Women in Automotive

At Scholfield Honda, we take pride in celebrating and supporting women who work in the automotive industry.

On Monday, Feb. 17 at NADA’s Live Stage located on the central concourse of the Las Vegas Convention Center, four women leaders presented the grand-prize winner of the third annual Women Driving Auto Retail video contest to our Scholfield Honda team.

We spoke with some of the inspiring women who are a part of the Scholfield family. They talked about their experiences, past stigmas and why they would encourage other women to pursue a career in automotive today.

Office Manager Lorina Hilton talked a bit about her start in the industry and how that has changed over time.

“When I first started it was a little intimidating. It was kind of a man’s world. There were mostly men salesmen, all men technicians and all men running management; it was intimidating. I would say that all of those are almost non-existent now,” she said.

So, how does Lorina feel about her job at Scholfield?

I love my job because I work with awesome people. Everyone has goals and everyone is goal-driven. I feel like my opinions matter, I feel like my suggestions matter

When asked about how she feels about working at Scholfield, Appointment Coordinator Lisa Doa said, “Scholfield empowers women by treating us all the same. Everybody is very friendly with each other.”

Service Advisor Caitlin Hays had a certain stereotype in mind surrounding the industry, but working at Scholfield changed that. “Before I joined the auto industry, I had the idea that it was going to be very much male-driven whereas coming into Scholfield, it has proved that it is nothing like that.”

Caitlin believes that the auto industry is still fairly male-driven overall, but a great equalizer.

You succeed on your own merits,” she said. “So, if a woman is dedicated and works hard she can do just as well as her male counterparts.

Service Manager, Jennifer Snodgrass, is a prime example of what hard work and success look like in auto.

When asked about her role, Jennifer said, “I wear a lot of hats here. I am the service manager, but I also cover in the parts department, I help the service advisors, I move cars, I do pretty much everything except work on the cars.

If you are looking for a woman who knows her way around the repair and maintenance side of things, Lesbie Rodriguez is one of the best technicians around and you can tell she has a passion for what she does. “My favorite part of my job is finishing the job on the car because you feel like you did something, completed something, and that you got it done right.”

It is pretty obvious that there is a serious shift going on in the automotive space and for any other women wanting to enter the industry, our team members had a few words they wanted to share.

Service Advisor Brittanie Genosky said, “If any other woman was thinking about going into this industry, I would tell her, ‘Go for it. This is a great place to work!’ A lot of female customers like to see other women working in this industry so I would tell them, ‘Just come try it!’”

Lorina Hilton also spoke specifically on the industry shift.

The auto industry is a great place for women to succeed because the auto industry is changing. More and more women are buying more cars, feeling more comfortable coming to our service department, and making more decisions based on their needs so there is more of a need for women to be in the auto industry.”

For the seventh consecutive year, Scholfield Honda has been honored with the 2019 Women’s Choice Award® for Outstanding Customer Experience. The Scholfield dealership qualified based on receiving excellent survey scores in several areas including the overall sales experience, where 9 out of 10 of their female customers reported that they would highly recommend Scholfield Honda to friends and family.

Are you interested in exploring job opportunities with Scholfield Honda? Click here to head over to our career page!

Staying Safe This Flu Season

With the flu season in full swing, we wanted to share what we’re doing here for our family of employees and all visitors to our store.

To get ahead of the issue, we formed a task force several weeks ago to study what we could do. From there, we set up hand-sanitizing stations in key areas of our dealership.

On Friday, March 6, all Scholfield Honda locations were sprayed with a high-grade disinfectant designed to assist our already thorough nightly store cleanings. Serviced areas included:

  • All customer chairs, tables and furniture
  • Our Kid’s Zone
  • Bathrooms and employee break rooms
  • Employee phones, computers and desks
  • Technician toolboxes
  • Parts counter areas at Honda East and Honda Service West

We will repeat this process on a routine basis to help ensure a clean environment for our valued employees, clients, vendors and guests.

Scholfield Honda will continue to educate our staff regarding the simple steps we can include in routine:

  • Reducing handshaking to a minimum, though it’s the ultimate gesture of greeting and goodwill in our industry.
  • Always washing or sterilizing hands after a handshake.
  • Washing or sterilizing hands multiple times throughout the day.

We also will ask any employee who is sick or running a fever to not report for work.

We believe the steps we’ve taken, and will continue to take, will help eliminate concerns people may have when visiting our store.

We truly care about the health and well being of our employees, customers and community.

Sincerely,

Roger Scholfield
Owner

Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy a New Car

Buying a new car is one of the most significant purchases you’ll ever make in life, and it is important to know exactly what you want before you start signing the paperwork.

When purchasing a new car, you should ask yourself:

  1. What features are most important
  2. What type of warranty you need
  3. What your budget is
  4. If there are any extra features you want
  5. If your budget can handle any additional fee

Let’s take a deeper look at each of these new car questions.


1. What Features Are Important to Me?

When buying a new car, it’s important to ask yourself how you’re going to be using the car. If you have a large family, you’ll likely want a vehicle that has good gas mileage, plenty of seating (ideally enough seating for 6-8 because you’ll appreciate the extra room), and dependability.

However, if you need to tow a trailer on the weekends, you’ll want a car that has a good tow rating and a payload that can handle everything.

Don’t forget to consider any changes that your life or your family may see in the future. Families expecting new children in the next couple of years will likely want to avoid the two-seater sports cars for obvious reasons. On the other hand, if you have travel on the road a lot, a smaller car will help you save more on gas and other costs along the way.

This question all comes down to what type of car suits your specific needs. Here is a short list of key features to help you get started:

  • Four-wheel drive
  • Good gas mileage
  • Number of seats
  • Towing capacity
  • Trunk space
  • Horsepower


2. What Type of Warranty Should I Look for?

You want your vehicle investment to last you as long as possible. On average, most car warranties last up to three years or at least 36,000 miles, but you should ask yourself if that’s long enough for you or should you think about adding an extended warranty? The question essentially comes down to, “Can I afford a major repair after the factory coverage runs out?”

You still want to make sure you know exactly what a vehicle’s warranty covers before purchase. Some basic warranties cover a vehicle’s “bumper to bumper” composition that includes nearly everything from the front of the car’s bumper to the back.

Most Powertrain warranties, however, cover the things that the automakers manufacture such as the engine, drivetrain, the air conditioning, and electrical system.
Warranties tend to vary based on the automaker, dealership and the vehicles themselves, but you’ll want to make sure you’re actually getting a good deal. For example, some car manufacturers offer excellent warranties that may seem too good to be true, and they often are. Always read the full warranty!

You don’t want to encounter any unwanted repairs in the future, but you want to be sure that you read all the warranty terms so that you adhere to them closely and don’t run the risk of voiding your coverage.

3. What Is Within My Budget?

While there isn’t an “ideal” number you should spend on a car, it’s wise to keep two general rules in mind when budgeting:

  1. The total value of your vehicle should never be more than half your annual income. So, if you make $50,000 per year, your car should not cost more than $25,000.
  2. Another rule to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t spend more than 50% of your monthly income on a fixed expense such as a car payment.


So, if you’re trying to decide what you can afford, make sure that whatever total car payment you end up with doesn’t exceed that amount.

If you have your heart set on a particular make or brand, try looking for an older model or something comparable. Some other things to keep in mind when thinking about your vehicle budget are:

  • Fuel economy
  • Insurance
  • Vehicle registration
  • Maintenance and servicing
  • Tire costs


4. Are There any Extra Features I Want?

More new car dealers than ever are offering in-dash, technology options like satellite navigation, internet access, and infotainment systems.

For some people, these features are extremely important while others would like to keep the additional costs of buying a new car as low as possible. It all comes down to how important these features are to you and your needs.

5. Are There Additional Fees I Need to Consider?

When you’re getting ready to purchase a new car, remember that you’re paying for more than just the car itself.

Documentation, registry fees, and sales tax are standard, but there may be additional fees at some dealerships like preparation fees. Don’t be afraid to ask questions so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Looking for a New Honda in Wichita?

If you are in the market for a new car, take a look at our online inventory or stop by our showroom at 7017 East Kellogg Dr today and find the car that is right for you!

Don’t Miss the Honda Spring Sales Event

You probably have a long list of things to do this spring, so when you’re ready to take a break, come check out the Spring into a Honda Sales Event here at our Wichita, KS dealership. You’ll get an amazing deal on the new 2014 Honda Accord, which is already a car that delivers a phenomenal value for ages. Check out this commercial that shows off the sale.

If you needed one more reason on top of the incredible features you’ll find in the new Accord, this spring sale is it. We’ll work with you to give you the best deal possible so you can drive away with one of the most popular and reliable models on the market.

Learn more about the Spring into a Honda Sales Event by visiting us here at Scholfield Honda, and we’ll be sure to help pick out the best vehicle for you.

Service Advisors Earn Top Spot in National Honda Ranking

Scholfield Honda’s Service Advisors had a really good reason to celebrate last night with a visit to Xtreme Racing: They placed in the TOP 50 of more than 1,000 Honda dealerships nationwide for receiving top Customer Service Evaluation scores. Congrats to this great crew for RANKING 38th in the country! Thanks for all your hard work.

Scholfield Honda Service Advisors

L to R: Brad Cox, GM, Paul Ha, Matt Caton, East Service Manager, Doug Faulkner, Director of Parts & Service, Shane MacWilliams, Brittainie Genosky, Josh Floyd, Travis Sonka and Matt Trego.

Scholfield Honda Service Advisors

Honda Civic Versus Toyota Corolla: An Ultimate Comparison

If you’re in the market for a new compact car, chances are you’ve been researching and comparing two of the auto industry’s popular workhorses: the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. These compact cars have been setting the standard for style, performance, comfort, and reliability in the compact-car arena since they hit the streets decades ago.

Over the years, the competition between these two vehicles has driven their individual advancement. As you might guess, we’re big fans of the Honda Civic. Year after year, the Civic accelerates past the Corolla in both performance and styling.

Model Lineups

Both the Civic and Corolla have three standard configurations. The Corolla is available as a sedan, hatchback or hybrid. On the other hand, the Civic comes in sedan, hatchback, and coupe configurations. The base Corolla L starts at $19,600, while the top-of-the-line XSE starts at $25,550. In comparison, the Civic LX starts at $19,550 MSRP*, ranging to the most expensive Touring trim starting at $27,400 MSRP*.

*MSRP starting at $27,400 excluding tax, license, registration, $930.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

Honda hasn’t engineered a hybrid Civic since the Insight fills that position in the lineup. 

Exterior Comparison

Both models feature the sleek elements that have become benchmarks for style in the compact-car segment. 

It’s easy to be wooed by the Corolla’s exterior. Available in eight colors, the Corolla features slimmed-down, angle-dependent styling. When compared to the Civic, the Corolla has a narrower wheelbase and is noticeably shorter—eight inches shorter to be precise. The Corolla features LED headlights, LED taillights and optional exterior accents.

On the other hand, the Civic’s striking exterior races laps around the Corolla. Also available in eight colors, the Civic boasts an assertive, stylish design. Featuring sharpened, yet smooth body lines, the Civic’s elongated wheelbase adds a touch of sophistication, which is oftentimes skipped over in the compact-car segment. You’ll also notice that the Civic has a wider stance than the Corolla. This design creates better handling and a smoother ride on more demanding roadways.

What’s Under the Hood?

The LX and Sport Civics come with a fuel-efficient 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine*. If you’re looking for performance, the EX, EX-L and Touring trims feature a 174-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. The Civic also features a sporty chassis with MacPherson struts standard. In terms of fuel efficiency, expect to achieve 29 miles per gallon* in the city and 38 miles per gallon* on the highway.

*LX & Sport 158 hp @ 6500 rpm (SAE net). EX, EX-L & Touring 174 hp @ 6000 rpm (SAE net). 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for LX & Sport 6MT trims. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Toyota equipped the base trim Corollas with an underpowered 139-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine. You’ll find that the higher-trimmed Corollas are lacking gusto behind the gas pedal as well. The 2.0-liter “Valvematic” engine delivers a less than impressive accolade of 169 horsepower. The Corolla’s similar, yet narrowed chassis produces a rougher ride and stiffer, less forgiving handling. Expect to see similar gas mileage from the Corolla as you do from the Civic, averaging 29 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

Comparing Cabins

With smart engineering, the Honda Civic feels more spacious than your average compact car. The newest Civic has a slew of available features, including a smart driver information interface, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and shift knob, electric parking brake, heated seats, remote engine start, 8-way powered driver’s seat and wireless phone charging. All Honda Civics come with standard Honda SensingⓇ safety features, including a Collision Mitigation Braking System™*, Road Departure Mitigation System™*, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow* and a Lane Keeping Assist System*. For more information, visit Honda’s website for a complete list of available Civic features and technology.

*CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. ACC with Low-Speed Follow cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed, and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather, or on winding roads. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Toyota focused on creating a premium feel within the Corolla’s interior, rather than adding driver-friendly features. Optional equipment includes leather-wrapped steering wheel, soft-touch accents, 8-inch touchscreen display, blind-spot monitoring, remote connect and adaptive front lighting. The Corolla employs Toyota Safety Sense, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection, Automatic High Beams, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist.

Test Drive a Honda Civic Today!

We can talk about the Civic all day long, but it’s time to buckle up see how fun this compact is to drive for yourself. Click here to view our Civic inventory or give us a call at 316-688-6400 to schedule your test drive.

Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean in the Winter

Winter brings some pretty nasty weather, and Wichita drivers frequently have to deal with snow and ice on the roads. To combat this, road crews in Wichita and throughout the U.S. put down sand and brine, a solution of water, salt and magnesium. These treatments make streets safer by providing traction, preventing sliding, and melting ice, but they also cause damage to your car’s paint, brakes, frame, and electronic systems. The best way to prevent corrosion and protect your car is to keep it clean all winter.

1. Wash Your Car After Every Winter Storm

The brine solution used to treat roads is acidic. If not cleaned off, it will eat away at the metal and paint on your car. That’s why regular washing is important even in the winter. Using the high-pressure hose at a self-service car wash will help reach out-of-the-way areas that may have caught lots of salt and grimy buildup. Make sure you clean the wheel wells and undercarriage too, since that’s where most of the chemicals collect.

2. Use Wax to Protect Your Car’s Paint

Brine causes corrosion and rust even on new cars, but this preventive measure can help. Before winter weather hits, apply a barrier of polymer wax to protect your car’s paint job from road grime, chemicals, salt, brine, and sand. During the cold months, use a spray wax after every wash. This small step can protect your car’s appearance, structural integrity, and resale value.

3. Avoid the Salt Trucks

If you can, avoid heading out just prior to a storm and just after a storm, when there is likely to be fresh salt on the roads. This will limit your car’ exposure to the corrosive road treatment chemicals.

4. Don’t Drive in Deep Snow, Slush or Puddles

Salt builds up in these areas, and if that high-salt content snow gets jammed into the undercarriage of your vehicle, it’s hard to get rid of. Corrosion will be much more likely, and damage will result much faster.

These simple steps will keep your car clean and protected in the winter. Stay warm out there!

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The All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey

This Minivan Takes Family-Friendly Design, Performance and Technology to the Next Level

The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan recently made its world debut at Detroit’s famed North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Already the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for seven years running, the next-generation Odyssey offers sleek, sophisticated modern styling and innovative features to keep every member of the family happy.

Advanced Connectivity & Entertainment

The 2018 Odyssey offers a host of connected-vehicle features and technologies:

  • Available on EX trims and above, the new 8-inch high-resolution (720p) Display Audio touchscreen interface features intuitive menus and customizable app tiles. It serves as the nerve center for a multitude of new audio and telematics options, including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.
  • CabinWatch uses a camera to let the driver and front passenger keep tabs on passengers in the second and third rows via the Display Audio screen. (Parents, now you really will have “eyes in the back of your head!”)
  • CabinTalk lets the driver speak to passengers through the second- and third-row speakers and rear entertainment system headphones.
  • Second- and third-row passengers can watch streaming video on the ceiling-mounted, 10.2-inch WSVGA Connected Rear Entertainment System, through the available in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, public Wi-Fi or a cellphone data plan.
  • The downloadable CabinControl app enables smartphone control of the rear entertainment system, rear cabin heat and AC, and allows users to send locations to the Honda navigation system.

New Magic Slide™ Second-Row Seat

Magic Slide™ provides the ultimate in family friendly cabin seating flexibility. The second-row seat is easily reconfigurable for optimal passenger comfort, people- and cargo-hauling flexibility, and easy access to third-row seating.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies

All 2018 Odysseys in EX and above trims will feature the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. These include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

The Odyssey also features an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and advanced airbags.

Additional Features and Technologies

Additional standard and available features include:

  • Hands-free power tailgate with foot activation
  • LED headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Blind spot information (on all models with Honda Sensing™)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Wireless device charging
  • Multi-zone audio
  • Sirius 2.0, Pandora compatibility
  • HD Radio™
  • HondaVac® in-vehicle vacuum

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is launching at dealerships nationwide this spring.

How Much Does it Really Cost to Own a Honda?

Buying a new Honda may be more affordable than you think, especially when you consider that owning a car involves more than just the monthly payments:

At the very least, you have to keep a vehicle maintained, insured, tagged and filled with fuel. You could also have to deal with costly repairs that take money out of your pocket. Then, when you sell or trade your vehicle, depreciation could eat away at the return you could get on your investment.

Find the best value

To truly know whether you’re getting a great deal on your next new car purchase, consider the total cost of owning and maintaining the vehicle over five years. Honda makes vehicles with great fuel economy, reliable performance and high resale value. When you consider all these factors, the long-term cost of owning a Honda could be lower than you think. Edmunds.com calls this the True Cost to Own® (TCO). They’ve created a calculator that lets you compare the 5-year estimated cost of buying and owning a Honda compared to other makes and models.

Edmunds.com cost comparison tool

The Edmunds.com True Cost to Own® calculator is easy to use: Just choose the Honda model you’re interested in, and get a list of vehicles in its class, all with their TCO® clearly identified. Try it for yourself, and see how your favorite Honda model stacks up against the competition.

Introducing the All New 2018 Honda Accord

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord recently won North American Car of the Year, making it the most impressive Honda yet. This 10th-generation family sedan is new from the ground up and offers a premium interior, a European-inspired athletic design and confidence-inspiring handling rain or shine. It’s sophistication meets efficiency.

Driver Assistance and Safety

Even the most attentive drivers can miss things. That’s why the 2018 Honda Accord offers features and technologies that help protect you and your passengers from the what-ifs.

  • The Head-Up Display shows important information such as speed, turn-by-turn directions and incoming calls all in the driver’s line of sight.
  • Satellite-Linked Navigation System ™ shows maps and provides lane guidance along with live search functionality.
  • The Multi-Angle Rearview Camera shows more of what’s behind you and alerts you to vehicles on either side.
  • Change lanes with confidence with the blind spot sensors on the rear bumper and side mirrors.
  • Auto High-Beam Headlights automatically dim when there is an oncoming vehicle and the LED headlights further light the road ahead.

Premium Interior and Comfort

Sit in the lap of luxury in the 2018 Honda Accord. From ergonomic high-quality leather-trimmed seating to Active Noise Cancellation ™, every ride is enjoyable.

  • 8-inch Display Audio Touch-Screen lets you swipe your way through music and directions.
  • Shift-By-Wire allows you to go from park to drive with the touch of a button.
  • Two-Position Memory will lock the perfect seat position for you and another driver.
  • Paddle Shifters offer the thrill of race-inspired driving.
  • A Wireless Phone Charger allows you to leave the cables at home. Charge your smartphone using the integrated charging pad.
  • The driver’s seat provides 12-way adjustments. Adjust your seat with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Heated and ventilated seating adds warmth and ventilation when needed.
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control sets just the right temperature.

Additional Safety Features and Technologies

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System ™ (CMBS ™)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (KLAS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
  • Knee Airbags
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering ™ (ACE ™) Body Structure
  • Vehicle Stability Assist ™ (VSA) with Traction Control
  • Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™
  • Mobile Hotspot

Stop by the Scholfield Honda showroom on East Kellogg and test drive the 2018 Honda Accord today!