Tips for Buying a Used Car

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Purchasing a car is one of the most significant financial decisions that you may have to make this year. Since many people decide that buying a brand new car is not for them, they move on to the idea of buying a used car. Here are a few simple steps that you can take before buying a used car to make sure that you get the best deal possible.

Set your budget

Before you even look at a single car, set a budget that you can afford. If you’re going to be making monthly payments, calculate how much you will be paying each month and how many months it will take you to pay off the car.

Get a car in mind

Once you have a budget in mind, think about the car that you want. If you’re looking for a Civic, for example, search only for Civics before moving on to anything else.

Negotiate

You can’t be afraid to negotiate for your car. When someone is selling a used car, they rarely expect to receive the list price. As long as you’re willing to negotiate, you should be able to get a decent chunk of money dropped from the list price.

All of us here at Bill Walsh Honda know how difficult it can be to purchase a used car. If we can help you in any way, please feel free to give us a call.

2017 Honda Civic Type R Preview

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2017 Honda Civic Type R

While the new Honda Civic isn’t a lightweight when it comes to performance, the upcoming Civic Type R definitely puts it to shame. The Japanese automaker revamped the entirety of the Civic a few years ago, but left enthusiasts wanting a Type R as well. Now thrill seekers and speed demons are about to get their wish. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is officially heading to American shores!

 

Europe and parts of Asia have had their own Honda Civic Type R for years now, but the North American market did not. Instead, we got red-badged Civic Sport models and video game simulations. Now the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is officially arriving on American shores in all of its glory. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers a heart-pounding 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque via 91 octane fuel. That engine comes mated to a six-speed manual engine control unit.

 

The entire model rolls out on 20-inch aluminum wheels equipped with Brembo front brake calipers, cross-driller rotors, and a suspension tuned for the track. Expect pricing for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R to come closer to the official launch date. Until then, prepare yourself for a hotshot unlike any other.

 

We here at Bill Walsh Honda can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Civic Type R!

A First Look at the Honda Civic Type R Hatchback

 

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The Geneva auto show brought with it a variety of new models that auto enthusiasts looked to in anticipation of cool new trends coming soon in the next few years. From the final versions of models that are preparing to head into production to exciting new concepts, there was something for everyone. One of the most anticipated vehicles to make its appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, however, was the upcoming Civic Type R hatchback.

Honda isn’t necessarily known for being a performance-focused brand, though it’s known for its reliability, great safety ratings, and affordable prices – especially when it comes to the popular nameplate the Honda Civic. The sedan variant has been a staple among modern American families for years. However, Honda decided to bring a bit of European-style performance with the new Honda Civic Type R, a sporty hatchback that cranks out 306 horsepower.

Features:

There are a number of other features that make the Civic Type R hatchback a more athletic option for drivers who want some sports appeal in their everyday ride – an upgraded suspension, adaptive electrical power steering system, and Brembo brakes. Pricing could put it in the $30,000-range, so keep an eye out for it at Bill Walsh Honda.

 

How to Develop a Strategy to Handle Road Rage

How to Develop a Strategy to Handle Road Rage | Bill Walsh Honda

Strategy To Handle Road Rage

We’ve all been there – maybe we genuinely made a mistake on the road or someone else is just having a bad day. Either way, when the situation has gotten out of hand, we should all have a strategy to handle road rage.

Don’t Engage Them

First and foremost, don’t do anything to escalate the situation. Just like in other parts of life, if you refuse to engage with an aggressive person, they will usually quit their antics. With that being said, don’t do the following: flash your middle finger at them, cut them off, or brake check them. It’s not worth it. An apologetic wave, even if it wasn’t your fault, can quickly defuse a volatile situation.

Get Out Of The Way

Another method is to simply get out of the way. This is often easier said than done, but as long as you can safely do so, get out of the person’s way by pulling off to the side of the road or get off on the nearest exit. Let them pass you and safely pull off into a populated area like a parking lot if you must. But remember, if they end up following you, do not get out of the car and make sure your doors are locked.

Maintain A Good Distance

If the enraged driver seems likely to get out of their car while in traffic, ensure there is enough room for you to pull into a turn lane or some other escape route. And if it has gotten to be that bad, don’t be afraid to call the authorities.

 

Here at Bill Walsh Honda we promote and encourage a healthy and smart way of driving.

Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem Unveiled at CES 2017

Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem
More Than Just a Car; An Entire Ecosystem

The Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem, a concept combining robotics, artificial intelligence, and big data, was unveiled early this month at CES 2017, a global tradeshow for consumer electronics and technology.

The Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem concept aims to revolutionize mobility by creating a network of cars that communicate with each other and the infrastructure to control traffic congestion and eliminate traffic accidents.

Honda aims to increase driver productivity and enjoyment by lessening their load and introducing new entertainment features, and the autonomous vehicles will even provide extra services when not in use. Inspired by this concept, Honda developed the NeuV, an autonomous mini-vehicle with an artificial intelligence “emotion engine” and personal assistant.

Honda also introduced Honda Riding Assistant, a motorcycle that uses robotics technology to maintain balance. CES attendees could test out Honda robotics technologies at their exhibit by test-driving the UNI-CUB, Honda’s self-balancing personal mobility device.

Honda is also teaming up with Visa and DreamWorks Animation for future projects, as well as opening up new startups through its Developer Studio and Honda Xcelerator open innovation programs. Honda has also established a website where companies can participate in Honda’s AI and robotics initiatives, accelerating their open innovation philosophy.

Here at Bill Walsh Honda, we’re excited to see all of the exciting new technology the future holds! We can’t wait to see the Honda Technology roaming around Ottawa, IL.