Worn wiper blades just don’t cut it

wipersHave you ever turned on your windshield wipers only to discover that they’re doing a lousy job?

Wiper blades can wear out fairly quickly, and when this happens, they lose their ability to remove rain and slush. Sometimes, they even screech and leave streaky messes on your windshield.

The good news is that a new set of wiper blades provides a quick – and relatively inexpensive — fix. Consider replacing your wiper blades every six months to a year. This drastically improves your ability to see in wet, rainy and even snowy conditions. (Plan ahead! No one likes to get caught off guard!)

A friendly reminder: We can swap in a new set when you’re in for your next oil change. Click here to schedule an appointment.

THANK YOU to the most amazing customers in town!

logo newWe’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who voted for Don Ayres Honda in the 2014 Fort Wayne Newspapers Readers’ Choice Awards. We are humbled to be recognized by you, our customers, in the following areas:

First Place:
Best Auto Dealership to Buy a New Car
Best Auto Dealership to Buy a Used Car
Best Auto Service and Repair Dealer
Best Oil Change Place
Best Auto Body Shop
Best Auto Parts Store
Best Auto Tire Dealer
Best Auto Salesperson (New) – Andy Hitzemann
Best Auto Salesperson (Used) – Andy Hitzemann
Best Auto Mechanic – Doug Settle

Second Place:
Best Auto Salesperson (New) – Rick Kruger
Best Auto Salesperson (Used) – Shannon Hoover

Third Place
Best Auto Salesperson (New) – Shannon Hoover
Best Auto Salesperson (Used) – Ed Feipel

To celebrate and thank your for your loyal support, we’ve having a huge four-day sale! View our current inventory online , or click here for information about our special pricing.

And again, we THANK YOU for honoring us in this way. We truly have the best customers in town!

Vehicle Spotlight: 2013 Honda Pilot


Each week, we use our blog to showcase one of the best pre-owned vehicles on our lot. We’re pretty sure you’ll love what you see. And, if it turns out the featured car isn’t what you have in mind, simply head over to www.donayreshonda.net to check out our entire inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles.

Looking for a great vehicle with plenty of passenger space? Stop in and take a look at this 2013 Honda Certified Pilot.

In customary Honda fashion, the vehicle comes with a long list of great features, including comfortable third-row seating, a backup camera, Bluetooth capabilities and more!

Plus, you’ll drive away knowing that you won’t spend a fortune at the pump. The Pilot’s fantastic fuel economy keeps gas costs to a minimum.

Want to know more? Head over to the car’s online listing for a full overview of this 2013 Honda Pilot. Then, feel free to stop in and visit with one of our friendly sales and leasing consultants.

What to do if you blow a tire

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If you’ve ever had a blowout, you know it can be a pretty scary thing. That’s why it’s a good idea to think about what you’ll do BEFORE you find yourself in the midst of an unexpected driving emergency.

  • For starters? Don’t panic. (We realize this is easier said than done.) Do your best to stay calm and remain in control of the situation.
  • Avoid coming to a screeching halt. Slamming your brakes could easily throw your vehicle off-balance. Instead, gradually release your accelerator and reduce your speed in a slow, controlled manner.
  • Adjust your steering as needed. As your car begins to slow down, gradually steer it toward the side of the road.

The Johnny Appleseed Festival is a fun Fort Wayne tradition


Looking for a fun way to spend part of your weekend? Step back in time for a few hours when you visit the 40th annual Johnny Appleseed Festival, a favorite Fort Wayne tradition that always draws an impressive crowd.

The festival, which runs Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offers historically authentic crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, a children’s area and more.

You’ll also find plenty of delicious food … and it’s world’s better than the food you’ll find at any other fair or festival. (Trust us on this one!) Enjoy ham and bean soup, chicken and dumplings, cornbread, caramel corn, apple pies, caramel apples and apple cider. All food is prepared in a period-appropriate manner, and the delicious aromas fill the air as you make your way through the festival grounds.

While at the festival, be sure to stop and see the newly-landscaped area surrounding John Chapman’s gravesite.

We’re looking forward to a great fall weekend in the Fort, and we hope to see some of you there!  

Vehicle Spotlight: 2013 Dodge Dart


Each week, we use our blog to showcase one of the best pre-owned vehicles on our lot. We’re pretty sure you’ll love what you see. And, if it turns out the featured car isn’t what you have in mind, simply head over to www.donayreshonda.net to check out our entire inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles.

Turn some heads when you zip through town in this sporty 2013 Dodge Dart!

The pre-owned vehicle is in fantastic condition, and it comes with a blemish-free Carfax report. Plus, the car was just serviced, and it gets excellent fuel economy, too.

Want to know more? Head over the the car’s online listing to see an overview of its many great features. Then, you’re more than welcome to stop by the dealership to see it in person. Our friendly sales and leasing consultants would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Driving in fog

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You wake up in the morning, and a thick blanket of fog has descended over the city. Before long, the all-too-familiar list of school delays begins to scroll across the bottom of your TV screen. So,  what exactly do you need to know before you attempt to make your way through town?

Fog, which reduces visibility, can also create the illusion that you’re driving in slow motion — even when you’re traveling at a normal or high rate of speed. It’s  important to play it safe. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Use low-beam headlights. Using your “brights” or high-beam lights can actually make it harder to see. That’s because fog reflects off bright lights, further decreasing visibility.
  • Slow down! You may feel like you have your speed under control, but it’s hard to tell when you’re driving in fog. Check your speedometer often.
  • Listen up! If you’re having a hard time seeing other cars, remember that other drivers may have a hard time seeing you. It’s important to use your other senses. Turn off the radio and consider opening your a window a crack so you can hear approaching vehicles.
  • If road signs and lane markers are difficult to see, try using the right edge of the road as a guide. It’s a much safer bet than the center line.
  • Keep your windows clear. Use your wipers and window defrost to make sure you’re not further limiting your visibility.