How to Properly Wash Your Car

Properly Wash Your Car

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of vehicle maintenance is washing. Follow these steps for how to properly wash your car.

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of vehicle maintenance is washing. When you let dirt and other debris linger on your car’s surface, it can eat away at the finish and potentially cause corrosion. Regular washes can help avoid this unfortunate circumstance, and here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we love clean, sparkling cars. Follow these steps for how to properly wash your car.

  • Use the right cleaning materials. Make sure you use the right kind of soap on your car and not just dish soap. In fact, dish soap could strip your car wax and dry out plastic or rubber pieces.
  • Use clean cloths. Microfiber cloths are a great choice for washing your car. Make sure they are clean and that you have a lot on hand, so you can switch to a clean cloth every so often.
  • Use two buckets. To get a clean, swirl-free finish, use a two-bucket method. One bucket holds the soapy solution and the other is clean rinse water. After a pass of washing, dip your cloth into the clean water to rinse out the soap and dirt, then dip it back into the soapy water.
  • Work top to bottom. Start washing from the top of your car and work your way down, one panel at a time.

If you follow these tips, then you will soon have a bright and shiny vehicle in your driveway in no time.

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.

Upcoming Models from Nissan

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept

Auto Show season is upon us, and with it comes numerous new concept vehicles and the unveiling of upcoming models. Nissan, always at the forefront of innovation, has a very exciting season before it – and Nissan has already debuted very exciting vehicles. Here are a couple cars that we at Nissan of Lake Charles are very excited about.

Vmotion 2.0 Concept

This January at the North American International Auto Show, Nissan revealed its Vmotion 2.0 Concept, and it definitely turned heads. Its sleek sedan design earned the auto show’s EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence. Its exterior features sleek, yet edgy contours that sweep back from front to rear, and its interior takes luxurious styling to the next level with leather seats and wood floors. Furthermore, the Vmotion 2.0 includes Nissan’s state-of-the-art driver assist technologies: Nissan Intelligent Mobility with ProPILOT autonomous driving system.

Titan Warrior Concept

The Titan Warrior is imposing with its tough, rugged exterior that looks ready to take on any terrain. It also features advanced off-road technologies to match its sophisticated, rugged look – called “modern armor” by Nissan designers. Its tough style is matched by its performance capabilities, as the Titan Warrior Concept features a Cummin’s® Turbo Diesel V8 engine, a six-speed Aisin transmission, and special off-road suspension.

You can learn about all of the upcoming Nissan vehicles right here at Nissan of Lake Charles.

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

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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!

Nissan Trucks and SUVs for Driving in the Snow

driving in the snowDriving in the snow might be difficult for some local residents, likely because we rarely see snow or ice in Southwest Louisiana. However, many may have been shocked this year by recent weather patterns, but there’s no reason to worry. We at Nissan of Lake Charles have created a list of the top Nissan vehicles for driving in the snow to keep you safe and in control.

First, check out the Nissan Frontier. The Frontier is America’s most affordable pickup, and though smaller than the Titan and Titan XD, it’s great for getting around in the winter. As noted by Nissan, There are multiple engine options, offering up to 261 horsepower, as well as an optional Desert Runner trim that’s great for harsh weather and terrain. Bilstein® off-road shocks keep you comfortable, and snow-rated all-terrain tires will provide traction.

Next, consider the previously-mentioned Nissan Titan or Titan XD. With a little weight in the bed of your truck, you’ll be driving like a professional in the Titan whether there’s rain, snow, or sunny skies. The Titan has extensive safety, but it also has convenient features like all-season floor mats to keep the interior nice, an available advanced 4×4 system, and off-road performance shocks.

Finally, the Nissan Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada are also great options for winter driving. SUVs often come with 4×4 systems to prevent you from getting stuck in the snow, and wide stances keep you stable on the roads. Test drive any one of these Nissan models today to see just how great it can handle in rough conditions.

Prepare for Mardi Gras: An Annual Celebration

prepare for Mardi GrasMardi Gras is a tradition in the Lake Charles community, one that dates back years. Mardi Gras has its roots in religious traditions, but it also marks an important cultural holiday for many. While New Orleans has one of the most famous celebrations in the world, Lake Charles also holds one of the biggest Mardi Gras events around. That’s why we at Nissan of Lake Charles have written about ways to prepare for Mardi Gras.

According to the Lake Charles website, the event will be held on February 13. There will be a parade, museum tours, and more. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to get your costume ready. Believe it or not, the average costume weighs more than 50 pounds. Aluminum foil is a popular material, but you’ll also want to spend plenty on fringe.

Next, visit the Mardi Gras Museum to learn more about the event. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 5 pm, and it has information dating back centuries about the sounds and sights of Carnival. Located in the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, the Mardi Gras Museum opened in 1998.

Finally, have fun! People have been celebrating Mardi Gras in Lake Charles since 1882. Hosting one of the largest events in the region, Lake Charles is home to a joyous celebration that’s fun for all. Be sure to get out and enjoy the holiday festivities this year.

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.