Get Inspired with InnovateLA 2017

As one of the biggest cities in the entire world, Los Angeles, CA, is a prominent leader in terms of industry, creativity, and science. From the cutting-edge technologies of Silicon Valley to the creative inspirations of Hollywood, there’s no limit to the possibilities it holds.

Of course, sometimes, in order to make your dreams come true, you need a bit of assistance. And InnovateLA is a two-and-a-half-week celebration to help you do so.

Bring Your Ideas to Life

shutterstock_633629336What kind of great ideas do you have in your head? Is there a fancy, technologically advanced invention knocking around up there? Or perhaps you’ve just been noodling over opening the restaurant or brewery of your dreams?

InnovateLA is a celebration of ideas just like these. From November 1-17, 2017, InnovateLA will celebrate the region’s creativity and entrepreneurship by providing great minds with the outlets needed to bring their ideas to life.

Educate & Connect

Some folks say that success is all about what you know. Others, who you know. But during InnovateLA, these two schools of thought collide. This celebration is actually a series of different lectures, mixers, and seminars where creators are granted the tools necessary to make things happen.

During its many lectures and seminars, you’ll be granted experienced insights into a given field. Meanwhile, mixers and roundtable discussions will offer you the chance to meet with distinguished innovators and investors with like minds.

There’s a large calendar of events lined up for InnovateLA, but here’s a taste of what you can expect.

  • 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Counts Conference, hosted on November 2
  • Building a Start-up with Laser Focus, hosted on November 9
  • World Funding Summit: Meet Top Investors & Financiers, hosted on November 17

No Idea is Too Far-Fetched for InnovateLA

If you’ve been chewing on a great idea for a new business, technology, or work of art, it’s time to give it some serious consideration. Even if you think you may be a little inexperienced, InnovateLA can provide you with the connections and the information to bring it to life.

Connect with InnovateLA on Facebook to learn more about its ever-growing lineup of events!

 

Sing Joy to the World with Justin Rudd This Holiday Season

There’s so much to love about the Christmas season: the spirit of giving, the excitement of sharing an incredible surprise gift with a loved one, and the time spent with friends and family.

holiday concertHowever, just as loveable as these qualities is the sheer aesthetic of Christmas. The scent of freshly baked cookies, the glow of the decorations, and of course, the sound of the music.

Justin Rudd wants to share those incredible sights and sounds with you this season at his Joy to the World Holiday Concert. Read on to learn more!

Justin Rudd Gives Back with His Holiday Concert

  • When: Sunday, December 10th, 2017
  • What Time: 5PM – 7PM
  • Where: Bay Shore Church, 51 E. The Toledo, Long Beach, CA

If there’s one big drawback to the holidays, it’s that you might end up sinking a lot of money into them. Between all the shopping and traveling, there might not be much money left over to enjoy some of California’s local Christmas attractions.

Understanding this fact, Justin Rudd’s Joy to the World Holiday Concert is completely free for all attendees. All you need to do it reserve a ticket online beforehand (at no cost) and show up early to grab a good seat.

Any money you spend while at the concert is up to you. All proceeds will go directly to charity!

How Can You Help Your Community?

toy donationOver the course of this 26-piece brass and percussion concert, attendees will have a few different opportunities to give back to the community in their own way.

  • Donate non-perishable foods. Canned and boxed goods will go to the Long Beach AIDS Food Store.
  • Donate toys and treats for shelter animals. Operation Santa Paws will be in full force this winter.
  • Provide cookies for the homeless. With a $5 donation, you can enjoy a cookie tasting reception after the concert. Leftovers from this reception will then be boxed and delivered to the homeless.

Give More This Christmas

With so much of the holiday season consumed by buying, it’s good to give back every now and then. The Joy to the World Holiday Concert is a full night of giving and sharing. RSVP online today to learn more!

Plunge into the Depths with Dark Harbor 2017

Anyone who’s lived in or around the Long Beach area for any length of time is probably familiar with the RMS Queen Mary. This historic ship, which was constructed back in 1930, has been a stalwart fixture in the Long Beach harbor since the ship’s retirement in the late sixties.

You may know that the Queen Mary hosts some famous parties. But are you familiar with its ghoulish past? If not, Dark Harbor 2017 is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted…

Washed Away in Waves of Fright

shutterstock_147554216For many, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is the most haunted Halloween experience in all of Southern California. With seven expertly crafted and delightfully eerie mazes, as well as a massive cast featuring hundreds of ghosts and ghouls, there’s a veritable heart-stopper around every corner.

Each year, the Dark Harbor experience opens its doors at the end of September and runs until November 1st. During weeknights, the attraction is open from 7 PM until midnight. And on Fridays and Saturdays, the doors are open until 1 AM.

Each maze is bedecked in its own nightmarish theme. Circus features a cast of spooky, big top chills, while Deadrise descends into the deep, dead ocean. No matter which you choose, screams abound.

Dark Harbor Goes Beyond Mere Make Believe

It’s true that the owners of the Queen Mary go all out for the Halloween season. But the truth is, this ship is well-known for its year-round paranormal activity.

Having such a long, rich history, acting at one time as a luxurious ocean liner, and then at another as a WWII ship, there’s no doubt that the Queen Mary has seen a few grim demises in its day. Many famous specters are said to roam the halls daily, including the “Lady in White.” Who knows, maybe you’ll meet her during Dark Harbor!

Dark Harbor Will Send Your Courage Out to Sea

So, you don’t scare easily, huh? Even if you consider yourself the epitome of bravery, we doubt you’ll be immune to the scares that Dark Harbor is cooking up this year. Reserve your tickets online today to put the Queen Mary to the test!

How Do the 2017 Honda Clarity Trim Levels Differ?

It’s no secret that Cerritos, Los Angeles, and Long Beach (or, you know, all California cities) are pretty eco-conscious. Which is probably why the 2017 Honda Clarity has burst onto the scene with so much interest surrounding it.2017HondaClarityFuelCell

Of course, when choosing your Honda Clarity, you’ll have three different trim levels to choose from. What changes between them? Well, you can check out this article by the Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos team to find out.

Three Different Honda Clarity Trim Levels

If you’re wondering how the three Honda Clarity trim levels truly differ, the answer is in powertrain. While they do share other technologies and designs, their powertrains (and thus their fuel efficiency) alter from trim to trim.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is largely considered to be the Clarity flagship. See, while Honda did not invent the fuel cell themselves, they’ve managed to perfect its automotive implementation.

Whereas other brands might put the fuel cell in the trunk or cabin, Honda has managed to make one small enough to fit under the hood, thus granting the Clarity five passenger seating.

The fuel cell safely uses hydrogen to power your vehicle, generating its own on-demand electricity with zero emissions. In total, the Clarity Fuel Cell has a roughly 366-mile range with just five minutes of refueling.1 That’s efficient and quick!

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Hybrid cars have been around for some time now, though they still haven’t garnered nearly as much popularity as the standard gasoline powered car. These cars blend a traditional engine with an electric motor with a battery. This outfit allows for part-time all-electric driving capability.

With the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, you’ll be able to drive efficiently for long distances, recharging from a power outlet when things get low. In total, you should have a 47-mile all-electric range.2

Honda Clarity Battery Electric

The Honda Clarity Battery Electric trim level tends to fall somewhere in between the hybrid and the fuel cell. While this vehicle doesn’t employ any hydrogen, it does run entirely on the electric stored in its batteries—once again, to be recharged via power outlet.2017HondaClarityInterior

The standard electric range for the Clarity Battery Electric is roughly 89 miles,3 with a recharge time of 1-10 hours. Ultimately, that is all without any emissions!

Standard Features Across All Honda Clarity Trim Levels

Despite their powertrain differences, the Clarity trim levels seem to share the majority of all other features. For instance, each comes with a robust entertainment system featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, 12 speakers, full mobile integration, and satellite-linked navigation.

As for safety, the intuitive Honda Sensing® also comes standard in these trims. This suite utilizes sensors and cameras to monitor and react to the road for you.

Get to Know the Honda Clarity Trim Levels a Little Bit Better

While the 2017 Honda Clarity isn’t available in all U.S. states, they seem to be readily available in California. Cerritos, Los Angeles, and Long Beach drivers can experience them firsthand by contacting our team at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos. Contact us today for more information!

1 Based on 2017 EPA range rating. Use for comparison purposes only. Your range will vary based on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving condition, and other factors.

Based on 2018 EPA range rating. Use for comparison purposes only. Your range will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, powertrain condition, and other factors.

Based on 2017 EPA range rating. Use for comparison purposes only. Your range will vary based on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.


What’s the Difference Between a Used and Certified Pre-Owned Car?

If you’re thinking of buying a pre-owned car for the Cerritos, Los Angeles, and Long Beach areas, you’d be making a great choice. You’ll get some excellent features and specs, all while bypassing that first year’s depreciation. What could be better?

However, not all local drivers understand the differences between used and certified pre-owned. That’s why our team at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos has put together this helpful article.car-deal-with-couple

Certified Pre-Owned Cars: Just Like New

If you’ve ever heard the term Certified Pre-Owned, or just plain CPO thrown around before, you might assume that it’s interchangeable with a used car. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

What makes a pre-owned car certified is that after trade in, it undergoes rigorous manufacturer testing. This multipoint inspection includes a varying number of items, depending on the brand. Honda, for example, is notorious for its thorough 150-point inspection.

During the process of this inspection, any elements that aren’t up to manufacturer standards are either repaired or replaced. And once they are, the car is fit for a manufacturer seal of approval.

As a show of the car’s quality and the manufacturer’s confidence in it, CPO cars are then given an all-new limited factory warranty. As a driver, that should offer you plenty of additional peace of mind.

Used vs Certified Pre-Owned

With your standard used car, you probably won’t have that new limited warranty (though depending on the car’s age and mileage, it may still fall under the original). The car may have quite a few extra years on it, too. Nevertheless, the price will probably be lower.

You’ve likely gathered by now that CPO cars have a ton of benefits. In addition to their extra coverage, there’s even a good chance that they have less mileage, since many are relatively new off-lease returns. However, you are going to pay a little more for these benefits.

A Used Car Won’t Let You Down

Though a used car doesn’t come with all those CPO bells and whistles, you can still expect that it’ll be of a higher quality. No matter what kind of pre-owned car it may be, once it arrives at the dealership, it’s going to be inspected. And in the hands of a skilled technician, nothing is going to slip through the cracks.CarsUsedLot

In the end, this used car may be a little bit older or have more miles on it, but the dealership will ensure it runs as close to new as possible. This is all at a slightly lower price, too, so it ends up being a great deal. You may not have that kind of assurance with a private seller, but with a dealer, it’s a given.

Check Out Our Selection of Used and CPO Vehicles Today

One thing you can be sure of when shopping with Norm Reeves Honda Superstore is that used or certified pre-owned, you’re bound to get a car of excellent quality. All Cerritos, Los Angeles, and Long Beach drivers can browse our full inventory online today!


How to Find the Right Used Car for You

When it comes to buying a used car, Cerritos, Los Angeles, and Long Beach drivers will have plenty of options. However, you don’t want to settle for just any run of the mill car, do you? No, you want the perfect match for your lifestyle.car-deal-with-couple

At Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos, we have a few key suggestions when it comes to finding the perfect used car. Follow these, and you’ll have yours in no time.

  1. Set Your Budget

Before you even start dreaming of what car you might like to buy, it’s a good idea to set some realistic limitations. After all, saddling yourself with something way out of your price range is a recipe for disaster.

Sit down and make a list of your current monthly income and expenses. How much wiggle room is left for a car payment? The answer ought to show you what you should be looking for.

  1. Do a Bit of Research

Now that you know what can you afford, you’ll have to pick out a make or model that interests you. If you’re not sure which is best for you, try doing some research. In particular, we think that vehicle reviews and comparisons are a huge help here.

  1. Find a Seller

This next step is another critical one. Some drivers might want to buy from a private seller, if they can find a local listing that matches their tastes. However, there are a lot of critical what-ifs with private sellers, and not nearly as much transparency.

Dealerships have reputations to uphold. So, they’re going to be more up front with you. And more than likely, the initial quality of their cars will be higher, too.

  1. Inspect Your Favorite Models

So, you’ve chosen a dealer and have set your sights on a particular car. It might sound good on paper, but you should inspect it, too. Check for signs of rust, cosmetic damage, or tire wear. Pop the hood and make sure that the powertrain is up to spec. If all looks good, you can then get behind the wheel.Dealership

  1. Schedule a Test Drive

Arguably, the test drive is the most important part of the car buying process. You can never be sure that a car is right for you without taking it for a spin. And a successful drive can really seal the deal. Schedule yours as soon as a car piques your interest.

  1. Make Sure You’re Getting the Best Price

What we mean by this is, if you’re shopping at a dealership, be sure to check their website for current specials. With any luck, you’ll find a great deal on a model of your interest. What can be better than that?

Ready to Find Your Next Used Car?

Are you looking for a used car here in the Cerritos, Los Angeles, or Long Beach areas? Well, we’re happy to say you need look no further than Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos. With our large inventory, great prices, and excellent customer service, you should have no problem finding just what you’re looking for. Visit us today to get started!

 

Your Certified Pre-Owned Buying Checklist

If there’s one thing that we truly understand here at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos, it’s the sheer thrill of buying a car. Once your heart’s set on it, the only thing you’ll be able to think about is getting it home in your garage.

Cerritos, Los Angeles, and Long Beach drivers can keep their next certified pre-owned car buying experience quick and easy by following this handy checklist. You’ll have your next car before you know it!car-deal-with-couple

Put Together Your Budget

First things first, before you can pick out the right car, you need to know just how much you can afford to spend. This may not be the most exciting aspect of the process, but it’s necessary and doesn’t take too long.

Write down a list of your monthly expenses, subtracting them from your income. Whatever you have left is the wiggle room you have to play with for your new certified pre-owned car. From here, you should be able to narrow down brands and models.

The Right Dealership Leads to the Right Car

To get the best deal, you’re going to need the right dealership on your side. Browsing a dealership’s website for ease of use, transparency, and inventory size is a good measure of quality.

If you’ve found a dealership that you like, be sure to inquire about their selection. At our Cerritos Honda dealer, we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding a specific model, either online or over the phone.

Once you’ve found a car that you like within that selection, you can even ask for a vehicle history report. With this information, you should have no doubts about how well the car has been maintained.

Test Drives Are Key

In this process, you can’t go right from a dealership’s website to signing the papers. Between those steps, you’re going to need to take your preferred model for a test drive.

While you’re behind the wheel, take note of the vehicle’s space, response, and convenience features. If you’re pleased with what you see, then this may just be the car for you.

Secure Your Financing

If both the vehicle history report and the test drive have met your standards and you think this is the car for you, then your next step will be to visit the dealership’s finance department.Dealership

At our dealership, we keep financing as simple as possible. As a matter of fact, our financiers take care of most of the work for you. All you really need to do is offer up some basic finance information and they’ll start securing the best plan for you.

Get Your Paperwork Together

Signing day is the best. It’s all that stands between you and your new certified pre-owned vehicle. To expedite the process, you may want to get some of the necessary paperwork together beforehand.

To get through signing, you’re going to need:

  • Your social security number
  • Proof of insurance
  • The title for your current vehicle (if trading in)
  • Your completed finance application

Buying Your Next Certified Pre-Owned Car Really Is That Simple

When it comes to buying a certified pre-owned car, all it really takes is these five steps. It doesn’t get any easier than that, does it? Cerritos, Los Angeles, and Long Beach drivers can get started today by visiting the Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Cerritos website. Check out our inventory today!

 

Put Your Sweet Tooth on Ice with These South Gate Area Desserts

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Whether the weather outside is blazing hot or there’s a bite to the air, sometimes a frozen treat is just better. And fortunately for us here in the South Gate, CA, area, there’s plenty of great shops slinging amazing frozen desserts. These are just three of our favorites.

Cravings | Connect on Facebook

In the case of this dessert shop, the name couldn’t be any more accurate. While a savory meal often seems to be in high demand, nothing comes across stronger than an incessant sweet tooth craving.

Although Cravings has only opened as recently as 2014, they’ve made quite the name for themselves in that time. Their shaved ice and ice cream are delicious, but the dessert crepe, in which you can choose your filling, two fruits, and a topping, really seems to be where it’s at.

Ochies | Connect on Facebook

Shaved ice is one of those treats we sometimes take for granted. Perhaps this is because it’s so simple. With nothing more than ice and syrup, there’s not much to it, is there? Well, Ochies proves this idea completely wrong.

Ochies is said to have the world’s best shaved ice (as well as out-of-this-world boba and mangoneada). Ultimately, it comes down to their creative syrups, all 50+ of which are made with pure cane sugar and zero preservatives. Choose up to three different flavors for your next cone!FrozenIce

Salt & Straw | Connect on Facebook

Of course, this list just wouldn’t be complete without one good old-fashioned family ice cream shop. Though, honestly, with the variety and inventiveness of the flavors at Salt & Straw, “old-fashioned” may not be the most accurate description.

Their ice cream shop is a place where sinfully sweet worlds collide. They mix flavors you might not think to combine, but mesh perfectly, regardless. Their Carrot Cake Batter & Hazelnut Praline ice cream, for instance, is a somewhat unexpected delight.

Life Is Better with Extra Dessert

Do you want to know the real key to a long and happy life? It’s treating yourself. When the stresses of everyday life start getting you down, remember that you deserve better. You deserve dessert.

Check out any one of these three shops to treat yourself today!

 

Expand Your Forever Home with These Downey CA Area Animal Shelters

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Despite all the work that goes into caring for a pet, the payoff is truly unbeatable. No matter where you go or what kind of day you’ve had, coming home to a happy, furry face makes all of that work worth it.

Next time you decide to expand your family with a new pet, why not try the rescue route? These three Downey area animal shelters make it as easy as possible.

LA County Department of Animal Care & Control | Connect on Facebook

If you’re looking to adopt a new pet anywhere in the Los Angeles County area, then the Department of Animal Care & Control is a great choice. Aside from being one of the best in the area, they’re one of the largest and most progressive animal care agencies in the country.

In addition to their 24/7 rescue services, all adoptions include low-cost spaying and neutering, free vet checkups, and full vaccinations.

SEAACA | Connect on Facebook

The Southeast Area Animal Control Authority, or SEAACA, is another of the more well-known adoption centers near Downey. Their mission doesn’t just include caring for animals and offering humane education, they’re also big on enforcing laws to protect animals and residents alike.

Part of this means rescuing animals that have faced serious abuse and nursing them back to health. However, it also means managing out-of-control wildlife in a safe and considerate way.

Sunny Saints | Connect on Facebook

Are you a fan of big dogs? If you are, then you’ll want to check out Sunny Saints St. Bernard Rescue. If you’re not quite as familiar with this breed, all you really need to know is that they are, at heart, giant teddy bears.DogPark1

This non-profit, all volunteer organization cares for St. Bernards that have been lost, surrendered, or abandoned. In the end, all they want to do is pair these special dogs with the foster or forever home they deserve.

Be a Hero: Rescue Your Next Pet

One of the hardest parts of visiting an animal shelter is how downright sad some of the animals look. However, in the right home, their entire demeanor is sure to turn around. Do them a favor—rescue your next furry friend!