How to Save Money During the Holidays

If finances are a source of stress for you during the Holiday season, we’re here to help. With some careful planning and thoughtful decision making, there are plenty of ways to save money during the Holidays. Use these tips from Lee’s Summit Honda to cut back on your spending this year.

Budget First, Spend Later

Before you even think about making your shopping list, plan out your budget. Take a look at your finances and decide how much you’re comfortable with spending. Then you can go from there and make up your shopping list based on your budget, rather than trying to find the money to afford everything on an unrealistic wish list.

Put Away Your Credit Cards

It’s easy to overspend when you rely on your credit cards. Do your future self a favor by keeping the credit cards out of the holiday shopping game if at all possible. Instead, pay in cash. This will keep you aware of what you’re spending and help you stay in budget.

Send E-Cards

If sending holiday cards is part of your tradition, consider sending E-cards instead this year. You’ll save a significant amount of money on cards and stamps but can still send a memorable, warm greeting to family and friends.

If you need a new vehicle to lug around all of those gifts, or you want to treat yourself for the holiday season, stop by Lee’s Summit Honda today.

How to Save Money During the Holidays
How to Save Money During the Holidays

2018 Honda Accord Leads to $267 Million Investment

The 2018 Honda Accord brings unprecedented style and athleticism to the mid-size sedan segment. Designed to stand out from the crowd, the new Honda Accord features a turbocharged engine, improved fuel economy, and more safety features. All of that and more has led to the Japanese automaker making a $267 million investment in its Ohio production facilities.

The $267 million investment will bring 300 new jobs and increase total production capacity at the Marysville, Ohio facility. That plant will receive the majority of the investment, $220 million, while the Anna, Ohio engine plant will see $47 million.

The Marysville location will have $165 million going to the construction of a new welding department that will house 342 new welding robots. The massive investment will increase total production capacity to 440,000 vehicles per year with the possibility of adding more volume to accommodate high 2018 Accord sales.

While Honda executives aren’t giving exact sales projections, they’re expecting sales increases thanks to the Honda Accord’s new design.

The Anna, Ohio engine plant will use the $47 million for retooling. That facility will build the Accord’s new turbocharged engine.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to see Honda continuing to invest in American facilities!

2018 Honda Accord
2018 Honda Accord

Rare Honda S2000 CR Goes Up for Auction

The Honda S2000 CR was a special trim level of the popular roadster. It saw a limited run for the 2008 and 2009 model years before the model was discontinued altogether. While production was limited, it never reached the expected amount. As a result, only 699 examples of the Honda S2000 CR are available, and one of them recently went up for auction.

The Honda S2000 CR drew attention from enthusiasts around the country when it went up on Bring a Trailer. The model is currently in located in New Jersey and has had four owners, according to the vehicle history report. At nearly 10 years old, it has 89,000 miles on the odometer.

The rare roadster comes stocked with a 2.2-liter F22C four-cylinder engine that delivers 237 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Inside, the roadster features Alcantara and cloth seats instead of the standard leather seating.

Perhaps most interesting is the paintjob. Of the 699 S2000 CRs produced, only 200 bore the Apex Blue Pearl color.

The 2008 Honda S2000 CR ended up topping the $15,000 mark, further proving that demand is still high for the limited-production roadster.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to see Honda vehicles proving their longevity on the roadways.

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Honda S2000 CR Goes Up for Auction

10th Generation Honda Accord Leaves V6 in the Dust

As engine technology improves, cars can do a lot more with a lot less. That is why the 10th generation Honda Accord is saying goodbye to the V6 engine in favor of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. While some shoppers may be disappointed in this change, all indications show that this will be a thrilling update.

The base engine, though, will be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, which is the same engine found in the Civic and CR-V. It will be paired with a continuously variable transmission.

As for the 2.0T engine, it could very well be the most powerful one in its class. In addition, this engine will come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also opt for a six-speed manual with either engine.

Along with a new engine lineup, the 2018 Accord will have sleek new styling. While the official design hasn’t been released, we have seen quite a few spy photos of camouflaged prototypes out on the road for testing. Based on the details we can see, the Accord will have more dynamic styling that will help it stand out more from the crowd.

The redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will be coming to Lee’s Summit Honda later this year.

10th generation Honda Accord Coming Soon
10th generation Honda Accord Coming Soon

 

History of Kansas City Barbecue

Here in America, there are few things we love more than barbecue on hot summer days. While there are a lot of different kinds of barbecue, we know which one is the best—Kansas City barbecue. If you have ever wondered where this delicious food got its start, read below for the history of Kansas City barbecue.

Henry Perry is considered the father of Kansas City barbecue. He served slow-cooked ribs for just 25 cents a slab starting in 1908. He operated out of a trolley barn located at 19th and Highland. Perry came from Memphis, Tennessee, which is why Memphis barbecue and Kansas City barbecue are somewhat similar. However, Kansas City barbecue tends to use more varieties of meats and more sauce.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Perry’s restaurant was a cultural center, especially during the heyday of Kansas City Jazz. Two brothers, Charlie and Arthur Bryant worked with Perry and after Perry’s death, they took over. In 1946, the restaurant was renamed Arthur Bryant’s and is still one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in the country.

Another popular spot is Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q, which was started by Arthur Pinkard and George Gates in 1946.

Here at Lee’s Summit Honda, we love calling Kansas City home and we love us a good dinner of Kansas City barbecue.

Kansas City barbecue
Kansas City barbecue

Honda Introduces Robotic Lawn Mower

Automation has come a long way in recent years and in many ways, it has made jobs safer, increased production, and helped create things that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Now Honda is stepping up its technology game with something that will likely see mixed reactions from home owners. Meet Miimo, the first robotic lawn mower available in the United States.

Honda Robotic Lawn Mower
Honda’s Miimo is like a Roomba for your lawn!

That’s right; Honda really went there. Not only has the Japanese brand brought a speedy Civic with high fuel economy, but now they’re making home ownership a little easier as well. Where does it end?

Miimo is available in two models and will be available at Honda dealerships this summer. The robotic lawn mower operates in a similar fashion to a Roomba vacuum. Miimo features three mowing settings: Random, for large lawns, Directional, for smaller lawns, and Mixed, for lawns in between.

As though that isn’t efficient enough, Miimo is also self-charging, and will return to the docking station when it needs to be charged. Plus, it only takes around an hour to reach a full charge.

“For customers who want to be on the cutting edge of technology, have busy lifestyles and don’t have the time for lawn care, or for customers who don’t enjoy cutting the grass, Miimo is the high-tech approach to achieving a beautiful yard,” said Michael Rudolph, Vice President of Honda Power Equipment.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda can’t help but be a little excited about Honda’s new robotic lawn mower.

2018 Honda Odyssey Sneak Peak

2018 Honda Odyssey | Lee's Summit Honda | Lee's Summit, MOThe Honda Odyssey has long served as the golden standard for the minivan segment, and the upcoming model looks to up the ante one more. While the Odyssey was never slow to develop and add new technologies, the 2018 model will certainly step ahead of the competition with ease. The minivan segment isn’t nearly as competitive as it used to be, but the 2018 Honda Odyssey is about to leave the competition in the dust.

The new Honda Odyssey brings an updated, modern interior packed with available features at an affordable price. Several of the optional premium features include a heated steering wheel, foot-activated power liftgate, Auto Brake Hold, and ventilated front seats.

Performance isn’t usually at the top of the list when it comes to minivan specifications, but the Odyssey is about to change all that. The 3.5-liter V6 engine brings a whopping 280 hp, mated to a nine-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission, depending on the trim level.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey features a standard Active Safety Technology package. The package includes active safety systems like Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Mitigation Braking.

Comfort, convenience, performance come standard in the new Honda Odyssey, arriving this June. We here at Lee’s Summit Honda can’t wait for the 2018 Odyssey to arrive next month!

Operation KidSafe

Operation KidSafe
Nothing is more terrifying to a parent than the thought of something happening to their child. As parents, we do everything we can to protect our kids, which is why over 15 years ago Mark Bott created the Operation KidSafe program. This free program was designed as a way to prepare for and guard against the abduction of children 1 year and older

With the help of experts from the FBI, fingerprinting experts, and police officials, Operation KidSafe collects fingerprints and a full photo of each child. These things are printed on one single document which is then kept by the parent. Should anything happen, the parent turns the Operation KidSafe document over to the police who can use it to help their search.

Operation KidSafe events, such as the one coming up at Lee’s Summit Honda on May 12th and 13th, 2017, also focus on education. Parents and children who attend these events will learn safety tips that can be applied in potentially threatening situations. Operation KidSafe is the perfect catalyst to get you and your family talking about safe practices and safety plans for different situations.

Come to Lee’s Summit Honda on May 12th and 13th with your children to take advantage of this free event. All you need to do is arrive with your children to get started. This event is also available for special-needs adults or any other person who might be at risk. We will see you there!

 

 

Sources:

http://operationkidsafe.org/kidsafe_system_6.html

http://www.state-journal.com/2016/07/26/protecting-the-future-operation-kidsafe-helping-to-safeguard-children-from-abduction/

Kansas City Sports Tailgating

Tailgating is a great way to socialize, have fun, and support your favorite team! Kansas City fans literally live and breathe the “Go big or go home” motto, as the city is known for its massive tailgates in Kauffman Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know about Kansas City sports tailgating from us here at Lee’s Summit Honda! Get out and support the Royals this upcoming season!Kansas City Sports Tailgating

Before you pack up and head out, take a few minutes to review the rules to avoid any trouble.

First, guests will have to enter the game or leave the area following the end of the first inning. Don’t save spaces or buy additional spaces. Avoid blocking the roadway and try to stick to the space around your vehicle.

The Kansas City Royals are known for attracting massive crowds and that always leads to an active tailgating area. People even arrive hours early to set up.

“People stake out the parking lot five hours in advance so they can set up their whole spread,” said Kerry Funk. “Everybody that has a legit tailgate has some sort of grill going on, and I think that is pretty synonymous with Kansas City.”

Load up your grill, grab a cold one, and head out to support the Royals this season!

Winter Driving Tips For Staying Safe in the Snow

Need to get through snow and ice during your daily commute? Follow these winter driving tips to keep you, your car, and other people on the road as safe as possible when nature seems to be working against you.

Pack an Emergency Survival Kit

Things like blankets, extra clothes, gloves, water bottles, a flashlight, batteries, and whatever else you deem necessary can become crucial if you end up stranded.

Clear Off All Windows

Visibility is key in slippery or snowy road conditions. You need to be able to keep an eye on other drivers, so make sure you clean off the front and back windshields, all windows, and both side mirrors.

Check Tires and Gas Tank

Having properly-inflated tires is a must, as deflated tires have less traction and use more fuel. Additionally, don’t let your gas go below half a tank; you may need to run the heat in your car if you slide off the road.

Put More Distance Between Cars

If roads are slippery, stopping will take longer no matter how hard you hit the brakes, so make sure to take your time, drive slow, and put extra distance between you and the car in front of you.

Don’t Drive

This seems obvious, but it’s sound advice. If you’re worried about the roads and can avoid driving, don’t drive. It’s always better to trust your instincts.

Above all, these winter driving tips can be summed up with “be careful” and “be prepared.” It’s always good to be ready for any situation and to tread with caution. If your care needs to be prepped for the winter, schedule a service appointment at Summit Honda’s Service near Kansas City MO!