Common DMV Test Mistakes to Avoid

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Pass these tips along to your new driver!

There are a lot of mistakes new drivers make during their driver’s test that costs them a passing score. Keep these common DMV test mistakes in mind and avoid the most frequent (and easiest to avoid) causes of test failure.

One huge thing that will get you marked down is a rolling stop. You have to make a complete stop at stop signs and stop lights. And always stop behind the line!

It’s also important to signal properly and look in all necessary places when changing lanes. Turn your signal on, then look in all your mirrors and check your blind spot. The examiner will notice if you don’t.

It’s obviously enough, but drive smoothly. Keep both hands on the wheel, use both hands to turn, and don’t jerk the wheel when you come out of a turn. Keep your cell phone on silent and turn off the radio during the test so as to avoid distractions.

You can also drive too slowly or be overly cautious during your test, which will lose points. Don’t take too long to make a turn, and go the speed limit unless there are poor weather conditions. You should also put a fair distance between you and the car in front of you.

Otherwise, know the rules of driving through intersections, who goes first at four-way stops, and how to merge lanes. If you can recall traffic laws, you should be okay on the test.

Honda Ridgeline Campaign Begins with “Power of Ridgeline” Ad Spot

Power of Ridgeline - 2017 Honda
The new Ridgeline can do it all!

Honda’s new marketing campaign for the Ridgeline began with the “Power of Ridgeline” TV spot, an ad that highlights the versatility and strength of the all-new Ridgeline by showing how much cargo can be carried in one load and what you can do with it.

What’s it all about?

In the ad, six Ridgelines line up next to each other, and with the materials in the trucks the drivers build a garden, a small racetrack, a deck with furniture, a tower with a slide, and a fish pond, complete with fish. One Ridgeline had a built-in trunk hidden under the bed, where steaks and burgers were being kept cold. When it pulls away to an aerial view, you can see that their projects are in the shape of the word Honda.

Other ads

The “Power of Ridgeline” ad was made with PES, who they also worked with to make the award-winning ad “Paper” that came out in 2015. The Ridgeline was introduced in advertisements in January in a spot called “A New Truck to Love.”

Power of Ridgeline takes Social Media

Honda is also advertising the Ridgeline through social media, planning to air four stop motion videos throughout August. They’re also teaming up with the “Wood Whisperer” to introduce “Saturday Projects,” in which the Wood Whisperer will use features of the Ridgeline to create wood projects in the bed of the truck.

Have you seen the new Power of Ridgeline ads?

North Carolina License Plates

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A custom North Carolina license plate is one way many drivers personalize their car, and now, people can show their love for the state parks is an added bonus. North Carolina now has license plates celebrating the State Parks and they’re fairly popular with over 5,000 sold so far.

To get your hands on a State Parks plate, fill out an online DMV application, visit your local DMV, or download an application and submit it via snail mail.

The plate can be used on all vehicles weighing up to 26,000 lbs. Motorcycles are a no-go due to the size of the plate. There’s an extra $30 fee to personalize your plate and it can be personalized at any time. Without the personalization, the total cost per year comes to about $55.

Now, how does this help the State Parks?

For every plate sold, Friends of State Parks, Inc. will receive a $20 contribution. That money will go toward educational and conservation programs for kids and adults alike. Should you decide to change your mind, a standard North Carolina license plate is always available for purchase.

We hope you’ll step up and support our State Parks!

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Awarded Top Safety Pick+ Rating

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Awarded Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a government agency responsible for testing cars’ crash safety and rating them accordingly. Cars with top scores in all five categories are given a Top Safety Pick rating while models with front crash prevention systems that perform well earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating. Further proving it’s one of the safest cars on the road, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe took home the top rating with ease.

To earn the top safety rating, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe was equipped with Honda Sensing, the brand’s ultimate safety suite. With the new rating, the Civic Coupe joins the Honda Civic Sedan, Accord Sedan and Coupe, Pilot, and CR-V in the top tier of safe vehicles.

“We’re proud to add the 2016 Civic Coupe to a growing family of Honda vehicles that
employ our Honda Sensing technology and earn top crash safety ratings,” said Jeff Conrad, a Honda executive.

The Honda Sensing suite features advanced safety and driver-assisting technology like Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and much more. That technology allowed the Civic Coupe to avoid collisions from speeds of 12 mph and 25 mph.

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

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

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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!