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03
May

Honda and Acura Cars Stay Safe During Nashville Tennessee Flood at Accurate Cars

The rains that came to Middle Tennessee this past weekend were monumental and resulted in major property damage in many areas around Nashville. Because of this; consumers considering the purchase of both used cars  and  new  cars need to be sure that their target vehicles were safe and unscathed during this time.

At Accurate, we have always respected the weather and this especially holds true during the Spring-time. We constantly monitor our local weather and when strong storms, high winds, and hail are predicted or possible; we move our Honda and Acura used cars inside of our service facility. This past weekend, the weather prediction was for heavy rains. Because Accurate was built on a high elevation off of the interstate, flooding is not an issue.

The photo below shows a storm drain and some of the impact that the flood waters had on our local area. This photo was taken after the heavy rains on Saturday afternoon and this is the highest that the waters came in the immediate area. In the background, you can see that our facility is on a significantly higher elevation and completely safe during this historic rainfall event. The second photo was taken on the following Monday morning and is at the same location; to give indication of the topography (varying elevations) of the area.

The silver lining: Middle TN has always been noted for having high pollen counts during the Spring….. Right now, even the most asthmatic can breathe easy.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

18
Feb

Honda & Acura Used Car Buying Tip #4 – Always Reference Both Title History Reports

This www.accuratecars.com blog post is the fourth in a series of used car buying tips, that you can easily perform in conjunction with the internet,  when shopping for Honda used cars and Acura used cars.

The 1st used car buying tip covered the importance of always referencing the vehicle identification number (commonly referred to as the VIN or serial number), when considering a Honda or Acura pre-owned unit that is advertised online. This is the first step, because without a VIN, a consumer cannot reference a title history report on a particular vehicle. The direct link to the 1st used car buying tip is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/11/03/tips-on-buying-a-honda-or-acura-used-car/

The 2nd Honda & Acura used car buying tip recommended referencing the Carfax Report for possible service history records.

The direct link to Tip #2  is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/11/honda-and-acura-used-car-buying-tip-2-check-carfax-for-honda-acura-service-records/

Used car buying tip #3 was one of the most important, because it showed how AutoCheck title history reports will expose “frame damaged” and / or “unibody damaged” vehicles that are sold at Manheim Auctions. The direct link to Tip #3 is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/12/honda-and-acura-used-car-buying-tip-3-reference-autocheck-for-possible-frame-damage-history/

Used Car Buying Tip#4 :    Always Reference Both Carfax and AutoCheck

On the Used Car Buying Tip #3 article, we were a little tough on Carfax. After reading that article, some readers may have concluded that Carfax deserved it, because not only did their report not show that a “frame damaged” vehicle had gone through an dealer auto auction, but it didn’t even show that the vehicle had been involved in an accident…..But don’t choose one title history report over the other….. Remember, title history reports are simply data entries that make a historical record of a vehicle. The sources that AutoCheck uses may vary to some of the sources that Carfax uses……..So both title history reports should be pulled and examined before making your used car purchase.

In this article, we are going to make a timeline of events referencing the same vehicle from our used car buying tip #3 article;  the 2005 Honda Accord EX, vin 1HGCM56705A034719 (pictured above with a copy of the clean Carfax Report printed on 12-03-08). We will also be referencing a present day copy of both the Carfax Title History Report and the AutoCheck Title History Report (pictured below). The AutoCheck and Carfax reports that are pictured below were pulled and printed on February 12, 2010.

The Timeline by reference numbers:

#1 Carfax shows this vehicle was sold at dealer auction on December 1, 2008.

#2 AutoCheck shows vehicle is announced as fleet lease on December 1, 2008.

#3   AutoCheck shows vehicle is announced as a “frame damaged” unit on December 5, 2008

To this point, AutoCheck is the most accurate record. This 2005 Honda Accord was actually sold at dealer auction on December 3, 2008.

#4 The Carfax Report  (printed on December 3, 2008)  shows no previous accident damage.

#5 The Carfax Report shows this vehicle is offered for sale on December 3, 2008

#6 Carfax shows an accident that happened on July 8, 2008

#7 Carfax indicates that they listed this accident on their report, starting October 15, 2009

#8   Vehicle was purchased by current owner on December 18, 2008

#6 , #7 and #8 are critical problems with Carfax. The reason is because until October 15, 2010 this “frame damaged” Honda Accord had a clean Carfax Report with no accident data. This means that the present owner of this vehicle had owned this 2005 Honda Accord for almost a year before accident data showed up on the Carfax Report from July of 2008.

This 2005 “frame damaged” Honda Accord had a clean Carfax Report when the current owner purchased it on December 18, 2008.

To date, with the exception of the “announced condition” at dealer auction, AutoCheck still does not show the vehicle accident on July 8, 2008.

This is the reason that both Carfax and AutoCheck should be viewed before purchasing your next used car. These title history reporting companies use different sources for their data and one title history report may differ from the other.

The website www.accuratecars.com consists of Accurate Automotive and Accurate Auto Sales. Both Tennessee based corporations are independent, non-franchised companies that exclusively specialize in the sales & service of Honda and Acura automobiles, vans, and SUVs, in the Nashville / Middle Tennessee area. Both companies are privately owned by the same individuals and are not endorsed, or paid by any outside sources. Accurate Automotive and Accurate Auto Sales are not affiliated with American Honda, Acura, Carfax, AutoCheck, or Manheim Auto Auctions. The companies listed above were named in this article for informational purposes only.

Whether they are at our facility in Nashville, TN or across the country, in another state; at Accurate, we want all consumers of Honda & Acura products to be treated honestly in sales & service. For this reason, we are writing these used car buying tips along with other blog articles for tips on service & maintenance of Honda and Acura automobiles.

Thanks for reading our blog articles at www.accuratecars.com

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

12
Feb

Honda and Acura Used Car Buying Tip #3: Reference AutoCheck for Possible Frame Damage History

This www.accuratecars.com blog post is the third in a series of used car buying tips, that you can easily perform in conjunction with the internet,  when shopping for Honda used cars and Acura used cars. This next tip has reference and photos from an earlier blog article that we published on the website in 2008. The direct link to that article is posted below.

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2008/12/16/internet-used-car-buyinghow-much-do-you-rely-on-a-carfax-report/

Tip #1 covered the importance of always referencing the vehicle identification number (commonly referred to as the VIN or serial number), when considering a Honda or Acura pre-owned unit that is advertised online. This is the first step, because without a VIN, a consumer cannot reference a title history report on a particular vehicle. The direct link to the first used car buying tip is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/11/03/tips-on-buying-a-honda-or-acura-used-car/

Tip #2 recommended referencing the Carfax Report for possible service history records.

The direct link to Tip #2  is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/11/honda-and-acura-used-car-buying-tip-2-check-carfax-for-honda-acura-service-records/

While all of our used car buying tips are helpful, this next tip on buying Honda used cars and Acura used cars is one of the most important.

Tip #3  Always refer to the AutoCheck Title History Report for record of frame damage

Many car buyers and internet car shoppers are familiar with Carfax Title History Reports. Carfax has spent a fortune in branding their name and because of their marketing investment, Carfax is currently the most recognized title history reporting source.

However, there is another title history reporting company called AutoCheck, and it is owned by Experian. AutoCheck has also been around  for several years, but AutoCheck has not marketed itself as agressively as Carfax.

The most important thing about AutoCheck title history reports is that Manheim Auto Auctions report directly to AutoCheck if a vehicle is sold at any Manheim auction facility as a “frame damaged” or “unibody damaged” unit.

While only a small percentage of vehicles sold at Manheim Auctions are frame damaged units, many of these vehicles that are announced as “frame damaged” or “unibody damaged”, have a clean Carfax Title History Report.

Just a few years ago,  there were some unscrupulous car dealers that were buying  “frame damaged” used cars at dealer auction, and at a huge savings because of the announced “frame damage” or “unibody damage” condition. These dishonest dealers were then marketing and selling these units on the internet, on sites such as Ebay, and without full disclosure of the “frame damage” condition. This was a big problem with Ebay because many of these vehicles had a clean Carfax History Report. For this reason,  Ebay Motors started posting the AutoCheck Report on all of the cars listed on Ebay’s site. Today, if a vehicle is posted on Ebay, the AutoCheck report is automatically posted on the listing as well. Carfax simply does not receive this information from Manheim Auctions….But AutoCheck does.

The website www.accuratecars.com consists of Accurate Automotive and Accurate Auto Sales. Both Tennessee based corporations are independent, non-franchised companies that exclusively specialize in the sales & service of Honda and Acura automobiles, vans, and SUVs, in the Nashville / middle Tennessee area. Both companies are privately owned by the same individuals and are not endorsed, or paid by any outside sources. Accurate Automotive and Accurate Auto Sales are not affiliated with American Honda, Acura, Carfax, AutoCheck, Manheim Auto Auctions, or Ebay Motors. The companies listed above were named in this article for informational purposes only.

Whether they are at our facility in Nashville, TN or across the country, in another state; at Accurate, we want all consumers of Honda & Acura products to be treated honestly in sales & service. For this reason, we are writing these used car buying tips along with other blog articles for tips on service & maintenance of Honda and Acura automobiles.

Thanks for reading our blog articles at www.accuratecars.com

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

11
Feb

Honda and Acura Used Car Buying Tip #2: Check Carfax for Honda and Acura Service Records

This www.accuratecars.com blog post is the second in a series of used car buying tips, that you can easily perform in conjunction with the internet,  when shopping for Honda used cars and Acura used cars. The next several used car buying tips will cover researching vehicle history and the use of Carfax and AutoCheck title history reports.

Our first tip covered the importance of always referencing the vehicle identification number (commonly referred to as the VIN or serial number), when considering a Honda or Acura pre-owned unit that is advertised online. This is the first step, because without a VIN, a consumer cannot reference a title history report on a particular vehicle. The direct link to the first used car buying tip is:   http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/11/03/tips-on-buying-a-honda-or-acura-used-car/

TIP #2  Reference Carfax for Possible Vehicle Service History

Because of identity theft,  most consumers put a high regard in protecting their personal information that includes addresses, phone numbers, and credit / debit card receipts. For this reason, it is unlikely that printed service records and receipts will be left in the glove box of used Honda cars and Acura used cars that are for sale in the Nashville area in Middle Tennessee. But, one possible source for vehicle service history may actually be the Carfax title history report.

EXAMPLE: A few weeks ago, our dealership purchased this 2005 Acura TL from a South Florida Acura dealer. This particular Acura TL had over 114,000 miles on it but it was in very good shape

http://www.accuratecars.com/car_listing/592.php

We put a great emphisis on the extensive service history that was recorded on the Carfax Report before our inventory purchaser acquired this unit.

Like Geico Insurance Company; Carfax has spent a small fortune in strategically marketing themselves. Carfax is probably the most recognized source for title history reports. Their reports include the following information:

  • How the vehicle was previously registered ( as a personal vehicle, rental or a lease )
  • What state (s) the vehicle was titled in.
  • If the vehicle’s VIN shows up on any police records. These records including police reports that were written due to vandalism, which has been known to inaccurately show up on a Carfax Report as accident history.)

In addition,  the Carfax report may show previous maintenance history on the vehicle. This is a fairly new feature on the Carfax title history report. If you are researching a vehicle that does not have service history recorded on the Carfax report, don’t be alarmed. There is a limited number of repair and maintenance facilities that use a DMS (Dealer Management System) that Carfax accepts for this exchange of maintenance data. Currently the DMS list is made up of only ten possibilities and some of these are very expensive billing systems. So you may find that while some of the most expensive franchised dealership service departments will likely have these DMS tools;  some smaller repair / service facilities (that closely watch their overhead, to save their customers additional money on vehicle maintenance) may not have these particular accounting tools that electronically link to Carfax.

At Accurate, we specialize in the sales, service, and repair of Honda and Acura automobiles, trucks, vans, and SUVs. Come in and see why www.accuratecars.com is the best place in Nashville and Middle TN to purchase and service your Acura and Honda vehicles. Always expect certified quality Honda and Acura pre-owned units from our facility.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

15
Jan

Honda and Acura Used Car Buying Tip #1: Always Reference the VIN Number

This www.accuratecars.com blog post is the first in a series of used car buying tips, that you can easily perform in conjuction with the internet, and when shopping for Honda used cars and Acura used cars.

TIP #1

DO NOT CONSIDER ANY VEHICLE WITH AN ONLINE LISTING THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE VIN OR SERIAL NUMBER POSTED ON THE AD.

Do you know how to not get ripped off buying a used car? Start your research on the internet. But understand that this research should be based on the history of the vehicle, and not how many cup holders or iPod jacks that it has.  Because you are shopping used cars, you must perform that internet research with “a foundation” or “point of reference”.

This point of reference will be the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).

Every vehicle has a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and this is the serial number of the automobile.

The vehicle identification number is critical when shopping for a used Honda’s and when shopping for used Acura’s. This number must be referenced to access current Carfax and AutoCheck title history reports. The VIN confirms the year model of the vehicle. It identifies the model variations, such as ”Touring”, “Premium”, “Technology”, EX-L, and “Sport”.  The VIN also identifies many equipment packages that may or may not be actually on the vehicle.

Even though that internet ad may state that the vehicle is a certain year model and equipped with specific factory equipment options, in most cases, the VIN will confirm or it may dispute the ad description.

For example: Let’s take the vin of one our most recent inventory units: vin 2HNYD18905H557357, which was a 2005 Acura MDX Touring.

The first digit “2″ indicates that the vehicle was built in Canada

The 6th digit  “1″ after HNYD indicates that this vehicle is a 4 wheel drive unit

The 7th digit “8″ indicates that this vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission.

The 8th digit “9″ indicates that this Acura MDX is a Touring model and it is equipped with Navigation and RES (Rear Entertainment DVD System).

The 10th digit “5″ indicates this Acura MDX was produced as a 2005 model.

Most consumers know that the vin is located on the driver’s side of the dashboard, but their are several other places the vin can be found on a vehicle.

Most Honda and Acura vehicles will have a VIN sticker on all major body panels, if they are the original panels. These include the doors, the fenders, the hood, the trunk lid and rear hatch.

There will also be a production sticker and the Vehicle Identification Number will be on this label as well. On Honda and Acura vehicles, the production sticker is normally located on the body of the vehicle inside of the driver’s door.

If these vin labels are missing or the production sticker has been removed from the vehicle, it is possible that those body panels are not the original and have been replaced…..However, note that some models of Honda and Acura vehicles do not have vin labels that can been seen, on certain original body panels. One example of this are the early year models of the Honda Pilot. The front fenders of the Honda Pilots have the vin label behind an outer molding, instead of under the hood, where the fender labels are located on the Acura MDX.

LOOK FOR CONSISTENCY:

If the right front door has a vin label, then the left front door should have a vin label and in that same place on the door as well. If a right front fender has a vin sticker in a specific place, then the left front fender should have the same vin sticker and in about the same location.

When shopping for that perfect Honda or Acura used car, always verify the VIN to the vehicle that you saw online.

Print the ad when you are at your computer. When you get to the location of the vehicle that you are interested in, check the VIN on the vehicle to the VIN on your copy of the online ad.

On most online vehicle listing sites, the Vehicle Identification Number can not be entered incorrectly. They will not be off by a couple of digits (such as tranposing the numbers when it is being typed / entered on a computer database).

If the vehicle that you see online and the vehicle that you looking at do not have the same VIN when you walk up to it, then DO NOT BUY THAT VEHICLE.

If a car dealer has multiple Honda used cars or multiple Acura used cars in their inventory; They may try to ( accidentally ) show you a clean title history report from a different vehicle, with a different VIN.

ALWAYS USE THE VIN AS YOUR FUNDAMENTAL POINT OF REFERENCE

Some other accurate car articles pertaining to the VIN of Honda used cars and Acura used cars are posted below:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2008/07/25/always-shop-and-buy-2001-to-2006-acura-mdx-units-by-vin/

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2008/07/25/identifying-the-2007-and-2008-mdx-by-vin/

http://www.accuratecars.com/http://www.accuratecars.com/http://www.accuratecars.com/http://www.accuratecars.com/news-article-36.html

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

15
Jan

Honda & Acura Used Car Buying Tips

This is an introduction to a list of used car buying tips that the inventory purchaser for www.accuratecars.com personally suggests and implements,  when acquiring the Honda and Acura used car inventory for Accurate Auto Sales, which is located in Nashville, TN.

The use of the internet has drastically changed used car marketing over the past decade.

For instance;  a few years ago, many consumers viewed shopping & purchasing used cars on Ebay to be very risky. But, with the feedback scores and buyers comments posted online for all to see, Carfax reports, AutoCheck reports, NADA pricing guides and other major internet referencing tools; the consumer does not have to be in a position of intimidation when shopping for a used car.

In fact, the internet shopper has never been in a better position and would probably consider just going down to the local used car lot and buying a used car on a handshake and a smile to be very risky….And they would be correct.

Along with the internet research tools, most consumers can also find exactly what they are looking for in make, model, and factory options with just a few clicks on the keyboard or I-Touch screen.

Over the next several weeks, used car buying tips will be posted (one at a time) at www.accuratecars.com and you will likely find these tips to be very useful and pertinent to finding that perfect used Honda or Acura vehicle. As these Honda used car buying tips and Acura used car buying tips are composed and published on the website, they will be written to be very precise, and will include reasons for performing certain actions, as well as avoiding certain actions that may make you vulnerable to internet scams and other pitfalls.

While these internet used cars buying tips are written to assist in buying Honda used cars and Acura pre-owned units on the internet, they can also be applied to other makes / models of passenger vehicles, vans, SUVs and light duty trucks.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

07
Jan

Cold Weather Car Care Tips For Honda and Acura Owners

As winter temperatures continue to drop all over America; local car drivers here in Tennessee are experiencing a little car trouble. Just yesterday, four Honda and Acura vehicles were towed out of Nashville to Accurate Automotive, and three of them were brought in with our own tow truck.

All four vehicles are earlier model used cars. These tow-in vehicles consisted of a 2002 Honda Civic, a 2001 Honda Prelude Si, a 1993 Honda Accord 10th Anniversary Edition, and a 1992 Acura Vigor. What all four of these Honda and Acura vehicles have in common was while they are all very reliable cars, they are older cars and the temperatures, that had dropped well below freezing,  had caused some problems. These cold weather problems consisted from not starting to major oil leaks.

While the vehicles that wouldn’t start had to be towed; the Honda and Acura car owners with major engine oil leaks, wisely chose to have their vehicle towed instead of risking further damage and a more extensive & expensive car repair.

The most common cold weather problem is “the car won’t start”  Please note, the information below is based on local, middle Tennessee weather conditions and may not apply to the bitter, sub-zero temperatures that many experieince in the mid west regions and further north of TN.

Car Won’t Start in Cold Weather.

If the vehicle has been regularly maintained and serviced,  this problem is usually caused by a low crank speed. Low crank speed during cold weather usually results from two common problems; a low charged / bad battery or the wrong engine oil viscosity for winter temperatures.

  • A bad car battery  can show up at any time. Regardless of how old the battery is, or what brand the battery is, provides no guarantee that it cannot fail. According to our own Interstate Battery Supplier, during cold weather, the individual plates inside of a car battery can short-out. This can occur with no previous warning and if this happens the battery “is toast” and cannot even be “jumped-off”.  During the winter, Accurate Automotive recommends that you drive your Honda and Acura vehicles every few days, including some constant speed driving on an interstate or highway. Also, have your car battery load tested when you go in for an oil change. Most shops have a way to load test the battery and many of them will provide this service at no cost if you request it during routine maintenance, such as an oil change.

As for freezing, most modern-day car batteries will not freeze and crack. Several years ago, battery manufacturers provided a way to top off the acid level with tap water, when the acid levels got low during the summer time heat. Today, most battery manufacturers have produced “maintenance-free” batteries and it is harder to obtain a way to top-off the battery acid level with water…. However, if enough water has been added to the battery acid level during the summer or late enough into autumn, and if the battery is exposed to extremely cold temperatures;  they can freeze, crack, and even explode under the right temperature conditions.

NOTE:  Always wear eye protection and gloves when working with car batteries and NEVER stand near either battery when using jumper cables. Hook the jumper cables up and stand clear.

  • Wrong engine oil viscosity can not only cause a low crank speed, but it can also cause engine damage because the lubricant cannot flow properly  and protect vital engine parts when cold.

   

The above photo was taken from a 2000 Honda Accord owners manual is simply being displayed as an example. Oil viscosity does vary by vehicle and the year that it was built. Always consult your own Honda and Acura owners manual for correct engine oil specs.

For additional information on using the correct engine oil in Honda and Acura vehicles, click on the link below:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2008/08/09/always-use-the-correct-motor-oil-weight-in-your-acura-and-honda-automobiles/

During any extreme, below freezing cold weather, snap Honda and Acura Car Owners should be on the look out for an oil leak, coolant / anti-freeze leak and other vehicle issues such as the engine cranking slower than normal. Some of these car engine issues can indicate that your car may not start the next time you turn the key in cold weather.  Instead of that reliable, strong crank of the engine, you might only hear a clicking noise or nothing at all.  In colder than normal temps, Accurate Automotive recommends that car owners “stop, look, listen, and address the warning signs”.

Honda and Acura Car Owners in the Nashville, Brentwood, Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee area can call Accurate Automotive for assistance if any of these issues effect your car.

615-220-0333

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

22
Aug

2002 Acura MDX Transmission Replacement at Accurate Automotive Auto Repair

Accurate Automotive, Inc. has specialized exclusively in the service and repair of Honda & Acura automobiles in the Nashville, TN area for the past 12 years; and a couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to do something that I rank at the top of “MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO LIST”.

A new customer contacted us by phone and requested a price quote for an automatic transmission replacement in his 2002 Acura MDX Touring. His vehicle was at the local Nashville area Acura franchised dealership and their service department had informed him that he would need to replace the transmission. Because their price seemed excessive; he wanted to “shop around” before giving them “the ok” to proceed.

Because the overhead and daily expenses of operating Accurate Automotive is a fraction of what it costs to run a franchised dealership in Cool Springs; our service department was able to quote a price that was less expensive; but there were two other major things that got this new customers attention:

The first thing was that our service department uses a rebuilt transmission from H&A Transmissions, out of  California. We started installing H&A transmissions over 8 years ago and Honda and Acura transmissions are all they rebuild. The reason we rely on H&A is simple:

  • Their product is good.
  • Their warranty is good.
  • They take pride in the product that they sell.

The second thing that seemed to “win him over” was the actions of the franchised dealership service writer. According to the customer, when he told the service writer that Accurate Automotive would be picking up his Acura MDX with the tow truck later that day, the franchised dealer’s service writer had indicated that we would likely install a used transmission out of a wrecked Acura MDX. He also lowered his original price quote and claimed that their warranty was better.

Because this customer is a business owner himself; he identified that Accurate Automotive is a direct and legitimate competitor for the service and repair of Acura and Honda vehicles in the Nashville, Tennessee area. He ignored the franchised dealers defamatory remarks.

We simply explained that Accurate Automotive does not install used transmissions in Acura MDX units and informed him that an H&A rebuilt transmission would be installed in his Acura MDX.

We also informed the customer that a larger and more efficient transmission fluid cooler would be installed during the installation procedure and that the use of Genuine Honda / Acura automatic transmission fluid (Honda part number 08200-9001 or 08200-9001A) would be applied.

The reason for the new cooler is based on an H&A recommendation of installing a larger tranmission fluid cooler when installing a replacement transmission in Honda Pilots, Honda Odysseys and Acura MDXs. Because of their expertise, we make it a habit of listening to H&A’s advice.

The new customer realized that even with the fluid cooler and installation, our price was lower than the franchised dealer’s adjusted price.

He told us to dispatch our tow truck, install the transmission, and to call him when his MDX was ready to go. He came in a few days later and even found our covered customer pick-up area to be useful on that rainy morning.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

17
Aug

Great Honda Used Car Value in Later Model, Higher Mileage Honda Odyssey Vans

Because Honda Odyssey vans are normally used to haul families with small children or the soccer team; the age of the vehicle can have a tremendous influence on the condition of it’s interior and exterior.

When shopping for that “perfect used car”, the average used car buyer will usually rank their search criteria in the following order of importance:

  1. Lowest price
  2. Lowest mileage
  3. Newest year model for current body style

Because of this “order of priority”, the average used car buyer usually gets discouraged and frustrated within a few days of shopping used cars. The reason for their discouragement is simple; they do not consider the fact that cars, just like everything else have a “rate of decay”. As consumers, we naturally place lower mileage at a higher priority than how long a vehicle has been in use and how long it has been in exposure to the elements.

Let’s say that you are looking at a  2005 Honda Odyssey with 40k miles on it and you are comparing it to a  2006 Honda Odyssey with 65k miles on it. It is very likely that the 2005 model will look considerably “more used” and for a good reason. Mileage does not effect the condition of a vehicle nearly as much as the age of the vehicle. If the 2005 Honda Odyssey was sold in late 2004 or in the first quarter of 2005, and the 2006 was not sold until the end of it’s model year;  then the 2005 would have been exposed to about 20 additional months of use.

When I was a kid and growing up in Nashville, Tennessee; my mom was a school teacher. During the school year, she drove about 3 miles to work; only averaging an accumulation of about 10 miles per work day on the odometer. When that car was 10 years old, it was a low mileage vehicle but it had been driven everyday and it’s condition was close to worn-out. During the winter months, the engine would not even get to operating temperature before she arrived at school and that short-trip driving had caused oil sludge in the engine. The engine burned oil and age had effected the gaskets & seals; so the engine and transmission leaked oil also. The interior was worn and the dash was cracked because of the 10 year exposure to several hot summers and cold winters.

Today, all vehicles still have a “rate of decay” and years of exposure still effect their condition. However, cars are designed  to go longer distances; Motor oils are better, tires last longer, fuel & ignition systems are more reliable and Honda & Acura engines are designed for 300,000 miles plus, under normal driving conditions with minimal maintenance.

Because Honda and Acura vehicles are designed for long distances; our dealership recently purchased two late model Honda Odyssey EX-L vans from American Honda Lease Trust. Even though these vans have accumulated “higher-than-normal mileage” in the initial years of ownership; they can be financed at the new car interest rates with most Credit Unions. These vans will provide two families a great opportunity to acquire a very clean, reliable and well equipped Honda Odyssey van at a price that won’t break their family budget.

The first unit is a 2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L with Navigation and RES / DVD. ( 5FNRL38746B003625 ). This Honda Odyssey is a one owner, non-smoker van that was originally titled as a personal vehicle in Florida. It is extremely clean and the Carfax report is not only accident free but also reports a pattern of regular maintenance that was performed at Germain Honda in Naples, Florida.  This unit originally had  an MSRP of $34,595.00

If you take $34,595 and divide it by 200,000 miles; the cost per mile quals 17.2 cents when this van was new. Today, with 81,400 miles on the odometer; NADA evaluates this 2006 Honda Odyssey at $19,000. If you take $19,000 and divide it by 118,000 miles (the difference of 200,000 miles minus 82,000 miles); the next owner will pay about 16.1 cents per mile for this unit!!! This van includes 2 master keys, two keyless remotes, all of the owners manuals, the navigation disc, and two new sets of headphones for the factory RES / DVD system. This is a “textbook example” of used car value.

The other Honda Odyssey unit is a 2007 EX-L with RES / DVD( vin 5FNRL38797B441591). This Honda Odyssey is also a one owner unit. It has not been smoked in and it was originally titled as a commercial lease. This van is immaculate on the inside and based on the condition of the interior and exterior; many would guess the van to have around 30k miles on it. The Carfax report is accident free and the NADA evaluates this van at $20,250. This 2007 Honda Odyssey van was originally sold in April of 2007 and the MSRP was $32,695.00.  This van has only been on the road for 28 months. The interior still smells new and this 2007 model Odyssey can be purchased for $19,900!!!

At www.accuratecars.comwe are committed in assisting Honda & Acura car buyers in their search for the best used car value in Honda and Acura vehicles. With a service department that consists of a staff of service technicians that were previously employed at several franchised Honda and Acura dealerships in Nashville and the surrounding area of Middle, TN; our dealership provides the best quality pre-owned Honda and Acura units in the market. We invite you to shop our Honda and Acura used car inventory online at www.accuratecars.comor come by in person. We are conveniently located at Exit 64,  off of I-24, just southeast of Nashville, TN. Always expect Certified Quality in all of our Honda and Acura used cars.

 

 

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

13
Aug

EGR Cleaning Improves Honda and Acura Car Miles Per Gallon, MPG

The accumulation of unburnt fuel, in the form of hard carbon deposits in the EGR system can drastically decrease the fuel efficiency of your Honda and Acura automobiles.

The EGR system refers to Exhaust Gas Recirculation and it was developed in the 1970s for the purpose of reducing car exhaust emissions.  The operation of the EGR system is simple. By recirculating a small amount of exhaust gas back through the engine,  during acceleration and cruising speeds; the combustion chambers stay at a slightly cooler temperature. This results in the fuel burn being more controlled by preventing the air / fuel mixture from igniting too early,  because of the heat that is produced by the engine.  This complete and controlled fuel burn does two things:

  1. First, a fuel burn at the precise time provides the best “bang for the buck”. If the combustion chambers get too hot, the gasoline (especially lower octane gas) can ignite in the combustion chamber too early.  A fuel burn that occurs too early or too late makes an engine very inefficient.
  2. Second, an improperly timed, inefficient fuel burn causes a tremendous amount of vehicle emissions that include:
  • raw fuel vapor,in the form of hydrocarbons (HC)
  • partially consumed fuel in the form of carbon monoxide (CO)
  • nitrogen oxide (NO)….. Please do mistake nitrogen oxide for nitrous oxide. While you may be administered nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at your dentist office; nitrogen oxide is a very poisonous gas that is no laughing matter at all.

Back in November of 2008, I wrote a blog (with photos) on the proper way to clean the EGR system and this particular article referenced a 2004 Acura RL.  I invite our readers to go back and review it. http://accuratecars.com/blog/2008/11/25/insufficient-egr-flow-on-honda-and-acura-cars-accurate-automotive-says-save-money-and-do-it-right-the-first-time/

In this November article I referenced that to compete with price, some  Acura dealership service departments and other shops were cutting corners by not removing the intake manifold to properly clean the EGR system.

Just yesterday, our service manager received a phone call from a customer in Nashville that had taken his Acura RL  to an Acura dealership service department a few months ago to have this procedure performed and just a few months and a few thousand miles later, it was clogged again. The Acura RL owner told us that the franchised Acura dealership service department claimed that he was using lower octane fuel and this was causing an accelerated build-up of carbon in the EGR system.

The reason the EGR system is clogged again is likely because it was not properly and completely cleaned a few months ago. To properly and completely clean the EGR system on the 1996 through 2004 Acura RL, the intake manifold must be removed.  For the charge, that this Acura owner says was well over $300; the franchised Acura dealership service department probably did not remove the intake manifold.  Instead, they probably chose to just remove the rear metal EGR flow pipe at the back of the intake manifold and run a piece of wire or pipe cleaner through the rear plate and EGR port.  This would only clean out the area where the pipe cleaner could reach, which is only a small percentage of the area that accumulates the carbon build-up (see photos below).

This is probably why the EGR system clogged again in such a short amount of time.

At Accurate Automotive, we care about our Honda and Acura owners and their expenses. These expenses include the money that is spent and the time that our customers must leave their Honda and Acura vehicles with our service department.  In this case, when we remove the intake manifold and properly clean the EGR system in this Acura RL;

the EGR system should remain clear for at least  80,000 miles. The exhaust gas recirculation flow will then be within the design perameters to keep the combustion chambers cool and the engine operating efficiently.

This Acura owner will see a significant increase in miles per gallon (MPG) and he will be satisfied in knowing that the EGR system was properly cleaned and will not need to be cleaned again for several years.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

 
 
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