Used Car Market Expected to Increase this Year

After an extreme economy downfall that we saw in the United States, there were a lot of drawbacks for car markets because it was becoming harder to afford a vehicle. Well, now that the economy is on the rise, the used car market is expected to increase in 2014.

“With the U.S. economy improving while dealers and banks are writing auto loans to a wider array of buyers, used vehicles sales from franchised dealers will reach their highest level since 2005,” said Phillip LeBeau, CNBC Auto and Airline Reporter.

Because more customers are now able to receive the loans they need for a vehicle purchase, more vehicles are being driven off of lots. In 2013, 15.6 million used vehicles were sold, and that number is expected to reach about 16 million or more.

Along with a better economy, it is predicted that the price of vehicles on the used car market will decrease as well. With current prices ranging in the mid-teens, there can hope to be a decrease to the lower-teens or even into single digit prices, for some vehicles.

So this year make a resolution to come by and get a used car, truck, or SUV from Bates Nissan. It will be worth the stop!

Wrap up of 2013 for Nissan

As the year comes to an end soon, we wanted to take a look back at the wrap up of 2013 brought Nissan.

In January 2013, Nissan began manufacturing the LEAF, Nissan’s first all-electric car, in the Smyrna, Tenn. plant.

“Bringing assembly of the innovative 2013 Nissan LEAF to our award-winning manufacturing plant speaks to the flexibility, efficiency and talent of our U.S. workforce,” said Susan Brennan, Nissan’s vice president of manufacturing in Smyrna. “Nissan has a 30-year history of building quality vehicles in Smyrna, and just like every vehicle we produce, the LEAF has met or exceeded every one of our rigorous quality requirements.”

In June 2013, the 2014 Nissan Note hit showrooms across the country, starting at $13,990. Following the redesign of the Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra, the Note was the fourth new product for Nissan. The Versa Note joins the second-generation Versa Sedan and is “aggressively designed, equipped, packaged and priced, serving notice to the competition that Nissan intends to remain the key player in the Entry segment for a long time to come,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing.

2014 Nissan Versa Note - Wrap up of 2013 for Nissan

2014 Nissan Versa Note

Diaz continued by saying, “With class-leading fuel economy, cutting-edge technologies, an energetic exterior design, roomy and versatile interior and available activity enhancing features such as Pandora radio compatibility and hands-free text messaging assistant, Versa Note is an ideal fit for today’s buyers needs.”

In July 2013, the LEAF reached its 100,000th Electric Vehicle sold in the U.S. This vehicle was sold in Atlanta, Georgia on July 24, 2013 to Allison Howard.

“It’s economical. It is something I could afford as a college student. It drives perfectly. It’s so cool, and that’s why I wanted to get a LEAF,” said Howard.

In August 2013, Nissan announced their benchmarks for Autonomous Drive and by the end of November, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, took the Nissan LEAF on its first road test.

A lot more has happened this year, but we’re looking forward to what 2014 will bring Bates Nissan and Nissan as a whole.

What was your most enjoyable moment of 2013? Tell us below in the comments section!

Bates Nissan Sponsors 3rd Annual Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament

Bates Nissan Sponsors Veteran's Day Golf TournamentBates Nissan is sponsoring the 3rd annual Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament at the Rotary Club of Copperas Cove. The event will be held on November 9, 2013, beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club’s mission is to invest all its resources into its top priorities, such as promoting and establishing peace and eradicating polio. In addition, with funding, the club tackles global issues such as malnutrition, illiteracy, and poverty.

Fifty to sixty golfers are expected to participate in the tournament. In addition to competing in the golf tournament, these participants will also have the chance to win a 2014 Nissan Sentra (donated by Bates Nissan) in a hole-in-one contest.

For more information on the event, please contact John Hunt at (254) 501-3079. To learn more about the Bates Nissan sponsorship or the Nissan Sentra, please contact John Johnston (254) 699-7181.

Nissan Announces 2014 JUKE MSRP

The next vehicle you can expect to see on Bates Nissan’s lot is the 2014 JUKE; but we are also excited about the JUKE NISMO.

Before heading to visit us though, take a sneak peak at the price tag you can expect to see on our newest additions. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for the 2014 Nissan JUKE include:

2014 JUKE MSRP: Front Wheel Drive Models

  • 2014 Nissan JUKE S CVT – $18,990
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE SV MT – $20,990
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE VS CVT – $22,040
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO MT – $22,990
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE SL CVT – $24,290

2014 JUKE MSRP: All Wheel Drive Models

  • 2014 Nissan JUKE S CVT – $20,990
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE SV CVT – $23,740
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO CVT – $25,290
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE SL CVT – $25,990

According to Nissan’s official press release, the 2014 JUKE is offered with two different custom packages: the special Midnight Edition and Sport Package. “The Midnight Edition features unique 17-inch Black Wheels, a Sapphire Black rear roof spoiler, Sapphire Black mirror caps and privacy glass. The Sport Package includes a body-color rear spoiler, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and stainless steel exhaust finisher. A Navigation Package is also available.”

Keep an eye out for the first sighting of the 2014 JUKE to hit Bates Nissan’s lot and be sure to come test drive one ASAP.

Nissan “Your Door to More” Contest Winners Announced

2014 Nissan Versa Note | Your Door to More Contest

All “Your Door to More” videos had to feature the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

Remember back in July when we announced the Nissan “Your Door to More” contest? Well the judges have spoken and three winners have been picked.

In case you don’t remember, the contest asked you to make a six-to-15 second video using Instagram or Vine to show the Versa Note doing something you’re passionate about. Six winners were picked to win $1,000 gift cards and “the top three winners would have their videos featured in a Nissan TV ad to promote the Versa Note.”

“There are a lot of really creative people using Vine and Instagram,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marking, Nissan North America. “We’re still trying to figure out the smoke and mirrors used to create several of the videos. This was a good social media experiment and a great way for Nissan to promote the all-new Versa Note.”

Make sure you check out the winning videos below, and then stop in to Bates Nissan to test drive one today!

Nissan Recall of Nearly One Million Vehicles Worldwide

2013 Infiniti M affected in Nissan Recall

The Infiniti M is affected in the Nissan Recall.

Nissan announced a recall of 908,900 vehicles worldwide, with nearly 100,000 models being affected in the United States.

This recall has been announced due to the lack of acceleration in Japanese models like the Serena, X-Trail, Lafesta and Fuga, and the United States model the Infiniti M sedan. At this time, no official recall notice has been released; however Nissan did confirm the recall with Reuters.

“The accelerator pedal’s sensor could become unstable, potentially resulting in less-than-intended acceleration and in worst case, a stalled engine,” said spokesman Chris Keeffe. No accidents or injuries have been reported to Nissan.

If your vehicle is affected by this Nissan recall, bring it into Bates Nissan and our service department will replace the accelerator pedals and the engine control program will be fixed to address the problem. Total repairs will take about 90 minutes.

Best Used Vehicles at Bates Nissan

We all know buying a car can be difficult and buying a used car can sometimes be worse, but Edmunds released their “best of the best” used cars on the market right now, and we’re lucky enough to have three on the Bates Nissan lot.

These vehicles were picked based on the reliability, safety, value and availability and these were based largely on consumer reports. All models picked were between the model years of 2006-2011.

The Hyundai Elantra was named the best compact sedan. The Elantra “offers solid build quality, reliability and operating economy” according to Edmunds. We believe the 2011 model to be the best though because of the roomier interior and luxury features such as keyless ignition/entry and heated rear seats.

2011 Ford Mustang GT | Used Vehicles

2011 Ford Mustang GT

The Toyota Prius was named the best hybrid vehicle on the market currently. This vehicle will offer excellent fuel economy, no matter which year you consider. The 2010 model was redesigned with the driver and passengers in mind by providing a roomier interior with height-adjustable seats and a telescoping steering wheel adjustment.

The Ford Mustang GT was named the best used performance car. These “modern Mustangs provide plenty of fun along with a measure of practicality,” according to Edmunds and the acceleration and handling are both worth taking a look at.

Stop in to see our vehicles that we have in stock and we’ll gladly help you to find the best fit. To see the full list of best used vehicles, visit

Nissan Announces 2014 Nissan Pathfinder MSRP

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan announced the starting MSRP U.S. pricing for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, which is now on sale at Bates Nissan.

  • Pathfinder S 2WD – $28,700
  • Pathfinder SV 2WD – $31,960
  • Pathfinder SL 2WD – $34,900
  • Pathfinder Platinum 2WD – $39,600
  • Pathfinder S 4WD – $30,300
  • Pathfinder SV 4WD – $33,560
  • Pathfinder SL 4WD – $36,500
  • Pathfinder Platinum 4WD – $41,200

All Pathfinders requiring destination shipping will be charged $845.

The 2014 Pathfinder also come with four package options: SL Tech Package, SL Premium Package, Platinum Premium Package and Trailer Tow Package.

To test drive the Pathfinder today, stop in and see us! Or call 254-699-7181 to schedule one.

Bates Nissan Hosts Pet Adoption over Memorial Day Weekend

Pet Adoption at Bates NissanEveryone knows the saying “dog is a man’s best friend” and this Memorial Day weekend, Bates Nissan is teaming up with the Texas Humane Heroes and the School of Wags to find you your new best friend!

On Saturday May 25, Bates Nissan will host these two dog loving groups for a dog Adoption Event! Pets will be available for adoption from 11 am until 4 pm and live entertainment will be provided by KLTD 101.7 from 11 am to 1 pm.

Want a new vehicle and a new pet? No worries! With the purchase of a new ride, Bates Nissan will cover the adoption fee for your new pet! If you can’t adopt a pet on this day but want to help, the School of Wags will be collecting pet donations to take to Moore, OK; they are asking for linens to line the crates, crates, office supplies, litter, pet food, heartworm and flea treatment, or anything you may have laying around the house that is pet related which could be passed along to residents picking their pets up. Donations will be delivered Sunday morning.

We are continuing to collect donations for those affected in Granbury and this weekend, Bates Nissan also has the Nissan Sign and Drive event going on which offers Memorial Day Bonus Cash incentives. We hope to see you this weekend so we can help you find a new four-legged friend. Also, don’t forget to thank someone for their service on Monday!

After Disaster Strikes Granbury, Bates Nissan Attempts to Help

After the tornado ripped through Granbury, TX Wednesday night, Bates Nissan is trying to do anything we can to help. Currently we have a donations box set up at the dealership at 5501 E. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen.

The disaster which struck Texas this week was categorized as an EF-4 tornado based on the Fujita tornado damage scale which means the storm produced winds of 166 mph to 200 mph.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items, clothes, blankets, and children’s toys as well as cash donations until June 1 when we will take them to those in need.

We will also be donating $1 for every “like” we receive on our Facebook page. Please help us spread the word by sharing this news with friends and family.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by this disaster. Stay strong and stay resilient Texas! Anything and everything will help someone and need and we would like to thank those who donate ahead of time.

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