Lumberton, North Carolina Attractions

Lumberton, North Carolina Attractions
Gather the friends or family to explore!

Lumberton, North Carolina is home to a wonderful community that enjoys having visitors all year round! There are some wonderful attractions to visit during your stay in Lumberton and they range from shopping to exploring to museums. Here are some of the best Lumberton, North Carolina attractions as suggested by us here at Nissan of Lumberton.

Exploration Station

The Exploration Station provides families and children with a hands-on learning experience. Activities include grocery shopping, pretending to be a firefighter, and putting on a play. The center also hosts birthday parties with plenty of activities to ensure that special day is a memorable one for everyone involved!

Carolina Country Peddlers Mall

The Carolina Country Peddlers Mall officially opened for business in 2010 and has been thriving ever since. This mall fills the gap between a flea market and antique store. Vendors sells items of all shapes, sizes, and ages, except for clothing. The mall is open seven days a week so feel free to stop by whenever you get the chance!

African American Cultural Center

This center works to maintain a collection of artifacts, paintings, and photographs of famous African Americans. It also includes the contributions and accomplishments of local African Americans. The facility features a kitchen and can hold up to 100 people.

No matter where you go in Lumberton, there is always something to do. Get out there and have some fun!

How to Repair Car Water Damage

Repair Car Water Damage
Did Hurricane Matthew damage your car? Here’s how to fix it.

Rainstorms and flood waters can do a number on your vehicle’s interior and the exterior as well. That can lead to some costly repairs if you go straight to a professional. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to reduce the damage and lower your overall costs. Here are several steps you can take to help repair car water damage from us here at Nissan of Lumberton.

Assess –Before you do anything else, assess the damage. If the waterline comes near the dashboard, odds are the adjuster will simply total the car and you can get a new one. If that’s the case, there’s no point in doing anything but trying to salvage your possessions. Disconnect the battery strap if you’re going to dry out the car as best you can.

Engine – Avoid starting the engine at first, no matter how curious you may be to see if your car still runs. Check the oil and transmission dipsticks. If there are water droplets on either one, make sure to change the oil and filter first. If the oil looks muddy, remove the oil pan and wash it out. Start the engine. If it runs, make sure to change the oil and filter within the next couple of hundred miles as well.

Salvage – Salvage titles are viable for vehicles that have taken on flood damage but don’t bear the damaged look. Make sure to examine used cars for any signs of water damage. It could be a retitled car that had a salvage title in a different state.

We repair all types of Flood Damage including mechanical, electrical and body repair. Our team has lots of experience repairing flood damage. 

Contact us at Nissan of Lumberton if you have any additional questions about car water damage or if you’re interested in a new vehicle.

OEM vs Aftermarket Parts: Which Are Better?

OEM vs aftermarket parts
Parts from A-Z

When you need repairs, one of the first questions you should consider is whether or not to use OEM or aftermarket parts. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer,” which is a fancy way of saying these parts come from the same assembly line as the original component on your vehicle. Aftermarket parts of produced by third-party brands, or independent vendors. Read on to see OEM vs aftermarket parts.

There are pros and cons to these two different types of parts, according to Edmunds. Aftermarket parts are typically cheaper than OEM parts, and there is a wide selection to choose from. Most auto-parts stores stock their shelves with a variety of aftermarket parts, and corner garages tend to use them to save on costs. However, aftermarket parts don’t always compare to OEM parts.

OEM parts are the ideal choice; one reason dealerships almost always use them. These components are a guaranteed fit, because they come straight from the manufacturer. They are also held to a higher standard, and they tend to last longer—one reason many car warranties stipulate that OEM parts must be used. Perhaps best of all, OEM parts come with one-year warranties to ensure durability.

In short, OEM parts tend to be better in the long run. Using aftermarket parts can void your warranty, and they don’t always fit as well as OEM parts. Here at Nissan of Lumberton, we always use the highest quality parts, ensuring your repairs last. Remember, you get what you pay for—don’t settle when it comes to your car.

A New Halloween Tradition: Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat
Trunk or Treat this year!

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to decorate for trunk or treat. That’s not a typo—trunk or treat is a growing tradition for many car lovers who are looking to decorate their vehicles. While some prefer spooky setups, others are going for pure creativity. Read on to learn more about trunk or treat.

According to Buzzfeed, one of the main ideas behind trunk or treat is to organize an event that keeps kids safe while also cutting down on walking. Many people meet in one parking lot, and kids go from car to car to collect candy. This idea is especially popular at schools and churches, as well as areas where houses are far apart or in bad neighborhoods.

If you do choose to do the trunk-or-treat event, just be sure to follow some basic rules. Gathering in a public parking lot is usually acceptable, but you may want to ask permission before using a private lot. Because you’re out in the open, you should also try to make sure that all the decorations are kid-friendly. Also, make sure not to drive with decorations on your car. This can lead to unintentional littering as well as poor visibility.

Above all else, have fun! Halloween is the perfect time to decorate your car and get in the holiday spirit. We can’t wait to see what local residents comes up with.

Nissan to Debut New GT-R NISMO at Auto Show

new GT-R NISMO
Where’s the GT-R NISMO going to be next?

Southern California and Nissan both have a long-standing history with the realm of racing, which is why the 12th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show, or JCCS, held in Long Beach, California near the end of September, will be the chosen site for the unveiling of the new GT-R NISMO supercar. Never before seen in the United States, the GT-R NISMO is a welcome surprise for stateside fans of the track-inspired performance car.

The GT-R NISMO won’t be the only Nissan being shown off at JCCS. A few mint-condition classics – a ‘69 Patrol, ‘62 Fairlady, and a modified ‘71 Skyline – will make an appearance (it is a classic car show, after all) as well as some of Nissan’s racing stars. Nissan also has information about a number of giveaways and other activities that will be available at its booth at JCCS that the brand is slowly revealing throughout September with the hashtag #NissanAtJCCS.

With motorsport-inspired carbon fiber components, a redesigned front end, an entirely revised cockpit, all-wheel drive capability, and a 600-HP twin-turbocharged V6, the new GT-R NISMO is a sight to behold. More than 7,000 spectators will be attending JCCS on September 24th, when news and images about the GT-R NISMO are sure to surface online as well.

Best Fayetteville Restaurants

Best Fayetteville Restaurants
By Serge Melki from Indianapolis, USA – The restaurant Inside Marriott, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24320871

Enjoying a day out in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina? If you’re looking for the best Fayetteville restaurants, we’ve done your homework for you and compiled a list of some of the most delicious choices in the area.

Billy Boy’s Grille: Want some good ol’ Southern cooking with a friendly, local atmosphere? Billy Boy’s Grille delivers delicious food, great specials, and a welcoming staff.

Charley’s Pub: Charming, cozy, and packed with a full bar and excellent weekend entertainment, Charley’s Pub is an awesome destination for anyone looking for a fun night out.

Fayetteville Pie Company: Who doesn’t love pie? Don’t be deceived, however; this place isn’t just desserts. Check the menu for a variety of unique and interesting savory pies for lunch and dinner.

Pierro’s Italian Bistro: If you want something a little more upscale, check out this award-winning Italian restaurant for gourmet meals.

Sherefe Mediterranean Grille: Sherefe provides more exotic cuisine, including Greek, Turkish, and other Mediterranean foods. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available, and everything is locally-sourced.

Has anything caught your eye on our list of best Fayetteville restaurants? Give one of our choices a whirl and you’re sure to be impressed, or maybe explore the downtown area for yourself and come up with your own recommendations.

JD Power APEAL Awards Go to Nissan TITAN XD, Maxima, and Altima

Three Nissan vehicles recently earned JD Power APEAL awards. This test looks at automotive performance, execution, and layout on new models. The all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD took first for the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, the Maxima won the Large Car segment, and the Altima came in second for the Midsize Car segment.

JD Power APEAL awards

According to Nissan, the JD Power APEAL awards are given on the basis of customer satisfaction and surveys. In other words, Nissan owners were so satisfied with their driving experience, that they ranked three models among the highest in the industry. Many especially noted the sense of safety provided by Nissan Safety Shield technologies like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and more.

“It is gratifying to see three vehicles that are either all-new or redesigned receive such high marks from customers,” said Christian Meunier, VP of Sales and Marketing for Nissan. “And along with our best-selling sedans and crossovers, Nissan is providing more options as we launch the ‘Year of the Truck’ with our all-new TITAN and TITAN XD trucks.”

This is the 21st year in a row for the JD Power APEAL survey. Models are ranked on a 1,000-point overall scale. The TITAN scored an 867, the Maxima had 857, and the Altima had 824 points. The Murano and Sentra also scored high, at 831 and 814. This is pretty impressive for Nissan, especially considering the fact the industry average was just 801 points.

Best Fayetteville Restaurants

Enjoying a day out in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina? If you’re looking for the best Fayetteville restaurants, we’ve done your homework for you and compiled a list of some of the most delicious choices in the area.

Billy Boy’s Grille: Want some good ol’ Southern cooking with a friendly, local atmosphere? Billy Boy’s Grille delivers delicious food, great specials, and a welcoming staff.

Charley’s Pub: Charming, cozy, and packed with a full bar and excellent weekend entertainment, Charley’s Pub is an awesome destination for anyone looking for a fun night out.

Fayetteville Pie Company: Who doesn’t love pie? Don’t be deceived, however; this place isn’t just desserts. Check the menu for a variety of unique and interesting savory pies for lunch and dinner.

Pierro’s Italian Bistro: If you want something a little more upscale, check out this award-winning Italian restaurant for gourmet meals.

Sherefe Mediterranean Grille: Sherefe provides more exotic cuisine, including Greek, Turkish, and other Mediterranean foods. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available, and everything is locally-sourced.

Has anything caught your eye on our list of best Fayetteville restaurants? Give one of our choices a whirl and you’re sure to be impressed, or maybe explore the downtown area for yourself and come up with your own recommendations.

Staycation in Lumberton: Explore the Area

Take a staycation in Lumberton. With a new vehicle, you can easily make small day trips around the area, exploring locations and shops you’ve never found time to visit before. From entertainment to cuisine and museums, there’s something for everyone in the Lumberton area.

staycation in Lumberton

According to the Lumberton Visitor’s Bureau, there’s plenty to do for those who want to take it easy on a staycation. For example, check out the African American Cultural Center. You can see paintings, photographs, and artifacts from local African Americans, exploring the legacy of the Lumberton community. You can even schedule a tour or have educational sessions.

Everyone loves shopping. Stop by the Biggs Park Mall to see premiere shopping locations, with over 30 stores in the area. Located right off I-95, it’s easy to find the mall. Whether you’re simply browsing or if you want something specific, the Biggs Park Mall is bound to have it.

staycation in Lumberton

Explore the outdoors at the Lumber River State Park. As a favorite spot for hikers and anglers, you can enjoy scenery, canoe, kayak, and more. This park has even been named a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service.

Finally, hit the links at the Pine Crest Country Club and Golf Club. This refined club has a golf shop, driving range, practice green, and more. There are also banquet and dinging facilities on site. Don’t forget about the specially designed golf course, created by Donald Ross and Dick Wilson.

Nissan “No Charge to Charge” Program Reaches New Markets

Nissan “No Charge to Charge”
Charging your LEAF will be easier than ever.

Nissan first introduced its innovative “No Charge to Charge” program in July 2014, offering Nissan LEAF owners or leasees in certain areas the opportunity to charge their cars for free. At first available to just 10 markets, the program has since expanded and is now available in 38 markets across the country.

Rewards

Officials say “the economics are easy” when it comes to the Nissan “No Charge to Charge” program. With public charging stations still be relatively uncommon, car buyers are still hesitant to jump into the electric car market, especially with their somewhat limited range. A big draw of electric cars is that they’re money savers because they don’t use any gasoline, so free public charging incentivizes buying electric cars even more.

Public Charging

Public charging is necessary to give electric car drivers more range confidence, and having the option of free charging is a major draw over gasoline, for which prices have noticeably risen in the last few months.

The public chargers Nissan has developed can recharge a LEAF from 0% battery to 80% in less than 30 minutes. This will be even more of a benefit when the next-generation LEAF is released in 2018 with a much longer range than its current range. The current LEAF sells for an affordable $21,510 after federal tax incentives.