Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Program Named In Autotrader's "10 Best Non-Luxury CPO Programs for 2018"

Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Program Named In Autotrader's "10 Best Non-Luxury CPO Programs for 2018"
GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- The Honda Certified Pre-Owned program has been named one of Autotrader's "10 Best Non-Luxury CPO Programs for 2018." Offering 7-year/100,000 mile coverage, additional 1-year/12,000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage, transferability and lack of deductible; it's certainly no wonder why.

"Beyond being budget-friendly, buying a certified vehicle provides an extra level of comfort, knowing your car has been through a rigorous inspection and is backed by the manufacturer for an extended length of time," says Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. "Sometimes, that warranty is longer than you get with a new car and is certainly better than with a non-certified used car."

The Autotrader 10-Best CPO Programs awards recognize the best certified pre-owned programs available based on a number of factors including powertrain warranty length (with a minimum of six years or 100,000 miles of coverage from the original date of sale), available inventory, bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage deductible amount, and transferability to future vehicle owners.

At Serra Honda Grandville, we stock an extensive inventory of Honda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, which offer a more budget-friendly option to enjoy an updated vehicle! Before they even hit the lot, all Honda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles must pass a comprehensive multipoint inspection. On top of that, they include detailed vehicle history reports which ensure that they haven't been in any serious accidents, nor suffered damage from fire or water. When shopping for a new ride, consider this option at Serra Honda Grandville!

Give Serra Honda Grandville, 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, June 18, 2018

10 Cool Gifts for Grads

10 Cool Gifts for Grads

GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- It's graduation season! In addition to reaching one of life's milestones and finally becoming adults, high school graduates have a big journey ahead of them: college! Like all big journeys, you want to make sure they're prepared. At RiverTown/Serra Honda, we've compiled this list of 10 cool gifts for grads!


10 Cool Gifts for Grads

1. A NEW LAPTOP

During those four years of high school, your grad's laptop has seen a ton of action. Before they head out on their new adventure, retire that faithful notebook and snag them an upgrade to help them keep up with busy college life! A tablet is also not a bad idea, as many of them are compatible with stylus pens and keyboards to take notes while being easier to carry to and from class.


10 Cool Gifts for Grads

2. A SMARTWATCH

A nice watch is, for some reason, a "grown-up" gift. Not only will it help your grad manage their time, but many come with a fitness feature that will remind them to get up and move! On top of that, they can be notified of texts and calls right on their wrist. Gone are the days of the "my phone was on silent" excuse!


10 Cool Gifts for Grads

3. PORTABLE CHARGER

While most high school graduates these days are attached at the hip to their devices, they often forget to keep them charged before going places. A portable charger solves this problem, with many having enough battery life to charge an iPhone six times! Additionally, portable chargers are often about the size of the phone itself, sometimes smaller, making it easy for your grad to carry it wherever they go.


10 Cool Gifts for Grads

4. NOISE-CANCELING HEADPHONES

There's no better tool a grad can have in their study time arsenal than a pair of noise-canceling headphones! Whether they're in their dorm with a noisy roommate or amidst the hustle and bustle of the student commons, these will allow them to plug in and study distraction-free to their favorite music.


10 Cool Gifts for Grads

5. GAMING SYSTEM

Your grad may be a diligent student, but make sure they have a way to unwind once in awhile! Video games have not only been proven to help manage stress and depression, but they also help to sharpen reaction time and critical thinking skills. Get them a console like a PlayStation or Xbox for their dorm room, or even a portable system like a Nintendo Switch for entertainment on the go!


10 Cool Gifts for Grads

6. LUGGAGE

Whether they're studying abroad, traveling home for the weekend, or heading out on spring break, a good luggage bag is a great gift for a grad.


10 Cool Gifts for Grads

7. BUY AN EXPERIENCE

Now that finals are over, why not reward your grad for a job well done and help them relax this summer by buying them an experience? Check out spa days, or see if their favorite musical artist is in town!


10 Cool Gifts for Grads

8. BLUE LIGHT GLASSES

Chances are for most of their college life, your grad will be staring at a screen, whether it's a tablet, phone, or computer. Those screens give off what's called "blue light", which can not only damage their eyes but can also disrupt their sleeping patterns. Pixel makes special glasses, that filter this blue light to help lessen these risks. Not to mention they come in a ton of trendy styles, and are available with or without a prescription!

10 Cool Gifts for Grads

9. EXERCYCLE WORKSTATION

Give your grad the means to stay in shape while keeping up with their studies! Small enough to fit right in their dorm room, this allows them to get in a good work out while writing papers, filling out job applications, or just watching Netflix. Studies also show that the increased blood flow that results from exercising helps with productivity as well as mood!

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10 Cool Gifts for Grads

10. GIFT CARDS

When all else fails, get them a gift card! Amazon is usually a safe choice, since they can find pretty much everything they want and need, and the cards come in cute graduation cap boxes! Visa gift cards are even better since they can use them anywhere.


We hope you've found a cool gift for your grad on this list! If they'll be driving away to college, why not schedule a service appointment with us to make sure their vehicle is safe and running at its best to make the trip? If you plan on getting them a new ride as their gift, visit RiverTown/Serra Honda! We have a huge selection of new and certified pre-owned Hondas that they'll love!

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, June 12, 2018

5 Bad Habits that Can Negatively Affect Your Vehicle's Performance

5 Bad Habits that Can Negatively Affect Your Vehicle's Performance

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Summer in Michigan means things like camping, water sports, road trips, the whole shebang. However, all that heat and stale air can do quite a number on your car if you keep up certain bad habits (and let's face, we're guilty of all of them).

RiverTown Honda is here with some bad habits that can damage your vehicle if you don't learn to break them as soon as possible.

1. KEEPING YOUR FUEL TANK LOW

Gas prices are especially high during the summer months, and we've all been there where $10 worth is the best we can do at the time. However, trying to put a little extra in at the pump can save you the more expensive fate of replacing your fuel pump. Many fuel pumps stay cool by being submerged in the fuel tank. If you typically ride the gauge at a quarter tank or less, you risk speeding up wear and tear to your fuel pump.

5 Bad Habits that Can Negatively Affect Your Vehicle's Performance

1. RESTING YOUR HAND ON THE SHIFTER

Driving a stick shift is great fun, and having one hand on the shifter and the other on the steering wheel seems like the most natural way to do it. Don't. When you leave your hand on the shifter, it puts added stress on your transmission's bushings and synchronizers, which can lead to premature wear. It's a lot safer to keep both hands on the wheel anyway.

5 Bad Habits that Can Negatively Affect Your Vehicle's Performance

2. IGNORING YOUR WARNING LIGHTS

When your check engine, oil or tire pressure light comes on, it's easy to ignore it. "I can leave it for awhile," you might say to yourself, "I've never had any problems before!" Bad move, you. Your vehicle has a ton of sensors underneath all that metal, which are there to monitor the function and condition of different components. When there's a problem, those sensors will notify you on the dashboard, and you should listen. Granted in some cases it may be a false alarm, but bringing your car in for a service appointment with us to have it inspected is a lot cheaper than having to foot the bill for a replacement, not to mention a lot safer than having your engine blow up on the highway. We also have a handy warning light guide on our website to help you understand what each icon means.

5 Bad Habits that Can Negatively Affect Your Vehicle's Performance

3. KEEPING YOUR FUEL TANK LOW

Gas prices are especially high during the summer months, and we've all been there where $10 worth is the best we can do at the time. However, trying to put a little extra in at the pump can save you the more expensive fate of replacing your fuel pump. Many fuel pumps stay cool by being submerged in the fuel tank. If you typically ride the gauge at a quarter tank or less, you risk speeding up wear and tear to your fuel pump.

5 Bad Habits that Can Negatively Affect Your Vehicle's Performance

4. SUDDENLY SHIFTING

When you've been driving for a long time, your operating skills become a lot more advanced and your movements more fluid. This is no more evident than in the way you shift gears, such as when you back out of a parking space then immediately shift into drive. It might seem harmless at the time, but sudden shift changes like that can do a lot of damage to your drivetrain. Instead, try to get in the habit of coming to a complete stop before shifting gears. It only costs you one more second and will help to spare you costly engine, transmission, and axle replacements.

5 Bad Habits that Can Negatively Affect Your Vehicle's Performance

5. HARD STOPS AND EXCESSIVE BRAKING

While it's sometimes necessary to slam on the brakes in order to avoid a collision, you should not make a habit of it. On top of that, excessive use of your brakes, such as when you're following too close to the vehicle in front of you, is not good either. Both can accelerate wear and tear on your brake pads, which can then lead to brake replacements and, if left unchecked, brake reduction and even failure when you're on the road.

We're all guilty of these bad habits that can damage your car, but thankfully all habits can be broken! Now that you know the damage you're causing your car when you do these things, you can work towards reducing and eventually eliminating them altogether. While you're at it, why not schedule a service appointment with us to make sure everything is in tip-top shape?

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, June 11, 2018

Top 10 TV Dads

Top 10 TV Dads

GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- Father's Day is all about showing the bad joke-telling, loud tie-wearing, hard advice-giving guy in our lives how much he's appreciated. While there's someone who fits that description most of our real worlds, there are plenty of memorable patriarchs of the small screen who hold a special place in our hearts.

In preparation for Father's Day, here's RiverTown Honda's picks for Top 10 TV Dads.



Top 10 TV Dads

1. TIM TAYLOR

If "The Toolman" doesn't top everyone's list of the best TV dads, we don't know who does! Despite hosting the popular DIY show "Tool Time", the witty Tim Taylor is hilariously accident-prone. However, he makes up for what he lacks in actual handiness in natural showmanship. Viewers will remember Tim's avid love for Detroit and Michigan collegiate sports teams, wearing their gear throughout the series. This isn't just because the Taylors hail from suburban Detroit on the show. Actor Tim Allen was actually raised right here in the Mitten in Birmingham!


Top 10 TV Dads

2. MARTIN CRANE

With his signature plaid shirts and eyesore of an easy-chair, the gruff and taciturn Martin Crane is one of television's most beloved dads, played by the late great John Mahoney. Martin was a retired Seattle police detective who, after being shot in the hip while attempting to stop a robbery, moves in with his oldest son Dr. Frasier Crane after he moves back to his hometown (after living in Boston for many years during the events of Cheers). While the sports-loving ex-cop is the polar opposite of his refined intellectual sons, Martin loves them very dearly and helps them in any way he can, even coining the tagline of Frasier's radio show. And who could forget his adorable dog side-kick, Eddie?


Top 10 TV Dads

3. RICK GRIMES

We couldn't have a list of top TV dads without including the star of the pop-culture phenomenon, The Walking Dead! After waking from a coma, police officer Rick Grimes finds himself in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, alongside several other survivors including his son, Carl, and his wife, Lori. Rick is described as an "everyman" character who represents morals and values, and throughout the long-running series assumes a leadership role in humanity's fight for survival against the seemingly neverending hordes of ravenous undead. A feat not entirely unlike wrangling small children.


Top 10 TV Dads

4. FRED SANFORD

Fred Sanford (played by comedy great Redd Foxx) is the sarcastic, cantankerous TV dad from the hit 1970s comedy Sanford and Son, which is widely regarded as paving the way for other mainstream African-American sitcoms. Alongside his son Lamont, Fred runs a salvage business and is constantly getting into shenanigans due to his frequent "get rich quick" schemes. He also pretty much owns the phrase "you big dummy!"

Top 10 TV Dads

5. WALTER WHITE

Walter White, the protagonist of the hit drama Breaking Bad, is a TV dad whose entire story revolves around the fact that he's a dad. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, Walter applies his skill and brilliance as a chemist to the illicit drug trade, becoming a kingpin and using the funds to build a financially secure future for his disabled son.

Top 10 TV Dads

6. MICHAEL BLUTH

Michael Bluth is the long-suffering single TV dad of the hit comedy Arrested Development. After his father goes to prison for "creative accounting" practices, Michael assumes the dual role of CEO and President of the family business. Despite being undermined by his family at every turn (particularly his incompetent older brother, Gob), Michael's level-headedness and sense of duty to his loved ones (especially his son, George Michael) allow him to soldier on, even on the many occasions when he'd want nothing more than to give up.

Top 10 TV Dads

7. DANNY TANNER

From his lovable brand of dorkiness to his sound end-of-episode advice, Danny Tanner of Full House is "America's dad". After the death of his wife, Danny is left to care for his three daughters, alongside his brother-in-law and best friend. A model single father, Danny consistently holds it together for his family, possessing the perfect balance of "father" and "best friend".

Top 10 TV Dads

8. FRANK COSTANZA

Fans of the long-running comedy staple Seinfeld know the fiery Frank Costanza! George's quick-tempered father is best-known for his numerous angry outbursts, eccentricities such as wearing his sneakers in the pool and fear of mice, and his invention of the anti-commercial Christmas alternative "Festivus", which was originally a real-life family tradition of the show's writer, Dan O'Keefe.

Top 10 TV Dads

9. ELLIOT STABLER

A veteran Marine, hardened NYPD detective, and dedicated father of five; Elliot Stabler of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the definition of "papa bear." His experiences in the SVU, particularly on cases that involve children, have made him a borderline vigilante unafraid to do anything short of killing the perpetrator to secure justice for victims of crime, which has cost him his shield on a couple of occasions. Nevertheless, Elliot stands firmly behind his principles, which are more often than not charged by his own highly-protective parental nature.

Top 10 TV Dads

10. PHILIP BANKS

The patriarch of the Banks family on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a father of four in addition to being Will's uncle. Quick-tempered yet compassionate, strict but loving, Phil is a dedicated father and husband as well as a highly educated and successful lawyer and political activist, who was present at the Selma and Watts riots during the civil rights-era.


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, June 5, 2018

2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Honda Odyssey Named "10 Best Family Cars 2018" by Parents Magazine and Edmunds





GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- Adding to an already long list of awards for both vehicles, the all-new 2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Honda Odyssey have been named two of the "10 Best Family Cars 2018" by Parents magazine and Edmunds.

To determine which models will appear on its Best Family Cars list, Parents magazine and Edmunds choose from over 300 vehicles based on safety ratings, car seat installation and other family-friendly features. Also considered are overall vehicle attributes such as driving dynamics, comfort, price, and fuel efficiency.


The 5th-generation Honda Odyssey was completely redesigned for 2018, raising the bar for performance, cabin quietness, family-friendly interior space, comfort, and connectivity to meet the needs of changing American families. Such enhancements include CabinWatch, the industry's first in-vehicle rear-seat camera, and Honda Sensing, the most comprehensive safety and driver-assistive technology suite in its class. The all-new 2018 Accord is the 10th-generation of Honda's iconic mid-sized sedan, boasting luxury styling, a spacious interior, torque-laden turbo engines available in 1.5L and 2.0L capacities, agile driving dynamics, and rich feature content that includes the standard Honda Sensing.

Want to know the best part? Both the 2018 Accord and 2018 Odyssey are available to buy or lease at RiverTown Honda! Browse our inventory and schedule a test drive! Contact our financing department where we guarantee you'll be approved regardless of credit! We're excited to help you drive away in an all-new 2018 Accord or 2018 Odyssey!

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, June 4, 2018

National Safety Month: Honda Sensing

What's So Special About Honda Sensing?
GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- At RiverTown Honda, our top priority is the safety of you and your family. Honda Sensing is the most comprehensive safety and driver-assistive technology suite in its class and comes standard on all Honda vehicles.

This National Safety Month, we're here to dish the awesome features that make Honda Sensing the best choice in safety!



What's So Special About Honda Sensing?

LANE-KEEPING ASSIST SYSTEM (LKAS)

The Honda Sensing Lane-Keeping Assist System adjusts your steering to help keep you centered in a detected lane. This feature is supplemented by the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Road Departure Mitigation System (RDMS). LDW will alert you with flashes and sounds if it senses that you're veering out of the lane, while RDMS will adjust your steering and braking if cross a lane without signaling.


What's So Special About Honda Sensing?

ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC)

Remember having to set and adjust cruise control yourself? Honda Sensing makes this a thing of the past with its Adaptive Cruise Control feature, which maintains a set following interval behind detected vehicles, adjusting to the ever-changing flow of traffic.

What's So Special About Honda Sensing?

COLLISION MITIGATION BRAKING SYSTEM (CMBS)

If you don't have time to react, Honda Sensing's Collision Mitigation Braking System will do it for you by applying brake pressure when an unavoidable collision is determined, effectively lessening impact with a vehicle or object in front of you. This feature is supplemented by the Forward Collision Warning (FCW), which utilizes audio and visual alerts to warn you if you're at risk for collision.

Honda Sensing comes standard on all Honda cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers to make your driving experience that much safer for you and your family. Now that you've read up about it, see it in action for yourself by scheduling a test drive with us 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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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 Honda Civic and Fit Named Kelley Blue Book's "10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000 for 2018"

2018 Honda Civic. Click the photo to see our inventory!

GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- With their combination of youthful style, impressive features, and sporty driving dynamics, the 2018 Honda Civic and 2018 Honda Fit have both been named as two of Kelley Blu Book's "10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000".

The award recognizes vehicles that offer comfort, style, and excitement at an affordable price. When speaking of the 2018 Civic, the editors at Kelley Blue Book say that it is "a well-rounded car offered as a sedan or coupe that's comfortable, roomy, practical, efficient, packed with cool tech, and a blast to drive." Of the 2018 Fit, they say, "This diminutive hatchback has a feature called the Magic Seat that gives the interior space and versatility that rivals that of a small SUV. The combination of practicality and pep at an affordable price makes the Fit a hard car to resist."

2018 Honda Fit. Click the photo to see our inventory!

The 2018 Civic and 2018 Fit boast some killer fuel economy at 40hwy MPG for each. On top of that, both models boast a 5-Star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is bolstered by their possession of the most comprehensive safety and driver-assistive technology suite in its class, Honda Sensing. 

The best part is: RiverTown Honda has both in stock! If you're in the market for a new car, consider the 2018 Honda Civic or 2018 Honda Fit. Have bad credit or no credit? No problem! Apply for financing online and our experienced team of professionals will get you approved and work out a plan, no matter what your current or past financial situation.

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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