Kelley Blue Book | 2018 | Best Buy Awards
There are 12 categories awarded during Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards, 13 if you include the Overall Best Buy Category. To say that we are excited that our brands took home 8 of those awards is an understatement!
Kelley Blue Book compiles information on models over the year, including previous year’s Best Buys, Resale Value, 5-Year Cost to Own, and of course the ever important driving component to make their decision.
2018 Honda Accord Takes Home |Overall Best Buy 2018 & Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018|
We are excited to announce that the 2018 Honda Accord not only took home Kelley Blue Book’s 2018 Midsize Car Award, but also the 2018 Overall Best Buy Award!
With its bold new look, list of tech features and new turbocharged engines the 2018 Accord was the obvious choice. Starting at a low sticker price of $23,570 loaded with features such as dual-zone climate control, push start, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, LED headlights, a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a suite of driver-assist features with Honda Sensing. The 2018 Honda Accord is a clear standout.
Not to mention the Honda Accord has been a nameplate in the United States for over 41 years. When you purchase an Accord, you have peace of mind with its reputation of providing years of trouble-free cost-efficient ownership. When you purchase an Accord you can rest assure knowing that its reputation, refinement and resale value ensure that you just made a great purchase.
“The 2018 Honda Accord isn’t just the finest midsize sedan money can buy, it’s the most sophisticated, most advanced, most impressive automobile not wearing a luxury badge.” – KBB, 2018 Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018
Other KBB Best Buy winners are listed below. We are beyond excited that our lineup is represented so well! Come test drive one of these Best Buys today! And read more about the KBB Best Buy Awards on their website here |Best Buy|.
2018 Honda Civic |Small Car Best Buy of 2018|
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid |Electric Hybrid Car Best Buy of 2018|
2018 Honda CR-V |Small SUV Best Buy of 2018|
2018 Honda Pilot |Midsize SUV Best Buy 2018|
2018 Honda Odyssey |Minivan Best Buy of 2018|
2018 Chevrolet Impala |Full-Size Car Best Buy 2018|
2017 Winter Driving Tips | Grants Pass
With the beginning of December it is officially feeling like winter here in Grants Pass! When preparing for winter driving in Grants Pass it is important to remember to not only prepare before you go, but also for while you are driving. Here are some tips that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends for safe winter driving:
Prepare Before You Go
Get your car serviced prior to any long winter road trips. It is important to have the routine maintenance done and have your vehicle checked for leaks, worn hoses, and other needed repairs. Review our Vehicle Safety Checklist for Winter Driving Here |Winter Driving Checklist|. This is a good time to also have your vehicle checked for recalls. Or check yourself at |www.nhtsa.gov/recalls|. When your vehicle has a recall on it; these are repairs that are fixed for FREE!
It is important that you know your car before you go! Which means, making sure it is clean of snow, and ice on the windows, headlights, tail lights, backup camera, and all other sensors so that you can drive safely and confidently. It is also important to understand the features offered on your vehicle. Does it have anti-lock brakes? Does it have electronic stability control? How do those features work while driving? It is important to read your owner’s manual so you know what to expect when these feature engage. If you get the chance to drive in the snow or ice (not on a main road) it might be a good idea to take advantage of it before you take a longer trip on unfamiliar or busier roads. The more confident you feel driving, the less stress you will have driving in winter conditions.
On the Road
Whether you are driving across town, or over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house planning ahead can make all the difference. Plan your route! Do not rely solely on GPS (especially here in the Rogue Valley) stick to main roads and highways as much as possible. Always allow plenty of time to get to your destination and let others know how long you are expecting to take.
Stay alert! Keep as close to a full tank of gas as possible. If you get stuck in traffic or the snow you may need more gas than you estimated using. Drive slower; slick snow-covered roads make driving more challenging. Make sure to increase following distance to allow for more time to stop. Always plan stock your vehicle with items you might need if you get stranded.
Keep the following in your vehicle:
- Snow shovel, broom and ice scraper.
- Abrasive materials such as sand and or kitty litter in case your vehicle ends up stuck in the snow.
- Jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices such as flares or emergency markers.
- Blankets, warm jacket, snacks and water in case you are stranded for a longer period of time.
- Cell phone and charger.
If you do have to stop; make sure to stay with your vehicle and do not over exert yourself. Put out bright markers or keep your dome lights on to make sure people can see that you have stopped.
AVOID RISKY DRIVING BEHAVIOR
Most importantly avoid risky driving behavior to help your chance of keep you, your precious cargo, and the vehicles around you safe. Stay off of your mobile device while driving! No texting, using GPS, or flipping through Spotify (or heaven forbid Social Media) while you drive! Obey the posted speed signs, but drive even slower if weather conditions are poor. Most importantly drive sober! With Christmas and New Years Eve around the corner it is important to always have a designated driver for all of your holiday events. We wish you all many miles of happy motoring this Winter. If you need car care from people who truly know how to care for your car give us a call and schedule your appointment today! 541-476-0811
Holiday Season | Grants Pass, Oregon
December is a magical time in Grants Pass. There are so many fun holiday events and activities taking place here in our sweet little town. From Santa arriving during the Christmas Light Parade to Evergreen’s Bear Hotel being decked out for the season and a ton of great Bazaar’s; Grants Pass is packed with fun filled events the month of December.
Christmas Events Grants Pass
The Christmas season kicks off in November here in Grants Pass with the tree lighting in Holiday Square which will take place November 24th at 7 pm. The following weekend, December 2nd, includes the Christmas Light Parade and the start of Bazaar season. Other fun activities include; The Nutcraker, which runs for two weekends, Rogue Winterfest, and Bear Hotel Holiday Tours.
Rogue Winterfest, is a fundraiser for our community mental health organizations such as Family Solutions, Kairos and Options for Southern Oregon. The festival has raised over $750,000 raised for these great organizations over the passed years. Winterfest spans five days starting the Thursday the 30th and includes:
- Thursday, November 30th – Gala & Grand Auction this even is already sold out!
- Friday, December 1st – Golden Social (1:00 – 4:00 pm) for our senior community (55+) to enjoy the beauty of the bear hotel and trees of Winterfest. $5 admission includes appetizers, dessert and beverages.
- Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd & 3rd – Weekend Holiday Events (10:00 – 4:00 pm) Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy family activities and games in Santa’s Workshop. See Rogue Winterfest’s Website for |SANTA VISITING HOURS| This is a great event for young children!
- Monday, December 4th – Culinary Christmas Classic (6:00 – 9:00 pm) is the close of Winterfest 2017. You must be 21+ to attend this evening of wine, brew, entertainment and gourmet food. There is also a silent auction for one last chance to assist in the fund raising efforts for mental health programs of Josephine County.
Evergreen’s Bear Hotel
If you aren’t familiar with Evergreen’s Bear Hotel it is a MUST to check out during the holiday season you should make a point to add it to your list. If you missed the Weekend of Holiday Events during the Winterfest you can take a Bear Hotel Holiday Tour (Free to the public!) December 18th – 22nd from 11 am to 3 pm.
Bazaars, Bazaars, Bazaars!
Nothings says Christmas like a Holiday Bazaar and there are quite a few of them this year in Grants Pass and the surrounding community here are just a few of the more popular ones!
Fruitdale Grange 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
North Valley High School 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
GPHS Holiday Bazaar 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Last Chance Christmas Market – JoCo Fairgrounds (Dec 15th 12:00 – 7 pm Dec 16th 10:00 – 5:00 pm)
Frosty Nights Parkly Nights Winter Bazaar – The New Well 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Santa Stops in Grants Pass
Santa is going to be a several locations throughout the holiday season. The man of the hour will have hours both at Holiday Square, click here |DOWNTOWN SANTA| and at the Grants Pass Shopping Center, click here |SANTA @ GP SHOPPING CENTER|.
Josephine County Toys for Tots
Don’t forget we are a Toy’s for Tots drop spot in Josephine County this year! When you donate your toy here with us, we will MATCH your donation! Stop by today! Read more about our Toys for Tots Mission here |DONATE TOYS FOR TOTS|.
Honda Clarity | Grants Pass, Oregon
The All New 2018 Honda Clarity will soon be making its debut in the state of Oregon. Never heard of it? It is Honda’s all new eco-friendly model that until recently has only been available in California. The Honda Clarity is not only environmentally conscious under the hood, but with its material and finishes in the cabin. Originally only available with fuel cell technology in California, an all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions are set to hit showroom floors in Oregon in the next few months.
The fuel cell Clarity took California by storm with a range over 300 miles, and a refueling time under 5 minutes (which was a best in class rating.) But because the 26 fueling stations that can support the 10,000 psi’s needed to properly fuel the Clarity only exist in California, the Fuel Cell Clarity will not be available for Oregon residents.
2018 Honda Clarity Debut in Grants Pass, Oregon
While we won’t be able to try out the fuel cell powered Clarity we can’t wait to test drive the all-electric and plug-in hybrid models. The all-electric Clarity model promises a range of 89 miles1 per charge, while plug-in hybrid model promises 472 miles of pure electric motoring with zero emissions.
Not only does the Clarity provide eco-friendly motoring that is best in class the interior is made from 80% environmentally friendly materials such as leather and ultra-suede created through recycling technology, for a more environmentally conscious interior.
The Clarity models all are available with key Honda features such as Honda Sensing ™, Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™. Other notable features of the all-new Clarity include unique Full LED Headlights, 18-inch Alloy Wheels with an aerodynamic design for performance and brake cooling, and specially designed tires that provide optimal performance and efficiency and full LED Taillights that offer bright illumination with distinct appearance. While there are differences between the two models; both come loaded with environmental, safety and comfort features.
- Seating for 5 adults.
- Premium seating.
- Dual-Zone Climate Control – for driver and passenger.
- 14.3 cubic ft. storage.
- 60/40 split folding back seats.
- Regenerative Braking – as the driver brakes the kinetic energy is transfer back to the battery for later use.
- Find EV Charging stations with your HondaLink ® app or PlugShare.
- HondaLink® – pre-set your cabin temperature, set charge timer, check battery charge status, estimate driving range and find EV stations all from your phone!
Charge it Up – 80% Charge in 30 Minutes!
Vehicle charging technology has come a long way. The all-electric Clarity is one of the only electric vehicles that is capable of DC charging. DC charging provides up to 80% of the charge in a quick 30 minutes. The Clarity is also capable of Level 1 and Level 2 charging, allowing you to charge your vehicle pretty much anywhere. Including right here at Jim Sigel Automotive at our charging station!
Get on the List!
What to be one of the first customers to take one of these eco-minded midsize sedans for a test drive? Make sure to get on the list! Connect with one of our EV Ambassadors today at 541-476-0811 or send in an email by clicking here |Get on the List|. Thank you for thinking green!
1 Based on 2017 EPA range rating. Use for comparison purposes only. Your range will vary based on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.
2 Based on 2018 EPA range rating. Use for comparison purposes only. Your range will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.
Events in Grants Pass | November 2017
The trees have changed colors and we have had our first big rain of fall. The community of Grants Pass has not slowed down though! As we come into the holiday season there are many fun activities and events to partake in with your friends and family. Make sure to check out some of these great events in November!
Grants Pass is lucky to have a Growers Market that continues year round. While the location changes, to the Josephine County Fairgrounds (Commercial Building) the great local seasonal produce, artisans and food stays the same. The Winter Market runs at the Fairgrounds from November 4th – March 10th.
Friday, November 3rd
- First Friday Live – downtown Grants Pass stays open a bit later the first Friday of every month. Local merchants and restaurants welcome in artists and musicians to preform and show off their art. Mark sure to get out and enjoy the fun!
Thursday, November 23rd
- Fourth Annual Turkey Trot @ the Grants Pass YMCA – the race starts at 8:00 am! Take the family and friends out on Thanksgiving morning to burn a few calories before the big day begins! The Turkey Trot is a fun 5K (2 miles.) Costume are welcome! The Grants Pass YMCA is the starting point! See their website for more information. Click here: |TURKEY TROT|
Friday, November 24th
- Downtown Tree Lighting – Welcome Santa to Grants Pass with caroling and other fun family activities! The Christmas tree in Holiday Plaza will be lit up for the season at 7:00 pm, November 24th by Santa after her arrives by Fire Engine! Join in the Holiday fun!
Thursday, November 30th
- Rogue Winterfest Gala & Grand Auction – Rogue Winterfest is the largest holiday festival in Josephine County. Held at Evergreen Federal Bank’s Bear Hotel the Gala & Grand Auction is a dinner event that supports Grant Pass’ mental health community. The auction kicks off a series of wonderful Rogue Winter Fest events that take place at the Bear Hotel the entire month of December. To read more about these events click here: |Rogue Winterfest|
November Events & Winter Driving
Even though you will be busy with so many fun events in November don’t forget to stop by and make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving! Having your vehicle’s battery, brakes, fluid levels, tires and lights checked are all important to make sure you are ready to tackle winter driving! It is also important to make sure you have at least a ½ of tank of gas and you have emergency supplies in your vehicle in case of emergencies. Your kit should include an ice scraper, snow brush, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra warm clothes, bottled water and snacks.
Don’t think your vehicle is prepared for winter? Give us a call and we will make sure your vehicle is ready to meet any road condition you may meet. 541-476-0811. If you are ready, enjoy this magical time of year in Grants Pass.
Josephine County Toys for Tots | Grants Pass, Oregon
It’s time for the Toys for Tots barrels to be placed out in Grants Pass by the Marine Corps. Reserves. While we have always had one of these barrels at our dealership, we decided we wanted to do more this year for the children of Josephine County. That is why this year when you donate a toy here at our dealership we are going to MATCH your donation. Our goal, to donate $1000 worth of toys for Christmas 2017! Barrels will be placed out in the community starting November 13th!
History of Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots was created in 1947 by a Marine Corps. Reserve Major Bill Hendricks. Major Hendricks was inspired by his wife to collect toys for children, when she was unable to find a charity donate toys to in Los Angeles, California. That first year they were able to collect and donate 5,000 toys for children in need. In 70 years of existence Toys for Tots has grown exponentially. As of 2016 Toys for Tots has collected and donated 512 million toys to children around the United States.
Toys for Tots Timeline
- 1947 – The first toy drive was held in L.A. collecting 5,000 toys.
- 1948 – National campaign launched.
- 1991 – Secretary of Defense authorized the creation and affiliation of the Toys for Tots nonprofit with the Marine Corps. Reserve.
- 1995 – Toys for Tots became the official mission of the Marine Corps. Reserve.
- 2009 – Michelle Obama places first Toys for Tots bin at the White House
One of the most impressive aspects of Toys for Tots (besides how many toys the collect and distribute each year) is that 97.4% of their total donations go straight towards the purchasing and distributing of toys! None of the money they receive go toward salaries, 2.2% of donations go toward fundraising efforts and .4% covers their overhead expense. These national statistics are pretty amazing. When you donate to Toys for Tots your donations are kept local, here in Josephine County.
The mission is simple. “To collect new unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute toys as Christmas gifts to children in need in the community where the campaign is conducted.”
The goal is just as important as the mission statement. “The goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver through a new toy at Christmas a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.”
Toys for Tots in Grants Pass
Toy for Tots has been operating their mission here in Grants Pass and Josephine County since 2000. In 2016 alone they were able to collect 4900 toys, 718 books and 2164 stocking stuffers for the children of our community. While they are the Josephine County branch they also service southern Douglas County and Rogue River. Last year they also shared toys with the Cave Junction Rotary club for their Christmas breakfast to assist in serving more children in the Illinois Valley area.
How You Can Help
How can you get involved? We are taking donations here at the dealership through December 15th. When you drop your toy off in our box here we will MATCH your donation! Our goal is to purchase $1000 in toys for the children of Josephine and Southern Douglas Counties. Can we count on your support?
Automotive Repair Financing | Grants Pass
It is the end of October, but it is still Car Care Month! The Jim Sigel Automotive Service Department in Grants Pass’ goal is always to make sure your car can take you and your cargo wherever you need to go safely. Sometimes that can mean unexpected service costs, on the spot, in the service drive.
A new set of tires, major brake service or transmission work can sometimes cost hundreds of dollars when we least expect it. When you come in for a routine oil change and find out you actually also need new tires we know that can be stressful and even emotional moment. Saying no to important automotive repair is never something someone wants to do. That is why we have teamed up with Synchrony’s Car Care card to provide an alternative for those expensive out of pocket repairs. Our Car Care card provides 6 months* of interest free financing for automotive service purchases over $199. Meaning, if you have a $199 charge; for six months your payment to Car Care will only be $33.17 a month. Making that repair much more affordable!
Jim Sigel Automotive Service Department | Grants Pass
Your safety is our number one priority. While we know extra service charges are expensive it is important for your safety and your passenger’s safety that your vehicle is operating in to performance condition. Contact our Service Department today to learn more about Car Care at 541-476-0811. To ready more about Synchrony’s Car Care read more here |Car Care|
* Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. No interest will be charged on the promo purchase if you pay the promo purchase amount in full within 6 months. If you do not, interest will be assessed on the promo purchase from the purchase date. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases and, after promotion ends, to promotional balance. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 29.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval.
Motor Trend’s Buyer’s Guide Comparison | October 9, 2017
The 2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Toyota Camry have been completely redesigned for the 2018 model year. These two nameplates are two of the best selling mid-size sedans on the road today. Let’s break down what Motor Trend had to say when they did a side by side comparison of the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Toyota Camry.
Both vehicles received completely redesigned interiors. Starting with the way the doors tightly slam shut, one stands out above the other. The 2018 Honda Accord has an interior that is more comparable to a luxury brand than a family sedan. It has an intuitive infotainment center that is functional and easy to use, quality finishes and comfortable seats and legroom.
While Camry can boast a panoramic sunroof to the Accords standard, the Accord boast more headroom and legroom than its foe. The Accord also offers larger trunk space with a bigger pass-through for hauling long narrow cargo. Not only does the extra legroom in the back make it easier for adults to comfortably ride along, there is more room and ease when LATCHing in a car seat. (Pun intended.) the Accord’s LATCH system is simply hidden behind fabric or leather depending on model, while the 2018 Camry’s is hidden behind pieces of detachable plastic. While the Camry’s hooks might be easier to identify at first, keeping track of all those pieces of plastic might prove challenging. Both upper LATCH hooks are hidden behind the headrests.
Safety Features | Technology
Toyota Safety Sense ™ and Honda Sensing ® are offered on both models and all trim levels. Both safety suites come equipped with lane departure warning, lane keeping, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The 2018 Honda Accord wins the battle though with the more sophisticated system that assist drivers with corners and keeping in the lane on straight roads. To read more about Honda Sensing ® click here: |Honda Sensing ®|
Both vehicles offer a single USB port and 12-volt power located by the gearshift. Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay make pairing and using a smartphone a breeze in the Accord. This technology is not available on the 2018 Toyota Camry, or any Toyota for that matter. Both models have Wi-Fi capabilities available on higher trim models.
Driving 2018 Toyota Camry v. 2018 Honda Accord
The 2018 Toyota Camry runs on a 2.5L four –cylinder engine that is louder and coarser than the Accord’s 1.5 liter turbo –four. The Camry suffers a small vibration at an idle which is greater than the Accords as well. While the Accord operates off of a CVT, it drives a bit smoother than the automatic based in the Camry.
The 2018 Honda Accord also handles well. Whether it is down 199 to Brookings or traveling I-5, the Accord is responsive, sporty and is controlled. The 2018 Toyota Camry leans more and with their flatter seats there is more side to side motion. The Accord has naturally responsive steering and the Camry is a little too sensitive making the vehicle feel darty, Motor Trend’s drivers reported.
Motor Trend’s Winner –
“Holistically, though, there’s no comparison. The Accord is more comfortable, spacious, and luxurious than the Camry. It’s quieter, rides and handles better, and drives more elegantly. It offers superior technology with a more user-friendly interface. Simply put, Toyota built a better Camry, but Honda built a better car.” – Scott Evans, Motor Trend, October 9, 2017
To read a further evaluation of the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Toyota Camry, visit the official Motor Trend site here: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda/accord/2018/2018-honda-accord-15t-vs-2018-toyota-camry-25-comparison-review/
Car Care Month | Jim Sigel Automotive
October is Car Care Month! The Jim Sigel Service Department wants to make sure your vehicle will take you where you need to go safely. With the fall rains starting it is important to have your tires inspected to make sure they are operating at top performance.
Tires are one of the most important aspects of vehicle safety! Did you know that the tread depth is directly related to how well your tires grip the road during poor driving conditions? This graph illustrates the importance of tire tread depth while stopping on slick roads here in Grants Pass. When your tires are in top performance at 10/32” your vehicle can quickly stop on wet pavement. However when the tread depth is at 4/32” or even worse, 2/32”, it can take substantially longer to stop.
Tire pressure is also important not only for traction but performance, response time, gas mileage and more. Over inflated tires can lead to impaired traction, extra road noise and irregular wear patterns. Under inflated tires create sluggish response times, poor performance and reduce the overall safety of your vehicle. When your tires are properly inflated they provide optimal traction, and response, longer tire life, a quitter ride and improved gas mileage.
New Tire Financing | Grants Pass
Tires can be an unexpected and expensive purchase. If you need new ones and are worried about the cost make sure to ask about our Synchrony’s Car Care Card! Car Care provides no interest financing on purchase of over $199 in our Service Department when paid in full in 6 months. This makes it the perfect card to help you pay for the untimely and expensive automotive repairs. To read more about how Car Care Financing works click here: |Automotive Repair Financing|. If you are ready to make an appointment give our Service Dispatcher, Jake (from Jim Sigel), a call at 541-476-0811. Happy Motoring!