Buying Winter Tires for Staying Safe This Time of Year

Winter Tires - Sunny King Honda

Winter tires aren’t just for those who live in the icy tundra; they’re also great for anyone who experiences winter. While Alabama isn’t exactly known for its harsh winter season, there are still several reasons you should consider buying winter tires this year when the thermometer starts to dip.

Tire Treads

According to the Chronicle Herald, one of the obvious advantages of winter tires is that they have thick treads. These treads are great for slippery surfaces, whether it’s snow and ice or simply rain. It can’t hurt to have a little added control on the road this winter. With the proper winter tires, you can stop 30 feet sooner than with normal tires.

Next, winter tires also come with special patterns and channels to divert water. Thanks to these treads, your winter tires can prevent hydroplaning from occurring, which is important to prevent a loss of control behind the wheel. No more slipping and sliding on wet surfaces.

Year Round Temperatures

Finally, winter tires aren’t just for precipitation. Built with special rubber compounds, winter tires are designed to hold up in colder temperatures. With summer tires, for example, the rubber may become hard and stiff. However, winter tires remain flexible to maintain handling even when it gets cold.

Still not sure if winter tires are right for you? Visit Sunny King Honda to speak with an automotive expert about the wide range of tire options that are available to you.

Visit Santa’s Holiday Village in Anniston

Santa Holiday Village - Sunny King Honda

Are you looking for something to do this holiday season? Check out Santa’s Holiday Village in Anniston and the Christmas Parade. You can listen to some great music, do arts and crafts, and get in the mood for the holidays. With fun things for people of all ages, you and your family can have a blast this winter in the area.

When & Where

Here at Sunny King Honda, we can’t wait for the holidays. According to the Anniston/Calhoun County Facebook Page, the Christmas Parade will be held on December 12 in Downtown Anniston. Headed down Noble Street at 3 pm, the parade will feature a range of floats, school bands, and even Santa Claus himself.

You can also visit Santa’s Holiday Village from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. Held on the corner of 10th and Noble street, the village will have live music, a holiday café, arts and crafts, local artists, and local vendors. There will also be a visit from Santa at the Holiday Village.

Charitable Contribution

The Holiday Village and Parade are free to the public. You can donate a non-perishable food item when you visit with Santa, as it will go to local food banks that are in need this holiday season. Be sure to plan your own winter activities today.

Have some Fun in Talladega, Alabama

Race Track - Sunny King Honda

If you are planning a trip to Alabama and you love racing, you have to visit Talladega. You can have the most fun in Talladega by visiting all of its local attractions.

  • Talladega Superspeedway.

    If you are town for a race, sit in the stands for some high-speed thrills. Even if it is not a race day, the track offers hourly van tours.

  • International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

    Take a stroll through this museum to take in some legendary racing moments in an up close and personal way. See some historic NASCAR vehicles along with other motorsports legends.

  • Walk of Fame.

    Take a stroll through Davey Allison Memorial Park in downtown Talladega and learn more about some of the legendary racers and moments in Talladega’s history.

  • Talladega Marksmanship Park.

    This outdoor shooting range is a great place to learn how to shoot or to hone your marksmanship skills. There are a variety of ranges for shotguns, pistols, and more.

  • Driving Experiences.

    If you want to know how it feels to be a racer, sign up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience or NASCAR Racing Experience.

If your trip to Talladega includes car shopping, then come visit us at Sunny King Honda in nearby Anniston for a great selection of new and used cars.

Top Fall Festivals in Anniston, Alabama

Fall Festivals In AnnistonIf you live in Anniston or anywhere in east-central Alabama and you’re looking for some fun things to do this fall, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of the best fall festivals in Anniston, Alabama. Check out this list and the many other festivals going on in the Anniston area!

One festival our staff here at Sunny King Honda is all excited for is the CWM FatTire Festival, a mountain bike race and festival with music, vendors, a beer garden, and much more.

Another festival is the Fall Freedom Festival. With brand-new 2018 Harley Davidson models, catering by Johnny’s Bar-B-Que, and great live music, this is sure to be a fun one for the auto enthusiasts like us.

Then there’s LOBSTERFEST 2017, which will take place this Saturday, October 21. With delicious lobster, family fun events, and live music, this is a great event for all ages, and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

If you’re looking for some authentic autumn activities, the Bellview Fall Festival, held on October 28, includes a hayride, candy, and a chili cook-off.

Finally, you don’t want to miss the Blues and Brews Festival, a—you guessed it—blues music and craft beer festival taking place Saturday the 21st at the AMP at Anderson Square. Featuring five music artists, the event costs $30 to attend at the door. You must be 21 or over.

The Sunny King Honda staff wishes you a wonderful fall!

Fall Car Maintenance Checklist

Fall Car Maintenance

Getting regular service on your car is the best way to keep it running for as long as possible. As we transition into fall, check off these essential fall car maintenance tasks to make sure your car is ready for winter.

 

Brakes

One task you should do is have your brakes checked. Fallen leaves, rain, snow and ice are frequent hazards of fall and winter weather, which make things much more slippery. Good brakes can be the difference between getting in an accident and avoiding one. If your brake pads or thin or you have other issues, get it repaired before the weather gets any worse.

 

Lights

Make sure your headlights and taillights are working, and if you notice they’re foggy or dirty, now is a great time to clean them. In snowstorms, fog, and other bad weather, you want to make sure you can see well, and that other cars can see you.

 

Oil Change

Get an oil change if you’re due for one, and change your wiper blades. If you live in a snow-heavy area or if you’re traveling to one, then you might want to consider winter wiper blades, which are better at combatting snow and ice.

 

Check Your Battery

Finally, have both your battery and your heating and cooling systems checked. Not only is this important for staying warm, but it also keeps your engine at a normal temperature. And batteries are much more vulnerable to dying in cold weather, so if it’s old or weak, consider replacing it.

 

These are just a few maintenance tasks you should complete during the fall. For more fall service tips, reach out to us at Sunny King Honda!

Honda Accolades: The KBB Most Awarded Brand

2017 Honda CR-V

 

KBB 2017 Awards

Honda has won a handful of awards for the 2017 lineup in the past; in fact, Honda was even named the Most Awarded Brand of 2017 by Kelley Blue Book (KBB). KBB is an industry leader in automotive reviews, offering objective evaluations of some of the industry’s most popular vehicles. And, it seems that Honda is the among the top on the market.

According to The News Wheel, Honda earned 28 awards from KBB for 2017 models, more than any other brand. Some of the top awards include recognition for having affordable cars, vehicles that are great for families, quality engineering, and more. The Accord earned the most awards, gaining recognition in seven areas.

“Honda’s extensive portfolio of cars and SUVs, as well as its truck and minivan, top decades of reliability and strong resale value with fun-to-drive appeal and thoughtful touches,” wrote KBB.com editors. “The Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Fit, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline all won awards this year—including four Best Buy Awards—for a jaw-dropping 28 accolades.”

The Civic also won several awards, while the CR-V was the top scoring crossover. If you’d like a truly award-winning vehicle, check out the 2017 Honda lineup today at Sunny King Honda.

2018 Honda Accord is Being Redesigned

2018 Honda Accord redesign

For the 2018 model year, the popular Honda Accord is being redesigned. This next-generation model will offer buyers a more modern car with some great updates. One notable change is that Honda will no longer offer an Accord coupe model.

Buyers will get to choose from two turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a hybrid powertrain. In addition, there are three transmission options: manual, continuously variable transmission (CVT), or automatic. Honda will officially release efficiency information closer to the fall; however, we expect to see some gains in fuel economy, based on these updates.

Safety-wise, the Accord is receiving another big update. Honda says nearly 55 percent of the Accord’s structure will be made from high-strength steel to help withstand the forces of an accident. Additionally, every model will come standard with HondaSensing technology. This technology includes a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition technology, and more.

Inside, drivers will find an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system that works in a similar way to a smartphone, making it even more user-friendly.

The all-new, redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will be coming to Sunny King Honda this fall. Give us a call today if you want to be one of the first in line to take home this next-generation model.

 

How to Prepare for Back-to-School

prepare for back-to-school

The school year is right around the corner. If you are still counting down the days, here are a few tips on how to prepare for back-to-school season.

  • Get Supplies. Every school and classroom usually has a unique list of the supplies needed for the year. Make sure you get everything your child needs so they can have a great start.
  • Start early. If your kids barely got to school on time last year, plan to start the morning routine 10-15 minutes earlier to give you more breathing room and less stress.
  • Get homework done. Create a space for your kids to do their homework. If they have a specific area that has all the supplies they need (pencils, erasers, calculators, etc.), they will likely have more success.
  • Stay organized. Create a family calendar in a common space. Try using a large white board with color-coded markers for each member of the family.
  • Out with the old. If your kids are getting new school clothes, help them go through their drawers and closet and pack up clothes that are too small or out of season. This will make it easier for them to find the right clothes for school.

At Sunny King Honda, we hope everyone has a great start to the school year.

Introducing the Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R in Anniston, AL
2017 Honda Civic Type R

If you love the exhilarating rush of a powerful engine, you’ll love the Honda Civic Type R. It has all the features of a Honda Civic that you’d want while giving you that extra thrill that racecar enthusiasts love.

The Type R is special. Why? Because it’s the very first production Honda Civic Type R in the United States. That means it’s officially hitting American streets for the first time ever. To give back, Honda donated the very first Type R to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation so that they could auction it off.

You can get the Type R for yourself without bidding, though. And you won’t regret it. The Type R’s engineering lets you handle roads like a pro with features like limited-slip differential and a wide wheelbase for more control. All of these intelligent engineering features help this Type R take tight turns and corners smoothly.

The Type R’s turbocharged engine delivers 306 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful street-legal cars that Honda has put on the road. Even with all that power, the Type R still sports efficiency.

If the Honda Civic Type R sounds like the perfect sports car for you, contact us at Sunny King Honda for more information.

Honda Roadside Assistance

2018 Honda Fit - Honda Roadside Assistance in Birmingham, AL
2018 Honda Fit

When you’re a Honda owner, you’ll always be covered. Honda Roadside Assistance is here to help you when you need it most.

Starting with all 2015 model-year Hondas, you’ll get Honda Roadside Assistance for three years or 36,000 miles. With Roadside Assistance, you can get help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means that even if you run into trouble in the middle of the night, you’re covered!

Roadside Assistance doesn’t only include towing. Roadside Assistance can help you with winching, jump starting your car, fuel delivery when you run out of gas, a flat tire, or getting back into your car when you get locked out.

Honda also offers trip interruption services with their Roadside Assistance if there’s been a mechanical disablement of your car. This means that you can get compensation for any expenses that occur for three days after your car breaks down.

Another benefit that comes with Roadside Assistance is help with hotel reservations and rental vehicles upon request. In the event of an emergency, Honda will even help you contact people like your spouse or your boss if you’re stuck.

Honda is always here to help you out! Find the right Honda for you at Sunny King Honda and take advantage of this amazing Roadside Assistance.