Prep your car for winter’s chill

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Indeed, most of us are enjoying the vibrant bursts of color throughout northeast Indiana, but the season’s beauty also signals the impending arrival of winter weather. Now is the time to get your car ready for whatever ‘Ole Man Winter has in store.

  • Make sure your battery has a full charge. Frigid temps can be tough on your car’s battery, so head into the season with plenty of juice.
  • Consider winter tires. Do you do a lot of driving in snow and ice? Winter tires may be a good investment.
  • Get new wiper blades. Do your wipers clear your windshield effectively? If not, your blades are likely past their prime.
  • Pack an emergency kit. Play it safe. Stash some blankets, a flashlight, salt, water and snacks in your trunk.
  • Schedule a maintenance check. If it’s time for a routine service check, book one now! It’s always best to schedule preventive maintenance than deal with the hassle of an ill-timed breakdown.

Meet Tim and Carrie Stumph


Sometimes, twice is especially nice.

That’s certainly the case for longtime Don Ayres Honda customers Tim and Carrie Stumph, who loved Carrie’s Honda Pilot so much they bought a second one for Tim.

Tim and Carrie, who have three children, say the Honda Pilot is a great vehicle for families on the go.

“I find it very comfortable,” Carrie says of her 2004 Honda Pilot. “It’s also great for transporting many swimmers, show choir kids and their gear.”

Reliability is another big plus. Tim, who drives a 2012 Pilot, says he thinks very highly of the Don Ayres Honda service department. He fondly recalls two visits in which he wasn’t charged a dime. (One involved a wayward Lego that prevented the rear door from closing properly.) “We’ve never felt slighted,” Tim said.

Tim, who loves his Pilot’s heated leather seats, navigation system and satellite radio, said he’s so comfortable in his vehicle that he often prefers to drive on trips — even when flying might be a reasonable option. “If it’s less than six hours,” he said, “I’ll drive.”

Vehicle Spotlight: 2008 Ford Edge


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 2008 Ford Edge is in excellent condition, and we invite you to stop in and take a look!

The car, which gets great fuel economy, has an excellent service history. It also comes with a perfect Carfax with no reported accidents.

When you get behind the wheel of this car, you’re sure to enjoy a host of great features, including heated leather seats, a digital information center, steering wheel radio controls, power steering, dynamic stability control, anti-lock brakes, keyless entry and more!

Want to know more? Check out the car’s online listing right here. Then, feel free to contact one of our sales and leasing consultants with any other questions.

Fall leaves are beautiful, but they can make roads slick


Tree-lined roadways are especially beautiful at this time of year, but it’s important to remember that fallen leaves can alter driving conditions. When leaves become wet, they can trap water and make roadways extremely slick. They can also interfere with your ability to see road markings, potholes and curbs. Drive slowly, and avoid sudden stops.

Be mindful of other fall driving hazards, as well:

  • The season’s first few frosts often present challenges for drivers. Freezing and near-freezing temperatures can cause moisture on bridges and overpasses to freeze.
  • Rain, sleet, fog and snow (gasp!) can appear in the fall, as well. Drive slowly, and make sure there is plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Daylight Saving Time can interfere with your morning and evening commute. This year clocks “fall back” on Nov. 2.  Be sure to slow down when driving in the dark.
  • Finally, forgotten car repairs can be especially detrimental with the season’s added driving hazards. Fix any tail lights, turn signals and other safety features that aren’t working properly. (Need help? Schedule a service appointment anytime … our amazing service technicians will fix you right up!)

Customer Mailbox–A few kind words

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As always, we love to hear from our satisfied customers. Thanks to Kathy, who recently posted a kind review on our Facebook page. 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!

We purchased our GMC Acadia new when you were still a GM dealership. Had an excellent buying experience. Since then, we have had unbelievably good service on our Acadia. The service and mechanical staff are all second to none. Kevin, Doug, Jeremy, Troy and all of the other service staff are great to work with. David, who drives the courtesy shuttle, is one of the nicest young men I have ever met. Your mechanics do an outstanding job too! I fee like part of the family at Don Ayres!

Vehicle Spotlight: 2012 Honda Odyssey


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.

Ah, the perfect vehicle for a family on the go!

Check out this 2012 Honda Certified Odyssey, complete with antilock brakes, a traction control system, keyless entry, a digital information center and steering wheel radio controls.

And, as you do with every Honda Certified vehicle, you’ll drive away with the added peace of mind that the vehicle has passed a thorough, 150-point inspection. You also get a 12-month/12,000-mile limited warranty and up to a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Check out the vehicle’s complete online listing here. Or, we invite you to stop by the dealership to see it in person. Our friendly sales and leasing consultants will be glad to answer any questions you have about this extremely popular vehicle.

September Salespeople of the Month

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Each month, we have a company-wide tradition of recognizing the two sales and leasing consultants who sell the greatest number of cars – one in our Honda sales department and one in our pre-owned sales department.

For the month of September, our top salespeople are Andy Hitzemann (new car sales) and Chad Oberlin (pre-owned car sales). Congratulations, Andy and Chad!