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Explore Common Auto Finance Terms

Car buyers who don't understand basic financing terms often end up paying far more in the long term and also end up regretting their choice in car due to the massive monthly bill they are now stuck with. That is why our experienced team at Honda of Hayward want to be sure that you know the basics of auto financing terms.

First, a down payment is the amount of money you pay towards the car before it is financed. This is money that accrues no interest and saves you money over time. Next, car buyers should know about depreciation…

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Using the Right Car Seat for Your Child's Safety

Car seats are for your child's safety, but their safety is compromised if they're in the wrong seat. Here's how to know which seat is right for your child.

Car seat manufacturers have height and weight guides, so check the seat information first. Infants and toddlers should use rear-facing car seats until they outgrow those guidelines. Some toddlers are big enough for forward-facing car seats, which are also the best seat for preschoolers. 

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What Does the Car Alternator Do?

The alternator under the hood of your vehicle does more than many realize. It is a common misconception the alternator only charges the battery.

Without the alternator running in a peak state, your car ride would be far less enjoyable. The alternator charges itself when the vehicle is running, by way of a belt attached to the block of your car engine. 

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How Brake Fluid Helps Your Vehicle

At Honda of Hayward, we want to help you keep your vehicle in the best possible condition. Brake fluid, or hydraulic fluid, is a vital substance that helps your braking system function properly. It is found in the brake lines, and without brake fluid, you wouldn't be able to stop your vehicle when you apply the brakes. To find out more about brake fluid, read further. 

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How a Clay Bar Helps You Clean Your Vehicle

You might not think about the way that brake dust and bug debris can damage the surface of your vehicle but it is important for you to know that they should be cleared off the vehicle often. Honda of Hayward wants you to know just what you can do to carefully watch over the surface of your vehicle's exterior.

When you run a clay bar over your vehicle, you help to remove dirt and debris. You remove those things that you cannot see with the naked eye. When you use clay to clean your vehicle, you get the debris…

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Summer Tires vs. All Season Tires

When it’s time to purchase tires, many drivers are unsure as to whether to purchase summer tires or all-season tires. It’s a tough choice, but our trained staff at Honda of Hayward can answer all your questions and steer you in the right direction. Stop and visit us today.

Summer tires and all-season tires both offer benefits. If you’re driving in the summer, you probably want summer tires. They’re also called performance tires because of how well they perform in summer weather. Whether it’s extremely hot, rainy or a perfect summer day, summer tires are…

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Why Are Car Covers so Important?

The car cover was designed to help protect your investment, but many owners consider it more of a hassle than a necessity. Here is how you will benefit using the car cover more often.

Sunlight is the enemy to the paint and interior of your car. If your vehicle is sitting out exposed in the sun, it will start to fade the paint and diminish the quality of the interior. Cracking and peeling of the dash only reduce the resale value, something you can eliminate by using the car cover more often. 

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Helpful Tips for Reducing Distracted Driving Situations

If you take a few extra minutes before putting the car in drive, you will be in a better position to not become another distracted driver on the roads. Follow these simple tips from Honda of Hayward, and you'll be more prepared to handle the road ahead of you.

Secure all loose items in your car now so they are not rolling around and causing a distraction when you are driving. Get everything off the dashboard, put away things on the seats, and use the glove box to secure things that could easily come loose while you're driving…

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Tips On How to Find a Good Mechanic

You depend on your vehicle and keeping it running is tops on your list. That is why finding a good, reputable, and experienced mechanic is such an essential part of owning a vehicle. The next time you need vehicle repaired consider these following tips:

  • Research the repair needed online to get a baseline cost of the repair.
  • Find a mechanic that specializes in the vehicle and repair needed for that particular model.
  • Ask friends and acquaintances who they use for vehicle repairs. 
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Hatchbacks: More Cargo Space With Better Retention of Value

Which do you like better, more cargo space or longer retention of value in a vehicle? With many hatchbacks, you get both. So if you're thinking about buying a hatchback, we at Honda of Hayward want you to be informed. That's why we've put together a few reasons that hatchbacks are a great option.

Cargo space is always an issue with a sedan, but with a hatchback, you get more room in the back to store all of your stuff. Also, with a hatchback, many have back seats that fold down so that you have even more…

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