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We're Sorry. The
Coggin Honda Jacksonville March Newsletter
offer has expired. Please inquire about our current promotions!
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Sales Dept. Hours
- Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sat: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Sun: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Service Dept. Hours
- Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Sat: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Sun: Closed
Coggin Honda Jacksonville is proud to introduce our brand-new Finance Director, Stephen Brandt, and Staff Spotlight for the month of March. Although Stephen just joined our team this month, he is no stranger to the Coggin family.
Stephen has been in the car business for the past 11 years, starting as a salesperson at Coggin Nissan in Jacksonville, and quickly moved up to Finance Manager after only three years. He spent time at Coggin GMC as Finance Director, and then moved to Coggin Toyota as their Used Vehicle Director. After that, it was on to Corporate as the Florida Regional Finance Director for three years. Now, we are happy to say he is with the Coggin Honda Jacksonville team!
When he’s not at the dealership, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, and you can often find them out on the water in their boat.
Welcome, Stephen! We are so glad to have you on our team.
Learn the ins and outs of your new Honda
New Honda owners, you’re in luck! Our next New Owners’ Clinic is April 16 at the Coggin Honda Jacksonville dealership! Our New Owners’ Clinic is a great opportunity for all New and Certified Used Honda owners to fully familiarize himself or herself with their new Honda. Honda technicians and members of the service team will be there to answer all of your questions about your vehicle.
At the clinic, we’ll offer dinner, a gift for attendees, and a tour of the Parts and Service Departments, including the service shop. There is also a portion of the event dedicated to teaching our new owners different aspects of their new cars such as service, safety, or basic functions.
For more information about the clinic, call 877-833-2513. We hope to see everyone there!
What’s the ideal vehicle for a long voyage? Something with plenty of space, a comfortable ride, sparkling performance, and good gas mileage. In fact, the aptly named Odyssey would be perfect.
Externally, the 2013 Honda Odyssey is much like any other minivan- a steeply sloped hood flows up to the windshield, there’s a large box for the occupants, sliding doors at the sides, and a large tailgate. Within these constraints though, Honda has injected some attractive styling features. A prominent three-bar grille, bracketed by headlights angling inwards and down, creates a strong “face,” while the side glass tapers towards the rear, helping the van seem a little more wagon-like. A “lightning bolt” kick in the beltline at the C-pillar also helps break up the sheet metal.
Five trim levels are available: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. All share a 3.5-liter V6, although the Touring and Touring Elite models benefit from six speeds in the transmission rather than five. i-VTEC technology helps deliver a lively 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque and cylinder deactivation technology yields impressive fuel economy of 18 mpg City/27 mpg highway* (19 mpg city/28 mpg highway in the Touring and Touring Elite.)
The base LX has seating for seven, a full array of safety technology, an 8-way power driver’s seat, standard rearview camera, an i-MID information display with 8-inch customizable screen, a third row folding “Magic Seat®” (so-called because it folds flat with just a tug of a strap,) and starts at around $29,000, including destination charge. An additional $3,000 gets the buyer into the higher-spec, eight passenger EX. This has more paint color options, power sliding doors, 17-inch alloys, 10-way power adjustment on the driver’s seat, and, as part of the removable front center console, a flip-up trash bag ring that’s bound to be very popular with parents and road warriors alike.
The EX-L, priced from about $35,000 (plus destination & handling), adds a power tailgate, leather upholstery, a 4-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, power moonroof, and down at the base of the center stack, a Cool Box that holds six cans or four bottles of water. Throw in a rear seat entertainment system and the price comes in at roughly $37,000--add navigation and it’s closing in on $38,000.
The Touring gets 18-inch alloys, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, navigation and rear entertainment systems, memory seats and mirrors, fog lights, and is priced from just over $41,000 (plus destination & handling). Finally, costing just under $44,000 (plus destination & handling), there’s the Touring Elite. This range-topping trim sports an “Ultrawide” split screen DVD system, HID headlights, blind spot warning, and an upgraded premium audio system.
Some argue a minivan is more practical than either an SUV or a truck, and a look at the load-carrying capacity tends to support this view. With all the seats in place, a respectable 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space is available. Folding the third row and lifting out the second row seats opens up 148.5 cubic feet and a floor that can take an 8’ x 4’ sheet. If that’s not enough, spending $936 on the trailer hitch kit (which includes a transmission fluid cooler) allows towing of up to 3,500 pounds.
On the road, the Odyssey feels more like a car than a truck. It’s easy to drive, thanks to good acceleration and braking, well-weighted steering, and great visibility, while a compliant suspension makes for relaxed long-distance trips. Throw in good handling, courtesy of a low center of gravity, and you’ll never look at a car again!
The Odyssey has excellent residual values and a very competitive total cost of ownership. Add in the fact that it was awarded a 5-star government safety rating in recent years, and it’s easy to see why this highly regarded minivan has been a family favorite for several years. Come see for yourself at Coggin Honda Jacksonville today!
*Based on 2013 EPA highway mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
The Honda Ridgeline is a rather unique vehicle, sitting in size between midsized trucks and full size trucks, and that allows it to combine some interesting features that will appeal to its customer base. The slightly body smaller size, fully independent suspension, and the smooth 3.5 liter V6 engine means that it tends to drive more like a large car or SUV than a traditional truck, so it’s best to see the Ridgeline as a four seat SUV that just happens to have a tray on the back.
And that tray has a few surprises. First, it is constructed from a steel-reinforced composite, which means that no aftermarket bed liners are required. Then there’s the lockable in-bed trunk, which opens to reveal an 8.5 cubic foot space underneath the bed. This is a great feature for when people are travelling with all seats occupied and need to store gear and keep it dry or secure. Lastly, the tailgate can either swing down in the traditional truck manner, or can be opened on a side hinge, not only making it easier to open the tailgate, but making it easier to get access to the load area without having to lean over an open tailgate.
While some people may not like the high sides of the tray in the Ridgeline, they are good for stopping anything taller than average from falling out, and the way the walls rise towards the front of the vehicle make it seem much less like a truck and more of a unique SUV-type vehicle.
As mentioned before, the Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5 liter V6, which is good for 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Honda has an enviable reputation with engines, and in V6’s of this build in particular. The engine is smooth and extremely unobtrusive, while providing enough power to easily motivate the Ridgeline. It can be found in all models: the base RT, the Sport, and the premium RTS and RTL.
All models come with an integrated Class III trailer hitch, and the capability of towing up to 5,000 pounds. Large brake rotors are at all four wheels and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) help ensure quick and deliberate stops for the ultimate in utility and safety.
Inside, the Ridgeline RTS and RTL have dual zone climate control while the RTL boasts heated front seats and a 115 volt power outlet for running laptops and other high voltage use devices. As is becoming increasingly common in all vehicles, the Ridgeline comes with an MP3/WMA compatible stereo system, with an auxiliary jack for music devices such as iPods in all trims but the RT.
The Honda Ridgeline may fall between the traditional sizes of trucks, but in that way it has combined the best of handling with the best of utility. It’s tough, but good to drive, which puts it in a unique position that other truck makers will envy.
Long-distance driving can be a great way to save money on the cost of flights, but it can also be tiring, stressful and, in extreme cases, dangerous. If you are planning to make a long journey, you should remember that preparation is the key. Make sure that you and your passengers are prepared for any eventuality, and you should enjoy many miles of safe and stress-free driving. Here are five tips to help you on your way.
1. Before you go anywhere, make sure that your car is in tip-top driving condition. Book your car in for an appointment at your local service department if it's been a long time since a mechanic inspected the car. Check the tire pressure, the coolant level, and engine oil level. If you are in doubt in any way, talk to a mechanic for advice. Don't forget to check the windscreen wipers, headlights, and air-conditioning system, too. The chances are that you'll need them.
2. Put together an emergency travel kit which contains all the items that you may need on your journey. This should include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and spare batteries in case you get stranded in the dark. Pack the owner's manual so that you are able to get instant advice on the move. Waterproof matches, drinking water, non-perishable food, reflective strips, and duct tape could all come in handy, too. It pays to be well-prepared.
3. Plan your route carefully. You may think you know where you are going—you may even have driven the route before—but you can never be certain that the highway hasn't been disrupted or roads aren't closed. Check travel websites for the latest information and make sure that you have planned at least two different routes in case one of them turns out to be blocked or impassable. Plot out locations where you can stop for fuel, refreshments, and/or exercise. It can be very difficult to find something suitable on the move.
4. Pack up the car carefully and securely. If you are carrying luggage on the exterior, then ensure that it is appropriately secured and cannot move out of place. Make sure that you have everything that you need in the car's cabin so that you don't need to stop and disrupt the luggage once it is well-secured. If necessary, draw up a checklist of everything you need in the car so that you can check it off before you set out.
5. Make sure that you and your passengers are ready for the task ahead. Whatever time of day you intend to leave, make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before and don't leave everything until the last minute. Eat something light and healthy before you set out, and ensure that you have water and light snacks to keep you going on the move. If your or any passengers suffer from motion sickness, then avoid heavy meals and take medication well in advance to mitigate the risk of any unwanted symptoms.
Long-distance driving doesn't need to be a complete headache. Plan wisely and you can save money, prevent wasted time, and ensure that everybody gets to their destination safely and on time.
You don’t need to spend major money on special kits in order to create beautiful Easter eggs that will wow your guests. Just check out these unique ideas for decorating Easter eggs and start revving up your creative engine.
An ombré effect
The ombré effect has gained popularity in recent hair, makeup, and fingernail trends, and now you can take the trend to your Easter table. The effect describes a color that moves gradually from light to dark shades—a gradient. To get the look with your Easter eggs, you’ll need standard dye and a wire egg dipper (usually the dye packs come with wire dippers).
Bend the handle of the wire egg dipper over the lip of your dye cup so that the bottom quarter of the egg is submerged in the dye. Set a kitchen timer for five minutes. When the timer is up, adjust the wire dipper so the next quarter of the egg is submerged, and repeat until the entire egg has been colored. If desired, you can leave a tiny ring of white at the top of your egg.
Adding embellishment to Easter eggs is a super simple Easter craft that yields dazzling results. With nothing more than a hot glue gun and a few beads and ribbons, you can make it look like you’re an Easter-egg-Einstein. Attach anything from fabric pieces to plastic stones to your eggs with a hot glue gun. If you’re going to use your eggs as a centerpiece for your holiday dinner, use embellishments in the same color family for a look that’s both beautiful and pulled-together.
Adding embellishment to white eggs can create stark and beautiful designs, but if you still prefer the look of dyed eggs, be sure to let them dry completely before you add any embellishments.
Dots, stripes, and more
A bucket of crayons is all you need to create artistic eggs with dots, stripes, and more. The wax in the crayons repels dye, so color your name or a pattern on an egg before you dye it for an adorable look that’s easy to achieve. Using white crayon can look especially sharp, since it gives the effect that the background of the egg is somehow shining through the dye.
Though fancy kits aren’t necessary to make unique Easter eggs, a little specialty paint can go a long way. If you want to take your eggs to the next level, look for kits that offer paint instead of dye.
Using paint usually gives the eggs more vibrant colors, and brushes also give you more control over the designs you create. Sometimes you can even find paint kits with specialty glitter or metallic shades for Easter egg crafts that make it seem like you got your eggs from a golden goose.
Have you ever stood on the sidelines of the Boston or New York City Marathons and wondered how in the world those people could run 26.2 miles without collapsing in exhaustion after mile 10? You're not alone.
It takes some serious mental and physical endurance to just finish a full marathon. We won't even get into what you'd have to do to win it. Finishing the marathon will be reward enough, trust us.
First, you have to be pretty healthy. Anyone interested in running a marathon should really consult his or her doctor before embarking on the mission. The training will put a lot of stress on your body and you want to be sure that you'll be able to handle it.
It would also be helpful if you've been exercising on a regular basis. It doesn't matter if you're 17, 30, 50 or 80 - if you exercise at least three days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes, you're in good condition to start training. If you've been neglectful in that department, just know that you'll be extending your training regime, thus putting your marathon goals off to a more distant deadline. Oh, and if you have a pack a day habit, marathon training will be challenging to say the least.
It may be helpful if you try running some 5 or 10K races to get yourself into the running groove and used to the momentum of race running. Either way, before you begin your marathon training, choose a marathon you plan on running in. That marathon should be at least 16 weeks after you begin your training.
You'll need a good pair of running shoes and a strong mind once you embark on this training regime. Remember, it's mind over matter when it comes to distractions like thirst, fatigue and boredom. It's not usually recommended you listen to an Iiod or MP3 player while road running. You'll have to just sing your favorite tunes in your head.
You'll want to start incorporating one long run each week. Divide out the miles you'll run each week by creating a mileage goal for the single week. The mileage goals should increase as the weeks progress. Make sure you build in rest days, at least one to three days a week, as well, so your muscles can rejuvenate. Three weeks before the marathon, you should be running a long run of 20 miles.
For a training schedule to help you reach your goals, check out Runner's World. The magazine offers training plans for both half and full marathons.