New Year, New Outlook, and New Goals for 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.

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!

McGavock Nissan Service Department: Maintenance Matters

Fall is here, and that means it’s time to show your vehicle some love! Whether you need an oil change, or a complete overhaul, our service technicians at McGavock Nissan are here to help you keep your car running at its best.  Check out more details about our many service options below, and give us a call at (512) 212-4839 to schedule your service appointment today!

Oil and Filter Changes

Changing your oil regularly ensures that the engine is always running smoothly. With each oil change, our technicians will also check your air filters and change them out when they get too dirty. Check your owner’s manual for recommendations on how often you should get your specific vehicle’s oil changed, or ask any one of our service technicians!

Routine Maintenance Services

It’s the little things that make a big difference. During your service appointment with us, our service technicians will check your wipers, headlights, turn signals, and everything in between to make sure your vehicle is running optimally. If something needs to be adjusted, our technicians will fix it up and let you know at the end of your appointment. As a final touch, we wash and vacuum your vehicle, at no additional charge to you.

Brake Adjustment and Replacement

Brakes are quite possibly the most important component of any vehicle, and our technicians take great care when replacing or adjusting your brake pads and rotors. Be sure to refer to your owner’s manual or ask a service technician how often you should replace your brake pads on your specific vehicle.

Muffler and Exhaust Repair

Your exhaust and muffler regulate gas output and maintain your fuel efficiency. If you begin to notice lower than usual fuel efficiency, odd vibrations coming from the steering wheel or gas pedal, or increased engine noise, it’s time to bring your vehicle in for an exhaust and muffler repair! Give us a call today and our factory-trained service technicians will get you fixed up!

Coolant Flush Service

A coolant flush will involve forcing several gallons of cleaner, water, and new antifreeze through your vehicle’s system to get rid of all the old antifreezeand the contaminants that may have built up in it. Refer to your vehicle’s owner manual, or give us a call today to get more information on the right time to flush your cooling system in your vehicle, as there are varying factors that affect the timing of this task.

Vehicle Check-up and Inspection Service

Your vehicle’s inspection is an annual maintenance task that our technicians perform to make sure everything in your vehicle is working properly, and to remain in compliance with Texas law. This process involves testing main car systems like brakes, suspension, lights and steering, as well as emission and presence of mandatory equipment. Give us a call to get your vehicle inspected today!

Transmission Flush Services

A transmission flush, similar to a coolant flush, replaces old transmission fluid with fresh fluid. This task is preventative maintenance that ensures your transmission is running optimally. Check your vehicle’s owner manual or give us a call to learn more about when a transmission flush is needed in your specific vehicle.

Electrical Services

Are the electronics in your vehicle on the fritz? Give us a call and our factory-trained technicians will troubleshoot the issues and get the repairs you need to stay connected to your vehicle.

Service Packages

There are so many ways to save during your service appointments! With McGavock’s service packages, you’ll get the most out of each visit. Give us a call to discuss package options today!

Front End Alignment Services

The proper alignment of your vehicle is crucial for your safety and the performance of your car on the road. Our service technicians can make adjustments to the front alignment of your vehicle as needed to ensure that everything is working properly. Often, a front-end alignment is recommended when you get new tires installed.

McGavock’s Mascot: The Man Behind the Frog

You all know Mac, the McGavock mascot, but do you know the man behind the frog? Brandon Buzzank wears the mascot costume with pride, and his journey with the McGavocks is quite a unique one.  One day while Brandon was getting his car serviced at the Lubbock dealership, he decided to help out the other customers by handing out popcorn and waters.  Brent McGavock saw what Brandon was doing and hired him on the spot.  Brandon was diagnosed with ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

Brandon Buzzank poses next to Karin McCay during an interview for KCBD.  

Brent had just the job for Brandon, and he’s made kids and adults alike smile ever since.  Brandon loves wearing the mascot costume and welcoming customers in the dealership during events or just a typical day. Brandon isn’t just a professional mascot, he also created ways to make the car shopping process faster and more efficient.  Have you noticed the barcode stickers on the front of our vehicles? If you scan that barcode on your phone, it will direct you straight to the website with all the information on that particular vehicle. 

Buzzank holding “The Frog with ASD,” a story written about him by local news anchor, Karin McCay

Now, Brandon’s story has an even larger platform. Local news anchor, Karin McCay wrote a children’s book about Brandon and how he excels at everything he does while living life with ASD.  This book teaches kids that different is special, and we all have that one talent that makes us stand out above the rest.  The book is not available yet, but it’s coming soon and we’ll update everyone when it becomes available!

Car Care Tips for Summer

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“Jumping into Summer with Tips for Car Care”

Change the Filters in your Air Vents While Changing the Filters on Your Summer Selfie

The age of the selfie has drastically re-defined the term “filter,” and while we use our fair share of cool and unique filters, we always want to remind our customers to change their air filters in their vehicles. 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 (link this phrase to our service page) 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 before your next Summer road trip!

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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 Summer 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!

McGavock Nissan: The Difference in Car Buying

Who We are

We are McGavock Nissan, a family-owned auto group that’s been serving the West Texas community for over 40 years.  Our founder, Steve McGavock, turned a dirt lot off of Loop 289 in Lubbock, Texas into a dealership that has helped people find their perfect car at a price they can always afford.  Our many years of experience and quality customer service has allowed us to travel like those West Texas Tumbleweeds and expand our dealership locations to Amarillo, Abilene, and most recently, San Marcos.

How are We Different?

At McGavock Nissan, we have so much to be proud of, and that pride extends to the growing community of happy, loyal customers.  Our car buying process is no-pressure, and streamlined to save every customer time, whether they visit our dealership or shop online.  When shopping online, customers can submit a request for a price quote on any new or pre-owned vehicle, and one of our sales professionals will send a video of that vehicle to the customer’s cell phone.  Prices, trade-in values, and credit applications can all be completed online before the customer even gets to the store. All of our sales staff care about each customer and their unique car needs, which is why McGavock Nissan’s customer service is regarded as the friendliest in the auto game.  It also helps that we have that warm West Texas hospitality! After the purchase, our owner loyalty team will keep in touch regularly to ensure all customers are fully satisfied with their purchase and resolve any issues that might pop up.

 What Can You Expect From Our Blog Posts?

These blog posts are here to guide you through all aspects of car purchasing and ownership.  Think of us as your own personal GPS! We will post regularly about topics like “Finding the perfect Nissan for your needs,” “When to get your vehicle serviced,” “How to maintain your vehicle between service appointments,” “What’s the newest in the Nissan world,” and so much more!  We hope you’ll buckle up and take this exciting virtual road trip with us!