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!

 

How to Stick to Your Resolutions During the Year

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So you rang in the New Year, made your New Year’s Resolutions, and you may have been at it for a week or two—but you can already feel yourself falling a little behind. Making a plan for ways to stick to your resolutions throughout 2017 can cause you to be more likely to keep up with and achieve your goals.

Add a Behavior Instead of Taking Away

A lot of times people will set goals that require them to restrict or take away something they enjoy. Instead, trying adding a new behavior—like adding more vegetables to your diet or taking a walk every afternoon.

Track Your Progress

Instead of using external factors like a scale or a food diary, focus on how much better you feel as you accomplish goals in your resolution.

Find a Support Network

Having friends who are also committed to their resolutions makes a difference, or even just recruiting the help of friends who can keep you on task.

Be Realistic

Ultimately, people fail when they feel like they can never reach their goal, so it’s important to have a more realistic approach rather than an ambitious one. Accomplish your goals a little at a time.

It doesn’t have to be hard to stick to your resolutions for the New Year. A little bit of careful planning and revisiting your resolution to see if it’s a good fit goes a long way.

Good luck on your New Year’s Resolution from Haddad Nissan!

Nissan’s Self-Driving Technology Becomes Available in UK

Nissan’s Self-Driving Technology

For the past few years, automakers have been scrambling to be the first one on the market to introduce self-driving technology. However, a lot of brands have resolved to team up with ride-hailing services due to the expensive nature of autonomous driving. However, it seems Nissan will be the first-ever manufacturer to offer a new self-driving option on a production vehicle as soon as this year.

Considering big names like Ford weren’t even planning to have self-driving vehicles on the road until at least 2020, Nissan’s self-driving technology is a big deal. The option will be available on the 2017 Qashqai in the UK market for a relatively small additional fee of £1,500 or, in USD, about $1,910. The system in the Qashqai will be called the ProPILOT and is the first of three different versions that will roll out across Nissan’s lineup in the next four years.

The next version of ProPILOT, Highway Pilot, is coming next year in 2018 and will provide features like the ability to switch lanes and pass other cars, while the third version, Intercity Pilot, will be able to drive autonomously in urban areas. This new self-driving option is a major step toward technology and innovation in Nissan’s lineup and is very exciting to experts and enthusiasts everywhere.

The Haddad Nissan team is very excited about Nissan’s progress towards autonomous vehicles!

Check Out These Winter Weather Driving Tips Before Your Snowy Trek

Winter Weather DrivingWhile the snow is surely festive, it can also cause the most hazardous driving conditions of the year. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to decrease your likelihood of danger when driving on snowy roads.

Here are some winter weather driving tips to keep in mind:

  • Ensure that your vehicle is in top condition before driving in winter weather – inspecting the tires, brakes, and windshield wipers.
  • Similarly, prepare yourself for the inevitable icy windshields and snowy banks you will encounter by keeping an ice scraper and shovel in your trunk.
  • Always drive slowly on snowy and icy roads, and when you change speeds, be sure to either accelerate or decelerate gradually.
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and other vehicles around you.
  • Turn your headlights on, even if it’s still daytime, to improve visibility.
  • Does your car use all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or another system? Consult your owner’s manual and figure out how to use what you have.
  • Avoid going up hills if possible, by planning alternate routes. Familiarity with the area around you will allow you to improvise.

For more winter driving safety information, or to test drive an all-wheel drive vehicle perfect for the season, contact us or visit us any time at Haddad Nissan.