Winter Car Maintenance Checklist

Winter Car Maintenance | Nissan of Lake Charles | Lake Charles, LA

Even if you live in a hot area like LA, it’s important to have routine maintenance done on your car, and the seasons are a good way to schedule around it. So for all you LA residents, here’s a list of winter car maintenance tasks you should get done this season.

This is a good time to get an oil change, for one. Oil changes should be done about twice a year depending on your car and your driving habits, and before winter is a good time—maybe you’ll be traveling somewhere cold for the holidays and need that fresh, clean oil.

Another good thing to do is replace your air filters. This helps your heating and cooling system work better, but even if you’re not using those, it’s just better for your car. This also goes for flushing and refilling the cooling system.

Check your tire pressure. You won’t experience the same drop in pressure that people living in colder climates do, but any change in air temperature can have an effect. Having the right tire pressure is important year-round.

Call us today at Nissan of Lake Charles for more winter car maintenance tips, or find out about our exciting lineup with cars  that are perfect for LA driving.

Local Food Pantries Near Lake Charles, LA

Local Food Pantries Near Lake Charles, LA

At Nissan of Lake Charles we find it important to serve our local community any way we can. We want to give back to the people and places that have served us in so many ways. One way we’ve found to do this is by volunteering at and spreading the word about food pantries near Lake Charles. Here are some local food pantries with which you can get involved this Holiday season.

 

Shepherd’s Inn Outreach of United Christian Fellowship Church

Shepherd’s Inn Outreach offers a food and clothing service every Tuesday and Thursday morning between 9 a.m. to noon. They will also provide counseling and hand out free Bibles.

 

Seventh Day Adventist Church

This food pantry and clothing service is open Tuesday and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, Lake Charles

This Catholic church serves the population within the church boundaries, providing things like furniture to victims of disasters such as fires and hurricanes.

 

Salvation Army of Lake Charles

The Salvation Army offers food provisions as well as many crisis care services. Their office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they can be reached at (337) 433-4155 for more information.

Celebrate the season of giving by giving back to the local community.

Tips for Driving on Thanksgiving

Tips for Driving on Thanksgiving | Nissan of Lake Charles | Lake Charles, LA

When you’re traveling on Thanksgiving, you could be going as far away as across the country or staying in your hometown. But whether you’re driving five miles or five hundred, you should always practice safe driving, and holidays are some of the most dangerous driving times of the year. Here are some tips for driving on Thanksgiving that will help you have a safe, relaxing holiday.

One thing you should make sure to do if you’re traveling long distance is inspect your car before you leave and make sure your fluids are at the right level, your lights are all working, and your tire pressure is where it’s supposed to be. A holiday is a pretty terrible day to have a breakdown.

Another thing you should do is prepare the inside of the car for the trip—make sure the GPS is programmed with the address you’re going to, snacks and games and other kid-distracting supplies are in reach, and that your luggage isn’t higher than your vehicle’s weight capacity.

Finally, when you’re actually driving, it’s important to have patience, especially because the traffic will probably be slow. Driving while angry is almost as bad as distracted driving, so don’t let yourself get mad. And keep your hands off your phone as much as possible!

These are just a few tips you can follow for safer Thanksgiving driving. Give us a call today at Nissan of Lake Charles for more, or to find the perfect Nissan vehicle for you to take on your Thanksgiving road trip.

October Festivals in Lake Charles

October Festivals in Lake Charles for the Fall

Lake Charles currently stands as the Festival Capital of Louisiana and holds more than 75 events each year. As people get into the swing of things for the fall season, there are more than enough October festivals planned to suit everyone’s desires. Here are some October festivals in Lake Charles that will make this fall one to remember!

The Lost Hollows Haunted Attraction             

The Lost Hollows Haunted Attraction features some of the spookiest outdoor haunts in all of Louisiana. Family owned and operated, the attraction features trails that are bound to add a fright to your night. Visitors can walk the trails (if they dare) on Friday and Saturday, now through Halloween.

Lake Charles Film & Music Festival

The 6th Annual Lake Charles Film & Music Festival takes place from October 6th to the 8th at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. Sponsored by Louisiana Film & Video Art, Inc., the festival features independent films, special film screenings, and educational workshops designed to inspire.

Real Zombie Hunt Outdoor Adventure

The Real Zombie Hunt Outdoor Adventure kicks off on October 13th and continues each Friday and Saturday through October 28th. The attraction is held at Bayou Games Paintball Complex. Visitors can take part in laser tag and a haunted paintball trail. Climb aboard the Bayou Battle Wagon and enter the woods armed with a gun turret.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles hope to see you out and about this fall!

Upcoming Fall Sporting Events in Lake Charles

Sporting Events in Lake Charles

There are a lot of great things that come with the fall season—apple cider, Halloween parties, hayrides, and plenty of sports. There are a plethora of sporting events in Lake Charles near Nissan of Lake Charles. This time of year our Lake Charles customers are always tailgating in their Nissan Titan before an LSU football game, or taking their team to a football game in the Nissan Armada. Check out this brief listing of local sporting events in Lake Charles that you won’t want to miss.

Lake Charles College Prep Football Schedule

Our local charter school starts their season in September with an away game on the 1st against Pickering from Leesville, LA. Their first home game will be on September 14th against

Northside from Lafayette, LA, and multiple other home and away games will follow, ending with an away game at Jennings High School on November 3rd. Make a point of supporting your local young football players this fall.

LSU Football

Who in Lake Charles doesn’t love a good LSU game? The LSU football team has an exciting schedule, starting with a matchup with BYU (Houston) on September 2nd and including games against Arkansas, Florida, and Texas A&M. Get in the fall spirit by heading out to an LSU football game this season.

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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