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The Hondura Blog

We Go the Extra Mile For Your Vehicle.

We know you value your vehicle and care about the repairs done to it. We love to answer your questions. And, we care about showing you the type of work that can be done on your automobile. In this blog, we'll show you case studies about repair jobs we've done, we'll give you tips, road safety tips, and Rave Reviews of our customers. Enjoy!

Trip Check Time!

Time for Trip Checks!

We talk a lot about Trip Checks here at Johan's and with good reason! With summer upon us and long drives in our futures, there is no better time to make sure our vehicles are in the right condition to get us where we want to go without any unpleasant roadside drama. 

Johan's offers trip checks for a flat rate of $50. Just give us a call at 405-235-1079 to schedule your trip check with us.

So, no matter if your trip is planned for this week or August, now is the best time to make sure your car is for the journey!

Meet Your Technicians: The Crew!

Meet your techs!

From left to right is TJ, Evan, Keith & Royce

They are the ones that keep your cars going giving you peace of mind. They're the best in town! (Just don't tell them I said that.) 

We can't wait to tell you more about each of them in upcoming blog posts so keep checking here for that! 

Until then, give us a call and keep these boys busy by scheduling your appoitntment today!  405-235-1079

Spring Cleaning!

Spring Cleaning at Johan's Hondura is in full swing these days starting with our yard and parking lot. Here's a few of the improvements our staff has been working hard on these past few weeks. 

Come on down to the shop and check out all the changes going on for yourself! 


Newly painted parking lines

Painting by our very own staff, these attractive new parking lines will make finding a space to park a lot easier when you arrive at Johan's.

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No One Is Immune To Trouble On The Road

This seems like an unnecessary advertising strategy. ? 


We can all laugh AFTER we have vehicle related travel troubles but during? It’s a nightmare even Johan isn’t immune to! This small luggage trailer bottomed out in the hills of Tennessee puncturing the left tire and causing the tire to drag, smoke and wear away with half the trip still left to go!


Thanks to Johann and Hondura, the Toyota Highlander pulling it was running perfectly and was able to pick up the load the trailer had to leave behind. Some amazing techs at a local tire shop who stayed late to help put new tires on the trailer wheels, all travelers were able to get back on the road and reach their destination safely although a bit later than planned.          

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Bakkie: The Toyota Hilux

Image Credit: Ivandrei Pretorius 

If you know Johann's Hondura or even if you don't but you've just wondered about our unusual name, you will discover that we have deep South African roots. Johann came to the U.S. from Durban, Kwa Zulu/Natal in 1980 and envisioned a car repair shop that specialized in a few, reliable car brands in order to service them with excellence. As a British trained vehicle mechanic, Johann was able to bring a unique brand of service and expertise to the Oklahoma City Metro and has continued to do so for the last 39 years! We are proud of our roots and as such, we'd like to introduce you to the Toyota Hilux--the rugged yet luxurious pickup you never knew you couldn't get!


The Toyota Hilux is not available for purchase in the United States but this rugged Toyota "bakkie" (slang for truck) is a popular off-roading/luxury choice in South Africa, Australia and many other parts of the world.


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How to Drive For Free

Okay. So that title is a bit misleading. You can’t drive 100% for free but you can certainly drive inexpensively without compromising on quality or style! Let me tell you how.

Many of us make the mistake of believing we have to drive our cars off the dealership lot with zero miles and a dealership warranty that’ll cover the best years of our cars life but that simply isn’t the case.  In reality, a used car, like an existing house, hasn't necessarily suffered from previous use. In many cases, the car, like the house has benefited by previous ownership in the form of upgrades, add-ons, as well as inherent issues having already been addressed and repaired!

The key to buying used is making sure you’re not only getting a good deal but also making sure your potential car checks out mechanically. Did you know Johan’s Hondura offers Pre-Purchase Checks to help ensure you’re buying well?  As a third party in the transaction, our shop has nothing to gain with the sale of the car and our loyalty is to YOU, our customer. It’s a no-brainer--bring your final option by and we’ll do a quick check for you and send you on your way with some assurance that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Johan’s Hondura has been in business for over 30 years so many of our customers have had their cars with us from day one! We have so many stories of how we’ve helped our customers achieve hundreds of thousands of reliable miles on their cars. Yes, you read that right--hundreds of thousands! Some have even facilitated the sale of their cars to private party buyers by being able to offer them the unique advantage of repair and maintenance records that span the life of the car. Repairs, as expensive as they seem when they are required, cost so much less than car payments over the long term. Prove it to a future buyer!

Did you know a brand new car can cost you $5,000 or more in extra costs versus its previously owned counterparts? As you’ve probably been told, new cars depreciate the minute you drive it off the lot.  The reason for that is, YOU now own it so it instantly became a “used” car by virtue of you signing a few papers. Then add on new car tags, title and taxes and you are looking at a lofty investment just so you can hope your car will be more reliable and not cause you any nasty surprises.  By the way, it still can. Many new car purchasers end up taking the hit by attempting to preserve their new car purchase just so the next, deal-conscious owner can benefit from their investment! Don’t give your money away that way! You might as well consider all your options.

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My first Honda

The first car I ever owned was a 1982 Honda Accord in a rusty brown color that I appropriately named, "Rusty."  This was in 1995 so Rusty wasn't exactly the sparkling, awe inspiring car that many of my high school mates where given. In fact, I bought Rusty directly from Johan (who just so happens to be my father). My dad let me drive it around after I got my driver's license in an effort to ease my poor mother's chauffeuring duty. I got my first job and began saving my money. It took me less than 6 months to save up the $900 it took to purchase Rusty from my father outright. I still remember going to the bank for that cashier's check and the sense of pride I felt knowing that my old-rust-bucket was now fully mine!

Being Johan's child, there really was never a debate over what kind of car I would start out with. Hondas, Toyotas, Lexuses and Acuras were all over the place growing up so that's all I knew. I did eventually dabble in other makes but I won't lie, I ended up right back where I started--I now drive a much newer Acura MDX. 

I learned a lot about car maintenance with old Rusty. I had a blow out on my way to school one day, so I had to put into practical use what it took to actually change a tire. I had to check my oil the right way and make sure I brought it to the shop for regular checks. It taught me about caring for things in general and working for Rusty, however old and unglamorous it was, taught me to value what I had in a way I saw a lot of peers fail to do. It's a hard lesson to learn and I'm grateful Rusty helped me learn it early on.

I upgraded and customized my car and rocked out to Sheryl Crow for about two years (I told you it was 1995) in that car until one day, Rusty probably saved my life or least saved me from serious injury. On my way to the airport, driving straight south on Oklahoma City's Meridian Avenue, a huge semi-truck made a sudden right-hand turn from his left-hand turn lane placing in himself directly in my 40-mph path. I had little time to react and slowed and turned only a little before my small car t-boned that giant vehicle.  I don't remember the first few minutes after it happened.  I knew my neck burned from where my seatbelt had caught me and yanked me back safely into my seat.  I recall the smoke billowing out of my car's newly crumpled hood and how it frightened me enough to jump out of the car as fast as I could, having seen way too many action movies. Lastly, I remember stumbling toward the truck driver who was panicked and apologetic.

Rusty passed on that day as the car's age and damage made it unrepairable. I was able to buy another vehicle with insurance money and a little more savings but nothing lived up to Rusty's sturdy reliability until I became a Honda owner once again in college. I have been ever since. Knowing these cars are trustworthy in terms of value for money and in terms of the safety of my family means a lot to me. I became a Honda, Toyota, Acura, Lexus owner because of who my father is but I stayed one because their value is something I've witnessed all on my own.

Shop Kittens at Johan's Hondura

Hondura has shop kittens!

Dropping your vehicle off at Johan's Hondura has never been cuter? 

You probably know Johan's Hondura as the go-to repair shop for honest service and competitive prices but did you know Johan's and his techs also have a soft spot for animal life?

The mother of these little furballs made a home for herself on property and promptly gave birth to kittens! The techs make sure they have a warm place to sleep and food to help them grow up nice and strong. Their momma even trusts her babysitters with her babies as you can see as Evan, cradles one of them in his arms. 

Bet you didn't know we had such a soft side! Come down with your Honda, Toyota, Lexus or Acura, let us get you trip ready for the upcoming holidays while you visit these newest members of the staff! You'll be able to check off "trip readiness" and "cuddles" off your to-do list

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WWJD or as we say around here, WHAT WOULD JOHAN DO?

His standards are high. He is committed to integrity and honesty. We treat every car as if it were our own.

Our excellent reputation has been earned from over 36 years of hard work, honesty and personal integrity.  All of our staff have been with us for a long time: from 6 years, right up to 31 years.



Important Maintenance Checks:

We do all the routine maintenance checks according to the manual. 


We check according to the book, but do the work according to the car. This usually costs less than a dealer because we don’t (for example) replace brakes just because the manual says so.

Rotate and Balance: we check the tires each time you are in and will let you know if they need servicing.

Every time a car comes in, no matter what we are doing, we will check all fluids.

Every 100,000 miles or 7 years (whichever comes first), we recommend the Timing Belt, Water Pump, and Accessory Belts on most cars be serviced.

We recommend maintenance checks every 15K miles.

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