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Yamaha launches Deliver Your Ride program nationwide

The 2020 Wolverine X4 XT-R features a factory installed Warn winch, Special Edition paint, color matched wheels, and aggressive GBC Dirt Commander tires.

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Yamaha dealers nationwide are now able to complete vehicle purchases remotely and deliver products to customer. Just add trails.

The new Deliver Your Ride program includes ATV, Side-by-Side, motorcycle, and snowmobile products. It's similar to delivery programs automakers are currently offering that save buyers a trip to the dealership. Dealership interactions are a big pain point with customers, according to a recent Cars.com survey.

Deliver Your Ride is available nationwide wherever dealers can legally and safely participate, and is willing to do so.

2018 Kodiak 700 EPS The 2018 Kodiak 700 EPS features on-command 4WD with diff‑lock.Photo courtesy of Yamaha

"Yamaha is working hard to support our dealer network and their customers during these difficult times," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha's Motorsports group marketing manager. "It's not business-as-usual for anyone, yet we know people may still want to buy and enjoy new Yamaha products where possible and appropriate based on their local laws and regulations."

Yamaha doesn't see Deliver Your Ride as a permanent delivery solution, but rather a temporary fix in response to precautions being taken nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many industry analysts have openly speculated about what these temporary moves will mean for the dealership model as shelter in place orders end. Dealers are working to grapple with the online sales model, with some more successful than others. During the pandemic, Americans have begun spending record amounts in the e-commerce space.

Interested customers can contact their local Yamaha dealer or visit YamahaMotorsports.com to determine availability in their area.

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The Nissan Titan will be a carryover for the 2021 model year.

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There's nothing new about the 2021 Nissan Titan except its price. The automaker has given the model a very slight price increase for the new model year. The truck starts at $36,550 - a $360 bump.

The Titan will continue to be available in five trim levels for 2021: S, SV, SL, PRO-4X, and Platinum Reserve. There are two cab configuration available: king and crew. Most models are available in the buyer's choice of two- or four-wheel drive.

The Titan King Cab pricing options range from $36,550 to $48,070 for a King Cab Pro-4X. The Platinum Reserve trim level is not available on King Cab models. Opting for a Titan Crew Cab will run you anywhere from $39,280 to $59,280.

2021 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve Nissan will sell the Titan in five trim levels including the range-topping Platinum Reserve.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan has priced the 2021 Nissan Titan XD similarly, giving its base model a $450 price increase. All Titan XDs come with a crew cab. They are available in S, SV, SL, PRO-4X, and Platinum Reserve grades, which are only available with four-wheel drive. The 2021 Titan XD is priced to start at $45,030 and tops out at $62,310.

These prices are before any packages or options boxes are checked, and do not include dealer incentives.

Each Titan and Titan XD model is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking. An 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen is also available.

Nissan gives each new model bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first (includes basic and powertrain coverage).

2021 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserv The interior of the Titan XD Pro-4X features unique accents and a sportier design.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

All Titan and Titan XD trucks are subject to a $1,595 destination and handling charge. This is unchanged from 2020.

Nissan continues to build the Titan in the U.S. for 2021. All models are assembled at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi, with engines sourced from Nissan's Powertrain Assembly Plant in Decherd, Tennessee.

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Navigating the ins and outs of a road trip during a pandemic can be tricky.

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America is getting out, stretching their legs, willingly being cooped up in their car for hours rather than their homes. That's right, it's road trip time. Before you head out on the road, there's a few things you need to consider for traveling during this national health crisis - take it from someone who just got back from a lengthy road trip.

Check local regulations.

Not only do states have different regulations, there are variances between counties and towns as well. Check the regulations the day before you leave - they're prone to changing quickly. While some regulations effect dining hours and service, some impact things like public restrooms, wearing a face mask, and public gatherings.

Make planned stops.

Waitress with face mask serving family with children outdoors in summer on terrace restaurant


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Don't just play it by ear when it comes to bathroom breaks and meals. Planning ahead will help you determine what is open and where, as well as the regulations that come with dine-in service versus take out. Remember, not all service station bathrooms are open and you might not be able to just pop in to a fast food restaurant for a bathroom break. Many rest stops and parks also have closed bathrooms.

Remember to bring cash.

With the coin shortage and the switchover to cashless payment for most businesses, it's important to remember that tolls booths still run mostly on cash-only service. Bring an assortment of bills (lots of ones, not as may fives and tens) and coins to help you achieve exact change when going through toll booths to ensure that you don't have to get change and expose yourself (and the tollbooth worker) to additional risk.

Pack personal protective equipment and other supplies.

Young mother squeezing hand sanitizer onto little daughter's hand in the playground to prevent the spread of viruses

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If you have a few days before your trip, consider ordering a package of disposable face masks to keep in your glovebox or center console. You'd be surprised how easy it is to spill on your usual mask, drop it in a parking lot, step on it, or get it stuck between the seat and center console. What if it suddenly breaks? It's good to have a back up. The last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination out of luck.

Check and double check your car's emergency gear.

Being self-reliant is more important than it has been in recent memory. Before you set off, double-check the situation of your spare tire, making sure that you'll have the tools on-hand to change out a flat on your own if you need to. Don't remember how to change one out? Watch some YouTube videos and brush up on your skills.

You may want to consider purchasing a roadside rescue kit as well. These usually contain jumper cables, a shovel, reflective sign, tools, a flashlight, and more to help in the event of an emergency.

Refill fluids that need it. Stock the first aid kit and make sure that you have a few bottles of water and a clean cloth or two in reserve just in case.

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