Fall Service Tips: Prepare Your Car for the Season

Fall Service Tips - Nissan

Fall Service Tips - Nissan

Fall signals a change of seasons, including shorter days, cooler temperatures, and dreary weather. That means it’s the right time for car maintenance, including tire service, new wipers, a new air filter, and more. Read on to see a list of fall service tips.

According to Bankrate, you should always change your wipers in the fall. Most wipers begin to wear out this time of year, and it’s important to change them before the rain and snow start falling. While you’re at it, consider changing the washer fluid as well.

Check tire pressure. Cooler temperatures cause a decrease in tire pressure. That means your tires could be underinflated as the fall sets in. Underinflated tires cause unnecessary friction, reducing fuel economy and increasing wear. Be sure to check your spare tire as well.

The fall is the perfect time to change your air filter. Air quality tends to dip in the fall, which can decrease performance. If you don’t want to entirely replace your air filter, you should at least blow out the filter with compressed air.

Finally, check your battery for corrosion. Colder temperatures affect electrical systems negatively. Make sure that your battery is not expired and that it is corrosion free. Carefully take a wire brush to the terminals if they are in poor condition. Use extra caution, as live electrical currents can be very dangerous.

Get Your 30,000 Mile Service Done at Haddad Nissan

30,000 Mile Service

You purchased a new vehicle recently, maybe within the past year or so, and you are coming up on 30,000 miles on your odometer. This means it’s time to bring your vehicle in to ensure both safety and top performance. You may be considering going to an independent garage with hopes of saving some money, in which case you will be pleased to learn that there are numerous benefits to returning to Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield instead!

A common myth that gets spread around is that dealerships try to profit off of customers by offering unnecessary services when you reach the 30,000 mile mark. This is a common misconception, as these dealer recommended services are very beneficial in terms of vehicle performance and safety.

The 30,000 mile service includes everything from the 15,000 mile service, along with new transmission fluid, a fuel filter, and an inspection that is a bit more thorough than the last. For those who aren’t mechanically inclined, transmission fluid lubricates each part of the transmission to make sure that you can change gears smoothly. The fuel filter is exactly what it sounds like: it filters out unwanted material such as dust and dirt out of your gas, which would otherwise slowly ruin your Nissan’s engine.

When you purchase a vehicle at a dealer, it makes the most sense to service it at the dealer. You may believe you are being upsold with dealer recommended services, but you must also consider that many of your service needs may be covered under warranty. If you go elsewhere for service, you may end up paying for something that could’ve been done for free at the dealership. This idea people have that the dealer service department is trying to rip you off is equally applicable to a mechanic at a local garage. Both make profits from servicing vehicles, so why would only the dealer try and sell you additional services?

When the dealership offers you services that are not required for warranty or in the vehicle’s manual, it is not just a scheme to make money. Our technicians here at Haddad Nissan in The Berkshires are the absolute most qualified to be servicing your Nissan, and they each have vast knowledge of how to make your vehicle perform at its best and be as safe as possible. That being said, our technicians would not offer you a service if they felt it wasn’t of importance to you. You don’t want to overlook any necessary service, as that may shorten the lifespan of your vehicle. It is also worth noting that while you may pay a bit more for the dealer recommended services, these can carry over and make your 60,000 mile service a bit less expensive. So essentially, the price will balance out either way. If this isn’t something you want, you can certainly get only the required service from the manual for the lowest cost, just let one of our service technicians know!

We are devoted to keeping your Nissan in its best possible shape. Make your 30,000 mile service appointment today at Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield and you will be far from disappointed!

Nissan Launches ProPilot System

ProPilot

Unlike Nissan’s fully autonomous concept, the ProPilot system is designed to merely assist human drivers

Welcome to the future—or at least, the near future! Nissan is premiering their first semi-autonomous driving system this year, and it’s going to be a driving experience like never before. It’s called the ProPilot system.

This system will debut in Nissan’s home country of Japan first before it comes to the United States, where interested families can get their hands on a new minivan with the ProPilot system. It will debut in the Nissan Serena in Japan, which is slightly different than the Quest.

The system acts as a highway assist using a single camera to read lane markings and distance from other cars. It differs from Subaru’s twin cameras and the camera/radar/ultrasound in the Tesla.

ProPilot doesn’t rely on any radar or lidar sensors, but it can steer, brake, and accelerate your car automatically. It takes cruise control to a whole new level, working between 19 and 62 mph when in constant traffic. You’ll get a button on the steering wheel that starts ProPilot.

The system is expected to improve even more and be capable in higher speed once it gets to the U.S. So get excited, soon you might be a Nissan co-pilot with Nissan as the driver!

The Dealership Service Advantage at Haddad Nissan

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Imagine yourself in this situation: you just recently purchased a new vehicle and you now have to bring it in to get serviced for the first time. This may be a situation you have faced before, or one you are going to encounter within the near future. Are you going to bring your vehicle back to the dealership you purchased from or are you going to go to an independent local garage? If you look at the pros and cons of each, it is clear to see that returning to the dealership is the obvious choice.

Luckily, we have an exceptional service department here at Haddad Nissan in the Berkshires! Let’s take a look at why servicing here in Pittsfield at our dealership is the best bet for your money.

Staff

Our technicians here at Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield are the absolute most qualified to be servicing your Nissan. Each technician is a specialist with manufacturer training for working on Nissan vehicles. This specialization gives our technicians very specific knowledge of Nissan vehicles, contrary to a technician at an independent garage. Local garage technicians have knowledge and experience that is broader and more spread out, as they require a knowledge of numerous makes and models. With manufacturer training for specifically Nissan vehicles, our technicians have experience that is much more relevant to you, and can do the highest quality work on your Nissan.

Warranty

Depending on the issue you are having with your Nissan vehicle, it may be covered under warranty. In this case, Haddad Nissan will service your vehicle free of charge. Despite having a warranty, you will still be charged for the servicing if you go to a local garage instead of the dealership. Haddad is paid by Nissan to repair vehicles under warranty or that have recalls, which means that there is no way a local garage can match this level of coverage. Another great reason to choose Haddad Nissan for your service needs is that we will send you timely reminders before your scheduled service, as well as keep a complete history of your maintenance visits.

Facilities

Being a Nissan dealership means that Haddad Nissan gets access to Nissan’s new service tools and specifications faster than any local garage. Alongside this, having a larger facility than the average local garage means that we have more service bays available to customers. Having more service bays means a quicker turnaround time for you! While the location of a local garage could potentially be easier for you to get to, Haddad Nissan does offer a free shuttle to anywhere within 10 miles of the dealership. Not to mention that the extra distance is well worth it for service under warranty. We also have free Wi-Fi, and a plentiful supply of coffee and snacks should you choose to wait at the dealership instead. A local garage simply does not have the organization and customer service that you will find here in Pittsfield at Haddad Nissan.

Price

It can’t be denied that servicing at a dealership may be a bit more expensive than a local garage, but the end result is worth it. Brian Hafer, the Vice President of AutoMD, stated that “car owners should not look just at the labor costs but at the bottom line. Especially in newer model cars needing complex repairs, dealers will sometimes have more sophisticated diagnostic equipment than independents.” This is a good summary of how the quality of service you will receive at Haddad Nissan outweighs the possible difference in price with an independent local garage.

Schedule service with us today! Here at Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield, our Nissan trained technicians are waiting to service your vehicle to its best performance. Check out the Nissan Service Center on our website for more information!

What It Feels Like to Get a Flat Tire

What It Feels Like to Get a Flat TireGetting a flat tire is a sure way to ruin your day, especially if you’re on your way to somewhere fun. While flat tires can be unpredictable, there are certain ways to tell if you have gotten one while driving. Here are a few signs that your car has a flat tire.

Wonky Steering. Do you suddenly feel like your steering wheel is being pulled to one side? If you’re fighting to keep it straight, then you probably have a flat on one side. If you notice any unusual vibrating or pulsating, this also might be a warning sign of a flat.

You’re Losing Speed. If you notice you’re slowing down more easily than usual or it’s taking longer to accelerate, that might be because you have a flat slowing you down.

Sinking. A sinking feeling can occur in your car when you get a flat. It can be subtle but when it’s your driver’s side front tire, you can feel a significant change, especially if you have a vehicle that’s high off the ground.

Loud Noises. A loud bang is typically an indication that you just experienced a blowout. There can also be scratching, grinding, or flapping sounds when you have a flat.

Remember, if you ever need new tires or any other service, contact our Haddad Nissan Service Center! 

Haddad Accounting Spotlight

A usual visit to Haddad consists of meeting with a sales consultant and perhaps looking at vehicles on the lot or going for a test drive. While these are everyday activities here at Haddad’s, there is a substantial amount of work that may go unnoticed, despite being absolutely crucial to the functionality of our dealerships. Last time, we showcased our Business Development Center, so today the spotlight is on the Haddad Accounting Department!

Haddad Accounting Department

(Left to Right: Michelle Flaherty, Nick Roe, Nicole Kellogg)

Nicole Kellogg has been with Haddad for over 2 years, but became a part of the accounting team about 5 months ago. Haddad is the largest organization she has worked for, so she has developed both a “team effort” attitude as well as many friendships. Nicole believes that these are crucial to a good working environment, and that everyone should be accommodating and willing to help out, even with matters unrelated to work. Nicole is a lover of nature and animals, and particularly enjoys horseback riding. Aside from this, she is also a big fan of NASCAR! Of all the good food located here in The Berkshires, Nicole absolutely loves Koto Steakhouse and Hibachi right here in Pittsfield.

Michelle Flaherty is fairly new at Haddad, working here for around 3 months. Michelle finds that working at Haddad is very rewarding because she can set a goal for the day and almost always accomplish it by the time she clocks out. Michelle has been married for 35 years and has a son that lives all the way across the country in San Diego, California. Swimming, bike riding, and sitting on her deck with a good book are some of Michelle’s favorite activities outside of work. For local eats, Michelle absolutely loves Mario’s Restaurant located in New Lebanon

Nick Roe has been a part of the Haddad team for around 15 months in our accounting department. Similarly to many of our employees, Nick feels that everyone at Haddad works as a team for both work related and personal matters. Nick’s favorite local restaurant to order lunch from is Hot Harry’s in Pittsfield, a common favorite here at Haddad. When he’s not at work, Nick is generally spending time with his family and dogs, or cleaning and detailing his Dodge Ram.

Meet Our Haddad BDC Representatives

Haddad BDC

Left to Right: Teresa, Amanda, Ashley, Nikko

When most people think of a car dealership, they instantly think of a showroom scattered with sales consultants making deals. While this is a typical event here at Haddad in Pittsfield, many people are unaware of the hard work that goes on behind closed doors in our Business Development Center. Our BDC representatives work diligently every day directing calls, following up on leads, setting up appointments for our sales consultants, sending price quotes, and assisting customers with all of their other questions regarding vehicles. Without our BDC representatives, Haddad Nissan simply would not operate as smoothly as we do! That’s why we want to introduce you to our enthusiastic and hardworking representatives:

Amanda Crosby has been with Haddad for just over a year. Amanda is a very family oriented person, which includes her dog, Harper. Eventually, she wants to move to the Adirondacks, which makes complete sense considering her love for hiking, fishing, and hunting. Out of all the vehicles that are sold here at Haddad, Amanda really likes to sell trucks, and eventually wants to get a Nissan Titan with a Cummins engine for herself. Every Friday here at the BDC, we order lunch from a local restaurant. Amanda’s first pick is either Hot Harry’s or Samel’s Deli, both located here in Pittsfield. Working at Haddad has been a great experience for Amanda; she says that her co-workers feel like they are family, and that George Haddad and Mike Coggins are great people to work for. Most notably, Amanda mentions that there is a sense of caring at Haddad that she has never felt at any other job.

Ashley Strack was actually hired at the same time as Amanda, meaning she has been working here for somewhere around 16 months. Also similarly, Ashley claims that the BDC representatives are becoming like family to her. Visiting friends and family, spending time outside in nice weather, watching football, going shopping, and doing creative craft projects are just a few of the ways that Ashley spends her time outside of work. Aside from that, learning about new things every day that she didn’t previously know she was interested is the most rewarding part of her experience working at Haddad. Ashley particularly likes to sell new SUVs such as the Nissan Rogue. Her favorite local restaurant is Patrick’s Pub, despite its opening a bit too late to eat for lunch. Aside from Patrick’s, Ashley absolutely loves both chocolate and coffee.

Teresa Gladu has been with Haddad for just over two years! Teresa is the mother of 4 children, two boys and two girls. Fishing and camping are some of her favorite hobbies, but she spends a lot of her time hanging out at home waiting for a kid or two to come visit with some grandchildren. Teresa’s favorite part about working at Haddad is the wonderful feeling of contributing to sales by doing her job, and Haddad’s coming together to support both the community and employees. On Friday’s for lunch, Teresa’s go-to is a turkey club from Samel’s Deli. Teresa says that she finds herself pushing people towards buying a Toyota RAV4 after buying one for herself and falling in love with it.

Nikko Rodriguez has been with Haddad for around 10 months and was actually a sales consultant at our Toyota store previously. Nikko spent most of his life in Texas and moved to The Berkshires when he was 16. Reading, writing, listening to music, and spending time outdoors, particularly at the beach are some of Nikko’s favorite activities when he’s not at work. To him, the best part of working for Haddad is that he comes across different types of people every day from all over the world and is able to engage them. Nikko’s absolute favorite vehicle to sell is a Toyota Tundra 1794. When the team orders lunch on Fridays, Nikko’s vote is usually for Jae’s Asian Bistro in Lenox.

As you can see, our BDC representatives are like family to each other here at Haddad. They work hard every day to get the best deals for you and to make the showroom operate more smoothly at each dealership. This department is a crucial aspect of Haddad’s business, so the team deserves to be showcased!

Nissan Maxima Wins Strategic Vision Total Quality Impact Award

Strategic Vision Total Quality Impact Award

The Nissan Maxima was recently announced the winner of the Strategic Vision Total Quality Impact (TQI) award. Scoring the best among competitors in its segment, the 2016 Maxima received a score of 720/1000. This award is based on surveys about vehicle performance and owner satisfaction.

According to Nissan, the Maxima performed well in every key category, including safety, comfort, durability, style, power, and thoughtful engineering among other things. It also scored well among buyers looking for added excitement and individuality, proving just how impressive the new Maxima truly is.

“The 2016 Maxima, the flagship of our popular sedan lineup, sets the standard for style, performance and technology – all aspects that were acknowledged by the Maxima owners participating in the Strategic Vision TQI study,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “We are particularly pleased by the high rankings in the emotional measures of the study, reflecting the Maxima’s positioning as a true driver’s car.”

The Nissan Maxima has also been recognized by WardsAuto and MotorWeek, earning a Driver’s Choice Award, 10 Best Interiors, and 10 Best Engines awards. The Total Quality Impact award is given by Strategic Vision with an effort to discover which vehicles overall do the best in the industry. With sales up over 140 percent, the new Maxima is definitely proving its merit.

Financing Through a Dealership: Finding Great Rates

financing through a dealership

Virtually all modern cars are financed in this day and age, making it especially important to understand your financing options. Generally, there are three ways to get a loan for your car—through a bank or credit union, through the dealership, or through a private lender. While banks and credit unions often claim to have the best options, there are some reasons to consider financing through a dealership.

Typically, dealerships have access to a wide array of financial institutions, as well as car-buying options. According to JD Power, this is largely due to the fact that dealerships have financial experts that deal with financing on a daily basis, developing connections and learning all the tricks of the trade. When you shop around for a loan on your own, it can be difficult to find the best rates or the right financing for you, especially if you don’t know where to start.

Dealership financial experts can also help you get the monthly payments you want to pay. This is great news for people on set budgets, including recent graduates, part-time workers, or elderly car buyers. If you have a set income, simply let your dealer know how much you can afford per month and they can help you reach that goal.

Finally, financing through a dealership is hassle free. Despite what some people might say, it can be nerve wracking and time consuming to search out banks across your town that will give you a loan—something the dealer can do in-house in a matter of minutes. If you want an easy car-buying experience, come to Haddad Nissan.

HADDAD 600 at Haddad Nissan

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In the past we’ve held the Haddad 400, and then the Haddad 500. This year we’re setting our sights higher than ever with the Haddad 600! Not only is this our biggest sales event of the year, but it’s our biggest sales event in our entire 84 year history. Help us here at Haddad Nissan pull ahead and win the race by taking advantage of our incredible deals. We only have until the end of July to reach our ambitious new goal!

You may be wondering how we plan on selling 600 cars in the month of July. The answer is simple! Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield will be lowering prices and beefing up both our new and pre-owned inventory. Between all our dealerships, you will have over 750 fantastic vehicles to choose from! Alongside this, we are offering above market value for trade-ins. There is no better time than now to come to our Pittsfield location with your trade and leave in a brand new or pre-owned vehicle.

This promotion is 100% focused on making customers happy, and we are doing whatever it takes to reach 600 vehicles this month. We pride ourselves on making it as easy as possible for you to do business with us. Our owner, George Haddad, promises to keep your business in the Berkshires, so come down to Haddad Nissan today and find the vehicle of your dreams!