How to Winterize Your Car

How to Winterize Your Car
Don’t get stuck in the snow!

Getting your car ready for the cold weather is one of the most important things you can do as we get closer to winter. Doing a few simple maintenance tasks can prevent breakdowns and crashes, so follow these tips on how to winterize your car.

First, inspect your fluids. Now is a good time to get an oil and filter change, since clean oil improves engine performance, and you want your engine to be in the best shape possible in this cold weather. Coolant is the most important fluid in your car during the winter, so make sure you have the correct mixture of water and coolant. Otherwise, make sure your fluids are all at the appropriate levels and add some if necessary.

You should also inspect your tires. Do the penny test or check for wear bars to make sure your tire tread isn’t too low—good traction is extremely important when driving on wet roads. If you notice leaks, cracks, bulging, or bad tread, it might be time to replace your tires. You should check the tire pressure regularly and add air when needed, since the cold will mess with the density of the air and reduce pressure.

Have your battery tested at a parts store to make sure it’s charging properly, and check your brake pads for wear. If you notice anything like strange noises or handling issues, get it checked out before it’s too late! Finally, pack a winter emergency kit with anything you might need in the event of a crash. You can find a list of emergency items here!

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!

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.

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.

Summer Events in Fayetteville, NC

Summer Events in Fayetteville, NC
Family-friendly events in Fayetteville!

If you’re looking for summer events in Fayetteville, look no further! Fayetteville has a lot going on this summer, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you want something family-friendly or just for you and your friends.

Get Historic

Fayetteville is a great spot for history fans, especially if you’re into Civil War history or the history of transportation. Fayetteville is packed with museums and historical exhibits, like the Cumberland County Goes to War exhibit and the Railroading in Fayetteville exhibit, both at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum.

Get Active

The Kiwanis Recreation Center is also a fantastic place to go this summer. Take a class on taekwondo or sign your toddler up for break dancing! Fayetteville State University has classes throughout the summer too, like swim lessons for parents and kids.

Get Festive

There are also festivals and events going on throughout the summer, like the Indigo Moon Film Festival taking place until July 14 Cumberland County Library. Local churches will be holding day camps for kids all summer, and that’s just a few of the many things to do in Fayetteville this summer. There are tons of things going on every day, so check out the event calendar!

Nissan Takes Home Four AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

2016 Nissan Rogue - AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
Keep reading for Nissan’s latest award!

Nissan is winning awards left and right, including four recent awards from AutoPacific for vehicle satisfaction. The Maxima, Murano, Rogue, and Frontier each won Best in Class for the 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, showing just how impressive these models are. You won’t regret buying a new Nissan.

According to Nissan, these awards are given after AutoPacific surveys over 65,000 customers on their vehicles, measuring over 50 attributes. The Maxima, Murano, Rogue, and Frontier have each been redesigned recently, with great new features and record sales. Styling and comfort were among the leading reasons for owner satisfaction, while performance, fuel economy, and safety were added perks.

“The 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are confirmation of what we’re seeing everyday in Nissan showrooms nationwide – buyers are responding to the redesigned Maxima, Murano and Rogue’s styling, interior comfort, performance, fuel efficiency and advanced safety and security features,” said Dan Mohnke, VP of Nissan Marketing. “We’re also proud that Frontier, a true workhorse in its class, continues to deliver on and exceed owner expectations year after year.”

The Maxima took home the gold in the Luxury Mid-Size Car segment, while the Murano won for Premium Mid-Size Crossovers, the Rogue for Mid-Size Crossovers, and the Frontier for Compact Pickups. Why would you purchase a vehicle you weren’t satisfied with? Get the best of the best and buy a Nissan today.