Should I Buy or Lease A Car?

Choosing a new car is difficult enough. But once you’re done with that, you still have to figure out the best way to finance it. If you’re wondering whether you should buy or lease a car, the answer is: it depends. It depends on your lifestyle and the vehicle. Here are some things to consider.


What will you use it for?

If you want something upscale and fancy that you’ll use to impress at work or with clients, then leasing can be a good option. Leasing a car lets you pay less per-month than you would if you were buying, and often with no down payment. This means that you can get fancier cars for a lower cost.

But, if you want a car that will be reliable, safe, and last you a long time, then buying is the better choice. You can get something with the latest safety features and engine options that will last you far beyond the span of a lease.


Where will you take it?

If your first answer is “far,” then leasing isn’t for you. Lease agreements come with limited mileage per/year, and if you go over the mileage you’re allotted it can add up quickly. Plus, at the end of the lease, you’ll have to pay for any damage beyond the normal wear and tear. Neither of these things are a factor when buying a car.

Thinking these things through will help you understand whether leasing or buying is right for you. Both have their ups and downs, but one is sure to fit your lifestyle better than the other.



2WD, 4WD and AWD Explained

In the automotive industry, there’s a fair amount of jargon to learn. Take 2WD for instance. What sets that apart from AWD? Here we’ll help you understand the differences between 2WD, 4WD and AWD and which you should choose.



2WD vehicles use either front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, where either of the pairs gets all of the power and pulls along the other wheels. This is common in smaller cars, and is the standard for most. It’s a little trickier to drive in extreme weather conditions, but still very possible. Go with front-wheel drive for the best 2WD handling in snow or rain.



Four-wheel drive is an on-and-off features that the driver can then turn on when needed. Once on, 4WD sends power to all four wheels, making it easier to control the vehicle in snow, mud, or any sticky situation. 4WD is ideal for drivers in very snowy climates.



Like 4WD, all-wheel drive uses all four wheels. However, AWD is always on and operates by using sensors to detect which wheel needs the most power at any given time. In other words, your car will correct itself if it begins sliding. However, since you’re relying on computers, you won’t always get the best response in extreme conditions. For that reason, AWD is best for those that live in areas with light rain and snow.




Financing a New or Used Car in 2016

How to Finance a Car Purchase

Buying a car is likely the second most expensive purchase you’ll make in your life. That’s why it’s incredibly important, especially in 2016, to do proper research. Financing a car isn’t what it used to be but fortunately we here at Bates Nissan know all about financing a new or used car!

  1. Budget – Cars come in all shapes, sizes, and, most importantly, prices. There’s little point in financing a new or used car if you can’t afford the monthly payments. As a general rule, limit your monthly payment to a quarter of your monthly income.
  2. New or Used? – While new cars are shiny and feature that coveted new car smell, used cars can offer the same features with a few extra miles and a lower price. Determine whether a new car is worth the extra money before financing.
  3. Test Drive – Once the research is done, it’s time for the hands-on approach. Take a test drive in the vehicle and make sure you’re comfortable. Unleash your inner child and play with all the switches, dials, knobs, and buttons to your heart’s content. If, at the end, you’re happy, sleep on it and then make your decision.

Increase Your Fuel Economy with These Easy Efficiency Tips

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Whether you’re trying to save the planet or just a couple bucks at the pump, increasing your fuel efficiency is always a good idea. From under the hood to behind the wheel, there are plenty of ways to make your ride more efficient; here’s our quick list of easy efficiency tips to help you get where you’re going for less:

  • Make sure you’re at the proper tire pressure. Adjusting your tire pressure to the correct PSI once a month can up your efficiency up to 3%.
  • If you notice any issues with your vehicle, fix them ASAP. Getting a tune-up to right those little problems can give improve your efficiency up to 4%. If you’re experiencing a serious issue, fixing it can save you a whopping 40% in terms of gas mileage.
  • Hard braking and extreme acceleration can destroy your efficiency. Drive slow and smart and you’ll get about 33% further on the freeway.
  • Similarly, use your cruise control on the highway when possible. Keeping your car at a steady pace will save you fuel.
  • This might be the easiest of our easy efficiency tips: if you don’t need something in your car, lose it. Extra weight takes a surprising toll on your fuel efficiency. Minimize what you’re carrying and maximize your fuel economy.

Contact us at Bates Nissan if you are looking for more ways to save on fuel, such as checking out a fuel efficient Nissan Sentra!

Lesser-Known Car Facts: the Bizarre Truth of the Auto

For over one hundred years, cars have been revolutionizing the world, helping us stay connected and travel the globe. See what makes automobiles so special.

According to AutoNet, there are over one billion cars in the world. That means roughly one in seven people have a car. In the US, around 250 million people own a car that is registered, which means that more than seventy-percent of Americans have a car.Lesser known car facts

Cars have more than 30,000 parts total. This number includes bolts, nuts, and screws, but it’s still an impressive network of moving and stationary parts. One of the most complex parts is the transmission, which has roughly 1,000 individual components.

In Utah and some other states, birds and other animals have the right away. That means if a bird decides to sit in the road, you have to wait until they move before you may proceed.

A Long Island resident broke the record for car mileage, racking up over 3 million miles. He did it all in his trusty 1966 Volvo P1800 over the course of 47 years.

The first car radio was marketed in 1930 by the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. One of the first models, a Motorola 5T71, went for around $130 (nearly $1,740 today). It was a basic radio and speaker, and often broke.

Finally, the most expensive sale price for a car at auction was $29.6 million for a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196. This classic racing model was purchased by Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio.