Meet Mike Phillips

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Until recently, Mike Phillips had never owned a Honda. When it was time to begin shopping for his next car, Mike did his homework. He looked into several vehicles and ultimately decided to purchase a 2013 Accord Sport.

For Mike, the decision came down to price point, styling, features, advantages and benefits. “I really like my Honda,” he says.

When asked what he loves most about his car, Mike is quick to answer: “Excellent gas mileage and the car’s Bluetooth capabilities.”

Mike also loves being a Don Ayres customer. “The service department has treated me like a king,” Mike says. “When I visit the service department and the body shop, I always walk away feeling like everything is going to be handled the way it should be handled.”

Vehicle Spotlight: 2011 Honda Certified Accord Sedan


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 to check out our entire inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles.

This 2011 Honda Accord Sedan has everything you’d expect from a Honda … and more!

For starters, this is a Honda Certified vehicle. That means you’ll drive away with the peace of mind that comes from knowing the car has passed a thorough 150-point inspection. Plus, it comes with excellent warranty coverage, including a 12-month, 12,000-mile limited warranty and up to a 7-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The car, which happens to come with a perfect Carfax report, also includes all kinds of great features:

  • A power moonroof with a manual shade
  • An immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Air conditioning with an air filtration system
  • All-season tires

Want to know more? Head on over to the car’s online vehicle listing to find out just what this car has to offer. Then, give us a call or stop by the dealership. We have a great team of sales and leasing consultants who can answer your questions or take you for a test drive. 

Back-to-School Carpool Etiquette

carpool If you’ve ever driven your children to school – even just one time – then you are undoubtedly familiar with a truly cultural experience known as The Carpool Line.

That big sprawling parking lot in front of your child’s school is so much more than a place to park your car. For 15 sweat-inducing minutes at the beginning and end of each day, it’s more like an automotive racetrack. No, you never break 5 mph, but this twice-a-day ritual requires precision driving maneuvers and a thorough understanding of Carpool Law.

You see, there are rules. Simple rules and complicated rules and even rules that nobody tells you. (It’s quite possible that some are secretly passed from one generation of parents to the next.)

As we settle into another new school year, we thought we’d compile a few tips that are sure to help survive your next Carpool experience.

Know the “traffic pattern” at your child’s school. Most likely, you will be expected to enter in a specific place and exit in another. If you try to go against the flow, you could put young children in harm’s way. (And you may ruffle a few feathers, too.)

Don’t talk or text on your cell phone while you’re in line. Yes, we know this is a tough one, especially for multi-taskers, but it’s best to be alert as you inch your way toward the front of the line. Plus, it’s always nice to smile and greet teachers, parents and children who may be waiting nearby.

Arrive at the appropriate time. This one is a bit tricky because this “magical” time varies from school to school. After a few weeks, though, you’ll know when you should arrive in order to spend the least amount of time in line. (Arrive too early, and you’ll sit for 30 minutes before the bell rings. Arrive too late, and even though you’re on school property, it will take 20 minutes to snake your way through the parking lot.)

Be a friend to the environment. You may find yourself sitting in one spot for a few minutes. Be mindful of “no idling” zones, which are common at many schools. Turn off your engine until it’s time to move forward.

Meet Angela Sidel

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If you had told Fort Wayne resident Angela Sidel a few years ago that she would eventually own a Honda Odyssey, she probably wouldn’t have believed you. “I swore I’d never be a minivan driver.”

Then, she had a change of heart.

Sidel, a busy mom of four, wanted a vehicle that could comfortably accommodate her children and a few of their friends, and the Honda Odyssey fit the bill.

Today, Sidel is pretty fond of her minivan. She loves that it gets double the gas mileage of her previous vehicle and that it “drives like a car.” She says everyone is always comfortable as her family ventures to and from sporting events and other activities.

Sidel also loves the Odyssey’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and built-in Cool Box, which she says is great for traveling.

Vehicle Spotlight: 2010 Buick Enclave


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 to check out our entire inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles.

Take a look at this 2010 Buick Enclave because it’s smooth, and it’s oozing with style! Plus, it comes with all kinds of great features.

Third-row seat? Check.
Heated leather seats? Check.
Rear headrest DVD player? Check.
Digital information center? Check.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mahogany wood accents? Check?

The list goes on and on.

Be sure to check out the car’s full online listing right here. Then, swing on by the dealership so you can see it in person. We’re located at 4740 Lima Road, just a few blocks north of Coliseum Boulevard.

Dozing off behind the wheel? A short nap is the way to go

Most of us have been there at one time or another. We settle in behind the wheel, prepared to drive for hours on end. Then, an hour or two into the trip, we realize we’re struggling to stay awake.

Drowsy driving doesn’t receive the same kind of attention as texting and other forms of distracted driving, but it’s a very real concern. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drowsy driving is to blame in some 100,000 crashes each year.

So, what should you do if your eyes start to get heavy?

According to DMEautomotive, a science-based automotive marketing company, most drivers do all the wrong things.


Sadly, most of these stay-awake strategies simply don’t work. Switching drivers (No. 3 on the above list) and pulling over to sleep (No. 7) are the only two options supported by medical evidence and safety experts. And, those in the know say caffeine (No. 1) is a temporary fix that is far less effective than a mid-trip snooze.

Bottom line? Pull over and drift into dreamland. Even a short nap will help you reenergize!

Customer Mailbox: E. Marshall and Sharon

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As always, we love to hear from our satisfied customers. Thanks to E. Marshall and Sharon, who wrote to us recently about a positive experience in our body shop. Thanks also to everyone who takes the time to keep in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter, email and good ‘ole fashioned snail mail. Keep those letters coming!

While being towed behind our motor home in Texas, our brand new Honda CR-V lost its front quarter black plastic bumper, light, etc., to a large tire tread fragment. A pair of kitchen scissors and duct tape got us to our scheduled chassis check and service at Cummins Crosspoint in Fort Wayne.  After leaving the motor home, we drove to your nearby location where we talked to Jody Talarico. You have a jewel there. She is personable, knowledgeable, and clearly honest. She assessed the damage, ordered parts, had the technicians start on the repairs, called us to get approval for more parts and repairs as they got into the damaged area, brought the repairs in close to the initial estimate, and had us on our way three days later. Looking at the car now, one would never know it had been damaged.

Kudos to you for having such a competent and happy person in a potentially problematic area of any auto dealership and for having technicians that do such fine work.


E. Marshall and Sharon