A perfect pair: Honda + Pandora radio

7163_pandora_radio_logo_jpg_12262-300x225Most newer Hondas have the ability to stream live Pandora internet radio over the vehicle’s audio system.*

To take advantage of this feature, you must have a compatible smart phone with the Pandora app installed.

1. Begin by pairing your phone via Bluetooth HandsFreeLink.

2. Choose “Pandora” as your audio source. (Depending on the model and trim level of your vehicle, you’ll likely make this selection using either the “Aux” or “Source” button.)

3. Make sure the Pandora app is open on your phone. If so, music should begin streaming over your car’s audio system. Keep in mind that data charges via your mobile phone carrier may apply while streaming music.

For more detailed information about enjoying Pandora internet radio in your newer model Honda, go to www.owners.honda.com.

*Bluetooth music streaming is not available on the Honda CR-Z or Insight. Bluetooth music streaming on the Honda Pilot is configured differently. When identifying your source, you’ll want to select “Bluetooth” instead of “Pandora.”

Theft-proof your car

Since Jan. 1, the Fort Wayne Police Department has investigated hundreds of car break-ins and stolen vehicles. Specifically, they’ve responded to 660 reports of items being taken from inside vehicles and 184 reports involving cars themselves.

Those are staggering numbers, if you ask us. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to safeguard your car and its contents.

1. Lock up – even in your own drive way. A car with unlocked doors is a quick target.

2. Park inside. If you have access to a garage, use it. If you don’t, look for well-lit street parking.

3. Don’t leave valuable items – or things that appear to be valuable – in plain sight. An empty cardboard box featuring a high-ticket stereo system could trigger a break-in just as quickly as the item itself.

4. Take advantage of car alarms and other theft deterrents. Alarms, steering wheel locks and ignition kill switches add an extra layer of protection.

Vehicle Spotlight: 2010 Chrysler Sebring

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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.

If you’re in the market for a trouble-free car that will get you where you need to go, you’ll definitely want to check out this 2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited.

The car is in great shape, and it was serviced recently. Plus, it comes with plenty of great features, so you’ll be comfortable as you make your way around town. Open the sunroof on a breezy spring day, or enjoy the car’s heated leather seats when there’s a chill in the air.

Find out more about this 2010 Chrysler Sebring right here. Or, swing by the dealership and take a look. We’re located at 4740 Lima Road, just north of Glenbrook Square on Coliseum Blvd.

3 easy ways to improve your fuel economy

With today’s ever-changing gas prices, most drivers want to get a little more bang for their buck. The good news? There are plenty of ways to boost your car’s fuel economy. And, when you combine a few of these fuel-saving techniques, you’ll see your savings soar.

Break your bad brake habits
It pays to use your brakes sparingly. According to an article in Forbes.com, riding your brakes can cause excess wear and tear, and it can reduce gas consumption by 35 percent. Go easy, and you could see savings of $1.35 per gallon. 

Keep your tires inflated
According to www.fueleconomy.gov, keeping your tires inflated to recommended levels can improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent! Plus, it’s a lot safer, and it increases the life of your tires, too.

Sloooooww down!
Getting from Point A to Point B in record time isn’t always a good idea. Research by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory indicates that once you hit 50 mph, increasing your speed by 10 additional mph decreases your fuel economy drastically. In fact, driving at a speed of  80 mph instead of 70 mph can result in your car being as much as 26 percent less efficient!

Customer Mailbox–A vote of confidence

customer mailboxAs always, we love to hear from our satisfied customers. Thanks to Taher and Jan, who wrote to us recently about their continued confidence in our service department and 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!

My wife and I have been your customers for over 30 years. Never have we been disappointed with your service. We always go to you for our service on both of our Hondas, and it is always excellent.

This week I had some body work done, and again the service was outstanding – from Kevin to the office staff. They were all so pleasant and efficient, and the job was excellent.

It is such a joy to have full confidence of every service I require.

Well done, Don Ayres!
Taher and Jan

Vehicle Spotlight: 2012 Honda Accord

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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.

Sit behind the wheel of this incredible 2012 Honda Certified Accord, and you’re sure to smile!

The car, which was serviced recently, is in excellent condition. It’s never been involved in an accident, and it comes with a perfect Carfax report, too.

And, with a Honda Certified designation, you’ll drive away knowing the car has passed a comprehensive 150-point inspection with flying colors!

Find out all you’d ever want to know about this car right here. Then, come on in and take it for a spin!

Can you end a lease agreement early?

Customers occasionally ask us if it’s possible to end a lease early, and the short answer is yes. It is possible to trade out of your lease prior to the end of your lease agreement, but there are a few factors that come into play. Some things to consider:

• How far are you into your lease agreement?

• How many miles do you have on your current vehicle?

• How does your remaining payoff amount compare with your vehicle’s current market value?

With used car values at an all-time high (especially with Honda vehicles) and incredible incentives from Honda, you may be in a position to make a switch.

When you lease a vehicle, you have a payoff amount — just as you do with a traditional auto loan. Depending on the market value of your vehicle, there is a strong possibility that you can trade out of your current vehicle 6 to 9 months prior to the end of your lease agreement.

Many customers jump at the chance to drive a brand new Honda with a similar monthly payment.

If this is an option you’d like to explore, contact your Don Ayres Honda salesperson. He or she can take a look at your current situation and let you know what makes the most sense for you.