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Perfect Summer Road Trip Destinations to Get Out of Florida

When the summer starts to heat up, it’s as good a time as any to pack up your car and head out for a summer road trip. There are plenty of great trips outside of Central Florida that will let you relax and escape some of the heat, particularly if you have the perfect traveling companion sitting in your garage. With our Honda of Ocala dealership’s wide range of versatile vehicles to fit every on-the-road circumstance you might encounter, the options are endless—especially for any adventurer looking to make some travel memories without the hassle of flying. Here’s a guide to some of the most exciting possibilities that await you on the open road this summer.



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The Best Mother’s Day Events Near Ocala, FL

What’s the best Mother’s Day present you could give your wife or mother? We think it’s a new Honda for Mom, but as an Ocala Honda dealer near Lake City, we might be a bit biased. Here are a few amazing local Ocala events that might strike Mom’s fancy this year. Check them out!

For the Nature Addicts

Is Mom a horse lover? How about a three-and-a-half-hour tour of working horse farms, where Mom can pet, ride, and learn about race horses? Since Marion County has surpassed the bluegrass of Kentucky as the Horse Capital of the USA, there’s never a shortage of equestrians here in Florida.

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Baseball Spring Training – Florida’s Pastime

To many diehard baseball fans, Spring Training in Florida is the most exciting time of the year. Last year’s stats and standings don’t matter anymore. Every team is in first place (and last place). And, even as the voices on sports radio insist they know who’s going to win it all, no one knows how the season will play out.


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How To Find The Best March Madness Sports Bars Near Ocala

Orlando’s state-of-the-art Amway Center will play host to the 1st & 2nd-rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship on March 16 & 18. If you’re not one of the lucky few with tickets to see the games, don’t worry. There are plenty of local sports bars right here in Ocala and vicinity where you can catch every minute of the exciting NCAA hoops action.


  1. Gator’s Dockside, 3920 SW 42nd St. Suite 101, Ocala

A warm, friendly atmosphere and plenty of huge flat-screen TVs make Gator’s Dockside a great place to watch the games. This well-known chain has many other locations, including The Villages and Gainesville.

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8 Ways To Care For Your New Honda In 2017

The year 2017 brings with it new opportunities for self-improvement. If you are like many people here in Ocala and vicinity, you may have jotted down some areas that you need to work on in 2017. Perhaps you resolve to exercise more, quit smoking, or limit your binge-watching on Netflix to only one night a week.

But did you ever think about making some New Year’s resolutions for your Honda? After all, your Honda is a valued member of the family, right? Maybe you even gave your Honda a name, which is a little weird but perfectly okay with us. Regardless, the start of the New Year is the perfect time to give your Honda a little “TLC.”

Here at your hometown Honda new car dealership near Ocala, FL, Honda of Ocala, our Service Department has the experience and know-how to maintain your Honda in top condition throughout the new year and beyond. So we asked our Honda factory service technicians to recommend their top New Year’s service resolutions for Hondas. Here’s their list.


  1. A Clean Honda Is A Happy Honda

Pampering your Honda inside and out will not only make you feel good about your ride but will also protect your investment. It’s important to wash off dirt, grime, bugs, and road debris from your Honda’s exterior before it can damage your car’s finish. Waxing and polishing your Honda not only will make it shine but add a layer of protection to your paint job.

Use a vinyl protectant on the dash, console, and doors, and a leather conditioner on your seats. These products will keep your interior looking sharp, as well as protect these surfaces. Remove floor mats and give them a good cleaning with a stiff brush to remove dirt, followed by vacuuming. You should do the same with your car’s upholstery. Continue reading

We’re The Best Of The Best – Honda of Ocala Dealership

Honda of Ocala Dealership Voted The Best Of The Best 

honda-of-ocala-dealershipEven Honda of Ocala knows that buying a car can be a little bit stressful, because lets face it, it’s a huge investment, and you want to make sure you get the vehicle that’s right for you.

Want to hear the good news?

Choosing the right dealership can make all the difference!

At Honda of Ocala, we’re not in the business of selling cars. We’re in the business of making customers happy. That’s why we were voted Best of the Best by the Ocala Star Banner.

Honda of Ocala was recognized as Best New Car Dealership, Best Auto Dealer Service Department, and as a runner up for Best Oil Change.

So if you’re on the lookout for a new or used car, or a new service center that’ll treat you the way you want to be treated, then give us a try. Who knows, we might change your mind about how stressful buying a new car ban be.

If one thing’s for sure, when you visit Honda of Ocala, you’ll get an experience that’s truly the Best of the Best, and we’ve got the awards to prove it! Visit our Honda of Ocala dealership serving Marion County, Leesburg, The Villages, and Gainesville today at 1800 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34471. Feel free to give us a call at (353) 325-4660 for any questions you may have.

Learn About Southern Holiday Traditions From Honda of Ocala

The Southern way of celebrating the holidays is rich in tradition and folklore dating back generations. You may be surprised to know that the South began observing Christmas, adopting many European-influenced traditions we now consider typical, long before folks up north caught on to the idea. In fact, Christmas was made a legal holiday in Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas; three of the first states to do so. It wasn’t until 1870 that President Grant proclaimed Christmas as a national holiday.

You’ll find that many of the ways most Americans celebrate Christmas are rooted in the South. But there are other holiday practices exclusive to the South.

We here at your hometown Honda new car dealership near Ocala, FL, Honda of Ocala, thought it would be fun to share some of these interesting Southern Christmas traditions. We hope that you’ll get a better appreciation of the special way Southerners celebrate Christmas.



Magnolia Wreaths – Because the magnolia tree is an evergreen, as is the pine tree usually associated with Christmas, many Southerners still decorate their homes with beautiful wreaths made from magnolia.


One Candle In Each Window – This charming tradition comes to us from Irish settlers who use the candle to remember loved ones far away.


Gifts Of Citrus – It’s easy for us here in the Sunshine State, one of the world’s most prolific producers of citrus products, to forget that there was a time when citrus was very hard to obtain in many interior parts of the South. To get a bag of oranges or tangerines on Christmas Day was a real treat for many Southerners. To this day, folks will place an orange or two in a stocking and will use citrus in holiday decorations. Clove-studded oranges lend a fragrant scent to Southern holidays. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Made Easy: 10 Super-Simple Recipes

It’s time once again to savor the sights, sounds, and fragrant smells of Thanksgiving in Ocala, Florida. Whether you usually serve up a traditional Thanksgiving feast or like to be a bit adventurous, there are plenty of mouth-watering recipes that will help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family.

You could spend a lot of time online searching through dozens of websites and thousands of Thanksgiving recipes. Or, you can let your friends here at your hometown Honda new car dealership in Ocala, Honda of Ocala, do the work for you.

We revved up our mice, put our keyboards into overdrive, and came up with a list of our top 10 Thanksgiving recipes that are super easy to prepare. From appetizers, side dishes, and desserts to the perfectly cooked Thanksgiving bird, we think you’ll find just the right recipes to make your Thanksgiving feast everything you want it to be. Bon Appetit!



  1. Triple Cranberry Sauce

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How To Avoid Serious Accidents In Florida

It’s a sad fact, but driving on our Florida highways is becoming more and more dangerous with every year. According to the Florida DMV, more than 200,000 highway accidents occur on Florida roadways each year. Many of these accidents are preventable. So, how can you drive more safely here in Florida?


Here are some steps you can take to drive safer, saner, and smarter. These safe driving tips from your hometown Honda new car dealer near Ocala, FL, Honda of Ocala, may not only help you avoid a costly accident, but they may also actually help save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

1. Wear Your Seatbelts

Statistics prove that wearing seatbelts saves lives. One of the simplest and most effective ways you can drive more safely is to make sure that you and your passengers buckle up. Not only is it common sense to wear a seatbelt, but it’s also the law. It’s also especially important to make sure that young children are properly fastened into their seatbelts or car seats.

2. Slow Down

It seems that just about everyone is in a hurry these days. But don’t let your fast-paced lifestyle interfere with good judgment. Even driving between 5 and 10 miles over the speed limit can have deadly consequences. By slowing down and obeying posted speed limits, you’ll have more time to react to potential problems, as well as save yourself a costly speeding ticket. And you’ll even save money on gas because driving more slowly is more fuel efficient. Continue reading

How To Prep Your Car For Labor Day Driving

Millions of American will be hitting the road this Labor Day Weekend. But before you load up the family and head out of town, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your Honda is prepared to deliver you to your Labor Day holiday destination safely.

We consulted our certified Master Technicians here at Honda of Ocala, your hometown Ocala, FL Honda new car dealership. They put together some Master Tech Tips about how to prepare your Honda for a fun-filled Labor Day Weekend. Of course, these essential auto maintenance tips apply to just about any make or model vehicle.

1. Check The Tires – Your Honda’s tires not only provide a smooth ride, but they are also critical to safety. Worn or damaged tires are a potential hazard. A blown tire at highway speeds could even be deadly. It’s easy to see if you have enough tire tread by inserting a quarter into several tire grooves. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, you have exceeded the safety limitations of your tires and should get them replaced. Also, uneven tire wear may indicate that your car needs an alignment.

Correct tire pressure also plays an important role. You’ll find the proper tire pressure on a sticker affixed to the inside of the driver’s side door jam. Tires tend to overinflate in hotter weather and underinflate in colder weather. Use a tire pressure gauge to check your tire pressure. You should also look for any gouges or cracks in the sidewall. Read your Honda Owner’s Manual to find out how frequently you should rotate your tires. Our Honda of Ocala Service Center is your one-stop-shop for tire care. We will be happy to inspect your tires for you, free of charge. We also offer many top-quality tire brands. Continue reading