Tips to Get Your Car Summer Ready

As the season’s change, so should your car maintenance. To keep your car ready for whatever adventures summer has in-store, follow these easy tips. 

Check your windshield

If your windshield currently has any cracks, it’s best to get it repaired before that Texas heat really kicks in and makes them larger. Temperature change and general vibrations from driving can cause these small cracks to turn into big problems, and getting your windshield repaired or replaced sooner rather than later can save you money down the road. Windshield cracks can pose a major danger to you and your passengers during the summer months as they reduce the stability of your windshield. Be on the lookout for any cracks or dings in your windshield over the summer and contact a local reputable windshield repair/replacement shop. 

Protect your windshield from temperature change

Your windshield can take major damage when the temperature changes so it’s important to take small precautions to avoid cracking or damage this summer. Although the Texas heat can be sweltering, try to air out hot air by rolling the windows down before turning on your A/C, the drastic temperature change can damage your windshield and cause cracking. If you can, opt for turning on the A/C to low versus high as soon as you enter your vehicle, this helps with temperature change causing cracks as well. 

You can also help with temperature changes in your car by parking in the shade or buying a sunshade, this reduces the heat to the interior of your car. Additionally, blocking the interior from harmful UV rays helps protect the upholstery of your car from fading. 

Get your car inspected

While Texas only requires an inspection once a year, it’s important to get your car inspected before the summer starts, this will help ensure you’re road trip ready and that the summer heat doesn’t make small issues in your car much bigger. At McGavock, we offer complimentary multi-point inspections that offer peace of mind.

Opt for an oil change before a road trip 

If you’re planning on a long road trip, or simply driving more often this summer, your oil change should match your busy schedule. Oil changes keep your engine clean, help your car consume less gas, and keep your engine from overheating especially when there’s extra added heat during the summer. There’s never an issue with getting an oil change early, but major issues could arise from putting a change off for too long.

Check your tires

Summer and winter cause temperature changes that can affect your car’s tire pressure and put you at higher risk for a blowout or flat tire. Don’t forget to check your spare tire! The heat can cause your tires to lose air and need replacing much quicker, even your spare. By keeping an eye on your car’s tire pressure, you can actually improve your gas mileage on longer trips as well. 

We hope these tips will help keep you and your car safe & prepared for all your summer activities. No matter what your plans for the summer may be, McGavock is ready to serve you!

Brake Maintenance at McGavock Nissan

Brakes are quite possibly the most important component of any vehicle, and our factory-trained service technicians take exceptional care when replacing or adjusting your brake pads and rotors. Just like any other mechanism in your vehicle, your brakes need regular maintenance. Whether the brake pads and rotors need replacing, or the brake fluid needs to be flushed, we’re here to help you get back on the road safely. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while on the road and taking your vehicle in for regular maintenance.

Brake Pads and Rotors

The brake pads and accompanying rotors are the main point of contact between your vehicle’s braking system and the tires. These mechanisms deteriorate more easily than other components and require more frequent maintenance. The heat caused by the friction between your tires and the brake pads cause the pads to wear down. You can determine whether your brake pads and rotors need maintenance when :

  • You notice you need to depress your brake pedal further in order to stop
  • Smell a burning odor when braking
  • The distance it takes to stop increases drastically

You can check your brake pads and rotors at home by simply removing the tire. If you notice any wear or damage, replace them immediately, or give our service department a call to get your vehicle in.

Brake Fluid

While brake pads and rotors are the primary mechanisms, brake fluid is the messenger between you and your car’s braking system. When you press down on your brake pedal, pressure builds and is transferred from the brake fluid to the rest of the braking system mechanisms. This pressure is then transferred back to the brake pads and rotors. Over time, moisture can build up in the braking fluid, causing damage and corrosion of the metal components of the brakes. Brake fluid should be checked and replaced every 25,000 miles. Give us a call to schedule your next maintenance appointment to get your brake fluid changed.

Brake Lines and Parts

Along with checking brake pads and replacing brake fluid, it’s important to occasionally bleed your brake lines and replace/upgrade other brake parts as needed. Bleeding the brake lines simply means removing the small amounts of air that get into the lines. Upgrading brake parts when necessary will improve the longevity and performance of your vehicle’s braking system.

Regardless of what your vehicle needs, our service team is here to help keep you safely on the road. Give us a call or visit our website at

New vs. Pre-Owned Vehicles: Which one is Right for You?

All Vehicles are Unique

No two people are exactly alike, and neither are the vehicles we drive. Some people enjoy the latest and greatest designs with integrated technology to match. Others prefer something that gets them from point A to point B and remains reliable, even if it’s not the latest model on the road. At McGavock Nissan, we understand that each person has specific needs for their next car. We’re here to help you find a car that matches your lifestyle and provides the best functionality possible, all while being cost-effective. So, do you drive off in a brand new car, or get behind the wheel of a certified pre-owned vehicle? Let’s take a look at which one matches you!

New Vehicles: Innovative Investments

Owning a new vehicle is an exciting experience- especially for those who enjoy the latest technology inside the car, while admiring the stylish design on the outside. This technology and modern styling hold their own against the test of time, so customers can enjoy their new car longer. New cars are often seen by buyers as an investment. This purchase involves a down payment and the buyer intends to drive the car for many years to come.

New 2021 Nissan Armada

At McGavock Nissan, we provide a variety of financial options and vehicle incentives for qualified buyers to drive away with lower monthly payments. Be sure to come see us for the best deal on your new car! Lastly, the tax, title, and license process with a new vehicle is quick and efficient, and the vehicle’s warranty is still in effect. If these criteria match what you’re looking for in a vehicle, you should consider purchasing a new car!

Pre-Owned Vehicles: Functionally Cost-Effective

Pre-Owned vehicles are practical, cost-efficient, and have a wide variety of options for buyers with specific needs. When pre-owned vehicles are certified through a dealership, they have lower mileage and are in “like new” condition. Pre-owned buyers expect excellent functionality while remaining within their budget. These vehicles often have a remaining warranty, or customers can work with the dealership to purchase a new warranty for the car. Doing this ensures that the vehicle is always covered.

Pre-Owned 2017 Honda Civic

Also, many pre-owned vehicles have similar features and technology to their newer counterparts.  With this in mind, buyers find the best of both worlds in an affordable vehicle with upgraded features. If you are looking for a car that gets you where you need to go and is budget-friendly, a pre-owned vehicle is right for you!

What Car Will You Choose?

Whether you drive away with a new or pre-owned vehicle, you can’t go wrong when you shop at McGavock Nissan! Our knowledgeable sales professionals are here to help you find everything you need, from technology features to horsepower. Knowing what car fits your lifestyle and budget is an empowering feeling, and we’re here to help you achieve it! Come by and see us at one of our 5 locations today, or shop online at

Car Buying Tips From Sales Professionals at McGavock Nissan

Buying a car can be the most exciting experience when customers know exactly what to expect from their dealership. Many dealerships only care about getting the car and the customer out the door. At McGavock Nissan, our friendly and knowledgeable sales professionals are here to help make your car buying experience easy, efficient, and most of all, enjoyable. Here are some tips and advice from our sales professionals on exactly what to expect when coming in to buy your car. 

Know what you want

James Hampton recommends you have an idea of what you’re looking for in a car before you walk in. Having a general idea of what a customer is looking for helps our sales professionals get on the right track to finding the perfect vehicle for everyone’s needs. Also, if you’re looking to stay within a certain budget, it’s helpful to be realistic about what vehicle best fits that budget. Looking at vehicles outside of your budget only makes the process more difficult to narrow down.

Bring the required documents

Chris Attanasio says it’s the best idea to come prepared with the basic documents you would need to apply for financing on a vehicle. These documents include a recent pay stub, a bill with your name, and driver’s license. Coming into the dealership with these documents in hand will make the application process quicker and more organized for both the sales professional and the customer. Secondly, if you have any intention or possibility of trading in your car, Chris recommends that you clean it well inside and out before bringing it to the dealership. This will ensure the car’s value is the most accurate when it comes to condition.

Trust us, we’re your friends

Logan Anderson wants customers to know that our sales professionals are here to help. No gimmicks, and no hassles. Any questions we ask are meant to further help you with your car purchase. Logan says it can be easy to feel reserved when sales professionals are asking questions, but McGavock Nissan values our customers like family, and we will always treat them as such. Allow us to be your friends in the car business and you will enjoy your car buying experience that much more!

Features, features, features!

Leslie Palacios encourages customers to allow their sales professional to educate them on all the features our vehicles have to offer. This will make it easier to narrow down exactly what features you want in your car and realistically determine how often you would use each one. When the features are narrowed down, so is the car you’re looking for. Leslie always wants her customers to feel informed and confident about their vehicle purchase, inside and out. 

We are so excited to help you with your next car purchase, and we hope these tips were helpful in making that experience more easy, efficient, and enjoyable. McGavock Nissan is here for you both at the dealership and long after you drive off the lot. We hope to see you soon!

Spring Car Maintenance at McGavock Nissan

Change the Filters in your Air Vents

Spring is here, and it’s time to clean out your car’s air filters! Dust, pollen, and many other particulates clog your air filters and increase your chances of experiencing allergies while driving. Our service department recommends owners change their air filters every 15-30,000 miles, depending on their driving habits.  City driving does not cause as much pollutant intake as country driving, so be sure to keep that in mind when considering a filter change.  Contact our service department today for more information on how to change your specific vehicle’s air filters, or you can book an appointment with one of our service technicians.

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Rotate Before You Roll Out

We recommend you rotate your tires every six months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles to prevent blowouts and maintain steady wear on your tread.  A good way to remember when it’s time to get the tires rotated is to get it done every other oil change. 

Maintain Your Inspection for Everyone’s Protection

Getting your vehicle inspected is not only the law, but it ensures that your car is in the best possible shape for everything from a trip to the grocery store to a trip across the country.  Inspecting elements like fluid levels, headlight function, brake response, and more will keep your car safe for you and everyone else on the road.

McGavock Nissan Service at Your Service

We are here to help get your car ready for the road this Spring and beyond.  Give us a call to schedule your appointment today! Our website is updated regularly with our current service specials and coupons, so be sure to check out our Service page before you book your appointment!

Why do our Customers Love Their Nissan?

Anyone can fall in love with a new car, but McGavock Nissan takes it one step further. We help our customers love their experience at our stores. Unrivaled customer service, paired with our sales professionals’ extensive product knowledge, gives our customers a car buying experience unlike any other. To top it off, our products lead the pack in modern styling, effective safety features, and overall components that make your driving experience a fun one. Our customers have the greatest experiences with their vehicles, and we want to share some of their stories! Read more to find out why McGavock Nissan is different when it comes to buying your next vehicle.

The 2020 Pathfinder

Dylan recently purchased a 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, and had a wonderful experience with his sales professional!

“Jon Phariss was great, he provided great customer service and he is highly recommended. He was able to get us in a vehicle that we really wanted for the family. He gave us the best deal. I will continue my my future car buying with Jon Phariss at Mcgavok Nissan Lubbock. Thanks again Jon.”

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2021 Rogue

Eboni drove away with this gorgeous 2021 Rogue. She loves all the new features it has to offer for all of her family’s needs.

“My husband and I went to McGavock Nissan looking to trade our SUV for something that would better fit our needs. We were welcomed by sales representative Leslie Palacios and she was very patient with us and let us explore all of our options. After a thorough walk through and test drive, we decided on the new 2021 Nissan Rogue and couldn’t be happier with our purchase! Leslie was a great customer advocate in getting us the best deal for our trade and our new vehicle. One of the easiest car buying experiences we’ve had!”

2021 Nissan Rogue

The 2021 Titan

Kacie got an awesome deal on this 2021 Nissan Titan. She couldn’t have been happier with how simple the trade-in process was!

“McGavock and our salesman Rantrell made this a great experience! We were able to find the truck we wanted. They gave us a great deal on our Trade in and made the purchase worth our while. Thank you!”

2021 Nissan Titan

The 2021 Titan, complete with delivery service!

Dean absolutely loved how easy it was to purchase his truck online, and we were able to deliver it right to him at his office in Big Spring!

“Great service, price, and selection. Found the truck I wanted online, made a phone call at 11am the truck was delivered to my office in Big Spring by 6pm that day. WOW that’s service.”

2020 Nissan Titan

We hope you enjoyed our customers’ testimonials, and we sincerely hope to see you at our dealership soon! Also, thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our customers for supporting us and showing your love for our brand each and every day. If you have any questions regarding our vehicles, your trade-in, or anything in between, give us a call at (806) 412-5945. Also, visit our website at We want to help you find a Nissan that you’ll fall in love with!

New Year, New Outlook, and New Goals at McGavock Nissan

2021 is the glimmering light at the end of a bleak tunnel for us all. This is the first year ever it seems that people are making it a goal to simply connect with others when it was merely a common pleasantry in year’s past.  Some people are keeping with the age-old resolution to improve themselves in some way, whether it’s to get in better physical health, improve their outlook on life, or improve their relationships with others. Other people are making it their mission to give back, learn something new, or get a pet.  The wonderful people at McGavock Nissan are preparing for the new year with resolutions of their own, and we are excited to share them with all of you. Whatever your resolution is for this new year, we hope you achieve it ten-fold, surrounded by those who love and support you all the way.

Andrew Noble, Director of Video Production for McGavock, says his New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, lose weight, be more kind and giving to the people around him, and become more disciplined.

Mallory Barnett, Inbound Marketing and Communications Strategist has made it her goal to be more assertive when planning out and reaching her goals in life.  She wants to use her optimism and motivation to achieve everything she sets her mind to both at work and in her personal endeavors.  Lastly, she aspires to build stronger relationships with others and learn a new language in 2021.

Leslie Palacios, a sales professional, says her resolutions are to pay off all debt and to start remodeling her house.  Her personal goal is to read more self-improvement and motivational books.

Lastly, Kate Silva, Director of Digital Marketing, says she will create every single day (Photograph, drawing, etc), even if it’s only 10 minutes a day.She wants to push herself out of her comfort zone by experimenting with more complex projects or just trying something new.  She wants to focus on projects that fulfill her creatively and say yes to projects that excite and inspire her.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it would be the fact that we as humans are indeed strong, resilient, and fully capable of anything we set our minds to, no matter the setbacks.  The world has endured the lion’s share of struggles, pain, and loss this year, but 2021 is a new beginning for us all.  Let’s take it head-on and make 2021 the most memorable year to date.

Happy Thanksgiving, From our Family to Yours

This season of Thankfulness feels undeniably different.  Feelings of apprehension and uncertainty have followed us all for several months, but McGavock Nissan wants to step back and focus on the aspects of life that keep us all going, no matter what.  Our wonderful employees share what makes them thankful to come to work every day, as well as what lights up their life in times of darkness. Take a look at what our staff has to say in the quotes and video below.

“I am thankful for the family made here at McGavock, and the constant investment made into the employees. I am personally thankful for a great year full of health and adventure!”-Erin Hutson, Owner Loyalty Manager and Allstate Agent

“Those Handsome Bros appreciate our marketing team for helping us in making creative, exciting videos each week. They push us to think bigger and better, they give us fresh ideas and opinions on what would help, and at the end of the day it never feels like work because we can honestly say they are more than people we work with. They are family.” -Those Handsome Bros Chris Attanasio and Logan Anderson, sales and leasing professionals

“Shortly after starting my job as Director of Digital Marketing with McGavock Auto Group, I realized that Brent and Steve’s dedication to their employees’ growth and well-being is of the utmost importance. When you become a part of the McGavock team, you soon realize that there are many types of people from different walks of life, all working toward the greater good of number one, our customers, and number two, our organization’s success. During my initial interview with Brent, he said having fun was an integral part of the McGavock culture. I’ve heard it before from past employers but have genuinely experienced it across the five McGavock dealerships. Our employees have the freedom to express their creativity or personality with little oversight from the top, which has yielded remarkable results. I’m grateful to have found a place I can grow my skills, lead a team, and have fun while doing it.” -Kate Silva, Director of Digital Marketing

We hope that this blog brought back those familiar feelings of warmth and gratitude, and we want all of our valued customers to know truly how grateful we are for each and every one of you.  Your support and business have allowed us to continue serving the Lubbock community for 40+ years, and we are so excited to see what is in store for the McGavock Auto Group for years to come.  Thank you, McGavock Family, from the bottom of our hearts. We hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving, full of love, laughter, and family.

McGavock Nissan’s Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is finally here, and for many, the holiday looks a little different this year.  Families all over our community are planning the safest possible trick-or-treating experience for their little ones, and McGavock Nissan is here to help! Check out some of our best tips for trick-or-treating safely this Halloween.

1.) Keep a safe distance

When trick-or-treating with your kids, keep in mind the importance of keeping a safe distance of at least 6 feet away from others.  Keeping this distance minimizes the risk of coming in contact with any germs at any point and time. 

2.) Wear a mask if you feel it’s necessary

If you or your child are not already wearing some kind of Halloween mask, we recommend wearing a mask when coming in contact with other people (accepting candy at your neighbor’s door, talking with friends and other parents, etc.) to keep yourself and others safe.

3.) Keep hand sanitizer handy

Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer with you to disinfect your hands between ringing doorbells or touching door handles.  Preventing the spread of germs to your hands will further prevent the spread of those germs to your body.

4.) Trick-or-Treat from your car

Ask your neighbors if they’ve considered giving out candy to trick-or-treaters in their vehicles this Halloween.  This is a safe, fun way to get your candy fix without risking catching any illnesses.  Apps like NextDoor allow people in your neighborhood to network with each other, so this would be a great opportunity to organize a drive-thru trick-or-treat this Halloween!

We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! Feel free to share your Halloween photos with us on our Facebook page!

Find the Perfect Nissan for you at McGavock Nissan

School has officially started, and whether students are in the classroom or at home, McGavock Nissan is here to help get you from point A to point B with reliability and affordability.  We understand the importance of finding the right vehicle for your needs, and that’s why we’ve included a comprehensive guide on choosing the right Nissan for you!


If you’re a mom or dad looking to upgrade your family vehicle for field trips and road trips alike, we have some wonderful options! First, for smaller families of 3-4, the Nissan Murano is a great choice! This sleek, yet spacious vehicle is perfect for taking the kids to and from school, or on new adventures.  With its multitude of safety features like Pro pilot Assist, blind spot monitoring and lane departure assist, and around-view cameras and sensors, you can rest assured that you and your family are safe on the road. Also, with Blue Tooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you are always connected to your favorite entertainment features while driving.

If you’re a family of 4 or more, we highly recommend the Pathfinder and Armada.  Both vehicles have 3rd-row seating and still provide plenty of cargo room for everyone’s belongings.  These family-friendly cars also have towing capabilities.  The Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition can tow up to 6,000 pounds when properly equipped, while the Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds. Whichever vehicle you choose, we guarantee your family will be well taken care of on the road.  Lastly, the Pathfinder and Armada have the same technology features as listed above, so your family can stay connected no matter where you are.

Truck Lovers

McGavock Nissan offers two truck options for the adventurer and heavy hauler.  First, the Nissan Frontier is a versatile mid-size truck that can take you anywhere- on or off-road.  The Frontier has a 3.8L V6 engine and can tow up to 6,720 pounds. Second, the Nissan Titan is an absolute powerhouse of a truck.  It can tow up to 9,400 pounds and it’s great for getting the job done using both brains and brawn.  Both trucks have the same safety features and technology packages as the vehicles mentioned above.

Students, Young Adults, and Drivers with Smaller Vehicle Preferences

We’re a dealership that’s as versatile as our vehicles.  We have several options

for students, young adults, and drivers with smaller vehicle preferences.  First, the Nissan Rogue, Rogue Sport and Kicks are our three compact SUV options that provide fun, safety, and flexibility for every driving scenario. Whether you’re zooming around campus, running errands around town, or simply taking a much-needed road trip, these vehicles are equipped with the same safety and technology features as their larger counterparts.  An added bonus of the Rogue, Rogue Sport and Kicks is the extra cargo space.  These vehicles are perfect for taking school supplies, groceries, sports equipment, and so much more from point A to point B!

Lastly, we have 4 wonderful options for our customers who prefer a sedan.  The Nissan Maxima, Altima, Sentra, and Versa are all great choices, ranging from large to compact.  The Maxima and Altima are perfect for those who enjoy a more luxe feel and a little extra space.  The Sentra and Versa are small sedans that pack a huge punch when it comes to power and versatility! Each of these vehicles also have the same standard safety and technology features as listed above, and get exceptional gas mileage. 

Whichever Nissan vehicle you choose, we guarantee you’ll enjoy the entire driving experience from tip to tailpipe.  Each of our experienced sales and leasing professionals are ready to help you find the best vehicle and the perfect price.  Come see us at the dealership or shop online today!