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2019 Nissan Altima Named One of Autotrader's 12 Best New Cars for 2019

2019 Nissan Altima in Greeneville, TN

The 2019 Nissan Altima midsize sedan was one of the dozen cars to be selected for the Autotrader’s 12 Best New Cars for 2019 list. With good reason, too — the new Altima boasts winning style, a class-exclusive VC-Turbo™ engine, and available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, making it the veritable top dog in its class. The award-winning 2019 Nissan Altima is available to test-drive at Gateway Nissan. Call or visit to arrange yours.

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Nissan Kicks Wins Good Housekeeping Best New Cars of 2019 Award



Every driver wants both modern performance and style, and the best way to get it is by looking at vehicles from the most recent model year. For 2019, Good Housekeeping teamed up with the experts at Car and Driver magazine to evaluate 50 new vehicles, determining the very best models in various categories. In its highly competitive subcompact SUV segment, the 2019 Nissan Kicks soared to the front of the pack: it was named one the Good Housekeeping Best New Cars of 2019.

 

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Is There a Better Way?

 
AutoNation, the country’s largest “mega-dealer” are supposedly reinventing the car buying process with the goal of shrinking the time down to thirty minutes or less---that’s right…30 minutes to buy a car. On the surface, that sounds like a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that? But, when you dig a little deeper, you realize that it falls into the same category as “dreaming”, “wishing on a star” or  getting your palms read.
 
Buying a new car is a big deal—it should not be hurried. Buying a car is not like buying a book on…
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Shocking News!



Your 60,000 mile car needs more than just an oil change, a timing belt, a transmission service, etc. We don't hear about these long neglected parts very much these days. I really don't know why. We all drive farther, faster and harder. These parts wear out, but their slow death is not very evident because we are so busy texting and driving like maniacs---Until one day, we hit that curve just a…
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We All Make Mistakes

 
We all make mistakes. We ordered a filter for a customer’s 2013 Mercedes GLK from a local aftermarket parts store. We were performing an oil change, and needed the correct oil filter for that vehicle. They sent us a filter which we installed. THE BAD NEWS….it was the wrong filter. A little over 1000 miles of driving is all it took to destroy the engine. Who paid for it?---The insurance company of the parts store, at a total cost of just under $18,000.  The problem was resolved and the customer ended up satisfied, but what a…
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Familiarity Breeds Contempt


I was wondering where this common phrase came from the other day right after I used it in a meeting with my managers—don’t ask me why, I just do things like that. I have used the phrase often as an example of how, the better we come to know someone, the less respect we tend to give them. My first thought was to look it up in the Bible. That phrase sounds like it ought to be in Proverbs—nope, not there. Then I did what modern man does—I “Googled it”. The phrase actually comes from Aesop…
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Private Offers

 
Ever get mail from Nissan, Ford, GM or another car company with a "Private Offer" of $500 or more? Are these for real? Well the short answer is...YES. Many manufacturers are using private offers to select individuals in order to boost sales. Those are real dollars that will be subtracted from your best negotiated price, and these offers are in addition to all other factory rebates.

So if you are in the market for a car and you get one of those offers, go check out the car and see if it is really something you want--buying the wrong…
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Time to Trade?

 

Trading cars to get better gas mileage seems like a good idea when gas prices are rising (unlike today), but people seem to get amnesia when gas prices start falling. We haven’t seen gas this cheap for a long time, and a predictable thing is happening—big gas hogs are selling again (and gas-sipping hybrids are not). The prudent thing to do is to think “long term” when making a vehicle purchase decision. Gas prices will go up again (I promise), and they are still a significant expense in every household.  So should you trade in your gas hog…
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How to Back Up a Trailer

 
I can chew gum and walk at the same time. I can juggle three tennis balls. I used to be able to stand on my head, but now I pass out. But it took some practice to learn how to back up with a trailer attached to my truck. The shorter the trailer, the harder it was. Physics experts understand that stuff, but I sucked at Physics. The good news is that I am now an expert at backing a trailer and I was just a high "B" student in school. Here are the secrets:

1. Make sure the trailer…
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The Best Test Drive


 Since buying a car is an expensive proposition and you live with that decision for at least a couple years, it is important to start right. That includes doing a proper evaluation of the car with a thorough feature review and a complete test-drive: Here is a list of things to check:

1. Interior comfort: is the vehicle easy to get in and out of (front and back doors)? Do you bump into anything? Do the seat controls allow you to get comfortable? Is there a lumbar support? Is it adequate? Can you easily reach the pedals and still maintain…
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