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Choosing Your Teen's First Car Today

Although you may have hoped that this day never arrived, it is here. You need to come to terms with the fact your child is going to be driving, and there is no better way than getting them a vehicle designed to keep them safe.

The first thing to consider is the safety rating of the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates cars from zero to five stars, so look for a car with the highest possible star rating. 

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Choose Rear-Facing Car Seats for Infant Safety

Having the right car seat is vital, especially when you consider that the leading cause of death for ages one to 13 is car crashes. Here's why rear facing seats are best for your infant.

Because these small, portable seats have a harness and are designed specifically for the smallest humans, they actually cradle babies and move with them during a crash. This helps protects their neck and spinal cord. After eight or nine months, your infant grows out of this rear-only seat, so you could opt for convertible seat that changes from rear-facing to forward-facing.  

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Differences Between Towing and Payload Capacity

At Loving Honda, we want you to be able to take care of your truck by understanding the important differences between payload and towing capacity. Overloading your truck can cause severe damage.

The towing capacity of a truck is the amount that it can tow from its hitch. This is usually based on the frame of the truck, the torque that the engine can create, and the type of transmission it has. On the other hand, the payload includes everything that is inside of the truck or in the bed. 

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Tips for Tailgating this Season

If you are a season ticket holder for your local sports team then you probably know all about tailgating. This is such a fun experience. There are even people that party in the parking lot beforehand but never bother to buy tickets for the actual game. There's something so exciting about spending the day with other fans who love the game as much as you do. If you are planning for your next tailgating excursion then you should take a look at our Loving Honda tailgating essentials checklist.

  • Paper products for eating and drinking. They are convenient and really…
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Scratched paint? No Problem! DIY touch-up paint

In Lufkin, you encounter plenty of hazards that threaten your car’s paint job – rogue shopping carts, low-hanging branches, people whom don’t know how to park, etc. This is usually perceived as a significant cost of time and money to address. This is not the case, however. You can easily fix this yourself!

First, clan the scratch and sand it lightly with 220-grit sand paper. Be sure to repeatedly wash it out with soapy water and a garden hose as you do so.

Once dry, if the scratch penetrates all paint layers, apply primer. Once it dries, sand it…

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Pre-Owned Vehicle Shopping Tip: Find the Right Market to Browse

Pre-owned vehicle buying can be a tricky endeavor. Using the right car-buying market is an important factor in finding a vehicle that fits your needs. Check out all of the available listings before making a decision.

There's a variety of online car shopping websites to check when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle. Not all vehicles for sale in your area will be listed on a single website, so it's smart to look at all of them. Here are few of the major car shopping websites today:

  • CarSoup
  • Craigslist
  • AutoList
  • CarMax

At Loving Honda, our friendly sales team is…

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Getting the Car Ready for Back-to-School Season

Though it can feel overwhelming, getting your car in shape for a new season is a vital part of car ownership. With back-to-school season here, take a look at some of these things that you can do to make sure that your car is prepared for taking your kids to school.

One of the most important ways that you can prepare your vehicle is to make sure that it is well-organized. Take the time out of your busy day to set aside specific sections for your kids' school needs. 

 

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Road Trips Can be Entertaining With the Right Approach

Road trips are exciting to plan and exciting to experience. When you plan a long car trip, you give a great deal of thought about packing, what stops to take and the route. However, you should also give some thought on games to entertain the smaller riders along the way.

Classic car games such as Twenty Questions and I Spy with My Little Eye are great games that everyone from preschoolers to adults can play. License Plate Bingo, Hangman and the ABC game are good games for older kids, and Spot the Car is fun for tweens and teens. Magnetic…

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How High Temps and Low Temps Affect Your Battery

Most of us at one time or another will experience battery trouble with a vehicle.

Nine times out of ten, that trouble will happen on a day that is either extremely cold or extremely hot. Temperature extremes can have a negative impact on battery performance in many different applications. This is because lead-acid batteries generate power through a chemical reaction process. Chemical reactions are sensitive to temperature and humidity among other factors.

The reaction taking place inside your car battery can be simplified as the transfer of ions between lead and lead dioxide plates...

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Don't Overlook Signs of Brake Trouble

The braking system on your vehicle is complex. The system works on fluid pressure that starts with pressing the brake pedal. The brake pedal should feel firm, and the car should slow noticeably when a driver applies pressure. For many drivers, a soft pedal is the first sign of brake system problems.

Local drivers rely upon good brakes to keep themselves and their riders safe. At the first sign of brake problems, it is important to consult with an expert. Trouble signs include poor braking and traces of leaking fluids. Good brakes are essential for driving safety.

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