Bates’ Quest for a Cure

Over the past weekend, Bates Nissan, Direct Auto Insurance and K101.7 teamed up to host the Bates Nissan Quest for a Cure event.

We have been working to raise $1500 to donate to our Relay for Life team which will be participating in the Relay event on May 3 and 4 at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, TX. On Saturday, we were donating $1 for every test drive we had during our two hour event and while we were a little disappointed with only 11 test drives, we were happy with the turnout for the event overall.

We received two contributions from anonymous donors, and K101.7 gave away two pairs of two-day weekend passes for the Bloomin’ Temple Festival. We gave away lots of hamburgers and hotdogs and even got a few families into new cars! Overall, it was a great event.

Don’t forget, until next Wednesday, May 1st, we will be donating $1 for every new like on Facebook or follow on Twitter, so make sure to tell your friends, family and neighbors to head over to our sites and give us a like! We post social media specials and keep you up to date on events going on around Bates Nissan.

Bates Nissan Quest for a Cure

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Named Best Interior by WardsAuto World

When you’re looking to purchase a car, are you looking more at the inside or the outside? Here at Bates Nissan, we think you should be looking inside; especially at the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder which was voted Best Interior by the editors at WardsAuto World.

Out of 46 vehicles of all prices ranges were evaluated on their comfort, materials, fit and finish, control layout and use, technology user interface, safety, value and overall design, 10 were chosen as 2013’s best interior designs.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was picked because of its “warm, inviting, spacious, and ready for anything” atmosphere and the second row “latch and glide” seats gave the Pathfinder an overall fine example of graceful utility.

Today, more consumers are spending more time looking at the interior of a car before they purchase it than they used to and Drew Winter, editor-in-chief of WardsAuto World, said “it wasn’t uncommon all that long ago for auto makers to view interiors as the best place to take cost out of a vehicle.” However even the Chevrolet Spark (the lowest-cost model picked for the 10 Best Interiors) figured out they were doing it wrong.

“They eventually figured out that’s a big mistake,” said Winter. “People spend a lot more time looking at the inside of a car than the outside.”

For a full list of the 10 Best Interiors of 2013, see WardsAuto World.

Russians Break Record for Driving on Ice

If you want to set out to break the world record for the fastest speed driven on ice, which car do you pick to do it? That’s right! The Nissan GT-R!

Russian race car driver Roman Rusinov set out with Russian auto journalist Andrey Leontjev to attempt to break the world record for the ice-speed record which was set by Juha Kankkunen in a Bentley Supersports Convertible at 205.48 mph.

While the Russians only reached 294.8 kilometers/hour (182.8 mph), they set a new Russian record for the fastest speed reached on ice. In case you were wondering, the ice they were racing on was estimated to be 1.4 meters thick.

Check out the video below to see their adventure!

Recent College Grad? Need a New Car? Nissan’s Got You Covered!

With graduation right around the corner, a grad’s mind is all over the place, but are you thinking about a new car? Bates Nissan is hoping so! If you’re a recent graduate, you could be eligible for Nissan’s College Graduate Preferred Pricing Program!

After the ceremonies are over, many students are receiving or looking for new jobs, looking for apartments, starting student loan payments and Nissan doesn’t want you to be worrying about the stress of buying your first “big kid” car.

The program provides the following benefits:

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  • A simple, “no haggle, no hassle” buying experience
  • 90-day deferred payments
  • Under invoice pricing with all applicable incentives
  • One of the best rates (even without prior credit history)

Don’t think just because you graduated a year ago that you’re not included in this deal! Any alumni graduating within the last two years from an accredited U.S. two or four year university, college or graduate school is eligible to participate.

To get this great deal, download and print the College Graduate Preferred Pricing Certificate and take it with you to your local Nissan dealer. Then it’s as simple as picking the car of your dreams and signing the paperwork – your price is pre-determined so you won’t have to deal with the haggling of a finance advisor.

For more information on Nissan’s College Graduate Preferred Pricing Program, check out the FAQs or click here. We hope to see you at Bates Nissan soon!

April Fool’s Day Jokes for Any Office

With April 1st right around the corner, we thought it would be funny to take a break from car related events and post some easy, harmless office pranks to get some inspiration for the upcoming April Fool’s Day.

While we all wish we could pull off a prank like the one below, we may not have the time to do it, so we’ve given you some simple pranks to try instead!

Warning: Nobody should be injured while doing these or any pranks on April Fool’s Day!

  1. Mouse Trap – This is a classic. You place a piece of clear tape over the laser tracker on the bottom of the mouse and your coworker will wonder why their mouse isn’t working!
  2. Invisible ink – For this, you use clear nail polish and put a little bit on the ends of every pen so they won’t write. It can easily be removed with a little nail polish remover.

    April Fool's Day Office Pranks

    Placing tape over the laser tracker will temporarily disable a mouse and leave its user wondering why it’s not working.

  3. Kidnapping – This involves a little creativity. You must come up with a ransom note to place in the object’s place. This could be a photograph or pencil jar, but it would be funny to lead the person on a hunt to get their object back!
  4. Paper clips – This is also a classic. You get to work before everyone else and put a paper clip in the copy machine and make a bunch of copies with a paper clip in the middle of the paper. Then you take the papers that have printed and return them to the paper drawer. People will spend time looking for the imaginary paper clip in the copier that has printed on their page!
  5. It’s raining, it’s pouring – Everyone loves afternoon showers, right? Use a squirt gun and give your neighbor one. Make sure to offer them a towel after.
  6. Under pressure – For this, you only need some tape and an office chair. Take the take and secure the lever that adjusts the chair’s height so it will fluctuate when the person sits in it or stands up.
  7. Paper clip strip – This simple prank can become a pain when you go to pull one paper clip and instead get an entire strand!
  8. While you were out – Every time your “victim” leaves their desk, call their phone and hang up right before they can return to answer. You can even leave a message saying you’re “Mr. Lee Muhr” from the Iowa Blank Park Zoo and leave a phone number. They have designated lines just for these prank calls: Ms. Diane Osaurus 515-974-2670; Mr. Lee Muhr 515-974-2671; Mr. Al Gator 515-974-2673
  9. Delicious but Suspicious – Bake a tray of brownies or some cookies and put a sign that says “Happy April Fool’s Day!” with them in a common area for your coworkers and watch as they’re too nervous to eat them.
  10. Smirk – Even though you haven’t done anything, you can act as if you have. Throw in phrases like “I hope you enjoy your coffee,” or “are you really going to eat that?” to make people worry.

While most everyone likes a little harmless fun every now and then, some people do not so make sure you’re choosing your “victims” carefully. The last thing you would want is to make someone mad at you.

Record your pranks and make sure to share them with us at Bates Nissan on our Facebook page! Happy pranking!

Bumper Sticker Madness

Have you ever been driving down the highway and seen a car that was completely covered with bumper stickers and wondered where those actually came from?

It all started in the 1930s with a guy named Forest P. Gill. Gill worked for a company called Crawford Manufacturing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. When the company went out of business in 1934, Gill moved his own business to the basement of his house after receiving printing equipment from his previous employer.

Bumper Sticker History | Bates Nissan | Killeen, TXDuring the depression, Gill was an independent screen printer trying to make ends meets by printing canvas ads for cars.

During WWII business boomed for canvas printing. Gill was being subcontracted by other canvas companies to help with printing gun and truck covers for the military. While doing this, he gained experience with many different materials.

In 1944 he started making bumper signs. These were cardboard pieces tied to car bumper with wire. Unfortunately they didn’t last very long because the materials weren’t weather proof. But in 1946, Switzer Brothers Inc. started creating bright inks which they called DayGlo. These inks were very eye catching to advertising companies for the reason of the colors. Gill used these inks and a newly designed self sticking paper to create the first bumper sticker.

As of lately, bumper stickers are becoming less popular and window decals are on the rise. Paul Rosa, owner of Idiot Ink in New York, believes this is due to people’s fears of having their cars vandalized for their thoughts, but it could also be because of the price of cars being so high.

However, Rosa doesn’t believe car owners are going to stop sharing anytime soon due to the popularity of window decals, magnetic stickers and custom license plates.

“People are still expressing themselves, just in different ways,” he says.

Trivia about Bumper Stickers:

  • In other countries a bumper sticker is attached to a car that travels from one country to another
  • A bumper sticker or window decal can be found on one in three cars in the US
  • In 2008, a Colorado State University study found the more bumper stickers a person has on their car, the more prone they are to having road rage

Simple Tips to Photographing Your Car

Whether you want to show off your new car you just bought on Facebook or you’re posting pictures on Craigslist to sell an old car, there are many photography tips and tricks to help you show your car off just the way you want. We mention six simple things to keep in mind when photographing your car, truck or SUV here.

Learn from others

Before you start planning or even setting up your shoot, you should look through different car magazines or advertisements online to get a feel for the type of photography session you want to achieve. Getting inspiration from the big leagues never hurts your imagination when coming up with something you’re trying to do. You do have to be hesitant not to expect your images to look identical to these images. They are from companies who have a very large budget to work on large scale shoots which are nearly impossible to duplicate.

Location

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a location to photograph your car, the first being the background. When choosing a location, you want to try to make it as clean as possible. You want to avoid things that will pull attention from the car. These sorts of things can be electricity poles and wires, trashcans or dumpsters, bright colors or even parking lines.

An example of how to choose the right location for your car.

An example of how to choose the right location for your 2013 Nissan Xterra.

The next thing to think about is the physical location. You don’t want to make your car look too out of place from its surroundings. A good way to think about this is to consider your car. Do you drive a Z Coupe or GT-R? If so, you probably don’t want to photograph it in the wild with mountains and snow in the background; whereas if you drive an Xterra or a Frontier, those would be the perfect settings. If you’re not sure what location fits your car best, don’t be afraid to have multiple locations to photograph at. You can always delete the bad pictures later.

Timing

While the location of your shoot is important, the time of day you do it is almost more important! Taking the time of day into consideration will save you a lot of hassle later.

You always want to try to shoot with natural light as often as possible because you don’t want to use your flash and create weird reflections off your car. The best time of day to photograph with natural light is at the peak hours right before and during sunrise or in the evening as the sun is setting. These times are best because you won’t have the harsh sun glaring down and causing bad shadows or areas that are too overexposed.

Clean your car

This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but the camera lens will pick up details that your eye might not see. However, with that, if you’re driving a car that is meant to be dirty and you’re showing it off, by all means, the dirtier the better.

One thing to keep in mind that you might not normally notice is the clutter inside your car. Any maps or trash in the door bins will be very distracting to a viewer and is hard to remove in post production.

Angles

This is when you start to take things into your own hands. You are in charge of the camera and therefore have the control to photograph your car at any angle you want. Even if you’re not sure about something, you should still try it because that’s the joy of digital, you don’t have to worry about taking up space on film! You just want to make sure your memory card has enough storage to hold all the pictures you’ll be taking.

An example of a front 3/4 view of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

An example of a front 3/4 view of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

There are the few shots that you need to make sure you have: front ¾ view, rear ¾ view, full side view, full front view, full rear view, engine shot, and dashboard and interior shots. You shouldn’t be afraid to shoot above the car or from below. One thing to keep in mind when shooting from below is to make sure the sun is at your back; this will make the sky behind your car blue!

The main thing here is to not be afraid to try different angles and vantage points. You never know what you’ll get until you try it. The worst that happens is you don’t like the picture and it can be deleted later.

Interior shots

When photographing the interior of your car, you want to make sure you have enough light. If it is getting to be too dark, wait until later to photograph this. You want to avoid using a flash whenever possible to avoid the flash reflecting off the materials inside your car.

The last thing to remember when photographing the interior is for the manual drivers. Instead of putting on the hand brake, put your car in first gear. It’s one less distraction to worry about!

Always remember if you don’t get what you want, don’t be discouraged to go take more pictures until you get what you really want! For more examples, check out any of our new or used cars. Also try not to delete any images until you have them on your computer. The small image you see on the back of your camera could look so much better on a bigger screen. If you happen to use any of these tips, please share your photos on our Facebook page! Happy shooting!

Introducing the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

The NISMO made its appearance at the Chicao Auto Show this past weekend.

The NISMO made its appearance at the Chicao Auto Show this past weekend.

If you’ve stopped by Bates Nissan in the last year, the 2013 Nissan 370Z NISMO has undoubtedly caught your eye. Be prepared to surrender your other eye this summer when the all-new 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO makes its way to our showroom. Nissan just unveiled this stunning work of art at the Chicago Auto Show alongside the 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO.

The 2014 370Z NISMO keeps the incredible 350 horsepower of its predecessor, generated by a 3.7-liter V6 engine partnered with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. The 370Z NISMO will also keep the sport-tuned suspension and brakes, as well as the 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels from the 2013 model. You can’t fix perfection, right?

So what will be different for the 2014 model? It’s all a matter of a style. Both the exterior and interior have been enhanced for even greater aesthetics. The outside will get an all-new dark gray coloring for the front and rear fascias, side mirrors, NISMO rear spoiler, and the lower side sills. Red pinstripes will complete the newly-decorated ensemble. A new color choice is being added for the exterior: Solid Red, which will replace Magma Red. On the inside, the 2014 model will sport a red NISMO tachometer, in addition to a new steering wheel that features Alcantara appointments and red accents.

To see all the other changes to the 2014 370Z NISMO, keep checking in here and be sure to visit Bates Nissan this summer when it arrives!

Forbes Names Three Nissan Cars “Best Cars for Senior Drivers”

2013 Nissan Pathfinder, named Best for Senior Drivers

2013 Nissan Pathfinder, named Best for Senior Drivers

Bates Nissan of Killeen, Texas is proud to offer some of the safest, most practical vehicles on the road. In a recent article in Forbes, twenty vehicles were rated as the “Best Cars for Senior Drivers”, three of which we proudly offer at our dealership.

The cars are rated by Forbes based on a number of features that would make them ideal for senior drivers. These include ease of entering/exiting, seat comfort and adjustability, the size and legibility of the gauges, size of the steering wheel, gearshift operability, parking aids (rearview camera, proximity sensors, etc.), and collision and blind spot warning systems.

The vehicles that made the list that we proudly sell include the Nissan Altima, Pathfinder, and Quest. These vehicles were commended for their comfort and top of the line warning systems. The Pathfinder and Quest were both praised for their power lift gates and additional sensors, and the Pathfinder for its heated steering wheel.

If you are interested in learning more about our “Best for Senior Drivers” vehicles and learn about the innovative features visit Bates Nissan in Killeen, Texas. Our experienced sales staff is eager to answer any questions you have. Also, if you have questions but can’t stop in, take a look at our online inventory, or call (254)-699-7181 to speak to a member of our team.

We look forward to speaking with you!