06-12-24

Is INFINITI the Same Company as Nissan?

When it comes to luxury vehicles, the name INFINITI often stands out. However, many people wonder if INFINITI is the same company as Nissan. The short answer is yes—INFINITI is Nissan’s luxury brand, designed to offer a higher level of performance, comfort, and style. Since its launch in 1989, INFINITI has been providing American drivers with upscale alternatives to Nissan's reliable and economical vehicles.
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01-09-24

Start the Year off Right Sales Event

2024 INFINITI QX50

4.9% APR Financing

FOR UP TO 60 Months

Example VIN: 3PCAJ5BA3PF117734. 4.9% APR financing for 60 months on new 2024 QX50 in retailer stock. Example: 10% down payment. 60 months financing at $18.83 per month per $1,000 financed at 4.9% for 60 months. Actual down payment may vary. Subject to IFS credit approval. Not all buyers qualify. Offer can be combined with other offers. Retailer contribution may affect price set by retailer. Retailer sets actual price. Contact retailer for details. Ends 01/31/2024. For illustrative purposes only.

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10-13-23

Service & Parts at INFINITI of South Bay


Welcome to INFINITI of South Bay, your trusted source for exceptional vehicle service!

At INFINITI of South Bay, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of automotive service and care possible. Whether you drive an INFINITI or any other make and model, our expert technicians are here to ensure your vehicle runs at its best.

Here's why you should choose INFINITI of South Bay for all your service needs:

✅ Factory-Trained Technicians: Our technicians are factory-trained and certified, ensuring they have the expertise and knowledge to work on your vehicle with precision.

✅ State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our modern service center is equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic tools and equipment, guaranteeing accurate and efficient repairs.

✅ Genuine Parts: We use only genuine OEM parts, so you can trust the quality and reliability of every replacement.

✅ Convenient Location: Located in the heart of South Bay, we're easily accessible and offer flexible scheduling to fit your busy lifestyle.

✅ Customer Satisfaction: We prioritize customer satisfaction, and our friendly staff is always ready to assist you with a smile.

✅ Competitive Pricing: We offer competitive pricing without compromising on quality, so you get the best value for your money.

From routine maintenance to complex repairs, trust INFINITI of South Bay for all your automotive service needs. Subscribe to our channel to stay updated on service tips, special offers, and more!

Call to schedule your next service appointment or use our convenient online scheduling tool. Your vehicle deserves the best, and that's exactly what we provide at INFINITI of South Bay!

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10-13-23

The INFINITI of South Bay Way

What is the INFINITI of South Bay way? People always ask me that question. It's about relationships, long lasting relationships. Here at INFINITI of South Bay we pride ourselves in creating a World Class experience. One built on transparency, honesty and openness. From being able to buy a car in just a few clicks online to offering valet service at the drop of a dime for your next service visit. That's what we do here, we make things easy. That's the INFINITI of South Bay way!
Choosing to purchase a vehicle from INFINITI of South Bay is a decision that combines quality, expertise, and convenience. When you buy from us, you have the advantage of interacting with a team of knowledgeable sales professionals who understand Infinity vehicles inside and out. They can guide you through the selection process, ensuring you find the perfect vehicle that suits your preferences and needs. We pride ourselves on a wide selection of new and pre-owned INFINITI models, providing you with various options to fit your budget and desires. With a commitment to customer satisfaction and a reputation for excellence, INFINITI of South Bay ensures that your vehicle purchasing experience is smooth, enjoyable, and tailored to your preferences.

When it comes to buying your next vehicle, there's no better choice than INFINITI of South Bay!

Here's why you should consider us for your next car purchase:

✅ Extensive Inventory: Explore a wide range of Infiniti models and other high-quality vehicles, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your needs and preferences.

✅ Unparalleled Customer Service: Our dedicated team is committed to providing you with a personalized and hassle-free shopping experience, from start to finish.

✅ Competitive Pricing: Enjoy competitive and transparent pricing, with financing options that suit your budget and lifestyle.

✅ Certified Pre-Owned Selection: Discover peace of mind with our certified pre-owned vehicles, backed by rigorous inspections and warranties.

✅ Convenient Location: Located in the heart of South Bay, we're easily accessible and offer test drives at your convenience.

Make the smart choice and choose Infiniti of South Bay for your next vehicle purchase.

Call 310-325-5555 to schedule your test drive and showroom visit at 2900 Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance, California. Come experience the INFINITI of South Bay way! You'll be glad you did.
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08-09-23

INFINITI of South Bay Awarded the 2023 President’s Circle Award

INFINITI of South Bay is Awarded the 2023 President's Circle Award

The INFINITI President's Circle Award represents a long-standing tradition of recognizing best-in-class service delivered by retailers and employees. This year, INFINITI of South Bay along with only 48 other top INFINITI dealerships, is being recognized for achieving President's Circle Award status as one of the top-performing retailers across the country.

INFINITI’s President's Circle Award is a coveted award that acknowledges the highest echelon of its retailers and employees that work to deliver for the dealership and its clients.

“Here at INFINITI of South Bay, we believe excellence is won one client at a time. We are totally transparent, do what is right for our clients the first time, and have integrity and accountability in our actions, said Kelvin Bratcher, Owner and Executive Manager of INFINITI of South Bay. “Thanks to our dedicated teams, our employees make a difference each and every day. Come visit us and let us show you the INFINITI of South Bay way.”

Left to right, Kimu Mauu, INFINITI Financial Services Representative and Kelvin Bratcher, INFINITI of South Bay Owner & Executive Manager.

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02-20-22

When to Use High Beams and Hazard Lights

Driving at night, or in adverse conditions can be pretty uncomfortable. You may be tempted to flick on your high beams on a foggy road or activate your hazard lights in heavy rain, but that isn’t always the best option. The INFINITI Of South Bay  team is here to take the guesswork out of using these features to keep you safe on the road.

When to Use Your High Beams

It seems like a no-brainer to use your high beams any time you can’t see well. On a dark, clear night when you’re away from traffic or populated areas, that’s true. Your high beams can illuminate the road ahead of you, up to 500 feet. However, those high beams can also be overkill when there are streetlights to aid your visibility. When there are other motorists around, it’s best to avoid your high beams, since the light is aimed higher, and could affect their ability to see.

In rain, snow, and fog, your high beams might make it more difficult to see. Since the light is aimed higher and will cause the particles in the air to reflect towards your vehicle, it can limit your visibility. Low beams will aim the light downward, better illuminating the road.

If the light of oncoming traffic is making it difficult for you to see, high beams won’t help. Try focusing on the white line on the right side of the road until the driver passes. The line will guide you and be the easiest thing to see. Flashing your lights to get the other driver to turn off their high beams might not be properly interpreted and could do more harm than good.

When to Use Your Hazard Lights

Many drivers overuse their hazard lights. It can be unsafe to use them when they are not needed, such as in a heavy rain downpour. In inclement weather, most drivers are traveling at a similar, reduced speed. If you turn on your hazards, other drivers and law enforcement may misinterpret your hazards as a signal that your vehicle is stopped. A police officer may interpret that you need assistance. The hazard lights also disable your turn signals, which can create a dangerous situation, especially in adverse weather. The best thing to do in this situation is to maintain a safe speed and turn on your headlights and taillights.

Other drivers may use hazards when parking illegally, in heavy traffic, or as an alternative to a turn signal. All of these situations can be confusing and problematic for other drivers. Again, it’s best to drive defensively and observe the laws of your area while navigating.

There are two instances when you should use hazard lights: in a funeral procession and when stopped on or near the roadway. Using your hazards in a funeral procession communicates to other drivers that they should adjust their speed. When stopped because your vehicle has broken down, an officer has pulled you over, or in an emergency situation, drivers know that they should reduce their speed, and move over if possible. Hazards increase visibility and warn other drivers to pay attention as they approach.

We hope this helps clear up when you should use these lights. Of course, this is a guideline and you should use your best judgment in any situation to be as safe as possible. If you’ve noticed that one of your lights isn’t working correctly, or as bright as it should be, contact the INFINITI Of South Bay service team today. We can make sure your lights are working properly and replace any bulbs that aren’t working.

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02-15-22

5 Ways to Keep Your On-the-Road Office Neat and Organized

Man holding a cell phone

More people than ever now work on the move, thanks to mobile phones, laptops, and tablet devices. But if you're regularly using your vehicle as a workstation, how can you keep track of everything and keep it all neat, organized, and tidy? Here are 5 tips from INFINITI Of South Bay.

1) Paper

Although technology companies would rather you didn't mention it, there's still a lot of paper in business. Whether you've printed a hard copy of a document for proofreading purposes or just amassed a pile of receipts for an expense claim, paper will build up. There are two steps to managing paper in your on-the-road office.

First, make sure you have a hole punch and ring binder, and file away every single scrap of paper neatly, keeping it all in one place. Second, when you finish with a piece of paper, scan it if it's important, and then recycle it. Nothing clutters an office faster than scraps of paper, and this is doubly true if your office is a car. Lose the trash.

2) Storage

Keep your car tidy by keeping your on-the-road office in one of the storage compartments. Whether that's in the glove compartment, the trunk, or the front passenger seat footwell is up to you, but get into the habit of putting your office away when you're not actively working. Out of sight, out of mind, and it will help prevent you from losing important items in the interior of your car.

3) Charging

Pay careful attention to the battery life instructions on your laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Keep their charge levels topped up at every opportunity, and think about investing in portable power packs and car chargers (if your vehicle doesn't have a USB port or wireless charging station already).

4) Stationery

When working on paper, you will need a pen, a pencil, an eraser, possibly a ruler, and a highlighter pen. That's it. Buy one of each item, and a case to put them in. If you give into the temptation of buying dozens of different colored pens and a pencil for every grade of hardness, you'll end up losing items left and right and still won’t be able to find a pen when you need one. Buy a small amount of equipment and concentrate on keeping it in a desginated place in your vehicle.

5) Prioritize

The best way to keep your on-the-road office tidy and organized is to do the bare minimum of work on the move. When you begin to do any task in the car, take a moment to think about whether it could wait until you're back in your regular office or at your desk at home. And if it can wait, ask yourself whether you would be likely to do the task better with a more dedicated working environment, perhaps with colleagues who you can ask for advice and support.


There are more ways than these to keep yourself organized while out on the road, but we hope you found these top five tips helpful. if there's anything else we can do to make your automotive life easier, don't hesitate to contact us today.

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02-01-22

Save Money with these Simple Tips

A new year is a great time to begin new money saving practices. Instead of planning on winning the lottery, plan to make small manageable changes that can save you money in the long run. Here are three simple money-saving ideas to help ensure that this is the year that you save money.

Budget

One of the best ways to save money is to create (and stick to) a budget. By creating categories for all of your purchasing needs and allotting money to each one, you're less likely to overspend. Giving every dollar you spend an assigned category also ensures that you're spending money efficiently. The first step to planning a good budget is deciding how often your budget will reset based on what works for you, whether it's at every paycheck or every week, or somewhere in between. Then, create your categories for all of your normal expenses. Don't forget to allot money to the "free" category to cover any spontaneous purchases. This ensures that other money stays within its category and you still have the freedom to spend money.

Don't Be Afraid to Adjust

Creating a budget is hard work and if it isn't exactly right the first time, don't be afraid to adapt and adjust. If your first budget attempt doesn't have enough money for groceries or gas, but you overestimated your coffee category, then consider re-allotting. It may take several attempts to fine-tune your budget and it might be helpful to keep basic notes of how much you spend or don't spend in each category. Once your budget accommodates your most efficient spending habits, you'll be able to regularly save any leftover money!

But also, don't be afraid to adapt and adjust your lifestyle to help save money. If your morning cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop is important to you, then keep it! Everyone deserves little pleasures. But if you don't mind substituting name brand products for cheaper generic store brands at the grocery store, then save your money there. Small changes can help you save money, so don't be afraid to branch out.

Automatically Save

Automatically factoring in money to save is a good way to accumulate wealth. By automatically depositing a specified amount of money at each paycheck, you'll adjust your spending habits to function without it. Putting away money from each paycheck can be difficult, but every little bit can help to build up your savings. Consider your automatic saving another category for your budget in order to manage your spending. This will also be beneficial in thinking about the future, having accumulated savings can take the pressure off of unexpected costs and expenses.

If you need a great way to save money on your next vehicle, INFINITI of South Bay can help you find a great deal on a remarkable vehicle that's gonna help you meet your goals for the year. Contact us today

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01-24-22

Saving On Service: How Electric Vehicles Save You Money

The initial investment in an electric vehicle can seem high. However, there are so many unseen savings with EV models, and we’re not just talking about possible government incentives. Service costs associated with electric vehicles are much lower than those for gasoline-powered models.

Brakes Pads & Rotors

Because EVs employ regenerative braking technology, less brake application is needed to bring your vehicle to a stop. That means longer life for brake pads and rotors!

Oil Changes

Many EV motors do have lubricants. However, that lubricant doesn’t need to be changed for the longevity of the vehicle. That’s right, no more oil changes every 3 months!

Coolant

While the battery system does have cooling, it also doesn’t require service. Some batteries are air-cooled while others are liquid-cooled, but either way, when you choose an EV, coolant flushes are a thing of the past.

Spark Plugs

EV motors don’t use traditional ignition systems so items like spark plugs, coil packs, and ignition coils aren’t a concern.

Fuel Components

No fuel? No fuel lines. No fuel filters. No fuel injectors. No fuel pumps. That eliminates so many common issues as vehicles age. Sometimes even gas tanks need to be replaced. These are all concerns you won’t have to think about when you go electric.

Air Filters

Yes, you will still need to replace your cabin air filter, but the air intake filters won’t be an issue. Gasoline-powered engines require a lot of air to work properly, and they suck air in through the air intake. EV motors don’t need to do this, so the intake filter isn’t something you’ll need to remember to replace.

Service needs and schedules vary from vehicle to vehicle and that’s true for electric vehicles too. To learn about the exact needs of an electric vehicle you’re contemplating, contact the INFINITI of South Bay FIAT service team. Our technicians are keeping up with the evolving service of gasoline and EV models and we’re here to answer any questions you need.

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01-22-22

How Do I Know When to Replace My Windshield Wipers?

A clear view from your front windshield is essential for safe driving. Your windshield wiper blades remove rain, snow…even dirt and ice to improve your driving visibility. They’re ready to work quickly and smoothly; they endure extremes of temperature and operate for hours at a time—without fail, as long as they’re maintained properly. Made out of thin, flexible rubber, your hard-working wiper blades just need a little attention to ensure they’re not cracking, warping, or losing their flexibility.

If your wiper blades aren’t doing a good job (or even if you think they could be doing better), it’s probably time to replace them. Many experts say that wiper blades need to be changed every year, more often depending on weather conditions in your area and on the quality of blade materials. Standard rubber blades have a shorter lifespan than halogen-hardened and silicone blades, but many people buy rubber blades to save a few bucks. However, is that temporary savings worth it if you end up needing to replace them sooner?

Streaking is a solid indicator that your wiper blades need to be replaced; you might notice large gaps where no water is being removed each time the blades wipe. The wipers might also start making squeaking or staccato sounds, which is also a sign they need attention. Left for too long without replacing, the rubber of the of the wiper blade can shred or break loose from the arm, which means the  metal or hard plastic of the arm scrapes across the glass and can damage your windshield.

Check your wiper blades for these signs of wear and tear:

  • Scratching sounds
  • Cracked or peeling blades
  • Windshield streaks
  • Bad windshield contact
  • Skipping wipers

Most wipers will accept rubber refills, giving you the option of replacing only the part that’s damaged, rather than having to replace the entire wiper mechanism. Wiper arms can warp and bend, so inspect the arm as well to ensure that replacing the blade is the only problem you need to address.

Spring is a great time to install new wipers. Even if your blades appear to be functioning fine, the ice and snow in winter can cause tiny tears in your rubber wiper blades. Remember, wiper blades deteriorate due to many environmental factors, like sun, airborne debris, road salt, and hard rain. Multiply those factors in more extreme weather areas, and your wiper blades will need maintenance on a more frequent basis.

Conclusion

Windshield wipers are one of the easiest parts of your car to maintain, and efficient wiper blades are as important to automotive safety as clean oil and good tires. Inspect your wiper blades frequently for wear and tear, and check your owner’s manual to ensure you’re replacing any parts that are the right fit for your car.

And of course, the INFINITI of South Bay Service Department is ready to to help check, repair, or replace your wipers as needed. Contact us online to schedule any service or give us a shout to answer your automotive questions!

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12-17-21

How Do I Know When to Replace My Windshield Wipers?

A clear view from your front windshield is essential for safe driving. Your windshield wiper blades remove rain, snow…even dirt and ice to improve your driving visibility. They’re ready to work quickly and smoothly; they endure extremes of temperature and operate for hours at a time—without fail, as long as they’re maintained properly. Made out of thin, flexible rubber, your hard-working wiper blades just need a little attention to ensure they’re not cracking, warping, or losing their flexibility.

If your wiper blades aren’t doing a good job (or even if you think they could be doing better), it’s probably time to replace them. Many experts say that wiper blades need to be changed every year, more often depending on weather conditions in your area and on the quality of blade materials. Standard rubber blades have a shorter lifespan than halogen-hardened and silicone blades, but many people buy rubber blades to save a few bucks. However, is that temporary savings worth it if you end up needing to replace them sooner?

Streaking is a solid indicator that your wiper blades need to be replaced; you might notice large gaps where no water is being removed each time the blades wipe. The wipers might also start making squeaking or staccato sounds, which is also a sign they need attention. Left for too long without replacing, the rubber of the of the wiper blade can shred or break loose from the arm, which means the  metal or hard plastic of the arm scrapes across the glass and can damage your windshield.

Check your wiper blades for these signs of wear and tear:

  • Scratching sounds
  • Cracked or peeling blades
  • Windshield streaks
  • Bad windshield contact
  • Skipping wipers

Most wipers will accept rubber refills, giving you the option of replacing only the part that’s damaged, rather than having to replace the entire wiper mechanism. Wiper arms can warp and bend, so inspect the arm as well to ensure that replacing the blade is the only problem you need to address.

Spring is a great time to install new wipers. Even if your blades appear to be functioning fine, the ice and snow in winter can cause tiny tears in your rubber wiper blades. Remember, wiper blades deteriorate due to many environmental factors, like sun, airborne debris, road salt, and hard rain. Multiply those factors in more extreme weather areas, and your wiper blades will need maintenance on a more frequent basis.

Conclusion

Windshield wipers are one of the easiest parts of your car to maintain, and efficient wiper blades are as important to automotive safety as clean oil and good tires. Inspect your wiper blades frequently for wear and tear, and check your owner’s manual to ensure you’re replacing any parts that are the right fit for your car.

And of course, the INFINITI of South Bay Service Department is ready to to help check, repair, or replace your wipers as needed. Contact us online to schedule any service or give us a shout to answer your automotive questions!

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10-20-21

Easy Steps to Live More Sustainably

Sometimes it can feel incredibly daunting to make lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to sustainability. Switching to an electric vehicle, alternative power (like solar), and changing your entire diet can be expensive, time consuming, and uncomfortable. However, there are some easy, inexpensive ways to start reducing your impact on the environment without breaking the bank or changing your whole life.

Buy Less

It might seem like you need to go out and buy all new things to be more sustainable, but there's nothing more sustainable than the things you already have. Replacing your washer and dryer with energy efficient options would definitely help reduce your water and electricity consumption. However, if your appliances work perfectly as they are, replacing them creates more waste. Speaking of waste, clothing is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Consider buying clothing only when you need it and buy styles that are more timeless to avoid needing new clothing every season. Bonus! Buying and consuming less will save you money too.

Shop Used

Need to decorate your new home, replace something that broke, or want new clothing, consider buying used. Check out local thrift shops, online secondhand sales, and things that friends are trying to get rid of. Not only will this save you money, but you'll be giving a new life to things that might have otherwise ended up in the landfill. You can usually get great deals on furniture that needs small repairs and your home will have a unique character that no one else's does.

Choose Reusable

Things like sandwich bags, shopping bags, water bottles, mesh produce bags, straws, baking cups, makeup remover pads, coffee k-cups, food wrap, and so much more can be swapped out for reusable alternatives. Next time you run out of bottled water, considering purchasing a single reusable bottle. Skip things that only offer a single use, like paper plates, plastic cutlery, and cleaning wipes. By switching to reusable, you can reduce your trash generation, as well as save money by not needing to buy mroe each week.

Go Digital

Opt out of paper bills where possible. Many times we have our bills on autopay anyway, and the bills are just wasted paper. Instead of buying physical copies of books, consider buying the digital versions. Same for movies, music, and video games. Sometimes it can be fun to have physical copies, but they often take up more space than necessary.

Borrow or Rent

If you just love the feeling of a physical book, or can't get a digital copy of a video game you want to play, try borrowing from a friend or library. Renting also helps you spend less while still enjoying the things you want. Many auto parts stores loan out tools, some stores rent out appliances, and many places will let you rent sports equipment so you don't have to buy and store something you only use once a year.

These small steps can help you make a big difference. If it's time to upgrade your vehicle to a more fuel-efficient model, or give a pre-owned model a new life, contact the INFINITI of South Bay team today. We'll pair you with a vehicle that helps you reduce your impact and save you money at the pump.

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10-19-21

Are Your Tires Ready for Fall?

Summer temperatures are especially rough on tires. As the pavement heats up, it can wear down your tires even faster than usual. Tires with little or no tread can be slippery and dangerous even when road conditions are at their best. In rain, snow, or mud, they could become even more unsafe. Luckily, INFINITI of South Bay team knows how to keep your tires spinning the right way.

Tires are the only part of our car that connects us to the road, making it extremely important to keep them in top shape. When tires aren't maintained properly, they lose the properties that help them retain traction, so it’s not surprising that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 11,000 tire-related crashes each year, with hundreds of those ending in tragic fatalities. The most tragic part is that many of those accidents could have been avoided with proper tire maintenance.

Not sure if your tires are unsafe? The minimum amount of tire tread you need to safely operate your car is 2/32 of an inch. To check, insert a penny into the grooves of your tire, with Lincoln's head pointing down. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, it's time to have your tires replaced. If you notice any uneven wear, you may also need an alignment.

Don’t wait to discover these problems while you're out on the road. Schedule a quick and easy tire service at INFINITI of South Bay before you get out there this fall!

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09-24-21

You're driving to work one morning and you look down at your dashboard only to notice that the Check Engine Light or CEL is illuminated. Seeing any warning lights on your dashboard can be concerning but what does this mean? Should you pull over and call your mechanic? Should you ignore it? The answer is somewhere in the middle. We asked our factory-trained technicians what our clients should do when their check engine light comes on and the answer may give you some relief. To understand what you should do, it's important to understand what this common light means.

What is a Check Engine Light?

While it may be very concerning to have any warning light on your dashboard, the Check Engine Light isn't always as scary as it sounds. The light can come on for a whole host of reasons. Something as simple as a loose fuel cap can trigger the light. In many cases, the light is an indicator that some component that affects the vehicle's efficiency and emissions has an issue. Things like cylinder misfires (often caused by old spark plugs or coil packs), o2 sensors, or Evaporative Emission Control Systems can trigger this light. Many times, you may not even notice drivability issues.

What do I do when it comes on?

There's no need to panic, pull over, have your vehicle towed, or cancel your day to deal with a check engine light if your vehicle doesn't have any other symptoms. Avoid taking long trips and if you notice any other issues, prioritize taking your car into the INFINITI of South Bay Service Center as soon as possible. Take note of any odd things your vehicle may be doing like idling poorly, not accelerating smoothly, or strange sounds. Communicate these with your service advisor to help your technicians better diagnose your vehicle. Arrange to have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible because prolonged issues can cause damage to your vehicle's engine, exhaust, fuel system, and ignition system. It will also likely affect your fuel mileage, costing you more money in the long run.

The best way to prevent a warning light from ever coming on is to keep up with recommended maintenance. Each time you bring your vehicle in for oil changes, tire rotations, and alignments, our technicians look over the entire vehicle to head off any potential issues before they begin. Contact us online today to schedule your next service appointment. 

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09-23-21

Autumn Activities for the Whole Family

Fall is right around the corner and there are so many things to look forward to: pulling out your favorite sweaters, drinking warm coffee, and cooler weather. It doesn't take much for us to get into the autumn spirit, but these fun activities are a great way for you and your whole family to celebrate one of the best seasons of the year.

Decorate Your Home

The best way to get into the spirit of any season is to decorate your home. Create a wreath, put out some ceramic pumpkins, add cozy throw blankets and light some candles with your favorite fall scents. Even if it's still quite warm outside, these decorations can put you in the fall mindset.

Bake Your Favorite Fall Treats

Flavors like apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, and roasted pecan can teleport you into the holidays. These flavors are associated with cooler weather, coy nights, and time with family. Bake some cookies or your favorite pie with the kids or prepare a tasty treat to share with your extended family.

Get Outside

Fall offers a reprieve from the extreme heat of summer and it'd be a shame to waste the more mild temperatures by staying indoors. Hiking, biking, and visiting outdoor historic landmarks are all great ways to get some light exercise while spending time with loved ones. For avid outdoors enthusiasts, camping and backpacking trips can be even more exciting during the fall months.

Have a Bonfire

Whether you want to build a fire in the woods or your own backyard, it can be a great way to share time with loved ones and make some tasty s'mores. Just make sure to follow local guidelines and have a safe way to snuff out the flames if you need to.

Visit a Farm

Fall harvests make farms a fun place to visit during the fall. Many farms that allow visitors have attractions like corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and more. Ask around to find one that will be perfect for your next autumn day trip.

Go for a Drive

Once the leaves start changing colors, go for a drive with your family. You can drink hot coffee or cocoa, and check out the changing landscape. You could even venture into the mountains and enjoy how picturesque they look as the foliage begins to change. Need the perfect vehicle for a fall adventure? The INFINITI of South Bay team can pair you with the perfect vehicle for your family. Contact us online today or visit our showroom.

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09-21-21

Meet Patrick Toledo- Our Used Car Sales Manager

We think you'll enjoy meeting our newest management hire, Patrick Toledo. Patrick has been in the car business since 2009 and has strong exposure to the sales and management side of the automotive business. He started as the loaner rental car director for a 7-dealership franchise group with 2800 units under his direction. Patrick soon progressed to their used car director, and while in this position, attended the NADA Academy. The NADA Academy prepares dealership leaders to improve profitability in various departments while examining how new technology and innovations can help reshape the industry. We are glad that Patrick has brought this experience and expertise to INFINITI of South Bay.

Patrick grew up in the Philippines and came to the United States when he was only 20 to help with his other siblings. In fact, he helped raise his two younger siblings and put them through high school and college.

To soothe his desire for competition, Patrick is an endurance athlete, racing in triathlons and ironman distances. He has 6 different bikes that he uses for different types of events, weather or just his mood. For relaxation Patrick likes to swim and watch romantic comedies with his wife. Rom-coms are cute, funny, and a teensy bit cheesy, which is why he loves them. Together since 2005, he and his wife have been raising three girls.

A true 'foodie", Patrick will often travel for up to two hours to a new town just to experience their specialty. On a recent trip Patrick and his wife went to the Nighthawk Breakfast Bar in Venice, CA. The Drunken French Toast is the specialty you should try here. It's a crispy breaded creation topped with cognac sautéed pears, mascarpone mousse, a dash of cinnamon, covered in pure maple syrup, and topped with a healthy dusting of powdered sugar. Can you say YUM???

What Patrick loves most about INFINITI of South Bay is the integrity, ethics and the total transparency of the management team and their process. What we love most about Patrick is his positive energy and vision, he is a "can-do" kind of guy.

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08-27-21

Meet our Operations Director- Larry Harris

Meet Larry Harris, our Operations Director! Larry helps to ensure that the operations of our business here at INFINITI of South Bay run smoothly and efficiently. He helps us in sales, he helps us in service and he helps us in Finance. Basically, Larry is willing to step-in and lend a hand of offer some expertise wherever he is needed within the dealership. We all appreciate Larry’s calm, cool and cooperative demeanor. Larry is a real team player and we are lucky to have him.

 

Larry grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he was living until recently, where he was working in Finance at a BMW dealership. His entire career has been in the automotive industry, where he has held roles in just about every part of the business. This firsthand experience in so many areas is what makes Larry so valuable.

When Larry visited Southern California, he fell in love with it and ever since then he has wanted to move out West. Little did Larry know that that dream would soon become a reality. When he returned back to North Carolina from his trip, his manager at BMW, Kelvin Bratcher expressed that there was an opportunity at an INFINITI dealership IN CALIFORNIA. WOW, good things happen to good people. Larry accepted the job and within a span of days, he was in California! “Everything played out so perfectly and it all landed right in my lap”, said Harris. “The universe gave me exactly what I was looking for.”

Just before his big move, Larry adopted a dog that is a Labrador and German Shepard mix. He named his dog Gilley. Soon after, Harris’ girlfriend recently moved out to southern California as well. When Larry is not working, they like to go to the beach, hiking, sightseeing and soak up all of what southern California has to offer. He is a big New York Yankees fan and for football he follows the Los Angeles Chargers! The sports that Larry enjoys participating in are golf and basketball. We asked him what his favorite food, and just like most people, he couldn’t pick just one. So, his favorite food(s) are pizza and steak, which are great good choices in our book!

What attracted Larry to INFINITI of South Bay was the once in a lifetime opportunity to help run a dealership. And to top it off, he is doing that with his Manger at BMW, who is now the Owner & General Manager at INFINITI of South Bay. Kelvin and Larry together have put the right processes in place and motivated their teams to consistently be one of the top performing dealerships in Southern California.

Harris’ favorite part about working at INFINITI of South Bay are the customers. You can always find him out and about somewhere in the dealership helping customers. “It’s important to love coming to work and love what you do, it really makes a difference”, said Harris, and that is 100% true. He loves his job, the people he works with and his customers - and it shows! We are so grateful to have him on our team!

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08-24-21

What Causes Battery Corrosion?

The INFINITI of South Bay service team is here to help you stay informed about your vehicle, and one of the more common questions we hear about is battery corrosion.
Car batteries aren’t meant to last forever; it’s the unavoidable truth. Your car’s battery is meant to power the starter and several other electrical components. Battery corrosion forms for the following reasons:

  • Electrolyte Leaking from the Terminals
  • Overfilling the Battery
  • Overcharging the Battery
  • Atmospheric Chemical Reactions
  • Electro-Chemical Reactions in the Copper Clamps
  • Battery Age

Though you will eventually need to replace your battery, you can do more to protect your it, like ensuring that it stays dry as much as possible, never allowing it to completely drain, and using special battery-cleaning products. Keep an eye out for signs of trouble, like difficulty starting your engine as this could be a sign of issues with the battery or battery charging system.
Does your car seem hesitant on startup? Our Service Team can also help. Bring your vehicle in and you’ll receive the professional opinion of factory-certified technicians in our cutting-edge facility. You can simply drive up or easily schedule an appointment online. Happy driving!

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08-24-21

Know the Signs of Worn Out Brakes

Too often, brakes don’t become an issue until they… break. Waiting for an emergency to check up on your brakes is risky business, dangerous for both you and everyone else on the road. Play it safe and assess the health of your brakes on a regular basis. The INFINITI of South Bay Service Center is here to help.

How They Work

Essentially, the braking system in a car is all about creating friction. A braking material is pressed against a secondary material that rotates along with the wheel. The secondary material has two forms: brake drums and disc brakes.
Even though it’s called a drum, a brake drum looks more like a top hat, with the wheel mounted on the hat’s closed end. Drums are normally found in older or less expensive vehicles. There are two curved “shoes” inside the drum, lined with friction material. While the wheel turns, the shoes hold just off the surface of the drum. When you press on the brake, hydraulic fluid transfers braking force to the shoes that then push outwards to press the friction material against the rotating drum. The harder the pressure on the pedal, the more force applied by the shoes, and the faster the wheel stops.

A disc brake system works the same way as the drum system, except instead of a drum and shoes, it consists of a rotor (the disc) that mounts behind and turns with the wheel and a caliper that holds two pads of friction material (brake pads) mounted over the rotor. Pressing on the brake causes the pads to pinch the disc that rests just off the surface of the disc, similar to the shoes in the drum system. Hydraulic fluid transfers pressure to the pads, pressing them together, forcing a slower rotation of both the discs and wheels.

How To Monitor the Health of Your Brakes

Pay attention to both foot feel and sound. Your brake pedal should feel firm and hard under pressure, and pressing the brakes should result in quiet, smooth deceleration.

Signs of Unhealthy Brakes

Bring your brakes into INFINITI of South Bay for a checkup if they display any of the following symptoms:

  • Pulsing in the brake pedal is not good. It normally indicates a warped rotor, which should be replaced immediately.
  • Soft/spongy pedal response means some air has entered the hydraulic system. Air hinders the power of your brakes, and the hydraulic system should be serviced ASAP.
  • No resistance when pressed means there’s a serious problem. No response at all is the worst response and could indicate a complete brake failure. Take that foot off the gas, shift into neutral, turn off the engine, pull the emergency brake, and call for help.
  • Loud screeching is never a good thing, but coming from your brakes it could mean the friction material in your system is either wearing away or totally gone. Friction material that’s worn away is a much more common brake issue than complete brake failure.

On the road, your brakes are your safety net, and well worth regular care. Take a break from worry with a brake health checkup at the INFINITI of South Bay Service Department.

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08-23-21

How Do I Know If My Spark Plugs Need to Be Replaced?

Internal combustion engines need three basic elements to run—fuel, air, and spark. Air moves into the engine via the air intake, fuel is added to the cylinders through the fuel injectors, and spark is added by the spark plugs. To power your engine, the air/fuel mixture is compressed on the piston’s upward stroke. Once the piston reaches the top of its stroke, the spark plug conducts a spark that ignites the mixture, sending the piston on its downward stroke.

This cycle happens constantly as you drive, meaning your spark plugs fire hundreds of times per minute, just when your engine is idling and thousands of times per minute as you drive. That little spark is essential to your engine’s efficiency and power production. If the spark is weak, it may not burn all of the fuel in the cylinder, resulting in poor performance.

There is one spark plug per cylinder, so if you drive a vehicle with a four-cylinder engine, your engine has four spark plugs. Just one bad spark plug can cause problems, and if all of them go bad, your engine cannot run. Most auto manufacturers suggest replacement every 30,000 miles or so, but that depends heavily on the type of materials used to make your spark plug. The more durable the materials, the longer the spark plug will last.


Know your car and pay attention to some of these signs of worn-out spark plugs:

  • Rough or hesitant start-up
  • Bucking or chugging feeling when you accelerate
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • A check engine light
  • Exhaust that smells like unburned fuel
  • Rough idle

Here at INFINITI of South Bay we always make sure every vehicle in our inventory is running in top shape, so contact us today if you’re looking for your next great vehicle. Remember, proper maintenance is preferable to waiting too long and having to do a much costlier replacement.

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