As they say, a little preparation goes a long way. Keeping up with routine car maintenance is of the utmost importance for your vehicle’s health and longevity, and a great way to stay on top of it is to perform seasonal vehicle checks, preparing your vehicle for the season ahead. Here are some tips on preparing your car for spring.
- Give your car a good cleaning: To preserve your car’s exterior paint job, it’s a great idea to thoroughly clean it in the spring. You should also clean out the interior, vacuuming the upholstery and carpets and clearing out any trash that has accumulated on the interior.
- Check your tires: Before the spring rains, you should check your tire pressure and your tires’ tread depth. Appropriate tire pressure increases efficiency and promotes even wear, while adequate tread depth helps maintain traction and control on slippery roads.
- Check your windshield wiper blades: It’s also important to have effective wiper blades in the springtime, as they help maintain visibility when it’s raining. Check your wiper blades to make sure they’re not cracked or streaking when in use.
- Check your oil: Adequate engine oil promotes a clean, optimally-functioning engine. It also helps keep your engine cool, which is particularly important when the weather begins to warm.
For all of your vehicle’s spring maintenance needs, stop into Blackburn Nissan and we’ll get you squared away so you can feel ready for the season ahead.
Nissan is applying its exceptional performance know how to its EV industry leadership with the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept. Making its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show, this fully electric all-wheel drive sports sedan demonstrates the current peak capabilities of Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ and radiates high-end refinement.
“This bold Nissan IMs concept represents the birth of an entirely new segment of vehicle – an elevated, electrified sports sedan,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of Management Committee, Nissan North America. “It makes sense that the first automaker to bring the world a mass-market EV would bring you the future of the electric high-performance sports sedan.”
The Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept boasts an electric powertrain with dual electric motors that deliver a whopping 483 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. With its 115-kilowatt-hour battery, the IMs EV sports sedan boasts an estimated range of 380 miles on a single charge, making it as practical as it is powerful.
Embracing the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ — Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power, and Intelligent Integration — the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept offers Autonomous Drive mode, which conveniently signals to other drivers that the vehicle is in self-driving mode by turning the headlights and rear combination lights blue.
The exterior of the vehicle looks sleek and futuristic (yet decidedly like a Nissan), but the IMs EV stands out from other concept cars with its revolutionary Premier Seat. This seat is centered in the rear row and oversized, providing enhanced comfort for rear-seat passengers.
If you’re wondering what the future of travel might be, look no further than the Nissan IMs concept. In the meantime, check out the best of what’s around at Blackburn Nissan.
Want to nail your Thanksgiving in Mississippi this year? We have a few special suggestions to help you take your turkey day from so-so to wow, no matter what sort of holiday you’re hoping to have.
Make it a Thanksgiving getaway
If you’re looking to take a break from the big spreads and bloated bellies that usually come with an self-respecting Thanksgiving in Mississippi, consider taking a little weekend trip. There are plenty of delightful locations right here in our home state that are ideal for a quick fall escape, like a visit to Gulfport for seafarers or a jaunt to Oxford for you University of Mississippi alumni.
Bring a cheese spread from Mississippi State Cheese
Are you meeting your significant other’s family for the first time? Looking to impress your successful cousins with a classy dish this year? Whatever you’re hoping to achieve this Thanksgiving, you can get it done with a tasteful cheese spread from the scrumptious Mississippi State Cheese company. They’re taking orders now!
Try Cooking a Classic Mississippi Dish
Mississippi has some of the best cuisine in the country, if we do say so ourselves, and we really shine when it comes to Thanksgiving fare. Try one of these delicious Mississippi favorites, like Cola Ham or a classic Southern cornbread.
From all of us here at Blackburn Nissan, we hope you have a happy, safe, and very filling Thanksgiving.
Looking for something to do this weekend? We have your guide to some of the most exciting and family-friendly happenings around Vicksburg this summer.
Each week from now until July 26, the Summer Kids Film Series will show a fun movie at the B&B Theatres at the Vicksburg Mall. Showings take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; see listings for films and showtimes.
Tara Wildlife Summer Youth Archery Camp
Tara Wildlife Summer Youth Camps offer a great opportunity for children from the Vicksburg area to learn important skills. One of the most exciting summer camps focuses on archery and takes place from July 29 to Aug. 2. To register your child and help turn them into a real-life Hawkeye, visit http://www.tarawildlife.com/camps/summer-youth-camps.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
For the 2018 season, The Parkside Playhouse presents Legally Blonde, the hit musical based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon. The musical runs July 27-29 and Aug. 2-5, and tickets range from $10 for children 12 and under to $20 for adults. For more information, visit http://vicksburgtheatreguild.com.
Vicksburg National Military Park Fee Free Day
If you’ve been looking for a time to take the family to the Vicksburg National Military Park, Aug. 25 is as good an opportunity as any. As one of the park’s Fee Free Days, guests can pay a visit to the park without having to pay entrance fees in honor of National Park Service Founders Day.
There’s plenty to see and do around Vicksburg, and if you need a reliable ride to get you to and from, stop by Blackburn Nissan.
While some competitors are moving away from mid-size sedans altogether, Nissan is committed to reinventing the segment with the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima. The new Altima, set to launch this fall, will be offered with two new engine options, available ProPILOT Assist safety technology, and the first-ever application of Intelligent All-Wheel Drive to a Nissan sedan..
“Our goal with the all-new Altima is to re-energize the sedan segment—in terms of design, driving feel and in making advanced technologies available and affordable for everyone,” said Nissan Chief Performance Officer José Muñoz. “We want to energize drivers, helping make their lives safer, less stressful, and more exciting.”
The 2019 Nissan Altima will be offered with the world’s first production-ready variable compression turbo inline-four, which replaces the outgoing Altima’s 3.5-liter V6. The cutting-edge 2.0-liter VC-Turbo is expected to be considerably more efficient than the V6 while offering an impressive output of 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
“With the VC-Turbo, the driver balances the engine character through acceleration pedal operation alone. This ‘two engines in one’ is another way Altima stands far apart from all other vehicles in the segment,” said Muñoz.
The new Altima is also more stylish, more intelligent, and—with the addition of available ProPILOT Assist and Safety Shield 360 with Rear Automatic Braking—safer than ever. Other automakers are backing down when it comes to making sedans you want to drive, but Nissan is charging forward, full steam ahead.
For more information on the 2019 Nissan Altima, and to learn when you can expect it in our showroom, stop into Blackburn Nissan.
On the fourth Monday of every May, we celebrate Memorial Day. Many of us get to enjoy a day off from work or school, and many of think of this day as the beginning of summer. But do you know the history of Memorial Day and what it truly means?
While Memorial Day is often filled with cookouts, parades, and family get-togethers, it is actually one of our nation’s most solemn official days. Memorial Day originated after the Civil War as a day to honor those who died during the conflict. This was done by decorating graves with flowers and holding vigils to honor the deceased. When it was declared a day of remembrance in 1868 by General John A. Logan, it was called Decoration Day. After World War I, the holiday evolved to include all American military personnel who died in any war.
For years, Memorial Day was always observed on May 30th, the date of the first Decoration Day. But after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed by Congress in 1968 and went into effect in 1971, the holiday was moved to the last Monday in May. In the years since, it has fallen between May 25-31; this year, it falls on May 28.
Today, communities across the country recognize Memorial Day with solemn celebrations at cemeteries that include placing flags on the graves of all veterans. If you are planning any family events this year, consider taking a few minutes to talk about the importance of the day with your family. We hope that whatever your Memorial Day celebration entails, you’ll join the team at Blackburn Nissan in taking a few moments out of your day to reflect on all the lives laid down in the effort to keep America free.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone looks good in black. But did you know that every Nissan looks pretty darn sleek in all black, too? Thankfully, it just got a whole lot easier—and cheaper—to give your Nissan vehicle an urban, stylish look. This is thanks to the new Nissan Midnight Packages, which dress your Nissan in black details for a dark and handsome appearance.
The Nissan Midnight Package isn’t exactly new. It first made an appearance in 2015 on a TV awards program, and was then featured on the Nissan Maxima. The brand had no plans to market it, but they didn’t have to. People saw the look and loved it. They began calling to inquire how they could buy a Maxima that looked like that. Nissan gave the people what they wanted and created a black-on-black package on the Maxima SR. The package made the look much more affordable than buying every part separately as dealer options.
The Midnight Package has been so popular that it’s made up 85% of all Maxima SR sales. With success like that, Nissan figured it was time to share the love. You’ll now find Midnight Packages on six different vehicles—the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and the Maxima. For your next car, consider paying a visit to Blackburn Nissan and choosing a Nissan with a polished, urban, black-on-black look.
What’s the difference between cleaning and detailing your car? Well, one of them involves a car wash every once in awhile, while the other is much more in-depth and focuses on keeping the appearance of your vehicle like-new by doing meticulous detail-work. There’s no better time to give your car a good detailing session like New Year’s, so why not make it your personal resolution to make your vehicle shine?
Start From the Inside Out: The interior is crucial to keeping up appearances, so start with carpets first with a stiff brush and compressed air.
Don’t Underestimate Compressors: Spraying compressed air into the ductwork – like your heating and air conditioning system – on your vehicle will get rid of any dust and odd smells, and keep your car smelling brand-new.
Hand-Wash: Washing your vehicle with your hands is less harsh on your vehicle’s paint, and it allows you to get into any weird nooks and crannies an automated car wash couldn’t.
Polish and Wax: Polishing your paint will smooth it out, and you can use it in combination with wax for an extra layer of protection.
Do Glass Last: Get some top-notch glass cleaner and do your windows last – it’ll get gunk all over it from the previous steps, so wait until everything else is done first.
Detailing your car just takes a little bit of time and love, and doing some routine upkeep every season can keep the job from becoming too overwhelming.
When consumers can’t decide what to buy, they turn to the Internet and professional reviews for help, especially when it’s for a vehicle that’s a little out of the ordinary. When it comes to pickup trucks, the go-to is typically an American brand, but iTech Post shook up expectations a little bit when its Nissan Titan review expressed all-around praise for the Japanese pickup, which showcased everything from family-friendly comfort to top-of-the-line power.
The 2017 Nissan Titan offers a Crew Cab model with available Zero Gravity seats for optimized comfort, allowing for spacious interiors that can haul the whole family. Additionally, tons of storage and cargo space in the cabin, under the seats, and in a cargo organizer in the truck bed allow for additional room. The 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine cranks out 390 horsepower matched to a seven-speed transmission for a smooth performance and heavy-lifting.
If you’re looking for a pickup truck that veers away from the mainstream market but still preserves the bold, modern attitude of a great truck, along with all of the versatile configurations and features that can accommodate a family, iTech Post’s Nissan Titan review promises both of these. There’s also plenty of innovative capability engineered into the 2017 Titan’s powertrain, so make sure you give it a look if you’re in the market for a new truck.