Independent Motors has been repairing, working on and maintaining Hondas since 2000, and we’ve become one of the top Honda repair shops in Boulder. We have an arsenal of the specialized diagnostic tools needed to make sure your Honda performs safely and reliably. Put that together with our collective 225 years of automotive repair experience, and you can rest assured that we’ll get your job done right.
Honda started with two-cycle engines for motorbikes in Japan way back in 1946. They opened their first U.S. storefront in Los Angeles with six employees. Since those days, American Honda has become one of the world’s top manufacturers of motorcycles, power equipment, ATVs, generators, marine engines and, of course, automobiles.
Our owner, Bill Bender, fondly remembers his first new car, a 1976 Honda Civic. Back then, Civics were so popular that Bill was able to trade up to a 1981 Civic for no extra cost! The Civic won the 2016 Kelly Blue Book’s Best Buy of the Year award—not just among small cars, but among all cars!
Since then, we’ve worked on pretty much every other Honda model, including the Honda Accord, the Honda CR-V SUV, the Honda Fit Hatchback, the Honda Odyssey Minivan, the Honda Pilot SUV, the Honda HR-V Crossover, the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid, the Honda Crosstour, the Honda FCX Clarity FCEV, and the Honda Insight Hybrid.
A Look at the Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is one of the most successful cars on the market. It has made it onto Car & Driver magazine’s list of 10 Best Cars 29 times since 1983. With annual sales of between 300,000 and 400,000, the Accord has sold steadily since its introduction in 1976.
Famous as a family car, the Accord is available as a sedan, coupe or hybrid. It’s a dependable, roomy car with outstanding fuel economy and excellent handling. In fact, Car & Driver Editor-in-Chief Eddie Alterman called it “an undercover sports sedan.”
It also holds its value—the Accord is ranked third among mid-sized cars by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) in its 2016 Best Resale Value Awards.
Honda Safety Above and Beyond
Honda goes well beyond government regulations when it comes to safety. The Insurance Industry for Highway Safety (IIHS) has chosen the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Odyssey, and Pilot as Top Safety Picks for 2016. Besides their excellent basic safety features, there is an optional Honda Sensing safety system you can order. It includes a forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and road departure mitigation. It also includes adaptive cruise control, which allows you to keep a set distance from the car in front of you.
The environment has been a priority for Honda since the carmaker’s inception. In fact, it developed the first engine technology to meet U.S. Clean Air Act standards without a catalytic converter way back in 1972. Five years later, the Honda Civic topped the U.S. EPA’s list of America’s most fuel-efficient cars, and in 2010 Honda was named America’s “greenest automaker” by the Union of Concerned Scientists for the fifth year in a row.
Common Honda Repairs
All makes and models have their own personalities and quirks, strengths and weaknesses. Here are some of the most common repairs we see in the Hondas our customers bring in for repair.
- Ball joints
- Head gaskets
- Valve adjustments
If your Honda has these troubles, we know what to do about them. Our long experience with Hondas has also taught us when it’s best to use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, and when we can save you money by finding an equally durable aftermarket part.