How to Decorate Your Car for a Trunk or Treat



Every year, Trunk or Treat events are becoming more and more popular. These events are held as an alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick or treating. They are usually hosted by a church, school, or other community organization and offer a safe environment for children to fully enjoy Halloween.

The key to a great trunk or treat event is good decorations and costumes. Here are a few great suggestions on how to decorate your car for a trunk or treat.

  1. Pick a cohesive theme. Choose a theme that your whole family and car can work with, for example, your family could dress up as characters from The Wizard of Oz and the trunk of your car can be the yellow brick road, Munchkinland, or The Emerald City.
  2. Choose a vehicle with a spacious cargo area. The more room you have for decorations, the better. If you have a vehicle with a hatch opening, like a minivan, these are ideal, since you can hang overhead decorations from the hatch.
  3. Use kid-friendly decorations. Most trunk or treat events are geared towards young children—think elementary school age—and scary decorations are not allowed. If you use monsters, try to avoid things that are overly gory and spooky.
  4. Incorporate games. To make the event even more fun for kids, try to add some kind of game or activity that the kids have to try before they get their candy, like “I Spy” (they have to find hidden objects in your decorations) or a fishing game with magnetic fishing poles.

Get the kids dressed up and join us at Bates Nissan this Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, from 12-4pm to trick or treat with us at Bates Nissan!  Our friendly staff will be dressed up like pirates, handing out lots of delicious treasures!  Treat the kids to some candy and treat the adults to some fun test drives in a new Nissan, such as the luxurious 2016 Nissan Maxima!  We can’t wait to see you there!

Redesigned 2016 Altima Revealed in New York

The best-selling Nissan in the United States is the mid-size Altima sedan, and now it is all-new. Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, recently unveiled the redesigned 2016 Altima in New York City.

“Altima has experienced five consecutive years of sales growth, the only vehicle in the mid-size sedan segment to do so, with sales growing more than 60 percent since the start of the economic recovery in 2009,” said Ghosn, in a statement. “With this new, redesigned 2016 Altima, we expect to be more competitive in the marketplace.”

The updated Altima features a new exterior and interior design, new technology and connectivity features, a new SR sports model, new active safety features, and better highway fuel efficiency at 39 mpg.

The new available safety feature is called Predictive Forward Collision Warning. This advanced technology is able to see two cars ahead of you and can warn the driver when a vehicle slows down suddenly, even when the driver can’t see it for themselves.

The new 2016 Nissan Altima will be coming to Bates Nissan in November.

 Get a preview of the redesigned 2016 Altima before it arrives:

New Nissan Navara Reveal Runs Early, Showcases New Platform

Nissan had planned to reveal the new Nissan Navara at the Frankfurt Motor Show – but it seems as if the company just couldn’t wait any longer, giving the new Navara an early debut for fans all over the world.

The automaker says that while the vehicle is currently going under the model number of “NP300,” it’s actually going to be the first model of a new platform, of the crossover variety. However, they’re keeping most of those details under wraps.

From the reveal’s images, we can see that the Navara has a bold, rounded appearance, and it’s surely no coincidence that Nissan introduced this fun and quirky truck in a bright orange exterior shade. But of course, the Navara is no pushover, able to tow up to 7,700 pounds.

What do you think of the new Nissan Navara reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and if you’re looking for your new favorite car, visit us at Bates Nissan.


Check out the 2015 Nissan Navara after its reveal in Thailand in 2014:

Make a Difference This Year by Helping to Purchase Flags for Veterans’ Graves



Chapter 147 of the Disabled American Veterans needs your help, with a small gesture that will make a big difference: They need about 2,000 American flags to decorate the graves of those buried at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

These small flags are a mere 58 cents each, making it incredibly easy for anyone to pitch in and help out. It doesn’t seem like much, but in mass quantities, 58 cents adds up quickly. You can help save the veterans group more than $1,000.

The veterans group has been historically purchasing the flags and then re-using them until they wear out, but recently, cemetery growth has caused a high demand that’s become too difficult for the group to bear on its own.

If you’d like to help purchase flags for veterans’ graves, you can send a check, made out to DAV Chapter 147 at P.O. Box 1149, Killeen, TX, 76540, and you can call Randy Brumagim at (254) 681-4515 for more information.

Nissan Qashqai from Europe to Provide More Choices in Crossovers

Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue

Crossovers are quickly becoming one of the most popular automotive segments in the United States, and that means good news for Nissan fans. Starting next year, Bates Nissan will begin offering the Nissan Qashqai, currently the Rogue’s European counterpart.

The Nissan Qashqai is about 10 inches shorter than the American Rogue and sits on a wheelbase that is 2 inches shorter.  While it has less cargo space, it offers a more stylish rear design. It should appeal to those seeking a CUV for the lifestyle and not the utility, or possibly provide a solution for Nissan customers seeking more choices in crossovers.

Alongside the Qashqai, 2016 will also see the arrival of a Rogue Hybrid, a rumor we’ve heard before. So far, there are no details as to what it will have under the hood, or what will power the Qashqai (potentially an ultra-efficient 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine or something similar), but we’re bound to find out soon!

Nissan Appreciates the Art of Racing with Spa 24 Hours Slow-Motion Video


Spa 24 Hours may not enjoy the same level of prestige as Le Mans, but it certainly deserves to come at least close. The event takes place in the rolling hills and verdant forests of Belgium at one of the most beautiful tracks in the world. It’s a favorite among racing drivers, who always appreciate its old-school racing roots and the famous uphill Eau Rouge corner.

Nissan hasn’t failed to show its appreciation, either. Ahead of this year’s Spa 24 Hour race on July 25, it presented an incredible collection of short clips of last year’s cars racing through Eau Rouge, in slow motion. Nissan didn’t just show off its own GT-R NISMO GT3 car, but also showed some of the competing cars as well. This is unlike most promotional material we see in the business, and makes us think that Nissan actually does care about the artistic side of racing!

If you managed to catch the Spa 24 Hour race, make sure to stop by Bates Nissan and let us know what you thought!

Nissan Reusing Old Nissan Leaf Batteries

Nissan LEAF

Nissan announced in June that it has a plan for reusing Nissan Leaf batteries. After years of research into ways to reuse car batteries that no longer have the juice to power a car, Nissan is one of the first manufacturers, along with General Motors, to designate old EV batteries as backup batteries for buildings.

Nissan has partnered with the company Green Charge Networks, which provides and installs batteries for customers. Receiving old Leaf batteries from Nissan will reduce GCN’s costs, as they will have to produce fewer batteries. This partnership isn’t a surprise, as Nissan teamed up with Sumitomo to research how to reuse EV batteries shortly after releasing the first Leaf.

Powering a car is a big job, and when a battery is no longer strong enough to do it, it still has plenty of juice for lighter-duty work. Storing ene
rgy in commercial and industrial buildings doesn’t have anywhere near the energy output of driving a car, making these EV batteries a perfect choice for the job.

What is a Transmission?

ShifterIf you’ve ever done research before buying a car, you may have wondered: What is a transmission? The key to understanding its definition is in the name. It’s a mechanism that transmits power from your car’s engine to the parts that make it move forward, turning energy into torque using gears and a clutch.

There are two types of transmissions: manual and automatic. Most people know that manual transmissions require you to shift the gears yourself, while automatic transmissions shift themselves. With manual transmissions, the gears are various sizes, and you speed up or slow down by manually engaging these gears using the clutch and gear shift. It’s easier to understand in terms of the gears on a bicycle, where certain gear sizes are better for different terrains, slopes, and speeds.

In an automatic transmission, the process is mostly the same, except that the transmission engages other gears automatically when you change speeds, and most automatic transmissions don’t have a clutch. Instead, they have a torque converter, which outputs the necessary amount of torque for the speed of the vehicle.

There is also Nissan’s XRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), available in many new Nissan cars, which you can learn more about here.

This is only a small look into how transmissions work, but we hope it’s useful to you!

2016 Nissan Maxima SR Test Ends in Victory

2016 Nissan Maxima


The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima SR was recently put to the test as it completed laps around the track at Buttonwillow Raceway. It was up against some stiff competition in the 2015 Acura TLX 3.5 with Technology Package, 2015 BMW 328i, and Audi A4 2.0T quattro Premium Plus Tiptronic. The Maxima more than held its own, though, posting the best lap time out of them. Check out the Nissan Maxima performance times below.


Vehicle Time Margin (seconds)
Maxima SR 1:18.50  –
BMW 328i 1:19.48 .98
Acura TLX 3.5L 1:20.58 2.08
Audi A4 2.0T Quattro 1:21.21 2.71


Nissan has been positioning the 2016 Maxima as the “4-Door Sports Car” and it’s most certainly living up the name!

Pierre Loing, vice president of Product Planning at Nissan, said, “We expected the all-new 2016 Maxima, with its re-engineered engine, transmission and chassis to do well, but frankly even we were surprised by the head-to-head test results against some very well-established luxury sports sedans.”

To check out the full 2016 Nissan Maxima SR test video, head over to Nissan’s YouTube channel!

Nissan Murano Named 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus

2015 Nissan Murano


The Nissan Murano was recently named a 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Murano scored “Good” ratings in all five of the IIHS safety tests, earning it the highest honor a vehicle can receive.

Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Parts & Service for Nissan, said, “This Murano has once again raised the bar for Midsize Crossovers in terms of modern styling, levels of interior refinement, luxury and technology in its class. At Nissan we are happy to the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating to the list.”

Being awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus rating doesn’t come easily either. IIHS raised their standards for the tests two years ago, requiring vehicles to earn “advanced” or “superior” ratings in the front crash prevention tests, which the Murano did.

If you’re interested in testing out one of the most stylish and safest vehicles on the road, come visit us at Bates Nissan and take a ride in the all-new Murano.