Friday, September 15, 2017

Game Day Snacks & Apps with a Kick

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––When you're headed to the next big football game this season, you'll want to fuel up before you head into the stadium. Everyone knows that tailgates are the perfect way to enjoy each other's company, get fired up for the game, and get down with some good eats. Whether you're a Grand Valley, Western, State, or U of M fan, these game days snacks & apps with a kick will make you the true hero of the game. Each of the dishes below are customizable to your taste! We recommend taking along your favorite hot sauce for those tailgaters that really like to spice things up, and Tums for those who can't handle it.

1. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups

*Spicy, cheese, crunchy - seriously what more could you want?! 

2. Spicy Cajun Pretzels

*Bring the best New Orleans spices into play! 

3. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

*Easy to assemble, messy to eat, and packed with protein.  

4. Hot Sausage Beer Cheese Dip

*Meets all the tailgate food requirements & goes better with tortilla chips!

5. Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

*A classic tailgate dish with a ranch-y twist! 

6. Buffalo Hummus

*That familiar flavor you love in a hearty dip. 

7. Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Lil' Smokies

*Spicy, sweet, bacon, all wrapped around a favorite bite-sized sausage.

We hope you spice seeking, tailgating, sports loving fans out there have an awesome season watching your favorite game with these game day snacks and apps with a kick. It's important to remember that a safe ride home will always be the biggest win of the day! At RiverTown Honda, we'd love to help you get your car in shape and to keep you safe on the road this tailgating season with oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and more. Check out our Express Service Lane menu, where you can get our competitively priced services completed in 90 minutes or less while you wait in our comfy customer lounge. As a part of the RiverTown Honda experience, we have a big screen tv in our customer lounge and free wifi so you won't have to miss the big game tackle, touchdown, or interference!

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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Best User Experience Goes to the 2018 Honda Odyssey

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––WardsAuto, an automotive publication that has covered the industry for over 80 years, consistently publishes top 10 awards for items like Best Engines, Best Interiors, and Best UX. This year, the Best User Experience goes to the 2018 Honda Odyssey! The newest, ground-breaking, feature-filled, minivan from Honda made the Top 10 list for the friendly user experience.

Best User Experience Goes to the 2018 Honda Odyssey

WardsAuto takes a few items into consideration, even some subjectively, when it comes to creating their top 10 lists. For the Best UX list, testing seemed relatively easy. Testers used the personal device connectivity, information displays, advanced driver-assistance features, and more! Their goal was to find vehicles where these features were simply easy to use and totally intuitive. Enter the 2018 Honda Odyssey: the third least expensive vehicle that made the list with an MSRP of $47,610. 

The list typically is filled with luxury vehicles, but this year was filled with what WardsAuto calls "mainstream" vehicles, or non-luxury. The 2018 Honda Odyssey made the list this year, beating out  competitors like the Chrysler Pacifica, with mentions from WardsAuto's Senior Editor Tom Murphy about certain features. Tom kindly highlighted the HondaVAC, Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats, CabinTalk and CabinWatch.

"enough family-friendly features to lure away shoppers who were considering a utility vehicle instead." - Tom Murphy

If you're thinking about buying a new vehicle for the family, the 2018 Honda Odyssey, a WardsAuto Best User Experience winner, is one you should consider. Some of the other features you can expect to enjoy in the 2018 model include:

  • Redesigned Instrument Panel
  • New Digital Driving Interface with Honda Sensing Indicators
  • Electronic Gear Selector
  • One-Touch Moonroof
  • CabinControl Social Playlist
  • Mobile Hotspot
  • Remote Engine Start & Push Button Start
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Blind Spot System
  • 8" Infotainment Display
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Wireless Charging
  • Advanced Rear Entertainment System

We're proud to sell America's Best-Selling Minivan for the past seven years and have plenty on our lot to show you! You can learn more about the 2018 Honda Odyssey on our website, or by paying us a visit in Grandville. Read about the RiverTown Honda Experience before you stop in to see what we're all about. We're only 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids off of I-196, around the corner from RiverTown Crossings Mall. We'd be happy to walk you through all the neat features in any Honda vehicle you're interested 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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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tire Care Tips from RiverTown Honda

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Winter is coming. We don't mean that in a Game of Thrones sort-of way, but to remind you that the snowy, icy, wet, and cold weather is coming shortly. It's mid September now, but school, work, and every day life can often get in the way, so we're reminding you early this year! Because of the approaching fall and winter seasons, it's important to take care of your vehicle's tires. Why? They're one of the most important components on your vehicle. They're the parts that connect your car to the road, and the ones that can keep you from sliding off of it in inclement weather conditions.

Take a look at the tire care tips below, courtesy of our experienced Service team at RiverTown Honda, that'll help you become more aware of your vehicle's routine maintenance needs, stay safe on the road all year long, and save on tire purchases in the long run, too!

Tire Care Tips from RiverTown Honda

1. Check the Inflation Regularly

You can walk up to your car, look at your tires, and think "they look properly inflated" and go about your day, but this is the wrong approach. Take some extra time to check your tire's inflation levels individually when your car is "cold" about once a month or before you take a longer road trip.

Check the sticker on the inside of your driver's side door or the owner's manual to find PSI recommendations for each tire and make sure each is inflated to that exact level. Honda determines this based on the specific vehicle model's carry load, so sticking to the recommendations means your vehicle can run more efficiently and you can avoid tire damage from over or under inflation. Most newer Hondas come with an electronic TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) and will alert you on your dashboard if a tire is losing air.

2. Have Your Tires Rotated at Every Other Oil Change

A tire rotation service is exactly how it sounds, all four tires are taken off the vehicle and then put back on the vehicle in a different location. Why is this necessary so often? The tires at the front of your vehicle will typically wear more quickly because there is more weight at the front of your car. If your vehicles' wheel alignment is off, your tires can also wear prematurely because of the odd angle they travel at (another routine maintenance service to add to your list). Having your tires regularly rotated ensures even wear across all tires during the time you own/use them, saving you money on tires in the long run.

If you're a regular RiverTown Honda customer, we'll have record of when you tires were last rotated and will recommend doing so when it's appropriate! If you're not a regular customer at our dealership, you can get a tire rotation for only $14.95, or sometimes less with our coupons and special service offers.

3. Keep an Eye on Tread Wear & Have Wheel Alignments Done

As mentioned above, your tires need to be regularly rotated to keep tread wear even, although, if you spot uneven tread wear, it could mean you need a wheel alignment. This service typically only needs to be completed once every year, but if you notice your wheel is pulling to one side while you're driving straight, or if your tread looks uneven, let our experienced Service Technicians take a look at your alignment.

Another reason to keep an eye on tread wear is simply your safety on the road! The tire tread is what gives your car traction against the road, and tread that's too worn won't be able to properly grip the road as needed. Most tires begin with about 10/32" of tread and should consider being replaced when they reach about 4/32". You can always use the penny trick to check your tread, or consult our team if you're not sure how to properly measure.

4. Replace All Tires at One Time or Two at a Time

If you have a tire that's damaged near the sidewall, you'll unfortunately have to have it replaced, even if the tread is still good. You can replace just one tire, but it's better to have the entire set of tires or at least two replaced at a time. Your car will run its best on tires that are the same brand and that have an equal amount of tread. When replacing tires, our team searches for new tires that match the old tires size and tread pattern, so your vehicle's handling is stable. Sometimes different brands, tread patterns, tread levels, and obviously, different sizes can handle differently. It's recommended to have all four tires replaced at once, but if you can't afford all four, you should replace two.

5. Consider Purchasing Snow Tires

If you're a year-round driver in West Michigan, you know how much of a pain the winter weather can be. According to weather authorities, we might be in for a worse winter than last year, so it's time to get prepared. Did you know, snow tires can actually be more helpful in stopping and accelerating situations than 4x4 or AWD can? By purchasing snow tires, your car will be suited to better handle snow, ice, and slush. Snow tires are specially formulated to be flexible in cold weather, providing you better grip on the road, and have extra wide, symmetrical tread, allowing your car to better channel snow and slush. Important to note: snow tires should only be used when the weather is cold (normally below 45 degrees), otherwise they can heat too quickly and wear fast.

We understand that tires aren't cheap; however, having another set of tires that you can use 1/4-1/2 of the year will prolong your all-season tire use AND the safety benefits you get out of snow tires is unmeasurable. We recommend purchasing a good set of snow tires when the cold weather arrives, and storing your all-season tires at home. We can easily switch them for you when the weather gets warm at RiverTown Honda!

With all the tire care tips above, you should be well equipped to take the best care of your tires year round! As mentioned above, if you're a customer at RiverTown Honda, a log of all services you have completed on your vehicle is kept in our system so we can keep track of your routine maintenance needs. If you're not, we recommend keeping some sort of service log so you don't miss critical check points, especially when it comes to your tires! You can see our full service menu online for pricing and descriptions, but if you have further questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our team in Grandville, MI. Our Service Center is only 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and ready to serve our neighbors from Wyoming, Byron Center, Kentwood, Hudsonville, Georgetown Twp., Grandville, Holland, and beyond!

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, September 8, 2017

Honda August Sales Report

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Amidst the news of American manufacturers seeing large decreases in sales, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. has reported a nominal decrease. Although, looking at Honda's August Sales Report, it seems that the numbers from this year are quite similar to last year's. This means even in the face of the current economy and slight decrease in sales, Honda isn't slowing down. In fact, Honda cars increased 4.2% - a staggeringly opposite result in comparison other manufacturer's decrease in sedan sales. Let's take a look at the numbers.

Even with a small decrease of .5% in sales year-over-year, Honda still saw record sales for the HR-V and a notable increase in sales for the Civic of 11.2%. The HR-V took a large leap in sales and increased 26.7% with a total of 9,603 units sold. For the HR-V, this past August marked it's second best month ever for sales. Honda trucks, however, contributed to the overall decrease in sales mainly due to limited inventory. Because sedans are continually trending downward in sales across the industry, we expect to see an increase in the truck division moving forward.

The recent weather disasters, like hurricane Harvey and hurricane Irma, may be in play with the decrease of vehicle sales across the industry and within Honda's August Sales Report, but Honda remains positive and supportive for it's consumers in these areas.

"With millions of people suffering due to the extreme weather in Texas and neighboring states, our thoughts and concerns are focused on their quick recovery and we are committed to supporting our customers at this difficult time," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda.

At RiverTown Honda, we look forward to selling new Hondas to our neighbors and friends in the Grand Rapids area! We truly believe in the quality, reliability, and return on investment our customers get from Honda vehicles. From the record-setting HR-V, to the best-selling Accord, we're here to help our customers find and maintain the perfect vehicle for their needs and lifestyle. If you're interested in any Honda models, please visit our website for more information or stop by our dealership, just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, to get an up-close look. 

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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Sweet Spots Around Grand Rapids to Celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day

GRANDVILLE, Mich. ––It's National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12th! It may seem like a silly "holiday", but we like to think of it as a sweet excuse to indulge in a creamy American dessert. Whether you're looking for a go-to place for when your milkshake craving hits, or are looking for a place you can take the kids to for a fun family treat, here are some sweet spots around Grand Rapids to celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day. Type these addresses into your HondaLink Navigation and get going... your sweet tooth is waiting!

The Pump House Frozen Yogurt Bar

Where: 2090 Celebration Dr. NE, Suite 120, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 

Sweet Spots Around Grand Rapids to Celebrate National Milkshake Day

Pals Diner

Where: 6503 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, 49546
Sweet Spots Around Grand Rapids to Celebrate National Milkshake Day

Choo Choo Grill

Where: 1209 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49505
Sweet Spots Around Grand Rapids to Celebrate National Milkshake Day

Rainbow Grill

Where: 4158 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Sweet Spots Around Grand Rapids to Celebrate National Milkshake Day

Sonic Drive-In

Where: 5521 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Sweet Spots Around Grand Rapids to Celebrate National Milkshake Day

Do you have a favorite spot to get a milkshake of any flavor? Let us know! We hope you enjoy September 12th by visiting one of these sweet spots around Grand Rapids to celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day. You'll be confident in driving to your milkshake spot in a new Honda. If you have a Honda, or non-Honda, car that you love, you can keep it safely running with routine maintenance. We've got one awesome team of technicians able to work on any vehicle for a great price. We've even recently expanded our Service Center to serve you and your car better. You're not that far from an unforgettable dealership experience. We're only 12 minutes from Grand Rapids off 196 in Grandville, just around the corner from the RiverTown Mall!

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, September 1, 2017

Dorm Hacks for New College Students

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––There are so many colleges in and around Grand Rapids that it's almost hard to keep track! Grand Valley State, GRCC, Calvin, Davenport, Aquinas, Kendall Art & Design, Kuyper, and many more are all beginning classes soon if they haven't yet. If you're entering into college as as a freshman there's a chance you'll have to stay in the dorms, or a small apartment with lots of rules on what you can and can't do. This lifestyle change can be a bit stressful, but no worries! We've got a few dorm hacks for new college students that'll have you feeling at home and ready to take on your classes and everything else higher education has to offer.

1. Use a Rolling Cart to Store Small Items

These carts can be found at almost any home goods store and are perfect for storing smaller items. You could use it in the bathroom for toiletries, near your kitchen area for coffee cups and food, or in your closet for undergarments. The wheels on these carts make it really easy to slide them out of sight when it's time to clean up.

Dorm Hacks for New College Students

2. Make Your *Everything* Look Great with Washi Tape

Washi tape is a semi-transparent Japanese tape made for crafts, but you can use it almost anywhere! The best thing about Washi tape is that it peels off easy making it the ideal solution for decorating walls, desks, doors, and other items you don't own (i.e. all your dorm furniture). Washi tape is relatively cheap and comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles. 

Dorm Hacks for New College Students

3. Find Space for Storage with Bed Risers

While some dorms only have room for a set of bunk beds, many have beds placed on the floor leaving little to no space for storage. These little bed risers are one of the easiest hacks that can provide you room for storing clothes, shoes, books, etc. You can find bed lifts at most home good stores or online. We recommend looking for risers with USB or power outlets within for easier device charging access.

Dorm Hacks for New College Students

4. Create a Cozy Space with a Tapestry

A tapestry isn't just for the hippy college student, it's a great option for decorating for all type of students! It's essentially a thin sheet with some sort of design on it that doesn't need to be nailed, glued, or permanently fixed to the wall (as you can see in the image below). Check out Society6 or Urban Outfitters for some really cool, artsy tapestries that can help you cover up that ugly dorm wall and create a cozy space worth coming home to. 

Dorm Hacks for New College Students

5. Use Hanging Organizers for Storage

We can't tell you enough how hard it is to find storage in a dorm room! You never know what sort of items your roommate will bring along, and how your stuff fits in the room until you get there. Prepare with a few hanging organizers, and don't be afraid to repurpose things you have like this shower caddy storage idea below. Floor, cabinet, and drawer space will be limited so get creative with wall storage. 

Dorm Hacks for New College Students

6. Keep Your Room Fresh Without Burning Candles

Most dorm rooms don't allow candles, hot plates, and other items that could potentially create a fire. You can keep your room fresh by putting Febreze car air fresheners on your air vents, taping dryer sheets to the back of a fan, and letting fresh air in. Many buildings still don't have air conditioning so you might need to keep your windows open, but don't worry the warm summer weather isn't long lasting after you move in! 

Dorm Hacks for New College Students

7. Prepare for Life Without a Stove Top or Oven

If you're living in the dorms, chances are you have a meal plan, but there will be times you'll need to eat late at night, early in the morning before class, or otherwise when the cafeterias aren't open. You can always nom on Ramen noodles if you want to, but you don't have to settle either. Find ways to make full meals and snacks with what you have. Check these dorm room recipes out! 

Dorm Hacks for New College Students

Whether you're headed to Grand Valley State University or a university outside of Grand Rapids, we hope these dorm room hacks for new college students serve you well! Your education should always come first, so use these tips to make your dorm room the ideal place to do studying and homework. If you're in need of a vehicle to pack all your belongings into or to drive throughout the year here in the Grand Rapids area, come see us at RiverTown Honda. We work with all sorts of budgets, including that of a college student, and we'll never push to get you to buy something out of your financial reach. Learn why the RiverTown Honda experience is different, and start searching for your new car in our new, used, or certified pre-owned inventory. Best of luck this school 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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The 2018 Honda Fit is Fit for Fun

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Have you ever seen a small car where the clowns just don't stop coming out and you're left to wonder how they all fit in the car in the first place? Think of the Honda Fit as that clown car - small, yet spacious. In Honda's latest campaign, targeting "highly-connected, socially-driven" viewers, the 2018 Honda Fit is showcased as Fit for Fun. This creative new campaign highlights a few notable aspects of the newest Fit, coming to dealerships soon. Let's take a look!

First you see a scene set with a bright orange 2018 Honda Fit Sport. The Sport trim, new to the 2018 model, offers styling touches inside and out including a leather-wrapped shift knob, 16" black alloy wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, underbody spoilers, steering wheel paddle shifters, and black sport cloth seats with orange stitching.  

Next you see everyone rushing around to grab every item in the scene, stuffing it into the Honda Fit. This is to highlight it's versatile cargo space. While it seems like a small car on the outside, it sure isn't on the inside. The 2nd-Row Magic Seat allows drivers to arrange the seats in four different ways. The back seat row can fold completely flat, the rear seats can fold up - as shown below, and even the front seats can recline all the way back. 

The 2018 Honda Fit is Fit for Fun

The Fit is aimed to meed the needs of multicultural millennials, which happens to be the largest and most diverse buying group in the market. By focusing on promotions through social media and other platforms, such as the streaming service Hulu, Honda hopes to catch the attention of these individuals - especially since 70% of Honda Fit purchasers are new to the Honda brand! Some of the other features millennials might enjoy: the great fuel efficiency, the advanced technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the driver assistive technologies included in all trims of the 2018 Fit. 

If you're interested in the 2018 Honda Fit, which is Fit for Fun, we have a bright orange, 6-speed manual model ready for you to test drive on our lot! See the inventory listing of the 2018 Fit online and give our team a shout if you'd like to take it for a spin. We'd be happy to walk you through all the new features and workout a plan for your budget. Are you a college student looking for a new ride to lease or buy? We've got you covered. Check out our top 3 Honda picks for college kids and shop the 2017 Honda HR-V and 2017 Honda Civic at RiverTown Honda. 

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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