Don’t Let the Weather Slow You Down: Prepare Your Car for Fall

Nissan Pathfinder

As temperatures drop, fall is the time to roll the windows down and go for a scenic drive. But, don’t forget that winter is right around the corner, and that means increasingly unpredictable driving conditions. Follow these simple steps to prepare your car for fall and make sure you’re ready for anything.

 

Check Your Tires

Even the best all-season tires will underperform if they’re not properly aligned and inflated. This is especially true in fall and winter when there’s an increased chance of wet, icy, or snowy roads. Check your tires to ensure they have plenty of tread. And, if you notice your car pulling to one side, have the tires aligned.

 

Charge Your Battery

Cold mornings put extra strain on your car’s battery. Before it’s too late, make sure your battery is fully charged. If the terminals are excessively corroded, it could be time to replace the battery altogether.

 

Stow Useful Emergency Items

There’s no telling what the weather will do in the winter. Before it arrives, stow some important emergency items in your vehicle such as blankets, gloves, water bottles, and a cell phone charger.

 

Follow these simple tips for preparing your car for fall, and you can drive with confidence all season long. For a new vehicle perfect for those fall drives, stop by Bates Nissan today.

Nissan Reaffirms Commitment to Community Grant to Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation

Nissan knows that crafting vehicles of the highest quality is only part of what makes an automaker great. Even the best companies are nothing without the support of the people and communities that make everything possible. That’s why Nissan has always loved giving back to the communities in which it operates. Recently, Nissan made this commitment clear by granting $100,000 to Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation in Tennessee.

Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) is a wonderful organization dedicated to childhood literary in Tennessee. Since 2005, Nissan has given $1.2 million dollars to support everything they do. Most recently, Nissan gave $100,000 to support Imagination Library Programs in the four counties in which the automaker has operations.

Nissan’s grant will help provide 47,000 children in Davidson, Franklin, Rutherford, and Williamson counties with books each month. Since 2004, GBBF has distributed more than 30 million books with more than 279,000 children receiving new books each month.

This recent act of charity is one example of the many ways that Nissan has rooted itself as a member of local communities.

Come to Bates Nissan today for a test drive and to learn more about Nissan’s commitment to excellence and innovation across the nation.

Road Trips Near Killeen, TX: Day Excursion Ideas

Getting a new Nissan opens an entire world of possibilities, including road trips. Don’t spend this fall cooped up at home; instead, take a road trip near Killeen, TX. There are a number of destinations in the region for anyone who want to take a day trip, but we’ve limited the following list to some of our favorites.

According to All Across Texas, perhaps one of the most enjoyable road trips near Killeen is to Beveridge Bridge. Just a short drive away to Weatherford, you can see this 140-foot suspension bridge that was built in the late nineteenth century. This bridge is not simply an engineering marvel; it also provides a stunning view of the surrounding area.

Next, take a trip to Burden Hotel. This historic building was created in 1857 in San Saba, and it still stands today. The two-story stone building is a landmark in the region, making it a perfect stop for anyone looking for a short road trip.

Finally, visit the Santa Fe Depot in Killeen. Used as a depot for the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroads as early as 1882, the depot was rebuilt in 1913 after a fire. The rail line was one reason Fort Hood was founded in the area, though it was later taken out of service and now stands as a historical marker.

What better way is there to experience your community than taking a road trip in a new Nissan from Bates Nissan? Visit the Beveridge Bridge, the Burden Hotel, and the Santa Fe Depot this weekend.

Back-to-School Tips for Students of All Ages

young studentHeading back to school can be stressful regardless of your age. College students and middle schoolers alike share a range of experiences, from jitters and nervousness to finding the right supplies. That’s why we at Bates Nissan have written this guide of back-to-school tips.

While many students are nervous heading back to school, one way to lower anxiety levels is to stay prepared. According to the Huffington Post, even if you’ve already started the school year, it’s not too late to stock up on pencils, paper, binders, and more. For college and high school students who know they’ll have research papers due at the end of the semester, it can also help to start your research and writing now.

Get involved. Joining a sports team, club, or other extracurricular is a great way to participate in the school community and culture. Not only will you feel more engaged, but getting involved also tends to give you a leg up when it comes to making connections in the future (this is especially relevant for college students who understand how to network).

Finally, create goals. Earn that varsity letter, get better grades, or learn a new skill—these are all realistic goals for students of all ages. It sounds simple, but you’re considerably more likely to excel when you have clear goals for each semester or quarter.

School is never easy, but with these tips, you’ll be better prepared to tackle the task at hand. Stay prepared, get involved, and create goals to truly succeed during the school year.

2018 Nissan 370Z Pricing

The 2018 Nissan 370Z is one of the most anticipated sports cars of the year, and it’s finally arrived! The iconic styling and sport-inspired interior (and powertrain, of course) are what make it such a loved model. On top of that, the Nissan 370Z is one of the most affordable sports cars in the industry.

The Nissan 370Z is available in three models: Coupe, Roadster, and NISMO. The base model, the Nissan 370Z Coupe, starts at just $29,990 MSRP,* a price that hasn’t changed from the 2017 model year. Similarly, the 370Z Roadster’s price remains the same, coming in at $41,820 MSRP.*

Those two models boast a number of changes including new 19-inch wheel designs, black rear lower fascias and dark headlight treatments. A Passion Red paint color is now available on the 370Z Coupe and Roadster as well.

The new Heritage Edition package is available on the Nissan 370Z Coupe and offers two new paint colors and interior trims.

The Nissan 370Z Coupe NISMO bears it high-performance badge with honor. The 3.7-liter V6 engine delivers an impressive 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque in a heartbeat. The Nissan 370Z Coupe NISMO starts at just $45,690 MSRP.*

We here at Bates Nissan are ready to roll in the 2018 Nissan 370Z!

 

*Use for comparison only. MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and $885 destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

2017 Nissan Juke


The 2017 Nissan Juke may not be the most popular crossover, but no one can deny that it has a unique style. The raised headlights and athletic wheels add a sporty look to the crossover. That’s just part of why drivers love the model. Here’s a quick look from us here at Bates Nissan at what makes the Nissan Juke so appealing.

Performance

Despite its small size, the Nissan Juke certainly packs a punch. The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine tears past the competition with 188 horsepower. On top of that, the 2017 Juke earns up to an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway.*

Available all-wheel drive provides more traction and responsive controls. An Integrated Control System allows drivers to select a driving mode (Normal, Sport, Eco, and D-Mode), manage the cabin temperature, and more.

Technology

All Nissan Juke models come equipped with a standard RearView Monitor. The Nissan Intelligent Key® allows drivers to easily access their vehicle without reaching for the key fob. Push Button Ignition allows for a quicker start when you’re short on time.

Safety

A family crossover at heart, the 2017 Nissan Juke makes no sacrifices. All models come equipped with full air bag and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Drivers also have the option of adding various active safety features to their Nissan Juke.

 

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

Nissan Sponsors BET Awards

Nissan doesn’t only love cars. That’s why for the fourth consecutive year, Nissan is sponsoring the BET Awards.

The BET Awards and BET Experience took place this year from June 22-25 in Los Angeles. The BET Awards are important because they’re not only a way to celebrate the achievements of those in the film industry, but also a way to celebrate African Americans’ contributions to everything entertainment.

The BET Awards and BET Experience include everything from live music to celebrity appearances and impactful speakers. This year’s award show was hosted by none other than the inimitable Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones.

Nissan’s sponsorship of the BET Awards included accenting BET’s glamorous red carpet with an equally glamorous 2017 Rogue Sport and 2017 GT-R. Attendees got to test-drive the Midnight Edition of multiple models the day before the awards in the Nissan Dome.

“The BETE Awards are the largest celebration of black culture and achievement and we are excited to be a part of this important celebration for the fourth consecutive year,” said Jeremy Tucker, Nissan’s Vice President, Marketing Communications and Media.

Whether you love Nissan, BET, or both, you can always come down to Bates Nissan to find the ideal car for you.

Nissan LEAF Challenges Tesla with ProPILOT


Nissan is always looking for new ways to push the envelope. One way they’re challenging norms is by taking innovation to the next level. The Nissan LEAF has innovations that are sure to beat out even the toughest competition.

The Nissan LEAF features an all-new technology that wows both critics and car enthusiasts. It’s called “ProPILOT Assist” and it gives drivers the extra help and ultimate convenience on the highway.

Most drivers can agree that one of the most annoying parts about highway driving is the stop-and-go traffic that can happen. ProPILOT aims to address this issue and lessen the anxiety of high-volume traffic by using technology to drive for you… kind of.

ProPILOT helps drivers by controlling steering, braking, and acceleration. Drivers can use ProPILOT in a single lane on the highway, acting like an amped-up version of cruise control. This challenges the popular Tesla 3’s new cruise control technology with features that help you while still making sure you’re paying attention to the road.

The Nissan LEAF rivals the Tesla in both affordability and technology. There’s a reason the LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. If you’re curious about the Nissan LEAF and ProPILOT technology, we’re always here to answer questions at Bates Nissan.

2017 Nissan Armada Named Popular Mechanics SUV of the Year

The 2017 Nissan Armada has been named the Popular Mechanics SUV of the Year in the annual Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards, which was presented in conjunction with the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The nine awarded vehicles are featured in the May issue of Popular Mechanics, on sale now.

Popular Mechanics highlighted that the Nissan Armada offers “a luxury SUV experience at a Nissan price,” and that the Armada “does it best” in terms of delivering an 8-passenger SUV with low-range 4-wheel drive.

The Popular Mechanics editorial staff drive every vehicle in each segment to determine the winners, and no second-place picks are chosen, and there aren’t any category divisions beyond overall segments like Pickup, SUV, and so on. Nissan cites that consumers “are in agreement with the experts at Popular Mechanics” due to a 156% increase in Armada sales in 2017.

The 2017 Armada starts an all-new generation of the vehicle, with a new design, a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 with best-in-class horsepower, a new 7-speed automatic transmission, and more features than any vehicle in its class, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Backup Collision Intervention, Moving Object Detection, and many more.

To find out more about the new Nissan Armada, call us today at Bates Nissan!

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.