Spring Car Cleaning

Spring Car Cleaning
Spring Car Cleaning

Keeping your car clean during winter can be a bit of a hassle for most drivers, especially those who live in colder climates. Spring is right around the corner, which means there’s plenty of opportunity to give your car the spring cleaning it deserves. Keeping your car clean is a part of being a responsible automobile owner, after all. We here at Mazda of Lake Charles know a thing or two about spring car cleaning.

  • Wash – Take the time to wash the exterior of your car. Give it a good scrubbing to remove all the dirt, salt, and grime that built up during the winter months. Don’t forget to wax it at the end for a clean shine that will leave any driver proud!
  • Replace Wiper Blades – The windshield wipers tend to see heavy use during winter and spring brings rain. That’s no good for worn or old wipers, which is why buying and installing a new set is a great idea. New windshield wipers tend to be inexpensive and easy to install. Take a few minutes out of your day to ensure maximum visibility during spring showers.
  • Unload – It’s more than likely that trash built up in the car over winter. Rushing inside during the cold is understandable, but now is a great time to remove all that trash at once. Clean out the cup holders and other compartments where trash may be stowed away. Doing so will allow for better organization and more space.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Rolls into Dealerships

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata has been a hit with consumers and critics alike. The 2016 model became the only vehicle in history to take home both the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards in the same year. Drivers can expect the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata to share the same value as the 2016 model as it arrives mostly unchanged.

The popular roadster’s price holds steady at $24,915. The only packaging changes come in the MX-5 Club trim, which receives Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as standard features. Prior to the 2017 model year, those technologies were only available on the Grand Touring trim.

The MX-5 Miata Sport, the base trim, offers a throwback look to the first-generation roadster to arrive in the United States. The MX-5 Club trims comes with performance-oriented equipment, like a Bilstein suspension. Finally, the MX-5 Grand Touring trim features larger-than-life luxury features, like three-stage heated seats and automatic climate control.

The new Mazda MX-5 Miata comes stocked with a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine that delivers 155 hp with rear-wheel drive. The fourth-generation model has proven to be a hit with consumers and, if the trend continues, will continue to see excellent sales as it rolls out to dealerships in the 2017 model year.

We here at Mazda of Lake Charles are pumped for the new MX-5 Miata!

Mazda MX-5 RF Arrives Early

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Production delays and pushing back release dates have become the norm in the auto industry, but Mazda is doing just the opposite. The Mazda MX-5 RF is here well ahead of schedule and just in time for the holidays!

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF brings a power-operated hard targa top that replaces the soft-top convertible. This hardtop roadster starts at $31,555 and brings a few changes from the standard model.

The MX-5 RF brings the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the standard Miata. The hardtop obviously replaces the soft top, and a new color display gauge separates from two. In total, the hardtop adds about 100 pounds to the total curb weight. Drivers can choose from a selection of two trims and between a manual or automatic transmission.

The standard rear-wheel drive isn’t great for winter roadways, but that means there are more to go around. Around 500 models will arrive at dealerships and availability will grow from there.

The new Mazda MX-5 RF is here a whole two months earlier than originally scheduled. Mazda cites production shifts and schedule changes for the early arrival.

We here at Mazda of Lake Charles certainly aren’t complaining about the MX-5 RF’s early arrival!

Gifts for Auto Enthusiasts

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Finding the perfect gift for someone who really loves cars can be difficult around the holidays, especially if you don’t share their passion. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent items that make great gifts for the car lover in your life. Here are a few recommended gifts for auto enthusiasts from us here at Mazda of Lake Charles. Happy holidays!

  • Cell Phone Air Vent Car Mount – While many new cars come with Bluetooth connectivity, some still lack that technology, and older cars, like the classics, lack most modern technologies altogether. That’s why a cell phone air vent car mount is the perfect gift for auto enthusiasts. This gift allows them to keep track of their phone at all times, no matter what car they drive.
  • Gear and Chains Wall Clock – If your loved one enjoys working on cars, there’s no better gift than a Gear and Chains Wall Clock. This gift is made of an engine timing gear and chains. It’ll fit right in with all of your loved one’s other auto-oriented fixtures.
  • Cordless Tire Inflator – Keeping your tires properly filled can be difficult, even for auto enthusiasts. That’s where this cordless tire inflator comes in. It automatically shuts off once the proper pressure is reached, which means filling your tires is easier than ever.

How to Keep Your Car Organized

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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

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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

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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

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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 viagra france prix.

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!