Could Your Car Color get you Pulled Over?

We know that certain car colors simply stand out more and earn more attention. It wouldn’t be a far cry to assume that a red or yellow car is more likely to get pulled over than a white or black car, purely because they are more likely to grab a cop’s attention as they zoom by.

Usually though, once the cop’s attention is directed at that particular car, they then notice that the car is speeding, has a broken tail light, is swerving, or another legitimate concern for which they then pull over the car. But could your car color get you pulled over?

It might sound crazy, but according to autos.yahoo.com, “In 2010, a deputy in Florida’s Escambia County saw one Kendrick Van Teamer drive by in a bright green Chevrolet. The deputy ran his plates, and found the registration matched a blue Chevrolet. There were no warrants out for Teamer, no reports of stolen vehicles and no pending crimes that involved either a blue or green Chevy. Teamer also wasn’t violating any traffic laws.”

The cop went ahead and pulled the car over, despite the driver not breaking any laws. As it turned out, the car hadn’t only been repainted – it contained small amounts of cocaine, marijuana and $1,100 in cash.

Despite this, the court recently ordered Teamer free on the basis that the deputy was wrong to stop Teamer simply because the color of his car didn’t match its registration. While this ruling was made by the Florida Supreme Court, we shouldn’t be surprised if we see a case like this eventually work its way up to the Supreme Court. States across the country have dealt with similar cases, with rulings falling on both sides.

What do you think? Should law enforcement be able to pull a car over on the basis of its color?

Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles today and let us know what you think!

Are We Entitled to Free Parking?

Let’s face it. Parking is a pain. Just knowing you’ve got to drive into the city center probably induces some sort of anxiety. In many cases you’ve either got to pay ridiculous rates for your parking spot, or spend half your day driving around looking for a free (or close to free) spot – and then you’ll end up having to walk four miles anyway. The parking issue has got some activist groups up in arms, battling for parking that makes sense.

According to an interesting article by TheWeek.com, one group in L.A. has dubbed itself “The Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative”, which begs the question – is free parking a right? The U.S. is a driving-centric country, with more than 250 million registered cars, but just like driving is not a right, parking cannot be considered a right either.

It is important that each city has a parking infrastructure that will provide its residents with ample and affordable parking while still supporting the needs of its government. Each city is so different that it doesn’t make much sense to have a blanket policy across the entire country. For example, Detroit spends more money each year issuing parking tickets than it does from collecting on them. It’s actually costing Detroit money to charge for parking.

One study shows that if Manhattan provided free parking, more than 19,200 additional cars would enter the city each day. Other studies have pointed out that limited spots incentivizes people to carpool. Despite different parking dynamics across the country, it’s easy to agree that parking can be a major annoyance, and probably likely one we’ll have to suck up and deal with.

We’d say it’s a small price to pay for the freedom and independence of getting your car and getting where you’re going.

Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles if you’re looking for a car for yourself. We can at least guarantee free parking during your visit.

What do you think? Should parking be free for everyone in your city?

Nissan Expanding Network of Leaf Fast-Charging Stations across US

The Nissan Leaf immediately bolted to the top of the electric vehicle (EV) market upon its release a few years ago, toppling established EV giants like the Prius on its way to the top-selling spot in the United States. And, with 2,347 Leaf sales recorded last month alone, it doesn’t look like Nissan’s EV momentum will be slowing down anytime soon. Nissan remains gleeful with the Leaf’s success, and hopes to see that success continue, as evidenced by the growing number of fast-charging stations across the United States.

You see, the Leaf isn’t only available in California anymore. For example, Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of EV sales and marketing, said that the brand has “seen a big jump in Leaf sales in the Austin, Dallas, and Houston markets” thanks to a Texas state incentive. To accommodate the growing interest in the Leaf nationwide, Nissan has built many more CHAdeMO stations. In fact, there are now 633 stations between the coasts.

As the Leaf continues to sell, Nissan will continue to build more CHAdeMO stations: Brian Brockman, a Nissan spokesman, said the brand plans to “aggressively add fast-charging stations through next March,” as summed up by Autoblog. Over in Europe, Nissan already has over 1,000 Leaf fast-charging stations in operation, and here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we’re hoping the brand hits that milestone here in the States sometime in the next year.

Unusual Car Colors Provide Better Value

We have good news for all you risk-takers who like to stand out in a crowd. It turns out that you could save serious money by opting for a unique, unusual, or crazy car color.

According to a new study by iSeeCars.com, not only can you save money when you purchase the car new, but they also tend to retain their value better, so you can cash in when it’s time for you to sell it. The study analyzed over 20 million used cars of all colors from 1981 to 2010, and the findings were conclusive: unusual colored cars retain their value better over time. For example, yellow cars lost about 26.2 percent of their value over five years, while white cars depreciated 33.7 percent, regardless of car type.

“While a popular car color like black or silver may get more interest and sell faster, our analysis indicates it may not get as high a value as a car, say, in yellow,” Phong Ly, CEO and co-founder of iSeeCars.com said.  “Scarcity may account for the difference — only 1.1% of all cars are yellow and orange; if teal and green are included, the percentage still goes up to just 5%.  The dearth of supply of such colors may drive prices up.”

According to Forbes, consumers can save money on the purchase of a new car if the car is more difficult for the dealership to move, so you might just be able to get yourself a deal on that orange car you’ve had your eye on!

Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles and take a gander at our lot and keep an eye out of unusual car colors, you might just find your dream car!