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Swickard Honda’s Kind is Better Campaign a Huge Success!

Every child deserves ongoing support from members of the community, especially at the start of the school season. That’s why our team at Swickard Honda was proud to help out during a back-to-school campaign at Sitton Elementary School in Portland, OR, where we gave more than 300 kids everything they needed to head back to school.

In early August, several Swickard Honda volunteers filled colorful backpacks with notebooks, pencils, folders, and more for local students of Sitton Elementary School. Then, on August 28th, our sales consultant, Beau Thomas, joined advisory board members from the Kind is Better organization to pass out the backpacks and goodies to Sitton Elementary’s students.

Along with plenty of smiles, our excellent crew also helped deliver a message of kindness to every student at Sitton Elementary. Parents, children, and teachers were overwhelmed by the community support, enforcing the mission of the Kind is Better movement, which aims to “spread the word and encourage others to talk, listen, and be kind to one another.”

Each team member at Swickard Honda prioritizes community support above all else. That’s why we’re always looking for unique ways to give back to those in our area, like surprising our customers with customer appreciation giveaways and providing special discounts for valued members of our community. For instance, we provide a Honda Military Appreciation Offer for all active duty military and veterans as well as several back-to-school specials.

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and special events at our Honda dealership in Gladstone, OR by following our Facebook page. Don’t forget – you can always view our new Honda specials on our website.

Gladstone, OR Honda Service: The Basics of Alignment Checks

Does your 2019 Honda Accord rattle when you hit higher speeds? Does your steering wheel vibrate? These are just a couple signs that your car may need an alignment check. Often technicians examine your alignment during or after every oil change, but you never know when your vehicle’s tires will become dislodged. If it’s been a while since your last alignment check, consider scheduling an appointment at our Honda service center in Gladstone, OR.

Alignment Check Warning Signs

Your car is designed to distribute weight equally across all four tires regardless of road conditions. Over time, however, your vehicle loses some of its balance and may start shifting its weight to one side, which can cause uneven tire wear. Signs that point towards an alignment check include worn-out new tires, a continually crooked or loose steering wheel, or unusual vibrations inside your car.

Why Should I Get an Alignment Check at Swickard Honda?

Not only can uneven wear reduce the lifespan of your tires, but it can also damage various parts of your suspension. Your tie rods, ball joints, and steering bushing may all be affected by an improperly aligned car. Extra pressure on these components can cause them to buckle under pressure, which can lead to accidents and serious repairs down the line. Our alignment checks at Swickard Honda only take an hour to complete, whereas a more significant repair, like a broken tie rod, can take much longer.

Is it time for your annual alignment check? Do you have concerns about how your Honda vehicle is driving? Schedule a Honda service appointment online or by visiting Swickard Honda in Gladstone, OR. We hope to see you at our dealership soon!

Introducing the 2020 Honda Insight to Gladstone, OR

When purchasing your next new Honda car, our team at Swickard Honda near Portland, OR knows you don’t want to sacrifice price for efficiency. That’s why we’re thrilled that the 2020 Honda Insight has arrived on our lot. With its array of special features and variety of comfortable trim options, we’re sure that this economical Honda sedan will give you precisely what you need.  

Sporting three different trim levels – LX, EX, and Touring – the 2020 Honda Insight has a little something for every driver. Its two-motor hybrid system features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and E-CVT transmission, which pairs nicely with its front-wheel driveFeaturing everything from LED headlights to daytime running lights, you can experience top-tier visibility behind the wheel of the 2020 Honda Insight, no matter where you drive 

No matter which trim you choose, the 2020 Honda Insight makes safety a top priority. Each of its three trim levels offer several Honda Sensing® safety features that anticipate oncoming threats and alert you of imminent danger. From its collision mitigation braking system to its traffic sign recognition feature, the 2020 Honda Insight aims to make each trip more secure. In terms of tech, this new Honda sedan packs a punch with its hands-free Bluetooth® streaming audio, available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, and available ten-speaker sound system, which plays your music in perfect audio. 

To experience everything the 2020 Honda Insight has to offer, stop by our Honda dealership in Gladstone, OR and take it for a test drive. We hope to see you in our showroom soon! 

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Celebrate the End of Summer with a 2019 Honda Pilot or 2019 Honda Fit

At Swickard Honda, we’re celebrating the end of summer with offes on a variety of our favorite models like the 2019 Honda Fit and 2019 Honda Pilot. Along with Honda financing and lease specials, we’re offering fantastic options across the entire Honda line up.

2019 Honda Pilot

Under the hood of the 2019 Honda Pilot, you’ll find a 3.5L V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and combines with a six-speed automatic transmission. With spacious seating for eight people and a grand total of 109 cubic feet of cargo space, the flexible interior allows you to customize for a solo commute or a family road trip. Plus, you can tow up to 3,500 pounds if you opt for front-wheel-drive and up to 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive.

2019 Honda Fit LX

Whether you need a car for college or tight-fitting parking spots in the city, the 2019 Honda Fit provides sporty styling and economical performance. If you’re worried about having enough room for all your cargo needs, then don’t despair. This Honda car offers three seating modes for easy transport, while the fourth mode (Refresh) allows you to recline all the seats. Other seating modes include:

  • Utility: With all seats folded in utility mode, you’ll 52 cubic feet of space.
  • Long: For those hauling longer items, then you can fold down both the back seat and your front passenger seat.
  • Tall: Need to fit a taller piece of furniture? In Tall mode, you remove the headrests and fold down seats for up to four feet of vertical space.

Whether you need extra space in the 2019 Honda Pilot or want an easy-to-navigate compact car, like the 2019 Honda Fit, our team is here to help you. Join us at Swickard Honda as we celebrate the end of summer!

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How the 2019 Honda Odyssey Makes Back-to-School Fun

It’s back to school season in Gladstone, OR, and parents are ready for the school routine to start. However, hectic mornings can be stressful. That’s why you’ll find innovative features on the 2019 Honda Odyssey, like the HondaVac®, that makes traveling with kids and hauling all of those school supplies easier than ever. While you’ll find incredible safety technologies on all our Honda cars in Gladstone, OR, this minivan stands out from the crowd when it comes to families.

2019 Honda Odyssey Family-Friendly Features

Why do so many parents choose the 2019 Honda Odyssey? The answer is simple: It offers family-friendly features that make school drop-offs and pick-ups easier than ever. For example, all configurations include the one-motion 60/40 split third-row Magic Seat®. This eliminates much of the stress of trying to get kids out of the third row. On the EX trim, you’ll also find the Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats™. You can move the second row towards the center of the vehicle, which makes reaching your smallest passengers easy while also improving access to the third-row seating.

Parents also like the available CabinWatch® system, which allows you to view your kids on your touchscreen even in the dark. Add on the CabinTalk™ system to talk to your kids about their day without shouting over the seats.

You can also add on variety of accessories to keep your vehicle clean, like all-weather floor mats and second-row seat covers. If storage is a concern, then options like our cargo bins and folding cargo mat help you organize supplies while traveling.

With so many options, you’ll have the ability to customize your Honda Odyssey to your specific needs. Alleviate some stress from the school year by stopping into Swickard Honda and checking out the 2019 Honda Odyssey today!

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What Does 2020 Have in Store For Honda?

Are you looking for a unique special edition model or want an updated version of the classic hatchback? As 2020 Honda models begin arriving on our lots, we’re exciting for updated versions of our favorites. Discover what makes the 2020 Honda Accord Hatchback different, or get behind the wheel of the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition. At Swickard Honda, we’re excited to fill you in on these new models.

2020 Honda Fit

This new model isn’t quite ready for delivery yet. However, word has it that the 2020 Honda Fit will get a significant refresh in 2020. While the engine won’t change significantly, the exterior will offer a sportier design. This subcompact model provides efficiency that city drivers need and it is easy to navigate in tight spaces.

2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition

For those who need more space but want something different, then the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition fits the bill. On the outside, you’ll notice the Black Edition grille and blacked-out trim. New wheel styles, including black-painted alloy wheels, add a distinct look. Plus, the special crystal black pearl paint is beautiful. Inside this SUV you’ll find the Black Edition style with red LED accent lighting and red stitching on the front and second-row captain’s chairs.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback

Honda listened to drivers and now offers the customer-favorite six-speed manual transmission on more than the base trim! Along with transmission options, you’ll find a better-insulated cabin and a quieter ride. Plus, Honda added eight speakers to the Sport trim instead of the previous model year’s four-speaker sound system.

With the year more than halfway over, our team at Swickard Honda is excited about what the new Honda models will bring to the table. Stay tuned for the latest news or contact our team to schedule your test drive today.

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How to Avoid Common Road Hazards Around Portland, OR

Whether you’re driving a daily commute or heading off on vacation, staying safe on the road is the top priority for you and your family. However, road hazards can abound, especially in warm weather, and leave drivers unsure of how to react. So today we want to share some tips for how to deal with these common hazards.

Construction Zones

Not only can construction cause congestion on the highway, but it also comes with extra stress. Workers and trucks can come into your lane without warning. Plus, heavy equipment could block your view of the road ahead. When approaching a work zone, it’s a good idea to take precautions like:

  • Slowing down
  • Moving over
  • Staying alert

Inclement Weather and Road Conditions

Although we won’t have any snow on the ground in the Portland area for months, we can still get rain and fog during the late summer in Oregon. When it’s raining, it’s a good idea to slow down and increase the distance between yourself and the next car, as rain can mix with oil from vehicles to make the roads slick. When driving in fog, be sure to only use your regular headlights, as high beams can reflect back into your line of vision.

Distracted Drivers and Pedestrians

Distraction comes in many shapes and forms. Other drivers the road may be intoxicated, inexperienced, or using their phone. The same goes for people walking or riding a bicycle. This means you need to practice defensive driving to ensure that you’re ready to stop if an obstacle, car, or human, enters the roadway. Check your mirrors, stay aware of what’s in your blind spots, and slow down.

Although it’s impossible to predict what’ll happen on the highway, by staying alert, you can help protect yourself and your family. At Swickard Honda, you’ll find a variety of new and used Honda cars. Our team can help you choose the safety features that are important to you. Plus, we offer onsite Honda service and repair for all of your car needs.

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Honda Summer Spectacular Event in Gladstone, OR

Stop into Swickard Honda and discover the exclusive savings during our Honda Summer Spectacular Event. You’ll find a variety of innovative and spacious models, like the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Honda Fit. We’re offering well-qualified buyers special financing of 1.9% to 2.9% APR on new models. If you’re undecided, then take your favorite vehicles for a test drive. Our team is here to help you find exactly what you want in a new Honda car.

2019 Honda Fit

This efficient and spacious car features the new second-row magic seat. Customize your space with four unique configurations: tall mode, long mode, utility mode, and refresh mode. Plus, on the base trim, you’ll get Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink. Upgrade trims to get extra features like a seven-inch touchscreen and a moonroof.

2019 Honda Civic

With the 2019 Honda Civic, you’ll get the Honda Sensing® system on every trim level. This innovative safety tech includes a lane-keeping assist system and a road departure mitigation system. Upgrade to the 450-watt audio system for an immersive experience.

2019 Honda HR-V

Each trim offers an available all-wheel-drive system along with a host of standard and optional features to customize your car. For example, the Sport trim features dual-mode paddle shifters for supreme handling.

2019 Honda CR-V

Save more at the pump with the standard Eco Assist™ system, while the LED daytime running lights add extra safety and visibility on the road. Upgrade to get a hands-free power access lift gate and a 330-watt premium audio system with nine speakers.

Celebrate with Swickard Honda during our Honda Summer Spectacular Event. Our team is on-hand to help you choose the best model and trim for your needs, like our versatile 2019 Honda Fit or spacious 2019 Honda CR-V.

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Upgrade Your Car with Genuine Honda Accessories

Do you want to spice up your 2019 Honda Accord or pre-owned Honda model? If so, then consider adding genuine Honda accessories to keep your ride organized and looking fantastic. Our Honda parts store near Gresham, OR features accessories to help you arrange your cargo and update your cabin features. Here are a few of our favorites.

The 2019 Honda Accord offers 16.7 cubic feet of storage in the trunk. Get the most out of that space by organizing it with a Honda cargo net or trunk organizer. Both options are easy to install and keep your packages in place.

With 40.4 inches of legroom in the backseat, kids and adults will find this area plenty spacious. However, if you’ve been at the beach, camping or having some other fun outdoors this summer, you might want to add all-season floor mats to keep your vehicle clean. These mats are made specifically to fit your Honda vehicle.

If you want your 2019 Honda Accord to stand out from the sea of cars in the parking lot, then consider adding an accessory that’ll enhance your wheels, grille, or rear. You’ll find a variety of options, including chrome, bronze, and black accents.

Even those with pre-owned Honda models don’t have to go without the innovative convenience, comfort, and safety features that everyone loves. With Honda accessories, it’s easy to add high tech options. Our Honda parts center can install each of these accessories to save you time. For example, you can add a wireless phone charger or a USB charger to older models for increased accessibility. Or upgrade to a heated steering wheel which is perfect for those cold days.

If you want to dress up your used model or personalize a 2019 Honda Accord, then stop into Swickard Honda and see what type of accessories fit your model. Our team is available to help you purchase and install genuine Honda accessories.

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Which 2019 Honda CR-V Trim Do You Need?

Understanding the differences between trims isn’t always easy. That’s why we encourage you to stop into Swickard Honda and see your favorite 2019 Honda models in person. Our team helps you compare trims, see safety tech in action, and discover which configuration suits your lifestyle and budget. With the 2019 Honda CR-V, you’ll have four trim options to choose from: the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring variations. Let’s go through the differences and see what makes each trim stand out from the competition.

All Honda CR-V models feature Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink and streaming audio. Move beyond the base model will get you Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, two USB charging ports in the second row, a 1.5-amp USB port in the center console, and a seven-inch touchscreen. You’ll also get heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control on the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims.

2019 Honda CR-V LX. The base model uses a five-inch color LCD screen and a 180-watt audio system with four speakers.

2019 Honda CR-V EX. Step up to this trim for perks like the retractable cargo area cover and push-button start, along with a 180-watt audio system with six speakers.

2019 Honda CR-V EX-L. This trim features a power tailgate with programmable height and a 180-watt audio system with eight speakers.

2019 Honda CR-V Touring. This model features the Honda Satellite-Lined Navigation System™ with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic and HD radio plus a 330-watt premium audio system with nine speakers.

You can view an array of 2019 Honda models by stopping into Swickard Honda. We’ll help you compare models or test drive your favorite 2019 Honda CR-V configuration. We’re located at 19400 SE McLoughlin Blvd, and you can call us at (503) 722-5000 to schedule your appointment.