Did you know that having a bad driving record can easily double or triple your premiums and even get you kicked off your policy? And did you know that boring, slowa and cheap cars have the lowest insurance premiums? We found this awesome infographic (courtesy of www.car-insurance.com) that breaks down how insurance companies determine car insurance rate.

This infographic has tons of information that will give you some insight into the factors affecting your auto insurance premium.

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Until now, the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano, had only been sold in India. The minicar, which debuted in 2009 at $2500, will soon be sold in the United States.

Despite its much-hyped debut, the Tata Nano has seen little success in the Indian market, and is looking to fare better in U.S. With an entrance into the U.S. auto market, the Nano is unlikely to keep its incredibly low price tag as it will be redesigned to meet American standards.

According to Tata’s Group’s Chairman, Ratana Tata, the Tata Nano will be released in the U.S. within the next three years. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a cheap car, head on over to our website and check out our incredible selection of cheap cars in Shreveport and Bossier City. We have over 300 vehicles in stock starting at just $950!

changing-a-flat-tireKnowing how to change a flat tire is an important life skill to possess, and one we encourage all to learn. The way we see it, you can save a lot of time wasted on waiting for roadside assistance by rolling up your sleeves and changing your flat tire yourself.  We found a great instructographic (courtesy of AutoTrader) that will help you do just that in five easy steps.

Be sure to save this image so you can refer to it whenever you have to change a flat tire. To view the full-size version of this instructographic, click on the image below.

 

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Last week we had over 100 vehicles in stock starting at $950; this week we have over 300 vehicles in stock, like this fuel efficient 2006 Suzuki Reno for just $5,550. We have tons of cash cars on our lot, so if you’re looking to buy a car with cash, do not miss out on these great deals!

To see more of the amazing vehicles we have in stock, check out this week’s newspaper advertisement below or browse through our online inventory. Once you’ve found a vehicle you’re interested in, apply for financing on our website or give us a call at 318-213-3131.

Click on the image below for the full-size version of this newspaper ad:

newspaper ad - over 300 vehicles

If you’ve tuned into a local radio station over the past couple of days, you may have heard that Blakey Auto Plex has over 100 vehicles in stock starting at $950. That’s right, folks: starting at $950, we have over 100 vehicles for sale, like a 2002 Cadillac Escalade for $8,500 and a 2003 Jeep Liberty for $6,500.

To see more of the incredible vehicles we have in stock, check out our newspaper advertisement below or browse through our online inventory. Once you’ve found a vehicle you’re interested in, apply for financing on our website or give us a call at 318-213-3131.

Be sure to listen to our three radio ads below, if you haven’t already heard them. And click on the image below the radio ads for the full-sized version of our print ad.

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If you’ve opened your car’s hood and gotten lost in a pile of metal that doesn’t make sense, this post is for you!  Learning how a car engine functions may seem like a difficult task, but it’s actually quite simple to grasp the basic functions of a standard engine. And we’ve found a great infographic that will help you do just that.

This infographic by PartsGeek describes how each part of a standard engine works. After reading this infographic, you will have a better understanding of your engine’s functions and the causes of common mechanical problems.

Click on the image below to view the full-sized version:

How a Car Engine Works

At any time, during your drive to work, a grocery store, or a family event, you could get a flat tire. Getting a flat can throw a wrench in your plans, but if you’re prepared it would be nothing more than a minor hiccup in your day. Waiting for roadside assistance can be inconvenient and unsafe, so we thought we’d share a simple step-by-step guide that will help you change a flat tire and get you back on the road in no time.

Here are the steps on how to change your tire:

  1. Locate your spare tire and tools – your tools and spare tire should be in your trunk underneath the carpet. The tools needed are a tire iron, car jack, and jack raise/lower attachment.
  2. Loosen wheel bolts – loosen the wheel’s bolts with the tire iron by turning the iron counter-clockwise. Do not remove the bolts completely.
  3. Raise your car – insert the car jack underneath the car point making sure it lines up with groove from jack. Insert jack lever and raise car by turning the level clockwise.
  4. Remove the flat tire – once the car is lifted off the ground, continue to unbolt the nuts the rest of the way and pull off the tire (pull towards yourself).
  5. Put on spare tire – put on the replacement tire and screw the bolts on to hold the tire in place.
  6. Lower the car – lower the car by turning the jack lever counter-clockwise until jack is fully closed and the car is on the ground.
  7. Tigthen the wheels’ bolts – tighten the wheels bolts by turning the iron clockwise. Tighten one bolt at a time by alternating from one to the other in an “X” direction.

Here’s an infographic that illustrates the steps outlined above (click on the image for the full-size version):

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1990s-gas-pricesRemember when the national gas price average hovered just above $1? Most Americans might guess the 1990s, but just a decade ago Americans were enjoying gas prices that we can only dream about having today. We found a pretty cool infographic (courtesy of Nationwide Insurance) that details the rise in gas prices from 1962 till now.

For those who were lucky enough to experience what now seems like amazingly low gas prices, this infographic will take you for a stroll down memory lane. For others who aren’t old enough to remember such great times, reading this infographic is great way to learn about the history of gas prices.

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Ever wondered how a vehicle identification number (VIN) is generated? If so, this post is for you. A VIN isn’t just a unique 17-character serial number used to identify a vehicle, it describes a lot about a vehicle. From your VIN, you can learn where your vehicle was built, who built it, and when it was built.

We stumbled upon a cool infographic (courtesy of Carfax) that explains the meaning of the numbers and letters in your VIN. After reading this infographic, you’ll be able to quickly learn about a vehicle, like whether or not it was made in the United States, by looking at its VIN.

Click on the image for an enlarged version of this infographic.

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high-gas-priceGas prices in the U.S. may be gradually decreasing, but let’s face it, gas prices over $3.00 a gallon is still a lot. To ensure that you’re getting the best possible gas mileage out of your car, here are 10 simple tips to follow (warning – you might be surprised how much you can save):

  1. Keep Your Car Clean – Added weight puts more strain on the engine. If the engine is working harder, then you’re also using more gas. So clean out your car of anything you don’t need.
  2. Lay Off the Lead Foot – In addition to tickets, a lead foot is going to cost you more at the pump. Sudden accelerations and quick stops use more gas. Remember, your car is most efficient traveling at 55 mph, so consider slowing down when possible. continue reading…