Do It Yourself MaintenanceIt’s been a long, hot summer… but with fall here, now is the perfect time to get your car or truck ready for the upcoming driving season. Most seasonal car maintenance requires the help of a professional mechanic, but we’re going to give you five do-it-yourself tips to help get your vehicle ready for the fall (and save you the cost of getting them done by a professional).

Change your wiper blades

According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, wiper blades should be replaced annually. Most people go several years without changing out their blades, so it’s likely that your blades are due for replacement. Wipers are used more often in the fall and winter, so it’s best to have a fresh set before the weather changes.

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You know the fear. The feeling that your car must be parked somewhere else. You scan the entire lot, only to see that your car has been stolen.  It can leave you helpless and afraid, not to mention having to hassle with police and insurance after the fact.  Did you know every 33 seconds a car is stolen in the US?

Luckily the fine professionals at Blakey Auto Plex are on the case…  During their research, they came across this very informative infographic courtesy of that lays out the blueprint for the Ultimate Theft Proof Car.

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Never Get You Car Stolen Again

Every week, we feature incredible used car deals in the newspaper. Take a look at our weekly ad and see if there are any vehicles you’re interested in. Once you’ve looked at our ad, browse our online inventory to learn more about the vehicle you’re interested in. If you have any questions, gives us a call at 318-213-3131.

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The Best Used Car Source in Shreveport

We have the best selection of used cars in Bossier and the best service for your vehicle in the Shreveport.  Blakey Auto Plex is the one-stop service and sales destination.

Do you already have a car? Great! We’ll give the best value for your trade-in.

You don’t have the money right now? No problem. We have a variety of financing options for you to choose from as well as protecting your investment with our industry-leading warranty.  We have it all at Blakey Auto Plex, just stop by and see!

After the Great Recession, most Americans are much more price-conscious when shopping for a car or truck. Many consumers are opting to buy used cars instead of buying new. There are several good reasons to consider buying a used car, including ample selection and the improving reliability of older cars. But for most people, the main attraction for buying used is still affordability.

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Save money on the front end

There’s no question that buying a new vehicle is more expensive than buying a used one. In fact, in recent years the price spread between new and used is widening. Looking at the dollar figure alone, you’re going to save money buying used. But you also have to consider your initial investment on the front end. Unless you decide to lease, your initial costs on a new car will be hefty. Banks and credit unions typically require down payments of around 10 percent on a new car loan, but it helps to add more. If you pay less money up-front, your monthly payment will be higher. continue reading…

Used Cars ShreveportWith the Fourth of July next week, we’ve got our hands full getting ready for our event.  We are hoping you’ll join us during the holiday to look at the Shreveport area’s best selection of used cars.  We’ve got many makes and models priced to sell and we don’t want you to miss it!  Come on out and celebrate while looking for your next dream car!

What to do after a car accidentEven if you’re an amazingly safe driver odds are you will still be involved in an accident during your lifetime. In a 5 year period, 25% of American drivers will be in a car accident. Surely, this isn’t all due to bad driving. We have previously mentioned that driving defensively is one of the best ways to protect yourself on the roadways. Even the best drivers will at some point be involved in an accident and we want you to be sure to know what you need to do if you’re ever in that situation.

1. Remain Calm

When you’re in an accident, it’s essential that you stay calm. Assess the situation, and if all vehicles involved are not terribly damaged, move them out of the way of oncoming traffic. This prevents other vehicles from getting in an accident avoiding your accident, as well as keeping traffic moving. If it appears that there is serious damage to the vehicles or passengers, remain where you are and contact emergency crews. Remember, if someone appears to be seriously hurt do not move them unless absolutely necessary. You can easily cause more damage if they have a neck or back injury, it’s best to wait for professionals.

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We all know how much fun it is to drive but driving can be extremely dangerous too.  Operating any vehicle is a privilege and should be done so responsibly. Whether it be cruising around Shreveport or hitting the highways of the Louisiana, caution should always be taken when driving any car.

Did you have any idea that traffic accidents are expected to go up 65% in the next 20 years?  Neither did we until we found this information-packed infographic by Arjan de Raaf about car accidents.

Drive safe and remember you can always stop by Blakey Autoplex at 3601 Benton Rd, Bossier City and let the guys in our service center make sure your car is in the safest condition possible!

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Accidents Infographic | Blakey Autoplex

Shreveport Spring Auto ChecklistSpring has sprung here in Shreveport and after the change in temperature; your car may have experienced some changes as well.

It is important to check for things that may have been stressed during the winter before relying on them as summer approaches.  Here is our practical vehicle maintenance checklist to ensure your used car is ready for the grueling heat.

1. Start with your windshield wipers. Inspect the wiper blades for any damage that may have been caused by the chilly temperatures. Examine for any cracks or breaks in the rubber. In the event that you find some, it’s time to replace the wiper blades. If you want to prepare for the summer heat, replace the old blades with ones optimized for the warmer temperatures.

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Hail & Windshield Damage RepairAt some point in the future, your vehicle may be stuck in a hail storm and your windshield may get chipped or cracked as a result. A chip or star crack in your windshield will not affect your ability to operate your vehicle, but the cosmetic damages can be unsettling.

To restore your windshield to its pristine condition, you could get it repaired or replaced. Repairing a chipped/cracked windshield is usually the better option: it’s cheaper and the cost may be covered by your insurance company if you have comprehensive coverage.

Blakey Auto Service repairs hail and windshield damages, and we welcome insurance claims. If you’re not sure whether or not your insurance company covers hail or windshield damage repairs, we’ll help you find out. Our hail damage/PDR service starts at $75 and our windshield repair starts at continue reading…