3 Reasons You Need Car Insurance

Benefits of Having Car Insurance

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than six million accidents every year. That’s an incredibly high number and it only gets worse once you learn that one-eighth of drivers don’t have insurance. In today’s world, insurance is a necessity, not a luxury. While you may think otherwise, here are three fantastic reasons you need car insurance from us here at James Ceranti Nissan.

  1. Out-of-Pocket Cost. The average cost of an accident is over $9,000. That’s not counting any medical bills or disabling injuries. It only goes up from there. If you don’t have thousands of dollars available to fix your vehicle or pay medical bills, car insurance is an excellent way to take care of unforeseen expenses should you be in an accident.
  2. Confidence. Driving is all about confidence. Shaky drivers tend to panic and that can easily result in an accident. If you’re constantly scanning the road for potential threats, you aren’t really paying attention to what’s in front of your car. With insurance, you won’t need to worry about getting into an accident. While you should definitely try to avoid it, you’re covered should something happen.
  3. Consequences. When you drive without insurance, you run the risk of serious consequences if your state requires a minimum amount of coverage. Fines, vehicle impoundment, and license suspension are just a few potential consequences should you get caught without insurance.

Can you think of any more benefits of having car insurance? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

2016 Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition

The Nissan Maxima has always been an attractive looking vehicle and with its most recent redesign, it’s likely to maintain its image. To make the sedan stand out even more, Nissan is offering a new package. While the changes in the new Midnight Edition are cosmetic, it’s still a fantastic deal in terms of price.

The Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition features blacked-out parts, most notably 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a rear bumper diffuser, and a rear spoiler. Inside, the SR trim is relatively the same. Aluminum pedals, paddle shifters, climate-controlled front seats, and a sport-tuned suspension are some major components on the list of special features.

Here’s the catch: the Midnight Edition is only available on the Maxima SR trim.

The normal Maxima SR starts at $37,770. Once you add on the $1,195 for the special edition package, it runs close to $39,000. If you were to add all of the package’s included parts individually, you’d pay over $1,000 more.

A deal in itself, several Maxima SR Midnight Edition models are already hitting dealerships across the United States.

We here at James Ceranti Nissan are pumped to see more special edition packages on fantastic cars!

Hatchback Model and Additional Engines in the Works for Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra is a frontrunner in the American compact car segment, and the current model year is the latest of seven generations of success and experience. The small sedan has always had a place in the market, even though it only offers one engine, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a modest amount of power — though, to be fair, a small, lightweight car such as the Sentra does not need a lot of power to deliver smooth, easy performance. However, Nissan still wants to expand the capabilities of the lineup; company reps recently unveiled plans for a Nissan Sentra hatchback, in addition to more variety in the vehicle’s engine lineup.

The hatchback variant of the Sentra nameplate hasn’t seen the light of day in over 26 years, when the hatchback disappeared from the Sentra family, but plans to revive the model are part of a strategy to compete with the increasing popularity of compact crossovers, which blur the line between traditional SUVs and the much smaller hatchback. In addition, Nissan representatives say the more engine options, including the possibility of turbocharged options, may be added to the Sentra’s available features in the near future.

When discussing the possibility of the Nissan Sentra hatchback, officials are cautious, with good reason; the brand will have to find a good strategy to break into the market dominated by Mazda and Ford, whose Focus and Mazda3 hatchbacks are at the top of the class in terms of sales. Plus, with more competition on the way in the form of the Chevy Cruze hatchback, the Sentra hatchback will need to offer class-topping quality to make a splash.

Nissan Promotes New Altima with Altimatums Card Game

Have you ever heard of the Altimatums card game? It’s Nissan’s brand new game that you play on the road, with a name inspired by the 2016 Nissan Altima. The unique promotional tool was developed by Nissan and game-makers TBWA\Chiat\Day LA in order to help the Altima appeal more to a younger age demographic — more specifically, millennials. With game mechanics inspired by popular millennial games such as Truth or Dare and Cards Against Humanity, Altimatums is designed to make car rides with your friends more entertaining.

The concept is simple: the game has two separate decks of cards. The driver draws a “destination” card that tells you where to go. Then, the passengers draw an “Altimatum” card that tells them what to do when they reach the destination. Destinations can be things like the busiest road in your neighborhood, a fast food drive-thru, or a nearby park, while Altimatum cards can have commands like “hug a stranger!” or “empty out your purse for everyone in the car to see.”

Physical copies of the Altimatums card game were available on Nissan’s website and handed out at events, but the promotion has ended online. However, you can still get your hands on the game in the form of a free downloadable PDF file available on the website that you can easily print and cut out.

Nissan Leaf Mobile Power Supply System Being Tested

Nissan Leaf mobile power supply

Image is of 2014 Nissan Leaf.

With an electric vehicle, you typically have to use your house to charge your car, relying on your power plug-in to reload your car’s juice. But have you ever thought about using your electric car to charge your home?

That’s the vision Nissan has for the Leaf EV. By teaming up with energy provider ENEL, Nissan is launching a Vehicle 2 Grid system to turn the Leaf EV into a mobile power supply, as well as a Leaf-to-Home energy station in Japan.

A Nissan Leaf mobile power supply would be able to run a house, office, and entire power grid. Why would this be something that should interest Leaf owners? The idea is that owners could run their electrical utilities off the car’s 30kWh battery during peak hours when electricity is most expensive or limited.

This idea was conceived of by Nissan after Japan began limiting energy utilization following the 2011 tsunami. This would allow Leaf owners to conserve power and use it when they want to.

The price of the special charger device is speculated to be around $900, making it affordable for all Leaf owners. Unfortunately, this technology will take time before it spreads outside of test areas in Japan and Western Europe.

Six Must-See Historic Sites in Greenville, MS

In the heart of the Mississippi Delta, you’ll find our little town of Greenville. This small Southern city has a big history, which has been preserved over the years and can be explored on a sunny Saturday afternoon. If you want to experience the spirit of Greenville, visit these historic locations.

Cotton Row: Back when Mississippi used to be the home of cotton moguls who amassed large fortunes, this was a thriving merchant district. It still reflects the late 19th century architecture.

First National Bank: This Neoclassical building now housing the city’s court was the first federally chartered bank in the county.

Former Levee Board Complex: What was the city’s oldest commercial structure has been renovated into the Greenville Inn & Suites.

Mississippi Levee System: This towering structure runs along the downtown waterfront and revolutionized the area, making the Delta what it is today.

Mount Holly Plantation: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Shelby Foote used to live in this gorgeous mansion which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nelson Street District: For a century, this has been a thriving economic and cultural hub of the community, home to numerous iconic restaurants and stores.

Which of these historic sites in Greenville is your favorite?

Renault-Nissan Install EV Charging Stations around Paris for COP21 Summit

Renault-Nissan and partners worked to install 90 new EV charging stations around Paris and in the city to prepare for the COP21 Climate Change Summit, which took place from the end of November to Friday, December 11.

Renault-Nissan partnered with a variety of organizations and companies in France including the Paris City Council, Aeroports de Paris, the national railway company SNCF, and two energy providers to encourage Parisians to consider electric vehicles and spread awareness about eco-friendly cars and the environmental harm of gas-powered vehicles.

The charging stations were used during the COP21 conference to charge the 200 electric shuttle buses that transported more than 20,000 delegates and participants from around the world. The stations are quick charging stations that recharge the battery from 0% to 80% in only half an hour.

Renault-Nissan partnered with energy providers who promised to provide clean solar, wind, and hydro energy rather than energy from burning fossil fuels. France is known for its low carbon emissions, producing a fraction as much carbon as the rest of Europe.

At James Ceranti Nissan, we’re excited to see what will be coming to the United States!

Tips for Packing Presents in the Car

packing presents in the car

Pack presents in your car like the pro with these tips!

Packing presents in the car is one of the most head-scratching parts of holiday travel, but there are easy and efficient ways to get it done. Follow these tips and make your holiday a little bit easier.

One of the best ways to save space is waiting to wrap the gifts until you get to your destination, but only do this if your hosts don’t mind you stealing a room for a couple hours to do your wrapping.

If you’d rather pack first, you’ll want to fit as much as you can in totes or laundry baskets, any hard plastic carrier that won’t get squished and fits in your trunk. This makes it a lot easier to carry the gifts to and from the house, and it also lets you pack inside without freezing your extremities off in the cold.

Put heavy things on the bottom, with flat packages on the sides of the tote and tall, thin boxes in corners. Gift bags can sit on top of the heavier boxes on the bottom, and extra gift bags that don’t fit in the totes can be shoved into crevices.

James Ceranti Nissan is wishing you safe travels and a happy holiday!

2016 Nissan Titan XD Picks Up The Truck Of Texas Award

Truck of Texas Award

Every year the Texas Auto Writers Association puts on what they call the Texas Truck Rodeo. Trucks are important to the culture of Texas, with its rich history of ranching and other vocations that require good, strong trucks. The event is a way to celebrate that culture by allowing the experts, i.e. the writers, the opportunity to choose the best trucks around.

Over two days, the participating trucks for that year are put through rigorous tests. The trucks have to endure both on-road and off-road challenges. When the dust cleared the 2015 Truck of Texas award went to the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

There are so many innovative and superb features on the new Titan XD that it’s hard to know which ones helped it to win. Certainly, the XD’s Cummins® 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel played a strategic role.

The 2015 Truck of Texas award wasn’t the only award that the 2016 Nissan Titan XD picked up. The full-size truck from Nissan also won the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas, and Best Powertrain awards.

5 Ways To Make Driving Fun Again

make driving fun

Remember when you first got your drivers license? You knew the power that driving gave you. It was a feeling of freedom, the thrill of knowing that so many adventures were now in your hands. Have you lost that? Here are five ways to make driving fun again!

# 1 – Podcasts. A fascinating or funny podcast can turn any mundane drive into a fun outing. The trick is to find podcasts that interest you? Are you a history buff? Do you like murder mysteries? You can find lots of cool podcasts here.

# 2 – Hypermiling. According to the very man who coined the term, hypermilers are people who strive to “to exceed their vehicle’s EPA fuel economy rating.” Prove those EPA dudes wrong by leaving the air-conditioner off, performing easy and gentle acceleration and braking, avoiding idling and driving slow. Get other tips here!

# 3 – Explore New Music. We spend a lot of time in our vehicles. With the advent of great music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music, coupled with smartphone integration like you find with NissanConnect, exploring new music has never been easier!

# 4 – Hit The Road. Nothing can make you feel young again and make driving enjoyable like taking a road trip. It doesn’t have to be halfway across the country either! Just make sure the scenery is nice and the destination is worth the drive.

# 5 – Drive A Cool Car. Like the Nissan Versa Note, for instance.