The New Honda CR-V LX & EX: What’s the Difference?

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Honda on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 8:51 PM
New Honda CR-V parked outside of a building

You’ve used your judgment to compare a wide range of makes and models, and the verdict is in: you want the new Honda CR-V. Good choice. But which Honda CR-V do you want? If you’re confused by the letters, or trim levels, at the end of the model name, you’re not alone. Each manufacturer attaches these to specify certain features, and Honda is no exception.

Enter the 2018 Honda CR-V. You may have noticed this crossover SUV’s two entry trim levels, the LX and EX, in your research. But is there a noticeable difference between the two? The answer might surprise you. We’ve broken it down category by category below.

Trim for Trim: The 2018 Honda CR-V LX vs. The EX

Comfort

While both trims turn in a relaxing yet sporty ride, only the EX is furnished with heated front seats — a perfect amenity for the wintertime in the Madison area. But there’s plenty to love about the LX, too. The CR-V’s base trim actually offers better headroom and a superior 105.9 cu. ft. of total passenger volume.

Entertainment

The CR-V has long been renowned for its interior convenience accessories, and the 2018 model doesn’t break the mold. The EX is equipped with a 7” Audio Touch-Screen for all your tunes and talk shows. But the LX is no slouch. This base trim brings a 5” color LCD screen infotainment system to the table.

Performance

There’s a reason Honda tops efficiency charts every year. With 32 mpg in highway fuel economy, the LX trim of the CR-V earns better gas mileage than many of its rivals. The EX is slightly better at 34 mpg, but with a notable kicker: this second-level trim’s turbocharged engine packs up to 190 horsepower.

Technology

Cutting-edge is part of the CR-V’s persona. The LX trim provides a bevy of innovative systems, like Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control. But the EX takes it to another level. Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, and Lane Keeping Assist System are all standard thanks to Honda Sensing®. And as if that isn’t enough, Honda throws in Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock® — making it an SUV that’s on top of things even when you aren’t.

To see an overview of what the new CR-V has to offer, watch the video below:

Compare Honda CR-V Trims in Madison, WI

As you can see, there are only winners here. For a more in-depth look at the differences between the LX and EX trims, visit Honda’s CR-V comparison page. Set on your favorite trim? Chances are, you’ll find it in Zimbrick’s new CR-V inventory. We look forward to sharing these unique and exciting features with you at any of our locations.

Winterizing Your Car: What You Need to Know

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Helpful Tips on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 6:57 PM

Fall is finally in full swing here in Madison, and with colder temperatures on the horizon, winter isn’t far behind. In the coming days, you’ll probably hear a lot of talk about winterizing your car. But what exactly does that mean?

Good question. In the most basic sense, winterizing your car means optimizing it for the harsh winter months ahead. While that might sound daunting, it’s nothing to stress over. At Zimbrick, our experts specialize in service — and gearing your car, truck, or SUV up for winter is no exception. Here are a few ways we can help you winterize your vehicle.

5 Ways to Winterize Your Car at Zimbrick

Antifreeze and Fluid Checks

The temperature isn’t the only thing freezing in the wintertime. If your car doesn’t have the right fluids, you run the risk of it freezing up, too. Our technicians will ensure that you have the right antifreeze and water blend. Plus, we can replace your wiper fluid with a freeze-proof alternative.

worker adding antifreeze as part of fluid check

Battery Testing and Replacement

As the leaves fall, so does your battery’s capacity. Unfortunately, your battery doesn’t have the option of hibernating for the winter. That’s why we’ll conduct a thorough check of cables, terminals, and fluid to make sure your battery doesn’t let you down when you need it the most.

Brake Inspection and Repair

Walking through a winter wonderland is a magical experience. Driving through one, however, is a different story. You’re going to want to know that your brakes are prepared for the tricky road conditions ahead. While it might be too early to have your brakes replaced, the pros at Zimbrick can inspect them, repair them, and ultimately ensure that they’re fit for the holidays.

photo of service worker performing break inspection

Oil Change

Oil is an important component of your car year-round, but it’s especially critical in the winter months. If the oil in your vehicle is too thick, it could freeze. Consider putting a thinner oil on your wish list.

Winter Tire Installation

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh might be fun, but it’s nothing to play around with in your car. Worn or insufficiently filled tires are dangerous on slick roads. That’s why we offer tire replacement and rotation. But if conditions get especially brutal in your neck of the woods, our specialized winter tires are the way to go.

tires prepared for winter driving through snow after installation

Winterize Your Ride in Madison, WI

See one or more ways Zimbrick can whip your car into shape for the winter months? Schedule a service appointment at any of our 16 locations in the Madison, Wisconsin, metro area. We want to make winter the most wonderful time of the year for you.

 

Why You Should Be Excited about the Z Big One Sale

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Dealership Information on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 5:56 PM
The words "Z Big One Sale The Biggest Car Sale of the Season" sitting on top of a rock pile

Before you know it, the leaves in the Madison, Wisconsin, area will begin to fall. But they won’t be alone — as we speak, our prices are falling, too. It’s that time of year again. That’s right: we’re talking about the annual Z Big One Sale at Zimbrick.

While you may be familiar with our Z Big One Sale, things have changed since last year. Read on to find the answers to your questions about the biggest car sale of the season.

The Who, What, When, and Where of the Zimbrick Z Big One Sale

Who?

The answer to this question is quite simple: you.

At Zimbrick, we pride ourselves on our standing in the Madison community. Because you’ve given us so much as customers, this is our opportunity to show our appreciation.

What?

When we say the biggest car sale of the season, we’re not exaggerating. In past years, we’ve spotlighted a variety of used vehicles for our annual sale. But this year, there’s a new reason to get excited. From Chevys and Hondas to Audis and Porches, this year’s Z Big One Sale features over 3,050 new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs at heavily-discounted prices. And for those on a smaller budget, we offer a great selection of vehicles under $10,000, too.

When?

You’ll have an entire month to fall in love with the Z Big One Sale at Zimbrick. Our specials will last from now until October 31.

Where?

Our Z Big One Sale is company-wide. That means you don’t have to limit your purchasing options. When you shop at Zimbrick, you’ll enjoy unbeatable sales specials, prices, and incentives at any of our 16 convenient locations across the Madison metro area.

Check Out Z Big One All Month in Madison, WI

We’re just as excited as you and don’t want you to miss out on this once-a-year opportunity. Contact us today, and speak to a member of our staff to see what the Z Big One Sale has in store for you. These prices will only last until the end of October, but your next car, truck, or SUV from Zimbrick will last you for many years and miles to come.

Pros to Know: The Advantages of Different Drivetrains

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 7:00 AM
A close up of a car's drivetrain

When you’re researching a new vehicle, there’s a lot of information to absorb. Much of it — such as fuel economy, horsepower, and space dimensions — is fairly straightforward to understand. But when it comes to the technical stuff, few concepts can seem as foreign and lofty as drivetrain systems.

So, what is a drivetrain system, anyway?

In a nutshell, there are four main types of drivetrains and they are the system of parts that deliver power to the wheels of your vehicle. Or, in other words, it’s what gets your vehicle going. Simple enough.

To learn more, take a look at our infographic that breaks down the pros of the four major types of drivetrains.

 

An infographic showing the four main types of drivetrains and their benefits

Questions? Feel free to contact our experts.

There’s a Car for That: 4 Sedans for Your First-Time Driver

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 7:00 AM
A young driver holding the keys of her sedan out of the window

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for a vehicle for your first-time driver. Finding something that’s equal parts enjoyable and practical can be tricky business. Picking the right vehicle type for a new driver can be even trickier. That’s right: we’re talking about sedans vs. SUVs.

If it seems to you like SUVs are all the rage at the moment, you’re not wrong. But for a driver who’s getting accustomed to the ins and outs of the day-to-day drive, a sedan can simplify things. At Zimbrick, we understand how complicated it can be. That’s why we’re here to provide you a thorough breakdown of our favorite sedan models.

Here are four of them.

Set Your Driver up for Success with One of These Sedans

Chevy Malibu

There’s a myth that small cars are unsafe, and it’s simply not true. In fact, with ever-evolving safety features, sedans are only getting safer. Nobody knows this better than Chevy. Teen driver mode, which records and corrects patterns for new drivers, is available on the Malibu. And so are up to 10 airbags.

Hyundai Elantra

SUVs aren’t too far behind in terms of fuel economy, but they’re still not close enough to compete with sedans in the efficiency category. With an estimated 40 mpg of fuel economy on the highway, the Elantra is an ideal choice for parents looking to spend less at the pump. And because fueling is less expensive with a smaller car, there’s a good chance total cost of owning is cheaper, too.

Honda Accord

You want your first-time driver to stay safe, but you also want them to have fun. And since you’ll rarely hear an SUV referred to as nimble, a sedan is probably the most satisfying option for the sake of maneuverability. Few sensible cars offer the agile road manners and responsive handling that an Accord brings to the table.

Nissan Altima

Easing into their comfort zone is the most important aspect for a first-time driver — something that might not come as quickly in an SUV or truck. Sedans deliver a smoother, more relaxed ride. And in an Altima, your first-time driver and their friends will enjoy spacious seating options and leather-appointed surfaces.

Start Your New Car Search in Madison, WI

A driver’s first car is a big decision, but it’s not one you have to make alone. You can count on us to guide you in the right direction. At Zimbrick, we stock a variety of new and used sedans. Contact us for any questions or come in for a test drive at any of our 16 locations in the Madison, Wisconsin, area. We’re excited to help you get started.

CPO vs. Used: Here’s What You Need to Know

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Used Cars on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Woman selecting a car on a touchscreen of multiple cars

When you’re buying a car, there are a ton of decisions to make — from color and body style to safety features and entertainment options. But before you can get into the year, make, and model, you have to decide on one of three categories: new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO).

While the definition of a new car is pretty much a given, the difference between used and CPO isn’t so cut and dry. That’s why we’re diving deep into the subject with an in-depth look into what separates the two below.

Keep reading to learn more.

4 Key Differences Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned

Criteria

The biggest difference between used and CPO vehicles is a matter of standards. To be established as certified pre-owned, a vehicle must undergo a rigorous, multi-point inspection to meet specifications set by the manufacturer. Each manufacturer has its own expectations, but if deemed worthy, a certified pre-owned vehicle earns a stamp of approval for like-new quality. Used cars, on the other hand, are not subject to such exhaustive requirements.

Cost

Prices vary from car to car, but the cost of a CPO vehicle is substantially different from that of a regular used vehicle. In fact, certified pre-owned vehicles are $1,500 more expensive than non-certified used cars on average. Both, however, are more cost-effective than new vehicles for shoppers on a tighter budget.

Warranty

Because CPO vehicles are subject to several manufacturer requirements, such as model year restrictions, many of them still offer the benefits of their original warranties. As a result, you might find special features like services and financing options that you won’t get in just any used vehicle. But make sure you do your homework. Many CPO vehicles are close to the end of their warranties.

Usage

There aren’t any particular limitations for what condition a used car might be in, but that’s not the case for a CPO vehicle. Manufacturer-trained professionals must check a pre-owned vehicle to ensure that there isn’t too much wear and tear. That’s why most CPO vehicles will have significantly less mileage than their used counterparts.

Choose a Great Used or CPO Vehicle in Madison, WI

At Zimbrick, we don’t show favoritism — we offer a vast inventory of new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles across any of our 16 locations. Contact us for any questions you might have. Regardless of what type of car fits your needs, we’re here to help.

Make it Count: Why You Should Vote Zimbrick “Best of Madison”

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Dealer Information on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 7:00 AM
A trophy being held up by multiple hands

At Zimbrick Automotive Group, we take pride in the services we offer to the Madison, Wisconsin, area. From providing our customers quality vehicles to tuning up the ones they already have, there’s nothing we enjoy more than giving back to our community. So you can imagine how honored we are to be nominated for Madison Magazine’s “Best of Madison 2018” competition.

From restaurants and bars to bookstores and parks, the annual “Best of Madison” competition recognizes a who’s who of local businesses in Dane County. This year, Zimbrick is up for top honors in three categories: Best Auto Dealer, Best Auto Repair Shop, and Best Body Shop. If we’ve given you memorable service, we humbly ask for your vote.

Here’s why.

Punch the Ballot for Zimbrick in 3 Great Categories

Best Auto Dealer

It’s about more than selling new and used vehicles at better prices than the competition. At Zimbrick, we’ve been fortunate enough to supply the people of the Madison area with our Loving Care Service Guarantee for more than half a century. We’re happy to help at any of our 16 convenient locations. And because our customers are special to us, we offer specials that other dealers in this area can’t beat.

Best Auto Repair Shop

Spring or winter, rain or shine, we’re here for you at Zimbrick. From oil changes and battery checks to tire replacements and brake repairs, our service centers deliver routine and extensive maintenance year-round. And since it’s about so much more than parts and labor, we speak the universal language of service to accommodate all of our patrons.

Best Body Shop

There’s a reason we’ve been honored in this category before. We understand that your car isn’t just a possession — it’s a visual representation of who you are. When your car gets dinged up, our body and collision repair services are there to clean up the bumps and scrapes. We take a great deal of pride in our expert technicians and consider it a privilege to get you back on the road in something you’re proud to drive.

Elect Zimbrick Best of the Best in Madison, WI

The polls for the “Best of Madison 2018” competition close on October 18, so don’t delay. To pick Zimbrick in one or all of the three categories mentioned above, click here and scroll down to the survey toward the bottom of the page. We appreciate your vote.

What You Need to Check Off for Your Road Trip

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Smiling family and their dog getting ready for a road trip with a bike and picnic basket

There’s nothing quite like a road trip. Whether it’s from school or work, everyone deserves to get away from the daily grind every once in awhile. And what better way to do that than an adventure on the open road?

Road trips are full of excitement, so spontaneity is the nature of the game. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to be prepared. Aside from knowing that your vehicle is up for the journey, you’ll want to be certain that you have everything you need to make the most of your trip.

The road is calling your name. Will you answer it?

Go through our checklist to see for yourself.

Create a Road Trip You’ll Never Forget with this Checklist

Three young people sitting in a car planning their road trip using a map

⃞   Itinerary

You’ll want at least a very basic itinerary to map how your trip should play out. Monuments, overlooks, parks, friend’s houses, and favorite family restaurants are all fair game. Planning your stops ahead of time will leave you with more time to enjoy the scenery. But if you’re more of a spur-of-the-moment kind of person, going with the flow is alright, too.

⃞   Gear and clothing

It’s not too late to squeeze in one last beach trip. You’ll need all the essentials: swimsuits, sunglasses, sunscreen, towels, and chairs. But don’t forget that fall and winter are right around the corner. Coats, sweaters, scarves, and hiking gear are good things to have for mountain excursions or weekend getaways once the leaves have changed color.

⃞   Food and drinks

Road-tripping can work up an appetite, so you’ll have to stay stocked up. Snacks and bottles of water are great for quick pick-me-ups. And if you want to pull over for lunch or a picnic, it’s not a bad idea to bring a cooler or basket. After all, your car isn’t the only thing that needs fuel.

⃞   Music and games

You love each other’s company, but let’s be honest: switching up your entertainment on the road is a must. The right soundtrack can make or break any road trip, so you’ll want to have plenty of good tunes on hand. The last thing you want is for the ride to be boring. Board games, cards, and digital game apps can go a long way on the long drive.

⃞   First-aid kit

You can’t always predict how things are going to go. That’s why it’s a safe bet to pack a very basic first-aid kit at the least. Road trips are not immune to bumps, scratches, and ailments. But you don’t have to let them slow you down, either.

⃞   Tech accessories

The modern road trip calls for modern gadgets. Unless you’ve made the journey many times, you’ll likely need navigation — whether it’s a phone app or one of your vehicle’s display features. And because you don’t want to miss a moment, a camera will make your breaks and stopovers unforgettable.

Share Your Remarkable Road Trip with Zimbrick

Now it’s time for the fun part.

We hope you’ll bring Zimbrick along for the ride. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and keep us updated on all your adventures. We’re ready! Are you?

Learn Before You Turn: 6 Keys to Test Driving a Car

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 at 7:00 AM
A custom image of a road with the text "6 Keys to Test Driving a Car"

So, you’ve put in all your research, narrowed your list, and driven to the dealership. Now comes the fun part: the test drive. You’re excited, and rightfully so. But while a test drive is an enjoyable experience, it’s also arguably the most important stop on your car-buying journey.

But isn’t doing your homework online sufficient?

Though it’s vital to learn as much information as possible beforehand, it’s still not enough. A new or used car can look perfect on paper, but fall flat on the road. Or it might simply not be the right choice for you. You want a vehicle that’s going to be a companion for many miles and years to come. So what should you look for at the dealership?

Here are some keys to consider before we hand you the keys for your test drive at any one of our Zimbrick locations.

A custom infographic with six tips for test driving a car

What are the 5 Best SUVs for Families?

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Smiling family sitting in the trunk of their SUV on a roadtrip

Summer is winding down, which means your family’s on-the-go lifestyle is ramping up. With a busier schedule ahead, the leaves aren’t the only thing changing — your vehicle needs are changing, too. From school functions to fall festivities, you want something that can accommodate each member of your family.

Modern crossovers and SUVs offer car-like road manners and improving gas mileage — making them the ideal for the whole crew. Below are five of our favorite new SUV models at Zimbrick.

5 SUV Models that Make an Offer You Can’t Refuse

BMW X3: If you’re looking for a family vehicle with a little more luxury, the X3 is right up your alley. This compact SAV® is highly-regarded — and it’s not hard to see why. With a posh cabin and 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2017 model has room for your entire family and their belongings. And with xDrive all-wheel drive, it offers the all-weather control to keep them safe.

Buick Enclave: This midsize SUV doesn’t just provide seating for up to eight — it provides plenty of entertainment, too. With available tech amenities like a Bose® 10-speaker sound system and rear-seat infotainment center, the 2017 Enclave is wired for family fun. Plus, with a punchy 288-horsepower V6 engine, the driver will have fun, too.

Chevy Tahoe:  Your family depends on you, so you want a reliable SUV. Lucky for you, the Tahoe answers the call. This full-size SUV boasts best-in-class fuel economy with an estimated 23 mpg on the highway, but it’s the nifty convenience features like a rear-vision camera you and your passengers will come to rely on. And with OnStar® with 4G LTE to help everyone stay connected, piling into the 2017 Tahoe is a family affair.

Honda CR-V: Taking care of what matters most to you is always a top priority. That’s why it’s a good thing this compact SUV was designed with families in mind. Not only does the 2017 CR-V provide class-leading cargo space, but it’s also a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick. And with an estimated 34 mpg of highway fuel economy, it’s as ready for the road trip as it is for the daily commute.

Hyundai Tucson: Peace and quiet are rare for family life. But fortunately, the Tucson was built with a quiet cabin — making the sound of the drive one less thing you have to worry about. An upscale cabin and spacious back seats allow for an even more carefree experience when you choose this compact SUV to be your family companion

Be a Friend of the Family with an SUV from Zimbrick

Ready to do your family a favor and test drive a new SUV? Check our full new inventory or contact us today. We’re excited to hear from you.