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Frequently Asked Questions
It doesn’t hurt to ask, but when it comes to caring for your Nissan, it could hurt to not ask. To make life easier, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions Nissan owners have about caring for their vehicles. If you can’t find an answer to your question below, contact your Nissan Service Advisor.
Answers to help you care for your Nissan
How often do I need to have the oil changed in my vehicle?
Section 7 of your owner’s manual gives a full explanation of the types
of maintenance as well as the time intervals when the services should
What should I do if I think my Nissan vehicle needs service?
You should always call a Nissan dealer, even if you aren’t sure that your vehicle requires service. A simple call could help you avoid bigger costs and inconvenience later.
How can I obtain the key code for my vehicle?
Go to your nearest Nissan dealership’s parts department and request that a duplicate key be made.
What should I do to repair my vehicle after a collision?
Always insist on Nissan Parts to keep your Nissan running at an optimal level. Please call your nearest service advisor.
How large of a down payment do I need to make?
The bigger your initial payment is, the less you will have to finance.
With a lower amount to finance, your total interest charges will also be
less. No one knows your personal situation as well as you do, so
knowing how much you can afford to pay each month, and planning
accordingly is always advisable. Also consider other expenses when doing
How can I improve my credit?
Months before you buy, cancel extra credit cards, pay off debt, and maintain steady employment. In addition, get a copy of your credit report at least 60 days in advance, so you can clear up any errors. If you have a limited credit history, consider finding someone who is willing to co-sign (i.e., share responsibility) for your loan.
How much is my trade-in worth?
The amount your dealer will offer you depends on a number of obvious factors, like automobile make and condition, to name a few. Check resources such as an independent car value guide for a rough idea of what your car is worth. But, a vehicle survey by a dealer is always necessary to determine trade-in value.
Can’t I make more money selling my car on my own?
While you might make more money (trade-in value vs. resale value) selling your car on your own, trading it in offers several advantages:
- You can get immediate cash or credit.
- The dealer handles the paperwork and might pay off your current loan.
- You won’t have to deal with running ads, strangers in your home and car, bad checks, or liability for mechanical problems.
What to do after a collision?
We’ve compiled some helpful tips to remember to help reduce the confusion that often follows a collision. We recommend you read this section and print out the forms to keep them in your vehicle to help you be better prepared in the event of an accident.
After a collision:
- Turn on your hazard warning lights and move to the side of the road, if possible.
- Before exiting the vehicle, assess the situation. Are you injured? Is it safe to leave the vehicle? If there are any injuries, ask someone to call the police. Then wait for the police to arrive. If on a highway, for your safety we recommend you wait for police in your vehicle.
- Stay clear of traffic, exchange the contact and insurance information with the other party. However, do not discuss the accident with the other party or admit fault.
- Report the accident to the police.
- Call your insurance representative to initiate a claim.
When talking with your auto insurance agent or at the repair shop, insist on Genuine Nissan Parts.