July 2015 - Frank Ancona Honda blog

July 27, 2015

3 Child Car Safety Tips from Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda is all about family safety, especially when it comes to children and cars. As a sponsor of Baby Love, KC’s Only Baby Fair, the dealership is spreading awareness about child car safety and how to prevent injury to kids around vehicles. Here are three child car safety tips to keep your family happy and secure for the ride.

Car Seat Safety

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Car seats are the first place to start when thinking about car seat safety. Many new parents typically think car seats are only necessary when they are young, but children should have some type of car or booster seat until they are 8-12 years old or taller than 4’9”, according to Healthy Children. After that, children should have a lap and shoulder seat belt at all times and always sit in the back seat to reduce injury in a car accident.

Otherwise, infants and toddlers should remain in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old or until they pass the height and weight requirements from the manufacturer. Toddlers and preschoolers should remain in forward-facing car seats as long as possible, usually until height and weight requirements are exceeded.

Heatstroke

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Leaving kids in the car, either accidentally or to quickly run into a store, can cause heat stroke incredibly quickly. Edmunds reports that heatstroke and suffocation can occur even when it is as cool as 70 degrees outside. Always leave a reminder for yourself in the front seat that your child is buckled up in the back and never leave them in the car by themselves, even if you are quickly running into a store.

Frontover & Backover

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The statistics on frontover and backover are incredibly alarming, as evidenced in the infographic below with information from KidsAndCars.org. There is eight feet of blind spot space in front of the vehicle and 50 feet in the back. It is important to always do a walkaround of your vehicle before driving. Also, use backup cameras to ensure the path behind you is clear.

To learn more about child car safety, attend the Kansas City Baby Fair on August 2 at the Overland Park Convention Center! Tickets are $7 if you get them ahead of the event and $10 at the door.

 

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July 20, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Announces Sponsorship for Baby Love Kansas City

Frank Ancona Honda is proud to be one of the first sponsors for Baby Love, Kansas City’s Only Baby Fair! The event will be August 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center. This is the fair’s first time in KC, but they have been hosting the event in Omaha for nine years. Baby Love is full of amazing resources and information for moms-to-be and families. Tickets are $7 if you get them ahead of the event and $10 at the door.

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Frank Ancona Honda will be focusing on family car safety at the fair and have vehicles on display for live demonstrations. There are many dangers in and around a vehicle that many families don’t think about. Frank Ancona Honda is happy to participate in Baby Love to give parents a chance to see what the dangers are and learn how to keep their children safe.

Many parents understand the importance of car seats and keeping kids in the back seat until they are 12 or older. There are differences between the types of car seats needed depending on the age of your child. HealthyChildren.org has a guide for car seats based on child’s age. Likewise, many parents do not know they need to keep their children in a booster seat until they are around that 12 year old age.

There have been many incidents in the news the past few years of parents forgetting to get their child out of the car and leaving them locked in with the windows up. The greatest danger this presents temperature. Even on a cloudy, 70 degree day, children can suffer heatstroke and suffocation in a closed up vehicle. Other dangers include children playing with power windows, which can cause serious injury or death in some cases, and children putting the vehicle in motion to cause injury in an accident. The key to be safe here is to leave a reminder in the car that your child is there, such as a teddy bear in the front seat as suggested by Edmunds. There are many child safety apps that will send you a reminder to check the back seat once your car bluetooth is disconnected as well.

Unfortunately, a common child car danger is backover and frontover. According to KidsAndCars.org, 50 children are backed over every week and 70 percent of the time it is a parent or close relative behind the wheel. The average age of victims is one year old and 60 percent of these incidents occur in a larger vehicle, such as a truck or SUV. Always do a walkaround of the vehicle before leaving and use your backup camera to make sure your path is clear.

 

July 13, 2015

Employee Spotlight: David Heitman, New General Sales Manager

Frank Ancona Honda is very excited to introduce David Heitman, the new general sales manager at the Olathe dealership. We wanted to shine our employee spotlight on David so you can stop in and say hi the next time you are at Frank Ancona Honda!

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How long have you worked in the automotive industry?

Twenty-seven years! I got my start in the automobile industry in 1988 as a salesperson selling Acura’s and worked my way up to being promoted to Financial Services Manager. I held that position for 15 years before I was given the opportunity to be a New Car Director, a position I held for the last eight years.

What attracted you to Frank Ancona Honda?

Frank Ancona Honda has always been a great family-owned dealership with the people in mind. They treat their customers and employees like family. From what I’ve seen and heard over the last few weeks, it’s true!

What is your favorite part of the job so far?

My favorite part of the job is and always will be making sure the customer is happy and completely satisfied with their automobile purchase.

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?

My favorite vehicle in the Honda line-up is the Odyssey. It gives so much to the consumer to use for daily life with families and busy lifestyles.

What are you most looking forward to in your future with Frank Ancona Honda?

I look forward to helping make Frank Ancona Honda a world class dealership that people will enjoy coming to to purchase and service their Hondas.

What’s something not many people know about you outside of work?

I’m a huge Nascar fan and love to play golf.

July 6, 2015

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things About the Honda HR-V

The all-new Honda HR-V is an innovation in the crossover market. Many car reviewers are calling the HR-V the hottest little SUV of the summer and great reviews are piling up. Other automotive companies are working fast to create their own versions of the HR-V in hopes the popularity will rub off on them. In light of this, Frank Ancona Honda wanted to share some of our favorite things about everybody’s favorite little crossover, the Honda HR-V.

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A Small CUV With a Lot of Space

The Honda HR-V is unique in the crossover market because of its size. The crossover is already the mid-size option between a car and an SUV, but the HR-V is another smaller option in crossover size range. But not to fear – the HR-V does not feel tiny! The HR-V was modeled on the Honda Fit chassis, a car known for making incredible use of the space. This may be the biggest wow factor of the new CUV. The space in the small vehicle is incredible. There is 58.8 cubic feet of storage with three interior configurations and seating for five passengers.

Excellent Gas Mileage Without Sacrificing Performance

The Honda HR-V receives an average of 35 mpg highway and 28 mpg city driving. According to USA Today’s test drive, they drove the HR-V without any regard for fuel efficiency and still averaged 30 mpg range. Consumers also have the option of manual or continuously variable-ratio automatic transmission (CVT).

A Clever Interior

Not only is the interior clever because of the use of space, but the interior features work with the driver and passengers, not against them. The cup holders are adjustable, there are plenty of connectivity options for various devices, backup camera is standard and the in-car tech is made to make life easier.

A Mini-SUV Without the Cost

Many people opt for larger cars instead of SUVs because of the price difference. Honda decided to solve that problem by offering the LX base model starting at $19,115 MSRP. Offering an SUV option for under $20,000 means more consumers who want to get into a vehicle with more space and power now have the option. Besides that, the HR-V gives consumers the option to get a fully loaded option for thousands less than competitor vehicles fully loaded, as Jalopnik covers in-depth.