09-29-21

2022 Nissan LEAF, One of the Best Value in Electric Vehicles

The Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market EV ever to be put into production. Since its introduction in 2010, Nissan has gone on to sell over half a million LEAF vehicles, globally. It’s estimated that LEAF drivers have driven well over five billion environmentally friendly miles all over the planet.

The Nissan LEAF has always been a premier EV vehicle that scores highly in the ‘value’ department, but because of the cost of a brand-new Nissan LEAF, many customers have had to settle for a preowned vehicle. Nissan has announced that it intends to increase the accessibility of the latest model of the LEAF by lowering its MSRP. In addition, qualified LEAF buyers may be able to claim a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for purchasing a new, environmentally friendly vehicle. The federal tax credit though is only eligible for the base model of the LEAF, the ‘S’ trim.

For Sheer Value in Electric Vehicles, it is Hard to Beat the 2022 Nissan LEAF

The latest release of the LEAF has a 40 KWh battery and a 110-kW motor that delivers 137 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It is available in both ‘S’ and ‘SV’ trims and has a range of just under 150 miles. The LEAF PLUS has an increased capacity 63 KWh battery and a 160-kW motor that delivers 214 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The larger battery increases the range of the LEAF to 226 miles and is available in three trims: ‘S PLUS’, ‘SV PLUS’ and ‘SL PLUS’.

The LEAF is a multi-award-winning vehicle. In April 2021, Autotrader included the Nissan LEAF within its list of the ‘ten best EVs for 2021’. All cars selected for consideration had to meet the following criteria: being priced under $75,000; having a plug or the capability to run solely on electricity for at least fifteen miles, and to have been available to the public to buy before November 2021.

Describing the LEAF, Autotrader said "Now in its second generation, it's still a strong contender on the more affordable side of EVs. The styling is sleek, the interior is roomy, and the base price is within reach of a wide range of shoppers."

The Kelley Blue Book Has Also Handed the Nissan LEAF an Admired Accolade

The Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is a trusted source of information for people looking to purchase any kind of automobile and has been since 1926. The KBB annually gives out ‘5-Year Cost to Own’ awards, and in 2021 the Nissan LEAF has been in receipt of an award. The award is giving to vehicles that the KBB ascertains give the most value to owners over a five-year period. It is the fourth year running that the Nissan LEAF has won the award for the EV category.

"Choosing a car with low ownership costs can help shoppers save a significant amount of money over time – often several hundred and sometimes even thousands of dollars – so it’s worthwhile to research the cost to own details of any new car you’re considering,” said Eric Ibara, director of KBB.

If you want value from your EV vehicle, then you should certainly look no further than a Nissan LEAF, and you should look no further than the Charlie Clark Nissan showroom in Brownsville. We without fail have an outstanding selection of Nissan LEAF vehicles available for purchase, both new and pre-owned.

Check out our up-to-the-minute inventory online and see if there is a vehicle available that interests you, then contact us for more information. You can contact us at (956) 303-1726 or through our online contact form.

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04-20-21

What it’s like Living with an EV vehicle. | Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville Blog

When it comes to making the switch from a traditional combustible engine vehicle to an all-electric vehicle (EV), there are lots of questions for how it changes life on a daily basis. Of course there is no better source for understanding these changes than current EV drivers themselves.

The issue with looking to manufacturers for information on life with an electric vehicle is that they are trying to sell you on the changes so you’ll make the switch. While professional reviewers can be helpful on the journey, they also tend to only drive a specific EV for a limited amount of time.

The only real-life information on what life is like for drivers of an EV is straight from those who have already made this switch. So what kind of changes does this transition require? Many of the pain points and the advantages are probably not what you think they would be.

LONDON, UK (Sept. 11, 2017) – Scottish husband and wife team Chris and Julie Ramsey, aka Plug In Adventures, crossed the Mongol Rally finish line in Ulan-Ude on Saturday to become the first entrants to complete the epic trans-continental challenge in an all-electric vehicle – a modified 2016 Nissan LEAF dubbed the AT-EV (All-Terrain Electric Vehicle).

Electric Vehicle Drivers Desire to be a Part of the Climate Change Solution

Choosing an electric vehicle as your daily driver makes a lot of sense these days. From the initial benefits like tax credits and not having to gas up on your daily commute, there are several obvious perks. Some potential EV drivers may have questions about how far they can drive on a single charge in the current EV offerings.

Knowing that your daily driver has zero affect on the environment when it comes to vehicle emissions is also a big motivator for drivers to make the switch. In fact, this reason alone stands out as the top motivating factor for drivers choosing an EV.

Drivers also regularly note the low cost of ownership, but this is only after making the transition to an EV. Several families choose an EV for their primary vehicle as a larger effort to reduce their carbon footprint as a whole.

Driving an EV is a Different and Often More Fun Experience

Once drivers make the shift, some unexpected benefits include the driving experience itself. For example, EV owners mention how the acceleration is much greater in their electric vehicle compared to similarly priced and sized vehicles with a gasoline powered engine.

The reason for the increased acceleration is due to an immediate delivery of power from the battery to the engine that is then transferred to the rest of the power train. In a traditional vehicle with a combustion engine, the process of converting fuel into energy is a more complicated and slower process. The “instant-on” torque curve of an EV is very noticeable.

This effect in EV vehicles is not reserved for the more expensive models. Even the most affordable and basic electric vehicles possess this characteristic and take advantage of quicker acceleration—making all of them at least a little more fun to drive in most cases.

Today’s EV’s are almost like RC cars for grown-ups! Think about when you used to play with remote control cars or maybe you still do—especially if you have kids. Remember how the toy would take off immediately when you pressed the accelerator? Well that accelerator is now a pedal on the floor (in most cases) and instead of watching it go, you’re sitting in it!

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A Simpler Powertrain Means Fewer Parts to Maintain

EV drivers really appreciate how they not only get to skip out on regular fills ups at the pump, but how there is also no longer a need for oil changes or other similar maintenance needs that accompany a traditional gas-powered vehicle. In fact, a lot of drivers even use the term “maintenance-free” to describe their EV experience.

While the need for maintenance is different for an electric vehicle, there’s no such thing as an entirely maintenance-free vehicle, but apparently it kind of feels that way for EV drivers. As the number of publicly accessible charging stations continues to skyrocket across the country, the convenience factor of EV’s will continue to climb as well.

Charlie Clark Nissan of Brownsville provides drivers from across the Rio Grande Valley the chance to learn more about EV’s like the very affordable Nissan LEAF. Come by Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville, browse our inventory online, or call today!

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12-27-20

How to Get an Auto Car Loan with Bad Credit | Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville Blog

Let’s face it—bad credit happens. Due to often unforeseen circumstances in life, our credit can take a big hit even at no fault of our own. When someone who has access to your credit makes a mistake, you should not be the one who suffers.

Whether it comes from a bad breakup, unexpected loss of a job, or naïve consumer habits when you were younger, bad credit does not have to control you. When it comes to purchasing a new vehicle, there are ways to secure a loan to put you in the ride of your choice even when your credit is less than stellar.

Timing Is Everything

When it comes to getting an auto loan with bad credit, the timing of the loan can make all the difference. Through some easy and simple steps, any consumer can increase his or her credit score. Raising it to a level that avoids high interest rates, however, does take time.

There are ways to secure a car loan in less time, but this often means paying a much higher rate in order to offset the liability a lender takes on in securing the loan. Therefore, counting the costs before signing on the bottom line is critical to setting yourself up for financial success.

Know Your Score Before You Shop

Knowing the number of your credit score before you begin shopping will help you understand what to expect so that you are not caught off guard when the numbers come back. If you have a subprime credit score—typically between 500 and 600–then the rate on your loan can wind up being as high as 11% or more for a brand-new car and nearly 18% on a used vehicle.

These interest rates are dramatically higher than those on a loan involving lower credit scores. The average rate is closer to 5% for a new vehicle currently. Knowing how to shop for your loan and for your next vehicle, however, can make a big difference in the rate you receive.

Review Your Records

Looking over your credit history may reveal some mistakes that have led to a lower score than what is warranted. Disputing errors on your record is a fairly easy process and well worth the effort if it proves effective in raising your score. Fixing mistakes on your credit history is generally the quickest way to raise your number.

There are multiple websites where you can request a copy of your credit report, but make sure they are credible before submitting your personal information. Credit Karma is one such reputable checker and it will ping both Equifax and TransUnion consumer credit reporting agencies. Experian is the other of the big three. You can also go to each credit reporting agency’s website directly to report a free copy of your credit report periodically.

Along with taking time to build your credit score, saving up some cash for a down payment will also go a long way in lowering your monthly payment and make owning a new vehicle affordable for you. Not only does a larger down payment help you qualify for a loan, but it means paying less interest overall due to the smaller amount of money you are borrowing.

Convincing a family member or close friend to co-sign your loan can also make owning a new car possible even with bad credit. Depending on the credit score of your co-signer, your rate could be much lower over the life of the loan and allow you to put more of your money toward the principal cost.

Whatever your credit score, a large dealership like Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville has the tools, knowledge, and connections to help you secure a car loan. Thanks to partnerships with a large variety of lenders, Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville has options for putting you in a new or used vehicle today. Call our financing team at (956) 214-2500 or come by Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville to learn more about affordable financing options even with a low credit score.

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09-30-20

How Does the Nissan Titan Tow Mode Work?

Do you need a pickup truck that will tow your boat or trailer? The 2021 Nissan Titan will fit the bill and will add Tow Mode to make the job simple and safe. Nissan Titan Tow Mode will help you tow heavy loads with the ability to adjust transmission shift points and Downhill Speed Control (DSC) technology. Learn how to use tow mode in your 2021 Nissan Titan with this quick step-by-step guide. Visit the Charlie Clark Nissan of Brownsville inventory today to find a Nissan pickup truck that is perfect for towing!
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09-24-20

Step-By-Step Instructions to Clean the Leather Seats in Your Nissan

Are you the proud new owner of a 2020 Nissan Altima Platinum with plush leather seats? Are you unsure of how to keep a luxury car interior clean? We are here to help at Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville with this quick step-by-step guide for how to clean the leather seats in your Nissan. Visit the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville inventory today to find a Nissan car, truck or crossover equipped with leather upholstery! 
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08-31-20

Step-By-Step Instructions to Use the NissanConnect® Navigation System

Do you and your family enjoy road trips in your 2020 Nissan Rogue? Do you love long adventures in your 2020 Nissan Altima? Nissan models equipped with NissanConnect® navigation will help you get from A to B with no trouble and allow you to set and organize destinations by home, street address, points of interest, previous destinations, work locations, latitude and longitude, intersections, maps and more. Learn how to set a destination with the NissanConnect® navigation system with this quick step-by-step guide. Find a Nissan car, truck or crossover with NissanConnect® navigation today when you visit the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville online inventory!
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08-27-20

Step-By-Step Instructions for Streaming Audio in Your Nissan Car, Truck or Crossover

Are you the proud owner of a brand-new 2020 Nissan Sentra? Are you still learning the ins and outs of your Nissan? Equipped with NissanConnect® technology and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, you can connect up to six compatible Bluetooth devices and stream your favorite music and media on your next road trip. Learn how to use NissanConnect® to stream audio in your Nissan with this quick step-by-step guide created by Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville. Do not miss out on your chance to get behind the wheel of a brand-new Nissan car, truck or crossover today when you visit the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville inventory! 
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07-31-20

Step-By-Step Instructions to Replace the Battery in Your Nissan Intelligent Key

Are you the proud new owner of a 2020 Nissan Rogue? Is the battery low in your Nissan Intelligent Key? You may have a bad battery and it may need to be replaced. Don’t worry – we are here to help at Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville. Here are a few easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will help you learn how to replace the battery in the Nissan Intelligent Key. Contact the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville Service Department with any questions! 
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06-30-20

Step-By-Step Guide to NissanConnect Services and Remote Engine Start/Stop

Remote Engine Start/Stop is a valuable feature to have in your 2020 Nissan Rogue that allows you to start your vehicle from the comfort of your home or office. Nissan models equipped with NissanConnect Services and Remote Engine Start/Stop will ensure that you do not walk out to a steaming hot car in the middle of the Texas summer with a mobile app that will allow you to start, stop, lock, unlock and locate your car with your smartphone. Learn how to use Remote Engine Start/Stop in your Nissan with this quick step-by-step guide. Find a Nissan car, truck or crossover that checks all the boxes today when you visit the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville inventory! 
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06-23-20

Why Are My Nissan Dashboard’s Warning Lights On?

When your dashboard begins to light up with different symbols and icons it can be a bit unsettling. Seeing red and yellow illuminated indicators can make you feel unsafe on the road and worried about what could be going on under the hood of your vehicle. When these indicators come on, you might start to ask yourself questions, such as “Why are my Nissan dashboard’s warning lights on?” This guide will help you learn how to understand your Nissan vehicle’s dashboard warning lights and indicators, so you know just what to do the next time one of these lights flips on in your Nissan Kicks.   
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04-20-20

Access Your Favorite Apps from Your Nissan With Apple Carplay® And Android Auto™

Staying connected while on the road has become more a necessity than a luxury these days. Luckily, in-car connectivity features like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth® help us interact with our devices behind the wheel safely and comfortably. Most 2020 Nissan models come standard with these technologies but setting them up can be tricky if you don’t have a guide by your side. To help you in the process, at Charlie Clark Nissan Brownville we have put together a few easy steps on how to set up Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ in a 2020 Nissan.
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02-27-20

How to Use your Nissan Intelligent Key

More and more drivers demand vehicles equipped with the latest tech features to make driving an easier and more convenient experience. That’s why Nissan continues to improve and enhance the lineup of technologies available in their different models.
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02-25-20

Guide to Buy a Good First Car for a Teenager

The day has finally come, your child is no longer a kid and he or she needs a car to move around. Either if you are a parent searching a car for your teenager or you are the one looking to buy your first car, there are some tips that will surely guide you through the process and will make the final decision easier to make. Keep reading to find out the top car buying tips for teenage drivers.
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02-04-20

Step-By-Step Guide To Fix Car Scratches

Even if you take good care of your vehicle, finding a scratch at some point is almost unavoidable. When that happens, the driver’s biggest concern is the expense of the repair. Well, we have good news! The truth is with the right tools you can repair even deep gouges by yourself, avoiding costly trips to the body shop. Check out our article below for a simple guide on how to remove a scratch on your car.
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01-27-20

Are you using the right gasoline for your Nissan vehicle?

Nissan vehicles are built to be among the most efficient vehicles available to Charlie Clark Nissan customers in almost any class that captures their interest. A major element to that efficiency is using the right kind of fuel. So, if you’re wondering, ‘Do I have to use premium gas in my Nissan vehicle,’ a few of our product experts did a little extra homework to find the answer. For the most part, almost all Nissan vehicles will run just fine using regular grade fuel. Our team answers a few other questions on this subject that will help Nissan owners get the most out of their vehicles. Let’s take a look at what they learned. 
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12-17-19

We’re here to help you plan your last meal of the decade

By Product Expert | Posted in For FunLocalTips and Tricks on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Where can I buy steaks and seafood for New Year’s Eve in Brownsville, TX? 

Hopefully, your holiday season is going as smoothly as possible. Have you already made plans for New Year’s Eve? Are you going out or will you be staying in? If you’re planning on doing the latter, you might be wondering, ‘Where can I buy steaks and seafood for New Year’s Eve in Brownsville, TX?’ Texas and steaks go hand in hand, however, Brownsville also sits on the Gulf of Mexico which means we have easy access to world class seafood. A few people working in the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville showroom have been discussing where they’ll be doing their shopping for their last meal of the decade. Hopefully, one of these places will have what you’re looking for. 

READ MORE: Is the 2020 Rogue the best for hauling cargo? 

Best Meat Markets near Brownsville

Border Meats Market & Wholesale

240 W. St. Francis St.
Brownsville, TX
956-504-2583
Google Rating: 4.8/5 Stars

Charlie’s Meat Market

4414 Boca Chica Blvd.
Brownsville, TX
956-504-7100
Google Rating: 4.4/5 Stars

Villafranca Meat Market No. 1

1934 Southmost Blvd.
Brownsville, TX
956-621-2152
Google Rating: 4.6/5 Stars

Rancho Meat Market

314 E. Queen Isabella Hwy.
Port Isabel, TX
956-524-8002
Google Rating: 4.6/5 Stars

Best Seafood Markets in Brownsville

Gulf Quality Seafood

6955 Boca Chica Blvd.
Brownsville, TX
956-831-6616
Google Rating: 4.4/5 Stars

Fish King Seafood Market

5210 S. Padre Island Hwy.
Brownsville, TX
956-621-1803
Google Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Gulf Seafood Market

207 E. Maxan St.
Port Isabel, TX
956-943-4501
Google Rating: 4.6/5 Stars

Tips for cooking seafood at home

If your plans for cooking New Year’s Eve dinner at home include a surf and turf menu, you might benefit from these tips for cooking seafood. Our team did a little research to make sure you and your guests have the best food to closeout 2019.

Fresh is best — Buying fish or other seafood should have a mild scent. Anything that has an overpowering smell isn’t fresh and might not turn out great.

Pull the pin — Pin bones are found in a lot of fish species along the thickest part of the fillet. They are very small and can be incredibly difficult to pull out by yourself. Most seafood shops will do this for free for you if you ask.

Time is the enemy — Fish and seafood can go from fresh to not fresh very quickly. Experts suggest putting your items in a sealable bag and storing them in a bowl of ice. This will keep things as fresh as possible for as long as possible and the bowl will catch melting ice.

If a new Nissan vehicle would start your new year off on a strong footing, make an appointment with a Charlie Clark Nissan product expert today.

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11-19-19

Are you ready to make your holiday travels this year?

We are just about a week away from Thanksgiving. Not only is this one of the busiest times of the year, but it also means that there will be more drivers than usual on the road. A few Charlie Clark Nissan product experts used some of their precious little free time to compile this list of 2019 Holiday driving safety tips. In not unrelated news, most new Nissan vehicles come with the automaker’s latest active safety systems as standard equipment or, at least, make it available as an option. While these features are outstanding, there are a few other things that drivers can do to keep everyone safe while they’re traveling during this busy time of the year. Let’s take a look at what they found.
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11-13-19

You can still get together for Thanksgiving without ending up with dirty dishes

You’re not alone in thinking that this time of year seems to continually get busier. Thanksgiving is the first holiday of the season that can be taxing on our time. So many of us have competing interests vying for our time, in addition to still have to get to work and balance the rest of our commitments. If you’re looking to give yourself a break this year, our team has come up with some options for 2019 Thanksgiving restaurants near Brownsville, TX. Before you, your family and/or friends invade a local eatery, be sure to call ahead to make sure they will be able to accommodate everyone. Hopefully, you’ll be able to have a great holiday regardless of if you visit one of these restaurants or cook at home.
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10-25-19

Make sure that you are following all of the driving laws in Texas!

Driving is such a fun experience! You get to go to and from your favorite destination and see your favorite people! However, do you know all of the driving laws in Texas?
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11-15-18

Don’t get stuck on the side of the road

It’s just a fact of life that sometimes you may get a flat tire while on the road.  The first thing to do is not panic when this happens, just pull over to a safe area to switch your flat tire with your spare tire.  For a detailed and visual explanation, we are sharing a great video on how to change a tire that was made by Howdini on YouTube.  We also have some tips for you to remember when changing a tire.
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