Christmas Gift Ideas for Car Lovers

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for many reasons, but one of the best is that it is the perfect excuse to get creative with the spirit of gift giving and present someone you care about with a truly unique gift. If there is a car aficionado in your life, you might be feeling stumped about what to go them. But never fear—we at Nissan of Clinton have a number of Christmas gift ideas for car lovers.

  • Buffing and waxing essentials: If your favorite gearhead spends countless hours every week taking care of their car, fill a bucket full of their favorite car supplies.
  • T-shirts: Amazon is your friend—the eCommerce site truly has a t-shirt for everything. Find out what your car-loving friend’s favorite brand is (probably Nissan) and get them a t-shirt that shows their love.
  • Sunshade: Sunshades are great for keeping your car cooler when it’s parked under the sun, but they can also be a fun way to express yourself. If your car lover has a favorite TV show, sports team, or other fan obsession, consider getting them a special sunshade for their car, like this awesome Star Wars accordion-style sunshade.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us at Nissan of Clinton!Christmas gift ideas for car lovers

Thanksgiving Travel Tips When You’re Road-Tripping

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means family, friends, lots of food, and travel. While it can be a lovely time of the year, it is also one that can quite easily lead to stress. To keep yourself sane on the road, consider these useful Thanksgiving travel tips and leave your worries at home.

 

Plan Ahead

Minimize the headaches that come with travel by making a packing checklist, getting your budget squared away, and finding a pet sitter in advance. You can even call your bank and let them know you’re traveling ahead of time so they don’t shut down your credit cards for what they might deem suspicious activity.

 

Use Apps to Navigate

Turns out there’s a lot of convenience packed into your smartphone. Use GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas prices near you, or any of many other restaurant, hotel, and event apps to find local activities at your destination.

 

Travel Light

Overloading your vehicle reduces fuel economy. Plus, you don’t need to bring all that with you just for a few days out of town, do you? Try to think about what you and your family really need to bring along.

 

Travel Early, Leave Late

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Friday after are some of the busiest days for travel. Avoid the traffic by planning ahead when to head out on your journey so that you miss the bulk of the rush both ways.

Thanksgiving travel tips

These Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Nissan of Clinton should help streamline your road trip.

The Best of the Best: Top 5 Nissans of All Time

Nissan has many excellent vehicles in its lineup — across the board, they’re stylish, fun to drive, and affordable. For as excellent as today’s Nissans are, the brand’s long legacy has generated some of the most exciting vehicles ever built, including what our team at Nissan of Clinton considers the top 5 Nissans of all time.

#5 – 1989-1998 Nissan 240SX

Two generations of the Nissan 240SX made this list, which were popular for their great performance paired with an affordable price tag. All models – coupe, hatch, or convertible – had the same great engine, MacPherson struts, and RWD.

 

#4 – 1968-1973 Datsun 510

The Datsun 510 is remembered for being lightweight and fun-to-drive in addition to being an excellent choice for a roomy family car, as well as being stylish to top it all off. It came in hatchback, coupe, and convertible models.

 

#3 – 1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX

This sporty car was a hit in the 90s auto market thanks to features like its 300-horsepower Twin Turbo, attractive interior, and sleek design. The 300ZX won awards for its timeless appearance and performance.

 

#2 – 1970-1978 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z set the standard for many things to come. It features an exterior design that’s still cutting-edge today, and its lightweight European build made for unparalleled engineering and performance.

 

#1 – 2009-Present Nissan GT-R

The proud successor of the GT-R Skyline name, the Nissan GT-R is one of the smartest and most performance-focused rides in the Japanese market. Its Twin-Turbo V6 engine even churns out 545 horsepower for heart-thumping thrills.

Top 5 Nissans

Though these are our picks for the top 5 Nissans of all time, there are many, many more to consider. Today’s Nissan lineup is filled with instant classics and future legends, ranging from the rugged Titan to the versatile Rogue. To see what Nissan has to offer you, visit Nissan of Clinton and set up your test drive.

4 Important Fall Car Maintenance Tips

16Fall is the perfect time to perform regular maintenance on your car, especially as we prepare to launch into winter. While winter may not be as brutal here in North Carolina as it is in the northern US, it is still crucial to perform some routine maintenance in the fall to keep your car running smoothly until spring.

  • Test your lights: It’s going to start getting darker sooner. Make sure all lights—headlights, taillights, brake lights, etc.—are in working order. Replace any bulbs that have burnt out.
  • Change your oil: Changing your oil is the most crucial routine maintenance task. The changing of the seasons can serve as your quarterly reminder to check your oil level and get it changed at Nissan of Clinton when you hit your next milestone.
  • Change out your wiper blades: Fall and winter can bring some powerful storms. Make sure your wiper blades can provide clear vision for you by replacing them before you get caught in the rain or snow.
  • Test your battery: Batteries die more frequently in colder weather. Test your battery strength and replace it if necessary.4 Important Fall Car Maintenance Tips

Need help with your fall car maintenance? Bring it in to Nissan of Clinton today.

Spooky Places in North Carolina to Visit This Fall

Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to break out the Halloween decorations, throw on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original), and start carving pumpkins. You can also get into the Halloween spirit by visiting any of these spooky places in North Carolina this fall.

  • Woods of Terror: Located in Greensboro, this frightening haunt features more than a dozen different haunted houses, including Arachnophobia, The Slaughter House, and Night Stalkers. Enter if you dare.spooky places in North Carolina
  • Ghosts of New Bern: Do you believe in ghosts? Your opinion might change after you take this one-hour walking tour through New Bern’s Historic District.
  • Scarowinds: If you find amusing parks frightening enough during the dog days of summer, just wait until you enter Carowinds during the Halloween season, when the park is decked out and full of haunted attractions—as well as the horrifying coasters that make this park great.
  • Beaufort Ghost Walk: Take a guided walking tour through “America’s Best Small Town,” where pirates may just claim you for their crews—and never let you return.

Are you in need of a new coffin car for your haunted tour through North Carolina? Visit Nissan of Clinton today for a test drive—while it’s still light out.

Tailgating Tips for Football Season

Fall is finally here, which means one thing: it’s football season. With Carolina’s favorite pro and college football teams being so close to us in Clinton, it’s likely a lot of us will be out tailgating this autumn. To make the most of your experience, follow these tailgating tips at the next big game:

  1. Plan ahead. Make sure you pack everything you need—and it’s not just food and beer. You’ll also want to pack lots of ice (and other beverages to stay hydrated), paper/plastic plates and utensils, trash bags, sunscreen, blankets, jumper cables, and a first aid kit.
  2. Get there early. If you want a prime parking spot, you’ll have to wake up early to beat the crowds. Look for a spot near grass at the end of a row. This will give you space to play games, pull out the grill, and relax.
  3. Support your team. Wear your team’s colors, decorate your space, and fly your team’s flag. Tailgating is all about supporting the team you love.
  4. Keep it clean. Not only should you thoroughly clean up your area before heading into the stadium for the game, but also keep your behavior clean. Remember, there are families at these events, so watch what you say and what you do at all times.

2017 Nissan Titan - tailgating tipsNeed the perfect tailgating vehicle? Consider the Nissan Titan, available now at Nissan of Clinton.

KBB Names Nissan Versa Note to “10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2017” List

It’s hard to believe, but summer is drawing to a close, and it’s time to send our children back to school. If you have a teen driver in high school or a college-aged commuter, you can rest easy shipping them off to class in the Nissan Versa Note, which was just named to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com’s “10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2017” list.

This is not the first time that the Versa Note has earned this honor. In fact, the 2017 list marks the third consecutive year that Nissan’s compact hatchback has earned this distinction. To earn a spot on KBB.com’s list, a vehicle must be below $20,000, must bestylish, and—above all else—must be safe.

10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2017 - 2017 Nissan Versa Note“Versa Note, as the KBB.com editors write, is a car that parents and students can agree on,” remarked Scott Shirley, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. “Versa Note continues to offer a great combination of available safety and security features, combined with the sporty style and roomy, versatile interior that is perfect for the demands of life on campus and off.”

The 2017 Nissan Versa Note boasts a new front end and a more luxurious interior. It’s also available in a new color: Deep Blue Pearl. Check out the back-to-school Versa Note at Nissan of Clinton today.

Nissan LEAF Customers in Rome Ride Bikes for Free Charging

Nissan has developed a very interesting way to stress the importance of clean energy creation and use. From now until July 6 of next year, Nissan LEAF customers in Rome will be able to benefit from taking part in the “DinamoBike – enjoy your power” project in order to earn incentives to buy a new Nissan LEAF.

The “DinamoBike – enjoy your power” project encourages citizens of Rome as well as visitors to convert their kinetic energy into energy for other uses by riding stationary bikes. Those who attempt the challenge for at least 10 minutes, then consume energy (such as coffee) at the DInamoBike Café, can purchase a new Nissan LEAF at a discount.

But it’s not just a discount that is incentivizing these “bikers”; those who participate will also earn two years of free energy to recharge the new Nissan LEAF.

An added bonus for participating in the program is a free shuttle (via a Nissan LEAF, of course) to the historic center of Rome.

While we at Nissan of Clinton can’t offer a trip to the Roman city center, we can offer great deals on Nissan vehicles. Stop by today to find the model that is right for you.Nissan LEAF customers in Rome

Essential Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

Though it may be hard to believe, summer is almost over, which means it’s time for another school year to begin. Even if you don’t have a child in school, you’ll be sharing the road with parents and bus drivers who are responsible for getting children to and from school safely. Here are some essential back-to-school driving tips to ensure that happens, courtesy of Nissan of Clinton.

  • Be alert. We tend to be our sleepiest first thing in the morning, when millions of American students are commuting to school. Make sure you’ve given yourself enough time (or coffee) to wake up before getting behind the wheel.
  • Slow down. Drive the speed limit always, but especially during school commute times and especially in residential areas and in school zones, where children will be more likely to be walking along the streets.
  • Watch out for bicycles. Many children ride their bikes to school. Keep alert for bicycles, which can be more difficult to see without keen eyes.back-to-school driving safety tips
  • Reverse with care. Always check your rearview mirror and backup camera before reversing, but still take the care to physically look behind you. When backing up, especially into a residential street, do so slowly.
  • Follow all school bus laws. Abide by all school bus laws, stopping when indicated. Never pass a stopped school bus and exercise extreme caution when driving near them.

Festivals in Clinton, North Carolina

Clinton, NC Festival

Clinton, NC Festival

Here in North Carolina, there is a seemingly never-ending run of fairs and festivals, especially in the summer and fall. All year long, there are festivals dedicated to music, food, and fun. Here are some festivals in Clinton and the nearby area that you should add to your calendar.

  • Coharie Annual Pow-Wow. For the 48th year in a row, the local Coharie Tribe will host its Pow-Wow during the second weekend in September. This event is open to the public and includes competition drumming and dancing along with American Indian food, crafts, and more.
  • Court Square Street Fair & Barbecue Cook-Off. This is Clinton’s largest annual event held each year in October. This year, the fun will take place on Sunday, October 14th. Come to explore the booths and stalls of local vendors and make sure to try some killer barbecue from the cook-off.
  • Halloween on the Square. This free Halloween event is sponsored each year by the Clinton Police Department and includes rides, games for children, and more.

Which of these local festivals are you most excited about? Here at Nissan of Clinton, we hope to see some of our loyal customers at these events. And, the next time you are in need of a new or used car, please come pay us a visit.