Summer’s here, which means summer road trips are in full swing from coast-to-coast. But before you load up the family SUV, minivan, car, or truck, be sure to read these quick and easy summer driving tips to spare you from dealing with the consequences of a breakdown later.
Get Your Car Serviced
Regular vehicle maintenance can help prevent any major breakdowns or issues down the road, which is the last thing anyone wants, especially on those long road trips far from home. Adhering to your car's maintenance schedule is the best way to keep your car on the road and service costs down. Been a long time since your last oil change or tune-up? Schedule a preventive maintenance checkup and we’ll make sure your car is ready for anything this summer.
Check for Recalls
It’s always a good idea to check and see if there are any outstanding safety recalls for your vehicles, especially before that long summer road trip. And it’s easy to do – search for any open recalls here: NHTSA.gov/Recalls. And if you do have any recalls, please schedule a recall work service appointment and we’ll get you back on the road in no time.
A poor performing air conditioning system isn’t a big deal in December, but it can make for a very uncomfortable summer of driving. Not only that, but lack of A/C can affect people who are in poor health or who are sensitive to heat, such as children and older adults. So be sure to get your A/C checked out if it feels like it's not blowing cold air.
Your tires are the only part of your car that makes contact with the road, so it's important that they're all functioning properly. Make sure each tire is filled to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure, which is located on a placard located on the driver’s side door frame. Also be sure to check your tires’ tread as uneven wear or insufficient tread can create unsafe driving conditions, especially in inclement weather. If it’s time to replace one or more of your tires, please schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience.
Keep the Kids and Animals Safe
While it’s tempting to leave children or pets in the car while to run inside a store for a quick errand, it’s not a great idea especially in the warmer summer months. Vehicles can quickly heat up to deadly levels in just a few minutes, even with the windows rolled down, causing heatstroke or worse, so be sure to not leave baby or Buster in the backseat.
Need more on summer driving tips? Schedule summer auto service today where our factory-trained technicians who know your car best will make sure your vehicle is summer-ready with a free multi-point inspection.
Recently purchased a new Honda Civic? You may just have an Easter egg waiting to be discovered in your new car’s interior, hiding in plain sight.
Despite its reputation as a top-tier automotive manufacturer, Honda has a motorsport-rich heritage and it pays tribute to this history in the place you would least likely expect – the center console mat.
Reach inside your center console, pull out that small piece of rubber at the bottom, turn it over, and take a look. On 10th generation Honda Civics, you'll find a small nod to Honda’s motoring success in the form of retro racers, motorcycles, planes, and tech.
There are reportedly as many as five different mats out there, each one inscribed with “The Power of Dreams” and depicting various Honda motorcycles, race cars, and even Honda's ASIMO robot.
Next time you get behind the wheel of your new Civic, cross your fingers and check your center console mat and hopefully a little piece of Honda’s storied history will be right under your fingertips.
Don't yet have a Honda Civic? What are you waiting for? For pricing and availability info, browse our new Honda Civic online inventory, call us, or stop by our neighborhood location.
KBB award-winning new Honda vehicles available today in Santa Cruz
Once again Honda models dominated the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, placing 5 different nameplates on the exclusive list.
Honda models took home an industry-leading 5 category wins in the 2020 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, including:
2020 Honda Civic: Compact Car – The fun-to-drive, 6-time winner was praised for its high value, strong resale value, reliability, and for setting the bar for the compact car segment.
2020 Honda Accord: Midsize Car – This 5-time winner of this popular family car segment boasts long-term affordability, a timeless design, an upscale feel, and a quiet, comfortable ride.
2020 Honda CR-V: Compact SUV – Praised by KBB for its revamped look, uncluttered styling, and spacious room for five passengers, this 5-time winner continues to be the benchmark in the compact-SUV class with its features, utility and everyday dependability
2020 Honda Odyssey: Minivan – This 5-time winner is no stranger to dominating the minivan category, having received acclaim for its superb quality and utility, comfortable seating for up to 8, abundant safety features, and convenience features.
2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid Car – A 3-time winner praised for its 48-mile pure-EV range* and fuel efficiency, superb driving dynamics, and impressive cargo space and interior utility.
In a year-round effort, KBB Best Buy award-winners are expertly-assessed to determine the best combination of interior room, amenities, comfort, quality of materials and build, infotainment systems, cost to own, overall ease of use, and more.
Award-Winning Hondas Ready For You
For pricing and availability information, browse our new Honda online inventory, call us at (831) 661-8693, or stop by at 3801 Soquel Dr, Soquel CA.
For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
*110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline-only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving-range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving-range rating. Based on 2020 EPA ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.
Winter isn’t coming, it’s already here! And with winter comes the dangers of driving in snowy, icy, and other adverse situations. Before you hit the road to Aptos or Scotts Valley, it’s best to prepare for the dangers of driving in the snow.
Dangers of Winter Driving
Ice: Even if it’s not freezing cold outside, ice, especially black ice, makes for dangerous driving conditions since it’s difficult to see until it’s too late and causes a loss of traction, making it tough to steer and stop.
Rust: While salt is helpful and effective in keeping the roads free of dangerous ice, it is also very corrosive, meaning it can lead to paint and rust damage if left unattended. Getting regular car washes throughout winter is a good solution to protecting your car’s exterior.
Electrical System: A car’s operating efficiency is challenged by cold, winter conditions, so it’s important to have the battery, ignition system, and lights all regularly inspected to ensure proper functionality.
Limited Visibility: Winter brings with it less hours of sunlight, gray skies, and snow, of all which negatively impact your visibility while driving and putting you in a more dangerous driving situation.
Winter Driving Tips
What are some of the best ways for driving in the snow? Here are our top winter driving tips:
Safety Kit: Having a just-in-case safety kit in your car’s trunk could be life saving if an emergency should develop. Such items could include a small snow shovel, flashlight, gloves, ice scraper, and blanket.
New Wiper Blades: If your windshield has been streaky lately, consider OEM wiper blades that are designed to retain optimal visibility, especially in adverse conditions.
Winter Tires: The traction between your tires and the road determines how well your vehicle is able to accelerate, turn, and most importantly, stop. Winter/snow tires are designed to give you the best traction possible when driving in winter conditions, such as ice and snow.
Brakes: Speaking of being able to stop in winter conditions, inspecting your brakes is critical as they are responsible for actually stopping your vehicle. When driving in winter conditions, be sure to keep steady pressure on the brake pedal and to not brake suddenly.
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American's Best Selling Crossover gets a fresh new style in Soquel CA
Now available in Soquel is the reliable, fuel-efficient, and fun-to-drive, redesigned 2020 Honda CR-V, featuring refreshed styling, innovative qualities, and advanced powertrains, with a forthcoming CR-V Hybrid launching in early 2020.
The 2020 CR-V Hybrid will be first electrified SUV from Honda in the U.S, joining the Accord Hybrid and Insight as other electrified Hondas built in the U.S. America’s best-selling crossover for the past 22 years benefits not only from the new hybrid-electric model, but also sees major upgrades such as a bolder front and rear styling, redesigned wheels, and standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology. All models (non-hybrid) are now powered by a standard 1.5 liter turbo engine, formerly available only in EX and above trims.
"The Honda CR-V is the best-selling CUV over the past two decades and the updates we've made to the 2020 model, including a new hybrid-electric variant, solidify its position as a leader in the compact SUV market," said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior V.P. of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co. "The CR-V Hybrid also signifies our direction to bring Honda hybrid-electric technology to all core models and to invest in the production of electrified vehicles in America."
Powered by an advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid combines two electric motors and operates without needing a typical automatic transmission for smooth and seamless power delivery similar to a pure electric vehicle, and also enjoys a wide range of electric-only operation.
Because the hybrid battery pack and its control systems are housed under the cargo floor, the CR-V Hybrid maintains stellar cargo utility, including a 60/40 split rear seatback with a flat load floor. All-wheel drive is available for the CR-V Hybrid, a first for Honda's two-motor hybrid system in the U.S, which activates an electronic clutch when available traction is low and transmits the appropriate level of power from the electric motor to the rear wheels. Total system horsepower reaches a peak of 212 (up from 190 HP on the non-Hybrid CR-V), along with an expected 50% increase in the EPA city fuel economy rating compared to the CR-V.
For non-hybrid CR-V models, all trims are powered by the efficient 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine, rated at 190 horsepower, and include available front- or all-wheel drive configurations.
Sophisticated Interior and Exterior Styling
The 2020 CR-V continues Honda’s legacy of first-class interior space and exterior styling. A more upscale and rigorous exterior features a more aggressive look in front with a more pronounced chrome grill, including round LED fog lights, with the Hybrid model getting hybrid badging, a distinctive blue Honda logo in the center of the grille, and distinctive bar-type fog lights with five LEDs.
In the rear, new features include dark-tinted taillights, dark chrome treatment for the garnish below the rear glass, and 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish. The CR-V Hybrid Touring trims receive hybrid badges on the hatch, a unique rear bumper, and a hidden tailpipe. Three new exterior colors are available for the 2020 model: Sonic Gray Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic and new Aegean Blue Metallic.
On the inside, the CR-V Hybrid stands out from non-hybrid models with its unique interior trim, featuring the new push-button gear selector flanked by three switches for Econ, Sport, or EV mode, which allows CR-V Hybrid to operate under electric-only power. Also unique to the Hybrid model is the instrument panel, featuring a display for power/charge status, as well as a driver-selectable display for power distribution and regeneration.
Additional in-vehicle technology includes:
Color TFT driver-information interface center meter display
Available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
Available remote engine start
Available dual-zone climate control, and more.
Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
All 2020 Honda CR-Vs now come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including:
Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning and pedestrian sensing capability
Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning
Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow
Lane Keeping Assist
Added driver-assistive technologies include available blind spot information, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, and Auto High Beam headlights, with CR-V Hybrid models benefiting from the ingenious new Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, meant to increase awareness by pedestrians when travelling under electric-only power.
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Top Resale Value Honda models available in Soquel CA
Five Honda models – one for each vehicle type Honda produces – won multiple honors in the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Resale Value Awards.
A Honda electrified vehicle (2019 Honda Insight), passenger car (2019 Honda Civic), SUV (2019 Honda HR-V), minivan (2019 Honda Odyssey), and pickup truck (2019 Honda Ridgeline) all won their respective segments, while the Ridgeline placed in the top 10 for Best Overall Resale value.
Best Hybrid Car – 2019 Honda Insight: The all-new 2019 Insight includes automatic climate control, a multi-angle rearview camera, the active safety features of Honda Sensing, and the fuel-economy bliss of 50+ miles per gallon.
Best Compact Car – 2019 Honda Civic: The benchmark of compact cars, the 2019 Civic is reliable, fun-to-drive, offers a wide variety of models from, and is also KBB.com's Small Car Best Buy award winner five consecutive years.
Best Subcompact SUV/Crossover – 2019 Honda HR-V: This versatile SUV features superb gas mileage, a budget-friendly starting price, and versatile seating and cargo options.
Best Minivan – 2019 Honda Odyssey: This back-to-back KBB Best Resale Value Award winner (minivan category) features the minivan necessities, such as seating for eight, sliding side doors, vast cargo area, several safety features, and more.
Top 10 – 2019 Honda Ridgeline: With the comfort and driving familiarity of an SUV and the flexible versatility of a midsize pickup truck, the 2019 Ridgeline delivers clever features and excellent resale value.
Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards are among the most coveted honors in the automotive industry as they recognize outstanding vehicles that are leaders in retaining their value over the first 60 months of new-vehicle ownership, which is a very good indicator of a model's overall value-retention ability.
Getting behind the wheel of a new car is always a great experience, but even better is knowing that your new Honda will keep its value long after you drive off the lot.
Let us help you find the right vehicle for you so that no matter if you keep it six months or six years, your vehicle will always have a high retained value.
For pricing and availability info, browse our new Honda online inventory, call us at (831) 661-8693, or stop by at 3801 Soquel Dr in Soquel CA.
For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. The vehicle's projected resale is specific to 2019.Source: HondaNews.com
Adventure awaits you in the all-new 2019 Honda Passport, launching into Ocean Honda this month.
Slotting between the compact CR-V and the larger, family-focused Pilot, the 2019 Honda Passport comfortably seats five for adventures anywhere and everywhere.
Rugged roads require a rugged, smart SUV. The 2019 Honda Passport delivers a unique blend of on- and off-road capabilities due to a variety of all-terrain features, such as:
Available i-VTM4 torque-vectoring AWD system
280-horsepower, 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine
5,000-pound towing capacity
Fully independent suspension
Intelligent Traction Management
Standard 20-inch alloy wheels
LED fog lights
While the 2019 Honda Passport’s unparalleled exterior is eye-catching, the versatile interior demands just as much attention as it features:
Best-in-class passenger space
Best total interior volume
Large underfloor storage area
Over 50 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row
Over 100 cubic feet with the second row folded down
Stay Connected (While You Disconnect)
Both rugged and tech-friendly, the 2019 Honda Passport comes fully-loaded with premium tech features for both play and peace of mind, including:
Available in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi
Standard Honda Sensing safety suite
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
Hands-free power tailgate
Multi-angle rearview camera
8-inch Display Audio system
Heated and ventilated front seats
Wireless phone charging
Remote engine start
Available in Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, the Passport can accommodate a multitude of outdoor gear, such as bikes, kayaks, skis, snowboards, and whatever else you need for your many adventures to come.
Award-winning Honda vehicles available today in Soquel, CA
It’s that time of the year again….when multiple Honda models win Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy awards!
With an industry-leading 6 category wins, Honda models took home the following Kelley Blue Book (KBB) honors:
2019 Honda Civic: Compact Car – This 5-time winner was praised for its fuel-efficient engines, affordable price, reliability, and high value.
2019 Honda Accord: Midsize Car – The 4-time winner of this popular segment was admired for its spacious and stylish interior, standard Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features, and reputation for quality and low cost of operation.
2019 Honda CR-V: Compact SUV – A 4-time winner that was noted for its appeal with first-time buyers and long-standing reputation of reliability.
2019 Honda Pilot: Midsize SUV – Seating up to 8 passengers, this 4-time winner’s style, comfortability, refinement, and standard Honda Sensing suite make for the perfect road-trip car.
2019 Honda Odyssey: Minivan – KBB notes that this 4-time winner makes a strong case for the “best family car in the world” as it includes several safety features and a family-friendly design.
2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: Electric/Hybrid Car – A 2-time winner praised for its driving dynamics, features, safety, comfort, and appeal to both EV fans and old-school road trippers.
KBB Best Buy award-winners are the result of a year-long process in which experts assess vehicles’ best combinations of affordability, quality, driving dynamics, dependability, and low cost to own.
Award-Winning Hondas Ready For You
It’s no coincidence that Best Buy winners are usually segment best-sellers too! So, when will you make your VIP appointment to test drive our award-winning Hondas? Let us know in the comments section below!
For pricing and availability info, browse our new Honda online inventory, call us, or stop by our neighborhood location.
For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
Travel tips to keep your family safe this holiday season in Soquel, CA
During this exciting holiday season, there’s a good chance you’ll be hitting the open road sooner than later. Before you begin your journey, make sure your vehicle is ready too.
Here are a few useful tips:
Check your tire pressure. Treat your tires with care since they're the only part of your vehicles that make contact with the road. Making sure tire pressure is optimal is key to avoiding blowouts.
Make sure oil change isn’t needed. Routinely changing the oil improves vehicle and engine longevity and saves you money in the long run.
Keep a clean air filter. A dirty air filter can make it harder to accelerate and can cause a reduction in fuel efficiency.
Keep extra phone chargers in the vehicle. There's nothing worse than a low cell phone battery, especially in the case of an emergency.
Check the weather forecast and road conditions and prepare accordingly. Don't get caught off guard by adverse weather or heavy road traffic and/or construction.
Have emergency equipment on-board just in case. Prepare for the worst by having a tire jack, blanket, booster cables, flashlight and non-perishable food in the vehicle.
Minimize night travel as much as possible. Even though there's less traffic at night, there are also more impaired drivers as well. If night driving, be extra cautious.
Reduce risk and avoid potential car trouble by stopping by our Service Center before your long journey begins. Our professionally-trained service staff will give your vehicle a Free Multi-Point Inspection (no appointment needed!) and make sure that everything’s running smoothly.
Easily schedule a service appointment today and get the peace of mind that you’ll make it over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house without needing to call a tow truck.
Happy Holidays and safe travels!
Honda's award-winning SUV lineup available in Soquel, CA
Honda’s sporty, stylish, and well-equipped SUV lineup can now boast the honor of “2018 Best SUV Brand” by U.S. News & World Report^.
The HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot models each show that whatever the driver's unique needs may be, Honda has an SUV that best fits them.
The aggressively refined 2019 Honda Pilot features ultramodern connected-car technology features, including a new 8-inch available Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The Pilot also comes standard with comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology.
The stylish and sporty 2019 Honda HR-V features new Sport and Touring trims, with new in-vehicle technology features including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration on Sport and higher trims. The versatile 5-door subcompact SUV also highlights fresh exterior and interior styling and available Honda Sensing safety suite.
America’s best-selling SUV for the past 20 years*, the 2019 Honda CR-V continues to set lofty expectations. Premium features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, and the Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology suite. The fun-to-drive, comfortable CR-V shows why it keeps its leading position in the compact SUV segment.
Top Safety Pick Honda Insight available in Soquel, CA
We’re proud to announce that the new 2019 Honda Insight was awarded a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score by the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Both ratings are the top available safety rating from each organization.
"If you're in the market for a stylish sedan with top third-party safety ratings, look no further than the Honda Insight." said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant V.P. of Honda Automobile Sales. "On top of its class-leading safety features, Insight is also a comfortable 5-seat hybrid with great fuel economy ratings."
Equipped with standard Honda Sensing safety tech, the Insight received top ratings in all assessed categories from NCAP. From IIHS, Insight received “good” ratings in all crashworthiness tests, a “good” rating for LED headlights, and a "superior" rating for the Collision Mitigation Braking System feature.
Looking for a compact hybrid with great fuel economy, a sophisticated style, and premier safety technologies? Look no further than the top safety pick 2019 Honda Insight.
For pricing and availability info, browse our new Honda Insight online inventory, call us, or stop on by today.
Source & Photos: HondaNews.com
Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov)
New Honda Insight takes on Toyota Prius in Soquel CA
Modern look? Check. Sophisticated interior? Double check. The Honda Insight is the ultimate vehicle for the eco-conscious customer who doesn't want to compromise on style. But is the Honda Insight better than the Toyota Prius? In this head-to-head matchup, you'll discover all of the features and highlights, beyond its attractive styling, that make Insight superior to Prius. Let us help you make the right decision to purchase the all-new Honda Insight!
Honda Insight's exceptional value over Toyota Prius includes:
Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
Remote engine start
Deceleration selectors for enhanced recharging
3-mode drive system, including Sport mode for spirited driving
151 total system horsepower
Available Honda LaneWatch
Multi-angle rearview camera with available dynamic guidelines
Available mobile hotspot capability
Standard Honda Sensing on every trim
Lower cost than Prius
Get Behind the Wheel Today
Looking for which hybrid is best for you? Look no further. You can experience the all-new 2019 Honda Insight by scheduling a test drive today.
Is there anything better than a warm Fourth of July? A dip in a pool or lake. Finding the perfect spot on the beach or in the local park. A spontaneous game of horseshoes or corn hole. Concerts and fireworks in small towns from coast to coast. The anticipation as dusk falls and the sparklers come out. The magic of summer in the air.
Tip: Cool Whip stands up well in the heat.
Fourth of July cookouts and potlucks are, hands down, the best of the best. The deviled eggs, corn on the cob, fresh strawberries and watermelon, and always something special from the family Cool Whip dessert maestro. The burgers, the dogs, the smoked ribs. Messy and delicious and glorious.
Everyone seems to come out of their homes (and their shells) a bit more on the Fourth. Time slows down as the lawn chairs and blankets and coolers are laid out. We look at our phones a bit less and people a bit more.
There is something about the promise of our Declaration of Independence, and new beginnings that resonates with us, even today. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
It is inspiring that we get to see in others what drives so many of us to serve, the belief in that promise. All of America is decked out in red, white and blue, and we are reminded that there is more that unites us than divides us. With every salute, parade, and patriotic song, we are reminded that this gift of freedom, this experiment of democracy, is so dear to us that even to this day, young men and women dedicate their lives to protect it.
Even though it seems this time of year brings a new round of potential threats and calls to be aware of the dangers in the world, we pause to think about what would have happened had 56 men let their fear override their belief in the future of a free and independent state. We have been through worse as a nation, and have endured. We will continue to do so. Are we perfect? No. But the promise and the unity give us the hope. Hope will defeat fear every time.
As the day ends, darkness falls and the first starburst explodes in the sky, we can reflect on the time together, away from work and troubles, and remember that America is still a strong nation. And, thanks to the legacy of those who declared our independence, those who died for it, and those who continue to protect it today…we are free.
The Team at Operation Homefront wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!
Thanks to our friends at Operation Homefront, who wrote this guest blog, for reminding us why we love the 4th of July. Help us raise $250,000 to support Operation Homefront as they build strong, stable, and secure military families! Make a vehicle purchase at any of our dealerships to help bring us closer to our goal! See all our locations here: www.victoryautomotivegroup.com/locations/index.htm. Ends September 3rd. Find out more about Operation Homefront at www.operationhomefront.org.
Looking to purchase your first car? This exciting, age-old rite of passage is one that won’t soon be forgotten. To help you in the process, we recommend the following tips for first-time car buyers.
One of the first things to do when preparing to buy a car for the first time is to set a budget….and then stick to it! Be sure to consider your monthly expenses and which features you truly need from a vehicle.
With your budget set, you can start looking for cars in your price range that meet all your needs. Our new, used, and bargain inventory have vehicles that will fit any budget!
With your budget set, you can start figuring out what kind of car is right just for you. With so many options available, be sure to consider different makes, models, and trim levels to find your vehicle.
Also consider the different situations you will be in when determining type of vehicle. How you answer questions such as the below will help you decide which vehicle will best fit your lifestyle.
Transporting around your favorite four-legged friend? You may want to consider a pet-friendly SUV with comfort and roominess.
Driving in any ice or snow or other adverse conditions? In that case, you may want to look into an all-wheel drive pickup truck or SUV with tall ground clearance.
Plan on going off-road? Think about a rugged, body-on-frame SUV or truck.
Do you have a long commute? Consider a fuel-efficient, comfortable car that’s loaded with the latest driver assistance safety features.
Dealership vs. Private Seller
Congrats, you’ve decided on which type of vehicle to purchase! Now, where to actually purchase it at – a car dealership or a private seller? Both have their benefits, but with a dealership you can take advantage of lease and financing options, paperwork assistance, and warranties.
You’ve found the car of your dreams! Now it's time to get behind the wheel and go for a test drive that will best replicate your daily driving routine. Feeling comfortable on your test drive is one of the most important steps in your car-buying journey. We'll even let you take the vehicle for an extended, overnight test drive so you'll have plenty of time to make absolutely certain it's the perfect car for you.
We Have the Car for You!
We believe that car buying should be a fun experience, especially for first-time buyers. We have a ridiculously friendly team, most of which grew up right down the street. Each associate is committed to your comfort and providing the absolute best customer experience. Your wish is our command. We'll work with your budget, schedule and preference - whatever it takes!
Plus, we're part of the Victory Automotive Group family, so you’ll have access to thousands of new and used vehicles and you won't have to run around town to several lots to find the vehicle you want.
Tips to stay safe during the busy summer season in Soquel CA
Summer is finally here and that means road trips, getaways, vacation travel, and a rise in road work and congestion. So before you take off on your next adventure, check out the below tips to make sure your next road trip is a safe one.
The most important driving tip is to buckle your seatbelt each and every time you get in a car. Nearly 15,000 lives were saved due to seat belt use in 2016, according to the NHTSA. Proper seat belt usage provides safety and security, so don’t forget to remind your fellow travelers to buckle up.
Check for Recalls
Before you take off for that long summer road trip, be sure to find out whether a safety recall has been issued on your vehicle. If there is a safety recall, your manufacturer will fix the problem free of charge. Check for recalls on your vehicle here: nhtsa.gov/recalls
Sharing is Caring
With the warm summer weather, the roads can fill up quickly with bicycles, motorcycles, and increased foot traffic. Be sure to pay extra attention to your surroundings and leave extra space for your fellow road companions.
Get Your Car Serviced
Bring in your car for a free multi-point inspection - we’ll check your A/C system, test your lights, fill your tires, top off your fluids, and make sure you're road trip ready!
Plus, check out our exclusive Car Doc maintenance program, which could save you thousands of dollars on maintenance services over the life of your vehicle. Did you know that all of our used cars come with two complimentary years of Car Doc?
Schedule Your Service Appointment Today!
We’ll make sure your beloved vehicle runs at its best all summer long. We service most makes and models, so be sure to take advantage of our expert service by scheduling a service appointment today.
Shop Low Prices on Memorial Day: Memorial Day Specials Near Santa Cruz CA
The unofficial kickoff to both the summer and travel seasons is this weekend! And if you're looking for a reason to go shopping for a new summer getaway vehicle during this long Memorial Day weekend, then look no further.
We have the specials you are looking for on any new, used or certified pre-owned vehicle. Think about it; what could be better than driving home this Memorial Day weekend in a brand new car? We know! Driving home in a brand new car that you got for the right price! We have the right car, right price, right now. Check out our huge sale going on now!
Worry-Free Auto Financing at Honda Memorial Day Sale Near Santa Cruz CA
Do you have bad credit? I mean just awful credit? We have you covered. Our financing experts have what it takes to get you approved with no hassles, no worries, in no time. Get Pre-Approved today in 30 seconds by filling out our secure online credit form and get on the fast track to driving home this Memorial Day weekend in a new car.
How the Accord Stacks Up—and Wins—Against the Camry in Soquel CA
When it comes to your next midsize car, we know you have countless, high-quality options to choose from. That's why here at Ocean Honda, we are proud to showcase award-winning vehicles everyday, especially the 2018 Honda Accord.
The results are in, and they are nearly unanimous. The 2018 Honda Accord dominates the competition; especially the Toyota Camry. The experts agree! The 2018 Honda Accord has already won the following awards with more to come:
2018 North American Car of the Year
2018 Car and Driver's 10Best
2018 Car and Driver's America's Best Sedan
2018 Best Buy Award: Overall Winner from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com
2018 AUTOMOBILE All-Star from Automobile Magazine**
2018 Best Buy: Midsize Car from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com
2018 MotorWeek's Best Family Sedan
2018 Best Resale Value from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com
These are just some of the areas in which the experts have put the Accord over the Camry. If you are not convinced still, we will break it down further for you below and with our full 2018 Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry Comparison.
Source: Honda *Car and Driver, January 2018. ^Vehicle's projected resale value is specific to the 2018 model year. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. **2018 Accord Sport 2.0
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What’s better than an award-winning Honda? How about an award-winning Honda that costs less to own than similar vehicles?
That’s right, not only are the new 2018 Honda Accord and CR-V award-winning, top-rated Honda vehicles, but you’ll save your hard-earned money with the lowest projected cost of ownership for the initial five-year ownership period.
What makes a Honda so inexpensive to own? The 2018 Honda Accord and CR-V have the lowest combination of depreciation and out of pocket expenses, such as financing, insurance, states fees and the projected costs of fuel, scheduled maintenance and repairs.
And did we mention that the 2018 Honda Accord and CR-V are multi-award winners?
The revolutionary 2018 Honda Accord is no stranger to awards, picking up top honors such as the 2018 North American Car of the Year, KBB.com’s 2018 Best Buy Award: Overall Winner and 2018 Best Resale Value, and Car and Driver’s 2018 10Best Cars.
Meanwhile, the family-friendly 2018 Honda CR-V racked up awards for KBB.com’s 2018 Best Buy: Small SUV/Crossover, 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the Year, and 2018 U.S. News Best Compact SUV for the Money.
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The 2018 Honda CR-V has been named the Best Car for the Money in its respective categories by U.S News. View U.S. News Best Cars at www.usnews.com/cars. Car and Driver, December 2017.
For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. Vehicle's projected resale value is specific to the 2018 model year. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. KBB.com's 2018 Honda CR-V LX Sport Utility 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,370.00 down payment.) $35,973; MSRP: $25,125. Dealer sets own price. Cost Per Mile: $0.47. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited Sport Utility 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,620.80 down payment.) $36,735; MSRP: $27,210; Cost Per Mile: $0.48. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox L Sport Utility 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,271.20 down payment.) $37,027; MSRP: $24,525; Cost Per Mile: $0.49. 2018 Kia Sportage LX Sport Utility 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,342.40 down payment.) $37,372; MSRP: $24,395; Cost Per Mile: $0.49. 2018 Toyota RAV4 LE Sport Utility 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,416.40 down payment.) $38,298; MSRP: $25,370; Cost Per Mile: $0.51. 2018 Nissan Rogue S Sport Utility 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,483.80 down payment.) $39,419; MSRP: $27,125; Cost Per Mile: $0.52. 2018 Ford Escape S Sport Utility 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,347.10 down payment.) $39,483; MSRP: $24,845; Cost Per Mile: $0.52. 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Sport Utility 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year. and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,391.90 down payment.) $40,830; MSRP: $25,490; Cost Per Mile: $0.54.
KBB.com's 2018 Honda Accord LX Sedan 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,276.20 down payment.) $33,535; MSRP: $24,460. Dealer sets own price. Cost Per Mile: $0.44. 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sedan 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,182.80 down payment.) $36,439; MSRP: $23,055; Cost Per Mile: $0.48. 2018 Hyundai Sonata SE Sedan 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,158.40 down payment.) $36,563; MSRP: $22,935; Cost Per Mile: $0.48. 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Sedan 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,159.70 down payment.) $37,454; MSRP: $24,145; Cost Per Mile: $0.49. 2018 Toyota Camry L Sedan 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,319.00 down payment.) $38,386; MSRP: $24,380; Cost Per Mile: $0.51. 2018 Ford Fusion S Sedan 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,104.70 down payment.) $38,395; MSRP: $22,995; Cost Per Mile: $0.51. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu L Sedan 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,252.50 down payment.) $38,476; MSRP: $22,555; Cost Per Mile: $0.51. 2018 Kia Optima LX Sedan 4-door. 5-Year Cost to Own (Based on 15,000 miles per year, and 3.19% APR for 60 months with a $2,221.10 down payment.) $38,620; MSRP: $23,395; Cost Per Mile: $0.51.