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06-14-21

Engine Noises That Require Immediate Attention

People who own cars at some point in time might have heard unusual noises. This noise generally comes out from the engine and leaves most of them quite worried. You must . . .
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06-01-21

What to Bring to the Dealership when Buying a Car?

Buying a new car can be the dream of your life, yet it is not a seamless process to get through. It involves a lot of steps to consider, such as arranging, registering . . .
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05-04-21

2021 Nissan Sentra

The Sentra looks extremely snazzy as a compact sedan. The beautiful outside appearance is equally matched by gorgeous interiors. Wheel sizes for . . .
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04-19-21

How to do your Part to Support Environment Protection

Our planet is facing many challenges because of the current conditions. Pollution is getting out of hand, and the effects can be seen on our planet as . . .
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04-09-21

Nissan NV1500 Cargo Compared to The Nissan NV Passenger

A van is highly suitable for carrying any kind of loads, be it passengers or cargo. There are different variations of Nissan NV for both . . .
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03-23-21

How To Improve Your Fuel Economy

By consuming fuels at unprecedented rates, we are not just spending more money, but we’re causing irreparable damage to the environment. The irresponsible use of non-renewable . . .
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03-11-21

4 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Gastonia, NC

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and with it comes a multitude of ways to celebrate. Here are several ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day locally by wearing green and doing other Irish traditions, including everything from obstacle course runs to food and much more.
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02-23-21

2021 Nissan Ariya: A Futuristic Electric Crossover

Having become a huge success, Lexus is now all set to roll out the very futuristic 2021 Nissan Ariya. The EVS (Electric Vehicle Segment) has been advancing at a rapid rate around the world, and Nissan took the right step by launching the Leaf a few years earlier.
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02-10-21

Black History Month Events in Charlotte, NC

During Black History Month, people across the nation are encouraged to celebrate Black History's role in shaping the world we live in. During the celebrations, you can participate in being a part of Black History Month . . .
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01-25-21

Is it Necessary to Rotate My Tires?

Many individuals wonder if tire rotation is essential or if rotating the tires is a way for the vendor or a repairman to bring some pain-free income through some unnecessary work. Your owner’s manual will contain a few rules on how frequently the tires' rotation should be done. It is usually prescribed that you should be rotating your each 3000 to 8000 miles, yet is it really needed? That relies upon whom you are asking and your own inclinations.
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01-12-21

Can I change one tire?

When you require a tire replacement you will get to know about the "need" to replace a pair of them instead of one at that point. Why would that . . .
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12-15-20

Driving safely for the Holidays

The seasons for a holiday can excite you a lot, yet it can be an inconceivably boisterous time for some. The majority have holiday gatherings to join in, plan gatherings, gifts to buy, and may even have a lengthy, difficult experience trip intended to see family members and companions.
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12-03-20

Top tips to prepare for winter

Winter is here, preparing your car can be a challenge. Winter roads can be tricky and dangerous. Having to drive in winter storms can be very challenging.
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11-03-20

Top Things To Do In Gastonia

Gastonia, North Carolina has something for everyone. It offers an eclectic mix of historic landmarks, excellent restaurants, and exciting opportunities to watch enjoy the arts in action. Local sightseeing can be done via a number of beautiful hiking and bike trails...
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10-20-20

Iconic Cars Blog: Spooky Edition

Check out our selection of the top four most iconic spooky cars in television and film history...
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10-07-20

Carving the Perfect Pumpkin

We all know it to be true, it’s not really Halloween until there is a  jack-o-lantern adorning your porch. While carving a pumpkin is not a complicated task, understanding the basic steps can make a real difference. In this guide, we will lay out a step-by-step guide to carving the perfect pumpkin. 

 

Get a Good Carving Pumpkin

 Pumpkins come in different varieties, and evidently, not all are good for carving. When you shop for pumpkins thisHalloween season, you will find some pumpkins labeled “carving pumpkin” and “pie pumpkin.”  Carving pumpkins are sturdier than pie pumpkins and have fewer seeds. Moreover, the seeds in these pumpkins are grainier, which makes it easier to clean them out. Pick one of these pumpkins and tap on it. If you hear a hollow sound, then you know you have picked a quality pumpkin.

 

Prep Your Workstation

 When you carve the pumpkin, it is going to get messy, so choose a place that you do not mind getting dirty, preferably outdoors. Whether you choose a table or the ground, make sure you layer the surface with newspapers or butcher paper. This will make the cleanup process much easier in the end. 

 

Equip Yourself

 Once you have your workstation ready, gather all the required materials for the job. By doing this, you will make sure that you do not have to go back and forth to get the necessary tools. Listed below are the tools you must have to carve the perfect pumpkin. 

  • A permanent marker or sharpie
  • Newspapers, grocery bags, or butcher paper
  • Pumpkin carving kit including carving knife, scraper, and a wire modeling tool
  • If you do not have a Halloween kit, you can also use an X-ACTO knife, ladle, and serrated knife
  • Kitchen towel
  • Two medium-sized bowls
  • Tea light candle along with a lighter or long match.

 Outline the Lid and Carve it Out

 Using a marker, draw a circle  around the stem of the pumpkin with a diameter of around 4 to 5 inches. You can include a notch in the back so that it is easier for you to remove the cap once you are done carving.

 Use a slim pumpkin carving knife or serrated knife, make a long cut along the outlined circle over the lid. Keep a 45-degree inward angle while cutting so that the lid does not fall inside, and you can easily take it out.

 

Clean Out the Pumpkin

 Plunge your hand inside the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds and place them in a bowl. Then, using a scraper or ladle, clean out the rest of the pumpkin until no bits or strings are left inside. Keep the guts of the pumpkin in a separate bowl. Lastly, using a paper towel wipe the pumpkin from outside, so that it is safer and easier to carve on it.

 

Draw and Carve Your Design

 Draw your design on the pumpkin as it will make it easier for you to carve it. Using straight cuts move along the drawn surface while removing the pieces and throwing them as you go.  

There you have it; your carved pumpkin is ready to be put on display; all there is left to do is light it up. Open the lid, put a tea light candle at the bottom, and light it up using a long match or lighter. Have a great Halloween!

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09-22-20

Top 15 Things To Do In Gastonia: Part 1

Enjoy the great outdoors, learn more about the history that unfolded throughout the greater Charlotte area, and much more in Gastonia’s numerous parks and attractions...
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09-09-20

Nissan Maintenance FAQs

Most modern adults find that they need a car to meet their daily transportation needs. There are plenty of things that you need to do in order to keep your car running smoothly throughout the entirety of your ownership...
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08-25-20

Auto Service Financing

When you buy a new car, you need to be prepared for its repair and maintenance costs. Every driver knows that, over the course of ownership, an unexpected repair or two are going to come up at some point. Sometimes the costs of unexpected auto repair and maintenance can be a heavy burden...
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08-11-20

2020 Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is a subcompact car that has been turning heads since its debut in 2006. Compared to other subcompacts on the market, the 2020 Nissan Versa offers a spacious and luxurious interior...
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