Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Preparing Your Car for a Spring Break Trip

GRANDVILLE, Mich. –– Spring break is one vacation where you can count on a good time with friends and family usually somewhere warm and sunny. Depending on where you go (see our previous blog for family destination ideas!) and who you're going with, much packing and preparation are in order. What are you going to wear? Who's going to take care of your pets while you're away? What kind of extras do you need to pack? Are you missing anything? What about your car?! If you're driving, it's arguably the most important item you need to prepare for a spring break trip, so you can have a worry free vacation. Don't stress, because at RiverTown Honda we've made preparing your car for a spring break trip easy with coupons and tips galore!


1. Get Your Oil Changed

One of the simplest tasks can help you keep your car running at optimal level and help extend its life. Going with conventional oil is great and will last 3,000-5,000 miles, while going with synthetic oil or a blend will extend the interval between oil changes. Synthetic is better for very hot or cold climates, towing vehicles, and turbocharged engines. You can find answers to all your oil change questions on our FAQ page!

2. Have Fluids Checked and Topped off

There are some very important fluids that keep your vehicle running its best that might not be top of mind but are good to have checked. Coolant, for instance, makes sure your vehicle doesn't overheat when it's running, which is especially important for long road trips where your engine will be hot. Brake fluid serves as a lubricant to movable parts and is important because it makes braking happen properly when it transfers force from the brake pedal to the wheel hub. Windshield washer fluid is another important fluid to have topped off because it allows you to see clearly the road ahead!

3. Get Your Battery Tested

Can you imagine stopping on the way to a vacation and not being able to start back up? You can prevent this by having your battery and its connection tested to ensure a smooth ride. If you have a battery older than 3 years old, it's especially important to have it tested before hitting the road. Make sure to keep jumper cables in your vehicle just in case you need a jump, and always double check to ensure you've turned off all your lights when you get out of your car for the night!

4. Rotate and Check Your Tires

Rotating your tires every other oil change is ideal to keep tread wear even and to extend the life of your tires. Not only will it help the tires wear evenly but it'll improve handling of your vehicle, which is important for a long trip! Also remember to have your tires inflated at the correct PSI. You can find the correct PSI on the sticker on your driver's side door, or in your owner's manual. For more information on tire maintenance, check out the routine maintenance section of our website.

5. Clean Your Car

It may seem counterintuitive to clean your car before a big trip, but it can help prevent some unnecessary hassle. Gather up all the loose items in your glove box and center console and do some rearranging or ridding of items that'll help make it easier to access the things you really need on the road. Then give your car a good wash on the outside to help protect your care from harmful dirt and salt on the road as you travel. If you need help with cleaning your vehicle, check out our detailing packages and a-la-carte cleaning services!


We can do ALL these things at RiverTown Honda and more! Make sure to take advantage and grab service coupons on our website to save big on preparing your car for a spring break trip. It's our goal to help you stay safe on the road wherever you go and provide you the best dealership experience of your life. We were given the President's Award for 2016 last year for our exemplary sales and service, and have been recognized for being the top Honda dealer in the midwest to complete recalls. But, more recently, we've been named the #1 Honda Dealer in Michigan (per AHM new retail sales 2017)


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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Monday, February 19, 2018

5 Out of State Spring Break Destinations Perfect for Families

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Spring break is just around the corner for many of us in the West Michigan area, or at least it's a topic that's top of mind now. Grandville schools will be heading out for the week long break on April 5th, leaving you and your family plenty of time to plan a fun trip. We understand that it can be stressful to break out of the typical "spring break" mold and make it a fun vacation for the whole family. If you're looking to avoid the college party scene, we've got some ideas for you! Check out these 5 out of state spring break destinations that are simply perfect for families.

Outer Banks, North Carolina 

5 Out of State Spring Break Destinations Perfect for Families

Otherwise known as OBX, is part of a long string of islands off the North Carolina coast. We recommend renting a condo or vacation home for the week and grabbing your family and some friends to go along. There you can fish, swim, boat, and relax on the water in the beautiful warm weather. There's also plenty of museums to attend if you're interested, and aero tours you can take to view the coast. The relaxed vibe makes it a great destination for families. It'll take about 15 hours to make the trip by car from Grandville.

Washington D.C. 

5 Out of State Spring Break Destinations Perfect for Families

If you're searching for a beach spot where you can fully relax and pick up a nice tan, Washington D.C. isn't the spot. But if you're looking for an interesting and educational place with tons of activities to do within walking/local transport distance, this spring break spot is ideal. Many of the museums and sights are free and kid friendly, and the adults will enjoy the great selection of food available. You can definitely make this vacation into a road trip. It'll take about 10-12 hours, depending on your stops, coming from Grandville.

Maui, Hawaii 

5 Out of State Spring Break Destinations Perfect for Families

Have a little one in your family that's simply obsessed with Moana? Cure their craving with a trip to Hawaii! Maui isn't just a name of a character in the movie, but is an island that's perfect for a family vacation. This island isn't as big, as crowded, or as quiet as some of the other islands. Plus, it offers great views, wildlife, history/culture, and this time of year is ideal for travel! Of course, you'll have to fly for this one, but you might be able to save a little if you drive to the Detroit airport for departure.

Keystone, Colorado

5 Out of State Spring Break Destinations Perfect for Families

If your family is full of energy, Keystone, Colorado is the place to go! It's the opposite of a warm vacation, but the views are gorgeous, the skiing is top-notch, and the Keystone resort was rated the #1 Best U.S. Ski Resort for Families by USA Today. The entire resort is designed to make hauling ski/snowboard gear to the mountains easy for the whole family, but you'll likely want to fly to get there in the first place. The ski season comes to an end April 22nd at Keystone, so you'll want to make sure your trip fits in before closing time. 

Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida

5 Out of State Spring Break Destinations Perfect for Families


Located on the left side, or gulf side, of Florida, Sanibel and Captiva are islands that offer everything you want in a warm vacation without the college crowd! There are plenty of activities to do for the entire family, along with relaxing on the beach and swimming in the beautiful blue salt water. The little ones will enjoy snorkeling and sea shell hunting, while the adults will enjoy the small downtown areas available for shopping and food. You'll most likely want to fly into Fort Meyers and will need a vehicle to get to Sanibel Island. 


We hope these 5 out of state spring break destinations are perfect for your family and offer you a few options for a fun vacation. If you're traveling by vehicle, make sure to come see us at RiverTown Honda for a pre-spring break inspection, oil change, tire rotation, etc. We'll make sure your vehicle, no matter what you drive, is ready to take you wherever you choose to go! We can also get you a great deal on a new Honda, built for safety, reliability, and high resale value. You can easily make an appointment online, or by giving us a call. Stay tuned to the coupons page on our site that can help you save even more on routine maintenance. We hope to see you at our Service Center in Grandville soon! 


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Good Housekeeping's Best New Cars

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––If you're familiar with the Good Housekeeping, you might know that they're an authority on women's interests. Their magazine and website host a variety of articles on products, recipes, diet info, inspiration, crafts, landscaping, television, and even cars. What? Cars? Yes, you read that right! Good Housekeeping teams up with Car and Driver to name the Best New Cars each year, and this year Honda took home the gold in two big categories.

Is it any surprise that Honda won the Best Sedan and Best Minivan categories? Is it any more of a surprise that the 2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Honda Odyssey were the winning vehicles? Even with some strong competitors, we're not surprised by the results! Good Housekeeping has good taste, a great sense of style, and a practical mindset.


BEST SEDAN: 2018 Honda Accord 

"You won't find a better ride at this price."
Good Housekeeping's Best New Cars
Although this is the Accord's second year winning this category, the 2018 Honda Accord is all-new, redesigned, and out-of-this-world! The expert review team appreciated the roomy interior, the large trunk, and the safety features. 


BEST MINIVAN: 2018 Honda Odyssey

"The Odyssey is making minivans cool again with smart design extras and innovative tech features."
Good Housekeeping's Best New Cars
Good Housekeeping hit the nail on the head with this winner. The 2018 Honda Odyssey offers seating for 8, a built-in vacuum (something you don't find often), and awesome safety features. But, the item the review team liked most? The CabinTalk and CabinWatch features. 


We have a wide selection of 2018 Honda Accords and 2018 Honda Odysseys, otherwise known as Good Housekeeping's Best New Cars on our lot in Grandville! We're here to provide you the best dealership experience of your life and we've recently been named Michigan's #1 Honda Dealer. We'll work with you to find the perfect car, crossover, SUV, truck, or van for your needs and budget. While we highly recommend new Honda vehicles like the Accord and Odyssey to our customers, we understand a new car isn't in everyone's budget. We're proud to offer a large variety of used and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, as well. Stop by our location, just 12 minutes from Downtown Grand Rapids off of I-196 to get started on your search for a new car! 


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––If you see the color red more often this time of year, it might not just be for Valentine's Day. Did you know February is American Heart Month, too? Established in 1964, this month is to raise awareness of heart disease. While this occasion might be missed, standing alongside major holidays like Valentine's Day, Mardis Gras, and Fat Tuesday, it's really important! In fact, heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, accounts for 17.9 million deaths each year. It's the leading cause of death in the U.S., so now, more than ever, these tips for keeping your heart healthy are a necessary read!

Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Find Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress & Anxiety  

Stress and anxiety can affect everyone's health, including the most relaxed people, and can manifest differently in each person. Some people in high-stress situations turn to unhealthy comfort foods to cope, while others experience chronic raised levels of cortisol and weight gain. Stress and anxiety might not be the direct cause of heart disease, but it can subtly influence it. It's, first and foremost, important to take note of how you're feeling and what's going on around you that could cause you to be stressed. Then it's time to find ways to deal with your stress and anxiety in a healthy manner. Eating well, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and getting enough sleep is a great start. Some people find relief in meditation or in talking to a friend. Exercise is also a great tool (see our next point) to managing stress! 

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

How many times have you been told that exercise is a part of a healthy life? The same advice, very obviously, goes for heart disease! Exercise can not only be a great way to relieve stress, but it can help improve your health in general. Getting off the couch and engaging in cardiovascular exercise like walking, dancing, or even cleaning the house can condition your heart, lower your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, and help you lose weight. Many recommend 30 minutes per day, which can seem much less intimidating if you're able break it up into small segments. Try taking a break during your work day and take a 15 minute walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator when you can, park further away from the grocery store entrance, whatever it takes to get a little more exercise in will be good for your heart in the long run. 


Decrease Your Processed Sugar Intake

This might be hard to hear around Valentine's Day, especially with all the yummy and sugar-filled treats around, but cutting your processed sugar intake can make a significant impact on your health. It has been found, through multiple studies, that those who consume a diet high in sugar are much more likely to suffer not only weight gain, but heart disease, too. Processed sugar is also referred to as refined sugar or added sugars and doesn't include natural occurring sugars found in fruit, whole grains, and vegetables. These added sugars can often be in place of another ingredient in low-fat foods or as a preservative, so be aware of the label when shopping packaged or processed food.

Practice Prevention & Have Yourself Checked Out

During your normal yearly exam with your doctor or physician, you should receive a blood pressure check and should have blood work done to check your cholesterol levels. The results should indicate if you're more at risk for heart issues. If you think you're more at risk for heart disease, start the conversation with your doctor and ask what you can do to help prevent it. All the tips above are a great starting point! In general, living a healthier life by eating better, not smoking, and exercising, can help you avoid heart disease, but there are pre-existing conditions to be aware of as well. Your doctor can order tests if need be to eliminate any potential risks. It's also necessary to know the warning signs of a heart attack, so you know what to do if you or someone around you is experiencing symptoms!

Other healthy heart resources you might enjoy: 

Go Red for Women Prevention Articles
Healthy Snacks Ideas by Delish
PopSugar Fitness YouTube

We hope these tips for keeping your heart healthy give you the tools to live a healthier life, not just during American Heart Month, but throughout the year! Whether it's your goal to lose 10 pounds, or you just want to make 2018 your best year yet, the tips above can help you achieve that. To avoid some of the stress that can come with your regular routine, we recommend investing in a reliable vehicle. The team at RiverTown Honda is able to work with any budget. We've got a large selection of great used and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, as well as awesome deals on new Honda leases - like the 2018 Honda Civic sedan for $149/mo. through the end of February! And, just like taking preventative action for your heart, take care of your car with routine maintenance and recommended or scheduled maintenance to keep it running well. We can help with that, too. Visit us in Grandville, just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, for the best dealership experience of your life!

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

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Show Your Honda Some Love this Valentine's Day

Show Your Honda Some Love this Valentine's Day


GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––Valentine's Day is all about LOVE. It's just another day to some, a special holiday to others, or for some, just an excuse to do something special with your loved one. But, what about your car? It deserves some love, too! It gets you and your passengers from point A to point B in comfort. It's an important part of your best memories. It's there when you need it most. And most of the time, hopefully, it doesn't complain or give you trouble. Have we convinced you to give your Honda to the special treatment this February? Show your Honda some love this Valentine's Day with our tips:


1. Treat your Honda to a nice wash & wax 
With all the nasty snow, ice, and salt, your Honda could use a nice trip through the wash. A wash will help it looks good, but make sure go all out for your Honda and protect your paint with a higher wash package that includes wax or some sort of weather-protect ingredient.

2. Give your Honda's interior a good clean-up
Whether you're a tidy driver or a messy one, the interior of your Honda could use a good wipe down and clean-up. Get rid of all the trash, wipe down the surfaces with anti-bacterial cleaner, and give it a good vacuum. Don't feel like doing all that? Check out our detailing packages & services menu.

3. Freshen up the cabin air 
There's nothing better than getting into a good smelling car! You AND your passengers can appreciate an interior that smells fresh and clean, rather than dirty shoes or fast food. If your interior is really smelly, try sticking an absorbing freshener in your cup holder or under your seats.

4. Consider buying your Honda some new shoes
By new shoes, we mean new tires. Whether you get new all-seasons or winter tires, it's an expensive purchase (especially since it's better to purchase all 4 at the same time), but it's well worth your safety and your car's functionality. Take some time to consider your tire options & create a budget that works for you. We can help!

5. Put in some fitting floor mats to protect the carpet
All seasons come with some sort of mess, like mud, road salt, or fallen leaves, that can be hard to keep out of your car's interior. Make it easier to clean up and protect your Honda's carpet with some custom-fitted, or well-fitting rubber floor mats. Give us a call to see what we have in stock or check out Weather Tech, a fan favorite!

6. Make it easier on your Honda to clear your view 
Your Honda works hard to make it easy to see in the dark, in the bad weather, etc, because it wants to keep you safe! You can make it easier for your Honda to clear your view by investing in some quality wiper blades. We also recommend having your headlights revitalized or replaced if they look cloudy or aren't seeming as bright.

7. Freshen up the interior
Freshen up the interior by adding some personal touches that'll make your ride more comfortable. Add a pretty air freshener (like those from Bath and Body Works), put a cushy steering wheel cover on, invest in a some nice looking storage items to help you keep things tidy, etc. Make your Honda truly yours!


We hope you have an awesome Valentine's Day this year, and take the time to show your Honda some love! As we mentioned above, we can help you clean up or freshen up the interior and exterior, as well as help you invest in some new tires or floor mats. We love helping our neighbors get the perfect Honda, and keep it looking great, too. Let us know how we can help with your auto needs this Valentine's Day! It's our goal to provide you the best dealership experience of your life at our location, just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and around the corner from RiverTown Crossings Mall. We look forward to seeing you!

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

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8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family

GRANDVILLE, Mich. ––Valentine's day is about showing your loved ones that you care, but it's more importantly about spending quality time together. It's not just a holiday for couples, but for families alike. As families, we spend lots of time together even though a lot of it isn't quality time. You can use Valentine's Day as the perfect opportunity to do something fun and carefree together. It could be a nice dinner out, an outing downtown, or even some fun activities inside, especially since this Valentine's Day will be another cold one. We've come up with 6 fun Valentine's Day crafts to do with the family that can be done inside and that will make this holiday a memorable one, together!


1. Heart Penguin Craft

These cuties are made with simple construction paper! All you need is construction paper in blue, black, white, yellow, and red/pink, safe scissors, and glue. Get creative and have your kids decorate the background! 
8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family

2. String Heart Yarn Cards

Remember string art? It has made a comeback, and is the perfect craft for children! These require some thick card stock paper, colorful yarn, and a large threading needle. 
8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family

3. Finger Painted Love Sign

For variation, you could even use an XO or a heart shape for similar relief effect. This project requires cardboard, tape, paint, and a canvas or paper. 
8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family

4. Rainbow Heart Suncatchers

These jewel like sun catchers are both fun to make, and lovely to keep on your windows especially during the grey winter months. For this craft you'll need plastic sheet protectors, scissors, tissue paper, paint brushes, and mod podge. 
8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family

5. Popsicle Stick Picture Frames

This is a craft that can be customized to any holiday or occasion! They require popsicle sticks, paint, glue, and any other decorations you might want like puzzle pieces, jewels, etc. Then fill with a photo or hand drawn message.
8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family

6. Tic Tac Toe Snack Craft

This one if both a craft AND a snack, and we think that's the best sort of combination. Not to mention you get a fun game out of it, too. Good luck not eating these cute boards before playing!
8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family


7. No-Sew Heart Pillow 

Your kiddos can be extra creative with this one! Take a trip to the craft supplies store, let them choose a fun fleece fabric & add rhinestones, puffy paint, or whatever else their little hearts desire. 
8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family


8. Wax Resist Valentine's Day Cards 

Use this craft to make cards, or art that you can hang up around the house! All you need is some card stock or watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and a white crayon. 
8 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts to Do With Family


Note that these kids Valentine's Day crafts can get messy, so make sure to set-up for an easy cleanup; similar to doing regular maintenance on your vehicle to extend its life. If your car is reaching the end of its life and is becoming unreliable, it may be time to breakup and move on to a shiny new valentine vehicle. We'd love to help you find the perfect vehicle for you, your family, and all your adventures together. 

Did you know... Honda is one of the top rated brands for safety and makes some of the best rated cars according to some of the most respected organizations! The 2018 Honda Accord was recently named 2018 North American Car of the Year, and America's Best Sedan by Car and Driver. The 2018 Honda CR-V was named Motor Trend's SUV of the Year as well. You can see all these awards and MORE on our awards page. What's most intriguing is that the 2018 Honda CR-V and Accord come standard with Honda Sensing safety technology, which means you can feel even more safe on the road without paying extra. Visit us at RiverTown to learn more about the the top-rated vehicles for families

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Honda Reports a Rise in Sales for the Pilot, HR-V, & Civic in January

Honda Reports a Rise in Sales for the Pilot, HR-V, & Civic in January

GRANDVILLE, Mich.,––American Honda Co., Inc. has recently reported their sales numbers for January 2018, indicating a decrease in overall numbers from last year, but a rise in sales for the Pilot, HR-V, and Civic models. Despite the shift in the market, away from cars and towards SUVs, the Honda cars are only slightly down year-over-year, showing promise for the brand's future in the segment.

The Honda Pilot took a big climb in sales numbers, from 7,180 units last year to 11,619 units this year, which is an unbelievable 61.8% increase! This can be in part, thanks to the market's shift towards SUVs and crossovers, but mostly due to the improved supplies. January 2018 marks the Pilot's 5th straight month of sales increases and a record year for the trucks category.

The Honda HR-V shows its strength in the subcompact or small crossover segment by jumping 10% in January, marking a new record for the month. The Civic also saw a rise of 2.8%, from 23,095 units to 23,749 units year-over-year, which is just short of an all-time record. This is of course bittersweet, because of the lagging sales in the car category overall. However, the all-new Accord is still gaining traction and will hopefully see an increase in the next few months thanks to it's new title: 2018 North American Car of the Year.

Honda Reports a Rise in Sales for the Pilot, HR-V, & Civic in January

"With a strong and fresh product line-up, we're confident in the fundamental competitiveness of our products in their segments," said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division & general manager of Honda Sales.


At RiverTown Honda, we're proud to carry some of the most competitive, most awarded, and most purchases vehicles on the market! If you're interested in any particular Honda, like the Pilot, HR-V, and Civic that saw increases in January sales, we'd be happy to show you around and let you take one for a test drive. We believe in Honda's vehicles for their incredible safety, tech, and convenience offering for the price, and for their high resale value. Stop by our dealership in Grandville, just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, to see what's new!

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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