Trunk-or-Treating Guide: Best Free Birmingham Spots (2019)


Should you and the kids be trick-or-treaters or trunk-or-treaters this Halloween? Do both! Get a double dose of trick-or-treating this year; bring your children to one of these local Birmingham trunk-or-treat locations before October 31, then head out on Halloween night for more sugary goodness.

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Nissan Maintenance & Service Schedule: By Mileage

When should you get your Nissan serviced?

As a Nissan owner, you probably realize the importance of regular and frequent auto service. Your vehicle’s overall health is at stake; why wouldn’t you follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule? Performing routine car service protects your vehicle’s engine and its internal components, and ensures you’ll be able to drive for miles upon miles without stressing about breakdowns. Now, doesn’t that sound worth it?


If you need some help figuring out when to have your Nissan car, SUV, or truck serviced, check our list of recommended maintenance tasks below. Each service is separated by its recommended mileage interval, so you can plan ahead and schedule your Nissan service appointment well in advance.

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2019 Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma: Best Small Truck Comparison

Smaller pickup trucks, like the new Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, are all the rage these days, as shoppers are finally jumping on the bandwagon. We don’t blame them. The Tacoma and Frontier are incredibly versatile, do-it-all vehicles, offering SUV-like utility that even diehard truck purists can’t argue with. Best of all, you don’t need to hand over a Scrooge McDuck-sized bag of gold to buy one.

2019 Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma

Which of these highly rated pickups is best? Which truck is the cheapest? Which one offers more space? Let’s compare specs and features so you can make a wise decision at the truck dealership.

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3 Best Used Nissan Cars for Teenagers

If you asked your teen to choose their preferred car going into the school year, they probably wouldn’t go with a used Nissan. Instead, they’d pick something stylish and sporty, like the legendary Nissan GT-R sports coupe or new a new Maxima. Of course, they’re great cars – for experienced drivers. But when it comes to choosing the right vehicle for your 16-year-old high-schooler, style and sporty enthusiasm are the last things on your must-have list. (It’s a good thing you’re in charge, huh?)

As a parent, you seek safety, dependability, and great value when buying your teen’s first car. That’s why shopping “used” is the way to go. Here are 3 of the best, most affordable pre-owned Nissan vehicles to help your teenager get through high school.

Used Nissan Altima Birmingham

Pre-Owned Nissan Altima

Recognized as perhaps the most affordable, used mid-size car in the country, the Nissan Altima is quiet, spacious, and safe. There are numerous reasons to buy your high-schooler a used Altima, including the following list of pros:

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Birmingham’s Best Spots to Watch 4th of July Fireworks

Celebrating America’s birthday isn’t possible without a fireworks show, right? Don’t sabotage your July 4th party at home with dinky, little sparklers and bottle rocket duds. Break out your lawn chairs, lather on the SPF 50 for some pre-fireworks festivities, and bring the family to one of these Birmingham Fourth of July events for some beautiful Independence Day fireworks.  

Independence Day Fireworks Birmingham

Vulcan July 4th Fireworks Show 

As Alabama’s most anticipated free summer events, the bewilderingly wild Vulcan Fireworks Show is back for 2019. The Birmingham July Fourth celebration begins at 9:00 PM, with 20 straight minutes of Independence Day fireworks, choreographed to today’s radio hits – just what the doctor ordered. Head to for more information. 

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What Is Nissan Safety Shield 360?

The newly introduced Safety Shield 360 suite, under the umbrella of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, contains Nissan’s most advanced safety and driver-assist technologies to date. As its name suggests, Safety Shield 360 offers full 360-degree monitoring via 6 front, side, and rear sensors and cameras.

First things first – what wonders of modern technology are included in Nissan Safety Shield 360?

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15 Essential Car Accessories to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

Have you gotten Mom a gift for her special day in May? If not, there’s no time like the present. From practical and pragmatic to fun and fancy, these car accessories are great Mother’s Day gift ideas.

15) Cup Holder Expander

If your mom drinks coffee by the gallon, she’ll likely have difficulties fitting her travel mug in a standard car cup holder. Consider buying her a cup holder adapter that securely expands to hold larger mugs. We recommend an adjustable system with a rubber base to ensure a snug fit, such as this $25 Swigzy Car Cup Holder product. It may not be the most personal Mother’s Day present to give Mom, but it will surely be one of the most useful.

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5 Parent-Friendly Features in the 2019 Nissan Rogue

Having perhaps the most recognizable name in the family SUV game, the Rogue is unquestionably Nissan’s top-selling vehicle. But what’s in a name?

Well, when it comes to the 2019 Nissan Rogue, there seems to be a whole lot to admire beyond its status as an SUV A-lister. Offering unbeatable storage solutions, loads of tech, and ample safety features, the new Rogue is one of the best family crossovers in America. Every parent wants one, and every parent should have one—at least, that’s one of the mottos here at Jim Burke Nissan.

5. Motion Activated Liftgate

As a parent, you probably have too many things on your plate. Got a billion groceries, packed diaper bag, and stroller to stow away? No problem—the 2019 Rogue helps out by keeping its cargo bay easily accessible. Just swipe your foot under the Rogue’s rear bumper to engage its hands-free, motion-activated liftgate. The cargo area opens automatically, so you don’t have to fumble about. Just unload and go.

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Nissan Electric! (Boogie Woogie Woogie)

Nissan made a big splash at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, debuting their all-new ‘19 LEAF Plus electric car for all the world to ogle over. Sporting a bit of sub-compact crossover exterior styling combined with the original LEAF’s hatchback tail, plus a few flourishes of EV-like accents, the upcoming LEAF Plus is quite the looker. But how does it compare in the “functionality” category?

The short, TL;DR details: It’s more powerful than the last LEAF, charges more quickly, and can travel farther on a single charge.

The longer version:

  • The new LEAF Plus incorporates a large 62-kWh battery pack that’s only 5mm wider and bulkier than the outgoing LEAF model’s 40-kWh powerplant.
  • The battery works with a 160-kW electric motor that churns out 214 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of instant torque. (This is compared to the previous-gen LEAF’s 110-kW 147-hp motor.)
  • With an estimated 226-mile single-charge range, the 2019 LEAF Plus can rip and roar approximately 40% longer than the outgoing model.
  • An upgraded CHAdeMO charging system will allow the Nissan LEAF Plus to power up to 80% with any 100kW charging stations, public or at-home.
  • Nissan’s Battery Management System has been refined to enhance charging and acceleration.
  • A recalibrated e-Pedal helps compensate for the few extra pounds the new LEAD Plus will carry.
  • 2019 LEAF Plus models will come with a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen display, smartphone compatibility, NissanConnect EV & Services, ProPILOT Assist, and the suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility systems.

The 2019 LEAF Plus will also carry over its 8-year/100,000-mile Lithium-Ion Battery Coverage plan. If you’re a fan of zero emissions and a hater of gas stations, Nissan’s new electric car is right up your alley, so to speak. Come take it for a test drive once it arrives at our Birmingham Nissan dealership later this spring.

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Help! I’ve Run Out Of Gas! What Should I Do?

We’ve all been there, driving past the outskirts of a city like Birmingham with a fuel gauge displaying the ominous “E” and no gas pump in sight. Sure, you’ll make it to a gas station 99 out of 100 times, but there’s still that 1% chance you’ll run out of fuel before finding a sign for unleaded. In those rare instances when your fuel tank goes dry, what are your options and how should you proceed?  

Be Safe, Friends! 

Running out of gas can be scary and stressful, especially if you’ve got kids in the backseat or you’re late for a job interview. But it’s important to remain calm! Should you ever run out of fuel, follow these tips from Jim Burke Nissan

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