What Happens Inside The Car, Stays Inside The Car

In the privacy of your own car you could do some things that are… well, strange. If someone spots you mid-boogie, there is no need to panic—we all do it! The front seat karaoke and AUX cord battles are not your unique battle. What happens in the car is coming out of the trunk in this blog!

Sniff sniff–let’s take care of that

It’s been a long day in a stuffy office, so before you go out to dinner with you friends, you do a sniff check at the wheel. You don’t want anybody to know you were sweating in your boss’s office today, so you grab your emergency deodorant from the glove compartment, and give your left and right an even swipe. Does anyone have to know? No. Does everybody do it? Yes.

Love at first sight

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The highway can mean a lot of things for different people, including a place to set eyes on a true love. For you believers in love at first sight, you’ve probably experienced the brief eye contact as your cars drive at the same speed for just a moment. You imagine growing old with the person in the carpool lane, but before you know it, they’re gone, and it is likely that you’ll never see them again (sorry not sorry).

Put some boogie in it

No, not that kind of boogie, although some of us may be inside-the-car nose-pickers. This boogie begins when you find your dad’s Earth Wind and Fire CD and discover disco behind the wheel. Car seat dancing is something we all do, but may be a bit shy to admit.

The AUX cord is mine

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The struggle for ‘shotgun’ has come and gone and left us with a new thing to wrestle for: the AUX cord. It begins a little like this: “Have you listened to Father John Misty’s new song on SoundCloud?” to which your friend replies, “No, but I was just about to show you this Fiona Apple song that reminds me of my ex.” Now, who deserves the AUX when you’ve only got a 4 minute cruise to Liliha Bakery?

Hello self, how are you?

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Some say that any conversation is worth having, but what about an exchange with yourself? Perhaps you’re plotting out a chat you hope to have with your celebrity crush, or a confession to your mom that yes, it was you that broke her vase in ‘98. It’s normal. There are definitely weirder things you could do.

 

Celebrate National Donut Day in Honolulu

Donut get your swim trunks in a twist. On the holiday of holidays, Honolulu delivers with funky flavors and glazed perfection. National Doughnut Day is very near and dear to our hearts here at Cutter Auto. Not only does this holiday make our day, week, and even month sweeter, it gives us a chance to explore the best of donuts in donut heaven.

Kamehameha Bakery

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The early bird gets the worm and poi glazed donuts from Kamehameha Bakery. Open at 2 am, these decadent taro and poi donuts sell out fast. Why? They taste better than they look and, well, they look heavenly. If you plan on rising early on National Doughnut Day, Kamehameha Bakery is your place and the poi glazed donut is your solace.

 

Mr. Donuts & Bakery

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A donut daydream may send you into a deep fryer, but not at Mr. Donuts & Bakery. Mr. Donut bakes his donuts rather than sending them to the fryer producing a flavor that’s all unique to this bakery. Other than that, these donuts are as true to the classic American donut as you can imagine.

 

Regal Bakery

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This bakery keeps it fresh with flavors like cotton candy and maple bacon, but are they delicious? Yes, yes, and yes. Seventh heaven isn’t far away as Regal Bakery has several mouth-watering locations on the island. So, are you feeling adventurous this National Doughnut Day? If you answered yes, bump Regal bakery to the top of your list.

 

Leonard’s Bakery

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Deliciousness can fit a tight budget and Leonard’s Bakery proves that with its light and sweet malasadas. Simple on the outside, these puffs of  tastiness bear sweet island custards and jams inside, making them the perfect donut to pair with your morning coffee.

 

Watanabe Bakery

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These donuts are so cute you won’t want to eat them, but who can resist the adventure of a green tea donut? Not us. This Japanese bakery offers sweet and savory donuts to satisfy any craving. In addition to delicious donuts, all the edible animal shaped breads you could ever want are baked here.

Fix Your Flat in Nine Steps

We love the scenic route just as much as another Hawaiian local, but what happens when you a flat tire strikes outside of town? You pull up your sleeves and take care of it yourself! We’ve laid out nine simple steps to help your car go from flat to fabulous!

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1. Pull over & turn on your hazard lights! Drive your vehicle as far onto the shoulder as possible while avoiding areas that traffic may be difficult to control.

2. Gather your tools! We recommend you keep a jack, wrench and spare tire in your car at all times.

3. Loosen the lug nuts! Turning the iron left will turn these loosen them while refraining from removing them completely.

4. Use your jack! Place the jack under the frame of your car near the tire you are going to replace and raise your car about 6 inches.

5. Remove the lug nuts! It’s time to take that tire off. Simply pull the tire towards you until it’s free. Don’t forget to put your lug nuts in a place where you can’t lose them like your pocket.

6. Put on the spare! To assure that the tire is placed straight, line it up with the lug nut holes. Don’t be alarmed if your spare is smaller or even narrower than your other tires—this is completely normal!

7. Return the lug nuts to their home! Don’t tighten them completely, just enough to hold the tire in place.

8. Bring your car back to earth! Slowly and carefully lower your car to the ground using your jack.

9. Tighten up! Work your way around the wheel gradually tightening the lug nuts—be sure not to tighten them all at once. Once they are all fairly tight, make your way around the wheel to twist them as tight as they will go.

Hand-Wash vs Automatic-Wash: Which is Better for Your Car?

It’s important to keep your car clean for more reasons than you may realize. You always drive safely and schedule regular service appointments because your car’s appearance is important to you. But are you cleaning your car in the best way? We’re breaking down the differences between washing your car by hand and taking it to the automatic washer to help you learn how to better care for your car.

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Convenience is the first and most obvious pro of automatic car washes. Much quicker and easier than hand washing, automatic washers are also more convenient for the colder seasons when you’re lacking motivation to clean your car. Automatic washers are much easier for daily life.

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Convenience isn’t the only benefit of automatic washers. Air-blowers used in automatic washers are also better for your car than hand drying it with a towel. You can purchase air dryers for personal use, but professional-grade dryers with greater horsepower are faster and will help prevent streaking.

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Those are some of the most important benefits of automatic washers, but it’s the negatives of hand washing your car that really prove automatic washers are the way to go.

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Hand washing your car on your driveway in the summer heat may seem like fun or can bring back good memories, but you may actually be doing more harm to your car. Sponges and rags can scratch your paint by rubbing grit into it. Even the soap you use could be damaging to your car if it’s not made for that purpose or properly washed off. Automatic car washes can avoid these mistakes with professional products.

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Ultimately, automatic washes are not only easier and more convenient for you, they are also better for your car. And after you take your car to a quick and convenient automatic washer, stop by our dealership for a service appointment or a test drive.

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Three Tips for Test Driving

When looking to buy a new or used vehicle people usually research the car online, read reviews, and search for a good deal. Often times, the final factor in deciding whether or not to purchase the vehicle is the test drive. The drive may feel smooth and the car may seem perfect for your needs. But what should you actually look for when you test drive? Here are three tips that people often don’t consider when test driving a car.

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  1. Try a variety of road conditions

Test the car’s performance on hills, rough pavement, and winding roads. Test driving the car on a rainy day can also give you a better idea of how well the car handles. Subjecting the vehicle to multiple situations will display how safe the car is as well as how long the car will last.

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  1. Drive multiple cars

When you’re considering more than one type of vehicle, don’t wait long periods to test drive each of them. Driving multiple cars back to back will help you compare and contrast the different models.

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  1. Bring a friend

Having a second opinion when you are testing out cars increases the likelihood that all questions and problems will be addressed. Your friend may notice something strange or concerning about the car you’re test driving that you would overlook. Help from a friend can get you behind the wheel of your perfect car.

When you follow these tips, you will definitely become more acquainted with each car you test drive which will allow you to make the best decision. Now that you’re prepared, stop by our dealership for a test drive!

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Five Best Burgers in Honolulu

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Unlike other places in the United States, we get to celebrate summer all year round! Keep the warm summer feeling alive by checking out these top five burgers in Honolulu!

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Avocado Burger

Kua’aina

After being around since 1975, you’d think that a successful restaurant like Kua’aina would truly master the art of an amazing burger. You’re in luck because that’s exactly what Kua’aina has done with their avocado burger! Kua’aina gives credit to their lava rock grills that perfectly grill the burgers and the generous pile of avocado that creates the iconic creamy and juicy burger.

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Specialty Burger

Beyond Burgers

Beyond Burgers’s delicious specialty burger gives credit to the local farmers for the hormone-free local beef. They have multiple pop-up locations, but you can always find their amazing burgers by following the smell of sweet Maui onions grilling next to a juicy patty, or you can just visit the monthly Eat the Street food truck rally!

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The Pint + Jigger Stout Burger

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Do you want to know how tasty Pint + Jigger’s stout burger is? It’s the only burger on the entire menu, because there is no need for any other beef patty option. P+J is famous for being one of the best beer bars on the island, and their burgers are made with local, grass-fed beef and oatmeal — definitely helping P+J earn their reputation on the island.

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Tavern Burger

Livestock Tavern

Livestock Tavern is the place you reward yourself with after after a long week of work and stress. Not only does this downtown eatery have the perfect relaxing vibe you’ve been craving, but it also has the perfect burger that knows how to hit the spot. The tavern follows the classic American seasonal laws of a great burger, starting with a thick juicy beef patty, topped with crispy bacon, melted gruyere cheese, tomato, frisee, and held together by a homemade Kaiser roll like a cozy soft bread hug. Are you drooling yet?

 

Those are some of our all time favorite places for local burgers, but we want to hear your favorite places, too! Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!

Off-Roading Basics

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As we all know, it takes some effort to get to the best waves. We locals don’t want to spend all day searching for a spot on the overcrowded beaches, only to have to navigate an ocean of sunburned tourists to make it into the water! The secret treasures of the island usually are blocked by a muddy, unpaved road. If you want to spend some quiet beach time with the monk seals, it might be helpful to go over some off-roading pointers!

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Off-roading essentials

  • A tank full of gas
  • First aid kit (you should have one in your car anyway)
  • Phone and charger
  • Tow rope
  • Spare tire
  • GPS
  • Water
  • Shovel

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Mud

Before you start, check the depth of the mud. Two inches is very different than four feet.

Whatever you do, the answer is never “floor it” when it comes to being stuck in the mud. You’ll either spin the tires deeper into the mud or you’ll lose control and slide (possibly into a tree). If you are stuck, try gently moving your vehicle slightly forwards and backward by slowly alternating between reverse and drive to create some traction under your tires.

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Sand

Don’t bother driving on sand if you don’t have four-wheel drive.

It is difficult to maintain traction on the sand, so the first thing to do is to deflate your tires to about 15-20 PSI. Lower tire pressure creates more surface area, which helps your tire stay on the surface of the sand.

Avoid turning as much as possible. It is a lot of work for your car to push through the sand, so maintaining your forward momentum will help keep you from getting stuck. If you do get stuck, you can use your floor mats to regain traction.

If there are already tracks in the sand, try to follow them, because the sand is already packed down.

Don’t forget to put the air back in your tires when you get back on the pavement!

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For more information, check out these articles:

If you need a four-wheel drive vehicle, we have you covered:

Now, go get out there!

What Your Favorite 2016 Car Model Says About Your New Year’s Resolutions

 

 

 

 

 

2016 is here and with that, new car models are hitting the lots. While they are all shiny and come with the latest gadgets, some might be more appealing to you than others. Here’s what your favorite 2016 model says about your New Year’s resolutions:

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: You have worked hard for a long time, and appreciate working hard now in order to be comfortable later. Your resolution for 2016 is to enjoy life a little bit more. You have worked hard long enough— it’s time to enjoy the little things life has to offer, like leather-trimmed seats and LED headlights. There’s nothing like driving down the Kamehameha highway with your Miata convertible top down and the wind flowing through your hair. And don’t worry, the part of you that still wants to save gas will still get 36 mpg in this little roadster.

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2016 FIAT 500e: You have always lived a good life, but now you feel it’s time to take it up a notch. You want to take extra good care this year by doing things like getting up early, exercising regularly, and eating healthier. On top of that, you want to help the world to also be healthy. That’s why you are drawn to the FIAT 500e, an electric car that not only looks good, but helps the earth feel better. You don’t have to give up the serenity of your commute with this little energy saver, either. Heated front seats, an electronic push-button shifter, and a rear park assist system make saving the world a comfortable task.
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2016 Buick Enclave: You have successfully lived a modest life and have never gone overboard with your spending. For 2016, you are looking to do some saving so that you can live a more comfortable life and have a fairly good amount of savings to fall back on. But don’t think this car isn’t loaded with all the perks. Whether it’s a Bluetooth audio system that connects directly to your phone, or the six-speed 288hp V-6 engine, this SUV has a lot of go. You value things that are nice, but are also responsible with your money, so you will do great with an Enclave— a car that is stylish but also affordable.

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2016 Jeep Renegade: Throughout your life, you have always loved the outdoors. Up until now though, it has only been a hobby. For 2016 you want that to dedicate yourself to more rock climbing,surfing, and camping trips. The newest member of the Jeep family will make this possible, with features like removable roof panels for a complete view of the sky, and the back cargo made to ensure you get your friends and your gear up a mountain easy. With a Jeep Renegade by your side you want to make 2016 about the memories, not just about sitting behind a desk all day.

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2016 Dodge Challenger: For you, 2016 is all about taking risks. Whether it be moving to a new city, changing jobs, or taking that dream vacation, you are ready to take the bull by the horns. While you are doing this, you are ready for a car that will make you feel like you are going through life with a little more horsepower than usual. Whether you’re wielding a 305hp V6 engine or the ultimate SRT Hellcat that roars at a cool 707hp, the this powerful muscle car will make sure 2016 is one to remember.
The New Year can be a great time to start out fresh and get that car of your dreams. At Cutter Auto, we believe that everyone deserves to drive a car they absolutely love. For all our new 2016 models, go to our website at http://www.cutterauto.com/ where you can view our online inventory and find your perfect car for the new year!

Seven Best Things About Hawaii During the Holidays

Living in Hawaii means life is great year-round. We get the beach life, amazing weather, and the lifestyle that most people dream of — we really have it all. However, the holidays can make us want to trade the beach for the slopes, but because we’re stuck with white sand instead of snow, we’ve found the seven best things about Hawaii during the holidays:

  1. Bring the snow to you. During the winter months in Maui and Kauai, you may notice some of the magical white stuff congregating on top of the big island as well on top of the volcano at Mauna kea. That’s right, real snow! If you are really craving a snowman this holiday season, drive up the mountain, pack buckets of snow, and make a snowman for your front yard! The little guy may not last very long, but seeing a snowman in boardshorts will be worth it.

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  1. Attend some holiday traditions. At the Hilo Palace Theater on the Big Island, you can catch a production of The Nutcracker or the December Celebration of Christmas in Music. Both will make you feel the season’s greetings while still enjoying the sound of the waves lapping against the sand.

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  1. Christmas Eve dinner buffets. Need we say more? There is nothing better than an all-you-can-eat dinner with the people you love. Most hotels in Waikiki host a daily dinner buffet, but only the Prince Court and Hakone offer a special holiday selection and are open for regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

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  1. Attend a luau. In Honolulu, the Paradise Cove luau stays open for Christmas and includes some extra holiday cheer. A luau is a great way to experience Hawaii’s beautiful traditions while also saying Mele Kalikimaka!

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  1.  All of the holiday deals at Cutter Auto. Buying a car can be a headache, but there is never a better time to buy a loved one (or yourself) a nice new car that you can stick a giant bow on! During the Christmas season, Cutter is offering a number of deals on new and used cars, as well as service specials!

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  1. Go surfing. While surfing may not be a traditional Christmas activity, it is something unique that you can share with your family. While most families are bundling up, celebrate the holidays by grabbing your bathing suit and a board, and hit the sun and waves!

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  1. Honolulu City Lights. Hawaii is a beautiful place, and during the holidays, it makes a spectacular show of lights at night for all to see. Along with the lights is a giant Christmas tree, live music, and full holiday displays. The best place to view the lights is from up above the city, but seeing the lights from the beach is just as great.

From all of us at Cutter Auto, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season! Mele Kalikimaka!

Five Tips for Finding Your Perfect Pre-Owned Car

As a car buyer, there are many choices to be made. A good place to start is deciding if you want to go with a new or pre-owned vehicle. Buying new means you get that new car smell, a fresh odometer, and the comfort that comes with knowing you have been the only owner. However, buying a new car isn’t for everyone. Buying used can be a great experience that will save you some money if done right. Here are five tips to keep in mind when searching for a pre-owned car that will be reliable, worth your money, and an all-around good vehicle.

  1. Check the title, and be very picky about the title status of the car. A car title is a legal document that states ownership of the vehicle. It also can be a major indicator of your car’s history.

Clean title: A clean title for a used car means that even though it is being sold as used, it has had no major physical issues with the car. The car is clean from major accidents, body and mechanical work, etc.

Salvage title: A salvage title for a used car means the car has been damaged beyond 75% of its original value. While the car may have been cleared to again function on the road, the original damage was bad enough that it will never reach clean title status again. Watch out for these, as their price is usually drastically lower than clean title vehicles.

Rebuilt/Reconstructed title: A rebuilt/reconstructed title is issued to salvage vehicles that have been repaired to be completely operational. These cars have undergone extensive rebuilding and inspection to return to the road. These cars are also much less expensive than clean title cars, but they can be a risk, as unexpected issues from the rebuild can come up, resulting in unexpected and potentially expensive trips to the shop.

  1. Make sure to get a car with a reasonable amount of miles on it.

The rule of thumb for most used cars is that the more miles they have, the less expensive they will be. If you are looking for a car to last you 5+ years, go with a car with less than 100,000 miles. If you are only looking for a car to get you through 2-5 years, a car with no more than 150,000 miles should last.

  1. Look for makes that are reliable through 200,000+ miles.

Some makes are more reliable than others, and those cars will easily last longer. Buying an unreliable make with 100,000 miles on it, means that car is most likely to only last another couple thousand miles at the most. A car from a reliable make with over 100k miles already on it, means that car could last you through 250k miles.

  1. If it’s available, check the vehicle’s history.

Unlike checking the title status of the car, a vehicle history is much more detailed. A vehicle history should tell you if it was regularly serviced, as well as went in for oil changes and basic checkups. This will tell you what kind of condition the car is in on a deeper level. A car with regular checks is one that has healthy mechanics under the hood. This will lower your chances of running into unexpected mechanical issues after purchase.

  1. Try and buy from a car dealership.

If that is not possible, be careful when buying from a private seller. Private sellers may seem like an easier option, as they occasionally may run cheaper. However, buying from a dealership ensures that you’ll have a regulated purchasing process. Some private sellers may withhold information and sell you a car with known problems without disclosing that information. A dealership has their reputation on the line, and they inspect their used cars to make sure they are worthy of their lot.

If you’re on the quest to find the perfect pre-owned vehicle, come visit us at Cutter Auto. Our no-pressure team will help you find your new dream car. Check out our website http://www.cutterauto.com, where you can find all of our new and used inventory. Happy driving!