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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.

How to Beat the Summer Heat

When it starts to get hot outside, it starts to get hot in your car, too! Here are some ways to beat the summer heat and cool down your car.

Air Ventilation

Letting a little air into your car might help keep it cool when it’s parked. If you have a sun roof, open it a bit or leave your windows cracked. Just be careful of the rain!

Beat the Summer HeatSun Shades

Use sun shades on your windshield to stop sun from heating up your car. Sun shades are especially helpful when you can’t find shade on your own.

Find Shade

When you can find shade, use it! And if you can’t find enough shade to cover your entire vehicle, make sure you at least cover your driver’s seat with the shade so the heated-up steering wheel won’t burn your hands.

Use Remote Start

Many cars (including Nissans!) have remote start key fobs with A/C. Use it to your advantage by starting your car and A/C before you get in so it’ll already be cooled down by the time you get to it.

If you’re looking for more tips on how to keep your car cool, Nissan of Clinton is always here to help!

Things to Do For 4th of July in Clinton, North Carolina

When the 4th of July rolls around, it means that you’ll need to find the perfect fireworks to watch with your family. Here are some other things you can do for 4th of July in Clinton.

Sampson County History Museum

Why not kick off 4th of July weekend by celebrating some local history? The Sampson County History Museum holds lots of interesting history. The staff there knows their stuff and can help educate you about the history of Sampson County and Clinton.

4th of July in Clinton

4th of July at Royal Lane Park

If you love fireworks, check them out at your local park! Royal Lane Park hosts a free fireworks event every year with music, snack vendors, and even a tennis and horseshoe tournament. The event starts at 3pm and fireworks start at 9:30.

Royal Lane Pool

Celebrate the 4th of July by cooling off. Take a dip in the Royal Lane Pool, a community pool that’s open to the public on weekends. Take the whole family to the pool the weekend before the fourth and cool down before the fireworks.

And of course, if you need a car to get you to all of these places, Nissan of Clinton is here for you!

Road Trip Games for the Family

Keeping occupied on a long trip can be difficult, especially since there’s not many things to do in the car. Fortunately for drivers, kids can be easily distracted with a fun family game. Kids both young and old enjoy some fun road trip games, and you may end up enjoying yourself as well. Here are a few fun road trip games for the family as suggested by us here at Nissan of Clinton!

The Alphabet Game

This game involves two players, each choosing a side of the vehicle. Each player then tries to complete the alphabet in order from A to Z using only the letters that appear on signs or license plates on their respective sides. The first player to complete the entire alphabet (without skipping letters) wins!


The Telephone game requires at least three people to play properly. The first person whispers a story to the second person, who then whispers it to the third person, and so on. The last person repeats the story for the entire car to hear. It’s more than likely parts of the story were changed or lost, making it a great game for some laughs.

The Theme Song Game

Playing this game is as easy as humming the tune to a TV show. Other passengers then try to guess the show. The first person to guess correctly gets to hum the next theme song, and so on.

So get ready for your summer vacation and when you’re packing your bags don’t forget about these fun games! They’ll make the time go by quicker and everyone will have fun!

Best Nissans for Recent Grads: Altima, Rogue, Sentra

Looking for the best Nissans for recent grads? There are a number of options to choose from, and the Altima, Rogue, and Sentra are among the best for several reasons. Not only are they affordable, but they are also safe, versatile, and advanced. When you drive any of these three Nissan models, you get all the great features of a luxury or high-performance car without breaking the bank.

The Altima is a sporty sedan that has the perfect combination of athletic appeal and quality design. Recent grads have a lot on their mind, including student loans, job applications, and more. According to Nissan, the Altima is an ideal car for these buyers because it comes with features like a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an Xtronic CVT—a fuel-sipping powertrain that saves you money without sacrificing performance. So, while you’re making payments on student loans and driving to interviews, you’ll save at the pump while also truly loving your ride.

Additionally, the Rogue is perfect for those who want an SUV. Many recent grads are migrating to big cities, which makes the Rogue—a compact SUV—an ideal choice. You can easily fit a bike, camping equipment, or whatever else you need for your next adventure without buying a massive SUV. The Rogue is the perfect SUV for recent grads.

Finally, the Sentra is a practical sedan that looks fantastic. You can get up to 37 mpg highway* when properly equipped, while the contoured exterior is bound to turn some heads. This model also has Bluetooth®, NissanConnect℠, and more. Stop by Nissan of Clinton to test drive the Sentra, as well as the Altima or Rogue.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

Nissan TITAN PRO-4X Named 2017 Rocky Mountain Pickup Truck of the Year

Rocky Mountain Pickup TruckThe Nissan TITAN PRO-4X was named the 2017 Rocky Mountain Pickup Truck of the Year by Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, who called it the truck that “best matches the Rocky Mountain lifestyle.” The award was given at the Denver Auto Show on April 5th at the annual Charity Preview Party.

Rocky Mountain Automotive Press is made up of journalists from all over the Rocky Mountain area, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, and Utah. The president of the press, David Muramoto, said the TITAN PRO-4X has “the kind of detail—build quality, ruggedness and the latest technology—truck buyers love.”

The TITAN PRO-4X is equipped with a 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine and is available in five grade levels. Currently available in a Crew Cab body style, the TITAN King Cab will also come in the PRO-4X trim and will go up for sale in dealerships this spring.

The PRO-4X is covered by Nissan’s “America’s Best Truck Warranty,” which features bumper-to-bumper coverage for the first 5 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. It comes with technology such as Siri Eyes Free and active safety technology like Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warning.

For more information about the PRO-4X or the upcoming King Cab, give us a call today at Nissan of Clinton!

Sampson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Organizes “Art in the Park”

Sampson County Extension Master GardenerThe Sampson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program organized the first-ever “Art in the Park” event on April 8th, where visitors to the Sampson County Cooperative Extension grounds off US 421 south of Clinton could view hand-made art pieces.

The volunteer group held an herb cooking class from 10am to noon on the 8th, which was proceeded by the “Art in the Park” event. The volunteers showcased their creative work and offered lavender shortbread cookies and strawberry mint-infused water made at the cooking event. The art was made of plant material as well as yard objects like chairs and grills that were repurposed as planters.

The “Art in the Park” event was also meant to advertise the group’s annual azalea sale, which is ongoing through the month of April. Buyers can find showcased azaleas, geraniums, herbs, and more at the Extension Office at 55 Agriculture Place in Clinton.

The group of 20 puts on seminars and outreach events for all ages, including cooking classes and other educational programs. To support the Master Gardeners, you can buy from the azalea sale any time between 10am and 6pm, Monday through Saturday, until the end of April. Our staff at Nissan of Clinton love supporting local organizations, so we hope you’ll stop by the sale!

Nissan TITAN King Cab Added to Lineup

TITAN King Cab

With the TITAN King Cab, it has wide-opening rear doors for easy access to the back seats. The body style comes on both the half-ton TITAN and TITAN XD.

The Nissan TITAN lineup is finally complete with the addition of the King Cab body style. This cab fits in between the standard single cab and full-size Crew Cab. The King Cab has available seating for up to six passengers and even offers a “rear seat delete” option for buyers who want a secure, flat loading area.

With the TITAN King Cab, it comes with wide-opening rear doors for easy access to the back seats. The body style is available on both the half-ton TITAN and TITAN XD.

On the TITAN XD, King Cab models will be 230.5 inches long and come with a 6.5-foot bed. This cab is available on the S, SV, and PRO-4X trims. It can be paired with either the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel or the 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine. On the TITAN half-ton pickup, the King Cab models come with a 6.5-foot bed, but the 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine is the only option.

“The launch of the new King Cab body is the last step in a journey that began in December 2015 with the debut of the breakthrough TITAN XD, which continues to carve out a unique white space between competitors’ heavy-duty and half-ton trucks,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc.

All TITAN models are assembled in Canton, Mississippi, and here at Nissan of Clinton, we are proud to offer the full American-made Nissan truck lineup. Stop by today and pick out your favorite.

Amazing South Carolina Road Trips to Take in Your Nissan

South Carolina Road Trips

Spring is here, which means warmer and sunnier days ahead. Check out some of these fun South Carolina road trips you could plan to take.

Spring is here, which means warmer and sunnier days ahead. If you’re planning to spend some days travelling on the road this year, head to our beautiful neighbor to the South, South Carolina! Check out some of these fun South Carolina road trips you could plan to take. And, if you need a new road trip cruiser, come see us now at Nissan of Clinton.

  • Lighthouse road trip. Travel up or down the east coast of South Carolina and see some of the most beautiful and historic lighthouses in the state.
  • Haunted road trip. If you love all things that make you jump, travel across the state and visit these seven spectacularly spooky sites, including the grave site of Alice Flagg, one of South Carolina’s most famous ghosts.
  • Waterfall road trip. This breathtaking road trip has you visit seven beautiful waterfalls across the state and will take less than 5 hours of driving.
  • Amazing places road trip. This route takes you past Table Rock, the Pretty Place Chapel, Whiteford’s Giant Burger, and more. You might be able to hit every spot on just one tank of gas.
  • Ghost towns road trip. Drive past some of South Carolina’s forgotten towns. You’ll see the remnants of Pickneyville, Colonial Dorchester, and more.

What is your favorite road trip route to take in the spring?

Why Buy a New Nissan? 2017 Altima Features

new 2017 Altima features

The 2017 Altima features are unparalleled, offering many unique combinations you just can’t find elsewhere. In fact, the new Altima is one of the top models on the market. We’ve put together a post of the top five reasons to consider buying the Altima, each of which displays the latest features and design options on this new sedan.

According to Nissan, one of this model’s top features is its interior design. This includes spacious seating for up to five, as well as available leather trim and the latest technologies. You’ll find ergonomic seating, as well as a climate-controlled environment and user-friendly infotainment. Nothing tops the new Altima interior.

Another reason to consider buying the Altima is for its intelligent technology. This model comes with state-of-the-art systems such as Siri Eyes Free to keep you safe and connected as you drive, Bose Premium Audio, and the intelligent NissanConnect system. You can also easily integrate your smartphone, increasing connectivity.

Check out the safety features on the new Nissan Altima. This model comes with the latest engineering, including advanced airbags, LATCH child safety seating, and more. You can rest assured that you’re safe behind the wheel of the new Altima.

The Altima also has a bold exterior design, with sporty looks and an athletic build. Not only does this compliment the impressive performance, but the Altima also has features like LED lighting and optional chrome trim to make your car stand out.

Finally, the new Altima has the latest driver assist technologies. These features optimize standard safety systems, and they include things like Blind Spot Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, and more. Added peace of mind is one thing you just can’t find elsewhere.