Spring Car Maintenance 101

As we head into spring, it is crucial that you make sure your car is still healthy and that it’s prepared for the change in weather and road conditions.

Here are a few spring car maintenance tips to remember as we head into March:

Spring Car Maintenance - Car Wash

Wash Your Car

In the winter months, it’s not likely you washed your car too often. The snow and mud can dirty up your car, but the road salt—if left unwashed—can pose bigger threats. While washing the exterior is important, you should also clean out the interior. Think of it as spring cleaning for your car.

Get the Oil Changed

Schedule an oil change at Nissan of Clinton ahead of your spring break road trip. We’ll also be sure to rotate your tires while you’re here.

Test the Battery

Cold winter months can be harsh on your vehicle’s battery. Test it to make sure it’s still performing strong before it’s too late.

Improve Visibility

If any bulbs burnt out during winter, replace them—though we’ll soon have more sunlight, we’ll also have more rain. That also means you should replace your windshield wipers if they are leaving streaks.

Take spring car maintenance seriously by scheduling your appointment at Nissan of Clinton. Our team is ready to get your vehicle in tip-top shape for the new season.

2019 Nissan Altima to Debut This Month

Prepare yourself: The 2019 Nissan Altima is coming. That’s right, Nissan has announced that it will be unveiling the 2019 iteration of its popular Altima sedan at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this month.

2018 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima

The auto show is open to the public from March 30 to April 8, but before everyday car enthusiasts come pouring in from all over the Big Apple, the show hosts press days for members of the media to cover big reveals, like that of the new Nissan Altima. The 2019 Altima will officially be revealed during Nissan’s press announcement on March 28.

2018 Nissan Altima

While we are looking forward to the unveiling and eventually getting the new Nissan Altima here at the dealership, we are also huge fans of the current 2018 model. Haven’t test driven the new 2018 Altima yet? Here’s what you’re missing out on:

  • Incredible performance with up to 270 horsepower, beating out the Accord, Sonata, and Optima
  • Even better efficiency, at up to 38 miles per gallon on the highway*, beating out the Sonata and Fusion
  • Available class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which means it is not offered on the Accord, Camry, Sonata, or other comparable models

With specs like that, the 2019 Altima has a lot to live up to, but we’re sure it’ll be just as great—if not greater—than the current model. Visit us at Nissan of Clinton to see the 2018 Altima and get ready for the upcoming new release.

*Highway MPG comparison based on 2018 Altima 2.5 S vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata SE and 2018 Ford Fusion S. Automatic transmissions (excluding hybrid models and electric vehicles) compared. 2018 EPA fuel economy estimate 27 City/38 Highway for 2018 Altima 2.5 S. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

Why You Should Test Drive the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport at Nissan of Clinton

The all-new 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport slots below Nissan’s best-selling model here in the United States—the Nissan Rogue crossover. The new Rogue Sport features much of what drivers love about the Rogue but in a more compact size made for city driving, yet still with comfortable seating for up to five.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

There’s so much to love about the new 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport, but you really must test drive the new crossover to understand.

Here are a few standout features of the Rogue Sport:

  • A peppy 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine paired to the XTRONIC transmission with Eco mode, good for 141 horsepower
  • The available comprehensive Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technology suite, which includes Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • The available intelligent all-wheel drive for improved traction
  • The available Divide-N-Hide® cargo system for better cargo management
  • Siri® Eyes Free technology
  • The available Intelligent Around View® Monitor
  • Accessories like the frameless auto-dimming mirror with universal remote, all-weather floor mats, and illuminated kick plates

Are you interested in learning more? Test drive the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport in the near future at Nissan of Clinton for the full experience.

Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Announced

Last month, Nissan announced pricing for the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport, which will soon be available at Nissan of Clinton. The new Rogue Sport slots beneath the Rogue crossover and seats five comfortably while offering a long list of comfort and convenience features, especially for city drivers.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport


Prices reflect the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP). The new Nissan Rogue Sport S FWD model starts at $21,640 while the Sport S AWD starts at $22,990. Nissan is offering the Rogue Sport SV FWD model at a starting price of $23,240 and the Sport SV AWD model at $24,590. Finally, the Rogue Sport SL FWD crossover could start at $26,290 while the SL AWD model could start at $27,640.


Nissan also offers a number of packages for the 2018 Rogue Sport model. For instance, the SV Technology package offers the contents of the previous SV All-Weather Package. This includes the Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, the Quick Comfort® heated driver’s and front passenger seats, leather-wrapped shift-knob, heated outside mirrors, and fog lights.

Another available package is the SL Premium Package, with content from the previous SL Premium Package. This content includes Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Baking, and similar safety features.

View the new Rogue Sport at Nissan of Clinton shortly and get the sporty, stylish hauler that you well and truly deserve.

The Rules of Car Buying for Beginners

Buying a new or used car can be an overwhelming experience, especially if this is your first time. We at Nissan of Clinton want to make the experience as stress-free as possible for you, so we have come up with a few rules of car buying that should help the process along.

  1. Do your research. We are always happy to equip you with all the information we possibly can about the vehicles on our lot, but we know that you will have more peace of mind if you get your research from an independent third party like Edmunds.com or Cars.com and then let us wow you with a test drive in an amazing vehicle.
  2. Be realistic about your budget. If you have spent time doing the math ahead of time, you’ll know what you’re comfortable spending. You don’t have to tell us the top of your budget, but be firm about it with yourself when making your selection. We also offer a wide variety of quality Nissan certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles, which are gently used vehicles with many new car perks. Don’t forget to factor insurance into your monthly payments as well; secure a quote before walking in.
  3. Take your time. This is a big decision. Other dealerships may rush you to an answer, but we understand that there is a lot to consider. We’re happy to help you talk through your decision!

We’re here to make your car-buying experience as pain-free as possible. If you have any questions that we can help you with, do not hesitate to give us a call.rules of car buying

Kick Off the New Year with These Fun Things to Do in Clinton

The new year is finally here, so let’s take 2018 by storm. The weather might be cold, but there are so many cool things to do in Clinton, North Carolina, that are worth braving the falling temperatures for. Take some time this month to get out and try out some of these awesome places and activities:

  • Sampson County History Museum: If you are a native North Carolinian or just a history buff, you will enjoy this museum set on two acres, featuring historic artifacts and antiques unique to the area.
  • Seven Gables Skating Rink: Whether you need a dose of nostalgia or something fun to do with the kids, this skating rink is the perfect place for family fun.
  • Heidi Lippman’s Art: Drive around Clinton looking for the works of contemporary artist Heidi Lippman. Her work is scattered throughout town, oftentimes built into the city’s architecture, like on glass walls, mosaics, and rooftop installations.things to do in Clinton
  • Burney’s Sweets & More: Have a sweet tooth? Then you will not want to skip out on visiting Burney’s in downtown Clinton, where you can enjoy treats like cakes, cookies, and the ever-popular cake pops.

Need a new set of wheels to get around Clinton? Visit Nissan of Clintonto view our current inventory.

What’s That Sound? Weird Noises Coming From Your Car

When something is wrong with a friend or family member, they are able to tell us how they feel and explain what’s got them under the weather. Our cars, however, cannot express this in the same way. Thus, it is important for you to be vigilant to the sounds your car make, as they can indicate the health of your vehicle.

So what do you do if you hear weird noises coming from your car? Contact Nissan of Clinton for service—we’ll be happy to investigate and fix the problem.weird noises coming from your car

To help you narrow things down, here’s a quick guide to what those noises might mean:

  • A clunky sound when you brake can mean some part of your brake is malfunctioning or that your steering system has worn components.
  • A transmission that grinds when you shift gears can mean that your clutch is worn or needs to be adjusted. It could also indicate severe damage to your transmission.
  • Squeaky brakes can indicate that your brake pads are near the end of their life. It might also indicate that they are wet.
  • A knocking sound emanating from the hood can mean that your air filter is clogged or that you need a tune-up.

There are several kinds of noises you should follow up on if you hear them while driving. Contact our service department if you need help diagnosing them and fixing the issues that might be causing them.

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.