How to Keep Your Car Organized

keep your car organized

Everyone has been in a friend’s car that just has stuff strewn about everywhere. Don’t be that friend. While it can be difficult to find the time and energy to keep your car clean, it makes a big difference. Here are a few simple tips to keep your car organized.

Don’t Put It Off

When you see trash, clothes, or anything else sitting around in your car, it can be tempting to leave it until the next time you’re in the car. However, you have to train yourself to pick it up at that moment. Otherwise, it’s going to continue to sit.

Get Creative

There are loads of things sitting around the house that can be used to help yourself get organized in your car. One example would be to put collapsible bins in your trunk so that you can divide everything into separate categories. Another simple idea is to use a folder system in your glove box so that you don’t have a mess of papers all the time.

Getting organized can take a lot of effort for some people. If you aren’t someone who naturally enjoys being organized, it takes a concentrated effort to get into that habit.

How to Fix a Dent in Your Car

how to fix a dent in your car

It happens to everyone. Whether or not it’s your fault, you will have a dent in your car at some point in your life. While you could take it to a shop to have it fixed, there’s no reason to spend extra money when it’s such a simple fix. Here’s how to fix a minor dent in your car.

If the dent is fairly shallow, the first step to take is to get out the hair dryer. Keep the hair dryer at least 6 inches away from the car and warm up the area around the dent to make it malleable. Once you have the area warmed up, place something cold (ice, for example) on the area. The hot/cold contrast will cause the dent to pop out.

Another simple solution that works on smaller dents is the suction cup method. If all you have is a toilet plunger, then that will work. Place the suction cup over the dent, and then pull the dent out.

If the dent is deeper or more serious, it may be best to take it into a shop to be fixed by a professional. However, for a simple DIY solution for a small dent, these get the job done.

For other tips for keeping your car in great shape, reach out to us at Mazda of Lake Charles!

Mazda Celebrates Another Year of Red Cross Donations

Red Cross

Mazda isn’t just about selling you fun cars, it’s about more than that—Mazda wants to give back, too. That’s why they’re celebrating their second year of Red Cross donations.

These donations are part of the Annual Disaster Giving Program, and Mazda stands out by being the very first U.S. automaker to become a $1-million member. The program, run by Red Cross, provides support and relief to those affected by natural disasters. The Disaster Giving Program is reliant upon giving, which is where Mazda comes in!

This year, Mazda donated 16 vehicles to the Red Cross, one more than the 15 they donated last year as Mazda’s largest vehicle donation of its kind. With this donation, Red Cross will be able to replace their old or broken vehicles. This means Red Cross can get to those in need more safely and reliably thanks to all-new vehicles.

“Through the Mazda Drive for Good program, Mazda has the ability to work with strong non-profit partners throughout the United States – and the American Red Cross continues to provide an incredible partnership sharing similar values as ours,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president of U.S. operations at MNAO.

Mazda and Red Cross make for a powerful (and helpful) partnership. If you are interested in seeing Mazda’s lineup of safe vehicles, stop by and see us at Mazda of Lake Charles today!

Fall Festivals in Lake Charles

Fall festivals

In Louisiana, you might not experience the leaf-color changes like in New England or the sudden temperature drop like in Denver. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate fall! Here are some fall festivals you can go to in and around Lake Charles, near Mazda of Lake Charles.

Chuck FestIn Downtown Lake Charles on October 15th, you’ll get free admission to Chuck Fest, a festival full of food, music, art, and spirits—but to be clear, it will be the alcoholic kind, not the ghost kind.

“Terrific Treat” Fall FestivalThis festival, thrown by KZWA 104.9, will be hosted in the MLK Community Center in Lake Charles on October 27th, and is sure to be fun for the whole family. It’s a free event and has great food, fun Halloween games, and candy!

Halloween Harvest Festival 2016Why stand at the door and greet trick or treaters on October 31st when you can go to this free event at the Civic Center? There will be games, a train ride, balloons, and face art here.

Ragley Heritage and Timber FestivalThis event in Ragley will cost you $5 a car, but there’s plenty of fun that comes with that! There are wagon and train rides, music, magic, a petting zoo, and of course, food! Head to it on October 15th.

How to Be a Better Driver

be a better driver

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be? This month is recognized as National Self Improvement Month, so it’s an ideal time to work on your goals. If you can’t think of anything you want to improve upon, we suggest your driving skills. We can all take some time to learn how to be a better driver. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Learn how to merge. While this may seem like a straightforward simple thing to do, there is actually a better way to do it. It is called the zipper merge and is best used when merging together two lanes on a highway, like in a construction zone. Drivers in alternate lanes take turning merging together like a zipper.
  • Practice parking. Nobody likes a bad parker—one that blocks two spaces or squeezes in so close the neighboring car can’t open its doors. Learn how to properly park, both parallel and perpendicular, or take advantage of automatic parking features on your car.
  • Put your hands on the wheel. We have all heard that we should keep our hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel. However, new guidelines show that 9 and 3 or 8 and 4 are much better at maintaining control.
  • Get rid of distractions. Put your phone away while you drive and don’t eat or do anything that takes your attention away from the road.

If you put these tips into practice, your bad driving habits may soon be a thing of the past.  If you want to learn more about the safety features in a Mazda car, stop by Mazda of Lake Charles today!

2017 Mazda6 Features Standard G-Vectoring Control

2017 Mazda6 features

Now with standard G-Vectoring Control, the 2017 Mazda6 features advanced vehicle dynamics technology for greater agility, an upscale interior, sophisticated styling, and an even quieter ride. With these and many more features, the Mazda6 is a family sedan without compromise.

Stereotypically, you might think a family sedan is boring. But, if you crave a responsive powertrain, sleek styling, and excellent technology, you can have all of that, along with the practicality you need, in the form of the Mazda6.

This year, Mazda has added a lot of exciting standard features to the Mazda6 lineup. This gives buyers even more value for their money. The base Sport trim comes standard with push-button start, 17-inch alloy wheels, a backup camera, and even the Mazda Connect infotainment system. With that system, drivers will enjoy Bluetooth audio streaming along with hands-free phone control.

Step up to the Touring trim, and the Mazda6 adds 19-inch alloy wheels, leatherette seating surfaces, dual-zone climate control, a six-way power driver’s seat, and advanced safety features.

The top of the range Grand Touring model includes navigation, perforated leather-trimmed seats, a full-color Active Driving Display head-up system, paddle shifters, and even more premium amenities.

The 2017 Mazda6 is coming to Mazda of Lake Charles this month, so be sure to stop in and see it!

Next-Generation Mazda MX-5 Miata to Be Lighter

Mazda MX-5 Miata

It seems like only yesterday that the newest generation of the Mazda MX-5 Miata hit public roadways. The legendary roadster is still early in the latest generation but that isn’t stopping Mazda from dropping hints about the next generation. With the latest model dropping to near-1990-level weight, it looks like that trend will continue.

The next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is due to hit roadways around 2021 and project leader Nobuhiro Yamamoto claims the new roadster could drop even more weight. Have no fear, though, roadster lovers—the beloved MX-5 Miata will remain roughly the same size.

Keeping with the current design, Mazda aims to cut more weight from the famous roadster. The automaker plans to do so by using more lightweight materials, like carbon fiber. Mazda isn’t stopping at materials, though.

If the Japanese automaker does use carbon fiber as a main material, the car’s weight will drop even lower. Thanks to the weight loss via carbon fiber, the MX-5 Miata would require smaller brakes, tires, and engine, all of which would further reduce the roadster’s weight.

There’s no confirmation as to what else Mazda plans to do to the Mazda MX-5 Miata but they’ll likely be game-changing adjustments.

We here at Mazda of Lake Charles are pumped for more information about the legendary roadster!

Mazda’s Diesel Sedan Delayed

Mazda’s Diesel Sedan

Here in the United States, we’ve been hearing rumors of a diesel-powered sedan since 2013. Word had it that the Mazda6 would feature the diesel engine, but with recent events, that could be off the table entirely. While Mazda hasn’t entirely pulled the idea, Mazda’s diesel sedan won’t be arriving anytime soon.

The rumored diesel engine has been pushed back thanks in part to certification delays but that isn’t the only cause. Following Volkswagen’s diesel cheating scandal, public opinion of diesel engines has faltered. With a shaky future on the horizon, it may be too much of a risk for Mazda, a smaller automaker, to release a diesel engine.

On top of that, North American CEO Masahiro Moro claimed that, to meet emissions standards, Mazda would have to dramatically reduce the engine’s power. The company as a whole wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, meaning the engine would be far too weak for their liking.

There’s still some hope though. Mazda is keeping a close eye on the United States automotive market. When the time is right, odds are we’ll see a diesel engine available to the public.

We here at Mazda of Lake Charles are hoping to see a diesel engine in the near future!  Tell us if you would be interested in seeing a Mazda diesel engine!

New Car Care Tips

Buying a new car is an event many drivers look forward to, and many only experience it a handful of times. Once off the lot, the car is all yours and it’s your job to take proper care of it. While a new car doesn’t need much in terms of maintenance, it does still need your attention. Here are a few new car care tips from us here at Mazda of Lake Charles.

New Car Care Tips

  • Driving – While it can be tempting to play with all the shiny new dials, buttons, and switches, its best to keep your eyes on the road while driving. All the new toys can be distracting, but the last thing any driver wants is an accident minutes after leaving the lot.
  • Engine – Many drivers worry about breaking in their engine, fearing they’ll ruin it for the car’s lifespan in the first few thousand miles. As a general rule, avoid putting the pedal to the metal and idling for long periods of time. Instead, drive normally along roads you drive often.
  • Read – Your owner’s manual is an inside look at your car. Learn everything you can about it, and make sure to mark the page with the service schedule to keep the most routine maintenance in mind!

Mazda Holds Roadster of the Year Title

Roadster of the Year

The all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata has been pulling in awards left, right, and center, and the latest award is sure to earn a spot at the front of the shelf. The Auto Express New Car Awards named the MX-5 Miata Roadster of the Year for the second year in a row. Amid the latest redesign, that seems to be the standard for the bestselling sports car.

Boasting a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is more balanced than ever. Shorter, lower, and wider than its predecessor, the roadster packs more technology as well, effectively dominating the affordable sports car segment.

The one-millionth MX-5 Miata rolled off the line on April 22, 2016. The best selling roadster features an award winning lineup that only grows stronger with the addition of the soon-to-launch Mazda MX-5 RF.

In addition to the latest award, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 has taken home the 2016 World Car of the Year, 2016 UK Car of the Year, and the 2015 and 2016 Japan Car of the Year awards. That’s quite the list for any car’s lifespan, let alone just two model years.

We here at Mazda of Lake Charles have the roadster of the year in stock and ready to roll! Stop in to see what the fuss is all about from this award winning sports car!