Craigslist Shopping Safety Tips

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Shopping on Craigslist has become more popular in the last few years, and for a reason. It provides us access to just about anything we might need, especially when it comes to cars. But we have to remember that not everything online is safe. Here are some tips to avoid getting spammed or creeped on:

  1. Use a fake number

Don’t use your own number when buying or selling on Craigslist. Instead, use a Google Voice number, which you can obtain easily from Google and connect to your phone.

  1. Use a separate email address

In the same vein, use a different email address other than your personal account.

  1. Meet in public places

Getting a bike rack for your car? Don’t just drive to the seller’s address. Instead, meet in the parking lot of a store or mall, where there are cameras and people around.

  1. Bring somebody with you

Even if you’re meeting in a public place, it’s always good to bring someone with you.

  1. Google the seller’s email address

If the seller provides an email address for you to contact, google it first. Some people out spammers by exposing their email address on websites like www.scambook.com.

If you are considering buying a new or used car, make sure you do it from a reputable seller, like Vann York Honda in High Point, NC. Contact us if you have any questions about shopping online!

June 6th is National Drive-In Day

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Drive-in movie theaters are a summer staple. There’s not much better than piling into the family car on a Friday night and watching a movie while enjoying the great outdoors. And June 6th is National Drive-In Day!

National Drive-In Day celebrates the very first drive-in opened in New Jersey on June 6th, 1933. And though they’ve been disappearing because of new, indoor movie theatres, there are still a few drive-ins in North Carolina happily operating!

Raleigh Road Outdoor TheatreIn Henderson, North Carolina, near Raleigh, this drive-in is open on weekends and has lots of family-fun movies.

Hound’s Drive-InThis is the newest and largest drive-in in America, located in Kings Mountain. They’ll provide you with radios for rent if you don’t want to kill your car battery.

Sunset Drive-InIn Shelby, North Carolina, Sunset Drive-In is a classic. Only $12 a car for a double feature! Be sure to bring cash as they’re cash-only.

Eden Drive-InGates open at 6:30 and children under 5 get in for free.

Badin Road Drive-InDouble features on Friday and Saturday and available WiFi access!

Go celebrate the weekend before or after June 6th and get out to these drive-ins!

Honda and Disneyland Collaborate on New Autopia Cars

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An iconic Disneyland ride, Autopia was—for many people–one of a child’s first experiences behind the wheel. It’s one of the few Disneyland rides that remains still, dating back to the park’s opening day in 1955, though the ride closed for renovation earlier this year in January. During the closure, Disneyland worked together with Honda to develop new Autopia cars with a few updates to the miniature cars’ appearance and powertrains, if you can call it that.

All ninety-six of the cars in the Autopia track have been restyled with Honda badges and logos, and additionally, all of them have also been painted with Honda colors. New tires and new engines have also made their way to the refurbished cars. The original engine used in the Autopia vehicles was the 286cc Kawasaki, but it’s being replaced with the 270cc iGX270, which gives the cars a small boost of 8.5 horsepower and 14.1 lb-ft of torque. The engineering that went into the iGX engine is no joke, either; from official EPA fuel ratings to variable valve-timing digital CDI ignition.

Honda is now considered an official sponsor for the ride, and the Autopia track itself is still undergoing renovations that will include a number of billboards and advertisements for the brand. After 60 years of Autopia sticking around, the renovations to the miniature vehicles are welcomed for the sake of preserving the last ride still remaining from the park’s beginnings.

So this summer, if you have the free time and free money to plan a trip to Disneyland, make sure to stop by the track and have a ride on the new Autopia cars to enjoy this piece of Disneyland’s history and the effort and attention to detail Honda put into making the cars as updated as possible. Honda Vice President Steve Morikawa even commented that Honda is proud to “be part of the Disneyland Park experience for years to come.”

Celebrate the Old North State in High Point, North Carolina

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Get ready to Celebrate the Old North State! The festival, which spans May 9th through May 15th, is dedicated to celebrating the culture and history of North Carolina through food, art, music & entertainment, and more. May was chosen for the month of the Celebrate the Old North State festival due to its being National Historic Preservation Month, and if you visit High Point, NC, you’ll get the chance to have the experience of a lifetime.

The festival features everything from historic architecture in the area to a number of different beautiful botanical gardens, with live music from the region, both traditional and contemporary. Of course, there will also be plenty of food — ranging from Southern comfort food to fine dining. All of High Point’s best restaurant will have samples on the festival’s menus.

The events span a number of different venues. High Point Museum Exhibits, a tour of the showrooms at High Point Market, a Modernist presentation at sophisticated local private club String and Splinter, a meet-and-greet with the Main Street merchants, and a tour of the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church are just a handful of the events occurring during the course of the festival, though that’s only the events related to art and architecture. Don’t miss any of the arboretum and botanical garden tours, the numerous live showings of musical artists performing everything from jazz to opera to bluegrass, or any of the many dining experiences.

You can Celebrate the Old North State by heading to High Point, North Carolina between the 9th and the 15th for a festival experience that encapsulates the whole town. You never know what High Point has to offer you, and make sure to check the calender of events in every category before settling on something to do.

How to Remove a Scratch

car scratch

Taking care of your car is easy as long as you keep up with routine maintenance. Unlike routine maintenance, cosmetic damage is unavoidable unless you don’t drive your car. Parking lots, highways, and everything in between can result in a scratch. Fortunately you don’t have to live with that unsightly blemish! Here’s how to remove a scratch from us here at Vann York Honda!

Before you gather your tools, take some time to examine the scratch. The shallower it is, the easier it will be to fix. To check its depth, drag your fingernail over the blemish. If your nail gets snagged, the scratch may be too deep to fix.

Once you’ve determined the depth of the scratch, it’s time for some cleaning. Clean both in and around the scratch to ensure no dirt or grime will end up in your paint. After the scratch is nice and clean, it’s time to fix it.

Grab a tube of toothpaste and a soft cloth. Dampen the cloth and add some toothpaste. Next, rub the toothpaste on the scratch in small, circular motions. Depending on the depth of the scratch it could only take a few rotations for removal. Once the scratch is gone, stop rubbing or you risk removing some of your clear coat and paint as well.

Three New Honda Civic Models

Civic Coupe

The Honda Civic is well-known as a fuel efficient choice for younger buyers and Honda is looking to expand its reach. The latest Civic received a much sportier look and the 2017 model is looking even better. In addition to a couple specially-designed cars, there will be three new Civic models added to the line as well.

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, stars of the 15th annual Honda Civic music tour, designed a custom Grom motorcycle and Civic, respectively. Check out the website to enter to win either vehicle.

A Civic hatchback will join the line later this year with A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to power the five-door model. The other two new Honda Civic models include the Si and Type R variants.

Honda will also introduce a Rallycross car. Based on the Civic Coupe, it rocks more than 600 hp and rockets from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds.

“With the all-new 2016 Civic, we wanted to reach the young and the young-at-heart, racing fan, Civic fans and thrill-seekers of all types,” said Nick Lee, Honda brand national advertising manager. “Civic has long been an all-time favorite of young buyers.”

We here at Vann York Honda can’t wait for the most recent additions to the Civic line!

Consumer Reports Names Honda Fit One of the 10 Best Cars of the Year

Honda Fit

Every year, Consumer Reports gathers as much data as it can from its substantial subscriber base to put together a list of the 10 best cars of the year — one for every major automotive segment.

The Honda Fit was named the “Best Subcompact Car,” thanks to affordability, impeccable reliability, and other factors.

Consumer Reports looked at four major categories before ranking the cars: performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety. These were determined not just by the publication’s own road test scores and safety ratings meted out by the NHTSA and IIHS, but also based on the responses of thousands of Consumer Reports subscribers and car
owners.

The Honda Fit stood out among industry experts and consumers alike because of its overall 33 mpg rating, its nimble handling, its generous interior space despite the small footprint, its standard rearview camera, and its sub-$20,000 price tag.

In other words, exactly the same reasons that have so many shoppers driving out of Vann York Honda with a new Fit every day!

Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype is the Hatchback We’ve Always Wanted

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Ninth-generation Honda Civic hatchback (Europe)

We’ve wanted a Honda Civic hatchback for a long time at Vann York Honda, and we’re finally about to get one. Ever since 2005, we’ve had to watch as all the hatchbacks went to European markets—until Honda launched the Civic Type R last year, which was so popular the automaker had to give in to North American demand.

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Honda unveiled a Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype that will make its debut in New York next week. Compared to the current ninth-generation Civic sold in Europe, the Prototype features sharper, more sculpted lines, emphasized angles and arches, and a particularly aggressive front end.

It sets the template for the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback that will launch in North America later this year. Though some of the design elements might be toned down, it’s possible the SI or Type R trims will preserve that aggressiveness. We can’t wait!

Announcing This Year’s Car Giveaway Winner!

Patricia Alford

Every year, the Vann York Auto Group is happy to give away a brand new car to one lucky local of the High Point area, and we’re especially excited by this year’s car giveaway winner, Patricia Alford, a kindergarten teacher at Fairview Elementary School.

Alford was one of the many people to pledge their “fair share” or more (0.6% of their annual salary or one hour’s pay per month) in the United Way of Greater High Point fundraiser, which made her eligible for Vann York’s “draw a key” competition.

To get a chance to win the car, names were drawn once a week over the course of a few months by Myers and Associates CPA firm. Of over 4,500 eligible participants, Alford was the last to join the small group of 10 finalists.

The car giveaway winner had her choice of a 2015 Honda Fit, Nissan Frontier, Chevy Cruze, or Scion XD. Ultimately, Alford opted for the 2015 Chevy Cruze (in maroon).

This is Vann York’s 14th year in partnership with United Way of Great High Point. According to Greg York, Vann York’s president, it’s just “part of [their] way of saying thank you to High Point for all that they have done for our business.”

Vann York Celebrates Another Successful Year with Christmas Baskets for All

In keeping with a 45-year-old tradition, Vann York Auto Group gave out hand-filled Christmas Baskets for all of their employees this holiday season.Vann York Christmas Baskets

Each basket (lovingly put together by members of the York family and other York employees) comes filled to the brim with traditional Christmas fruits like apples, tangerines, and a whole pineapple, as well as cashews, cookies, and an entire large ham.

Giving back to their employees who work so hard throughout the year is a sincere joy for the York family, and that’s why Mr. and Mrs. York, our founders, are so committed to seeing it through year after year. The whole family pitches in, including Mr. York’s son and the new president of Vann York Auto Group, Greg York, and his grandsons, Charles and Grey.

One employee stated that “it is such a blessing to work for this company;” all of us here at Vann York Honda wholeheartedly agree!