Which Month Is Best For Buying A New Car?

Buying A New CarIf you thought December was the best month to buy a new car, you’re not alone, as that’s commonly accepted as the best time for dealerships to clear out inventory. Turns out, that’s a myth, and new data suggests there are other, better months for purchasing your new car.

So, which month is best for buying a new car?

According to a new study by TrueCar, new car and truck prices in August have averaged $29,296 over the last five years. That’s at least $169 lower than any other month of the year, making August the best month to buy. The average price of a new car or truck in December is $31,146, actually making it the most expensive month to buy a new car (ouch).

“This is a great example of the power of data, which shows dealers are clearing out older inventory in August,” said TrueCar founder and CEO Scott Painter in an autos.aol.com article. “Consumer buying trends have been turned upside down during the past decade due to the emergence of big data.”

Many consumers used to assume that December would be the best month to buy a car as a result of dealerships pushing to meet end-of-year goals and make room for next year’s models – thus causing them to place big incentives on inventory. This kind of data proves that assumption might cost you, and dealers are actually offering their biggest incentives in the summer months (July came in as the second cheapest month to buy a car).

TrueCar also offers some other guidance; shop on Sundays for a car, not Fridays, and shopping within the first couple of days saves buyers an average of $390 versus the rest of a given month. Who knew?

Now that we’ve offered proof, there has never been a better time to buy – really. Come on over to Gladstone Nissan today to get the best possible deal on your new car.

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Which Gas Should You Use to Fuel Your Vehicle?

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Not sure what to fuel your vehicle with? Don’t worry! Gladstone Nissan has your guide to success, here.

If you’ve ever filled your car with premium gas only to find that you could have saved about 30 cents per gallon on regular, you are not alone. Yeah, not a good day. Let us at Gladstone Nissan assist you with our helpful hints on determining which gas should fuel your vehicle. The simplest answer is to only use premium gas if your vehicle requires it. If the owner’s manual lists regular (87 octane) gas as the ideal fueling solution, then enjoy! Filling up with a higher-grade fuel will not increase your engine’s performance or the vehicle’s fuel economy. If, on the other hand, your manual states the car requires premium fuel, you should buy the premium. In this case, regular or mid-grade fuel could be harmful to your car and will likely decrease its mileage, which will put you back at the gas station more often than you want to be there. If the manual gives you an ambiguous statement of suggestion by only recommending premium fuel, then you get to choose. Premium fuel will likely provide the best performance and the most efficient fuel economy, but regular or mid-grade could also work well. The best way to decide is to test each fuel grade: fill your tank with one, reset your car’s trip odometer, and calculate how many miles your car is able to travel on a single tank. Stick with whichever fuel takes you the farthest. Any other questions about which fuel to use in your vehicle? Contact us here at Gladstone Nissan; we’re happy to help!

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2014 Nissan Rogue and Quest Top Their Segments in J.D. Power APEAL Study

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

The 2014 Nissan Rogue and 2014 Nissan Quest were ranked at the top of their respective segments (compact SUV and minivan) in J.D. Power’s 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

The annual APEAL Study is based on answers from more than 86,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2014 model-year cars and light trucks. It serves as a benchmark for new-vehicle appeal by giving owners a platform to evaluate their vehicles across 77 attributes.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue stood out thanks to its bold emotive styling, premium interior, affordable and convenient technologies, and exceptional passenger and cargo flexibility.

The 2014 Nissan Quest ranked highest in its segment by virtue of its extensive family-friendly features, like full surround glass, one-touch power sliding doors, quick-release fold-flat row seats, Advanced Climate Control, and Blind Spot Warning.

“Driven by owner feedback, the J.D. Power APEAL Study serves as an important benchmark indicating where our products stand with consumers,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “It’s both an honor and a demonstration to the quality of our vehicles for Rogue and Quest to rank highest in their segments.”

Check out the Rogue and Quest at Gladstone Nissan!

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2014 Nissan Versa Note Is One of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000

10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000

2014 Nissan Versa Note

If ever you remained unconvinced that the 2014 Nissan Versa NoteTM was one of the coolest cars on the market, let Kelley Blue Book® put your doubts to rest. The trendy hatchback was named to the automotive resource’s list as one of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.

Fun-to-drive and fun-to-own were KBB’s requirements as they evaluated a host of vehicles to create this year’s list of cool, affordable vehicles. With a sporty driving experience sponsored by its 1.6-liter DOHC engine and a starting price of $13,990, the Versa Note is just that, very cool and very affordable.

“The Nissan Versa Note is truly ‘the door to more,’ offering an exceptional combination of style, comfort, technology and cargo space at a price even the most economical car buyers can appreciate,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “Featuring a sleek, modern design with enhanced aerodynamics for improved fuel economy, and class-exclusive Around View® Monitor, the Versa Note is “cool” in a variety of ways – from the road, to the parking lot, to your wallet.”

Stop by Gladstone Nissan today to take a test drive and see for yourself why the Versa Note is one of the coolest new cars on the market.

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Autonomous Car Progress Might Be Slower Than Expected

Autonomous Car ProgressWithin the last year, Nissan has made some major strides in the creation of a car that can drive entirely by itself, going so far to even announce that it would be ready by 2020. According to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, autonomous car progress won’t reach the final destination quickly; rather, it will gradually increase the technology with a variety of small innovations before its big reveal.

The first goal on Nissan’s road to autonomous driving is set for completion in 2016 with the introduction of traffic-dram assist and fully automated parking. Following these new technologies is automatic lane changing, which will come out two years later in 2018. The final step in introducing a fully autonomous car is a technology that will allow cars to handle intersections without the driver in puts in 2020.

Ghosn has said himself that, “self-driving cars remain a long way from commercial reality.” While this might be true, the Japanese brand still has plenty of innovative technology to offer in its current lineup, so be sure to stop in to Gladstone Nissan today to give our vehicles a test drive!

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Nissan Unveils Self-Titled World’s Cleanest Car

When it comes to producing some of the cleanest cars in the world, Nissan knows what it is doing. It recently revealed what it calls the self-titled World’s Cleanest Car. Yes, it is a zero-emissions Nissan LEAF, but there’s something a bit different about this one.

Nissan has painted this LEAF with a special superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint that repels both water and oil. Now, not only will the LEAF not release any harmful emissions into the air, but its body will stay clean as well, dubbing it the World’s Cleanest Car.

The “self-cleaning” paint is called Ultra-Ever Dry and actually creates a thin layer of air between the paint and the environment, which is how it prevents water and oils from sticking to the surface.

“The 100 percent electric LEAF provides the perfect canvas for this new, advanced paint technology,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc, in a statement. “This is one LEAF that never has to stop at gas stations—not even for a car wash.”

Check out the dirt-repelling paint in action:

While Nissan has no plans to add the special paint to production vehicles, it is seriously considering it as an after-market option for dealerships, such as Gladstone Nissan.

Would you add this option to your new Nissan if it were available today?

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Nissan Aggressively Adding CHAdeMO Stations around U.S.

To go along with the growing pace of Nissan LEAF sales, Nissan has been making good on its vow to triple the number of fast-charging CHAdeMO stations around the United States by mid-2014.

The CHAdeMO stations, which can charge a LEAF to 80 percent capacity in only half an hour, only totaled at 160 back in January 2013. Since then, that number has jumped to 633 thanks to Nissan’s aggressive efforts to add stations for everyone to use, with Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dallas emerging as the most prevalent U.S. markets.

CHAdeMO Stations - Nissan LEAF Charging

Thanks to CHAdeMO stations across the U.S., home won’t be the only place you can charge your Nissan LEAF.

180 of these are at Nissan dealerships, and that number should continue to rise just as aggressively through next March. The automaker is also getting help from companies such as NRG, which is adding fast-charging stations throughout the country through its eVgo program.

The other upside is that CHAdeMO stations aren’t limited to charging the Nissan LEAF. Owners of other EVs such as the Kia Soul or Mitsubishi i can also benefit from Nissan’s efforts to bring EV technology to everyone.

Learn more about the Nissan LEAF and the future of CHAdeMO stations at Gladstone Nissan!

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Nissan Small Car Sales Lead to June Sales Record

We’ve just passed the midpoint of the year, and it’s been a great first half for Nissan in America. Nissan closed its first half of 2014 sales with a windmill slam dunk in June, as impressive Nissan small car sales led it to a record-setting June. Nissan Group sold a total of 109,643 vehicles in June in the U.S., the best June in the company’s history, as well as a 5.3% increase over last year.

The Altima, Sentra, and Versa—basically, Nissan’s entire line of passenger cars—posted very strong June numbers individually. The Versa set a June record, too, moving 11,613 units, which was good for a 33.4% increase over last year’s sales. The Sentra saw an even more dramatic jump—up 67.6% for the month. However, strong as they were, passenger cars weren’t the whole story for June. It wasn’t just Nissan small car sales that increased for the brand, but vehicles across the brand’s lineup, from the all-electric Leaf to the Rogue SUV, got in on the sales fun too.

While a few other mainstream automakers saw a downturn in sales in June, Nissan exploded for a record-breaking performance. Each and every Nissan sale adds further proof to our claim that, here at Gladstone Nissan, we carry the most valuable, reliable, excellent vehicles on the market in our inventory. Come see us to find the perfect Nissan for you!

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2014 Nissan Altima a Valuable Midsize Sedan

The 2014 Nissan Altima faces some stiff competition in the midsize sedan segment right now. After all, with fuel efficiency driving much of the new car marketplace, small but capable vehicles are at a premium today. The Altima, therefore, sometimes gets overlooked by new car customers clamoring after established nameplates like the Toyota Camry.

2014 Nissan Altima

With its amenities and style, the 2014 Nissan Altima definitely holds it own against competition.

Overlooking the Nissan Altima is definitely a mistake, though. It’s got more than enough power—the base model runs on a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that churns out 182 horsepower, and you can even upgrade to a 3.5L V6 engine for added performance. The base model gets 38 mpg on the highway and even the beefier engine still gets 25 mpg combined.

No matter what engine you select, it’ll come paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the smoothest driving experience possible. The Altima isn’t just a small fish in the midsize sedan pond; it’s a full-fledged competitor in one of the toughest segments around. It didn’t earn an “A” rating from Edmunds.com for nothing—so come in to Gladstone Nissan today to check out the roomy, capable, valuable Altima today.

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NissanConnect Receives Industry Newcomer Award

In an age where everyone is connected constantly, it can be important to have a telematics system in a car that provides consumers with everything they need without being distracting.  Since its introduction last year, NissanConnect with Mobile Apps has been recognized as being one of the best telematic systems in the industry, a fact that Telematics Detroit has cemented by naming this system the 2013/2014 Industry Newcomer Award winner.


NissanConnect offers the driver and passengers so many options.

As Nissan’s global connected services platform, NissanConnect offers a variety of safety, infotainment, and remote vehicle services to help provide a better ownership experience. This connective system is currently featured in Nissan vehicles like the Altima, Rogue, Sentra, NV200, Versa Note, and Versa Sedan, making it easy for consumers to use hands-free technology and their personal mobile devices to stay safely in touch with the outside world.

NissanConnect edged out eight fellow finalists to receive the award, gaining about 24% of the ballots cast for Industry Newcomer.

To see the NissanConnect telematics system in action, stop by Gladstone Nissan today!

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