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Protecting Your Car in Winter

Road salt is one of the many annoyances of having to drive your vehicle before, during or just after a snow storm. Although it is effective when it comes to keeping ice off the roads, road salt can put your car's exterior through the ringer and leave behind lasting damage to the paint and exposed metal parts.

Having your car waxed carefully before a winter weather event is a great way to keep road salt from sticking to the vehicle as easily. This top clear coat on your vehicle's exterior serves as a protective barrier against corrosion. Do…
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Making a Winter Survival Kit

Emergency personnel are quick to respond to stranded motorists under ideal conditions, but severe winter storms can thwart their best efforts. Keeping a winter kit in your vehicle can give you peace of mind and may even save your life in the event of a crash or breakdown.

You can keep a year-round kit in your car and tailor it for the winter months. In addition to basic items like jumper cables, a fire extinguisher, road flares and a first aid kit, add weather appropriate survival items like a blanket, calorie-rich treats, water, hand warmers and sand...
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Winter Tires Can Prevent Skids

Here at our convenient Thompson's Honda location, we make it a priority to assist our customers and others to remain safe on the roads. Winter driving presents many special challenges, and icy or snowy roads can quickly cause of vehicles to lose control. Thankfully, drivers who choose the correct tires for seasonal conditions can go far in avoiding such dangerous situations.

For winter driving conditions, both studded and studless tires offer superior levels of traction. As their names suggest, studded tires use special metal studs to dig into ice....
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What Extreme Temperatures Can Do to Your Car Battery

Extreme hot and cold temperatures will cause your car’s battery life to drop significantly. Our service center at Thompson's Honda sees the problems all of the time. When you see how extreme temperatures can impact your battery, it makes it easier to focus on protecting your battery from the hot and cold weather.

When you expose your car to extremely hot temperatures, it causes chemical reactions to occur faster within the battery. You will notice the life of the battery drop, causing you to replace it sooner than it usually anticipated. 
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Choosing Between All-Season and Winter Tires

Remember how back in the day drivers bought summer tires for the summer and winter tires for the winter? With the addition of all-season tires, tire-buying suddenly appears a lot more complicated. We at Thompson's Honda want to take the complication out of tire buying and help you to make an informed decision on which tries to buy.

All-season tires are a great option if you live in an area where you don’t get icy conditions and heavy snowfall. Although they will drive in these conditions, you’ll get better traction and handling with winter tires. 
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Discover Today’s Hatchbacks at Thompson's Honda

Choosing your next vehicle is an important decision, and here at Thompson's Honda we want you to make an informed vehicle purchase. When you are considering whether to make a hatchback your next purchase, there are many good reasons to give one a try.

Whether you are looking for more cargo space or just a more stylish vehicle, a hatchback might be a good choice for you. Modern hatchbacks are a far cry from the station wagons of yesterday. The length of current hatchbacks is shorter, now offering a more stylish look.

In addition to their appearance, hatchbacks boost…
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The Importance of Finding a Good Mechanic for Your Vehicle

When you invest in a new vehicle, there are a number of maintenance and repair needs that you will have over the next few years. If you want to make sure that this maintenance and repairs are done correctly, you will want to find a good mechanic to service your vehicle on an ongoing basis. Some of the qualities of a reputable mechanic will include:
  • Knowledge of various makes and models of vehicle, not just one specific brand
  • Flexibility when it comes to different days and times of availability for service needs
  • Many years of experience in the industry and…
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Find Out What Oil Viscosity Means for Your Vehicle

Oil viscosity is an important term you should understand before servicing your vehicle. Choosing the right viscosity is essential to the proper functioning of your vehicle under certain conditions. Learn how you can get the right viscosity for your needs.

In general terms, oil viscosity describes how fast an oil can move. A thicker viscosity will move slow, while thinner versions will flow fast. Therefore, a lower, or thinner viscosity is recommended for cold weather. This ensures that the engine can start faster in low temperatures. Conversely, a higher viscosity is 

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Driving With a Compact Temporary Spare Tire

Today, many automakers take advantage of small form spare tires to save space and reduce the weight of their latest models. Compact spare tires occupy about one-half the space of a full-sized tire. Compact spares are only temporary. They do not operate at normal speeds and should not be used over long distances. Compact spares can get the vehicle home or to a nearby repair facility.

Terre Haute drivers know that the small size of the compact tire causes changes in some vehicle functions. Compact tires can interfere with gas mileage, braking, steering, and the speedometer.

 

 

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Apple CarPlay Allows Hands-Free Smartphone Use

One of the best perks of getting a new or late model pre-owned car is the ability to stay connected with the rest of the world while you are in your vehicle. Apple CarPlay is one of the most popular in-vehicle technologies available as it allows you to use your Apple smartphone in a hands-free manner so you can concentrate on driving.

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