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Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Vehicle

Have your finances changed after purchasing a car? You could reduce your loan through refinancing, or you could also reduce your monthly payments by trading in your car. Keeping up with car payments can be difficult, but rather than doing a voluntary repossession, you can trade in your car and purchase a less expensive vehicle. You’ll need to calculate the value of the vehicle before you decide to trade in or refinance.

So how do you determine the value? When you trade in your vehicle, you’ll probably have some equity.  

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Taming Your Teen's First Wheels

If you thought it was hard to cope with your teen having their driver's license, wait until they have their own car. Seriously, though, your teen's first car is an important purchase as you want a safe, reliable vehicle that will help them get where they need to go for many years to come. At Honda of Serramonte, we offer these tips to consider as you get ready to make that big purchase.

First, consider bigger and heavier vehicles. While they may use more fuel, they are proven to be safer in accidents.  

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Which Type of Car Seat Is Right for a Toddler?

If you have a toddler, you may be wondering which type of car seat to choose. If your child has outgrown an infant-only seat, it is time to think about a larger car seat. A convertible seat, or all-in-one, can grow with your baby.

Children under one-year-old always need to be in a seat designed for an infant and that is rear-facing. If your child has outgrown their current seat and their head is reaching the top of the seat back, then it is time for a larger seat. It is always best to keep the car seat rear-facing for…

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Share the Road With Bicyclists

We publish our blog to add value to your driving experience. Our team values the idea of sharing the road with bicyclists. Here are some related tips to assist you.

Cars do not own the road. You must leave space for cyclists. Remember that your car is much heavier than their bike, and their life is in your hands. Importantly, cyclists are entitled to a full regular lane if a bike lane is not present. Only pass them when you can move into another lane without impeding other motorists. 

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An Overview of Android Auto

With over 500 car models supporting it and more adding it to their repertoire every day, it won't be long before most car makes support Android Auto. This popular technology system allows drivers to get greater utility from their vehicles, offering entertainment, hands-free calling and emailing, GPS maps and other useful apps.

Sync your smartphone with the vehicle's device and the personalized apps from your phone will display on the vehicle's screen, allowing you to select your favorite playlist or phone contacts. Use your phone for GPS-powered mapping or access popular apps. 

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Protect Your Car from Getting Stolen

When you have a vehicle, one thing that you have to be aware of is the possibility of it being stolen. Therefore, there are a lot of things that you are going to need to do in order to protect your vehicle from theft. Fortunately, this can be easy to achieve.

One thing that you can do at night is protect your vehicle with light. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area with surveillance when possible. This can at least make it less likely for a thief to get away with your vehicle. Surveillance cameras could get a good look…

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Choosing the Right Car Seat

Now that we here at Honda of Serramonte have provided you with an exceptionally safe vehicle that you can rely on for you and your family, we want to help you pick out the safest car seat option available. Each of your children will need to use a car seat until they are about 12 years of age or over 60 pounds.

A newborn or infant will need an infant carrier seat from the time they are born until they are around 25 pounds. You will want to look at the weight specifics for the seat you are considering. The…

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Tips for Helping to Reduce Distracted Driving Incidents

If you're anything like the Honda sales and finance team here at Honda of Serramonte, you have places to go, things to see, and people to communicate with on a daily basis. We want you to get to all of your daily destinations safely. With accidents continuing to be on the rise each year because of distracted drivers, here are a few safety tips to help reduce the chance of you becoming another statistic. 

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What's A Backup Camera?

There are so many different options to consider when you are purchasing or leasing a new vehicle. You now have the discretion to basically create a vehicle from the inside out, that comes with all of the power you want under the hood, comfort on the interior, and technology to keep you and your family safe.

We here at Honda of Serramonte know how important your safety is to you, so we often recommend vehicles to our clients that come with backup cameras. This is a great feature that allows you to see your vehicle from all different angles. 

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Tips on What To Do And Where To Go During A Test Drive

Knowing what to look for in a test drive is the secret to used car shopping. Here are a few tips and tricks to know before starting the motor and during the drive.

Begin by getting in and out of the vehicle. Is it comfortable and easy? Sit in the car. Can you see all around you clearly? Start the motor, and let it idle for a few minutes. Operate the controls, such as the blinkers, windshield wipers, and radio.

Next, drive on a freeway or highway. Feel how the car handles at higher speeds. Drive in an area where…

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