Look Out for These Warnings Signs from Your Brakes: Something is Wrong

Of the many factors that work together to make sure your car drives smoothly, safely, and efficiently, perhaps none are more important than your brakes. It’s vital to keep your brakes in excellent shape and to be on the lookout for brake damage.

How will you know if there’s something wrong with your brakes? Here are some warning signs to look for:

  • Squeaking or groaning sounds. A weird sound every now and then may just be a fluke, but if your brakes are singing to an unusual tune every time you press them, something is wrong.
  • Your car pulls to one side every time you brake. This likely means that you brake lines are eroding, unevenly, or that there may be debris mixed with your brake fluid.
  • The whole car vibrates when you hit the brakes. Does your vehicle come to a stop, while vibrating the whole way there? This could indicate warped rotors, which could wear your brakes down – fast.
  • They just aren’t working as well. Is your car not slowing down as quickly as it should? Do you have to push the pedal the whole way down? These are telltale signs.

If you think you’ve detected some warnings signs from your brakes, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Bates Nissan, and we’ll set you up with someone in our service department.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior Touches Reflect the Beast Mode Within

This Nissan Pathfinder has always represented the perfect balance between powerful SUV and nimble car, but now, the Pathfinder is set to get bigger and bolder, reflecting the latest trends while also paying respects to classic Nissan style.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has a raised hood, hooked running lights, an updated grille, new fog lights, and even turn signal markers in the mirrors. Matched with a revised rear hatch and fenders – and you’ve got a much more aggressive Pathfinder.

The rugged new Nissan Pathfinder exterior mimics the vehicle’s updated off-roading abilities, with a new all-wheel drive system, three different driving modes to select from, and safety features such as hill descent control and hill start assist.

Overall, both explorers and casual drivers afraid of icy roads will love the new Nissan Pathfinder, which aims to protect drivers and has the exterior styling to show it. (Of course, it’s also packed with all the latest amenities on the inside – including Nissan Connect.)

Want to check out the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder or one of the many other models we have in store? Maybe take your favorite pick out on a test drive? Stop by or give us a call anytime, right here at Bates Nissan.

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.





Black Friday Shopping Tips: The Key to Holiday Shopping

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday is one of the largest shopping holidays in the US. You can score some serious deals when you hunt down the sales, some of which run as high as 80% off. However, there are some important tips to keep in mind for this holiday shopping season. Read on to learn more about the best Black Friday shopping tips.

According to Consumer Reports, one of the most important things to do is get an early start. Even if you are not a fan of waking up early in the morning, it’s important to get products before they sell-out in stores. Because the deals are so impressive during this shopping holiday, it’s highly likely that you will not be able to find the deal you want unless you are at the store early. The early start can get you a prime spot in line before stores are even open.

Next, shop around and do your homework. Many stores have a number of deals—make sure to compare the prices of major retailers in order to find the best deals. There are also a number of apps and websites that can help you as well, but be sure to check print ads too. It’s also important to call ahead if a deal sounds too good to be true—no point in wasting time on a phony deal.

Finally, set a budget and prioritize. Odds are you won’t be able to find everything you are looking for. If you know something that’s really important to you, set it as a priority and get it first. It is a good idea to sit down and make a list before you head out. Also, set a strict budget if you can, and be sure to stick to it. No sense in maxing out credit cards if you don’t have to.

Whether this will be you first year out or you are a seasoned shopping vet, these Black Friday shopping tips are sure to help you find what you want for the best price and stay within your budget!

Thanksgiving Recipe Twists: New Takes on Old Dishes

Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by fall border

Thanksgiving is all about food. That is exactly why we’ve written a post about classic dishes, as well as new takes on these traditional recipes. While turkey, cranberries, and beans are featured at a number of dinner tables around the country, there are some easy ways to mix things up this holiday season. Here are just some of many Thanksgiving recipe twists you can use to add variety to your table.

According to Country Living, the turkey is the iconic feature of nearly every meal on this holiday. Though fairly straightforward, if not time consuming, the turkey is an easy crowd pleaser. However, there are some easy ways to mix things up without putting off conservative—or shall we say picky?—eaters. To begin, try brining the turkey the night before to add some flavor and to preserve the juices. If you’re thinking about garnishes, don’t add anything that wilts easily. Try bay leaves, figs, and kumquats, as well as citrus leaves.

Next, move from the glob of cranberry mush to the real thing. Fresh cranberries are bitter, sweet, and truly complex. Adding some spices like star anise, allspice, and fresh orange juice can really make the flavor pop. Mixing in other berries may also be a treat for those who have a sweet tooth; in fact, the original settlers had an entire spread of berries for the first Thanksgiving.

Finally, get some green beans—fresh ones. Though green bean casserole is a staple for many, try substituting some fresh cut green beans with butter and candied bacon. This sweet-and-savory combo is the perfect addition to the table, especially for those who love complex flavors. Plus, bacon makes everything tastier, right?

Like we said before, these are just a few of the many ways you can mix up your Thanksgiving dinner.  So whether you stick with tradition or use some Thanksgiving recipe twists, be sure to enjoy the holiday with family and friends and be thankful for the great food!

Events and Activities in Killeen: Explore Your Community

Great events and activities in Killeen to look forward to this month!

Great events and activities in Killeen to look forward to this month!

Killen always has fun events and activities. Whether you’re looking for a place to take your family or friends, a fun night out, or a great place to eat, you’re bound to find it in the city. Getting a new Nissan model can help you get out and explore the area, working to bring the community closer together. Some fun events and activities in Killeen include a fun running event and a citywide celebration.

Hosted by Pro-Fit Event Services, the Retro Run will be held on October 15. This Cen-Tex Race Series is great for serious runners, as points will be accumulated over the summer to go towards an overall winner. Sponsored by the Carlson Law Firm, the 2016 Cen-Tex Series will give overall awards sometime in January 2017. Be sure not to miss the event on October 15!

According to the Killeen city website, October 22 will be Make a Difference Day. This celebration is designed to bring communities together in order to do some good. Thousands of local volunteers will team up with millions across the nation in order to complete projects. Last year, the team collected items for Families in Crisis, the Food Care Center, and performed maintenance. Thinking about joining the volunteers? Call the Killeen Volunteer Center at 501-7878.

These are just some of the upcoming events and things to do. Stop by the new dog park or participate in Make a Difference Day. Either of these things is bound to be a blast.

Things to do in Killeen: October Events and Activities

Explore great things to do in Killeen.

Explore great things to do in Killeen.

Looking for things to do in Killeen? There’s something for everyone in the area. With a new Nissan model, you can easily explore the city to find events and activities. These might include things like Food Truck Fridays or the Retro Run Central Texas Race Series that are happening at the beginning of October. Stop by one of these events in the near future.

According to the Killeen city website, Food Truck Fridays happen every Friday throughout the month. The downtown area, including the Green Avenue pavilion, hosts a range of food trucks and good eats throughout the month from 11am to 2pm. Roughly nine food trucks participate, offering everything from Asian food, hot dogs, funnel cakes, and classic Texas barbecue. Why not forget about your bagged lunch and stop by the Food Truck Fridays event? You’re bound to find some unparalleled food.

The new Mickey’s Dog Park recently opened as part of the Killeen Community Center Complex. Located just northwest of Veterans Memorial Boulevard and WS Young Drive, the park will be open from 7am to 11pm. There are over two acres for your furry friend to enjoy, and you can also play on the equipment. A fence separates small and large dogs, so you can let your dog have fun without worrying.

These are just some of the fun things to do in the Killeen area at the beginning of the month. Stop by a race or get some food at the food truck event. You’re bound to have a blast at either.

Nissan Reveals First-Ever Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle

Advancement in the Go Green movement with soild-oxide fuel cell vehicle.

Advancement in the Go Green movement with soild-oxide fuel cell vehicle.

When you think of automakers that are dedicated to developing cleaner, greener vehicle options for the market, Nissan is probably in your top three. The company has been making major strides in the industry in the way of making their production processes more eco-friendly and their vehicles more eco-conscious. The development of a brand-new type of fuel is no laughing matter, which is exactly what happened when Nissan revealed the first-ever Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle recently.

The vehicle is said to run of bio-ethanol electric power, according to Nissan representatives. Not only will ethanol-blended water be safer and easier to handle than other forms of fuel, it also produces zero emissions. The ethanol will be used by the vehicle to power its 24kWh battery, which in turn will allow the vehicle’s charge to last for a whopping 600km (almost 373 miles) without refueling.

Research and development on the Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle has already begun at Nissan’s plant in Yokohama, Japan and further field tests will be conducted in Brazil. Due to its low running costs, clean carbon-neutral fuel consumption, and highly efficient powertrain, Nissan is hopeful that the powertrain will revolutionize the auto industry for a cleaner, better, more environmentally responsible future.

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype Debuts in Brazil

Nissan BladeGlider prototype is making advancements into the future.

Nissan BladeGlider prototype is making advancements into the future.

While times are changing and electric vehicles aren’t necessarily still associated with the strange-looking, niche cars of yesteryear, “zero emissions” still isn’t a phrase you’d expect to hear in the same sentence as “high performance.” Nissan is hoping to dispel that stereotype by introducing a new kind of sports car to the world. The Nissan BladeGlider prototype, which debuted recently in Rio de Janeiro, features a full-electric battery powertrain with emphasis on dynamic handling and powerful performance.

Nissan first showed off similar concept cars back in 2013 at the Tokyo Auto Show. The Nissan BladeGlider is the fruit of those labors, employing a philosophy Nissan is calling Intelligent Mobility to optimize driving pleasure and sporty capability while drastically reducing environmental impact. The aerodynamic shape and silent engine make for an enjoyable ride, and while the BladeGlider is strikingly futuristic, something similar may not be too far off from mass-market production.

The Nissan BladeGlider prototype follows in the footsteps of the Nissan LEAF, the most popular zero-emissions vehicle in the world. With the company also working on autonomous driving technology and increasing their efforts in the realm of environmental responsibility, the innovation of the Nissan BladeGlider seems like a natural development for Nissan. No announcements have surfaced about whether or not this vehicle will eventually be redesigned for a mainstream market and greenlit for production, but Nissan seems to be pursuing this concept long-term.