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October 7, 2016

Frank Ancona Takes a Look at New Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan

Honda is celebrating  Second Annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Dayearly with an incredible announcement.  The 2017 Honda Fuel Cell Clarity will be released this winter. National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8 was initially created to help raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is currently available in today’s world. The date of the 8th is significant as 10/08 is the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).

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Honda believes that hydrogen can play a critical role in addressing global climate change and accelerating progress towards a more sustainable, ultra low-carbon mobility future. The new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell sedan is expected to have the ability to traverse over 300 miles per fueling with a refueling time of approximately three to five minutes.  Honda believes that the zero-emission Clarity will meet customer needs for performance, safety and advanced telematics all while addressing society’s environmental and energy concerns. The fuel cell stack within the car is said to be 33 percent more compact than previous models with a 60 percent increase in power compared to the Honda FCX Clarity. The compact fuel cell and integrated powertrain now fits entirely under the hood allowing for more spacious seating.

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The new model will feature a low and wide aerodynamic body with clean lines while the interior showcases a refined experience using rich materials and intuitive controls. Like many new model Honda’s, customers will be able to enjoy additional features including the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The Clarity Fuel Cell will be available in Crystal Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl and signature Bordeaux Red Metallic exterior paint schemes. To stay up to date on additional information about the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and all new Honda vehicles make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

August 5, 2016

Frank Ancona Warns of the Dangers of Distracted Driving and Pokemon Go!

Recently, there has been a growing trend with the use of the mobile application Pokemon Go, created by Niantic, Inc. People of all ages have been consumed by the game with its cute creatures as they hunt to “catch them all.” While the game itself seems harmless enough, we are beginning to see the growing dangers of playing it. Reports have come in of users being so occupied with their phones that they are not paying attention to their surroundings and are getting into troublesome situations. To take it even further, users are starting to play the game while they drive. CNN has even mentioned several accidents that have occurred due to drivers being distracted by playing the app while driving. As August is back to school safety month, Frank Ancona wants to remind people to never text while driving, or in this case, play Pokemon Go while driving. Distracted driving is an epidemic that we can fight. The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security has even started a new hashtag and campaign to promote safety first, #PikachuCanWait.

image01If you want to utilize a car to play Pokemon Go, there are many people that are embracing the game. Many people and Uber drivers have begun offering their services to Pokemon Go players for an hourly fee. For this fee, drivers will take the players around to different pokestops and gyms. Uber actually warned their drivers and partners of the game, including the possibility of distracted drivers and individuals on or near the road, as well as the possibility of making money. They encouraged drivers to learn the hotspots and wait near them for fares.

image00If you are in the market for a new or preowned vehicle then we encourage you to come into the dealership. You can even check out our pokestop and use it while you browse our selection. All we ask is that you not play while you test drive one of our great vehicles!

July 7, 2016

Honda Civic Named 2016 North American Car of the Year

Every year, the vehicle industry competes for a unique award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These awards are some of the most sought after, because as the Detroit Free Press notes, unlike awards given by a single publication, they are chosen by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. This year, the Honda Civic won the title of North American Car of the Year.

image01In order to win, vehicles must be new or substantially changed from previous models. According to the North American International Auto Show website, jurors examine innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar when they tally up scores for each car entered into the competition. At the time of the award, Honda car sales overall rose by 13.3 percent while the Civic itself gained 29.4 percent.

If all of this doesn’t sell you on the Honda Civic, take a look at all the other accolades the 2016 model has won:

According to the team at AutoGuide, the new Civic impressed the editors with its upscale style and its new engine. They also said that the 2016 model “breathes life back into the storied nameplate” of the Honda Civic.

image00If you want to own a car with many prestigious awards under its belt, then the new 2016 Civic is a perfect and affordable car for you. Come in to Frank Ancona Honda in Olathe to purchase one of these outstanding vehicles for yourself. Call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule a test drive today.

 

May 20, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Sponsors KC Baby Fair Aimed at Education of Caregivers

Keeping your child safe is important, especially in and around your vehicle. That’s why the Kansas City Baby Fair aims to educate parents in all aspects of child care on June 12, 2016. Frank Ancona Honda is sponsoring the fair this year to support the education of parents about products, proper usage and overall safety in relation to children. Visitors will be able to take part in free classes and activities such as Setting Up a Safe Nursery, Baby Equipment Try BEFORE You Buy where you can try several different strollers, car seats, swings and more.

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To encourage parents to visit the Kansas City Baby Fair, Frank Ancona Honda is giving away 40 free tickets. We will be giving out several tickets a week from now until June 12. This fun and educational fair is one of a kind, helping new mothers and fathers begin their journey of parenthood. To win one of our tickets, simply go to our Facebook page, like the Baby Fair image and leave a comment. We will message all winners with instructions to collect their prizes.

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At the fair, parents can take part in free safety classes including car seat installation and baby positioning. You will learn which age is best for kids to take the leap from car seats to standard seat belts, which could make all the difference in your child’s safety. A properly installed and utilized car seat can save the life of your child. According to Safercar, vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of death for children under the age of thirteen, and car seats saved the lives of an estimated 9,600 children under the age of four from 1975 to 2010.

Don’t miss your chance to join other caregivers in learning about various products while also testing them before you buy!

 

 

May 13, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Reflects Upon History with Z600 While Driving Toward the Future

This year marks an exciting point in Honda’s history, as the first Z600 is being professionally restored by Tim Mings and backed by Honda. This exciting project got us at Frank Ancona Honda thinking about our own historic vehicles.

According to an interview with Mings by Hemmings Daily, the serial number one vehicle was acquired through a stroke of good luck. It wasn’t until Mings began restoring one of the two models he acquired in a single deal that he realized what he had. Honda is supporting an ongoing project to properly restore the Honda N600 to pristine condition. Every week, Honda is posting updates on the project and sharing a piece of its history through social media channels.

Honda has established itself as a brand that will last. On Kelley Blue Books list of the 10 top-purchased cars of 2015, the Honda Civic came in at number eight, the CR-V at number seven, and the Accord at number six. With such impressive results, it is important to look back at the roots of the company to understand the desire to engineer a solid vehicle.

Frank Ancona Honda is lucky enough to own an extensive showroom that showcases the rich history of Honda. Many different historical vehicles are on display to welcome guests who come into our dealership. Included in the collection are a few motorcycles, scooters and our very own 1971 Honda 600 Coupe.

 

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We also are excited to showcase several other vintage creations from Honda, such as the 1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore, a special edition mini dirt bike only made in 1974 and 1975.

 

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Additional vintage items in our showroom include the Honda Kick-N-Go 2, a 1983 Honda Express bike, a 1986 Honda Spree scooter and some portable generators created by Honda in the ’60s.

To see these vintage items, come in to our dealership, and maybe take some time to test drive a new 2016 Honda Civic. Our featured special lease for the 2016 Civic Sedan CVT LX requires $2,320 total due at signing and only $169.50 per month for 36 months/36,000 miles. See dealership for additional details and information.

 

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December 28, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Kansas City Star for Participation in U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

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Frank Ancona Honda was featured in the Saturday edition of Kansas City Star’s Drive section. Thank you to David Boyce for writing the excellent article. The article highlighted Frank Ancona Honda’s participation in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Over the past month, Frank Ancona Honda has been collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to local area children in need this holiday season. With the support of the Kansas City community, we were able to collect over 225 toys for our first year as an official sponsor for the Toys for Tots program.

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Frank Ancona Honda is committed to philanthropic charities that support kids and families. It has donated and helped fundraise for charities like City Union Mission, the Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Charities, the Phoenix Family, KidsTLC and more.

In the article, David Heitman, general sales manager for Frank Ancona Honda, said, “Because the Anconas have so many charities and organizations they give to, they felt like this one, especially at Christmas time, is something special for the kids. That’s what it is all about.”

This was Frank Ancona Honda’s first year sponsoring the Toys for Tots program and we can’t wait to see what the response will be for the years to come.

Heitman said, “It is that time of year where there is that special feeling in the air, and the children need to keep that special feeling alive. This is one way to give back and help that. Thank goodness for the United States Marines Corps Reserves who created the event for giving toys for the ones in need and the ones who deserve them the most.”

To read the full article in the Kansas City Star, click here.

December 14, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Shares Honda’s One Direction Civic Design Contest

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Enter the One Direction Civic Design Contest for your chance to score a brand new 2016 Honda Civic sedan. In collaboration with the Honda Civic Tour, One Direction is giving their fans the chance of a lifetime: create customized Honda Civics inspired by their new album Made in the A.M. Once the contest ends, One Direction will choose one lucky winner to receive a new 2016 Honda Civic hand painted with their One Direction design.

The contest began on December 2, 2015, and will run through February 14, 2016. All designs will be critiqued on creativity, originality, quality of design, overall impression, incorporation of One Direction materials and adherence to the Official Rules, which can be found here. To enter, visit the Honda Civic Tour website to download a Honda Civic template and input your design. You must be at least 18-years-old and a citizen of the United States to enter.

The One Direction Civic Design Contest is just one of many ways One Direction has been promoting the revamped 2016 Honda Civic. In November, when the 2016 model was released, One Direction put the 2016 Honda Civic through some extreme testing.

Can’t wait until February? One Direction is currently running a sweepstakes to win a custom One Direction 2015 Honda Civic (pictured below). This contest ends on December 31, 2015. To enter click here.

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Don’t miss out on your chance to win these custom One Direction Honda Civics. No purchase necessary. All you need to do is let your creativity and love for One Direction shine through.

Click here to see what designs have already been uploaded.

 

December 7, 2015

The 2016 Honda Pilot is the Safest SUV on the Market

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The 2016 Honda Pilot was released earlier this year and has already received numerous awards and reviews for its safe driving technology. The 2016 model features a few design changes and “Honda-Sensing,” which is a set of driver-aid technology advancements, making it the best SUV out on the market.

In a press release from Honda, Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager said, “With the addition of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available through Honda Sensing, no other midsize mainstream SUV on the market today can match the Pilot’s top IIHS and NHTSA safety scores.”

This past August, the 2016 Pilot received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the losses – deaths, injuries and property damage – from crashes on the nation’s roads. The Pilot aced IHHS’ collision test and earned a superior rating for its front crash prevention system.

Watch the 2016 Honda Pilot in its IIHS crash test video.

The 2016 Honda Pilot also recently received a maximum 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The NCAP created the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program to provide information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by Federal law. The more stars in a rating means the safer the car. See the full rating here.

What’s new with the 2016 Honda Pilot?*

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Now you have a better view when backing out of tight spaces. The new camera has three different angles: normal, top-down and wide.
  • Forward Collision Warning: You will be immediately alerted if the Pilot senses you are at risk of a collision with a vehicle in front of you.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System: If you start drifting out of your lane without signaling, the steering automatically adjusts to keep you centered.
  • Honda LaneWatch: When you engage the right turn signal a small camera on the right-view mirror will display live video on the middle console display. You’ll be able to switch lanes more carefully.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: This feature will help you maintain a constant following interval so you don’t have to brake and change speeds manually.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System: It will help bring the Pilot to a stop when it senses an unavoidable collision with a vehicle in front of you.

 

All of the above features help make the 2016 Honda Pilot the safest SUV for your family. Stop in for a test drive today or call (855) 859-6511.

For a full list of all the new features click here.

*Some features are only available on certain models. See dealer for details.

 

November 30, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda is now an Official Sponsor of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

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Children are our nation’s biggest resource. Today’s children make up our future leaders, but according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, more than 16 million children in the United States live below the federal poverty level, accounting for 22 percent of all children. Poverty is one of the biggest threats to a child’s well-being, causing poor general and mental health. It also affects the child’s ability to learn and leads to low self-esteem.

The federal poverty level for a family of four in the United States is $23,550 a year; however, research has shown that families need an income of about twice as much to cover basic expenses. This means about 45 percent of all children live in low-income families. With close to half the population of children living close to poverty levels, the holiday season can bring sadness and stress. By having just enough income to cover basic expenses, families often have to go without toys during the holiday season.

This is why Frank Ancona Honda is happy to be a local sponsor of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. The Toys for Tots program aims to collect and distribute new, unwrapped toys to children in need during the holiday season. The program wants to deliver a message of hope to those less fortunate and encourage them to become responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.

Help spread the message of hope this holiday season by bringing in new toys to our store. Together we can help spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Bring in a toy today to our store located at 1000 N. Rogers Rd in Olathe, Kan. We will accept toy donations now through December 16, 2015. You can also give a monetary donation to the Toys for Tots program on its website.

About Toys for Tots: The Toys for Tots program became a foundation for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1995. The program aims help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas. Toys for Tots helps unite all members of the community to play an active role in the development of our children. Over its lifespan, the program has distributed over 416 million toys to over 195 million less fortunate children.

To learn more about the program click here.

November 23, 2015

The 2016 Honda Civic: 10 Years in the Making

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The highly anticipated 2016 Honda Civic was recently released on November 12, 2015. The 10th generation Civic debuted with a revamped look jam-packed with new Honda features. We aren’t the only one’s taking notice. Kelley Blue Book recently announced the 2016 Honda Civic as the Overall Best Buy in its Best Buy Awards. The new Civic raises the bar for all compact cars with its sleek and modern design. With a larger model than years past, the civic almost feels like a midsize sedan.

What’s New with the 2016 Honda Civic?*

The redesigned Civic was created with usability in mind, making it easy to drive and use. It gets 42 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city. From a capless fuel system, to a remote engine start and automatic brake holding, the 2016 Honda Civic Sedan has a full list of new features:

    • Turbocharged Engine: A new 1.5 liter engine offers high cruise efficiency and robust performance.
    • LED Lighting: The 2016 Honda Civic features new LED headlights that help you see more of the road and helps the environment by saving energy.
    • Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers: Rain moving into the area? No problem! The Civic’s new rain-sensing wipers automatically activate when it senses rain.
    • Capless Fuel System: Say goodbye to that pesky fuel cap. Now refueling is easier and cleaner with the capless fuel system. The fuel filler neck opens on contact when the door is opened, to make refueling faster, easier and cleaner.
    • Heated seats: Now everyone in the car can experience heated seats! The 2016 Civic features 3 heat level settings for the passenger seats and back seat heat capability.
    • Driver Information Interface: Everything you need to know pops up on your driver dashboard.
    • Remote Engine Start: Tired of getting into a freezing or super hot car? Now you can start your car from wherever you’re more comfortable.

And the list goes on and on. For a look at all of the new features click here. So what are you waiting for? We have the 2016 Honda Civic in stock today! Stop in for a test drive or call: (855) 859-6511

*Some models don’t include all features. See dealer for complete details.

November 19, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda to Accept Winter Coat Donations to Help Children in Need

Winter in Kansas City can be pretty unpredictable, but one thing is for sure, it gets cold. Did you know that cold weather is accountable for over 63 percent of weather-related deaths in the United States? According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics, cold winter weather kills more than twice as many Americans as the unbearable summer heat.

No one deserves to freeze out in the cold this winter because they don’t have the proper winter coat to help keep them warm, especially children. According to kidshealth.org, children are at a greater risk for frostnip and frostbite than adults. The best way to prevent this is to make sure they are dressed warmly and don’t spend too much time in cold weather.

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Winter coats can be expensive, often causing children to have to face the winter months without proper warmth. Here at Frank Ancona Honda, we always try to give back to the community, which is why we are happy to announce that we are a drop-off location for new or gently used winter coats to help local children in need this winter.

Want to help? Drop off new or gently used winter coats to help children in need to our store located at 1000 North Rogers Road in Olathe, Kan. The cut-off date for this year’s drive is December 4, 2015, but we will continue accepting donations throughout 2016 to prepare for next winter. After the cut-off we will take all the donated coats to a local dry cleaner to be professionally cleaned before being distributed to local charities and kids across the Kansas City Metro.

Winter weather will be here before we know it, so please bring your new coat donations to our store today to help local children stay warm this winter.

 

November 9, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Kansas City Star for Support to Great Plains SPCA

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Frank Ancona Honda was the front page story in the Saturday edition of Kansas City Star’s Drive section. Thank you to David Boyce for writing an excellent article. The article put Frank Ancona Honda’s recent participation in the Great Plains SPCA’s donation campaign for much-needed funds in the spotlight. At Frank Ancona Honda, we believe in giving back to great causes and donate regularly to charities across the Kansas City metro.

This past September and October, Frank Ancona Honda supported Great Plains SPCA in its donation campaign to raise $500,000 as a way to honor Sheila Ancona, late wife of Founder Frank Ancona. Sheila was an avid supporter of animal welfare and donated frequently to various animal shelters throughout Kansas City. She passed away in August 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

As a way to continue Sheila’s legacy, Frank Ancona Honda joined RAZ Mobile and other local Kansas City area businesses in an effort to help Great Plains SPCA raise its crucial funding. The campaign was a huge success and exceeded the fundraising goal. All money raised during the donation campaign will provide more resources to place animals in homes.

Great Plains SPCA is a no-kill animal shelter located in the Kansas City Metro area serving 35,000 pets annually. It collaborates with other animal welfare agencies in the area to promote adoption, outreach, vet care and an overall better life for pets in Kansas City.

For the full article check out the Kansas City Star.

October 12, 2015

Olathe Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Yelp Video

A new video released on Yelp profiles Frank Ancona Honda, a Kansas City Honda dealer. The video, hosted by David Heitman, general sales manager, highlights the remarkable transformation of the dealership since its multi-million dollar remodel, making it the largest Honda dealer (measured in acres) in the metro.

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Watch the Video Now!

 

As narrated by Heitman, “Frank Ancona Honda is proud to be your premiere Honda dealer in Olathe, Kansas. We offer new and preowned sales, financing, service, parts and more at this customer-focused dealership. We are a single-point dealer, which allows us to be more customer-focused and probably our biggest focus is sales and service.”

 

“You know, we have been in Olathe for over 29 years at this location. We started in 1961 when we opened on Truman Road in Kansas City. I think what we are best known for is that we go with the customer’s pace when buying an automobile. What we like to do is give prompt attention with courteous consultants and a car buying experience that can actually be fun.”

 

“We really do care about our customers. We are the largest generation three facility in Kansas City. We never say no when anyone needs service for any make or vehicle, so make an appointment today.”

 

If you have enjoyed your recent experience at Frank Ancona Honda, feel free to leave a review on the Yelp page! You can also find more information about the dealership, such as hours, photos and history.

 

March 16, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda’s Vintage Collection Featured on Edmunds.com

Back in January, Frank Ancona Honda featured its vintage collection of cars, bikes, scooters and generators that go way back in the Ancona family history. The piece fascinated Honda aficionados and this month the collection was featured on Edmunds.com. A big thank you to Edmunds for writing about us!

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Rene Wisely, the correspondent from Edmunds who wrote about the collection at Frank Ancona Honda, was impressed with the dealership’s interest in the depth of Honda production history. In the article, Wisely commented, “A dealership that knows how to mine its rich history strikes an appreciative chord with consumers.”

The Edmunds feature goes more in-depth about what spurred this spark about the Honda collection. When Michael Ancona, the second generation owner of the dealership, traveled to Japan with many other second and third generation owners, he learned a great deal about the history and unique Honda culture.

The trip reminded Ancona of the family treasures in storage and wanted to bring them out for everyone to admire. He is continuing to look for more vintage Honda pieces to put on display at the dealership.

The pieces of the collection include a 1971 Honda 600 Coupe, 1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore, 1986 Honda Spree, 1983 Honda Express, Honda Kick-N-Go 2 and 1963 Honda Generators. These were either collected over the years by members of the Ancona family or won by Frank Ancona for excellent sales and customer service after opening the dealership.

February 16, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Features S-2000 Convertible On Showroom Floor

UPDATE: The S-2000 Convertible sold in just five days after arriving on the showroom floor!

Everyone at Frank Ancona Honda is very excited to welcome the rare 2005 Honda S-2000 at the dealership! The convertible is on display on the showroom floor, making our dealership look even better than before. This rare vehicle is currently for sale at $18,995 with only 45,146 miles on it.

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In particular, the 2005 Honda S-2000 has extremely high customer and critic reviews. Many recall the 2005 S-2000 as being the best car they have ever owned, according to reviews on Kelley Blue Book. The entry-level convertible has a manual six-speed transmission and a four-cylinder VTEC 2.2 liter 237 horsepower engine. On average the S-2000 sees 19 MPG (17 city and 23 highway).

NADA reports the 2005 Honda S-2000 “handles like its on rails and makes the most of its high-revving 2.2L four-cylinder engine for a fun ride.” The S-2000 goes from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds, reaching 9,000 RPMs at a 2,750 pound curb weight at the end of the day.

Named for the 2 liter engine and modeled after the S-series roadsters of the 1960s, the Honda S-2000 was released in 1999 to celebrate Honda’s 50th anniversary. The first run was known as the AP1, but in 2004 the S-2000 got a facelift known as the AP2. The suspension was retuned for better stability in corners, the drivetrain was improved, cosmetics were changed to modernize the vehicle and the subframe was altered to improve rigidity. The engine remained the same as the AP1.

The saddest part of the S-2000’s story is it stopped being produced in 2009. Even when it was produced, only 7,000 were made each year making every model a rarity today. Throughout its lifetime, the S-2000 won many awards and accolades from performance to safety to affordability.

Come see the Honda S-2000 for yourself at Frank Ancona Honda, if it is still there once this blog post is live!

October 17, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Partners with Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City To Furnish 3rd Home for Hope Grows Here

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Frank Ancona Honda is excited to announce a partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Kansas City. The Olathe dealership made a $2500 donation earlier this month, launched a mobile giving campaign on RAZ Mobile for customers to donate and is promoting the Hope Grows Here campaign to furnish a third home in the city. The new house is scheduled to open January 2015. Donate now and help furnish the home for families.

The Ronald McDonald Houses are a “Home Away From Home” for thousands of families every year who must travel to the Kansas City area to receive medical treatment for a sick or injured child. There are two Ronald McDonald Houses that currently provide temporary lodging to as many as 60 families each night while their children undergo vital medical care.

Jason Heard, general manager of Frank Ancona Honda, said, “Helping the Ronald McDonald House raise money for a third house in Kansas City is extremely rewarding for our employees and the dealership. Giving back to a charity that provides a home away from home is the least we can do.”

Their donation will help to purchase the items needed to furnish the house. This week they hope to raise money for bedroom items.

These items cost around:

Bedspreads: $50
Lamps: $15
Towels: $10/towel
Dressers: $150

We will keep you posted each week as we furnish this new home! Thank you.

October 10, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Is First KC Business To Launch Mobile Fundraising Campaign for City Union Mission: Feed KC Now!

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Frank Ancona Honda is excited to announce a cause marketing campaign with City Union Mission for its fundraiser, Feed KC Now, the largest food drive in the city.  The Olathe Honda dealer is also the first company in Kansas City to fundraise for the Mission, using new technology via RAZ Mobile which is a mobile optimized fundraising site. Donate Now!

City Union Mission is a Christian ministry in Kansas City devoted to helping the poor and homeless. Frank Ancona Honda believes in helping those in need and that’s why they have partnered with City Union Mission.

Jason Heard, general manager of Frank Ancona Honda, said, “We are thrilled to be working with City Union Mission to help feed the families of Kansas City.  Giving back to our community is very important at Frank Ancona Honda and City Union Mission is a great organization to give back to.”

To kick off the campaign, Frank Ancona donated $2,500 towards Feed KC Now and is starting to promote the campaign to its customers and employees through email marketing, in store signage and social media.

According to Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda, ”In the past, Frank Ancona Honda has participated in fundraising initiatives from several local charities including by Coats For Kids and Catholic Charities, so we’re very excited to be involved in this inspiring campaign for City Union Mission. We know our customers will be excited to participate as well.”

October 4, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Announces #Hondaween Trunk Or Treat

Frank Ancona Honda is excited to announce its first #Hondaween Trunk or Treat event on October 25th from 12 to 4 p.m. for local kids and families.

We will have lunch provided from 12 – 2 p.m. followed by games, face painting, trunk-or-treating and the launch of our costume contest with gift card prizes to Toys R Us for $125 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place!

You can enter the costume contest on Twitter, Instagram or our Facebook page, by uploading your photo and using #FAHondaween. You have until Oct 31 to enter and we will announce the winners on November 3rd!

Happy Halloween!

September 27, 2014

Frank Ancona Employee Spotlight: Jaye Powers

We are featuring various employees around our dealership! This week’s employee spotlight features Jaye Powers. Jaye is a member of Frank Ancona’s sales team.

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Where did you grow up?
I was raised in Kernersville, NC.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
When I’m not working, I like playing music, videogames and reading.

What is your favorite place to vacation?
I’d have to say the ranch that my in-laws own.

Who is your favorite band/singer?
Alice in Chains is definitely my favorite rock band.

What is your favorite part of working at FAH?
I love being able to say, “Congratulations on becoming a new Honda owner.”

How long have you worked for FAH?
I have been with Ancona Honda for four months now.

What Honda vehicle is your favorite?
The Fit and CR-V are my favorites right now.

What is a little know fact about yourself?
I was an M1 Abrams tank commander in the Army.

April 29, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Owner Gets Confused With Alleged KKK Leader

Frank Ancona, owner of Frank Ancona Honda for more than 50 years, has been confused with a man who shares the same name in Park Hills, Mo. and who, according to reputable news sources, is an alleged KKK leader. The misinformation is the result of online searches from Google, Yahoo and Bing co-mingling news articles and photos about the Olathe Honda dealership with the alleged KKK leader.

 


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Fortunately, the local media helped clear up the confusion. KCTV5, KMBC and Fox 4 Kansas City broadcasted stories about the mix-up, and reporter James Dornbrook covered the story in the Kansas City Business Journal. In addition, the media outlets have taken to Twitter to help spread the word.

Earlier this month, another man connected to the KKK allegedly shot and killed three people outside of two Jewish facilities located in Johnson County, spurring customers to inquire whether or not Frank Ancona Honda’s owner is associated with the alleged KKK leader. Frank Ancona Honda and its family has no connection or relationship to the man in Park Hills, nor does the dealership and family share his reported opinions, beliefs or any type of violent or hateful behavior.

According to Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda, “We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn about the online mix-up and express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims affected by the tragedy at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom. We barely knew of his existence until the shocking events. Over the past week, we have received phone calls and inquiries asking whether or not there is any association between my father or the dealership and this individual. None of us are associated, affiliated or related to this man. We weren’t even that familiar with him until the shocking events occurred in Johnson County which triggered more search results. The entire issue is horrible and extremely upsetting to our family.”

Frank Ancona Honda volunteers and participates in fundraising initiatives for many local charities including Phoenix Family, TLC, Coats For Kids and Catholic Charities. The dealership, its leadership and family have never supported or would ever support any type of extremist or hate group.

April 18, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Drives 2001 Civic To 305K Miles

In April 2001, Steve Kennedy, an employee of Frank Ancona Honda, purchased a brand new 2001 Honda Civic from the dealership. Thirteen years later, the car is running as smoothly as ever with over 305,000 miles on it. Steve says he wants to drive it for four more years, which should take him to a whopping 400,000 miles.

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Steve with his Civic.

Steve said, “This car has over 300,000 miles on it and is going as strong as the day I bought it. It has been and continues to be the best vehicle I have ever owned. I still enjoy driving it every day.”

In the years that Steve has had the car, he has only taken it in for routine maintenance and required services.

Some interesting facts-

  • Rear brakes are original

  • Front brakes replaced every 100,000 miles

  • Clutch replaced at 265,000 miles

  • Engine is all original

  • No rust

  • No electrical issues – only a few bulbs replaced

  • Continues to get 33 MPG in the city and close to 40 on the highway

  • Interior upholstery is still in like-new condition

Steve’s plans are to drive the car for another four years, which should take him to 400,000 miles. This is an impressive record, and we thrilled that Steve was willing to share his story.

January 31, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Selected As 2014 Kansas Dealer Of The Year

DealerRater, North America’s most trusted source of automobile dealership and service center reviews, selected Frank Ancona Honda as 2014 Kansas Dealer of the Year.

Check it out!


According to DealerRater, “DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year Award Program recognizes a select number of car dealerships throughout the United States and Canada for outstanding customer satisfaction as expressed through customers’ online reviews posted on DealerRater.”

In order to qualify for the 2014 program, dealerships had to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 25 reviews on DealerRater for the 2013 calendar year

  • Average minimum rating greater than 4.0 (calculated monthly); with 5.0 as the highest possible rating

  • Must not have been blacklisted within the 2013 calendar year

Frank Ancona Honda blew the competition away with a 24-month total of 61 reviews averaging an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars!

We’re excited to be bringing customers the best value and car shopping experience possible, and look forward to an outstanding 2014.

January 10, 2014

Kansas City Star Features Frank Ancona Honda’s Remodel

Kansas City Star reporter Greg Hack featured us and our recent $6 million construction remodel in a recent Kansas City Star article. The article covered the trend of Kansas City auto dealers improving their dealerships with upgrades.

Check it out here.


New customer lounge.

In the article, Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda, said that although the renovations disrupted business, the hassle was worth the extra space and provides more value to their customers.

“Honda always encourages dealers to improve their facilities,” Ancona said. He added that given the improving economy and affordable financing, “we needed to upgrade.”

Much of the construction project was finished in September 2013, but there is still some polishing to do, Ancona said. Because of weather delays, the few remaining cosmetic touches will likely have to wait until spring.

Read the full article here or click here to check out photos of the renovations.

December 22, 2013

Coats For Kids Drive A Success!

We’d like to thank all our customers and employees for a very successful Coats For Kids drive this year!

In autumn, we asked everyone to drop off gently-used kids coats at Frank Ancona Honda. The coats were distributed to Coats For Kids, which aims to assist in the health and educational needs of children from low-income families by donating coats to keep them warm in cold weather.


Photo Credit: Coats For Kids/Operation Warm

Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, said, “Our customers came through yet again with another very successful Coats For Kids donation drive at Frank Ancona Honda. We want to thank our customers and employees for their commitment to the children of Kansas City. Another special thanks goes to Pride Cleaners for getting all of the coats clean.”

The cutoff date for this year was Dec. 7, but the drive will run throughout the entirety of 2014 to prepare for next year’s winter needs.

To learn more about Coats for Kids and the inspirational work they do, please visit http://www.coats-for-kids.org/.

November 8, 2013

#MyJourney Facebook Contest Winner Announced!

After much anticipation, we’re finally announcing the winner of our Honda #MyJourney Facebook contest! Facebook fan Melinda Lee’s entry was creative, witty and engaging enough to win her the $100 Visa gift card! Congratulations, Melinda!

Read her submission below:

“If I could travel 100,000 miles in my Honda I would take Santa Claus with me, because he needs a reliable piece of transportation to travel around the world. I would make sure I visited all the good boys & girls because they deserve nice Christmas gifts. And I couldn’t miss seeing Las Vegas because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? I would also want to attend the World Series because I have never been to a Major League Baseball game before.”

When we launched the contest in September, we asked Facebook fans to fill-in-the-blanks with their Honda story. We received tons of fantastic entries and loved reading all of them. Thank you to everyone for playing!

Missed your chance to win the gift card? Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page, because we’ll be launching even more contests soon, along with some great deals!

October 27, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Receives Rave Reviews & Launches Fall Facebook Contest!

Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda

We can’t get enough of our Facebook fans! We’ve received nothing but rave reviews from our customers on Facebook ever since we finished our $6 million dollar remodel. Additionally, submissions have been flooding in for our fall Facebook contest for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. If you haven’t entered yet, don’t worry, you have until midnight on Oct. 31, 2013 to get your entry in.

Frank Ancona Honda customer Michelle posing with her new car!

While you’re checking out our Facebook page, take a look at some of the rave reviews we’ve been getting from both our customers and car review website who have been impressed with our new service bays, reception area, customer lounge and two-story showroom floor.

Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, said, “The remodel is attracting new customers who are in the market for a larger variety of cars and who want to take advantage of the largest service center in the Kansas City area  based on square footage and acres. Kansas Citians who want to purchase a new car can take a look at our fall specials.”

Check out some of our specials below:

2014 Odyssey 6 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease
$269.00 per month for 36 months. $2,999.00 total due at signing.
Offer valid from 9/4/2013 through 11/4/2013
See offer or call 913-782-3636

2013 CR-V Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months
Offer valid from 9/4/2013 through 11/4/2013
See offer or call 913-782-3636

2013 Pilot Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-60 months or 1.9% APR for 61-72 months
Offer valid from 9/4/2013 through 11/4/2013
See offer or call 913-782-3636

October 4, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Customers Starting Something Special

Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda

At Frank Ancona Honda, we love to see our customers happy with their new vehicles, so for the past few months, we’ve been posting customer photos on Facebook and Twitter. Here are just a few of our favorites.

What better gift than a Honda? Karen and Terrence bought a 2013 Honda Civic for their son, Jason.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn couldn’t stop smiling in their new Honda CRVs!

A true Honda family! Darren and their kids couldn’t wait to drive away in their 2013 Honda Civic.

Noel and Maribel Herrera expressed some love for their new 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite! Take a look at that in-vehicle vacuum!

A new Honda is something to cheer about! Check out Kara and her daughter, Kate!

Like us on Facebook and click here to see all of the photos.