How to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Winter isn’t the only season that requires specific car maintenance—in fact, your car has particular needs for every season. Summer is no different: there are a number of maintenance steps that you can take to better ensure that you get your car ready for summer.

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Tires

A change in outside temperatures will cause the air pressure in your car’s tires to fluctuate. As a result, you should check the tire pressure regularly, particularly at the point when seasons are changing. While you’re at it, look for any signs of wear and tear—like bulging or low tread levels—and replace your tires if they don’t appear up to the task of getting you through the summer safely.

Wash and Wax

The road salt from the winter can have some nasty effects on your car’s undercarriage if you’re not careful. To avoid any long-term damage, wash your car thoroughly and give it a good wax to protect from further scratching during the summer. Not only will a wash and wax keep your ride looking great in the sunshine, but it helps it retain more of its value should a day come where you want to sell it for a new one.

Fluids

The start of any new season is a great time to bring your car into Blackburn Nissan for an oil change and a check-up. While it’s here, we’ll be happy to take a look at all other fluids—including coolant, steering fluid, and transmission fluid. If you’re a DIY type of person, you can consult your owner’s manual to check the levels of your car’s fluids on your own, but it’s just as easy for us to take care of it when you’re in for your next service.

These are just some of the tips to consider to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the road this summer. If you need help getting your ride back into tip-top shape, just bring it into Blackburn Nissan and we’ll get you all squared away.

How to Use Your Tax Return on a Car

The majority of Americans get a tax refund each year. In fact, according to the Internal Revenue Service, the average refund is about $3,000. While this is technically your money that is being returned to you, people tend to look at tax returns as a sort of well-earned one-time-a-year bonus, which they put toward a major purchase or paying off their bills. Your tax return is also a great way to make possible your goal of getting into a new car, truck, or SUV.

Tax Return on a Car

Down Payment

There are a few ways you can use this money toward the purchase of a vehicle. The first is to use it as a down payment on a new or used car at Blackburn Nissan. It can typically take months to save up for a down payment. Your tax return, however, does this for you in one lump sum.

Drive-Off Payment

Another way to use your tax return on a car is to make a large drive-off payment on a new lease. With a larger up-front payment, you could potentially lower your monthly lease payments giving you an amazing new car to drive without paying a lot.

Current Car

If you aren’t in the market for a new car, you can still use your tax return money on your current car. Perhaps it needs a new set of tires or it has been having some mechanical problems. Use those funds to whip your car into shape again.

Having a sizable tax return is a fortunate problem to have, and we’re more than happy to help guide you in the direction that makes your money do the most work for you. To see what new Nissans might be most deserving of your hard-earned money, stop into Blackburn Nissan.

Preparing Your Vehicle for a Spring Break Road Trip

Are you ready for warmer weather and faraway places without the humdrum of the daily routine? If you’re gearing up for a spring break road trip, it’s a good idea to make sure your vehicle is ready for the task.

Nissan Spring Break Road Trip

Catch Up With Routine Maintenance

If you haven’t already, schedule a routine check-up with your dealership’s service department in order to have a professional look over your vehicle and make sure everything’s good. Have them perform regular maintenance like topping off fluids, changing oil, and checking your tires.

 Your Playlist

What’s a road trip without a proper playlist? Use your Nissan’s NissanConnect™ infotainment system to sync up your music library and put together the ultimate spring break mix.

Have Games on Hand

Sometimes, road trips just get boring on the way. Curb the boredom – and the whining – by having your loved ones play fun and simple road trip games.

Load Up On Snacks

It’s important to keep everybody fed and happy on a road trip, too, to prevent grouchy moods.

Drive Defensively

When you’re on a long trip, sometimes it’s better just to assume everyone else on the road has no idea what they’re doing. Drive with an extra bit of caution and implement defensive driving tactics to stay safe.

Our team at Blackburn Nissan fun on your upcoming spring break road trip with these five tips!

Nissan-Star Wars Partnership Helps Explain New Driving Technology

The automotive industry is quickly bringing more and more technologies to the road, whether they’re for safety or convenience. That can be overwhelming for many drivers, but Nissan has a plan to help people understand the latest innovation. The Nissan-Star Wars partnership is bringing out special cars designed to do just that.

Nissan-Star Wars Partnership

The Partnership

Lucasfilm, creators of the popular franchise, partnered with the Nissan Design Team to create vehicles geared towards helping people understand technologies. The team matched various Nissan vehicles, namely an Altima, Maxima, two Rogue crossovers, and a Titan, to Star Wars characters.

Vehicle Inspiration

Many of the vehicles are inspired by the franchise’s most recent movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Nissan Maxima, for example, took on Kylo Ren’s personality. Red underside lighting and a mask of milled aluminum are reminiscent of the popular character.

More Than Just Cool Vehicles

The designs aren’t all about just creating a cool vehicle though. Nissan is using the vehicles to help customers understand its suite of driver-assistance technologies. Some technologies, such as ProPILOT Assist, offer semi-autonomous driving capabilities, like braking and steering at highway speeds.

Where to See These Vehicles

While all the Star Wars-inspired Nissan vehicles won’t be available for purchase at dealerships, they will be making appearances at major auto shows.

We here at Blackburn Nissan are happy to see Star Wars-themed Nissan vehicles continuing to help people understand the latest technological developments!

Christmas Travel Safety Tips

Christmas Lights

With the Christmas season almost upon us, many Americans will soon hit the road to visit loved ones. Since winter weather can create poor driving conditions and more difficulties while on the road, we at Blackburn Nissan want to help keep you safe, so here are some Christmas travel safety tips.

Prepare your car for winter traveling conditions

There are a few things you should make sure to check before setting out on your holiday trip. You will want to make sure that your tire treads are in good shape and not worn down, that your battery is strong, and that you have acceptable levels of windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze, and oil.

Make travel plans ahead of time                          

Come up with your travel plans far in advance to avoid some of the busiest holiday travel days, and include some flexible time in your schedule to allow for traffic and challenging road conditions. Although you may have good weather and clear roads near you, wherever you are traveling to may not, so you will want to check the weather for your trip and plan accordingly.

Have a winter kit in your car with some essentials

This last one is simple: keep an ice scraper in your car, along with some water, food, and extra jackets/blankets in case you are stuck on the road far longer than expected.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

Black Friday Is Coming

Once the turkey and the pies have been eaten, many families turn their attention to Black Friday shopping. The exciting, early-bird race for excellent deals is just as much of a tradition for many as the Thanksgiving meal itself. Use these tips from Blackburn Nissan to make the most of your Black Friday shopping this year.

Plan Your Route

Before you head out, make a list of what you want to buy and where you’ll want to buy it. Order your items by priority, and then decide in what order you’ll hit each store. The more efficient and organized you are, the more likely you are to get everything you’re after

Split Up

Even with the most organized shopping plan, it’s still impossible to cover all of the ground you may want. However, there is a way to be two places at once, and that’s by splitting up your shopping team. Don’t be afraid to go your own way in honor of the cause.

Sign Up for Emails

Want to know all of the secret deals from all of your favorite stores? Then joining mailing lists will be a productive move. This way, you’ll be clued into the when and where of the best sales.

Best Football Snacks When Watching the Game

Group of friends eating the best football snacks

Are you planning on having some friends over for the game? Make sure you’re serving the best football snacks in the neighborhood with these recipes.

Loaded Nachos: Who doesn’t love a plate of nachos loaded with all the works?

Buffalo Wings: Wings are a time-honored tradition of sporting events, and Buffalo flavor is a classic.

Beer Cheese Veggie Tray: Sneak in some “healthy” options by dipping them in this delicious beer cheese.

French Onion Dip: People love dipping options when watching the game, so here’s another yummy recipe.

Potato Skins: Potatoes, cheese, bacon, and sour cream—it doesn’t get better than this.

Homemade Onion Rings: Simple but delicious, onion rings are a sports bar staple and you can make them at home.

Grilled Cheese: Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? Toss some cheese and bread variants into the mix.

Deviled Eggs: No gathering is complete without deviled eggs.

Hummus and Pita Bread: Made with roasted bell peppers, this dish adds some Mediterranean flair to your event.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: These are made with rye flour and rye whiskey for a flavorful punch.

The best football snacks are made at home, so check out these awesome recipes for more information – hand-picked by us here at Blackburn Nissan. Try some of them for your next watching party!

Fall Maintenance Tips to Keep You Safe All Season Long

Playing In The Fall

Autumn doesn’t come gently to Mississippi like it does to our northern neighbors, with their gradual cooling and lovely changing leaves. Down south, we might not lose much in terms of temperature, but the aggressive fall hurricanes and stormy squalls blowing up from the Gulf can make it a hazardous time to be on the road.

Now is the time to get ahead of the bad weather, so we’ve compiled a quick list of easy fall maintenance tips to keep you and all your passengers safe all season long.

  • Check your engine. Folks tend to drive longer and further in the summertime; your engine and/or other components under the hood might be in need of some attention. It’s always a good idea to stay one step ahead of that pesky Check Engine light.
  • While you’re at it, change your oil and check your fluids.
  • Replace your wiper blades. The rains, they are a-comin’—don’t leave yourself squinting through streaks on your windshield!
  • Check your brakes and tires. Again, Mississippians don’t need to worry about early snows and weather of that sort, but southern falls can be troublesome in their own way, with rains, mud, and other such road burdens. Make sure your tire pressure is proper and your brakes are fully functional.

At Blackburn Nissan, we have an experienced service team standing by to assist you. If these fall maintenance tips rang any bells for you and your vehicle, give us a call today to schedule a check-up!

New 2017 Titan King Cab Adds Selection to Nissan Trucks

2017 Titan King Cab

The 2017 Titan King Cab is causing quite a stir, offering a slot between the Single Cab and Crew Cab models. Like many similar cab configurations, the King Cab comes with a hinge in the rear to allow the doors to swing 170 degrees for easy access.

According to Motor Trend, the King Cab is designed to meet the needs of customers looking for added space. One unique option is the King Cab configuration that allows you to get rid of the rear seat and replace it with a flat floor. This provides secure storage inside the cab, a feature that you won’t find on competitors.

“The affordable premium pickup has been around for only 13 years, but it’s well-equipped to challenge [competitors],” said Chris Constantine at The Drive. “Now the Titan and Titan XD will get a King Cab version for those who want a middle ground between the massive Crew Cab and a Regular Cab.”

The Titan and Titan XD come with a standard 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine that gets up to 390 horsepower, though you can also opt for a 5.0-liter Cummins® turbo diesel as well. Promising added space and impressive power, the Nissan Titan is great as a work truck. At Blackburn Nissan, we couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming King Cab.

New Safety Tech in the 2017 Nissan Altima

Nissan is always innovating and creating new ways to stay ahead of the pack, and with the 2017 Nissan Altima, they are doing just that with some new safety tech. While driver-assist and -alert features are quickly becoming standard in the auto industry under the pressure of more restrictive safety test requirements and competition, Nissan is always finding new features to add to the mix, such as the new automatic emergency braking system.

Automatic emergency braking will come with the SV and SL trim levels produced last month in June. The system works exactly as it says; it senses potential collisions before they happen and automatically applies the brakes to reduce or avoid the impact. The introduction of this new safety system follows close on the heels of Nissan updating the Rogue crossover recently to also include the new feature standard.

If you want to get your hands on the new safety tech in the 2017 Nissan Altima, you’ll have to keep that in mind when you head to the dealership. The change occurred mid-model year, so it may be difficult to discern between the trims with or without the automatic emergency braking system. Just ask the team at Blackburn Nissan and our friendly employees will help you find the Nissan Altima you’re looking for.

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