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 visitvulcan.com for more information. 

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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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The 10 Best Car Christmas Gifts for Under $50

The 10 Best Car Christmas Gifts for Under $50

Like someone just enough to get them a Christmas present, but can’t fathom spending more than a fresh Ulysses S. Grant ($50) on a car accessory or auto-related gift? No, you’re not a bad friend—you’re just being thrifty for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year! Here’s our list of the 10 best car Christmas gifts to get that sorta-special someone this holiday season.

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Hurricane Michael Aftermath: Alabama Sees Increase in Flood-Damaged Cars

We’re all opportunists in some respect, but it takes a certain type of villainous conman to scam people into buying a flooded car. Unfortunately, after Hurricane Michael tore up Florida and east Alabama, thousands of car shoppers around the country are, unbeknownst to them, being pushed into flood-damaged vehicles. And the problem has grown into a full-blown epidemic as the 2018 market has seen a 47% year-over-year increase in flooded cars being sold (500,000).

At Jim Burke Nissan, we have three words for these crooks: Shame on you. Because we’re always on the consumer’s side, we want to educate you on the issue—and how to avoid buying a vehicle that’s been through the water-soaked wringer. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our Birmingham Nissan dealership and service center receives about car flood damage.

Car Flood Damage FAQ

Is a flood-damaged car repairable?

Generally speaking, no, “car flood damage repair” isn’t really in the realm of possibility. Most car insurance companies write off a flood-damaged car because of the problems that can arise if “fixed.” Water-locked engines, short-circuiting wires, flooded transmissions—the issues can be pretty severe. Continue reading “Hurricane Michael Aftermath: Alabama Sees Increase in Flood-Damaged Cars”

2018’s Best Birmingham Summer Camps for Kids

2018’s Best Birmingham Summer Camps for Kids

Summers can be rough for working parents. Having to find babysitters and daycare is no easy task. Although July is almost here, it’s not too late to sign your kids up for summer camp in Birmingham. Here’s a list of the best summer day camps with open spots to fill—just act fast! Continue reading “2018’s Best Birmingham Summer Camps for Kids”