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.

Best Gifts for Truck Lovers

Best Gifts for Truck Lovers

The Holidays are here, which means it’s time to make your shopping list and check it twice. We know it’s not always easy to think of unique gift ideas for friends and family, but if you have a truck lover in your life, then we’ve got you covered.  We’ve made a list of some of the best gifts for truck lovers we can think of.

 

Keychain

A custom keychain is the perfect truck-oriented gift for the shopper who is on a budget. There are a tons of styles to choose from, and even options that can reference the recipient’s specific pickup.

 

T-Shirt

Speaking of customizable options, the truck t-shirt possibilities are endless. Shop around on DIY websites like Etsy.com or creative t-shirt sites like Redbubble.com to find the perfect fit for your truck-enthusiast friends.

 

Truck Jewelry

Since women are just as capable of being truck fanatics as men are, it’s important to find the perfect gift for your female truck-loving friends. Sites like Etsy.com have plenty of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more that will be perfect for the truck-loving lady in your life.

 

Nissan Frontier or Nissan Titan

If you really want the truck lover in your life to be blown away this Holiday, why not get them a Nissan pickup from Nissan of Lake Charles? We know it’s not in the budget of most Holiday shoppers, but we can’t help but suggest it. These trucks are so versatile and reliable, both you and your truck-enthusiast companion are sure to benefit from this truck for many years to come.

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.

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.

Military Discounts in Lake Charles Area

military discounts in lake charles

We are proud to support our military and everything they have done for our country. Like us, the Lake Charles area is proud to support our military members and show our appreciation for their service to our country. From Lake Charles to Fort Parrish, this is a great area to live in and we’re grateful for all of the support offered to our military members.

There are several resources out there for those in the area to see all of the local businesses that offer a military discount. Whether you’re looking for food, fitness, doctors, hotels, or more, there is bound to be some offers that you will enjoy. There is a great database for military discounts in Lake Charles that lets you search for military discounts by category. The site allows you to see the specific discount, and gives you a link for the directions to the location. If you’re traveling a little out of the Lake Charles area, Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce also has a great listing of military discounts available to you.

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, Nissan also offers a great military program for you to get your favorite Nissan, for less! Stop into Nissan of Lake Charles if you’re interested. We hope you find these military discounts to be helpful. Thank you for your service!

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.