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FAQ - Longueuil Honda

Q. How do you choose your next car?

R. Two basic questions come to mind when it's time to change your vehicle: which segment will best meet my needs and would it be better to look at the new or used car market?  

The different categories of vehicles

There are a variety of segments available on the market. First, there are sub-compact and compact sedans that are well suited for city driving like the Civic. Then there are mid-size sedans and large, versatile sedans like the popular Accord, characterized by their comfort and spacious interior. The other categories on the market are mainly represented by sub-compact, compact, mid-size and large SUVs, and there's a model for everyone. They have the advantage of better ground clearance, often offering all-wheel drive and they have a sportier look. Think of the Honda HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot, each of which meet different needs. From this list, let's not forget vans like the Odyssey, pickup trucks like the Ridgeline, sports cars like the Civic Type R and the whole chapter of luxury vehicles as well as the growing list of 100% electric vehicles.

Buying a new car

Buying a new car can make sense for someone who has to do a lot of mileage on the road. What's more, with a new car, you have the opportunity to configure it according to your needs and tastes with a wide range of options and equipment that are very practical. Go to our configurator and have fun!

Buying a used car

Choosing a vehicle is not always easy. You must first compare models to select a few that will suit your needs. Then, booking a test drive is a good way to know if you see yourself driving it for a couple years. Of course, you can also turn to used vehicles. A used vehicle can be a good value for your money. It is important to look at the year of the vehicle, its mileage, the type of fuel, the general condition of the vehicle and it is preferable to obtain the Carfax report so that you can hit the road with complete peace of mind. At Longueuil Honda, we have a large inventory of high-quality used vehicles for sale

Q. Why drive an SUV?

R. First of all, let's recall what SUV means. These three letters stand for sport utility vehicle. The SUV is a 5 to 9-passenger model that's higher than a sedan, and is loaded with sportiness and performance. In some cases, more urban like the HR-V or more off-road oriented like the Passport, it is now conquering a large part of drivers as the segment is growing in the market. In some cases, it may be able to tow additional loads. 

The SUV has some very special features. Above all, it stands out for its higher ground clearance compared to other models, its handling and its sporty design. Very modern, today's SUVs benefit from a wide range of cutting-edge technological tools such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Honda Sensing. What's more, SUVs are available at all prices on the Canadian and Quebec markets. Honda offers a wide range of SUVs to suit all tastes: the HR-V is primarily for those who are looking for a compact and practical SUV. Those who wish to benefit from more space will turn to the CR-V. Next, Honda offers the rugged Passport for the adventurous. Finally, families with several children will be conquered by the spacious Pilot

Q. Why choose a sedan?

R. Driving a sedan means making the choice to drive a practical, often affordable car with attractive fuel-efficient performance. The benefits of the sedan include interior comfort, handling, forward-thinking driving aids like Honda Sensing and convenient connectivity. It's not for nothing that the Civic is one of the best-selling vehicles every year! The sedan has always been one of the best-selling products in the automotive industry. The Accord is also a great example of this, synonymous of comfort and space. 

Q. What is a hybrid car?

R. First of all, it must be understood that a hybrid car is equipped with a minimum of two engines. Most of the time, this combination of energy sources is manifested by a gasoline engine and an electric block. On one hand, there are so-called "single" hybrids, which act as a relay to the gasoline engine. In this case, their electric batteries are usually recharged by recovering the kinetic energy supplied during braking. Take Honda's Accord and Insight hybrids, for example. Conversely, there are Plug-in Hybrids, whose electric motor can be recharged at a private outlet or public charging station. The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid belongs in this category. Even more interesting, a Plug-in Hybrid vehicle also has a gasoline engine that will start once the 100% electric range is exhausted.

Q. What are the benefits of driving a hybrid vehicle?

R. Hybrid vehicles provide a host of benefits. First of all, governments offer a purchase subsidy that reduces its price. Second, think of the positive environmental effects of reduced fuel consumption, in addition to the savings you'll make. These models can be very economical, since it is possible to drive tens of kilometers with the electric power pack alone, especially at the wheel of a plug-in hybrid car. This makes them ideal for use in urban areas, but increasingly on the open road. Learn more about the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid and the Insight Hybrid by visiting the Hybrids section of our website.

Q. What types of financing are available for the purchase of my car?

R. You are about to purchase a new or used vehicle but are worried about your current or previous credit situation? Forget about that stress, you're not alone in this situation, and Longueuil Honda can help you not only acquire the vehicle of your dreams, but also improve your credit

First of all, car financing has become so sophisticated that you can now get your pre-approval in just a few minutes. If you take the traditional financing route to purchase your dream vehicle, however, be aware that it can take several days before you receive a favorable or unfavorable response from your financial institution. In addition, you will need to submit a balance sheet to your account manager to attest to your creditworthiness, along with other documents you will be asked to provide.

Alternative financing or home financing is a solution with much more flexible financing criteria, and it is faster than financial institutions. Longueuil Honda offers you these solutions which will make your life easier at every level. We have a financing department dedicated to offering our customers the best financing solutions on the market!

Traditional financing closed the door at you because the banks are too strict? Our financing advisers at Longueuil Honda offer 2nd and 3rd chance credit.

Even if you've experienced financial difficulties, had late payments or your current situation is not ideal, or home financing will allow you to get back on track with the new or used vehicle of your choice in a few easy steps.

Since we have been in business for many years, we have established strong partnerships with financial institutions. This allows us to offer you advantageous financing solutions, low interest rates and flexible payments for your new or pre-owned Honda vehicle

A car loan at your Longueuil Honda dealership on the south shore near Montreal is not only the assurance of 100% acceptance, but also, and above all, the establishment of a relationship of trust with our experts. 

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Q. Buying or leasing your next vehicle?

R. For several years now, car leasing has been increasingly popular in Quebec. However, some drivers believe that it is always better to buy since the vehicle belongs to you at the end of the term. There are several criteria to take into account when you consider purchasing a vehicle. In some cases, leasing is advantageous and in others, buying is better. Your Longueuil Honda dealer offers both options at highly advantageous rates that will certainly help you make the best possible choice. Here are a few things to consider before you get started.

Small, medium, long term

The most important question is: How long will I keep the vehicle? If the main reason you acquired your vehicle is to get to work and you prefer to keep it for many years, you are not in the same situation as someone who likes to change every two years to constantly drive around in a new car. If you plan to keep the same vehicle for the next 10 years, it is undoubtedly better to buy your car, because in the case of a lease, the possible buy-back cost of the vehicle added to the monthly payments paid generally costs you more than if you had bought it from the beginning using Honda financing solutions.

However, if you're not sure what your real needs are, buy-back may be an interesting option for you. In some cases, the market value of the vehicle at the time of the buy-back is higher than the amount your dealer requires for you to take possession of it. 

If you're sure you want to keep your vehicle for a short period of time, say two or three years, it's best to consider a lease. Certainly, this will allow you to drive a variety of state-of-the-art Honda models without paying the full price every time.

Resale value and impairment rate

The resale value is the value of your car when you decide to resell it. It depends on several factors, including the appearance of the car, its history, its options, etc. For example, it makes perfect sense that a well-maintained car with low mileage and many additional options sells for a higher price than a rusty car that has been in a few fender-benders. Honda vehicles have a reputation for maintaining excellent resale value, which greatly benefits their owners. This is an important point to consider when shopping.

If you lease your vehicle, the resale value of your car is not your concern, unless you are considering exercising your purchase option at the end of your term. Basically, a lease requires you to pay only for the use of the vehicle. However, it's not as simple when it comes to buying, because you have to take into consideration all the factors we've just mentioned that could lead to a decrease in the value of your vehicle. Fortunately, all vehicles sold by your Longueuil Honda dealer have excellent resale value due to the brand's increased reliability.

Kilometers travelled and other restrictions

Most leases have a maximum mileage clause combined with additional fees for exceeding it. This is a very important factor to consider when you decide to lease. For example, if your contract includes 20,000 km/year for four years but you drive an average of 25,000 km/year, you will have exceeded the 20,000 km limit at the end of the term. With a fictitious fee of $0.10 per excess km, you will be charged $2,000 when you return the keys to the dealer.

It is also important to keep in mind that in case of loan, the car does not belong to you. So you will always have that stress of keeping the car in good condition if you don't want to pay for the damage when you return it. Insurance for rented cars is also generally more expensive than for purchased cars.

Q. What is good service at a car dealership?

R. You will recognize good service at your dealership when the technician takes the time to welcome you, inspect your vehicle upon arrival, follow up with you during maintenance or repair, explain all the work done on your vehicle, answer all your questions and give you a detailed list of the repairs done.

His professionalism, honesty and desire to do more for you are key elements that separate dealers with a great reputation from those who frequently receive complaints. 

At Longueuil Honda, everything we do is aimed at providing our customers with the best automotive experience of their lives. Be assured that the quality of our service will meet your expectations, as our excellent reputation attests to. 

Q. How can I maximize my fuel savings?

R. There are a number of factors that have a significant impact on your vehicle's fuel economy:

  • Check your tire pressure regularly to make sure it is at the recommended level. The recommended pressure will be marked on the driver's side door sill. You can also contact us if you have any questions. Our advisers will be happy to help you. 
  • On the highway, it is preferable to drive with the windows closed. In hot weather, air conditioning is a better option since it doesn't affect the aerodynamics of your Honda vehicle
  • Use the cruise control when possible on the highway. This way, you minimize the decelerations and accelerations that have an impact on fuel consumption. 
  • Replace the vehicle's air filter more frequently if you are driving in less than optimal conditions. Our Honda certified technicians can perform this maintenance while taking care to use Genuine Honda Parts for optimum performance. 
  • Have your vehicle's spark plugs checked or replaced at the service intervals recommended by the dealer. 
  • Avoid excessive idling when using your remote starter.

These few details, added together, will have a significant impact on your vehicle's average fuel consumption

Of course, if fuel economy is one of your main criteria, you may want to consider a Honda hybrid vehicle. Visit our Hybrids section and learn more about the Accord, Insight and Clarity

Q. When should I change the tires on my vehicle?

R. Experts recommend changing your vehicle's tires if your tires' tread thickness is less than 1.5 mm (1/16"). To check this, use a depth gauge or book an appointment with us. If you're comfortable checking it yourself, there are other clues that can tell you if it's time to replace your tires. For example, you need new tires if you can see the tread wear indicators, called wear markers. You should replace your tires if you see at least three tread wear indicators around the tire.

Here are some of the most important signs that indicate you it is time to buy new tires: 

  • Visible fabric through the rubber of the tire;
  • Cracks in the tread or sidewall of the tire that reveal the fabric;
  • Cracks in the tire;
  • A puncture that cannot be repaired.

Finally, if you're wondering if your tires need to be replaced, contact your Longueuil Honda dealer on the south shore near Montreal for expert advice. We will be able to guide you in the purchase of your next tires, if needed.

Q. What's the difference between a minivan and an SUV?

R. A minivan is the vehicle that is most used when the family's needs change. The Honda Odyssey, for example, is spacious with a seating configuration for up to 8 passengers. It will serve you for long trips or to transport equipment since the rear seats can be folded down. The SUV has a sportier look with a high guard and generally has different driving modes. Useful for the family, but more so for their sturdiness, SUVs are often stronger vehicles than minivans. Note that the Pilot is an excellent in-between, offering the sturdiness and versatility of an SUV as well as three bench seats for up to 8 passengers

Q. What is the towing capacity of the Honda CR-V?

R. The 2021 Honda CR-V has a maximum towing capacity of 1500 pounds when equipped with the towing package. You can tow your ATV, PWC or light tent-trailer with ease. 

Q. What is the towing capacity of the Honda Passport?

R. The 2021 Honda Passport equipped with the Towing Package offers a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, thanks to its 3.5-litre V6 engine offering 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Transporting your watercraft or trailer will be child's play!

Q. What is the towing capacity of the Honda Pilot?

R. With a 3.5-litre V6 engine, the 2021 Honda Pilot offers a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when equipped with the towing package. 

Q. What is the towing capacity of the Honda Ridgeline?

R. Equipped with the Towing Package, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds, giving you a whole range of possibilities!

Q. How powerful is the Honda Civic SI?

R. The sporty 2020 Honda Civic SI features a turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. You can get it with a manual transmission, which is pretty rare on the market. 

Q. How powerful is the Honda Accord?

R. The 2021 Honda Accord offers three engine choices. The entry-level model features a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Driving enthusiasts can turn to the 2.0-litre engine, once again turbocharged and rated at 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Finally, you can also opt for the hybrid version with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. The duo offers 212 horsepower and a very interesting average fuel consumption rating. 

Q. How powerful is the Honda Civic Type R?

R. Honda's very sporty 2021 Civic Type R features a very powerful engine: a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This power is transmitted to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. Limited-slip differential, driving modes, triple exhaust... Here are some of the features that make this Japanese car one of the most fun cars on the road!

Q. How many seats does the Honda Odyssey offer?

R. The 2022 Honda Odyssey offers enough room for up to 8 passengers. The rear row seats can be folded down to allow you to move from transporting the family to transporting materials in a few seconds! 

Q. How many seats does the Honda Pilot offer?

R. The 2021 Honda Pilot seats up to 8 passengers comfortably. Those who require extra space can turn to the even more spacious Odyssey. However, if you really want to maintain the look and versatility of an SUV, you'll be well served in the Pilot

Q. What is the fuel consumption of the Honda Civic?

R. The 2021 Civic is among the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class with an average combined fuel consumption rating of 7.2 L/100 KM. These figures apply to both the entry-level 2.0-litre, naturally aspirated i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine. 

Q. What is the fuel consumption of the Honda Accord?

R. The 2021 Honda Accord offers three different engines depending on the chosen model. The entry-level 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine has a combined average fuel consumption rating of 7.6 L/100 KM. If you choose the 2.0-litre version available in more luxury versions, you'll be entitled to 60 more horsepower (252 hp). However, the combined fuel consumption rises to 9.1 L/100 km. Keep in mind that you're driving a good-sized, luxurious sedan. For those who are more concerned about fuel economy, you can choose the hybrid model, which offers a very interesting combined fuel consumption rating of only 5.0 L/100 KM

Q. What is the fuel consumption of the Honda HR-V?

R. There are two choices available to you when you look to lease or purchase a 2021 HR-V: front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In the first case, Honda estimates the average fuel consumption rating at 7.8 L/100 KM. With AWD, the ratio rises slightly to 8.2 L/100 KM. Even in its four-wheel drive version, these are really good numbers

Q. What is the fuel consumption of the Honda CR-V?

R. The 2021 Honda CR-V has more than one string to its bow. One of them is fuel economy. In fact, Honda's popular SUV is among the best in its class. The front-wheel-drive LX version offers a combined fuel consumption rating of only 7.7 L/100 KM. This spectacular performance is due to an efficient powertrain: under the hood is a turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine. By opting for an all-wheel-drive version, fuel consumption doesn't vary much. Fuel consumption changes to 8.1 L/100 KM, again more than reasonable for the segment. 

Q. What is the fuel consumption of the Honda Pilot?

R. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the 2021 Pilot offers very reasonable fuel efficiency. The up to 8-passenger SUV has a fuel consumption rating of 12.4 L/100 KM in the city and 9.3 L/100 KM on the highway for a combined 11.0 L/100 KM

Q. What is the fuel consumption of the Honda Odyssey?

R. The 2022 Odyssey has a combined average fuel consumption rating of 10.6 L/100 KM. Thanks to its 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 engine that can switch to 3-cylinder mode when road conditions are favorable. 

Q. What is the fuel consumption of the Honda Ridgeline?

R. The 2021 Ridgeline pickup has a combined fuel consumption rating of 11.4 L/100 KM. So you have the best of both worlds: a pickup that can get the job done and still offer extremely reasonable fuel economy

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