Nissan Creates Custom Nissan LEAFs for A Wrinkle in Time

Custom Nissan LEAFs

If you haven’t already seen Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time movie adaptation, you’re missing out! And if you have seen it, you’ll love the nod Nissan is making to the infamous film with three custom Nissan LEAFs!

If you haven’t already seen Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time movie adaptation, you’re missing out! And if you have seen it, you’ll love the nod Nissan is making to the infamous film with three custom Nissan LEAFs!

Nissan teamed up with Disney to create A Wrinkle in Time-themed Nissan LEAFS that represent each of the three celestial beings from the movie.

Mrs. Who, played by Mindy Kaling, inspired a LEAF that features a wild combination of colors, with a bright orange-and-red hood, blue wave-like designs on the side and multicolored patterns throughout.

Reese Witherspoon’s Mrs. Whatsit is represented by a light-and-bright LEAF. Large blue waves flank the sides, and an orange-red roof and front fascia represent her bright-red hair.

Oprah Winfrey, inarguably the most prominent member of the film, plays Mrs. Which. Her car is bathed in sleek, metallic dark-grey with subtle purple accents. This simplicity is paired with a rear screen on the back of the LEAF that plays video.

The three LEAFs are meant to represent the costumes of the three characters, or even their hair in the case of Mrs. Whatsit. All of the vehicles feature touchscreens on the windshield and side windows that change color when touched, creating a “wrinkle” effect.

If you’d also like to customize your Nissan LEAF, you’ll need a Nissan LEAF. Check out our lineup at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Necessary Components of a Pirate Costume

Pirate Costume

If you’re from Lake Charles, then you know about the Louisiana Pirate Festival. And if you’re going to celebrate like a pirate, you have to look like a pirate. These are some of the components you’ll need for the perfect pirate costume.

If you’re from Lake Charles, then you know about the Louisiana Pirate Festival. And if you’re going to celebrate like a pirate, you have to look like a pirate. These are some of the components you’ll need for the perfect pirate costume.

Bandana

Many pirates boast bandanas. Of course, it’s up to you how you wear it. You can tie it over your eyes as a nod to the “Dread Pirate Roberts” or sloppily around your head like Captain Jack Sparrow.

Hat

If bandanas aren’t your pirate-style, you can opt for the dramatic skull-and-crossbones hat. You can also swap between a hat and a bandana throughout the day.

Ripped Clothing

A pirate goes through a lot—and so does their clothing. Whether you choose cutoff pants or a long skirt, you’ll need to make sure that your clothing is somewhat tattered to show off the pirate’s life you’ve survived.

Eyepatch

A pirate’s eyepatch represents their battle scars, which of course means that you’ll need one. An eyepatch gives off the ultimate “don’t mess with me” vibe.

Sword

You can’t be a pirate without the pirate’s classic weapon. Whether you have a small dagger or large sword as a prop, you’ll need some kind of sword to give off pirate power. Just make sure it’s not real.

With these accessories, you’ll have everything you need to pull off a convincing pirate costume. Nissan of Lake Charles hopes to see you and your costume at the Louisiana Pirate Festival!

Make Plans for the Flying Tigers Car Show

Flying Tigers Car Show

Nothing quite says summer like a fantastic car show. It may not be summer yet, but early next month, you can kick off the warm weather by heading out to the 3rd Annual Flying Tigers Car Show.

Nothing quite says summer like a fantastic car show. It may not be summer yet, but early next month, you can kick off the warm weather by heading out to the 3rd Annual Flying Tigers Car Show. It will be held April 7th at the SOWELA Technical Community College Regional Training Center. You can be sure that many of us here at Nissan of Lake Charles will be going.

This show is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. Vehicles from a wide range of makes will be on display, ranging from classics to modern hot rods. Furthermore, there will be first responder vehicles to look at and explore along with food vendors and car show awards.

If your kids are feeling squirrelly, take them to the Kids Zone. There, they can burn off some of their energy in the bounce houses, run some remote control car races, participate in an Easter egg hunt, and complete some crafts.

Tickets to the event cost $5 per person and children 12 and under are free. If you want to show your vehicle, early-bird registration costs $30. It is $35 the day of the show. The first 100 registered vehicles will receive a goody bag. All money raised from the car show will go towards scholarship awards and enhancement funds for the college.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in your community while simultaneously celebrating your love of all things automotive.

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Lake Charles

Happy St Patrick's Day | Nissan of Lake Charles | Lake Charles, LA

It’s almost upon us: the time of year where we celebrate our Irish-American heritage—or pretend to be Irish – with some tasty food, drinks, and revelry. This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right by taking part in some festive St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Lake Charles. Here are few suggestions from us at Nissan of Lake Charles on where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

7th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Festival at MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub

Head to MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub in downtown Lake Charles for a full day of festive fun. The pub will offer breakfast at 5:30am, followed by a day of traditional Irish food, drink, games, and entertainment.

In addition to this event, check out the offerings at your favorite local bars and restaurants, as most will be offering St. Patrick’s Day specials on Irish beer, whiskey, and food.

Annual Athletes Corner St. Patrick’s Day 3-Miler

Any runners out there? Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 3-mile run. You’ll get a fun t-shirt and top finishers will get prizes.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock at The Children’s Museum

Like last year, it’s expected that The Children’s Museum will run some fun and creative programing for children this St. Patrick’s Day. For instance, they will most likely have some St. Paddy’s-themed art projects, and a “Luck of the Irish” Scavenger Hunt as they have held in past years.

Keep your eye out for announcements, and enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!

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.

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.

Next-Generation Nissan Frontier Entering Production

2017 Nissan Frontier

The next-generation Nissan Frontier will be entering production fairly soon. The Nissan production facility in Canton, Mississippi was chosen to produce the midsize pickup. While there were plenty of production facilities able to produce the pickup, Nissan Canton was chosen due to its history with the Nissan Frontier.

The current-generation Nissan Frontier dates back to 2005, making it one of the oldest designs in the industry. While the styling is still fairly modern, the brand recently confirmed that a next-generation Nissan Frontier is in the works.

The Nissan Canton production facility currently builds the Nissan Titan and several other vehicles. The Nissan Frontier will be built alongside the full-size pickup. The automaker hasn’t revealed much about the truck, but details will become available as the truck’s release date approaches.

“We’ve got a very hard working and engaged workforce. We’ve got a wonderful state-of-the-art facility and Canton was the natural choice. We worked really hard to win this business,” said Steve Marsh, Nissan Canton VP of manufacturing.

The 2018 Nissan Frontier will see the addition of a Midnight Edition to its line. The Nissan Frontier Midnight Edition includes black wheels, side mirrors, and step rails. The Midnight Edition model is also available in Glacier White.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles can’t wait to see the next-generation Nissan Frontier in person!

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!

Best Things to Pack in Your SUV

Finding things to pack in your SUV. 2017 Nissan Armada Interior.

Emergencies happen, just as accidents do. That’s why it pays to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. But when you’re driving a small sedan, you don’t have much space for tools that might really come in handy later. That’s one reason why a spacious SUV like the Nissan Armada is ideal for family travel. Not only is there plenty of room for your emergency kit, but there’s also lots of space left over for cargo like bicycles, sporting equipment, or extra passengers. When thinking about things to pack in your SUV, here are five things you should always keep in the back of your Nissan Armada SUV.

Snow Shovel

Having a shovel on hand can save you from getting stuck at work, school, or elsewhere in a snowstorm.

Water and Snacks

Keeping bottled water and non-perishable snacks on hand will come in handy in nearly all emergency situations.

Cat Litter

Cat litter actually serves as the perfect, lightweight tool for traction if your SUV gets stuck.

Tow Strap or Tow Rope

A Nissan Armada from Nissan of Lake Charles can tow up to 8,500, but that’s not helpful if you don’t have the correct strap to handle the job.

Fire Extinguisher

It may seem just a little excessive, but if you or someone around you happens to need a fire extinguisher at some point, you’ll be grateful you have it at the ready.

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.