Meet Our Summer Intern, Joe Scibelli Jr.

My first summer internship at Haddad Dealerships of The Berkshires was a richly rewarding experience, so I am ecstatic that I was given the opportunity to come back. The skills that I acquired during my time in the BDC have proven to be very valuable in building a resume, as well as helping me narrow down my career path. I would say that the most crucial part of the internship was the marketing experience I gained from running a few of Haddad’s many social media accounts. Promoting the annual Haddad Sock Game and The Haddad 600 took a great deal of creative thinking, and required me to learn how to effectively and interactively communicate to a large audience of customers. I learned a great deal about search engine optimization through writing blog posts like these, and I was introduced to HTML through creating a brand new set of email templates for the BDC and sales consultants. While the experience was valuable, we also managed to fit in quite a bit of fun. We traveled to the summit of Mount Greylock and other scenic locations around the Pittsfield area to take pictures that were used for the Haddad website’s call- to-action buttons; I even had fun choosing where to order lunch among the many great options here in The Berkshires, Hot Harry’s in Dalton being my first choice.

Summer Intern

Interning is hard work!

This time around, I look forward to learning some management skills, and continuing to learn my way around DealerSocket and all the other tools that help each of the Haddad Dealerships function. Effective communication between the dealerships’ is absolutely essential to maximizing sales, so as my area of study, I hope to take what I learned from communication courses at UMass Amherst and apply them in a way that benefits Haddad. Working in the BDC has been my first real opportunity to connect my studies with an actual job, which has made the actual experience of going to a university feel more valuable than I once thought.

Summer Intern

Meet Mr. Joe Scibelli Jr.

While I’m proud of my accomplishments so far, more than anything I am excited to continue learning through experience and unlock my full potential; I am confident that the BDC at Haddad is conducive to doing exactly that. I am greatly looking forward to spending another summer at Haddad Auto, and I know that I will leave here in September with a more developed skillset, more experience, and a determination to find myself a career where I can utilize all the skills that I have worked so hard to learn. I owe a lot to Shannon and the whole team here at the BDC for getting me this far, but I certainly have a lot more to learn and I have never felt readier!

 

Nissan Is Minimizing Distracted Driving with Cool Technology

Ever hear of a Faraday Cage? It’s an 180-year-old invention that uses conductive materials to block any sort of electromagnetic field from penetrating its borders. If this sounds a little sci-fi to you, you’re not wrong; Faraday Cages have been spotlighted in films and shows from Enemy of the State starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman to the long-running TV show Lost. The Cage’s next big role? The Nissan Juke.

minimizing distracted driving Nissan is minimizing distracted driving by utilizing the Faraday Cage as a Signal Shield. The center console of the Nissan Juke concept is actually just a Faraday Cage. When you place your device inside, it successfully blocks all incoming communications, including messages, calls, Bluetooth, and wi-fi. The device can still be connected to the car’s console through a wired connection system inside the Signal Shield. Once removed, the device will be restored to full functionality with absolutely zero damage.

Minimizing distracted driving is an important initiative that automakers across the globe are undertaking in a variety of ways. While Nissan’s Signal Shield is still just a concept, we at Haddad Nissan are interested to see if it will make its way into the mainstream of future Nissan vehicles.

Summer Fun for the Family Right Here in the Berkshires

summer fun for the family

The last bell’s been rung, the lockers have been cleaned out, the teachers have said good riddance, and the kids are bored—but not for long! If your one of Haddad Nissan’s wonderful neighbors, you’re lucky, because you live with us right here in the Berkshires, a hotspot of summer fun for the family. Make the most of the season by visiting one (or all) of our region’s incredible attractions.

  1. The Berkshire Museum

Sneak a little more learning into your family’s summer vacation with a trip to the Berkshire Museum, the region’s premiere art, history, and natural sciences museum. From dinosaurs to a live aquarium, this place has something for everybody.

  1. Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours

Turn your summer fun for the family into summer THRILLS for the family at Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours. Join the three-hour long guided trek through the wild Berkshires, zip-lining across the canopy, taking in the incredible mountain views at top-speed.

  1. Hancock Shaker Village

Turn back the hands of time and spend an afternoon at the Hancock Shaker Village. See the beautiful gardens, engage in history with live demonstrations, and enjoy a tasty meal at the Harvest Cafe. The best part? Entry is free for all!

And don’t forget our list of great Massachusetts Summer road trips as well! Stuck in the office, or inside all day? No worries! Join in on our Sock Game! We love all aspects of Summer, especially the fun, so we hope you enjoy yours!

Nissan Brings Rogue Dogue Concept to New York

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Did you know that 77% of dog owners say that having pet-friendly features available on a vehicle would make a difference in their decision to buy it or not? According to a recent survey conducted by Nissan, it’s true! As a result, Nissan has taken the words of its pet-loving customer base to heart and decided to make the Nissan Rogue Dogue Concept, a project vehicle it debuted in New York, to better appeal to dog owners all around the world who want something more accommodating for their furry family members.

Dog-friendly features in the Rogue Dogue include a padded cargo area with easy clean-up, a clip-on safety harness, a loading ramp for the cargo area, and even spill-proof water bowls and food dispensers. A special safety hammock is offered, too, along with a canine first-aid kit and a shower and dryer that allow you to clean off your pet before letting them get into the car. By providing a safer in-car environment for Fido along with a number of amenities, Nissan is hoping to give pet owner a little extra peace of mind.

The Rogue Dogue Concept debuted on the New York Auto Show stage as an answer to the survey’s statistics that 83% of dog owners agree that they want their beloved pet to be as safe and comfortable in their vehicle than they are. Dennis McCarthy of Vehicle Effects in California states, “Everything we built into the Rogue Dogue project is actually very possible to add to a production Rogue,” so you may be seeing “Dogue”-friendly options at Haddad Nissan soon.

Massachusetts Road Trips for Summer 2017

Spring and summer weather inspires everyone to get out of their house and enjoy the outdoors. If you’d like to hit the road, here are some great ideas for Massachusetts road trips.

Go to a Garden Show – With spring and warm weather finally here, flowers are blooming everywhere. Make a point to head to your nearest botanical garden, maybe even for a garden show or other floral event!

Celebrate Your Parents – Late spring and early summer celebrate both Mother’s and Father’s Day, so be sure to respect your parents with some gifts and festivities just for them.

Enjoy the Outdoors – Don’t waste the mild spring temperatures. Hit the local hiking trail or go for a stroll in a countryside vineyard to enjoy the scenic beauty of Massachusetts. If you’re feeling up to it, maybe challenge yourself on one of the state’s mountain trails.

Memorial Day Weekend – Honor American troops all across the country by attending Memorial Day festivities, including local parades and other festivals.

Other Local Events – This guide from Massachusetts’ tourism website lists tons of great events in the state, so make sure you mark your calendars in advance!

Plan summertime Massachusetts road trips using these suggestions and looking up events and attractions in the state! We at Haddad Nissan guarantee you’ll have a great time exploring our home state.

How to Check Brake Pads

check brake pads - Haddad Nissan BlogWhen brake pads start to wear down, it usually means your braking power is significantly reduced, so it’s important to get them replaced. Brake pads usually have an indicator that makes them squeal when the brakes are applied, but there are other ways to tell if you need new brake pads.

How fast brake pads wear down depends on how you drive, so there’s no clear interval for when you should inspect them. If you brake hard and often, or you spend a lot of time in heavy city traffic, you should check them more often than if you mostly drive on freeways or open roads without stoplights.

There are a few ways to check brake pads for wear besides listening for a noise. Pay attention to the dust on the wheels, which usually comes from normal wear from your brake pads. If the wheels are suddenly less dusty than usual, this could be a sign that your brakes are going bad.

If you can see the brake pad through the wheel, take a look at it and try to measure its width. Brake pads that are less than a quarter inch wide need to be replaced. You can also tell if your brake pads are thin if you feel a vibration in the pedal when you brake.

If you need your car’s brake pads replaced, give us a call at Haddad Nissan!

Tips for Spending Your Tax Return on a Car

Tips for spending your tax return on a car - Haddad Nissan

When you get your tax return, there are lots of thing you can do with the money. One thing to do with it? Finance a new car! Here are some tips on how to spend your tax return on a car and do it wisely.

If you want to use your tax return money on a new car, you should do some shopping around. First, you’re met with a couple of options: new car or used car?

Do you want to go without a car payment? Cutting out your car payment every month seems tempting, but you have to weigh the pros and cons. If you want a pay for a car, in full, you’ll need to look at used cars. But don’t just buy a junker. Look for reasonably-priced cars with low mileage. These will give you the most bang for your buck.

If a new car is for you, then just think wisely about it! Look at cars that you know you can afford. The shorter your loan terms, the less your car’s value will depreciate during that time. Pick cars you’ll be able to use your tax return on that will shorten your loan term so that you’re never upside-down on the car (paying more than it’s worth).

Just come down to Haddad Nissan today and we’ll help you out!

Spring Car Cleaning Tips

So, the “ice is finally melting” and the “smiles are returning to their faces.” This can only mean one thing: you’ve been listening to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Or, maybe, spring is really here. And in that case, a little spring car cleaning is probably in order. Here are some tips!

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Scrub a dub dub!

The interior part of your vehicle that has likely suffered the most abuse over the course of the winter is where you put your feet. Pull out all of your floor mats and shake them out thoroughly. You may need to get them wet in order to work out the crud wrought of salt and sleet. Next, comes the shampoo and hand-brush. Scrub vigorously, rinse, and hang out to dry.

Of course, the most obvious victim of the cold weather and snow is your vehicle’s exterior. The first step is getting all of the salt residue off the finish before you start scrubbing, otherwise, you may push salt into the scratches in your exterior. Try squeezing soapy water all over your vehicle and then rinsing it off. Then you can use a soap and sponge and scrub to your heart’s desire.

Don’t worry about cleaning your windshield wipers. Just replace them! If only everything in life were that easy…

Looking to replace your current vehicle? Stop in at Haddad Nissan and take a test drive today.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Revealed

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

The Nissan Qashqai saw great success in Europe, and now the Japanese automaker is bringing the model to the United States. While the model itself will be rolling onto our shores this spring, the name will be left across the pond. The small crossover will join the bestselling Rogue line instead.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, as it will be called, is similar to the Rogue in everything but size. The standard Rogue is a foot longer and has a 2.3-inch longer wheelbase. The new Rogue Sport will sit just above the Juke and other crossovers, like the Kia Soul.

Like the standard Rogue, the Rogue Sport will boast a multilink rear suspension. The two models will also share the same grille design, wheels, and paint colors. Much of the interior is relatively unchanged between the two models as well. The smaller Rogue Sport has 61 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded compared to the 70 cubic feet of space in the standard Rogue.

The new Rogue Sport will boast a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 141 hp. The sole powertrain comes mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait for the new Rogue Sport to hit our lot later this spring!

Learn the History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's DaySt. Patrick’s Day is the most celebrated Irish holiday with parties and cultural recognition occurring around the globe. The holiday’s history stretches back more than 1,500 years and has been so storied that facts and legend have merged. While the history of St. Patrick’s Day may not be the clearest, the founding certainly is.

Patrick, also known as Maewyn Succat or Patricius, was likely born in Roman-England or Scotland around the year 400 to his father Calpurnius, a Roman-British army officer. He was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. He spent six years in prison before dreaming of God telling him to escape.

He escaped and ventured to France where he joined a monastery. He became a bishop after 12 years of training, after which God told him to return to Ireland. With the Pope’s blessing, he set out to aid the Irish.

Once there, St. Patrick converted many of the Irish to Christianity, including many royal families. Although he was arrested on more than one occasion, he escaped to continue setting up schools and churches as a foundation for the Ireland we know today.

We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next month!