Now that summer has begun, there’s no time like the present to get your vehicle ready for the new driving season. Whether you to plan drive long distances or stay local this summer, being prepared for the hot, and sometimes wet, weather on the road is essential for safe and seamless travel. Here are five do-it-yourself tips to help get your vehicle ready for the summer (and save you the cost of getting them done by a professional).

1. Replace Your Air Filter

Air-FilterIt is commonly recommended that you replace your car’s air filter every 15,000 miles. If you haven’t changed your air filter in a while, be sure to take a couple of minutes out of your day to replace it – it doesn’t take long.  continue reading…

don't open your car door during a car washYou would think it would be common sense not to open your door when you’re in a car wash. Trust us – even if you think you hear strange noises, it’s NOT a good idea to get out of your car mid-car wash. However, as crazy as it may sound, this happens at least once every couple of months at Blakey Auto Plex. Someone will hear a strange noise, and for some crazy reason, they think it’s ok to open their door to check it out… if you have ever been unsure about what to do when you hear strange noises during a car wash, we’re here to reiterate a bit of common sense advice:

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Tips for Preventing Flat TiresNothing transforms a warm summer day into stifling misery on the roadside faster than a flat tire. If you’re traveling at high speeds, a blowout can be dangerous and certainly scary. It seems that flat tires are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to prevent flats from ruining your day. We have 6 sure fire tips to prolong the life of your tires.

1. Check Your Tire Pressure

Check the owner’s manual for the proper PSI (pounds per square inch) for your tires and be sure they’re inflated to the correct pressure. Vehicles ride rough and are more difficult to control when the tires are overinflated. If your tires are underinflated, they’re more prone to wear and will often do so unevenly.

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Blakey Auto Plex car washIf you haven’t followed us on Facebook yet, get over there and do it! We like to toss out special discounts and exclusive Facebook specials all the time – you never know what you might get!

Just for following, we’ll give you a coupon for $10 off any auto detailing package… but the savings don’t stop there! We’ve done several specials recently, and you’ll never know when they get posted – so make sure you keep an eye on Facebook. We’ve had several FREE car wash days – all you have to do is show up and tell the receptionist that you saw the Facebook post and you’ll get a free car wash!

We also post first-come, first-served specials… we’ll post 3 or 4 codes for a free car wash that only work one time, and the first people to show up and use them get the free car wash!

So head on over and “like” our Facebook page, and then keep an eye on your Facebook news stream… you’ll never know what we might offer!

blakey auto plex - family-owned auto sales for over 45 yearsWe’ve worked hard over the years to establish ourselves as one of the best used car dealers in Bossier City and Shreveport.  We’re absolutely committed to making every single customer feel like a member of our family. We know that the car business is a “people business” – the Blakey family has been selling cars in Louisiana for over 45 years, and we know that the only reason we’re still successful is that we bend over backwards to make our customers happy. if you make your customers happy, and give them a good deal, not only will they come back and do business with you again, they’ll tell all their friends about you.

That’s the reason we try so hard to make sure that every customer is completely satisfied. Whether you’re looking for used cars in Shreveport or Bossier City, we’ve got the best used cars in town.  We’ve worked hard to form close relationships with several local and national lenders so that we’re able to offer the most flexible financing options in town. Whether you’ve got perfect credit or you’ve had a few bumps in the road, we’re able to help!  In fact, we also offer in-house financing, also known as “buy here pay here” – so we can GUARANTEE approval for any customer. We’re able to help finance customers who’ve been told “no” by other dealerships in town – if you’re looking to rebuild your credit, Blakey Auto Plex can help. We also offer excellent extended warranty coverage to help protect your investment.

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2012 Suzuki Kizashi - save $1,500 in the month of April at Blakey Auto Plex SuzukiThrough the entire month of April, Blakey Auto Plex Suzuki is taking up to $1,500 off the new 2012 Suzuki Kizashi. That’s right, you can save $1,500 on a new Kizashi just by showing up at the dealership!

Even better, if you come by and test drive a 2012 Kizashi, we’ll wash your current car for FREE (whether you buy the Kizashi or not)!

The 2012 Kizashi is priced cheaper than comparable Nissan and Toyota models and has a much better warranty. Plus, the Kizashi comes fully loaded – including an in-dash GPS system!

Don’t miss out on this amazing deal! Come by Blakey Auto Plex Suzuki today and test drive a 2012 Suzuki Kizashi – you’ll be blown away!

Blakey Auto Plex - Used Cars in Bossier City, LAWelcome to our very first blog post! As part of our recent website update, we’re adding this blog and we’re jumping into social media with both feet. We’ve been active in the car business since the early 1970s, and we know that the car business is a “people business” – so we’re embracing social media in order to better connect with our customers and friends. Of course, our website will always be the main source of information on our inventory and our dealership – but we’ve added this blog to provide a more personal connection.

We’ll be posting do-it-yourself maintenance tips, vehicle updates, service specials, and more. Basically, this will be our own little corner of the web, specifically dedicated to helping our customers get the best experience they can get from whatever they’ve bought from us. Whether you’ve just driven off in a brand new Suzuki or you picked up a great used car, we’re going to post information to help you keep it running in top condition for years to come.

We’ll even post information for potential buyers. Many customers always wonder if it’s better to lease or buy, so we’ll be covering that subject in depth. We’ll also cover the benefits of driving a certified pre-owned vehicle. We want this blog to be a destination for pre-owned buyers as well – so if you’re looking for used cars in bossier City, this blog will be a huge help – we’ll cover the benefits of buying used, extended warranty options, and tips for keeping your “new old” vehicle in tip-top shape.

Get the idea yet? We’re going to be posting tons of useful information, so make sure you either bookmark us or add us to your reader. You’ll definitely want to check back often. For those of you who don’t use RSS readers, we’ll also be posting links to blog posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We also post tons of fun stuff on both of those sites, so follow us and join in the laughs.

Most importantly, we want you to join in the conversation! If you’ve got something to say about any of our posts, leave us a comment. In fact, leave us a comment now, and let us know what subject you’d like us to post about next! We’re here for you, so let us know