- Change your oil
- Although this is something that needs to be done when needed, it’s especially important during winter months. You may even need to change the type of oil you use altogether. Your owner’s manual will give you clarity on which viscosity you should be using during colder temperatures. Winter generally requires a thinner oil.
- Check the ratio on your engine coolant (antifreeze)
- A ratio of 50/50 is acceptable during normal weather conditions but should be amended to 60/40 in winter.
- Check your battery
- There’s nothing more frustrating than being stuck with a dead battery, in colder temperatures your engine needs more current from the battery in order to start.
- As a first step, make sure you have enough charge left in your battery. Switch on the headlights before you start your engine. Then turn the engine on – if the lights get brighter, it could be an indication that your battery is dying.
- You can also test the actual voltage with a voltmeter or take your car to a mechanic to test it for you.
- Check the battery cables for any cracks or brakes and finally ask a mechanic to check the battery fluid for you and top it up if needed.
- Change your washer fluid and windshield wipers
- Get yourself a washer fluid with antifreeze solution. Windshield wipers should be replaced every 6 – 12 months depending on the amount of exposure to harsh weather conditions they receive. Rather play it safe by replacing your windshield wipers if they start looking worn down.
- Get a basic service
- The service interval for most Honda vehicles (and many other brands) are every 15,000km. If your scheduled service interval is likely to fall in the middle of winter, you might want to take it in a little early. At a Honda workshop we will check your belts and hoses, ignition, brakes, wiring, spark plugs and all filters as part of a basic service.
- Check your defroster and heater
- If you want to remain safe on the road this winter, you need your defroster and heater to work properly. Both of which can be costly to repair. One tip to save you money on an expensive defroster repair is to check for any air leaks around the doors and windows. These leaks can allow in extra moisture which will make it seem like you have a broken defroster.
- Check your tyres.
- Check the tread for wear and tear and check your owner’s manual to see what the correct air pressure in your tyres should be during winter months.
- Keep your fuel tank filled
- We can all agree that keeping your fuel tank filled is always a good idea, but there’s actually a pretty good reason behind why this is important during the winter.
- Apparently, cold weather can cause condensation to form in an empty or near empty fuel tank. The water can drip down into the fuel and travel to the bottom where it can then travel into your fuel lines. In winter, it can freeze in your fuel lines and block the flow of fuel to your engine.
- Get your car detailed
- This is not necessary, but if you’re worried about your car’s paint job it’s a good idea. It’s also a good idea to get a car wax that coats the body panels, which will help protect the paint from snow and salt damage.
- Beef up your car emergency kits
- If you don’t already have a car emergency kit – now is the time to get one. If you do have one, then now is the time to ensure it’s ready for any emergency winter could bring your way.
As the heartbeat of our business, it was time to show our loyal customers a whole lot of appreciation at our owner’s appreciation day on the 8 – 9 March 2019.
Apart from the fantastic spot prizes provided by Honda South Africa and the amazing deals on offer on the day, every client who test drove a new Honda model was registered on our database and entered into a draw to win one of 20 vouchers worth R2000 – as well as the grand prize draw, which is one of two vouchers to the value of R20, 000.00!
Our sales team were kept very busy as customers showed up in their numbers, many of which found their dream car. Customers also got to enjoy delicious (personalised) cupcakes as well as some burgers, boerie rolls and refreshments during their visit.
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to every loyal customer, supporter, employee and supplier who had a part to play in the paramount success of this weekend, we look forward to many more events like these.
With customers like these, you can’t help but believe in The Power of Dreams.
Since its introduction to the South African market in 2013, the Honda Brio models have become a popular choice among new car buyers seeking a compact and affordable motoring solution offering quality, convenience, economy and value.
The Brio is an affordable, compact and convenient car that balances maximised interior space with a futuristic, edgy and functional design that fits perfectly in your get-up-and-go lifestyle. This design is accentuated by the chrome grille and fine character lines rising up from the dynamic headlights – every piece designed aerodynamically.
Functionality and style meets as soon as you open the door to your Brio, with its ergonomic and spacious interior, air conditioning, tilt steering for greater driving comfort, and even power side mirrors. It’s clear that we want you to enjoy the ride – after all, life is a journey and not a destination.
From afar, you cannot tell that the Brio is a testimony to Honda’s “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” principle with an interior design that combines a spacious and quality feel with the focus on the actual cabin size that will be used by you.
Active and passive safety features across the board includes anti-locking brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), dual front airbags, and front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters. Your safety is further secured with central locking and an engine immobiliser.
Each of the hatch and sedan derivatives are completely customisable with a range of accessories to mirror your personality such as a tailgate spoiler, alloy wheels or exhaust tail pipe finisher.
The last bit of personalisation is the range of colours available for you to choose from. These include Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic and Rally Red.
To top it all off, all Brio models comes standard with a 5 year/200,000km factory warranty, 2 year/30,000km service plan as well as 3 years AA Roadside Assistance.
September 2018 saw the introduction of the all new HR-V to the South African market. The popular HR-V, introduced locally in 2015, has undergone a significant upgrade programme – featuring all new front and rear styling, enhanced interior and upgraded equipment levels. What sets the HR-V apart is the combination of its sleek, coupé-like design with the robust attitude of an SUV with the space and versatility of an MPV. Honda has retained exceptional space utilisation with their Magic Seat system, but features model-specific upgrades to upholstery, fabric and finishes – the infotainment system has also been standardised across the range.DESIGN
The front-end has undergone several significant updates like an all new front bumper, reprofiled bonnet and redesigned headlights, whilst the silhouette remains unmistakably HR-V. The more aggressive front bumper design includes a new license plate garnish, as well as recessed apertures for LED fog lights (standard on the 1.8 Elegance model). The new headlights feature LED elements and LED daytime running lights on the elegance version, while the Comfort derivative headlights make use of projector-type halogen units. The rear has also undergone some changes. The taillight clusters has gained a smoked appearance and redesigned license plate garnish to match the front’s more aggressive styling approach. The popular 16-inch alloy wheels were retained on the Comfort model, while the Elegance models are fitted with contemporary 17-inch wheels, in line with its flagship status. Two new colours have been added to the HR-V’s colour palette in order to underline its youthful appeal: Passion Red and Brilliant Sporty Blue.INTERIOR
Building on the cabin’s exceptional space and versatility, the updated package further emphasises the crossover’s premium feel, thanks to upgraded finishes and materials. New fabric designs have been incorporated in the Comfort model, while the Elegance gets smarter perforated leather upholstery with double-contrast stitching. Honda’s magic Seat system has also been retained in this upgrade, thanks to the HR-V’s centrally located fuel tank that allows for a flat rear cabin floor, allowing for an almost infinite variety of seating and load carrying configurations – ensuring an unrivalled level of versatility in this segment. An aspect that is perhaps less obvious – the noise and vibration dampening has been upgraded, further enhancing the HR-V’s already impressive refinement levels.
The HR-V has become popular for being comprehensively equipped with an array of comfort and convenience features, so it should come as no surprise that the all new HR-V delivers in this aspect. Standard features on all models include electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking, air-conditioning, cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel and a multi-information trip computer.
Honda has standardised the touchscreen based infotainment system as part of the upgrade, which means that both the Comfort and Elegance now feature a 6.8-inch touchscreen display, instead of the 5-inch previously fitted to the Comfort models. This sophisticated infotainment system has an extensive feature list which includes Bluetooth hands free telephony with audio streaming, USB and HDMI ports, and smart device screen mirroring for access to device-specific functions such as video and photo files, as well as GPS navigation. Reverse parking is a breeze with a reverse camera linked to rear parking sensors on the Elegance model. The remainder of the comprehensive standard equipment remains unchanged.
Safety remains a pivotal benefit of the Honda HR-V via complete suite of active and passive safety features. Front, side and curtain airbags are standard, together with head restraints and inertia reel seatbelts for all seating positions. In active safety terms, the HR-V offers ABS anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) activation. Further peace of mind is provided by Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and a high-mounted, third brake light. ISOFIX child seat anchors are also included.DRIVETRAINS
The 1.5 Comfort CVT is powered by Honda’s well-established 1 497cc four-cylinder engine, featuring i-VTEC variable valve timing and electronic fuel injection. The engine is credited with 88kW of maximum power, attained at 6 600 r/min, together with a torque peak of 145 Nm at 4 600 r/min. The 1.8 Elegance CVT employs a 1 799 cc four-cylinder engine, again featuring i-VTEC variable valve timing and electronic fuel injection. Power and torque maximums come to 105 kW at 6 500 r/min and 172 Nm at 4 300 r/min respectively. The 1.5 Comfort boasts a combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of 6.3 litres/100 km*, linked to CO2 emissions of 151 g/km. The 1.8 Elegance model achieves 6.8 litres/100 km* in the combined cycle, coupled to 162 g/km of CO2 emissions.
Much like the brand, Honda Dream Days has become an institution at Honda Dealerships across the country – offering clients exclusive discounts over a two-day period on the entire range of Honda models.
The event took place over the weekend of 22-23 June 2018 and has proven to be growing exponentially every time it comes around (leaving our sales team exhausted, but smiling, at the end of the day). Over the two day period we hosted a variety of activities that saw clients walk away with some very impressive Honda gear – as well as an entry for the chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to New York city worth an incredible R50 000.00!!!
We are proud to have hosted Durban Youth Radio’s Weekend Experience team along with Breakfast host and Honda Pinetown brand ambassador, Kevin Minter-Brown, for a live broadcasting from within our dealership – adding to the atmosphere and vibe, many clients took delivery of their cars on the day, which contributed to the tangible excitement that could be felt in the air.
Pulling off an event like this is most certainly a team effort, and therefore we would like to extend a great thanks to all the individuals, staff and clients who helped us make this event such a roaring success. The only thing that is left to do now, is wait for that all important grand prize announcement…
Brandon Parkinson – Customer Relations Manager
Brandon brings a wealth of knowledge into his role here at CMH Honda Pinetown, with a passion for cars that started as a young boy a has led to his pursuit of a career in the motor industry – working with brands such a Land Rover and Jaguar, and allowing him to expand his knowledge and skills in various aspects of the industry.Away from work, Brandon spends his time socializing with friends and family at any available opportunity. The excitement of working on innovative brands is the driving force behind his decision to join the CMH Honda Pinetown family – along with the opportunity to share his experience and knowledge with his team.
Patricia “Thando” Ndiyane – Service Advisor Trainee
The 24-year old matriculated from Sparks Estate Secondary in 2011, where after she completed a National Diploma and BTech in Human Resource Management at Mangosuthu University of Technology. She recently completed an internship at the Ethekwini Municipality, naturally – she immediately started looking for a new challenge to get sucked into in order to learn and grow both personally and professionally …. Enter CMH Honda Pinetown.
Thando has taken up a role as Service Advisor Trainee at the beginning of April and has shown her worth since day one – it’s hard to believe that the motor industry was never a part of her plan. Apart from spending time with friends and family, Thando enjoys practicing another of her passions – hairstyling. She enjoys welcoming customers to the dealership and ensuring that they leave happy every time – no exceptions.Welcome to the family Brandon and Thando, we look forward to the journey that lies ahead, we wish you the best in your chosen career paths and we are excited to have you share in The Power of Dreams.
We were also presented with the opportunity to showcase some models in our exciting range of new cars at a Golf Day hosted by Westville Senior Primary on Friday 20 April, at Kloof Country Club.Despite the weather turning against us, the end result was a great round of gold and many networking and marketing opportunities – and, of course, exposure for our brand.
“As one door closes, another one opens.”As we say goodbye to the 2017/18 financial year, we say hello to some new team members at CMH Honda Auto Pinetown, who are at the beginning of exciting new careers that is sure to see them grow from strength-to-strength. Let’s meet the latest additions to the family. Sales Executive – Norman Pillay Norman joined the team as a New Car Sales Executive in December 2017, as comes from a strong background in a timeshare. Away from work he enjoys spending time with family and hitting the gym for a good workout session. Getting to meet new people from all walks of life and assisting them with the process of purchasing a new car is one of the greatest joys of the role Norman currently finds himself in. Warranty and Bookings Clerk – Bianca Knox Bianca, the 33-year young extroverted mother of two, is not only our new Warranty and Bookings Clerk, she is also a qualified paramedic with a love for movies, books, and animals. With an extensive background as Service Advisor, Bianca is looking forward the challenge that Warranty Administration poses. The precision work she has seen being carried out by her line manager is something that Bianca admires and hopes to learn from. Lead Master – Julius du Bois Even though he doesn’t refer to himself as a “car-person”, his background as a Service Advisor and Warranty Administrator begs to differ. As a person who always strives for growth rather than perfection, Julius is excited to fill the position of Lead Master and pursuing his passion for marketing. Being a second-year student, Julius spends any free time cycling or binge-watching series. A hearty welcome to these individuals, we look forward to witnessing your growth within the company.
Honda was founded in October 1946 by Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa and then incorporated 24 September 1948. The International Headquarters are now located in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Honda is primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment. Besides their core car and motorcycle businesses, Honda also makes garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft, power generators, and other products. With this impressive line-up of products, it’s easy to see why Honda became the second largest Japanese vehicle manufacturer in 2001 and the eighth largest vehicle manufacturer in the world. Honda has also been involved with artificial intelligence/robotics research and released their ASIMO robot in 2000. Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda#Products
Honda Pinetown Heritage Day Cookbook
As mentioned above, here are a few of our favourite recipes for you to try out this Heritage Day. 1. Oxtail Potjie
Potjiekos dates back to the Voortrekker era where large stews and the like were easy and necessary while travelling long distances. There is nothing better on a cold Winter evening than digging into a proper Oxtail Potjie or stew (preferably cooked in a potjie pot over an open flame!) This is truly comfort food at it’s best. Rich, thick sauce. Veggies and of course tender and fatty oxtail. Please see the link below for the recipe. http://www.food24.com/Recipes-and-Menus/Easy-Weekday-Meals/Oxtail-potjie-20110223-2
This is a traditional English breakfast, but can be eaten anytime on the day with different sides. Scrambled eggs for breakfast, and then peas and gravy for dinner. Extremely popular still and super-easy to make. Please see the link below for the recipe. http://www.food24.com/Recipes/Toad-in-the-hole-20091103-4
3. Vetkoek and Mince
Another firm traditional favourite. Vetkoek is essentially fried bread dough and in the Afrikaaner community is served with either sweet or savoury fillings. Very similar is the amagwinya which is never served with fillings but rather as a side dish in the African community. Please see the link below for the recipe. http://www.food24.com/Recipes-and-Menus/Entertaining/Bite-sized-vetkoek-with-curried-ostrich-mince-20150504
4. Lamb Briyani
Briyani, wow. Just that one word gets most people salivating. The Indian community make the BEST Briyani ever and we all love it when someone brings extra to work. The exact origins of this dish are debatable, but we do know it came from the east with the multitude of spices, meats and of course rice. Whether its mutton, chicken, veg or fish, you’ll always have space for more. Please see the link below for the recipe. http://www.food24.com/Recipes/Lamb-briyani-20091103
5. Sajjige (So-jee)
Sajjige is a Cuisine of India and a kesar/saffron flavoured variation of this is the Kesari sheera. Sajjige is served as a breakfast or a dessert item. The normal variety though is unflavoured and prepared with just semolina, sugar, ghee, and milk. (Wikipedia) This is a favoured dessert of many of our employees, they can remember eating this all the way back to their childhood. http://www.food24.com/Recipes/Semolina-soji-20120411
These are but a few of the many recipe ideas that were submitted, but we will be posting more Honda Pinetown Favourites throughout Heritage month. Spring Day Celebration
September is also the month of new beginnings with Spring having just begun. Honda Pinetown decked the halls (so to speak) with bright colourful decorations in honour of the first weekend of spring. What a festive atmosphere! References: Wikipedia Food24.com
After an extremely long wait, we are thrilled to announce that we once again have stock of the ever popular Honda HR-V.
Available in the 1.5 Comfort CVT and 1.8 Elegance CVT models, it is a superb mix of the coupé and an SUV. The smallest in our range of SUVs, it stands out with it is astonishing safety features as well as a large array of comfort and connectivity extras. This is the perfect vehicle for busy families and executives who need to stay connected 24/7. Contact us today for your test drive as these cars are selling like hot cakes.
Honda Dream Days – 27 May 2017
What a day! The ever popular, National Honda Dream Days event in May was a resounding success. If you missed out, don’t stress, there will be another later in the year.
The event was held nationwide at all the Honda Dealerships. Customers old and new were invited to join us for a day of fun, family, prizes and ‘dreams come true’. If you had always dreamed of driving one of our beautiful vehicles, that was the day! We had tonnes of random prize draws throughout the day, the braai was fired up, and wors rolls were flying. The kids were fuelled by their goodie bags and had a blast on the jumping castle, and a few even treated us to an impromptu break dancing session. It was such a pleasure to see so many happy smiling faces.
We thoroughly enjoyed having you all here, and we look forward to the next event. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on events, specials and displays where you will have the opportunity to speak with one of our Super Star Sales Team.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest member of our service team, Armand Kruger, to the Honda Pinetown Family.
Armand comes to us with 18 years’ worth of experience in the Motor Industry, 12 of which have been in the Service Department as a service advisor. His dedication to customer satisfaction is second to none and his attention to detail ensures that his clients are taken care of to the highest degree. His favourite part of his job is interacting with customers and his open, friendly personality allows him to engage with people from all walks of life and connect in an amazing way.
He has been happily married for 23 years (I guess we know where his boundless patience comes from) and is an extremely proud father of 2 beautiful daughters. Chatting with him is always a pleasure and he tells me his goal is to retire and travel the world. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and takes every opportunity to enjoy past-times such as fishing, surfing, swimming and exploring the great outdoors with his family.
We once again welcome Armand to our family here at Honda Pinetown. We hope you will enjoy your time with us and continue to grow and share your vast experience with those around you.
February is a joyous time for most people with the international day of love on the 14th and we are certainly no exception! Our Valentine’s Week kicked off on Friday, 10 February with a bang. We covered our Jazz with hearts, got schools involved and ran tons of promotions!
First we had our interschool contest where various willing Schools took stunning photo’s with our #SpreadTheHondaLove Jazz and then the race was on to see which would get the most likes and shares. The results still need to be tallied but we have had a truly phenomenal response already. So, watch this space…