2012 Honda Accord Sedan EX-L Lease Special
Lease a new 2012 EX-L Accord Sedan automatic (36 months/36,000 miles), stock number CA079393, for $199.00 per month with a total out of pocket cost at $6,000. Contact us today for a test drive!
The 2012 EX-L Accord sedan comes equipped with leather seats, sunroof, BlueTooth, alloy wheels and more!
Offer valid through the close of business May 31st, 2012.
*Price includes tax and $498 doc fee, tag not included. No security deposit. Dealer installed accessories are additional. Offer valid for qualified buyers with approved credit. Contact Darrell Waltrip Automotive for complete details.
Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hosts 2012 Williamson County/Franklin Chamber Mixer
Darrell Waltrip Automotive teamed up with the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce to host a mixer for chamber members as well as members of the community looking to connect. The mixer was held at the DW Honda showroom, well dressed with a wine bar provided by Moon Liquors, everyone’s favorite bartenders from the Bunganut Pig serving wine, beer and soft drinks, food and desserts provided by Constant Craving Caterers, topped off with music from Shuff’s Music to delight the attendees.
In 2004, Wayne Baskett experienced a near fatal motorcycle accident, owing his reason for survival to the Vanderbilt LifeFlight team. Since then he has shared his life-altering story with many community members, acknowledging the immense skill and importance of emergency transportation. Darrell Waltrip Automotive awards the Vanderbilt LifeFlight team as April’s Hometown Hero for their continued commitment to saving lives.
Darrell Waltrip's Wayne Baskett with Judy Dreedy from Vanderbilt's LifeFlight team.
“The LifeFlight team is an unsung hero,” says Baskett in his nomination. “Vanderbilt LifeFlight deserves acknowledgment for all they do to help save lives. I am proud to share all that they have done for me and for many others who have faced life-threatening situations.”
To celebrate the honor, Wayne Baskett was reunited with Judy Dreedy, the LifeFlight nurse who was a part of his rescue back in 2004. A LifeFlight helicopter landed at Darrell Waltrip Automotive and the van DWA donated in 2011 was on-site.
“LifeFlight is honored to have been involved in the care for Mr. Baskett,” said Jeanne Yeatman, RN, EMT, Director of Vanderbilt LifeFlight. “We are often called into people’s lives in their worst moments. It is so fulfilling to know that Vanderbilt’s care helped make such a difference in his life.”
Darrell Waltrip Automotive’s partnership with LifeFlight has continued since their donation of a van in 2011, allowing LifeFlight to make regular trips to outlying counties to return costly, life-saving medical equipment that is behind at Vanderbilt to sustain the lives of critically-injured patients during the transfer from EMS care to the hospital.
Vanderbilt LifeFlight is also in the process of collecting the stories of people who have been effected by LifeFlight’s care. To share your story email Jerry Jones, Public Affairs Manager for LifeFlight at Jerry.Jones@Vanderbilt.edu.
Darrell Waltrip Automotive had a successful year of giving and sharing inspiring stories of community-nominated Hometown Heroes, donating over $15,000 to local charities chosen by the awarded heroes.
Throughout 2011, 2012 and well into 2013, inspiring stories were shared of a fire fighter's persistence to protect his city, a soldier's determination to defend his country, and a teacher's commitment to her students both in and out of the classroom. More stories were shared of a mother's support of her special needs child, doctors who serviced those without means to healthcare, and businessmen spending their weekends helping build homes and schools.
Darrell Waltrip Automotive is looking for even more nominations this year, committing to once again donate $500 each month to various non-profit organizations close to the hearts of the heroes.
It is simple to nominate online at www.darrellwaltrip.com--enter your name, the name of your hero, and a brief description of how they are making a difference in their community. The chosen hero of the month then chooses their favorite charity for DWA to donate the $500.
Chances are, unless you’re a serious car enthusiast, you’ve never seen a Volvo racecar. To find one, look no further than the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Series, which takes place right here in the United States. Although it’s had fierce competition, Volvo’s entry has been surprising everyone, capturing pole starting positions and earning a fair share of podium finishes, too. All this performance basically comes from a lightly modified Volvo C30 that you can buy straight off the showroom floor. Although the Swedish automaker has long been known for being safety-conscious, perhaps the 2012 Volvo C30 has come to remind us that safety and sporty can be uttered in the same sentence.
Sliding along gravel and snow-covered rally stages in Europe is what Volvo has been known for in the motorsports world for decades, and the company has long used its racing experience to bring the best possible car to the general public. Volvo’s commitment to safety began on these treacherous roads and still can be found in the 2012 C30. Safety features such as Dynamic Stability & Traction Control (DSTC) and a reinforced, yet energy-absorbing interior and frontal structure may be common on all Volvos, but they are technologies rarely seen in small cars. Add to this the standard front- and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and available xenon headlights, and you can rest assured that your Volvo will protect you no matter the situation.
But let’s not forget about the performance, either. The C30 has a rather unique powerplant, with its turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine producing an impressive 227 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque to provide plenty of motivation for high-performance driving. That power is routed through either a six-speed manual transmission or five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission, returning excellent fuel economy numbers such as 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
But what good is it to have a quick car without the styling to match? Luckily, you won’t have to worry when you’re driving the 2012 Volvo C30. The clean and sporty styling found outside continues to the interior, where you’ll be treated to comfortable seats that have the option of being heated, and 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The clean Scandinavian design also houses a standard HD Radio with USB and iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. If that isn’t enough technology for you, you can also choose to add the optional Blind Spot Information System, navigation system, and rain-sensing wipers.
You might think that the 2012 Volvo C30 would carry a price tag befitting a car with this many features. Truth is, you might just consider it a bargain after looking at the sticker. Two models are available: the standard T5 starting at $24,700, and the R-Design, which starts at $27,100. Those are highly competitive prices, and no matter which version you choose, you’ll be driving a unique machine with performance, safety, and comfort that goes unmatched. That’s a combination that can’t be beat.
Launched in 2002, the Honda Pilot was designed to fulfill a growing demand in the US for larger SUV models that featured third-row seating. The current body shape was introduced in 2009 and was the second generation of the vehicle since its successful launch. That design has carried through each successive model year, but has refined somewhat for the 2012 launch.
The 2012 Honda Pilot’s styling remains firmly in the mainstream, with a simple, refined-but-rugged exterior, which appeals equally to both sexes. Unlike other cars in its class, the Pilot doesn’t go all-out for the male vote, accepting that larger SUVs are increasingly popular as family cars, driven by wives and mothers. As such, the interior focuses on both comfort and functionality and tries to cater to as wide a range of different demands and needs as possible.
There are four trims available (the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring), all powered by the 3.5-liter 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® V6 engine. This delivers 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, asserting strong acceleration and a good level of power across the transmission range. Each trim level is available either as a two-wheel drive or a 4-wheel drive model. The Pilot is equipped with Variable Cylinder Management, which activates and deactivates cylinders according to the demands placed on the powertrain. That helps reduce emissions and increases overall gas efficiency, resulting in 25 mpg on the highway for the two-wheel drive model, and 24 mpg* for its four-wheel drive counterpart. These improvements on the 2011 model have partly been achieved through aerodynamic improvements and have resulted in the car achieving the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle rating (ULEV-2).
Refinements in the chassis, along with improvements in the overall insulation, have left the Pilot quieter on the road than its predecessor. Honda clearly recognizes the important of this in a large SUV, and therefore the 2012 Pilot also includes an acoustic windshield with double-pane glass. The effect is noticeable and creates a level of calm that supports the interior level of comfort. Air-conditioning comes as standard, with tri-zone climate control and air filtering on all but the base LX models. The driver’s seat can be adjusted in no fewer than 10 ways on the top three trims, with an adjustable passenger seat appearing on the EX-L and Touring model. The standard seats are still very comfortable, however, and the driving position is good.
The cabin space is versatile, thanks to the second and third-row seating, which can be flat-folded, reclined, or removed according to your requirements. At its largest, the cabin space stretches to an enormous 87 cubic feet, which should cater to any need. Honda has calculated that there are sixteen different combinations of seating arrangement available. There’s also a powered tailgate with lift-up hatch for the EX-L and Touring models that makes it easier to load and unload, so you don’t have to be a hulking brute to get everything on-board.
As you’d expect from Honda, the range of safety features applied across the range as standard is significant, with comprehensive advanced airbags and seatbelts across the entire range. Stability assist, electronic brake distribution, anti-lock brakes, and side-impact door beams are all also supplied as standard, optimizing the handling to ensure a stable, secure, and controlled drive.
The price range for the Pilot is reasonably varied. The two-wheel drive, base-level LX starts at $28,470, with prices rising to $38,170 (plus destination & handling) for the four-wheel drive EX-L. The top-of-the-range Touring model starts at $39,220, with the four-wheel drive model at $40,820 (plus destination & handling). What that demonstrates, however, is that there is almost certainly a Pilot to complement every budget, and with great specifications across the range, value for your money is guaranteed.
*Based on 2012 EPA highway mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
The 2012 Subaru Outback is a five-passenger station wagon that retails from $23,295* and is available in six trim levels. Like all Subaru models, the Outback is all-wheel-drive and offers impressive cabin room and utility. With its large ground clearance, the Outback can handle light off-roading with ease as well as providing excellent around-town driving for families. A novel roof rack with fold-out crossbars demonstrates the versatility of this capable AWD model.
You would be forgiven if you were to consider the Outback a crossover instead of a wagon. This model is essentially both, allowing it to provide the utility that makes the Outback one of Subaru’s most popular models.
Large wrap-around projector headlamps dominate the face of the Outback, which also includes daytime running lamps, optional fog lamps, and a three-slat horizontal grille. Large arched wheel wells, folding side mirrors, beltline trim, and an expansive lift gate with wrap-around tail lamps are other defining characteristics of this model.
Standard 16-inch steel wheels are offered with the 2.5i edition; all other Outbacks get 17-inch 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels. All-season tires are standard across the Outback line.
Engines and Transmissions
Two engine choices are available with the 2012 Subaru Outback. These engine choices correspond with each edition’s name.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 170 horsepower and is paired with a 6-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission. With the available CVT, the 2.5 models are rated as high as 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway.**
The 3.6-liter V-6 engine makes 256 horsepower and is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. These models are rated at 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway.**
The Outback’s interior is bright, roomy, and very versatile. Seating five passengers, the Outback offers a pair of bucket seats up front and a 60/40 split-bench folding seat in the rear. With the back seat down, the Outback’s flat floor expands its cargo capacity from 34.3 cubic feet to 71.3 cubic feet.
Get behind the wheel of the Outback and you’ll find a seat that is comfortable and well-bolstered. Outback 2.5i and 3.6R editions offer a 6-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat; all other models are equipped with a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat. A tilt and telescoping steering column helps to ensure the right seating position for you.
The Outback’s brightly lit instrument panel includes four analog displays that surround a digital driver’s information center offering readouts for fuel consumption and mileage. The center stack includes a digital clock, audio and climate controls; a navigation system is optional in Limited editions. Secondary controls are affixed to the steering wheel in Premium and Limited editions.
Cloth seating surfaces are standard in base and Premium models; the Limited editions are leather-appointed. Silver metallic door trim provides the accent to cloth interiors. Woodgrain-patterned accent trim is found on doors and consoles in Limited edition models.
All Outback models come with ample storage including an overhead sunglasses console, glove compartment, and center console storage. In the cargo area there is an underfloor compartment that includes a removable tray. Subaru also provides a pair of grocery bag hooks and 4 cargo tiedown hooks to allow you to manage your storage efficiently.
Standard amenities include electronic cruise control, eight cup holders, sun visors with illuminated mirrors, and a 4-speaker audio system. Power door locks and driver’s window, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a retractable cargo cover are available. Audio system upgrades include a 6-speaker audio system in Premium editions and a 9-speaker Harmon Kardon system in Limited editions (optional in Premium). An auxiliary jack for portable media players is included across the line.
Optional equipment upgrades include a power moonroof package, puddle lights, and an auto-dimming rear mirror. See your Subaru dealer for more information.
The 2012 Outback has been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with its “Top Safety Pick” award. This award is given only to those models which successfully achieve a “good” rating in crash testing involving frontal offset, side impact, rollover, and rear collision.
The Outback comes equipped with 4-wheel antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, stability control, and traction control. A tire pressure monitoring system, rear door child safety locks, and daytime running lamps are also included. The Outback comes with six airbags, including front, seat-mounted front side, and side curtain airbags.
*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.
**EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
Q. Are there any advantages to using synthetic oil over regular oil?
A. Yes. There are definite advantages to using synthetic oil over its natural counterpart. Synthetic oil was first engineered during World War II for aircraft engines. It offered superior lubrication, especially at very high and very cold temperatures. And, it didn’t lose its viscosity.
Oil viscosity, also known as weight, basically tells you how thick or thin the oil is. You’ll find it represented as numerical grade on every bottle of oil with lower numbers for thinner oil and higher for thicker. The thicker the oil the more resistant to flow it is. Think of flow resistance like stirring a glass of water versus stirring a glass of honey.
Synthetic oils are thinner than regular oil, but they keep their viscosity better. For an older car though, they can be a problem. If your car is older than a Jonas Brother or has lots of miles on it, synthetics aren’t your best bet. They’re actually too thin. Older, well-driven cars have a tendency to leak synthetics. It’s so slippery that if there’s a way out, the oil will find it.
For newer cars, synthetics can be a good option. Synthetics do cost more than regular oil, but they also last a little longer. In addition to handling heat better, they also handle being cold better. Because they’re artificially created, they don’t have some of the gunk that finds its way into regular oil.
Some newer car manuals will even recommend synthetics. So, if you don’t mind paying a little extra, springing for synthetics is usually the way to go as long as your car is relatively new.
Earth Day is celebrated every April 22, the start of the spring season. This annual celebration originated with the goal of educating Americans about environmental conservation, but today it’s celebrated around the world. Earth Day honors the various achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness about growing and changing environmental concerns. Having a day devoted to environmental awareness is important, but it’s what’s done on a daily basis that really makes a difference. If you want to do your part to protect the environment, start with these 10 tips to make every day Earth Day.
1. Recycle. Recycling is second nature in some households, but many homes and businesses across the U.S. have yet to begin or fully take advantage of this basic environmental practice. If you’re not already doing so, create bins to separate your glass, plastic, paper, aluminum, and other recyclables. Many neighborhoods offer recycling pick-up services, or you may need to bag up your recycling and drive it to a local recycling center. Some centers even pay for your aluminum.
2. Air seal your home. Air sealing your home is one of many ways you can save energy every day. A simple part of weatherizing your home, air sealing involves "plugging" any places where air can get in or out of your home, typically with insulation. Because air sealing helps save energy, you won’t just help the environment; you’ll also reduce your utility bill.
3. Adjust the thermostat. Everyone wants their home to be comfortable, but heating and cooling costs are among the highest energy expenditures in most homes. Because of this, dialing up or down by just one or two degrees can make a big different in your energy usage and your utility bill. Most likely you won’t even notice the difference, but if you do, try using more blankets or adjusting your clothing.
4. Turn on the fan. If dialing up the thermostat has left you feeling a little stifled, try utilizing a fan or ceiling fan. Fans use much less energy than central air because they focus on a smaller area, but they can make the air around you feel several degrees cooler.
5. Close empty rooms. If some rooms in your home aren’t regularly used, such as the rooms of kids who’ve gone off to college, you’re wasting energy by keeping them heated or cooled. Shut the doors and close the vents to save energy.
6. Take advantage of the sun. Solar panels are one way to harness the sun’s energy, but you don’t have to undergo the expense of installing them in order to take advantage of the sun. Harness the sun and save energy by keeping your shades open during the winter to let the sun’s rays help heat your home. Or, any time of year, turn the lights out during the day and open the shades to utilize the natural light.
7. Cook smarter. You can save energy and make every day Earth Day by cooking smarter. When cooking on the stove top, using lids on pots keeps heat from escaping and reduces cooking time. When using the oven, save energy by cooking together those foods with similar temperature requirements. Cooking in bulk and refrigerating or freezing leftovers can also save energy and money.
8. Be a better dishwasher. If you have a dishwasher, you’ll save energy if you always wait until it’s full to run it. You might also designate at least a few nights a week as "hand washing" nights, when your family washes dishes by hand to save energy. Either way, always aim to use as little hot water as possible when washing dishes.
9. Laundry tips. Unfortunately, laundry is a household task you can’t avoid, but you can save energy by using cold-water detergent, always doing full loads of laundry, and air-drying your clothes whenever possible.
10. Get your community involved. The proceeding tips focus on ways to make every day Earth Day in your home, but you don’t have to stop with your household. Earth Day is all about education, so starting neighborhood or community awareness groups to tackle important area environmental concerns is a great way to make every day Earth Day.
As the winter weather wanes and the days grow warm, you experience the urge to renew and refresh your environment. It’s time for spring cleaning and that means sweeping away the winter clutter and organizing all that remains. Before getting out the mop and broom, though, take the time to organize the tasks you need to accomplish to make your home springtime fresh.
Create a timeline
Organize the spring cleaning project by starting with a timeline. Whether you have one weekend or the entire week, a timeline helps you set goals and maintain a schedule.
Across the top of a large piece of paper, list each day available to you for the project. Below the date, note the period of time you’re able to work. For example, on Saturday you may be able to work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
List each task you want to accomplish within that time period, giving each task a set time limit. If you want to start with the spare bedroom closet, and you estimate you need two hours to clean it out, the first entry may read, "Spare room closet - 8 a.m. to 10 a.m." Continue to fill in each day and time slot until each chore is accounted for and the timeline is complete.
Prepare to de-clutter
Getting rid of unwanted and unneeded items makes it easier for you to organize the items necessary to your life, but first you need to create a system by which you sort your belongings.
Gather together several large moving boxes, laundry baskets, and plastic bags. The moving boxes are for items you will donate and the plastic bags are used for items you will throw away. The laundry baskets are for items you will keep and put away in an organized manner.
Put all the boxes, baskets, and bags in one location, such as a garage or laundry room. When you start your spring cleaning, bring in one of each item as you clean each room. When a box is filled, tape it shut, label it "Donate," and remove it to the garage or laundry room. When a bag is filled, throw it away. When a basket is filled, sort through the items and put each one away in an appropriate place.
Get your supplies ready
Gather together all the supplies you need for deep cleaning, including sponges, dust cloths, and rubber gloves as well as the necessary cleaning solutions.
Use a cleaning caddy and/or buckets to organize the cleaning supplies and place them with the boxes, baskets, and bags you’ll use for de-cluttering. Include furniture moving pads for moving heavy furniture and to prevent scratching hardwood or laminate flooring.
With your materials and supplies in one location, you won’t spend time searching for these items when you’re ready to begin your spring cleaning project.
If possible, enlist the help of your spouse and children in the project. Review the timeline you created and assign tasks to each person. Post the timeline where each person can see it, such as on the refrigerator, so everyone can see when they’re scheduled for chores.
Organizing the project before you start gives you a psychological edge. You no longer feel overwhelmed by the enormity of cleaning and organizing your entire house. Instead, each part of the project is broken down into manageable tasks, your supplies and materials are in one location, and each person knows what his or her tasks are in the project.
If you haven’t experienced Tennessee in the springtime, you haven’t experienced Tennessee.
Here are a few of the activities and attractions possible in Tennessee in the spring:
For the past 10 years in Knoxville, the Rossini Festival has celebrated Italian culture and opera with a street festival in early April. You’ll see performances by the Knoxville Opera and the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre department. Situated in downtown on Gay Street and Market Square, the festival encompasses more than 170 food and artisan exhibits, four outdoor stages with live performances, and a children’s area. Attended by more than 35,000 people, the Rossini Festival also features wine tastings, art exhibitions, and Italian culinary favorites like pizza, pasta, and veal parmesan.
4 Bridges Arts Festival
A staple on the Chattanooga spring calendar for more than a decade, the 4 Bridges Arts Festival in mid-April attracts onlookers, amateur art buyers, and serious collectors. Comprised of more than 150 artists (who qualified from nearly 700 applicants), the show exhibits original artwork in a variety of genres, including painting, textiles, jewelry, glasswork, furniture, sculpture, and other forms. Adding to the festive atmosphere are live music performances, gourmet dishes in tapas size portions, and a Kids’ Art Creation Area.
Ribfest & Wings
If you’re in search of the ultimate slab of ribs or seasoned chicken wings, this festival in Gatlinburg in late April offers great food and live musical entertainment. One of the highlights is a Hot Wing Eating Contest with wings covered in sauces such as “Blazing Bomb” and “Next Day Disaster." There’s also a food sampling area, ice cream eating contest, and a contest for the best ribs or wings in seven categories. One admission price allows you to sample as many ribs and wings as you can until the supply runs out.
World’s Biggest Fish Fry
Staged on the last full week in April in Paris, this festival celebrates the catfish with a series of activities that includes a rodeo, parade, and arts and crafts fair. Other events are a hushpuppy easting contest, horse and mule farm pull, junior fishing rodeo, live music performances, and a carnival with children’s rides. Be sure and see the 60-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower while you’re visiting Paris, and the sign that features a 20-foot catfish near the town entrance. For nearby fishing, Kentucky Lakes is only twenty minutes away.
Dolly’s Homecoming Parade
Country music superstar Dolly Parton is the Grand Marshal of her annual namesake parade in Pigeon Forge. She waves to adoring crowds atop a magnificent float followed by other festive floats, marching bands, costume characters, entertainers, and local celebrities. Staged in early May, the parade attracts more than 50,000 people lining the streets of Pigeon Forge. The parade is one of the highlights of Springfest in Pigeon Forge, a series of events over the course of three months that includes a quiltfest, an auto and truck race, and an arts and crafts fair.
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