From websites to your neighbor who seems to know everything, there are a lot of ways to get information about which new cars are the best. None are quite as reliable and trusted as J.D. Power, though. This year, the 2017 Nissan Altima and the 2017 Nissan Murano came out on top of their respective categories, winning Nissan J.D. Power Awards in two separate categories
The 2017 Altima beat out the competition in the hugely crowded midsize car category in J.D. Power’s Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. As one of the most popular car categories, the midsize segment presents some stiff competition, including the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and a long list of others.
In the midsize SUV category, the 2017 Nissan Murano won the title of most appealing vehicle—no small feat in a category that includes such vehicles as the Subaru Outback, Jeep Wrangler, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Now in its 22nd year, the APEAL study uses actual driver evaluations to determine its most highly recommended vehicles each year. In the end, only one car can be crowned king in each category, and this year, the king was Nissan.
To learn more about what makes Nissan vehicles stand out amongst the rest, stop by Cronic Nissan and schedule a test drive!
With September in full swing and October on its way, autumn is upon us. Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly fall activities to participate in. We at Cronic Nissan suggest you add these to your family’s fall bucket list.
Go to a Farm
In the fall, lots of farms open their doors to visitors for activities like corn mazes, picking pumpkins, going on hayrides, and more. Check out some of the local farms near you to see if they’re holding any fall festivities.
While autumn has become associated with pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks, apples are also coming in for the harvest season, which means plenty of apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, and other seasonal treats.
Have a Bonfire
There’s nothing quite like building a bonfire on a crisp evening. Sweaters, blankets, cups of hot cocoa, and s’mores—what more could you want?
This can be a fun way to teach the kids life skills. While there are plenty of fun fall treats you can buy from the store or from local farms, it’s also fun to make your own treats, like pumpkin pie or Halloween-themed sugar cookies.
Jump in Piles of Leaves
Simple, but a classic. Have the little ones help you rake the yard, then spend the day jumping in the piles of fallen leaves.
Try these family-friendly fall activities for an autumn you won’t forget.
Farmers markets are a great place for people looking for fresh food that’s grown locally. It can be hard to know where fruit and veggies are from if you buy them at the supermarket, and many places don’t always provide the freshest produce. Farmers markets solve this problem, and they also provide a way for you to support the local economy. Check out the Fairgrounds Farmers Market this fall for a wide selection of food and crafts.
At Cronic Nissan, we’re proud to be a part of the Griffin, GA community, and often attend the Griffin Famers Market. The event is held at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds throughout the year, and the next one will be held on Friday, September 1st from 9am to 1pm, according to Eventbrite. There’s constantly a call for new vendors, so there’s always new produce and products at the market.
You can find local products at the farmers market like Baker’s Bark spice rub, Grazing Here grass-fed beef burgers, fresh pumpkins, honey, jelly, and jam. Pecans are ever-popular, though you can get virtually any veggie or fruit you might need for your next dinner recipe.
Visiting the Fairgrounds Farmers Market is just one way you can support your community. Hop in the car and explore what the area has to offer.
When shopping for a used car, you may have come across the term “certified pre-owned,” aka CPO. This is somewhat a new class a vehicle that gained a lot of popularity within the past few years. A certified pre-owned vehicle is still technically used, but automakers reserve this status for only the best used cars.
A certified pre-owned Nissan has to be less than six years old, have fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer, and have a clean title. Then, the car needs to pass a thorough 167-point inspection. If faults are found during the inspection, these problems are repaired using genuine Nissan parts.
Along with the benefits of owning a nice car, each Certified Pre-Owned Nissan comes with a 7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty, 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report, and a 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles.
With all of these benefits, buying a CPO car can give you the best of both worlds. You get the money-saving benefits of buying used with the added confidence of knowing your car has been thoroughly inspected and comes with a warranty, just like a new car.
Come experience the CPO difference at Cronic Nissan.
One of the most important safety features on your car has been standard issue since the very first automobile was invented. In case you have not guessed what it could be, it is the tires. Those four pieces of rubber are what keep you connected to the road. And, of course, they wear out over time. So, how do you know when you need new tires?
One of the key signs of a worn-out tire is the tread depth. A simple way to see if the tread is still deep enough is to place a penny head first into the grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it is time to replace your tires. Do this test in several spots on all of your tires since tread doesn’t always wear evenly.
More signs of old tires are cracks or bulges in the sidewall. If you see any signs of this, you definitely need to replace the tires. When tires are worn out, do they do offer as much traction, especially in wet weather.
If you are worried about the condition of your tires, schedule a service appointment with us here at Cronic Nissan and we can inspect your tires and tell you if it is time to replace them.
Buying a new car can be stressful, and it makes many people anxious. At Cronic Nissan, we’re dedicated to making the car-buying process as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a resource on what to bring when buying a car. Not only will the proper paperwork speed up the process, but it will also ensure you’re getting the right car and financing.
First, according to the Car Connection, you should have your driver’s license and registration. You’ll need a license before you can drive off the lot in your new car, and the registration is sometimes required if you’re trading in a new vehicle. Even if you’re just test driving a car, be sure to bring your license for confirmation.
Next, insurance can be tricky. You need to have insurance for your new car, but that sometimes means you’ll have to wait a day or two. It’s best to call your insurance company ahead of time to let them know you’re buying a new car. Then, you can call them at the dealership when signing the paperwork and they can fax or email your new insurance card. This will really streamline the process.
If you’re trading in a car, you should also bring the title of your old car. This is different from the registration, as the title is often called the “pink slip.” A title is proof of ownership, and it’s needed to transfer the car from your name to the dealership’s name.
Finally, bring a friend along. We try to make the car-buying process as quick as possible, but it can still take a while to sign papers. A friend or family member will make the process much more enjoyable, and they can often help you make important decisions about your new car. For more information about what to bring, call or stop by the Cronic Nissan finance department.
Nissan was recently named the top brand in the 2017 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Five vehicles won Best in Class for their particular segment, including the Murano, Rogue, Maxima, Titan, and Versa. AutoPacific allows owners to rate their cars on 49 various criteria, and then tallies the votes to see which new owners are happiest.
The Murano won for the third straight year in a row, while the Rogue and Maxima won for the second time, according to Nissan. The AutoPacific awards are one of the few industry awards that is based solely on owner satisfaction, giving you a good idea which vehicle you should shop for when you’re in the market for a new car.
“VSAs look at the big picture, which includes owners’ experiences with their vehicle’s quality and safety, but also goes deeper into the heart of the ownership experience,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.
The Rogue is now Nissan’s top-selling vehicle, which means that statistically you’re most likely to enjoy this car than any other car you buy. Not only is it popular, but owners are most satisfied with this car. There’s no buyer’s remorse—simply get in your car and start driving. To test drive the Rogue, Murano, Maxima, Titan, or Versa, visit Cronic Nissan today.
The new Nissan credit card program is perfect for Nissan fans who want to get Nissan rewards for everyday purchases on gas and groceries.
Qualifying Nissan customers can sign up for the credit card and get points toward a new financed or leased Nissan vehicle, accessories and services like oil changes, or even a statement credit that pays a part of their car payment.
The credit card will be co-sponsored by Visa and Synchrony Bank and will offer incredible benefits to cardholders in addition to rewards, like no annual fee and zero fraud liability. The cardholder will also get free access to roadside assistance, travel and emergency assistance services, and auto rental collision damage waiver.
Cardholders will benefit from Synchrony Financial’s mobile-optimized account management capabilities. The easy use of the credit card and the numerous benefits will attract new customers, as well as help maintain customer loyalty, according to the Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation president Mark Kaczynski.
The Retail Card executive vice president and CEO of Synchrony Financial, Tom Quindlen, also weighed in, saying customers can expect “the same level of excellence and customer service” they’ve come to expect from Nissan.
Find out more about the new Nissan credit card program today at Cronic Nissan!
Summer is just around the corner, and the heat is already starting up, so it’s a good time to start thinking about how to keep your car cool during summer. Buy some stuff and find the best parking spots before it gets too hot! Here are some easy tips to follow and products to buy.
Park in the Shade
One easy way to keep your car from getting too hot is to park in the shade. Whether that’s in a garage or under a tree, look for any spot where you can avoid direct sunlight. And if you feel comfortable in the area where you’re parking, leave your windows down so the heat doesn’t get trapped inside.
Buy a Sun Shade
Another thing you can do is buy a sun shade. Sun shades have reflective surfaces that bounce the light back and away from your car, so less heat can get inside. Sun shades will also keep your seats from getting too hot and burning you when you sit down. Another way to prevent hot seats is to cover them with blankets or towels.
Use Your AC Settings
Finally, use your car’s AC settings and vents to your advantage. Set your AC to “fresh air” when you first turn it on bring in new air instead of recirculating the hot air already in the car, and use your bottom vents, which will push the hot air up and out. Then you can switch over to the top vents.
For more tips on keeping your car cool in the summer, call Cronic Nissan!
Spring comes with warm weather, but there are also some dangers to be aware of while you’re on the road. These include things like potholes from the winter, more pedestrians, and spring showers—each of which can prove to be serious hazards. Below are just some of the many things to be aware of this spring as you drive.
According to AARP, one of the biggest spring driving dangers is wet driving conditions. The first 15 minutes of a downpour are the most dangerous, because rain water mixes with residual oils on the road. This can create an incredibly slippery surface. When it rains be sure to reduce your speed, provide extra space between you and other cars, especially your new Nissan, and avoid slamming on the brakes.
Additionally, you’ll have to share the road with more pedestrians and bike riders. Warm weather means more people will be out, creating added dangers. Remember to slow down when you’re in town or near schools, and avoid following bikes too closely. As vehicles, bikes are required to ride on the road (unless riders are under 10 years old), so be sure to have patience.
Finally, avoid taking allergy medication if you’re getting behind the wheel. If you must take medication, talk to your doctor about possible side effects. Many antihistamines cause drowsiness and delayed reaction time—two dangers when operating heavy machinery. These are just some of many dangers we at Cronic Nissan want you to be wary of.