Understand Your Truck's Towing and Payload Capacity

If you own a truck and want to make sure you're not overloading it, it's important to understand the difference between towing and payload ratings. At Ontario Honda, we want people to have the information they need to care for their vehicles.

The payload capacity of a truck is based on its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. It's the weight that the truck is able to carry in its cab and bed without being damaged, and it tends to be significantly lower than the weight a truck can tow, which is its towing capacity.  

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Car Shopping 101

If you've never shopped for a car before, you might find the entire process to be tricky and stressful. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. Here's what you need to know.

Start off by determining your budget and going from there. This will enable you to narrow down your choices. Then take a vehicle for a test drive. This will give you a chance to see how it feels on the highway and on local roads. You may even want to bring a friend or relative with you to see if they like the car, too.


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What do the different NHTSA side-impact ratings mean?

When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) began testing vehicle safety standards, the government agency only tested for front-end impact statistics because that was the major injury-causing accident at the time. Later, when facts began to roll in about the devastating effect of side-impacts, the agency began testing new cars for that type of safety as well.

Because of the horrendous types of injuries caused by a side-impact, NHTSA changed the level of result patterns to encourage new vehicle manufacturers to provide more protection against side-impact 


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Getting Ready for the Fall with Back-to-School Service on Your Car

One of the tasks that you need to deal with as the summer draws closer to an end is making certain your car is ready for the added demands that typically are associated with school. In other words, you need to make plans for back-to-school service on your care.

When it comes to back-to-school service on your vehicle, you need to take a bumper to bumper approach. The proper functioning and safe operation of your car depends upon appropriate service in advance of the start of the school year. 

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Tips for Taking a Budget Road Trip

Road trips are some of the cheapest ways to see the country; often the price of a few tanks of gas is far less than a plane ticket. There are strategies to save even more money by road-tripping on a budget.

Plan your route to the very last detail, picking the cheapest lodging, gas stations and restaurants along the way. Don't make unplanned stops if you can help it, as these can be costly. There are plenty of free sights to see along the way, so schedule your trip to take full advantage of these entertaining and budget-friendly attractions…

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The Importance of Having a Roadside Emergency Kit in Your Vehicle

Our team at Ontario Honda wanted to help you to pack your roadside emergency kit the right way.

The tools that you should be packing in the kit include a utility knife, scissors, pliers, a socket set, hammer, wrench, screwdriver, and multi-tool. Keep a blanket in the emergency kit so passengers can stay warm if it is cold outside and the car cannot start.

A couple cans of tire fix-a-flat make it easier to get the flat tire up and moving so you can drive the vehicle to the side of the road. Keep a small first-aid in your trunk…

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Preventative Measures to Keep Your Brake Pedals in Top Form

Brakes are important. Anyone who has ever been in the driver's seat (or passenger's seat, for that matter) can tell you why. The hardware keeps you safe and deserves to be kept in working order as a result. Below are some tips for doing just that.

Lousy disc brake calipers are a much too common symptom of poor pedal care. The hardware is the piece that clamps down on the brake to slow the wheels, so you can see why it's such a crucial part of your vehicle's safety parameters. If your disc brake calipers feel…

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Find Your Next Honda Fit at Ontario Honda


Here at Ontario Honda, we're committed to providing our friends and neighbors from in and around Canandaigua, NY with the perfect new Honda models for their individual needs! Because we know that the Honda Fit is an especially versatile and also quite popular new Honda model, we'd like to dig a little deeper into what makes this hatchback such a great option when shopping for your next new car.


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Browse Our Selection of Pre-Owned Vehicles


Interested in a new Honda but don't want to pay full-price? Here at Ontario Honda, we have a huge selection of pre-owned Honda models from which to choose. What's more, when you buy used from us, you can expect the same great service as you'd get purchasing or leasing a brand new Honda with us! 

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Knowing How to Replace a Tire When It's Flat

A flat tire is something that can happen to anyone, and you need to be prepared to deal with a flat tire if you are suddenly in the situation where you need to do that. It is important for you to learn how to take a tire off your vehicle and replace it with a spare.

If you notice that a tire seems to be flat on your vehicle, pull over. Get as far off the roadway as you can while keeping your vehicle on a solid and flat surface. Turn on your emergency flashers and get to work finding…

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