 by Car Connection

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Have you heard? The 2018 Honda Accord is available at dealerships now. It's the buzz of the mid-size sedan world because of its dramatic redesign for the 10th generation model. If you haven't checked out what's new with America's Best Sedan yet, it's time you did. The 2018 Honda Accord was just named the Best Car to Buy in 2018 by Car Connection

Car Connection has rated the 2018 Accord 1.5T a 7.8, one of the highest scores among the other nominees. Others up for the award included the 2018 Buick Enclave, 2018 Honda Civic Sedan, 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2018 Chevy Traverse, 2018 Audi Q5, 2018 Volvo XC60, and 2018 GMC Terrain. Noticeably, the only two sedans among the nominees were Hondas! 

Car Connection noted that they expect the 2018 Accord's score to climb once the safety data and fuel economy information is put into the equation. The factors used to create the rating include: Styling, Performance, Comfort & Quality, Safety, Features, and Fuel Economy. 

2018 Honda Accord Named Best Car to Buy 2018 by Car Connection


What were the items the experts at Car Connection liked most about the 2018 Honda Accord? 
  • Advanced safety features standard
  • Much needed upgraded interior
  • Good fuel economy from base engine
  • Smooth-shifting automatics
  • Sharper exterior style
Car Connection's reviewers stated "1.5-liter feels a little breathless", but for the every day consumer, we believe they'll thoroughly enjoy the performance along with all the other great features offered on the interior. Drivers looking for a little boost in their sedan will be happy to know the 2.0L Turbo will be available at dealerships soon. Drivers looking for a boost in their wallet, will want to check out the 2018 Accord Hybrid, coming to dealerships early 2018.

If you're ready to start taking a closer look at the 2018 Honda Accord, all you have to do is visit our dealership in Grandville. We've got a large selection of 1.5L Turbo 2018 Accords on our lot and would be happy to give you a test drive and all the details you need. Check out our inventory online before you stop by and let us know which model you'd like to take for a spin! We'd be more than happy to get you approved for credit and walk you through financing options with your budget in mind. We look forward to seeing you this 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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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Most are excited about the food that will be arriving on dinner tables on Thursday, but there are plenty of other ways to have fun and celebrate the season of gratitude. You and your little ones can make a craft together, speak about what each other are thankful for, or do a learning STEM activity. Check out these 8 fun Thanksgiving crafts and activities for kids.

1. Sponge Painted Turkey 

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids


2. Mayflower Science Activity

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids


3. Pumpkin Pie Thankful Spinner

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids


4. The Gratitude Pick-Up Sticks Game

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids


5. Paper Bag Indian Corn

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids


6. Stuff the Turkey Game

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids


7. Thanksgiving Turkey Picture Frame

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids


8. Edible Pumpkin Pie Slime

8 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids


Whatever traditions your family practices for Thanksgiving we hope you have a safe and blessed holiday together! If you're traveling out of town or out of state for the holiday, stop by RiverTown Honda before heading out for a quick vehicle inspection and oil change or tire rotation if necessary. Even if you're staying local for Thanksgiving this year, we want to remind you of how important it is to have your vehicle tuned-up and inspected before the snow arrives so you and your family are safe on the road. See our Express Service Lane services and pricing online and make an appointment online to save time at the dealership. We look forward to seeing you! Happy Thanksgiving! 


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How to Use Your Leftover Halloween Candy

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Halloween has quickly come and gone. Now many of us are stuck with extra candy. While this may be exciting for your kids, it's not always the best option to just let them eat it all. There are plenty of fun ways you can put your excess treats to use this holiday season! See a few ideas on how to use your leftover Halloween candy below and get creative.

How to Use Your Leftover Halloween Candy

1. Store it in your car for a quick sugar fix! 

Put your favorites in a small Ziploc bag in your center console or glove box and treat yourself to a little sugar fix. This especially comes in handy for handling the chaos of Christmas shopping. You can also keep the baggy in your purse to reward your kids with good behavior while you're running errands.


2. Make candy cookies for your Holiday guests

Remember those oh-so-delightful peanut butter blossom cookies that dominate the Holiday season? Instead of the chocolate Kiss, use a bite size piece of candy. Try this recipe from Betty Crocker. If your kids of guests have peanut allergies, try this recipe from Cha Ching Queen.


3. Use it as a teaching tool with built-in rewards

Whether math is your child's or children's favorite subject or not, they'll enjoy solving problems with candy. You can also It's a different, more interactive way to do math and they can be rewarded with a sweet treat when they solve a problem correctly. Check out these fun activities you can do at home.


4. Host a Fall/Winter bonfire & make candy s'mores 

Have you tried a s'more with a bite size piece of candy instead of plain chocolate? We highly recommend giving it a go the next time you have a bonfire with friends and family. Too cold to host a bonfire outside? Try toasting your marshmallows over a gas stove OR purchase an indoors s'more maker like this one for $20 from Target.

5. Save it for Gingerbread House decorating

Even though most kits come with candy to decorate with, you can use your own candy. Have it as a backup or just go crazy with decorating the gingerbread house and landscaping! Having some extra candy will allow the kids to enjoy a few bites as they decorate.

6. Donate it to Operation Gratitude

There are plenty of ways to donate in your community, and giving candy back to our troops is one of them! Through the 2017 Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy GIVE-back, you can drop your wrapped, unopened candy donations to the Academy of Music of Grand Rapids (the closest drop off location to Grandville). Search for other drop-off locations online or make a donation by mail!

7. Make an art piece or Christmas gift 

Get creative and "style" your candy. Try gluing pieces on a poster board or canvas in a fun pattern. Make a scene with various candies on the kitchen table. Make a fun bouquet of candy to give as a gift. Use the wrappers to make jewelry or other types of art. The possibilities are truly endless.

8. Store it in the freezer

If you have a recipe you'd like to try that involves pieces of candy like a milkshake, cookies, etc. or you just want to have some candy around for when you really need a sweet pick-me-up, you can store it away in the freezer. You can safely store and consume candy in a Ziploc freezer bag, for up to a year!


You can always scrap these leftover Halloween candy ideas and keep it all for yourself - just make sure to hide it well enough from the kids! We hope you had a safe and happy Halloween this year, and wish you an even happier Holiday season. We want to help you enjoy this Fall and Winter to the fullest, so make sure to check out our Winter Car Care tips and have your vehicle inspected and serviced before the snow arrives. If you or someone you know is hoping the big guy in red will bring you a new car this Christmas, stay tuned to our website and social media for great deals on new Honda models.


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, November 7, 2017

Better is a Never Ending Quest

Better is a Never Ending Quest

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Honda's all-new 2018 Accord comes with a thought to bear in mind: "Better is a Never Ending Quest". This is the tagline of Honda's new campaign in promotion of the redesigned, best-selling, mid-size sedan, but is a nod towards the company's goals. The video ad you'll see below showcases "Trophy City" where the trophy figures push the boundaries, climb higher, and refuse to let "best" be the end of their success. You'll be able to catch this and other 2018 Accord ads on television during the Golden Globes, late-night comedy show NBC programming, and various NHL, NFL, and NBA games!



The Honda Accord has been a best-selling mid-size sedan since it entered into the market in the United States in 1976. It has received countless awards within its class, but that doesn't mean that Honda has to settle. Honda has pushed the boundaries. The redesign for the 2018 model year is the most monumental change the Accord has experienced in its 41 year history. The all-new model will come with the most powerful base engine yet and, when equipped with the 2.0T, will be able to achieve the highest torque output the Accord has ever seen. 

Consumers may have previously thought of Honda to be a safe, reliable, more practical car brand, but the "Tower of Success" ad goes to show the brand isn't stopping there & better is a never ending quest. We're proud to be a small part of a car brand that's different from the rest; one that pushes boundaries with the consumer at the top of their mind. It's our goal at RiverTown Honda to provide you the best dealership experience of your life. The 2018 Honda Accord is well worth the hype. We'd be happy to give you a test drive and show you why the RiverTown experience is unlike any other! All you have to do is stop by our location in Grandville, around the corner from the RiverTown Crossings Mall, 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, November 3, 2017

Celebrate National Picture Book Month with These 9 Classics

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––The weather has grown cold and the leaves are continuing to fall, which means it's the perfect time to snuggle up at home with a good book! November is National Picture Book Month and was started as a literacy initiative for young children. Visual literacy is based around the idea that pictures can be read, and can be used as an introduction to this very prevalent form of communication. If you have kids at home, you can celebrate National Picture Book Month together with these 9 classics:

1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 

"In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day."




2. Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

"A timeless classic about the magic of boundless love that's been treasured for generations." 



3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 

"Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf."





"A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book."



5. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

"Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return."




6. Corduroy by Don Freeman

"Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation."



7. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

"Reading goes to the dogs in this timeless Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. From big dogs and little dogs to red, green, and blue dogs, dogs going up and dogs going fast . . . who knew dogs were so busy? "



8. Blueberris for Sal by Robert McCloskey

"Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter. Meanwhile Sal's mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one?"


& especially for the upcoming holidays:


9. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

"Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish."




If you've read all of these 9 classics and are looking for more to get started on, check out PictureBookMonth.com! They create a full calendar each year with a new book to read every day in November. We also highly recommend checking out Amazon's Children's Book collection and your local library! The Kent District Library is around the corner from our dealership in Grandville and is a great place to visit and read. 

While you're out and about this month, or even if you're just reading a good picture book with the kids at home, don't forget to schedule your next service appointment at RiverTown Honda and stop by for our Chili Cook Off competition to benefit the A-T Project. The winter weather will be here before you know it, so it's better to be prepared. We'd be happy to complete any Winter Car Care services including oil changes, brake inspections, winter tire installations and more to keep you and your family safe on the road. 

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, November 2, 2017

Cars Take Surprising Leap in Honda's October Sales

Cars Take Surprising Leap in Honda's October Sales

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––If you've been paying attention to any auto trends, you might know that crossovers and SUVs have been the lead in vehicle sales this year. Honda has recently began to buck the trend and cars are now gaining some popularity back, but that doesn't mean the Civic and Accord ever lost their luster. The debut of the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord and the ever strong Civic and Type R variation helped cars take a surprising leap in Honda's October sales.

The release of the 2018 Honda Accord mid-month helped sales climb 4.7% reaching a total of 26,740 units sold. We expect the numbers to climb even more once the 2.0 Turbo and Hybrid 2018 Accord models are brought to the market. The Civic and the Pilot, however, seem to be the real stars of October. The Civic saw an incredible 15% jump in sales, helping it reach a brand new October record, with a total of 30,319 units sold. The Pilot, notably an SUV, gained 18.5% - the second straight month of impressive increases in units sold. Check out the chart below for the official breakdown of Honda's October sales:


Cars Take Surprising Leap in Honda's October Sales

If you're interested in any new Honda models, specifically the ones that helped sales take a leap in October, we'd be more than happy to set you up with a test drive! There are a great handful of new 2018 Honda Accords on our lot as well, so come check out what's new with the vehicle Car and Driver has dubbed America's Best Sedan at our dealership in Grandville - just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Be sure to stay tuned on social media and on our website for deals on new Hondas. If you're ready to take the plunge, begin shopping our new inventory online. 

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