Keeping it local

People talk about buying locally and supporting their local community all the time. Are we only talking about the local farmers and fishermen? What about the small business owners, i.e. local bakery that a young couple has started up? Or the small town coffee shop trying to compete with the big fish franchise? Don’t they deserve to be supported locally and thrive?  Help make our local communities an even better place to raise our families, grow old, and improve our home values?

The answer, I feel, is unequivocally yes! The mom and pop restaurant that has always served comfort food (even before the large chains moved in, renamed it “rustic”, then charge you $29.95 a plate) should be the place to go for mac n cheese and country fried steak!

Just like with the local car dealership. Why would anyone waste their time and gas (at just under $4/gallon), to drive to a dealership 4 hours away just to save $200?  Think of the miles you add to your new car driving back from that dealership that saved you $200. (Translation: that much closer to your warranty expiring.)

AutoPark Honda of Cary is proud to say we have been the Highest Volume Dealer in the Triangle for 10 Years now.  We want to earn your business! The higher the volume of cars we sell, allows for more savings passed along to you, our customers. Doesn’t it just make sense to buy locally in your own backyard dealership? 

So keep it local.

Buy local.

(Oh, yeah, same goes for supporting local farmers, coffee shops, and restaurants, too!)

Winds of March

Here in Cary, North Carolina, March did not roar in like a lion. It came in with clouds and really cold temperatures. That doesn’t seem like a lion’s roar as much as a hyena laughing.

But here at AutoPark Honda of Cary, our first day of March roared in like a lion. The showroom was bursting with people and noise. It was very carnivalistic. (I love blogging because you can create words.) And cars were being sold left and right. It seemed like people thought it was the end of the month, at the end of the year of a model being discontinued and the prices were slashed!

This is what car dealerships like…hustle and bustle, people, noise, energy…and don’t forget the smell of popcorn. We have that popping all day long at AutoPark Honda of Cary!

The winds of March may not have ushered in like a lion weather-wise, but it sure did roar in at AutoPark Honda of Cary. Looks like it will roar out going into April too.

Perfect Gift

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So Valentine’s Day is fastly approaching…have you gotten your Sweetie a gift yet? No, no, no. I’m not going to suggest you get your loved one a car. I mean, if you are thinking  about that, then you have been considering a car purchase already. And it’s actually a great idea, but hey…it’s Valentine’s Day and most people want something romantic. But I can tell you, getting a brand new, or new to you, car for a gift on any special occasion is the most fabulous thing ever! And very romantic…think about it…

Tradition(s) or Superstition(s)

The battle of light and darkness. The war between good and evil. Two Super Bowl titans come together in an epic combat to fight for the right to be called Champion.

Doesn’t that sound great? Are you ready for some excitement? No! No! No! I’ve got it…ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? I am. No matter if you celebrate in the traditional manner of stripping off your shirt and painting your belly with your favorite team’s colors…to the superstition of making sure you have plenty of hot wings, meatballs, pizza, chips, and beer–yeah, I said, “BEER” for your family and friends as you gather to watch the big game…the Super Bowl is always a great time to celebrate, eat, have fun with family and friends, eat, cheer, eat, act silly…Did I mention eat?

Tradition is defined as, “…transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation…a long established custom passed down…” Superstition is the “…unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain actions/outcomes…” i.e. your favorite team winning the Super Bowl because you lick your nose while shaking your groove thang!

Like the longstanding tradition of the Super Bowl, Hondas have a long-standing tradition in dependability and reliability, so you don’t  have to worry over superstitions.

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Who do you want to win Super Bowl XLVII? I’ll cross my fingers for ya!

Honda @ Super Bowl XLVI

Super Bowl XLVI is quickly approaching… can you feel it? Not only are you watching the best of the best football teams compete, but you’re also watching the best of the best commercials as well!

This year Honda is showcasing the redesigned CR-V and the “leap list”, which is ambitious life goals put forth by twenty and thirtysomething year olds.


The leap lists in the campaign reflect “the life change, the life transition, that Generation Y is going through,” and how the CR-V “can help you accomplish things, get things done,” said Joe Baratelli, executive vice president and executive creative director at RPA.

You’ve probably seen these commercials on TV and online already, but the Super Bowl commercial will be a different ‘leap list’.  And, lucky us, it will be launched via YouTube 10-14 days before its Super Bowl showing, which means any time next week!

Here’s an interesting fact: Honda introduced the CR-V with a commercial in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.

If you have a leap list and need a vehicle that will help you to check things off of it, then stop by AutoPark Honda today and take a 2012 Honda CR-V out for a test drive.

2100 AutoPark Boulevard
Cary,  NC  27511

919-439-7982

A multi-point inspection… what is it & why?

It’s a fact, a well maintained vehicle runs more efficiently, and that means more money in your pocket and less time in the shop.  It’s our goal at AutoPark Honda to catch any potential issues by offering you a free multi-point inspection.

Multi point inspection checklist

What is a multi-point inspection you may ask?  Well, it involves looking at all your vehicle’s major systems.  Checking all the fluids, belts, hoses, air filter, tires, shocks / struts, exhaust, transmission & drivetrain, steering components & brakes.

Why should you have a multi-point inspection done?  Taking care of your vehicle now means it will take care of you by getting you to where ever you need to be… sounds cliché, but it’s true.

Help your vehicle be the reliable vehicle you bought… print this coupon and book your free multi-point inspection today, before one of those freak North Carolina snowstorms roles in and your stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

2100 AutoPark Boulevard
Cary,  NC  27511

919-439-7982

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They call him ‘Million Mile Joe’

You want to talk quality long-lasting vehicles?

Nothing speaks to quality long-lasting vehicles more than the story of Joe and his 1990 Honda Accord.  Joe drives an average of 62,500 miles a year… that’s not a typo, it’s not a misquote, it’s the truth. For the last 14 years he’s been a claims adjuster in Maine, and he’s crossed Maine many, many, many times.

Want to know the secret to getting more miles out of your vehicle?  Here’s how Joe did it:

  1. read and follow the owner’s manual and maintenance schedule to the letter
  2. check fluids often (Joe did it weekly) switch fluids seasonally (10w-30 in summer & 5w-30 in winter), he also changed them every 5,000 miles… he never let it get below a quart and used the same brand each time
  3. never let the fuel get into the E zone
  4. used only Honda air, oil and fuel filters
  5. never rode hard on the brakes and changed their fluid every few years
  6. he also replaced the fuel pump, both cooling fans and the radiator twice
  7. last but not least… Joe gave his Accord a lot of TLC

Joe used to work as an automotive technician for 18 years, which helped him to reach such a milestone, but let’s not forget that Honda has a reputation of building durable, reliable vehicles.

Joe has taken more than 661 photos of his odometer… “A Million Miles in 45 Seconds”


Yesterday, Honda hosted a surprise parade in Saco, Maine, to celebrate Joe’s amazing accomplishment. The parade interrupted a brief press conference where Joe was scheduled to receive an oversized key to a new 2012 Honda Accord from Ms. Maine, Ashley Marble.

Way to go Joe!

Stop by AutoPark Honda to get your very own Honda or bring your car into our service center… let’s see if we can get your vehicle to the million mile mark also!

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