How to Transport a Christmas Tree This Holiday Season

How to Transport a Christmas Tree

There’s nothing quite like having a real tree in the house for the holidays. For many drivers, getting one home is a particularly intimidating task. With a bit of planning and preparation and the right vehicle for the job, getting a Christmas tree home for the holidays is easy.

Plan ahead

Like most things in life, planning ahead is key when bringing a Christmas tree home. Don’t forget to measure the space in your home where you intend to put the tree beforehand. When you are at the nursery or Christmas tree lot, always measure the tree itself before you strap it to your vehicle.

Wrap it up

If your tree doesn’t come wrapped neatly in netting, you should wrap it up yourself with a tarp or old blanket. This keeps the tree from scratching your vehicle and makes it easier to handle as you load and unload it from the car. Doing this will also keep hundreds of pesky pine needles from falling all over your home.

Situate aerodynamically

You should always arrange the tree facing stump forward on the roof of your vehicle. This will help keep the tree in good shape and prevent the wind from snapping off any branches.

Tie it down

Tie the tree down with rope, straps, or bungee cords. Whichever you use, you should use at least three to ensure that all parts of the tree are safe and snug.

If your holiday gift list has something on it that’s a bit too big to fit under the tree, like a new Nissan Rogue or Maxima, you might be better off looking in the showroom at Bates Nissan.

Traveling for Thanksgiving: What You Need to Know

traveling for Thanksgiving

Traveling is a major part of Thanksgiving for many families, which means busy roadways and a lot more stress than what you’re typically used to behind the wheel. To rise above the rabble on the way to grandmother’s house this Thanksgiving, keep the following tips in mind.

Have a plan

Know your route in advance, including toll booths and congested areas. Avoid high-traffic days and times (such as the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving). Don’t forget to check the weather ahead of time as well and leave yourself plenty of extra time if conditions don’t seem agreeable.

Be smart about packing

You don’t need all those extra pairs of socks. Be ready with a checklist, but don’t overdo it; the less you pack, the less there is to keep track of on your trip.

Prepare your car

Have your car checked out and catch up on any routine maintenance before hitting the road. Fall is one of the most crucial times of year to have your vehicle serviced, so make sure all your fluids are filled, tires are properly inflated, and everything under the hood is in working order.

Keep your passengers entertained

Stave off the “are we there yet” questions by providing snacks, handheld gaming consoles, chargers for mobile devices, fun music playlists, and books. An occupied backseat is a happy backseat.

Have an emergency kit

It’s good to have two kits on hand: a first-aid kit for your family, and an emergency kit for your vehicle with items such as a flashlight and jumper cables. Having these crucial kits will come in clutch if you have an emergency in transit.

If you’re not particularly thankful for your old clunker, then stop into Bates Nissan and feast on our selection of new Nissan vehicles.

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity Celebrate 13-Year Partnership

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity

Since 2005, Nissan has contributed more than $15.5 million to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes for families across the country. To celebrate 13 years of a beautiful relationship, Nissan has donated $1 million more to Habitat for Humanity to help in its righteous cause.

Nissan Vice President of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility Rebecca Vest, said, “Nissan values its partnership with Habitat for Humanity because it helps build sustainable communities where our employees live and work. Our employees look forward to working alongside future homeowners, and their experiences affirm our corporate vision to enrich people’s lives.”

Most of Nissan’s 2018 donation will be used to build Habitat homes in locations where Nissan has an operating presence. Some of the money will also be used for vehicle purchases used on the projects.

Along with monetary donations, Nissan’s employees also contribute by volunteering their time. This year, employees will help with projects across the United States, including in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

This past summer, Nissan recognized the efforts of its employees with the dedication of the 11th home built using Nissan volunteers. This home was constructed in Jackson, Mississippi, for the Trotter family with nearly 100 Nissan volunteers.

To see Nissan’s latest new vehicles, from the Altima and Sentra to the Frontier and TITAN, stop into Bates Nissan.

Nissan to Use Ultrastrong Steel in More New Vehicles

Ultrastrong steel

When it comes to high-quality construction and premium materials, Nissan is hard to beat. This high quality promise extends to Nissan’s production process as well, as the automaker is routinely implementing energy-efficient practices in an effort to achieve sustainable manufacturing without sacrificing design or quality.

This June, Nissan announced a new plan to take its commitment to the next level: it will now use high-formability steel in the construction of more of its vehicles so as to increase their overall performance as well as reduce their harmful emissions. In addition to these benefits, the ultrastrong steel will create a lighter vehicle, which generally increases fuel-efficiency.

The use of ultrastrong steel is quite exceptional, as it is an industry-first. Nissan will be the first automaker to use it in the construction of its vehicles, once more marking its place as a lead innovator in the auto industry. After its extensive research, Nissan reports that “the steel’s combination of stamping formability and strength makes it possible to form parts with complex shapes that are thinner and lighter than those made of conventional high tensile strength steel, while maintaining the ability to absorb energy in a collision.” As an end goal, Nissan aims for the ultrastrong steel to “make up 25 percent of the company’s vehicle parts by weight.” They have already achieved such a feat in the new INFINITI QX50, which is comprised of 27 percent ultrastrong steel.

At Bates Nissan, we are proud to be part of a brand that pursues innovation and capability. Visit our showroom to browse some of the latest Nissan models.

5 Benefits of Buying a Used Vehicle

Used vehicle

When shopping around for the perfect vehicle, all potential buyers must decide whether to buy new or used. There are benefits that come with each, but oftentimes buying used can widen your options and provide what you need at a more affordable price. Here are five benefits of buying a used vehicle.

  • Price & Affordability: Used vehicles typically have lower price tags than new vehicles, making them more affordable to buyers. In addition, new vehicles can lose up to 40 percent of their initial value in the first two years alone. When you buy used, this depreciation has already occurred.
  • Insurance Costs: If you buy a used vehicle, your insurance rates will be lower than buying new.
  • Wide Variety of Choices: Sometimes, automakers do away with our favorite features. Buying used gives us a wide selection of model years rather than just the current model year and the last. In addition, buying used may put a make or model within your price range that otherwise wouldn’t be if you were buying new.
  • Similar Features as New Models: Oftentimes, recent model years have the same or similar features as the current model year without the steep price of buying new.
  • Used & CPO Warranties: If you buy a used vehicle from a dealership, it will often come with a warranty, so your investment is protected. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles typically come with a new warranty directly from the manufacturer, ensuring the used vehicle’s quality and the dependability of its parts.

Browse a wide selection of used vehicle inventory when you visit our showroom at Bates Nissan.

Nissan Earns a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award

2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year —Sustained Excellence Award

For the seventh year in a row, Nissan North America has earned the EPA’s coveted designation as an energy leader: the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award. This award is given to companies that demonstrate their commitment to the environment by optimizing their daily operations to be more efficient.

2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year —Sustained Excellence AwardWhat has Nissan North America done to earn this distinction? Specifically, the automaker has switched its facilities to LED lighting, prioritized energy efficiency in its design process (like its painting process, which has cut energy consumption by more than 30 percent), and engaged all of its North American employees in energy management.

More specifically, Nissan has worked with Middle Tennessee and Central Mississippi schools to improve their energy-saving initiatives.

“Awards like the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year let us know we are moving in the right direction with our sustainable manufacturing practices,” commented Rebecca Vest, vice president of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility. “Our approach is a comprehensive one, focused on maximizing efficiency and reducing energy waste in our manufacturing facilities, all while continuing to deliver the products our customers expect.”

Nissan also leads the market in energy-efficient vehicles, like America’s best-selling EV, the Nissan LEAF.

To learn more about Nissan’s commitment to sustainability and fuel-efficient models, visit us at Bates Nissan in Killeen.

Check Out This Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol Concept SUV

Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol

Earlier this year, Nissan pulled the covers off one of its most innovative concept models to date: the Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol SUV. The unveiling was held at the Overland Expo WEST, which is an event all about rugged exploring off the beaten path, which is a perfect match for this off-road-ready SUV.

The upgraded Nissan Armada includes a number of features that make it more suitable to an outdoor adventure. Key features on the Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol concept include a Warn Zeon Platinum 12S Winch, an IF Signs custom wrap, large Calmini rock sliders and bumpers, and Baja Designs XL80 lights. The most innovative feature, however, is the Cascadia Vehicle Tents roof-mounted tent, which lets the driver and passengers — up to four adults — camp out on top of the Armada. For added wow factor, the tent features an awning from Rhino Racks. The Armada concept also includes a second tent (for the ground), sleeping bags, and chairs — just in case you’re traveling with more than four people, since the Armada can fit up to eight.

“For those family adventure fans who aren’t familiar with the term ‘overlanding,’ all they need to do is look at the Armada Mountain Patrol to understand that this is not glamping, not a day trip to the local forest — it’s adventure taken to new heights,” remarked Brandon White, director, Chief Marketing Manager, Nissan North America, Inc. “The Nissan Armada, with its rugged platform, best-in-class 390-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine, 8,500-pound towing capacity, and massive interior and cargo space, is an ideal starting place to build an authentic overlanding vehicle.”

Unfortunately, the Armada Mountain Patrol is just a concept vehicle for now, but you can test drive the 2018 Nissan Armada here at Bates Nissan.

2019 Nissan Altima Preview

2019 Nissan Altima

The 2019 Nissan Altima made its official debut this year at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, new and improved with a long list of features. The upcoming Nissan Altima leaves it mark as the first Nissan sedan to be available with the automaker’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

Designed to offer the latest in driving technologies, the 2019 Altima brings new life to the mid-size sedan segment. The upcoming model is the first sedan on the automaker’s lineup to come with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Rear Automatic Braking arrives as a new safety feature for the 2019 model year. The safety system alerts drivers of an impending collision while reversing, and then hits the brakes if the driver fails to respond. The Rear Automatic Braking feature joins the Nissan Safety Shield package to create Safety Shield 360. The suite of safety technologies includes all-around monitoring systems, including High Beam Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The Altima’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine carries over from its previous model year. A new turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers similar power and better efficiency than the outgoing V6 powertrain.

Based on the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept, the 2019 Altima is available with 19-inch wheels that provide a more athletic stance. An innovative 8-inch multi-touchscreen display allows drivers to seamlessly navigate the infotainment system. Smartphone connectivity software, such as Apply CarPlay, carries over from last year’s model.

Learn more about the upcoming release of the 2019 Nissan Altima at Bates Nissan.

5 Family-Friendly Vehicles from Nissan

Family-Friendly Vehicles

The Nissan lineup features plenty of family-friendly vehicles that go the extra mile. From high efficiency to premium comfort, each Nissan model offers the best of the best. Check out some of these family-friendly Nissan vehicles that will take you on adventures for years to come.

Nissan Rogue

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is one of the industry’s best-selling crossovers for a reason. Capable of seating up to five passengers, the latest model features plenty of room for road trips, and numerous cargo configurations and affordable pricing make the Nissan Rogue a great family-friendly vehicle.

Nissan Armada

Families with an eye on adventure will find the 2018 Nissan Armada more than sufficient. This capable SUV boasts a maximum towing capacity of 8,500 pounds when properly equipped. Plus, featuring seating for up to eight passengers, the Nissan Armada is perfect for hitting the campgrounds.

Nissan Pathfinder

Capable of seating up to seven passengers, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is an affordable SUV for families of all ages. A 284-horsepower engine delivers plenty of performance while the standard tri-zone automatic temperature control system keeps things comfortable.

Nissan Leaf®

The Nissan Leaf has made its mark on the industry as the world’s best-selling electric car. The electric powertrain produces a peppy 147 horsepower and offers instant acceleration. The 2018 model boasts an EPA-estimated 151-mile single-charge range, making it great for day trips with the family.*

Nissan Maxima

The 2018 Nissan Maxima offers an exhilarating ride for up to five passengers. Featuring a 300-horsepower engine, this full-size sedan boasts a smooth, sporty ride and a standard navigation system. That combination makes every family vacation an enjoyable experience.

Interested in one of these top-tier Nissan models? Visit us at Bates Nissan or give us a call to schedule a test drive.

*2018 Nissan LEAF® EPA range is 151 miles. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.

How to Change Your Car’s Wiper Blades

change your car’s wiper blades

Spring is known for its rain showers, but no matter which season it is, you should always be prepared for precipitation. Make sure you know how to change your car’s wiper blades when they begin to wear out and you’ll be grateful for the clear visibility when the rain does fall.

When to Change The Blades

If your car’s wiper blades are squeaking or leaving streaks and residue behind, then it’s time to replace them. Wiper blades should create a clear, clean path on the windshield.

How to Change the Blades

Changing the wiper blades on your vehicle is easy and inexpensive. Your owner’s manual will tell you which size and type of wiper blades your car needs.

To remove old blades, you can pull the wiper arms up so that they’re perpendicular to the windshield, then push down on the tab that connects the arm to the blade. When the tab is released, pull the old blade down and off of the arm.

To replace with a new wiper blade, pull the blade up the wiper arm and into position until you hear the tab click. This will mean that the wiper blade is secure and ready for use.

For more information about replacing your windshield wiper blades, or if you’d like them replaced by a professional, stop by Bates Nissan.