What Should You Keep In Your Trunk?

Car Trouble- what to keep in the trunkIf you’ve ever watched a scary movie, you know that the car always breaks down in the middle of the woods right before a storm and your cell phone isn’t going to work. Thankfully, cell phone towers are pretty strong nowadays, and most scary dark roads aren’t on your way home, but it’s still smart to be prepared in case of an emergency. There are a few things you should always carry with you.

Probably one of the most important things you can have with you is a good flashlight. With battery-less options out there now, you won’t have to worry about them going dead (like they do in those same scary movies). Check out wind-up emergency lights that also have built in red blinkers to signal for help. If you do prefer to have a flashlight with batteries, invest in a Maglight® . Not only are they super powerful, but the heavy weight can be used as a weapon if need be.

Jumper cables better be hiding in your trunk as well. While you may have a membership to a company like AAA, a quick jump from a friend could save you a lot of waiting time. Just make sure you know how to use them safely. Remember- positive to positive (red to red) and negative to negative (black to black). Trust us; you’ll know if you do it wrong.

Lastly, pack a little survival kit just in case you are stranded for a while. A few water bottles, packets of crackers or imperishable food, a blanket and a jacket could make a huge difference for you if you end up staying the night in your car.

Whatever else you have rolling around the trunk of your Nissan is up to you, but make sure to have these things handy and you won’t regret it. With great cargo space, the Altima would make for an easy travel companion and leave plenty of room for the less important stuff, like those shoes you kicked into the back one day and forgot to take out….. Just remember to watch out for those ax murders on dark and stormy nights!

Nissan Skyline Races a Mobility Scooter

Nissan SkylineIt seems completely silly and pointless-and it is- but let’s just see what happens when a Nissan Skyline was to race the same kind of scooter your grandfather takes with him to the grocery store. Hoveround’s commercial does say it will take you anywhere! I bet they weren’t counting on this type of activity, though. If someone asked you to lay money on a bet between a car and a scooter, we’re pretty sure you’d pick the car. Unless of course, you knew this was going to be a funny YouTube video, then all bets are off.

This particular scooter did have a few upgrades, including a Suzuki GSX-600F engine to be fair. However, (spoilers ahead!) a car is much bigger and the scooter doesn’t take any trophies home on this one. All in all, we’re sure it’d be enough of a thrill for your grandpa to get his blood flowing, but not cause a heart attack. “The little engine that could” scooter puts up a great fight and even keeps the lead for most of the race. Guess you’ll have to decide for yourself who the real winner is!

The Nissan Altima Coupe Has Seen Its Last Days

Nissan Altima coupe and sedanThe 2014 model year brings many changes to the Nissan family, including the next-generation Rogue, but for the Altima coupe, it’s time to say goodbye. The current generation won buyers over with its clean lines and sharp styling. While it’s unlikely that Nissan will release another coupe, the current one was released about a year after the sedan hit dealerships.

New For the 2014 model year are the Versa Note hatchback, the NV200 Compact Cargo van and the next-generation Rogue compact SUV. The Pathfinder hybrid will also be added later in the fall. Several models are also receiving enhancements this year, including the sedan version of the Altima, which now comes standard with the CVT transmission, the Frontier, which gets updated options packs, enhanced navigations functionality, and a sliding rear window.

For the latest information on the 2014 models, check back often or come visit us at James Ceranti Nissan for a test drive of the 2014 Versa Note!

The Dangers of Leaving Your Furry Friend in a Hot Car

Dog in hot carWith the dog days of summer right around the corner it is important to take a second to think about the safety of man’s best friend. Unfortunately, every year countless dogs perish as a result of being trapped in a hot car.

By now most all pet owners have heard “never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day,” unfortunately; some choose to ignore this lifesaving advice. Most of these cases start off innocently enough with owners cracking the windows and thinking they will only be gone a few minutes. Then, next thing they know a few minutes has turned into 30 minutes. In this time the interior of a parked vehicle can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees.

For dogs, exposure to this type of high heat can become dangerous in a matter of minutes. Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat, leaving them unable to cool down. Without the ability to cool off dogs are easily susceptible to experiencing dangerously high core body temperatures, brain damage, and eventual death.

Just recently Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian from North Carolina and pet advocate, shut himself in a hot vehicle and documented his experience. From the video, you can see that after almost 30 minutes the conditions inside the vehicle had become unbearable. Dr. Ward hopes this project will serve as a reminder to pet owners everywhere to “never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day.” James Ceranti Nissan would like to remind you to think smart this summer when taking your pets along for a ride.

2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014 Nissan Versa NoteWhen it comes to buying a new car, many people look at aspects like fuel economy, technology, comfort and or course the price. It may sounds like a dream come true, but the 2014 Nissan Versa Note excels in all of these areas, offering the latest technology and high comfort for passengers. Not only does the vehicle deliver the most competitive pricing, but it also provides best in-class fuel economy and the highest in-class interior volume.

The Versa Note will be offered in several different trim levels. The basic level, the Note S, included a 1.6-liter engine and 15-inch steel wheels. The Note S Plus adds the CVT, grille shutters and cruise control. The SV comes with Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SV is also available with an SL or SL Tech package, each of which offer technology upgrades, like a pushbutton start and navigation touch-screen display.

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note will be available on our lot soon! Will you be coming to test drive one?