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Nissan Armada Awards Now Include NEMPA Best-in-Class SUV

Nissan Armada AwardsThe Nissan Armada was recently named the “NEMPA Best-in-Class Large SUV” by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA). Representing the Northeast, NEMPA is one of the most prestigious sources for information about the auto industry. This award was given to the new Armada for its great new look, impressive towing capacity, and practical size.

The Nissan Armada’s awards are adding up thanks to this model’s intelligent new design. The Armada received a complete redesign for the 2017 model year, according to Nissan, including features like a 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine with best-in-class power of 390 horsepower, towing up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped. You can also opt for 4WD, perfect for rugged trails or slippery roads.

“Nissan landed just in the right spot with the Armada – rugged good looks, power to tow up to 8,500 pounds and seating for eight – all in a package that isn’t too big,” said John Paul, President of the New England Motor Press Association.

Other great features for which the Armada won the award include Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Blind Spot Intervention (BSI), and a host of other safety systems. Plus, with a bold new look that’s bound to make other drivers jealous, the Armada is an all-around masterpiece. Visit Nissan of Silsbee to test drive the award-winning Armada today.

Traveling with Pets: Tips and Tricks for the Road

traveling with petsTraveling with pets is a great way to make the most of your summer vacation. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when driving on the road with a furry companion. For instance, you should never leave pets unattended and always provide the proper restraints.

According to the DMV, there’s the window issue. Despite the many ads we see of dogs sticking their head out the window, this is a bad idea. In addition to the possibility of debris hitting your pet’s head, heavy airflow can damage respiratory systems. Also, many animals can escape onto the road at low speeds. It’s simply not a good idea to let your pet stick its head out the window, regardless of how much they enjoy it. Instead, crack the window just enough for them to stick their noses out. This way, they will be able to enjoy the many scents flying by and you won’t have to be concerned about them getting hurt.

Find the proper restraints for your pet. It can be tempting to ride with your pet in your lap, but this is dangerous for both you and the animal. Pets can be a major distraction; plus, the animals could get hurt if there is an accident. Look for carriers that strap securely to the seat—much like a children’s car seat—or car barriers that strap into the back of the vehicle.

Finally, never leave your animal unattended in a hot car. On longer road trips, try to stop every two hours or so for your animal to get out and move around. You should bring fresh water, bags to clean up messes, and your pet’s favorite toys. Above all else, if your pet really isn’t having a good time, it may be a good idea to leave them home.

Looking for the perfect car or accessories for traveling with pets? Stop by Nissan of Silsbee today to learn more about our latest model lineup.

Direct Lending versus Dealership Lending

Buying a new car may not be an option for all drivers, especially if some dealerships require a lot of money up front. Fortunately, the modern market has two perfectly viable financing options that will likely meet the needs of most, if not all, drivers. Below you’ll find a comparison of direct lending versus dealership lending from our team here at Nissan of Silsbee.

 

Direct Lending

Buyers interested in direct lending will receive a loan directly from a financial institution, like a bank or credit union. Once approved, drivers use the loan to pay the dealership for the vehicle.

Choosing to go the way of direct lending will allow customers to compare several lenders before committing to a contract. Comparing credit terms and contracts can allow buyers to get a better deal in the long run.

 

Dealership Lending

Those who choose dealership lending will receive financing from the dealership directly. Like with direct lending, buyers enter a contract and use the loan to pay for the vehicle. The dealership can then sell or retain the contract.

Dealership lending offers on-site financing, which makes it more convenient. Some dealerships offer multiple financing options thanks to close relationships with financial institutions. Automotive manufacturers also offer special financing programs through dealerships, meaning buyers could find the best deal right at the dealership.

 

Contact us here at Nissan of Silsbee if you have any additional questions about how you can get into your next new car!

New Nissan Nismo Models are Coming

Nissan’s Nismo performance division isn’t exactly a secret, especially for enthusiasts who tend to rave about high-performance models of their favorite commuter cars. Nissan is looking to do fans a major favor. While Nismo has been fairly quiet over the past, it looks like things are going to be revving up in the near future.

New Nissan Nismo models are in the works, following the formation of the Nismo Cars Business Department. The new department will function to gather resources through Nissan Motorsports, among other groups that fall under the Nissan umbrella. The end result will be more Nismo models rolling off the line sooner rather than later.

Some of the most recent Nismo models include the Sentra and Juke. While the Sentra saw performance tweaks in the suspension, the Juke received a more powerful engine under the hood. Notably, there aren’t Nismo models of the Nissan Altima and Rogue, two of the most popular vehicles in the industry, let alone the brand lineup.

While Nismo models currently only see around 15,000 units sold each year, more fan-favorite models will almost certainly appeal to the enthusiast within the average driver. Additional styling and performance updates are bound to help land more Nismo badges on the road too.

We here at Nissan of Silsbee can’t help but be excited for the arrival of new Nissan Nismo models!

Spring Clean Your Vehicle

Looking for a little pick-me-up after a long winter? It might be time to spring clean your vehicle for a like-new driving experience. At Nissan of Silsbee, we’re firm believers in taking good care of our cars, so we’ve compiled a list of tips for the ultimate automotive spring cleaning experience.

Carpet and upholstery

Start by clearing any debris off the seats and floors. Use a vacuum to get the little pieces of dirt and dust in the crevices. Take out the floor mats and spray them with stain remover before scrubbing them down. While those are drying, you can use a damp towel to wipe down your seats.

Spring Clean Your Vehicle

Windows

Clean windows aren’t just important for aesthetic reasons; having clean windows also does wonders for visibility, which is important for your safety, especially during a rainy spring. Wash your windows and windshield thoroughly with glass cleaner. Top off the windshield with Rain-X for extra weather protection. Replacing your wipers every spring is a good idea, but an alternative is to wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to prevent streaks on the windshield.

Exterior

It’s important to give your vehicle a good exterior scrub after a long winter. Grime like road salt builds up over the cold months and can linger underneath the vehicle and cause corrosion or rusting. Give your car a bath with a pressure washer and be sure to get that underside. Finish it off with a layer of protective wax that will keep your car’s exterior looking fresh well into next winter.

Top Destinations for Spring Break in Texas

It’s finally that time of year, when you plan a week away from life’s usual routines and spend it with family and friends. Whether you live in the Lone Star State or not, it’s worth noting that there are plenty of great options for spring break in Texas. Here are some of our favorites.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur fans – and even just those who can’t get enough of Jurassic Park – will be into a visit to this state park in Glen Rose. Look for dinosaur tracks left behind along Paluxy River, a reminder of prehistoric times. Beautiful nature and fresh air make this park a spring break winner.

Six Flags Over Texas

Who doesn’t like the thrill of a coaster or the view from a high ride? Six Flags Over Texas offers everything, from gentle thrills to heart-pumping rides not for the faint of heart. This Arlington, Texas amusement park is a great location for a short spring break getaway.

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Galveston Island

About two hours away from Nissan of Silsbee, Galveston Island is one of our favorite places to catch some sun. Take in the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico while you stroll along the boardwalk, catch a concert, or have a drink at a local bar. This beach is definitely down to party, making it perfect for college students looking for a break. However, with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, Galveston is great for families too.

Nissan Model Lineup Makes a Splash in Chicago

Nissan brought its best game to the Chicago Auto Show recently, putting a ton of effort into a slew of production models, debut models, and cool new announcements to boost anticipation for upcoming vehicles. The Nissan model lineup impressed with a variety of cool new features and options.

Nissan attracted some attention with a few cool concepts: the NV Cargo X, an unusual take on commercial cargo vans that gives it a ground clearance boost and off-road capabilities, and the Rogue One: Star Wars model. The NV Cargo X was built in collaboration with Ian Johnson of “X-Treme Off-Road,” while the Rogue One, which was designed to look like a Rebel starfighter, was a nice nod towards the Nissan Rogue’s “Rogue One” campaign last fall.

A few vehicles also made their debut, like the 2017 model years for the Pathfinder, Rogue Sport, and Titan. The 2017 Titan will even include a new King Cab body configuration in its model lineup, with seating for six and an optional rear-seat delete option. Nissan also revealed it would be extending its Midnight Edition package to six additional models.

The Nissan model lineup at the Chicago Auto Show wowed fans and experts alike, and we’re excited to see some of the new models and features. Visit us at Nissan of Silsbee to learn more about the impressive Nissan lineup!

Local Spring Activities in Silsbee, Texas

Looking for local spring activities near Silsbee, Texas? Here are a few ideas.

Big Thicket National Preserve
This scenic nature preserve is home to 86,000 acres of undisturbed wilderness. Go camping, canoeing, hunting, bird watching, horseback riding, and much more in the pristine woodlands, where you’re sure to find thousands of species of indigenous wildlife.

Ghost Road
Are you in the mood for a spooky adventure? Legends surrounding Hardin County claim that it is home to a ghost that wanders the countryside looking for his murdered bride-to-be, or a hunter that got lost in the Big Thicket and vanished. Drive down to Ghost Road to see if you can spot the mysterious ghost light.

Ice House Museum
Though once used as an “ice house,” a building that housed and delivered ice to local businesses and families, the business was eventually shut down and turned into a museum that now hosts local cultural events and an art gallery.

Kirby-Hill House
Over a century old, this historic home is notable because of its stunning and unique architecture. If you go in for a tour, you can experience this lovely old home, the antique artifacts inside, and the community-maintained gardens outside.

Here at Nissan of Silsbee, we love getting out and exploring this great area we serve. Do yourself a favor and try to check out these fun attractions!

How to Fill Tires with Air

Filling tires with air is one of the easiest DIY maintenance tasks for your car, and it’s also one of the most important, especially during the winter. Cold air reduces your tire pressure, which makes your tires have worse traction, so they’ll slip more easily in wet and icy conditions. Follow these easy steps to filling your tires with air.

How to Fill Tires with Air | Silsbee, TXFirst, check your owner’s manual to determine what the proper PSI for your car’s tires is. Then use a pressure gauge to find out the pressure in each of your four tires. Locate the valve stem in the rim of the wheel, take off the cap, and push the tip off the gauge into the stem. If the number it reads is lower than your suggested PSI, add air to the tire.

Many gas stations have a spot where you can fill your tires with air if you don’t feel like buying your own automatic or manual air pump. Just make sure you bring lots of quarters. Park near the air pump and take the caps off all the valve stems, but don’t lose them!

Then, just like checking the pressure with the gauge, push the tip of the hose into the valve stem and fill the tire with air, stopping periodically to read the pressure again. Once your tire is at the appropriate pressure, replace the valve stem cap. Repeat with the other tires as needed.

2017 KBB Best Resale Value Award Goes to Nissan Maxima

The 2017 KBB Best Resale Value Award in the full-size car segment has gone to the new Nissan Maxima. Kelley Blue Book determines the winners of the Resale Value Awards based on how much of the value they’ll retain over the first five years, based on the KBB Official Residual Value Guide.

Nissan Maxima | Silsbee, TXKelley Blue Book presented the Resale Value Awards at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention, which took place at the end of January this year. KBB recognized the eighth-generation Maxima for its revised styling and upgrades, including standard Apple CarPlay and two new packages in addition to the previously available Midnight Edition.

The 2017 Nissan Maxima will be available in five trim levels and will start at $32,610. With an excellent rating on KBB.com and an amazing 42.8% of its value kept after 3 years, the new Maxima is already one of the highest rated vehicles in the full-size segment.

KBB commented on the Maxima’s exceptional interior, which was also redesigned for the new model year, with highlights like the leather-covered seats and Zero Gravity power-adjustable seats. The new Maxima’s exceptional quality inside and out led KBB to choose it as their Best Resale Value Award segment winner.