July 23rd, 2015 — used nissan
Our Winston-Salem used car dealership always has a few Nissans in stock, though keeping them in stock can be a challenge. The bottom line is that people want to buy Nissans! They’re reliable, dependable cars that have iconic looks depending on which model you’re after and we just can’t keep them on our lot. So what’s the history behind these cars? What made Nissan what it is today? Well…
1933 Datsun 12 Phaeton
1947 Tama Truck
Before The 1950s
In 1914, the first-ever Nissan Datsun was built and in 1933 Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. was established in Japan. These two events, despite being years apart, led up to the creation of the Datsun Type 15. The Datsun Type 15 was the first mass-produced Japanese vehicle and the model came as both a mini-pickup and a delivery van. The vehicle had an engine that was capable of 15 horsepower and had a 3-speed transmission type. It’s a start!
1959 Datsun 1000
1966 Bluebird 1300SS
The 1950s And 1960s
The Nissan Skyline, predecessor to the Nissan GT-R, was introduced in 1957. The Skyline has been a highly sought-after import and finally made its way over to America in 2009! 1958 brought about the Datsun 1200 Sedan, which was similar to the 1930s Datsun and, unlike the Skyline, was introduced in America. A compact pickup version of the Datsun was also introduced in the U.S. a year later!
In the 1960s, Nissan built a much stronger reputation in both the American and Japanese markets. Nissan opened up its Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. in Gardena, CA and began manufacturing vehicles here! The brand also introduced vehicles like the Datsun 2000 Roadster and the Datsun “Z,” the latter of which got Nissan into the performance vehicles market!
1973 Skyline H/T 2000GT-R
1985 Pulsar EXA Convertible
The 1970s And 1980s
In the 1970s, Nissan sold its one-millionth Datsun model and became the top U.S. vehicle importer! Nissan also debuted the King Cab, which was the first extended cab pickup, in 1977, and in 1979 opened Nissan Design International in La Jolla, CA, to bring American styles to the brand.
Then in the 1980s, Nissan built its first truck in the United States down in Smyrna, TN, and even got into off-roading! The brand ultimately brought home 19 trophies between 1982 and 1992 for off-roading and won some races as well. Nissan also launched Infiniti, which is yet another brand our used car dealership in Winston-Salem carries, in 1989.
1991 President Electric Car
2002 Skyline GT-R
1990s To Today!
Being an eco-friendly company, Nissan won its first Environmental Protection Agency award in 1991 celebrated several sales milestones with the Nissan Sentra, Altima and Maxima models, all of which hit several million sold. In 1997 the company was named Best of the Best by the Environmental Protection Agency, and NMMC is lauded as the most productive plant in North America in “The Harbour Report” for a fourth consecutive year since 1994.
In the 2000s, the brand introduced vehicles like its first hybrid, the Nissan Altima Hybrid, in 2007, the now legendary Nissan GT-R in 2009 and even the world’s first mass-produced 100% electric, zero emission automobile, the Nissan Leaf, 2011!
So what are you waiting for? Contact us today about one of our great Nissans!
July 16th, 2015 — winston-salem auto repair
Have you ever been driving around and noticed that your windshield has started to fog up? What about when you turn the air conditioning all the way up? Is there just a lot of noise but not much air coming through your vents? This might be due to an old, clogged cabin air filter. The air filter is pretty much exactly what it sounds like- a filter that catches dust, pollen and other airborne detritus before it makes its way out of your vents into your body.
If you’re driving in any urban areas where the air is of a less-than-desirable quality, or even in areas where there’s just a lot of dust and sand in the area, then your air filter might be deteriorating quicker than others. As a general rule of thumb, try to make sure you’re replacing your air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or at the very least having it checked out by our professional auto care experts at our Winston-Salem dealership.
When It’s Time To Replace Your Air Filter
Knowing when to replace your cabin air filter is pretty simple. There’s no having to take measurements or paying attention to some barely-audible noise. Instead, just follows these two major tip-offs and you’ll be well aware when it’s time.
- Funny smells are a big tip-off. If you’re turning on your air conditioning and the cabin of your vehicle just doesn’t smell right, or even smells musty, then it’s time to come in to our Winston-Salem auto repair shop and have your cabin air filter checked out.
- If your ventilation system is making more noise than it is actually making a difference. If you’re turning on your air conditioning full blast and it sounds like it should be way cooler in your car than it is, it’s time to get your air filter checked out.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, or you’ve just gone about 12,000 miles without getting your air filter replaced, contact us today and set up an appointment to come in. Our cabin filter replacements start at just $9.80!
July 7th, 2015 — Used Cars
With over 7.3 million sales around the globe over the course of its 30-year existence, the Hyundai Sonata has kept up with the demands of its drivers. While we here at Frank Myers Auto Maxx, your Winston-Salem used car dealership, have sold numerous Sonatas over the years, let’s take a moment to look at the storied history of the vehicle! This way you’ll practically be an expert on it when you’re looking to buy one.
In 1985, the first generation of the Hyundai Sonata debuted. It was one of the first Hyundai models to be designed in full by Hyundai’s in-house design teams and exceeded 1 million sales in Korea. In 1988, the second generation of the Sonata was released and featured a front-wheel drive system and adopted a much more aerodynamic design.
The third generation of the Hyundai Sonata was introduced in 1993 and began a transition into incorporating digital technology in place of its analog abilities. The third generation also included automatic side mirrors and anti-lock brake systems, though in 1998 the fourth generation was introduced and essentially blew the third generation away. The fourth generation was the best-selling model in Korea from February 1999 to August 2000 and came equipped with an in-house developed engine, as well as Hyundai Intelligent Vehicle Electronic Control!
In 2004, the fifth generation of the Hyundai Sonata saw major advancements in safety, giving it a top-ranked safety rating and universal praise from media and customers alike! In 2009, the sixth generation of the Sonata became one of the first Hyundai models to employ the industry-leading Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy and, combined with a new engine, instantly became one of Hyundai’s most recognizable models.
In 2010, between the sixth and seventh generation, Hyundai introduced a hybrid Sonata model. Then in 2014 came the seventh and current generation of the Sonata, or the (used) Hyundai Sonata you’re likely driving around the Winston-Salem area! The seventh generation refined the Fluidic Sculpture design, expanded its powertrain offerings and has been consistently modified in order to offer new hybrid and eco-friendly versions.
Contact us today to set up a test drive in one of our Sonata models!
June 17th, 2015 — winston-salem auto repair
Knowing when your vehicle needs service is vital to the longevity of its life. Anything from a weird noise coming from under the hood to a small puddle of fluid under your parked vehicle could be a sign that it might be time to visit your Winston-Salem auto repair shop. So what should you be looking out for?
Off To A Slow Start
If your vehicle is starting up slower than normal, this could mean that your battery is dead or it’s on its way out. On that same token, if there’s a squealing noise when you’re starting the car up or when you’re turning on the air conditioning, it could mean that your serpentine belt is going. Your serpentine belt is the belt that powers things like your power steering, water pump or alternator, so make sure you’re in good shape!
Stopping And Leaving Spots
If you’re stepping on your brakes and you hear any kind of whining or grinding coming from your wheels, it could be a sign that your brake pads, rotors or calipers are on their last legs. After you’ve parked and there wasn’t a sound to be heard from the wheels, you can assure everything is fine, right? Not quite- we here at your Winston-Salem vehicle service shop suggest checking for any oil spots under your car or any kind of fluid. This could mean an oil leak, radiator coolant leak or something else, all of which are highly detrimental to the health of your vehicle.
Taps, Knocks And Clatters
If you’re driving along and you hear a tapping noise, or any sort of unwelcome percussion sounds coming from under your hood, it could mean any of the following combustion problems- detonation, pre-ignition or spark knock. While any of these can be extremely harmful to your engine, there’s one worse and that’s knocking or clattering noises. These could mean a bad rod in your engine or that your engine has spun a bearing. None of which are cheap to fix.
If you’re hearing, feeling or generally experiencing any of these issues, contact us here and make an appointment to come get checked out!
June 9th, 2015 — Uncategorized
Packing your car for a road trip is a lot like playing a game of Tetris- you want to fill all the available space without going overboard and having the whole thing collapse on you. Though unlike Tetris, we here at Frank Myers Auto Maxx have some tips and tricks for you to get through the normally-painstaking activity of getting everything placed right in your vehicle the first time. Ready?
You’ve got a driver and a passenger occupying both seats up front, so let’s immediately rule those two spaces out for placement of anything. However, the floor of the passenger’s side is still fair game! Right up against the center console is the perfect place for a bag of snacks, purses and things like tablets like watch movies on. Then you’ve got the center console as well, where you can pack up your chargers, tissues, a small first aid kit and things like that. Right behind the center console between either the passenger’s side seat or the driver’s seat you can even put a small garbage bag to keep all your waste centralized.
In The Back
The backseat area is probably where you’re going to keep most of your stuff for the trip. You’ve got the pockets on the back of both the front seats where you can store magazines, CDs, movies and portable movie players, as well as the floor area for pretty much anything anyone might need during the trip. This can include snack bags again, a cooler for drinks and any toy or activity for the kids, pending they’ve come along for the trip! The backseat area is also ideal for bigger food items, as opposed to the passenger side floor, which might be used for smaller snacks.
Don’t Forget The Trunk
Here’s where you’re packing all the luggage and bigger items that you’re either not going to really need during your trip or things that are just too big to fit anywhere else in your vehicle. If you’re putting something back there that you’ll need during your trip, try to pack it on top of everything else so it’s easily accessible by someone in the back seats depending on the layout of your used vehicle. On the topic of luggage, pack a smaller overnight bag as well if you’re staying at a hotel for a night. This way you’re not unpacking the whole vehicle just to stay overnight somewhere!
If your problem isn’t so much that you’re having trouble packing your vehicle as it is that you’re looking for a great used vehicle, then don’t hesitate to contact us!