Credit Score Improvement Strategies

If you’re contemplating a major purchase like an automobile, you may have concerns about the state of your credit score. There are strategies you can utilize that aid in improving your credit score.

One such tactic is lowering the balances on your credit cards. If you are like a good percentage of people in the United States, you are carrying fairly high balances on your credit cards.

Another tactic to employ to up your credit score is to make sure you pay bills on time. This include credit card payments as well as payments associated with anything that appears on your credit report.

The team at John Howerton Honda is available to you to discuss cars and auto financing. Our sales professionals have significant experience in helping people find the ideal vehicle to meet all of their needs. We are located conveniently in Beckley, WV and are available as your schedule permits.


What Does ASE Certification Mean?

When shopping for automotive repair services, you might notice repair shops mention that their technicians are ASE certified but not know what that means. It might seem like one automotive technician with enough experience is as qualified as one who is ASE certified.

ASE is an acronym that stands for Automotive Service Excellence. ASE Certification was created back in 1972 by a non-profit organization called the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. It represents a standard of training for automotive repair and service technicians. Nearly 300,000 technicians have earned the ASE Certification by passing a rigorous test that ensures that their knowledge and skills are up to the ASE standard.

At John Howerton Honda, our certified automotive technicians can help you with any repair or maintenance work your vehicle may need. Call for an appointment at our service center in Beckley, WV and let our technicians give it an inspection.


How Your Driving Affects Fuel Economy

Fuel economy ratings are a great way to gauge how efficient a vehicle is. However, the way you drive has a dramatic effect on how the vehicle uses up gas. We want you to be an informed car owner, so here are some tips on how to improve your fuel economy on the road.

One great tip is to avoid traffic as much as possible. Stop-and-go traffic in congested areas of Beckley can cause a gas mileage decrease of up to 40%. This is because you’re constantly accelerating and braking. Even if you’re on the open highway, you need to drive sensibly. Excessive speeding, regular accelerations, and hard braking will only cause your engine to work harder.

Another thing you can do to improve gas mileage is to get your vehicle serviced regularly. Stop by John Howerton Honda today for a service appointment. We’ll make sure that your engine is running smoothly.


Stay Safe And Avoid Hydroplaning

Don’t get into a dangerous accident because of hydroplaning tires.

When it is raining or there is standing water where you are driving, that water may build up between your tires and the road. As a result, you may hydroplane and feel like you are losing control of your vehicle. This could result in an accident.

What are some steps you can take to prevent hydroplaning?

If your tires are worn, bald, or otherwise unsafe, you are more at risk for hydroplaning. Make sure you are driving safe, high-quality tires at all times. Make sure your tires are rotated and replaced when needed.

Cruise control left on is a big culprit of hydroplaning. And avoiding speeding will also help prevent water from taking control of your tires, too.

Come to see us at John Howerton Honda to make sure that you are driving on safe tires, and let us help you with the rest of your regularly needed maintenance.



Fuel Economy Tips

Saving money is the goal of any informed consumer. The idea is that as you learn more tips and tricks, you will be able to keep more of those hard-earned dollars in your pocket each month. This is precisely why your friends at John Howerton Honda want to share a few fuel economy tips with you today.

First, it is recommended that when going out to run errands, you plan a trip that will minimize your distance traveled. This way, you get the same amount of work done but use less fuel. Second, use cruise control whenever possible. Maintaining your speed is far easier that slowing down then speeding up and it will show in your average fuel economy.

If you would like your car to be serviced to ensure it is operating at maximum efficiency, then be sure to stop on by John Howerton Honda located right here in Beckley today!



The Importance of Your Vehicle’s Air Filters

Replacing air filters is an important part of vehicle maintenance. They play an important role in your vehicle’s overall performance and comfort. There are two different filters you need to take care of.

The first is the engine filter. Usually made of pleated paper, this filter is responsible for getting rid of contaminants in the air before they reach the engine. When this filter becomes too dirty, your engine has a harder time combusting fuel. As a result, you’ll experience weaker acceleration. The cabin air filter is designed to improve air quality in the cabin. It filters out dust, pollen, smog, and a number of other contaminants. Air from outside the vehicle must pass through this filter before it enters the air conditioning system.

Want to see if your air filters need to replaced? Stop by John Howerton Honda in Beckley for service. We can set you up with new filters to ensure that your ride is as powerful and comfortable as possible.



Automotive Service: What You Need to Know About the Timing Belt

Your vehicle’s timing belt is a very important component of its internal combustion engine that synchronizes the rotation of the camshaft, crankshaft, and distributor so the valves of the engine open and shut when they are supposed to. It keeps the top half of the engine in harmony with the bottom half.

When the timing belt is wearing down the teeth will appear worn and frayed. The engine may misfire or stop completely. You may notice oil leaking in the front motor.

Be prepared. Know if your particular car has a timing belt and try to find out how old it is. Then ascertain how often your car’s manufacturer recommends replacing the timing belt and take action from there.

Have questions or need service? Visit us at John Howerton Honda today in Beckley.



The 2019 Honda Civic Has a New Look and Added Safety Technology

The 2019 Honda Civic Has a New Look and Added Safety Technology

The 2019 Honda Civic has been given a facelift. It looks more dignified than the outgoing 2018 model, with its black piano trim on the front, a new full-length front splitter and differently shaped air intakes. Already available on the hatchback, the Sport trim is now also an option on the Coupe and the Sedan. Honda added a rear decklid spoiler to the sedan’s Sport trim, along with new lower bumper visuals, and chrome exhaust outlets.

Another major change for the 2019 Honda Civic is the addition of the Honda Sensing suite as standard. With it, all Civic cars gained the Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation incorporating Lane Departure Warning; Lane Keeping Assist System; and Adaptive Cruise Control. The 2019 Honda Civic still has the high-end cabin, plentiful cargo space, and deft handling you got from the 2018 models. It’s still a joy to drive and gets terrific fuel economy, as well. The 2019 Honda Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine, but a turbocharged 180-horsepower four-cylinder motor is available. The front-wheel-drive Civic delivers a perfect combination of sportiness and comfort. Handling is secure, the ride is comfortable, there‚Äôs minimal body roll, and steering is well-weighted. Strong brakes, controlled ride quality, and responsive steering sum up the 2019 Honda Civic. Inside the cabin, both rows of seats on the 2019 Honda Civic are comfortable and supportive, with cloth seats standard. Leather upholstery is available, along with heated front and rear seats, and power-adjustable front seats. The new Civic comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 5-inch display screen, and a USB port. Optional features on the 2019 Honda Civic include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and a moonroof. The 2019 Honda Civic has a fresh look and it’s safer than ever. Visit John Howerton Honda and test drive one today.

The 2019 Honda Odyssey Offers Rapid Acceleration and Convenient Technology

The 2019 Honda Odyssey Offers Rapid Acceleration and Convenient Technology

If you want a minivan that can comfortably hold your entire family and has lots of convenient technology, consider the 2019 Honda Odyssey. The new Honda Odyssey has a stylish interior, an intuitive infotainment system, and roomy, cozy seats in all rows. And with its rapid acceleration and smooth ride quality, you might even forget it’s a minivan.

The 2019 Honda Odyssey accelerates with ease and has ample power for city or highway driving. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower and is mated with a smooth shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. Its steering is sharp, without much body lean on turns. The new Odyssey comes standard with front-wheel drive, and handles surprisingly well for a minivan. Even over rough roads, you won’t notice many bumps or bounces in the 2019 Honda Odyssey.

Honda put a modern, upscale cabin in the 2019 Odyssey, using plenty of high-end materials. It comes standard with spill-resistant cloth upholstery, but leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel are available options. The new Odyssey offers an abundance of available features that will please both kids and adults, including a rear entertainment system and an in-cabin camera system. It even has unique Magic Slide seats that allow for more flexibility in carrying passengers and cargo. Power sliding doors and a power- or hands-free power liftgate are available for easy loading and unloading. Keeping your family safe is paramount, and the 2019 Honda Odyssey helps with its available Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features, including pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and road departure warning. The new Honda Odyssey has a wealth of user-friendly tech features, and John Howerton Honda has of full line of 2019 Honda Odysseys in stock. Visit us and test drive one today.