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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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07-28-20

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

There are plenty of cars on the market that entice buyers with impeccable features and specifications. When you are buying a new car, it is essential to ascertain your vehicular requirements before deciding on your desired model. For example, if you are looking for a family car, you may consider sedans, while for sporty road trips, you may be searching for crossovers or SUVs...
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07-14-20

Used Car FAQs

With people realizing the numerous benefits of used cars, their demand in the market is growing exponentially. However, before investing in a used car, oftentimes people have more than a few questions in mind. Below are answers to the most common of these questions...
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06-30-20

Things to Do this July in Gastonia

Things To Do This July In Gastonia Temperatures are rising, days are getting longer, and you’re facing the second half of a summer devoid of organized public activities. Luckily for you, there are plenty of socially responsible options available to you in Gastonia and online throughout the month of July...
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06-16-20

2020 Nissan Rogue

The 2020 Nissan Rogue continues to stand as a competent crossover by embedding its muscular appearance, a gamut of safety features, and having quality technology. The newly redesigned model can be expected to hit the market in 2021 with new features and specifications...
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06-02-20

2020 Nissan Altima

For some, a car is a mere transportation utility, while others consider it a mark of luxury. Either way, a car is a valuable asset that everyone wishes to possess. Buying a car is not as easy as it may seem. Many things work out to make a well-informed decision...
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05-19-20

Coronavirus and Cars

Coronavirus has created a complicated situation in the world. Since its outbreak in China last year, the threatening virus has been spread all across the globe. When it comes to analyzing the US data, as of April data, 30,000 more infections were reported on Tuesday. The growing number of fatalities has been creating an alarming situation, leaving the country in a severe condition.
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05-05-20

At-Home Test Drive

Coronavirus has taken the world by storm. Everyone is facing their share of consequences. With social distancing, people are finding it hard to avail goods and services properly. It cannot be denied that industries of all sizes are also witnessing loss due to the outbreak of Coronavirus...
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04-21-20

Lifetime Warranty

When it comes to buying a vehicle, everyone has their own list of  preferences and needs that they want to see in their dream car. From choosing the right model to zeroing in on small specifications, each and every detail of your purchase deserves your undivided attention...
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04-07-20

The Best Nissan Models for Exploring Gastonia NC and the Surrounding Areas

Nissan is one of the popular car manufacturers in the world and has been providing customers with quality vehicles for over 75 years. If you live in or around Gastonia, NC, then there are more than a few Nissan models perfectly designed to help you explore the greater Gastonia area and beyond...
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03-31-20

2020 Nissan Altima vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

If you are looking for a new sedan, you have two great choices: the 2020 Nissan Altima and the 2020 Nissan Sentra. Since both models are from the same car manufacturer, it is easy to get confused about which model is the right choice...
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03-24-20

Should I Buy New or Used?

When it comes to buying a car, there are a wide range of available options. Along with picking the right model, you also need to decide whether you want to buy new or used. This is an important decision, which will significantly impact your finances for years down the line...
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03-17-20

COVID-19 Precautions

It is now clear that coronavirus (COVID-19) will continue to affect our community for some time. Because of this, we felt it necessary to share more about the steps we are taking to help keep our guests and team members safe and healthy during these trying times...
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03-11-20

Why You Should Rotate Your Tires

Improper wheel alignment can cause faster wear and tear of tires. Tire rotation is an important part to increase the life and performance of tires. Here, we have tried to explain why you should rotate your tires. 
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03-04-20

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Engines are complex and maintaining them can be expensive. However, by going in for an oil change at the correct intervals, you can keep your car running smooth and your repair costs down for the life of your vehicle. What follows is a short guide explaining some oil change basics and the factors that cause them to differ in so many ways...
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