Fall Festivals Near Lake Charles

Child and dog in fall leavesWe here at Nissan of Lake Charles are huge fans of local festivals and social gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few fall festivals near Lake Charles that are well worth checking out.

Arts & Crabs Festival

You read that right! The Arts & Crabs Festival puts an emphasis on local products and services. Art, music, and local seafood play a major role in the festival. Visitors flock from around the state to see what all the hubbub is about. In short, those attending the Arts & Crabs Festival on August 19th will enjoy local food and culture. The festival sells out quickly so be sure to getyour tickets as soon as possible.

St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival

The St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival is a local tradition that makes it ways to the area every year. Its music, rides, and food tend to attract visitors from surrounding areas who want to get in on the fun, family-friendly festival. Admission is free. The festival takes place from September 15th through the 17th.

Calca-Chew Food Festival

Cajun cuisine and heritage are at their fullest at the Calca-Chew Food Festival in September. The family-friendly atmosphere features live entertainment, a French mass, and food many visitors have never tasted before.

Must-Have Accessories for Your Truck

You’ve got the truck, now what will you need to go with it? There are plenty of ways to amp up your pickup, adding more personality, more capability, or whatever you’d like. Here are some must-haves on the list of possible accessories for your truck.

Truck Bed Extender

When you’re in need of some extra room in the bed of your pickup, it’s helpful to have a truck bed extender handy. This accessory allows you leave the tailgate open and to support long items that would otherwise hang free out the back of your bed.

Tie Down Straps and Tow Hooks

If you recently purchased a Nissan Frontier® or a Nissan Titan® from Nissan of Lake Charles, you likely have plans to carry plenty of cargo, and for that purpose you will need the straps and hooks to make it possible. Owning a sturdy set of tie down straps is imperative when carrying heavy loads safely.

Loading Ramp

Loading that lawnmower or your family’s off-road recreational vehicle just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a helpful loading ramp accessory.

Winch

Speaking of off-roading, having a winch on hand is extremely helpful should a vehicle get stuck in the mud. You can also use a winch to help carry the extra heavy loads. When it comes to getting the most out of your truck, anything that can offer extra power and performance does right by our standards.

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Top 5 Reasons to Own a Truck

Thinking about stepping up into a pickup for the first time? There are tons of great reasons to own a truck, as any truck owner can attest to. If you’re considering making the change from car or SUV to truck, take a look at some of our favorite reasons from Nissan of Lake Charles. They may just persuade you.

Off-Road Driving

Most trucks are equipped with all-wheel drive and large ground clearances, so these big vehicles have no trouble tackling some tough terrain. When you own a truck, things like camping become a whole new adventure.

Moving is Simple

You’ll never have to rent a U-Haul again. Just be ready to lend a helping hand when your friends and family have their moving days!

Powerful Performance

Today’s pickups, whether lightweight or heavy duty, boast some seriously powerful engines with high horsepower. As a result, not only will you have no trouble hauling and carrying big cargo, but you’ll also have a fun driving experience every time.

Bad Weather, No Problem

Just as trucks can handle off-roading like champions, they can also tackle snow, rain, and other bad weather with ease.

Variety

Today’s trucks come in plenty of sizes and configurations. You can get a truck as luxurious as a fancy SUV, or one that’s equipped with as many safety features as you’d find in a small car. With so many options, it’s easy to find a truck that’s sure to keep you happy in the long run.

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Spend Your Tax Refund at Nissan of Lake Charles to Get the Most from Your Money

Tax season is officially here, and if you’re like most Americans, you will be getting a tax refund this year. If you’re looking to make the most of your money, come spend your tax refund at Nissan of Lake Charles. Here are three ways to maximize the use you get from your refund.

  1. Down payment. Depending on the amount of your tax refund, it could go a long way towards funding a sizable down payment on a great new or used car. The larger your down payment, the smaller your car loan and monthly payments will be.
  2. Accessories. Make your car even more exciting with some new accessories. Get some quality floor mats, amped-up performance parts, premium seats, or a new sounds system.
  3. Repairs. If you’re not looking to buy a new car, but your current one needs some work, use your tax refund to pay for any needed repairs. Remove some dents, get a good tune up, get a thorough detailing, and anything else your car needs to make it look, feel, and smell like new again.

Whatever your car needs are, here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we will help you make the best use of your tax refund dollars.

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Autonomous Nissan Testing in London

Nissan is serious about its commitment to eventually creating a zero-emission, zero-fatality future, and part of that means developing self-driving vehicles. To that end, the company recently tested an autonomous Nissan vehicle on the real-world streets of London, revealing its new technology in full to the European media.

Nissan has conducted public testing in the US and Japan before in an effort to pursue self-driving technology in real life situations. Nissan allowed the public to participate by riding in an autonomous vehicle, which uses a wide array of technologies including wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, and a Human Machine Interface, plus many more, to sense vehicles around it and make decisions in seconds.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s program to improve mobility and autonomy around the world, combines three areas of innovation to produce fully autonomous, driverless vehicles: Nissan Intelligent Driving improves safety and control; Nissan Intelligent Power focuses on reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency, including electric and hybrid technologies; and Nissan Intelligent Integration is all about connecting cars together, which will eventually lead to a smarter remote vehicle operation and more efficient driving.

If you’re curious about Nissan vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and the Nissan Intelligent Mobility program, ask us today at Nissan of Lake Charles!

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Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue

The Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue is one of our nearest and dearest charities here at Nissan of Lake Charles. The organization is a nonprofit that rescues pit bulls (and other “pit bull-type” dogs) and adopts them out, because the local shelter and other area shelters won’t.

Rescue and adoption aren’t all Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue does, though. They’re also involved in training their pit bulls as therapy dogs through the Positive Pit Project, which is especially active in providing therapy dogs to veterans. LCPBR works with Team Halo and Eylsa’s Purpose to fight animal cruelty cases as well.

The organization is extremely dedicated to their dogs and provides them with the best care possible. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and given all their shots. LCPBR even takes them for surgeries at the LSU Veterinary School of Medicine, which has included heart surgery, MRIs, and cancer treatment.

Support from Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue doesn’t end when you adopt your dog. Part of the adoption fee goes to a training session with the organization’s trainer, and LCPBR is happy to continue helping after the adoption when needed.

The organization also helps the community by building fences and providing training workshops. At Nissan of Lake Charles, we’re glad to share a town with a group that does such incredible work.

Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue

Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Travel Tips

The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year but it can also be incredibly stressful. Many people don’t travel throughout the year save for the holidays and that can cause some problems. Travelers that aren’t used to congested roadways or crowded airports can slow things down. Here are some helpful holiday travel tips from us here at Nissan of Lake Charles that will help make starting the most wonderful time of the year less stressful.

  • Pack Light – Heading home for the holidays? Consider shipping your extra clothes and presents through the mail instead of packing them. Doing so will ensure you get through security quicker and leave drivers will less to pack into the car. Flyers could also avoid hefty baggage fees by bringing a single carry-on.
  • Eat – No matter how much of a hurry you’re in, grab a bite to eat along the way. Many travelers choose to forego eating until they reach their destination in order to save time. As a result, they often grow irritable, and that isn’t good when stress levels are already running high.
  • Research – Do your research on which airlines offers the best deals. Drivers should plan their route ahead of time. Make sure to use the technology made available by smartphones, tablets, and navigation systems as well!

New Nissan Armada Family SUV Hosts Eight People, TV Screens, and Latest Safety Tech

Nissan Armada Family SUV

Nothing is more important than choosing the ideal car when you regularly transport your family. Thankfully, Nissan has made that decision easy with the new 8-seat 2017 Nissan Armada. Between its reliable performance, top-notch entertainment technology, and clever safety features, you are sure to love the Nissan Armada family SUV.

At its basic level, the Nissan Armada is fueled by a 5.6-liter V8 engine, getting up to 390 horsepower. And, with all-mode 4-wheel drive, there will be nowhere that your family cannot go – whether you’re planning a hiking trip or a snowy drive over the holidays.

Inside the new Armada, you will find two display screens for back-seat passengers, able to show different films and television shows at the same time. Never again will your kids have to argue about what to watch!

Lastly, Nissan knows that safety is paramount, especially when it comes to families. Nissan Safety Shield includes a long list of impressive safety features, including a surround-view camera system, Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, and much more.

For more information on the new Nissan Armada or to take it out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Confused About Green Car Terms? Four Essential Words You Need to Know

Green Car Terms

2016 Nissan LEAF – 100% Electric Car

With all the new technology that green cars bring, the many terms and various jargon used to describe green cars can get a little bit confusing. To help you out, we’ve put together this little guide of green car terms:

  • Electric vehicle – An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that runs on electricity instead of gasoline.
  • Hybrid vehicle – A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that runs on a combination of systems. For example, some hybrids combine an electric motor with a classic gasoline engine.
  • Plug-in hybrid vehicle – A plug-in hybrid vehicle refers to a vehicle that uses more than one system (making it a hybrid), including an electric source that can be re-charged by plugging the car into an external source of energy. Often these vehicles can operate on only electric power like an EV or only gas power like a hybrid.
  • Fuel cell vehicle – Lastly, a fuel cell vehicle refers to another type of specific hybrid. In this case, one of the energy sources is electric, and the other is a fuel cell, which converts hydrogen gas into power.

For more information about green cars – or to get a bit more clarification on some of these complicated ideas – feel free to contact us or visit us anytime. Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we have many green cars, such as the Nissan LEAF, which you are sure to love!

American Nissan GT-R Nismo Debut to Show Off the New with the Old

Nissan GT-R Nismo Debut

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo promises to be the most stunning edition of the classic Nissan model yet, and now, it’s about to get its U.S. debut, after months of anticipation for stateside fans, at the Japanese Classic Car Show this month in California.

The new Nissan GT-R Nismo got its world debut earlier this year at the Nurburgring, but this will be the first opportunity for Americans to see it up close. The gorgeous model is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and it can produce up to 600 horsepower.

At the Nissan GT-R Nismo debut we learned that it has received a ton of upgrades, particularly to its newly renovated interior, which now sports more of a minimalist tone, with far fewer knobs and a sleeker design. The model’s all-wheel drive system has all been improved, making the GT-R Nismo safer in poor weather.

Cleverly, Nissan has scheduled this debut to take place at a show that is classic-car themed, so the newest GT-R Nismo will get its big day right next to some of the oldest, most-loved Nissan models, including the No. 05 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

Want to learn more about the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo? Visit us anytime here at Nissan of Lake Charles!