Before you make your final decision to buy a car, you need to take it out for a test drive. However, a test drive is more than just driving around the block. Here are five tips for taking a test drive that will help you make the most of your experience.
- Do a thorough visual inspection. Before you start the engine, walk around the car and look for any dents, rust, and cracks. Test the exterior lights and look at the tire tread.
- Idle the car. Take a seat inside and start the engine. Sit in the car for a few minutes and listen any troubling sounds. While you’re there, you can also test the radio, make sure the seats are comfortable, and try both the heater and air conditioner.
- Do stop-and-go driving. Do some normal city driving with frequent stops and turns. How does the car feel when you stop? Do you hear any squeaking noises? Does the car offer a comfortable ride over rough roads?
- Do some highway driving. Head to the highway to drive at least 55 mph. Does the car accelerate easily? Are the gear shifts smooth? Test out highway features like cruise control.
- Practice parking. Find a good place to park and practice both parallel and perpendicular parking. Does the car shift easily into reverse? Do any advanced parking features like a rear-view camera work properly?
Now that you know what to do, do it at Blackburn Nissan. We’ve got all the latest vehicles from Nissan in stock and ready to try.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We use more fuel in the colder months, but we don’t have to, or at least not as much. If you follow these tips, it’ll be a snap for you to improve fuel efficiency in cold weather.
There are a lot of reasons we use more fuel when it’s cold. It takes longer for cars to warm to their optimum temperature for fuel, for one. Plus, when we use heaters, seat warmers, and the defrost, it takes more energy, which uses up more fuel. Cold air also increases wind resistance, decreases tire pressure, and hurts your battery’s performance.
But there are plenty of easy things you can do to reverse some of these problems. Don’t warm up your car before you go somewhere—idling is the biggest waste of gas there is. If you have a garage, park inside it, so your car spends less time getting up to temperature. And check your tire pressure regularly! If they’re low, fill ‘em up.
In the summer, the engine of your car is at a higher risk than ever for overheating. Do you know how to prevent your engine from overheating? Will you be prepared if it does?
Fortunately, preventing the overheating from ever happening in the first place is pretty easy. All you have to do is practice regular maintenance on your car. This means regularly checking your oil, coolant level, cooling system, and thermostat.
If your car is getting a once-over from a quality mechanic, or if you’re able to evaluate these things properly by yourself, you should be in good shape. However, if your engine does overheat, it’s important to know how to react.
Safely pull over and stop your car. Lift up the hood to allow air to vent the overheated system. Do not touch the radiator cap, which will almost certainly burn you. Take a look at the major players, such as the coolant, and then call an expert.
At public pools, there are typically rules and lifeguards ensuring the safety of all the swimmers. But what about at home pools? You can help prevent accidents at your home pool by establishing your own rules.
Here are a few home pool safety tips to get you started:
- Secure your pool with some sort of fencing so that unattended intruders can’t get inside.
- Be sure that all swimmers know how to swim efficiently, and never leave any swimmers–especially children–unmonitored.
- Keep the proper chemical levels active in your pool to make sure the water stays safe and hygienic.
- Enforce basic rules such as “no running” and “no diving in shallow area,” which can truly make a difference, especially for those who aren’t strong swimmers.
- Have an emergency first-aid kit nearby, just in case it is needed.
Do you have any other tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments.
Cars with manual transmissions—the fearsome “stick shift”—get a bad rap. But once you learn to drive one, there are plenty of advantages to a manual transmission—just as automatic transmissions have their pros and cons. Here’s a rundown of how to decide between manual vs. automatic.
Automatic cars are easy. You brake to put the car into drive or park, and the car shifts to the right gear for you as you speed up. It’s convenient and lets you keep your full attention on your surroundings. However, automatic cars are more expensive than manual cars, and their fuel economy and acceleration tend to be worse.
So while you get more bang for your buck with a manual, there are also plenty of drawbacks. Most cars are automatic, so your choices for a manual are limited, and they can be difficult to handle, especially in dense stop-and-go traffic that requires a lot of shifting. Plus, since most people aren’t looking to buy manual, you might have trouble reselling it.
If you have the time to develop the skill, manual could be a better, cheaper option for you, but automatics are great too! It all depends on your preference.
The glove box isn’t the part of a car many people give a thought to. Along with the center console bin and side door storage, the glove box is often used as a catch-all for Happy Meal toys, expired insurance cards, and shopping receipts. To ensure that you can find what you need, when you need it—like your registration when you get pulled over—follow these tips on how to organize your glove box and maximize your storage space while enjoying a clutter-free car!
Make piles. To start your glove box-cleaning adventure, go through the bits and pieces of riffraff in your glove box, sorting it in to different piles. Keep in the glove box what you absolutely need—no, that doesn’t include your child’s Frozen toy—and throw away or move to another place anything you don’t need. Shred expired insurance cards, throw away expired coupons, and make sure everything that is to stay in your glove box belongs there.
Use some elbow grease. Before you begin gathering everything that is staying in your glove box, make sure you give it a quick once over with a simple solution of dish soap and water to clean up the dust inside. Lysol wipes also work, along with any number of the dashboard car cleaners out there. For something other than vinyl or plastic, a lint brush can also do the trick.
Focus on organization. As you begin to place objects back into the glove box, try to make it logical, keeping your registration and proof of insurance together and making it easy to access your owner’s manual. Also, using plastic sleeves to hold everything is always a great idea, along with book marking pages in your manual that you will use often.
By following these tips on how to organize your glove box, you will ensure yours always stays tidy! Do you have any tips you would like to share? Tell us about them below!