in J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2014 Nissan Rogue is the most appealing new Compact SUV to own and drive, according to a study of more than 86,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2014 model-year cars and light trucks. As part of the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM, Rogue achieved a segment-best score of 786, with the Nissan Quest ranking highest in the minivan segment with 790 points.
The industry benchmark for new-vehicle appeal, the APEAL Study gives owners a platform to evaluate their vehicles across 77 attributes. These combine into an overall APEAL score measured on a 1,000-point scale.
"The all-new 2014 Rogue has received numerous accolades in the automotive industry, but the most important test comes when owners evaluate the vehicle for themselves," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. "Driven by owner feedback, the J.D. Power APEAL Study serves as an important benchmark indicating where our products stand with consumers. It's both an honor and a demonstration to the quality of our vehicles for Rogue and Quest to rank highest in their segments."
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A car is an intricately-designed machine with many components. Checking and replacing your car’s fluids at the recommended intervals is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your vehicle lasts for years to come.
The following fluids all play important roles in your vehicle:
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Engine coolant
Starting Out: Checking Your Oil
Your oil is the first fluid which will be checked during your vehicle’s lifetime, with more recent vehicles coming in around 5,000-7,500 miles. After that, a general rule of thumb is to have your oil changed approximately every 5,000 miles, with synthetic oil lasting much longer.
However, it’s easy to check your oil on your own. To avoid any costly repairs and catch problems early, we recommend checking oil levels at least once a month. Use your vehicle’s dipstick to determine your oil level—it should be between the two level markers on your dipstick. The oil should also be light golden brown and be slightly thicker than cooking oil. If you notice any irregularities, bring your vehicle in regardless of your last oil change.
Your windshield wiper fluid will also be refilled as needed starting at your first service. This fluid is what is used to clean your windshield, and will need to be changed accordingly based on the frequency of use.
Continuing Maintenance: Replace as Needed
After your car’s first service, we’ll check all of your fluid levels regularly and refill as necessary. Your brake fluid and power steering fluid will be checked at each oil change, but do not appear in the regular maintenance schedule. However, both play important roles: brake fluid serves to generate the pressure needed to activate your brakes, and power steering fluid creates pressure to power your vehicle’s steering gear.
Engine coolant will need to be replaced at various times depending on the severity of your vehicle usage. The coolant serves to absorb the heat from your engine and disperse it through the radiator. Some experts recommend flushing and replacing your coolant every two years or 24,000 miles.
The Road Ahead: Changing the Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid can last tens of thousands of miles, but we recommend being cautious. Even then, your first flushing will likely not occur until 35,000-40,000 miles. This process is much cheaper than getting your transmission itself repaired, which can occur if fluids are not adequately maintained.
The transmission fluid is used as a medium to create pressure for the transmission system, helps to absorb heat, lubricates moving parts, and keeps dirt and debris from building up in transmission. If you find yourself frequently towing, driving off-road, or idling your vehicle for long periods, you may need to get the fluid replaced sooner. Ask one of our service technicians for details.
Our service department is your one-stop-shop for fluid service and replacement. Schedule your service online today.
We are proud to announce our exclusive Collision Deductible Reimbursement Plan!
The plan works like this:
We will reimburse you up to $500.00 of your deductible for any collision related damage for which you have a deductible on your Master Insurance Policy. Additionally this plan is extends to any vehicle you own that is a part of your Master Insurance Policy and has collision coverage.
Collision repairs must be performed by Tamaroff Motors.
If you are currently carrying a zero deductible policy you can save annually for the next three years on your vehicle insurance by raising your deductible to $500.00; because should you experience a collision we will reimburse your $500.00 deductible!
This is just another reason why “You are better off at Tamaroff”!
Quick, when you think “Labor Day,” what immediately comes to mind? Sales? Grills? Football? Before firing up the grill, driving to the mall, or donning your team’s colors, take a look at some facts about Labor Day that might surprise you.
The first Labor Day was actually a Tuesday. Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City, to be exact. The holiday didn’t officially move to the first weekend of September until 1884.
McGuire or Maguire?
The subject of Labor Day’s father is a little controversial. Historically, carpenter and cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, Peter J. McGuire, has been credited for suggesting the holiday to honor the working man. Others claim that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, was the real founder. Maguire fans cite research that shows he suggested the holiday in 1882 as secretary of the Central Labor Union in NY.
Average American worker
The average American worker in the late 1800s deserved a break much more than the average American worker today. Typical work weeks involved 12-hour days, seven days a week, just for basic living wages. Some factories and mines even employed children as young as five or six-years-old.
The Parade That Almost Wasn’t
The first official record of Labor Day recorded it as a celebration that should host a street parade to show to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, then a festival for recreation and amusement. The first parade’s turnout was so paltry that it was almost cancelled, until two hundred marchers from the Jewelers Union of Newark Two showed up with a band and saved the day.
Canada was first
Yes, Canada coined the first Labor Day in 1872, ten years before the U.S., but it was more of a large demonstration for workers’ rights than a celebration of laborers.
Sorry folks, but it’s time to put away your crisp white linen suits and white leather pants, if you have them. Technically, it’s no longer in fashion to wear white or seersucker after Labor Day because summer is officially over.
Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887, making Oregonians the original Labor Day hipsters.
Good Old Grover
Labor Day wasn’t a national holiday until President Grover Cleveland made it so in 1894. As a result, many resident hipsters of Portland, Oregon stopped celebrating Labor Day around this time, because it had become too mainstream.*
Whether you find yourself snooping out sales, blazing up some burgers, or watching the first pigskin game of the season this Labor Day, we hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about the workers’ holiday.
*This is a joke, not a fact.
Getting your kids ready for school after a long vacation can prove to be a hassle for everyone involved. The transition can be smooth or bumpy, depending on your kids’ frame of mind during the summer. Successfully getting your children in the ‘back-to-school’ mindset involves organization, repetition, and routine. Keep reading for tips on making your kids’ transition back to school as easy as possible for you and your children.
Talk about school
Frequently remind your kids that their first day back to school is coming up, and set up a calendar with the first day circled. Sit down with your kids and ask them how they are feeling about the upcoming school year. Be encouraging and supportive. Begin with the understanding that all kids experience some sort of hesitation or anxiety when going back to school. Remind your kids that it will be nice to see their friends and classmates again, and give them positive ideas about returning to school. Mention exciting opportunities such as making new friends, joining clubs or sport teams, or even just learning about interesting subjects.
Start a sleeping schedule
During the summer, kids often go to sleep late and wake up late. Start implementing earlier bedtimes at least a week or two before the first day of school. Nothing will make an early morning routine worse than a lack of sleep the night before. Plus, kids need a full night’s sleep to stay mentally alert and involved in class all day. Even older kids will benefit from this new sleep schedule, and it will make learning and morning routines much easier once school starts.
Establish morning and evening routines
Practicing daily routines will significantly decrease early morning chaos on the first day of school. Getting into a set morning routine that includes waking up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast will speed things along on that first day back. Set a morning schedule now, and get your child an alarm clock to decrease your morning rush and to give them the responsibility of waking themselves up in the morning. In the evenings, cut back on TV and videogame time. During the school year, this time will be spent doing homework. Get your kids in the routine of reading in the evenings during summer vacation to make the transition back to school easier.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Research has continually shown that eating a healthy breakfast every day is extremely important, especially for young children and students. Without proper nutrition in the morning, kids tend to feel drowsy and distracted. Many children don’t like eating breakfast in the morning because they are not used to getting up that early, so as soon as you begin setting a practical sleeping schedule for your kids, also introduce a healthy breakfast routine. A nutritious breakfast will give your kids the long-lasting energy that they need to kick start their school day.
Unless you pay for school lunches, your kids’ midday meal usually comes from home. Get yourself or your children in the habit of planning their lunches the night before. You can also pack the non-perishable items in their lunches the night before to save even more time in the morning. Include healthy snacks and try to limit the amount of junk food and sugary drinks in their lunches. Nutritious snacks will give your kids the energy and important nutrients that they need to focus on learning.
Lay out clothes
Avoid last-minute searches for socks or your kids’ favorite article of clothing by laying out their outfit for the next day the night before. Ask your child for input and suggestions to help them feel a sense of inclusion and responsibility. For younger children, practicing getting dressed quickly and efficiently can save lots of time and hassle in the mornings.
Shop early for school supplies
Going shopping for school supplies ahead of time will relieve the anxiety of having incomplete supplies on the first day of school, and will also help prepare your child for school. Bring your kids along with you and have them help pick out the things that they want to use for school. Most school systems provide complete lists of necessary school supplies to make your shopping trip even easier.
Set up a study area
A designated study area will help keep your kids focused on homework, assignments, and studying. This space can also double as an area where your kids’ school items are located. Backpacks, lunchboxes, and the next day’s clothes will all be conveniently located in one spot the night before, so in the morning your kids have everything they need already prepared and laid out for them.
Go over safety tips
Last but not least, it is important to go over safety tips before your kids leave for their first day of school. Teach your children basic safety measures such as to never travel alone and to stay away from strangers. More importantly, teach your kids to be aware of situations and actions that are out of the ordinary, and to follow their own instincts. Make sure they know that if something doesn’t feel right, they should keep their distance and tell an adult.
Having everything prepared and organized ahead of time will save you and your children a lot of time and energy, and it will give your kids time to prepare and get excited for the upcoming school year! By reintroducing school-year habits and routines before school starts, kids naturally shift out of the summer mindset and get ready for a year of learning.
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Your well-tended garden provides fresh vegetables throughout the spring and summer. At summer's end and perhaps into early fall, your plants are still heavy with the fruits of your labor. You pick the vegetables and cut sprigs of herbs, but it's quite a harvest and you want to preserve these healthy foods for use during the winter months. How does one do it?
Canning includes two methods for preserving foods: boiling-water bath and pressure canning. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, may be preserved using the boiling-water bath. Jellies and jams made from berries and fruits, tomato-base sauces, and pickled vegetables may also be canned using the boiling-water bath method.
For low-acid vegetables, such as squash, beans, peas, okra, and corn, you need a pressure canner. This device heats the water to at least 240 degrees F to guard against botulism growing within the sealed jars.
Canning with a pressure canner is a somewhat complex method for preserving low-acid vegetables. An alternative to canning is freezing.
For most vegetables, a rough chop, a quick blanching followed by a cold water bath are all the preparation needed for freezing. To blanch your vegetables, bring a pot of water to the boil. Put the vegetables in the boiling water for approximately three minutes. Remove the vegetables and place them in a bowl of ice water for one to two minutes. This "shocks" them, and stops the cooking process.
Remove them from the ice water and allow the pieces to dry on a clean towel. Place them in a freezer bag and squeeze the air out and seal the bag. Label the bag to identify the contents and the date.
Frozen vegetables don't usually have the same crunch as fresh, but they're ideal for winter soups and stews, as well as a stir fry. You can also puree them to add flavor to gravies and sauces.
The high acid content of vinegar acts as a preservative, and when you add vinegar to vegetables, the acid lowers the pH balance of the vegetables and creates an environment inhospitable to dangerous microbes.
Simply put, if you seal a mix of chopped vegetables, such as carrots, cucumbers, and peppers in a jar with a prepared vinegar solution, you've pickled a vegetable mix.
Make a bed of ice at the bottom of a bowl and add your chopped vegetables to the bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours. Combine vinegar, pickling salt, and seasonings in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the vegetables to the vinegar solution for a few minutes.
Drain the vegetables, but reserve the liquid. Place the vegetables in sterilized jars, and then add the reserved vinegar solution. Either process the jars in a boiling-water bath or allow the jars to cool and keep in the refrigerator for up to six months.
Preserving foods allows you to use all your harvested vegetables. But any method used, with the exception of freezing, carries with it the risk of microbial contaminations.
Always consult a reputable source for recipes and for food preservation methods. Follow the directions, paying particular attention to sterilization methods and processing times. The result will be delicious garden vegetables and fruits for you to enjoy in the cold months ahead.