7 DIY Car Care Tips for the New Year

7 DIY Car Care Tips for the New Year
Winter is just around the corner, and now’s as good a time as any to get your car ready for the colder, chillier months ahead. The certified service technicians at our Joplin Honda dealership want to help you get prepared. So, we’ve gathered some simple car care tips that you can easily do yourself. (Of course, our Auto Service Department is always ready and willing to lend a hand, too!)

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2022 Honda Civic vs. 2022 Kia Forte

2022 Honda Civic vs. 2022 Kia Forte


Trying to figure out which car to buy, Kia’s latest Forte or the all-new 2022 Civic? It’s not a secret that most small sedans, like the Forte and Civic, have a lot in common. They’re pretty good on gas, affordable, can seat 4 comfortably (5 with some magic), and make morning commutes a little more enjoyable than their compact ancestors of yesteryear.

That can make your decision difficult. But when it comes down to brass tacks, the segment's only got one king of the jungle, and its name is “Civic.”

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Where to Trunk-or-Treat in Joplin, MO

Where to Trunk-or-Treat in Joplin, MO


Ready for everything Halloween brings? The candy. The costumes. The silly-stringed car sitting in your driveway (where are those ruthless pranksters’ parents?). And, of course, the trick-or-treating – or trunk-or-treating, if you’re someone who likes to be efficient.

To ensure you’re getting the sugariest bang for your buck this Halloween, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 2021’s best trunk-or-treat events in Joplin, Carthage, Springfield, and the surrounding areas. Grab your pillowcase because things are about to get crazy.

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The Dangerous Pitfalls of DIY Auto Repairs

DIY Auto Repairs Problems
“To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question.”

Ever since the days of the Model T, car owners have been tinkering with their vehicles. From relatively simple tasks like changing the oil and installing new spark plugs to more complex jobs like replacing brake pads or even undertaking complete engine rebuilds, DIY backyard mechanics have reveled in getting under the hood and fixing things themselves.

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All-New 2022 Honda Civic: To Hatchback or not to Hatchback?

All-New 2022 Honda Civic in Joplin, MO


For new college graduates, it’s an economical, fuel-efficient car that won’t break the bank. For adults who despise their bosses, it’s a reprieve from the daily grind. For anyone with a pulse, it’s a Civic, through and through, and that’s exactly what Honda aimed for with its hatchback and sedan duo. Home run. Slam dunk. Goooooooal.

But careful, it’s still piping hot – that is to say the new 2022 Civic models are arriving at Honda dealers near you all summer long. Grab your fork and swing by our Honda dealership near Springfield for a…

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Should You Lease or Buy a New Car?

Buy or Lease a CarPurchasing a new vehicle from a car dealer near you is one of the most important financial decisions of your life. But you already know that. The question you’re probably asking yourself right about now is this: “Should I buy or lease a vehicle?”

The answer isn’t a clear-cut one, unfortunately. For many people, financing a vehicle meets their needs perfectly. Others really benefit from the convenience of a car lease. So, which one’s right for you? To help you decide, here are the main advantages and disadvantages of buying and leasing vehicles. 

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(2021) Where to Watch July 4th Fireworks Near Pittsburg KS

July 4th Fireworks Near Pittsburg KS
Whew. What a year that was, huh? Now that everything appears to be returning to normal – or as close to normal as it can get during a pandemic – it's time to enjoy our first big summer holiday: Fourth of July! (Can you tell that we’re excited?)

Yet even with this new sense of normalcy, some of the area’s best Independence Day events from 2020 are off the books this year. (But some are still going strong.) Here’s where you can see July 4th fireworks around Pittsburg, KS in 2021.

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Honda Maintenance Minder™: Codes & FAQ

Honda Maintenance Minderâ„¢
The golden wrench lights up on your Civic’s dashboard. You begin to sweat bullets. An expensive trip to your Joplin mechanic seems to be in your future.

We’re here to tell you that this seemingly bad dashboard warning light in your Civic is actually your friend, and its name is Honda Maintenance Minder! When you start seeing those car dashboard symbols, that’s just your vehicle's way of telling you that it needs some TLC—and not necessarily from an auto service technician, either. In fact, several Honda car light symbols and dashboard signs can be solved…

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How to Steer Clear of Potholes

Pothole Full of WaterEveryone thinks their city or state has the worst potholes. But Missouri (and its 34,000 miles of roadways) actually does have the worst potholes in the country, according to a recent study per Springfield News-Leader. Decades of underfunding and lackadaisical pothole repair planning have exacerbated the issue—an issue which plagues much of the Midwest, not just Missouri, mind you—and drivers are feeling a wallet-sized twinge of pain at the tire shop as a result.
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