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Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

Should I refinance or trade in my car? That is a question that millions of Americans are asking themselves right now. The truth is, there is no clear-cut answer. However, a few factors can help you make the correct choice. These factors will help you make a well-educated financial decision on what to do with your car.

Refinancing a car loan has many advantages, it can lower your monthly payment, lower your interest rates and help you secure a better deal on your car loan. When should you refinance your car loan? If you love your car, then by all…
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How To Choose Your Teenager's First Car

Here at Thompson's Honda, we know how important it is to pick out the perfect first car for your teen. After all, you want to make sure that it is reliable and will keep them safe on the road.

When speaking to Terre Haute parents, we usually recommend that they try to find a vehicle that offers electronic stability control. New drivers are often surprised by how easy it can be to lose control on wet and slippery roads. This handy feature will help them to avoid any nasty surprises.

 

 

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Summer Tires vs. All-Season Tires

With so many tires on the market today, it’s hard to know what type your car needs. We at Thompson's Honda want you to be an informed driver and know what kind of tires you need so you don’t waste money on the wrong kind. Summer tires vs all-season tires have always been a dilemma for drivers. Here are some tips.

Summer tires are also called performance tires because they perform so well. They’re ideal if for spring and summer driving or if you live where they have mild winters. All-season tires will give you better…
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The Benefits of Buying a Crossover Vehicle

Crossover vehicles give you the passenger and storage capacity you want from an SUV, without the size. If you have a family that needs third row seating, a crossover vehicle is an excellent option instead of an SUV. With so many choices when it comes to customizing your vehicle, you can get exactly what you want.

When you drive a crossover, you will see that the gas mileage is good. It is more fuel efficient than a larger SUV, yet still allows you to bring more than four passengers in your vehicle. With added storage, you'll have an efficient…
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Various Reasons Why Your Vehicle Might Be Experiencing Overheating Issues

When you start to see that thermostat creeping up, your engine may be experiencing some form of overheating. This is an inconvenience, but it can be a common problem that many vehicles experience after a few years of ownership. Luckily, there are some common reasons why a vehicle might be overheating. This can include:
  • The thermostat being stuck closed within your vehicle's engine bay.
  • Your vehicle may be low on coolant, which is necessary for your vehicle to maintain a safe temperature.
  • The cooling fan may be malfunctioning and not providing enough air flow through your engine.
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Important Tips to Safely Change a Flat Tire

Whether you only drive in Terre Haute or you're the type of driver who does a lot of long distance driving, a flat tire can be extremely inconvenient. Often times, you're on the highway or in an unfamiliar area. Thompson's Honda has your safety in mind and suggest you use the following tips to change a flat tire.
  • Get to a safe location
  • Remove the spare tire -before- raising the vehicle
  • Only use an approved jack - Refer to your owners manual
  • Loosen the lug nuts prior to raising the vehicle
  • Remove the lug nuts, by using the…
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Truck Cab Styles

Part of choosing the right truck is deciding on the cab style. We at Thompson's Honda can help you make your final decision, but you can still go over the basics with this handy guide.

Standard Cabs

Standard truck cabs are small, but they have larger beds and are great for hauling larger loads. They have two doors and one row of seating.

Super Cabs

Super cabs or quad cabs have two full-size doors and two suicide doors along with some extra leg room. If you want a more comfortable cab and still plan on hauling large loads, this…
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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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