Florida Man Sells 1996 Maxima Back to Nissan

Have you ever tried to see your used car on your own? It’s hard work, isn’t it? For Orlando resident Luke Akera, he used a bit of creativity to sell his heavily-used 1996 Nissan Maxima—and his work paid off since Nissan ended up buying the car back from him.

Aker originally posted an ad on Craiglist that described his Maxima with phrases such as, “properly weathered leather,” i.e. torn leather seats; “exhausted from the majestic work that it has done,” i.e. steering fluid leak; and even more choice phrasing. What sealed the deal for Nissan, however, was Aker’s camera work.

Aker, a professional filmmaker, created an ad that we think was worthy of prime time (with the exception of the car itself). He was able to almost make you forget that you were looking at a 1996 Maxima. If you haven’t seen it yet, go take a look at “Luxury Defined” on YouTube.

According to Forbes, Nissan not only purchased the car for Aker’s $1,400 asking price, but also chipped in an extra $1,000 to Aker’s charity of choice—Wounded Warriors Project.

“We saw Mr. Aker’s video ad yesterday and couldn’t pass it up, once we finally stopped laughing,” said Erich Marx, Nissan’s director of interactive and social-media marketing, in an interview with Forbes. “We know a good deal when we see one, especially on such a classic, so we jumped on it.”

What a great way for Nissan to recognize Aker’s hard work and to give back to the community at the same time.

How to bring home the perfect Christmas tree

Does your family have a tradition of decorating a real Christmas tree just before Dec. 25th? Or maybe it’s a new tradition starting this year. Either way, we at Nissan of Lake Charles have a few tips on safely bringing the perfect tree home.

Tip #1: Use gloves. Gloves will enable you to get a firm grip on the tree as you transport it from the lot to the roof of your vehicle and into the house. Your hands will be grateful for the protection from the tree’s needles and sap, not to mention the saw if you are in charge of cutting down the tree.

Tip #2: Place plastic or a heavy duty tarp over the roof of your vehicle. This will protect its paint and finish. Be careful the covering does not extend over your windows.

Tip #3: Get some help. Ask someone to help you lift the tree onto the car, trunk facing forward. Completing this task single-handedly may be an impressive feat, but the whole process will be much safer and will go much more smoothly if you have a partner or two.

Tip #4: Open your car doors. In your excitement to successfully secure your tree to the vehicle, don’t forget to open the car doors before you tie it down. It would be a pity to be forced to untie all that hard work in order for everyone to climb into the car and go home.

Keep these tips in mind as you and the family find that perfect Christmas tree and safely carry it home. Happy trimming and Merry Christmas from all of us at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Nissan LEAF Owner Clocks 100,000 Electric Miles

Washington state driver, Steve Marsh reached 100,000 miles driven in his all-electric LEAF earlier this week. Governor Jay Islee and state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson were on hand to congratulate him.

Marsh attributed this milestone to his long commute to work and easy access to charging facilities provided by both the state and his workplace.

“With a daily commute of about 130 miles, I’ve saved more than $9,000 compared to my old gas-powered car since I bought my LEAF,” said Marsh. “With plenty of public charging options, as well as a charger installed at my office, my LEAF is a perfect car for my commute.”

With the LEAF’s 75-mile electric driving range, Marsh only had to recharge twice a day. He also had fewer maintenance costs with the electric vehicle since he purchased it in 2011than he would have accrued with a gasoline car.

We at Nissan of Lake Charles are excited about this milestone. If you haven’t started recording your electric miles, stop by today. Start clocking your way to 100,000 miles in a new LEAF and enjoy all the savings that come with it.

World’s Strongest Man Pulls 12 Nissan Notes

A new and somewhat unusual Guinness World Record was set last weekend in Lithuania, as five-times World Strongest Man Zydrunas Savickas pulled no less than 12 Nissan Notes behind him at the same time.

The event marked the end of the Lithuanian Car of the Year test camp. Savickas not only pulled over twenty-eight thousand pounds but also pulled in crowds from all over the country who came to see their national hero set the new record.

This was also an opportunity for the crowd to take a look at the all-new European-only Nissan Note. Like the strongman, it also sets new standards, surpassing the competition in technology, practicality, design, and value. It’s also got a new Pure Drive 1.2-liter engine that returns better torque, better fuel economy, and lower CO2 emissions.

“It is always great to set a new record. Once I got into my stride pulling the 12 Nissan Notes was fine,” said Savickas after the event. “Obviously, a big thank you to Nissan for helping me set the record and making it all possible.”

You won’t find a Nissan Note in the USA, but you can find the Nissan Versa Note at Nissan of Lake Charles. See you there!