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The Value of a Vehicle Health Check

The Value of a Vehicle Health Check

When it comes to knowing the health of your car, a VHC or Vehicle Health Check is just what you might want to have performed. This visual inspection can put your mind at ease, whether your car is safe to drive or in need of serious work. These simple visual inspections performed by a professional who follows a checklist use a traffic light system. This means that you will have a checklist with Green, Amber, and Red items. Green means you are good to go, Amber means there is recommended work to be performed, and Red means that your vehicle needs urgent attention. Every time you have a VHC performed, no actual work is performed without your permission, and nothing on your car is disassembled.  Usually, these vehicle safety inspections are performed along with a repair or service free of charge as a courtesy giving everyone peace of mind that your vehicle is safe and legal. It is standard for Brakes, tires, lights, fluid levels, exhaust, steering, suspension, and electrical items on ... read more

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The History of BMW

The History of BMW

Who knew that the BMW company originally started as an airplane engine company? This past 100 years has seen the BMW through the struggles of war and now stability, as refined, and quality German designed luxury vehicles grace the market. Three companies merged to become BMW; they were Rapp Motorenwerke, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, and Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach. These three companies came together to build and refine engines and later create luxury cars of the finest of German engineering. In 1917, the first BMW logo was created in honor of Karl Rapp’s original logo. Many believe that the colors alternating in a circle represent an airplane propeller spinning. Although the BMW logo has gone through subtle changes over the years, it has always retained its basic form. In 1922 the BMW company moved its headquarters to Munich. Today the headquarter and primary plant employ over 9,000 people and make over 200,000 cars a year. In 1923 BMW produced its first motorcycle called the R32. T ... read more

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Show Your BMW Some Love

Show Your BMW Some Love

When it comes to your BMW, we already know just how much you love your car. A BMW is special; not like other vehicles. It moves in ways that make running errands fun. You no longer want to send your spouse to the market for that unforgotten item off of the grocery list. You now seek out roads with twists and turns galore. A vacation no longer has to include a plane ride and in fact. This time of year gives you an opportunity to show your love to your special person, but it’s also a time to show your love for your BMW.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your BMW feel loved. Start with a good vacuuming. Throw away all the built up trash such as receipts or empty snack bags. Wipe down the dash and steering wheel. Use a window cleaner on the inside windows. Install a trash bin or bag to help you keep down the clutter. Buy an organizational item or two to help keep things nice and tidy.  If you do want to spend a little bit of money to show your love, pr ... read more

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How Has BMW Earned a Cult Following?

How Has BMW Earned a Cult Following?

When it comes to BMWs, owners and drivers of them tend to be incredibly passionate about their beloved vehicles. If you’ve never driven one, you might not understand why. If you know the difference between Bimmer and Beamer, you probably already a part of the cult. You probably also know that BMW started off with motorcycles. The BMW experience is exactly that: a true experience of style and performance every time you slide behind the wheel.  Reasons for iconic and cult status include, but are not limited to:    Driving a BMW is fun even if it’s just to the store. While the open road is cool, any road is fun for the BMW driver.  Turns, curves, corners, oh my! They are all fun and easy to handle when driving your BMW. There’s a reason you still see so many older models on the roads. If you take care of them, they will take care of you. BMWs are well built and made to last, as long as you keep up with the maintenance.  Every road is a good ... read more

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Best Holiday Displays in and around Richmond

It’s that time of year when the whole world seems to light up and Richmond is no exception. In fact, we have some of the most magnificent light displays anywhere to be found. Through the hustle and bustle of the season, the entire auto repair team at Bimmer Rescue hopes you make the time to enjoy the holidays. Christmas displays and holiday lighting can make everything seem truly magical, so that’s why we’ve compiled this list to help you get out there and enjoy the beauty that only this time of year affords:  https://richmondmom.com/2017/12/14/best-places-see-holiday-lights-richmond/ https://www.richmond.com/holiday/tacky-lights/richmond/ https://www.virginia.org/holidaylights http://www.illuminatelightshow.com/ https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/virginia/best-light-displays-va/ https://www.eventbrite.com/d/va--richmond/christmas-show/ Bimmer Rescue would love to hear from you if we’ve missed something good. There’s always room to add to the list ... read more

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Driving in the Snow

The Do’s and Don’ts of Driving in the Snow

Winter can be a beautiful wonderland, but it can also provide for some treacherous driving. The best advice is to stay warm and safe at home, but that’s not always possible. Only go out if you absolutely have to, but we also know you can’t stay at home all winter long!  When you’re driving in cold weather, remember to keep extra food and water, warm clothes, a flashlight with extra batteries, ice scraper, extra meds, warm blankets, and anything else that could help you stay cozy and happy if you happen to get stuck out there. Proper tire inflation, along with good tread, can help you stay on the road. Keeping your gas tank half full at all times is also a great idea in case you get stuck along the way. If you warm up your car, make sure it’s done in a well-ventilated area and never in a closed-in space, like your garage. When you are driving in the snow: Don’t be in a hurry and go slow. Slow down and speed up more slowly than usual to help make su ... read more

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Cleaning the Interior of Your Car

Cleaning the Interior of Your Car

As we head into fall, there’s nothing nicer than having a clean car to enjoy along with the change of season. We put a lot into making our cars look nice, from washing and waxing, to deep cleaning our interiors. It can be really difficult to keep the insides of our cars clean, but here are a few ideas that should help you make it last. Muffin tin liners are great for muffins and cupcakes, but did you know that they are also great for helping you keep your cup holders clean? They can catch most of the debris that mysteriously (and not so mysteriously!) ends up creating a mess. Not only that, but they are also super easy to change out and are not costly. Fall weather brings more rain. One way to help keep your windshield wipers streak free is to quickly douse them with rubbing alcohol. This will greatly help to keep your windshield clear and easy to see through because it will help your wipers effectively do their job. You’ll want to use some windex on the inside of your wi ... read more

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Enjoying the Great Outdoors in Richmond

Enjoying the Great Outdoors in Richmond

We live in a spectacular part of the world that has so much to offer. We are fortunate enough to be close to some incredible outdoor areas that host gardens, animals, and world-famous art collections. When you have a yearning for some culture out in the sun, here are three of our favorites:    Maymont Victorian Estate and Public Park One of the loveliest outdoor locations in Richmond, there’s truly something for everyone within this 100-acre treasure. There’s a reason so many couples have held their weddings here, but there’s also so much to see and do for everyone. You can tour the historic mansion-turned museum, explore the arboretum and formal gardens, and even spend time with animals at the native wildlife exhibits, the nature center, and the Children’s Farm.  The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  From lantern floating ceremonies to children’s garden to eve ... read more

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What to Do When Your Car Overheats

What to Do When Your Car Overheats

Even the most proactive vehicle owner can find themselves dealing with a car that’s overheated on these hot summer Richmond days. It’s true that if you stay on a regular preventive maintenance schedule, not only will you save yourself money in the long run, you’ll significantly decrease the chances of ending up broken down on the side of the road. Regardless, if it ever happens to you, make sure you know what to do to minimize the damage that’s already been done. The worst thing you can do is to keep driving it like nothing's wrong.  Your best bet is to pull over immediately. The more you drive after it overheats, the more extensive the damage. Even so, stay safe and pull over in a good location and turn off the engine. Don’t be in a hurry to open the hood. Wait until it’s completely cooled down. You may not be able to see that on your temperature gauge on the dash, so just don’t rush.  Pull out your Owner’s Manual if yo ... read more

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Playlist Suggestions for Your Summer Road Trip

Playlist Suggestions for Your Summer Road Trip

It’s time for a summer road trip! You’ve picked a destination, packed your new summer clothes, grabbed your favorite snacks, and you're ready for the road. The only thing left to do is make or download an awesome playlist to entertain you as you drive down the highway. If you listen on Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music check out these playlists that will make your summer road trip even better! As a bonus, all of these music apps are free to download and have a premium paid option. For those Spotify lovers, the number one playlist you should download for your trip is called “Roadtrip Music 2019 📻 Summer Road Trip Playlist & Travel Music” and is full of a variety of music including the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Avicii, Calvin Harris and many more great artists. For those of you who enjoy the classics give &ldquo ... read more

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