This Year, Prepare Your Car for Spring in Advance with These Easy Tips

Prepare Your Car for Spring

Believe it or not: Spring is already just around the corner. Here are some quick tips we’ve put together to prepare your car for spring.

Believe it or not: Spring is already just around the corner. Whether you’ve noticed the rising temperatures or the chirping birds, it’s time to alter your vehicle to prepare it for spring weather, as opposed to the chilly hazards of winter.

Here are some quick tips to prepare your car for spring:

  • Examine your tires, looking for pressure, tread, and alignment. If you’ve been using winter tires, consider switching back to all-season.
  • Refill your windshield wiper fluid, which will be desperately needed in the upcoming buggy season.
  • Make sure that you are up to date on your latest oil change, and if not, be sure to get your oil changed properly, and perhaps even your oil filter.
  • Double check that your air conditioning is working and that the air it provides is fresh and clean. You won’t want to find yourself stuck in a stuffy car.
  • Explore how your battery has held up after a long winter. If you’re not sure what to look for, consider the help of a professional.
  • And lastly, take “spring cleaning” seriously, giving your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out.

For more spring preparation, or to simply start your season out with a brand new model, give us a call or pay us a visit at Lancaster Nissan!

The Origin of the Shamrock and Other St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

Everyone is familiar with the shamrock, leprechauns, etc. – but do you know where these St. Patrick’s Day traditions started?

The weather is getting warmer, the birds are starting to chirp, and spring is nearly upon us. You know what that means: St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Everyone is familiar with the shamrock, leprechauns, etc. – but do you know where these St. Patrick’s Day traditions started?

While the tradition of shamrocks has been debated, one thing is clear. Today, they clearly represent Irish heritage and history. It’s been said the shamrocks represent the rebirth of spring, and many claim that St. Patrick himself used the three leaves of the shamrock to represent the Christian Holy Trinity.

St. Patrick himself – by the way – was not actually Irish. In fact, he was born in Britain, kidnapped by Irish pirates, and discovered his faith while he was under their control. Even after he was freed, he returned to Ireland to spread his beliefs as a missionary.

Lastly, leprechauns have a long tradition in Irish folklore, from the Irish word “luchorpán,” which means “little body.” Different stories depict leprechauns differently, but one thing is almost always certain: they sure do love gold.

This St. Patrick’s Day, please drive safe, and if you have any concerns about your vehicle or if you would to explore a new one, feel free to stop by and visit us anytime here at Lancaster Nissan!

New Nissan AutoMobili-D Event Showcases Green Tech

Nissan AutoMobili-D event

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan AutoMobili-D event was recently held at the North American International Auto Show, also called the Detroit Auto Show. AutoMobili-D was an exposition that is dedicated to the global automotive community, including more than 100 companies and environmental groups. The idea was to develop the next generation of automotive designs, and Nissan hopes to be a major part of that process.

Nissan provided keynote addresses, research, and sponsor events. Recently, Nissan sponsored a live-music event that was entirely power by the Nissan LEAF, demonstrating the potential this new vehicle has. In fact, Nissan is now widely considered the pioneer in the electric vehicle movement.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to show the LEAF-to-Home system at AutoMobili-D,” said Brian Maragno, director, Nissan EV Sales and Marketing. “Nissan has been a pioneer in ‘Vehicle-to-Home’ technology and a leader in its global adoption and we look forward to exploring the potential of this system, as well as the ‘Vehicle-to-Building’ and ‘Vehicle-to-Grid’ solutions in the very near future.”

Nissan is focusing largely on the LEAF-to-Home system in the US, a system that is more popular overseas. This system lets you use the LEAF to power your home like a conventional generator would, except with zero emissions. This is just one step towards true progress, and Nissan is a key part in it.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

gifts for car lovers

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Looking for the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day? It can be difficult to shop for the car lover in your life, which is precisely the reason we’ve provided a list of gifts for car lovers. Whether you’re at the beginning of a relationship or you’ve been married for years, we’ve got some useful recommendations in mind.

According to Safelite, one of the best things to buy for your significant other is a car wash kit. Include things like a chamois cloth, wax, premium wash, and microfiber cloths. These things can help to make your valentine’s ride shine. Also, think about getting alloy or chrome polish as well.

Next, consider buying a night or two at a hotel a few hours away. Car lovers usually love road trips, so this may be the perfect opportunity to drive all day and spend some quality time together. Road trips are great for seeing the world, and when there is no rush it’s nice to enjoy the scenery and stops. Plus, it can be especially romantic around dusk.

Finally, consider a remote car starter. Mornings can be cold, and a car starter is a great way to show consideration. Your loved one can set the controls to warm and start the car from a distance, providing a warm atmosphere as soon as you start driving. Though seemingly small, this gift will show how much you really care.

Proven Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping New Year's Resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are a tradition all around the US. However, many people fail to keep their resolutions, even past the end of January. While that might shock a few, many of us have tried and failed to keep resolutions in the past. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions.

Believe it or not, medical experts have suggestions for helping you keep your resolutions. Many psychiatrists, according to WebMD, suggest exercising to help you kick bad habits. This suggestion is for people who are resolved to give up smoking, eating junk food, or drinking, for example. Whenever you get the urge to break your resolution, try working out. Believe it or not, it can increase the likelihood that you are successful by up to 27%.

Next, take it slow. By this we mean make one resolution at a time. If you’re initial goal is to get in shape by losing 20 pounds, quitting smoking, and quitting junk food, this may make realistic goals harder to achieve. Focus on one small task at a time—by breaking it up, you’re much more likely to succeed at all of your goals.

Finally, use visual cues. As evidenced by researchers at Tufts University, keeping a photo of your goal can increase the odds that you’ll achieve it. For example, get a photo of a thinner you (perhaps from years ago) to put on the fridge as motivation. Get a photo of a vacation destination for your wallet to help you reduce unnecessary spending. You get the picture.

These tips are statistically proven to help you succeed at your New Year’s resolutions. Nevertheless, the most important thing to remember is persistence. If you failed last year, be sure to try again. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail—those who persist tend to succeed.

Winter Car Care Checklist: The Essentials

winter car care

Winter can be especially harsh on your vehicle. That’s why we’ve put together a list of winter car care tips to help you keep your car running in the cold temperatures and snowy conditions. From wipers to tires, there are some helpful reminders for winter driving. Read on to learn more.

According to AutoTrader, one of the most important things to do is check your lighting. Many drivers forget that the sun sets earlier in the winter, which means you’ll rely on lighting more than ever. The lighting also operates on the electrical system, which takes a particular toll in cold temperatures. Replacing bulbs and taking a few minutes to make sure everything is working could make a huge difference.

Next, top off your fluids. This includes the basics like oil and transmission fluid. However, you should also be sure to get antifreeze/coolant for the winter. While water will do in warm climates, you’ll need an antifreeze mixture for winter to prevent the engine block from cracking. Most antifreeze actually works better when mixed with water (as opposed to pure antifreeze), so check for 50/50 mixtures when shopping around.

Finally, check the tires. Tire pressure dips in cold temperatures, so be sure to top off pressure when the winter comes around. Also, look for cracks, bulges, and low tread. Consider buying winter tires for the season, tires made with special rubber compounds to hold up in low temperatures. Winter tires also have deep grooves to divert water and thick treads for added grip.

Looking to winterize your car properly? Stop by our Service Center for a checkup. We can do all this and more, ensuring you’re ready for harsh weather and cold temperatures.

Best Christmas Movies

Watching Christmas MoviesWho doesn’t love the holiday season? It’s all about family and fun. So if you’re getting ready for a night in with family and Christmas cookies, we have a list of the best Christmas movies to watch during the holidays.

Here are the best movies broken down into a few categories so you can find the perfect one for your movie night.

Kids’ Movies

All of these movies are sure to spread plenty of Christmas smiles to the kids thanks to adorable animations and voices:

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

 Comedies

If you want plenty of laughs along with the Christmas cheer, these movies are sure to do the job:

  • Home Alone
  • The Santa Clause
  • Elf
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Classic Family Movies

It’s the age-old argument: are you a Christmas Vacation family or a Christmas Story family?

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story

Feel-Good (And Cry a Lot) Movies:

Share your appreciation of classic Christmas movies and get ready to pass around the tissue box:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street

 

Have fun watching all of these classic holiday movies. Stop by and see us at Lancaster Nissan to tell us which one of these is your favorite Christmas movie!

Awesome and Inexpensive White Elephant Gifts

White Elephant Gifts

When it comes to gift-giving time around the office or with your friends, the white elephant gift exchange is a common activity. To make sure your white elephant gifts are memorable and inexpensive this year, here are some fun ideas.

For the Practical Joker

If you’re a lover of pranks and your friends appreciate your sense of humor, go for these gifts:

  • Bush’s Baked Beans and Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer for a “Tootin’” Holiday
  • Poopin’ Reindeers and Elves
  • Whoopie Cushion
  • “Million Dollar” Chocolate Bar (captioned “you’re a million dollars”, of course)

For the Holiday Lover

If everyone knows that you’re obsessed with the holidays, you might as well put that into your gift, too.

  • Cookie kits (there are some really cute ones that make “Ninja Bread” and “Ugly Sweater” cookies
  • Dancing Christmas animals (Snoopy, Frosty)
  • Ugly Christmas sweater – simply go to a thrift store for this one!

The Practical Friend

If you want to give fun and useful gifts, here are some ideas you could go with:

  • “As Seen on TV” gifts. Not only are these fun, but in general, they end up being pretty useful!
  • Coffee mug – decorate it with holiday cheer
  • Knit hat – this is just good for those cold nights out on the town

 

Now get out there and rock the holiday gift-giving season!

Common and Unusual Thanksgiving Traditions in the US

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions practiced across the country every year, as well as some not so common ones you might want to try out.

Everyone has a big Thanksgiving feast every year, and it’s almost always centered around the Thanksgiving turkey. The way Americans eat is always evolving, so if you have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or allergic relatives, use Thanksgiving as a way to stretch your cooking skills.

Many people use Thanksgiving as a chance to volunteer at homeless shelters and foodbanks. If you’re looking for something to do as a family on Thanksgiving that will enrich your children, or just yourself, try it out!

Don’t forget the ceremonial breaking of the wishbone. Two people pull on opposite ends of the wishbone from the turkey and whoever gets the bigger half makes a wish. This is especially fun for kids. Before dessert, try taking a walk around the block or tossing a ball around to digest a little before digging in. This gives you a chance to spend quality time with family.

If you have relatives who live far away, you can still include them in the Thanksgiving conversation and games by setting up a Skype session or Google Hangout. If you’ve never done this before, this year is a great time to enlist the technological skills of younger relatives.

Thanksgiving is all about traditions, but it’s never too late to start a new one!

How to Test Drive a Car

Tips for your next test drive.

Tips for your next test drive.

Taking a car on a test drive seems like a pretty simple thing, but there are things you can do to get as much information about the car as you can from your short spin around the block. Here are some tips on how to test drive a car.

You should always schedule your test drive in advance so you know they’ll have the car you want to test drive, or one close to it. This also gives you a chance to get in and out more quickly and gives you more time to drive a few different cars for comparison.

If you have family or someone you drive regularly, bring them with you to see how they like the ride. The vehicle you choose needs to work for everyone who rides in it. Check the amount of cargo space, seat comfort, how easily accessible the controls are, and test out any other features that are especially important to you.

Actually driving the car is a chance to find out a lot about the vehicle. Pay attention to the ride quality, and try out the navigation system if there is one, connect your mobile device through Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto if they’re available, and listen to how noisy the cabin is.

Make sure visibility is ideal for you. If you have trouble seeing or you’re not comfortable with how much you can see, try another vehicle. Make sure you have enough power to quickly merge into traffic, can turn easily, and won’t have trouble parking it.

It’s a lot to think about, so if you need to, ask your salesperson if you can extend the drive a little, and never be afraid to ask questions about features you aren’t familiar with.