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Plan a Better Road Trip

Ideally, you want good memories from your road trip. This is one of the reasons that you are going to have to make sure that you have all of the important factors taken care of before you embark on any journey. One small misstep can take a good road trip and turn it into a disaster.

If you think ahead about your road trip, then you are going to be able to look into all of the factors that contribute to the quality of your road trip. For instance, you are going to be able to make sure that you…

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Car Batteries Often Die in the Winter

A death of the car battery is very common. One of the most common times for a battery to die is in the winter. There are a ton of reasons that a battery is going to die in the winter. There are certain factors that can drain the life out of a battery during the winter.

One factor of the vehicle battery is that it can take a lot more effort on the part of the vehicle to start up in the winter than in warmer times. Among the things that the vehicle is going to experience is some extra…

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Why You Should Buy an SUV

Deciding to switch to an SUV can be a big transition, and one you shouldn’t take lightly. We want you to make an informed decision and be happy with your decision. Come to Bend Honda with any questions you may have, and we’ll be happy to help you.

In the past, SUVS were known for costing more to operate, but that’s not always the case anymore. With gas prices continually going down, it’s never been a better time to buy an SUV. Here are a few reasons why you should buy an SUV:

  • Better for large…
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Keeping On Top of Your Tires

Tires are a very important part of your ride. Therefore, you have to make sure that they are in good condition. There is a lot to check when it comes to your tires. The smoothness of your ride and your ability to control your vehicle depends largely on the condition of your tires.

One thing that you should check is if your tire is underinflated. If your tire is underinflated, then it is very likely to make the ride go more roughly. One of the reasons that you don't want an underinflated tire is that it can cause your…

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The Truth About Alternators

It is a common misconception that the battery powers the electrics in your car. While the battery supplies the energy needed for the motor to start the car, it is the alternator that generates energy to keep the car running.

The alternator carries out two important functions. It keeps your vehicle at peak starting power by recharging the battery while your car is running. It also works with the car’s battery to power the electrical components of the car, such as the windshield wipers and headlights.  

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What is Your Vehicle's Timing Belt?

The timing belt in a vehicle synchronizes the camshaft and the crankshaft, a necessary process for the engine to operate. A car can shut down in the middle of driving when the timing belt is damaged. It's important to keep the timing belt well-maintained because a broken timing belt can damage the engine and those repairs cost thousands of dollars. It's much less costly to keep the timing belt in good condition.

To know how often you need to change the timing belt, consult your owner's manual. Most cars have timing belts that need to be changed…

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Keeping Kids Safe in the Car

We all know the importance of buckling up in the car. It's also important that young riders be strapped into the appropriate types of seats.

Babies and young toddlers should be riding backwards in car seats. Many recommended that they ride backwards for as long as they can fit in seats that can be rear-facing. When you're ready to switch a child to forward-facing, look for a car seat with a five-point harness. Models have different weight and height limits, and you should keep your child in this type of seat until he or she reaches the maximum…

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What You Need to Know About Auto Loans

When you need to buy a new car in Bend, understanding your options for financing could end up saving you a lot of money. Understanding some of the key terms associated with the process could allow you to make decisions with confidence.

Having a high credit score could let you qualify for a loan with a low APR, or annual percentage rate. This will let you minimize the interest you have to pay every year on your loan. If your credit score isn't high enough, you could have a cosigner sign onto your loan with you. They will be…

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Understanding Your Vehicle's Suspension

Informed car owners typically make better decisions with their vehicles and tend to save money over the lifetime of the car by addressing issues before they become expensive problems. Understanding your car's suspension can help you know when it needs to be serviced.

Excessive bouncing or fighting to keep your car driving in a straight line can indicate problems with your car's suspension system. Comprised of shocks, struts and steering, the suspension system keeps you comfortable as you drive down the road. 

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Understanding the Benefits of Running a Dash Cam

Whether you're planning a road trip and want a dash cam to record the beautiful views or regularly driving in a city and need to protect yourself, Bend Honda will help you choose an option that's right for your budget and driving needs. Small dash cams can fit unobtrusively on your dashboard and record everything that is going on around your car.

Having a recording of an accident can back up your story and save you time when dealing with insurance or the police. If your car gets hit in a parking lot, a camera might be able…

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