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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

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!

Best Cities to Live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit

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By Jordanbruening – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48626090

The United States is a wonderfully vast country and it’s a great country in which to live. With all of the different cities out there, it can be quite difficult to choose just one that really outshines the others. However, two Missouri cities were recently named as two of the best cities to live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. Here’s why.

Kansas City

Often being confused as a city in the state of Kansas, Kansas City is home to a lively entertainment scene and a low cost of living in the state of Missouri. It is also seen as a fairly homey destination where visitors are often surprised at how much there is to do in this city.

From gambling on the riverboat casinos to going to see live jazz music to enjoying delicious barbecue, there is always something going on in Kansas City.

Combined with reasonable Midwest prices, Kansas City is a great place to work, play, and live.

Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit is more of a hidden gem than Kansas City, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a great place to live. Although it has more of a suburban feel than Kansas City, the statistics show that Lee’s Summit is a great place to live.

For example, the median income here is $78,186, and the average value of a home is $188,200. It’s a great place to earn a living and raise a family!

Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Parents and Drivers

Trick or Treat safety
Stay safe this Halloween!

Halloween is just over a month away, and parents and children will be roaming the streets in search of candy. Trick or Treat is a time of year every kid looks forward to, but it can also be dangerous in a lot of ways. Follow these Trick or Treat safety tips for a safer Halloween.

Find out when

First of all, know what day Trick or Treat is in your area, since it doesn’t always fall on Halloween, even if you don’t have kids or aren’t planning on participating. If you’re going to be driving on Trick or Treat night, you need to take extra precaution, drive slowly through neighborhoods, and turn your headlights on even before nightfall.

Keep an eye out

Parents who won’t be driving on Trick or Treat night, you’re responsible for motor vehicle safety as well. If you’re walking your kids around your neighborhood, keep a close eye on them and hold their hands when walking across the street or in a driveway. If you have older kids, make sure they understand to watch for cars, stay away from dark houses and never enter a stranger’s home, and not eat any candy until it’s been inspected by an adult.

Easy to see

Make sure your child’s costume or candy bucket has something reflective to make them more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Other than that, follow common sense rules about walking at night—stick to sidewalks whenever possible, carry a flashlight, and use crosswalks when crossing the street.

New 2017 Civic Hatchback Design Will Make Your Jaw Drop

 

Honda Civic Hatchback Logo

 

The Honda Civic is back and better than ever. This model comes with a sleek new exterior that will drive you wild. The 2017 Civic Hatchback design is not only drawing praise for its aesthetic appeal, but it also has come great new features that help to make it one of the most advanced models on the market. When you get behind the wheel of the 2017 Civic, you won’t want to drive anything else.

Honda has made some exciting changes to the 2017 Civic Hatchback design. The new model will come with a European-inspired look with five-door versatility. The front and rear fascias are bolder thanks to added air vents, and a center-flow exhaust adds a style normally reserved for high-end supercars. Plus, with a sloping roof, sharp molding and contours, and dark alloy wheels, you won’t be able to stop staring.

“The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Now, we’re bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model.”

The Civic hatch doesn’t just look pretty, but it’s functional as well. This model has the largest cargo capacity in its segment, as well as up to 40 highway mpg when equipped with a CVT system. Plus, great features like Honda Sensing keep you better protected. Set to be released this fall, the Civic Hatch is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Free Things to do in Kansas City

Free Things to do in Kansas City
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Getting out and having fun is a must-do, but sometimes it can cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, Lee’s Summit Honda has compiled a list of free things to do right here in Kansas City!

1827 Log Courthouse

This building was originally Jackson County’s first government building, built in 1827. It was, at one time, the only courthouse west of St. Charles, Missouri. So if you want to experience some history, visit here!

Boulevard Brewing Company

Here you can partake in a 40-minute tour of the brewery that gives tours of the factory where you can find out about the brewing process and get to sample some brews.

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

This cultural center features exhibits, displays, performances, and more, all centered around the cultural development brought to Kansas City by influential African-Americans.

Children’s Peace Pavilion

This is a hands-on museum for kids that teaches them the concepts of peace. So not only are they having fun, but they’re learning, too, thanks to 25 different activities.

The City Market

This is the largest farmer’s market in the region, with an attendance of about 600,000 people every year. It’s not only a market, though, there’s also gift shops and restaurants.

See more info on Kansas City on our website.