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Chapman Honda

Among the many important factors to consider when looking to purchase a new vehicle, one is often overlooked: timing.  Everything from time of year to time of day can have a noticeable impact on your experience – knowing when it is best to visit your Arizona Honda dealer can help make your foray into the auto market a success.

J.D. Power and Associates recently published an article detailing some of the best times to visit the dealership – here are some of their tips:

Buy at the end of the year.  The end of the calendar year is a time when dealers want to sell, but buyers may not want to buy.  Holiday shopping and other plans deplete both bank accounts and the desire of consumers to bargain, so dealers often offer deep discounts to those few who plan to save money and search for a new car at the end of the year.

Buy at the end of the summer.  You may have noticed sometime around August that model years and calendar years do not operate on the same schedule.  Seeing next year’s models in television advertisements before Labor Day sometimes triggers a double-take and a moment of confusion.  As a car buyer, however, the fact that new models arrive early means that dealers (including the premier Tucson Honda dealer) need to clear space – and that means discounts, rebates, and other incentives.  Plus, purchasing a new 2012 model before the end of the year can bestow a mileage advantage – many automotive value guides base resale value in part on a 15,000-miles-per-year industry standard.

Buy at the end of the day and at the end of the month.  Manufacturers offer bonuses to dealerships with good sales each month, so dealers may be particularly motivated to sell at the end of the month.  Also, arriving at the dealership toward the end of the day can speed up the process as salespersons attempt to close deals before close of business.

Buy when you feel it is the right time to buy.  Neither J.D. Power nor anyone else can tell you exactly when it is the right time to purchase a vehicle.  You know your needs best, so the decision of when to shop for a new or pre-owned auto is ultimately yours to make – Chapman Honda will be ready to offer world-class service whenever you are ready to take advantage of it.

The roads are a flurry of pedestrians, cars, semi-trucks and a lot of bicycles. Chapman Honda is here to provide you with insight to a pleasurable driving experience despite the hubbub.

Did you know that more than 91,000 trips in Tucson are made by bicycle?

There is 475 miles of striped bike lanes in the Tucson Metropolitan area, according to the City of Tucson’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

October is in full swing and the fall season has brought ideal biking weather with it. And although there are several bikers on the Tucson streets, drivers are often unsure how to share the road.

Your Tucson Honda dealership is proud to share the road with bikers and is here to help.

Sharing the road with bikers and cyclists is important to both the rider and the driver. We’ve prepared a few facts, tips and tricks to driving alongside bikers.

  • Drivers and bikers share the same roads, the same rules and the same responsibilities.
  • Bicyclists use hand signals to denote their intentions of turning right or left while riding alongside drivers.
  • Drivers should be keen at intersections, especially while making a left turn. Bikers are often unseen.
  • Drivers shouldn’t use their horn on bikers. The sudden loud blast can disorient them and cause them to swerve into traffic. Legally the driver could be cited for causing a crash.
  • Drivers must allow three feet of clearance when passing a biker, although five feet is recommended. Unsafe passing is punishable by law and can result in up to $1,000 in fines.
  • When sharing the road, give bikers the room to maneuver around litter and other deterrents on the streets. To that end, help keep out Tucson streets and bike lanes clean!

For those who enjoy biking and are in need to of the perfect sport utility vehicle to transport your beloved bicycle, Chapman Honda has you covered.

The 2013 Honda CR-V is the ideal vehicle for toting around your bicycle. The expansive interior and seats that fold flat make loading and unloading a cinch. Alongside that, your Chapman Honda parts dealer can provide you with a wide spectrum of other options. Whether it be a roof rack, a trailer hitch or bike rack attachment, we’ve got you covered.

“More times than not, you can order a part with us today and get it tomorrow,” Dan Petrillo, Chapman Honda’s Internet Sales Director said.

For more information visit our website or call (520) 445- 4024.