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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2021 Honda Passport vs 2021 Toyota Venza: Which is Best?

2021 Honda Passport vs 2021 Toyota Venza

One of the most popular and successful midsized SUVs on the market is the supremely capable Honda Passport. It consistently ranks as one of Honda’s perennial best-sellers because of its outstanding features and legendary Honda quality.

The SUV market continues to be highly competitive. So, it is not surprising that there are several challengers to the Passport’s dominance in this segment. One of them is the 2021 Toyota Venza. Which of these is the best 2021 SUV choice? Follow along as we compare the Venza and Passport.

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2021 Honda CR-V: Missouri’s #1 SUV Gets Better with Age

2021 Honda CR-V in Joplin, MO
All-new last year, the Honda CR-V and its Hybrid model return, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, to continue their trend as the most popular SUV in Missouri. CR-V’s popularity is not surprising, either, as Honda’s compact SUV has long been recognized as one of the best, if not the best, crossovers in its class. At its core, the 2021 Honda CR-V just does everything really, really well. It sips fuel. It offers space by the cubic buttload. It keeps everyone safe. 

If you’re seeking a good SUV to buy, you needn’t look any further than the sophisticated and…

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Honda – Proud to be an American

American Flag on Cars
The Joplin community is important to the team at Roper Honda, and we love supporting our local restaurants and businesses. It doesn’t matter if we’re grabbing a slice of cheesecake at the Red Onion Café, trying on a new pair of shoes at Runaround, or satisfying our sweet tooth at Candy House Gourmet: we know spending in our community makes it stronger.

Unfortunately, we can’t satisfy our urge to buy local when it comes to a new vehicle since there aren’t any auto factories near Joplin. But did you know you can support American manufacturing by…

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