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Spring Preparation to Keep Your Bimmer Beaming

 Spring Preparation to Keep Your Bimmer Beaming

Welcome to your March blog! And how about a welcome for the coming of Spring, which begins at the equinox on March 20th? A March Spring is the time of  ‘out with the old, in with the new’ all over the Northern Hemisphere. Do you and your family have any annual spring cleaning rituals? At Bimmer Rescue, we want to challenge you to extend that house clean-up to your BMW. It’s a gorgeous, luxurious machine, and even if you have used your BMW less this year, it deserves a little TLC. We recommend the following course of clean-up: A complete clean. A full car wash and wax, with a vacuuming of the car’s cabin and engine. Detailing. A full wipe down with a powerful cleaner to remove any potential COVID-19 germs as well as anything else festering. Anything that doesn’t have an organized spot in the car should be removed. Minor dents and scratches. If your BMW has been knocked around a bit-- people opening ... read more

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Showing Your Bimmer The Love

Showing Your Bimmer The Love

Every day, with each drive you take, your BMW is showing you love. Its elegance makes you look sharp and professional. Its accuracy gives you mastery of the road. And its reliability keeps you on top of your game. Why not show some of that love back to your BMW when you can? With the arrival of February and Valentine's Day, we want to suggest five steps you can take to show love back to your BMW in 2021. Protect the body, inside and out. Wash it on the outside, and spray down the interior on the inside. This kind of attention not only keeps these surfaces free of contaminants and bad things but also causes you to be more cautious with your BMW in your everyday commute. Employ a sunscreen. Protect that body further from sun damage by remembering to use a sunscreen device to block out the sun when your BMW parks for hours in the harsh sun.  Take it easy on the engine. Allow yourself extra time when you settle into the car to start the engine and let it run. Allowing the engi ... read more

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5 Fun Facts About BMW That Most People Don’t Know

5 Fun Facts About BMW That Most People Don’t Know

BMW cars are well known for being stylish and sophisticated luxury vehicles. And while there connection to Bavaria is well known, there are some overlooked but interesting facts to be had about BMW and their cars. Here’s our top five fun facts about BMW, that most people don’t know! BMW hoists the flag of Bavaria in America - BMWs have a number of features that reference their point of origin, Bavaria. The checkerboards of the BMW logo are the same lozenge-style accents on the flag of Bavaria.  Among the trademarks of a BMW design is the kidney-shaped front grill and their 4-cylinder engine. In fact, this seems implausible, but it’s true: the headquarters for BMW are shaped like a 4-cylinder engine that is their internal trademark. The Treaty of Versailles is why they make cars - BMW originally began as an airplane manufacturer, all the way back in 1916 during World War 1. But when the war ended, German companies were no longer allowed to make weapons of war, s ... read more

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Planning For the New Year

Planning For the New Year

Welcome to December! It’s a time for holiday plans, for making merry, and for seeing out a very awful year and welcoming a new one. 2020 gave us pandemic, political polarization, job loss and homelessness, illness and death, a contested election, and gave back very little in return! 2021 currently has many of the same worries for us as 2020 did. We’re still in the midst of pandemic, until a vaccine materializes and even the poorest among us has it. Until that moment, we’re still in danger from COVID19. And the economy looks like we’re headed for a recession unless something changes soon. When we plan for 2021, we need to plan for the things we know we can count on. You can’t count on a big graduation ceremony if you’re a student. You can’t count on your wedding happening if it’s a big one with a lot of guests and suppliers. We have to do what we can to downsize if we want to survive. But we’re human beings. We owe it to ourselves ... read more

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Gratitude For Our Cars

Gratitude For Our Cars

With November approaching, despite the hardships of the past year, it’s important to recognize that we’ve survived, and to give thanks for that. As we gather together for Thanksgiving at the end of the month, perhaps it’s a good time to give praise to that family member that we rely on too readily and credit too little: our cars. You can’t give your BMW a slice of pumpkin pie or the drumstick, or even a place at the table, but you can show a little more love to your car in the year ahead. Here’s a list of ideas to show your BMW the love over the next year: Keep it clean inside and out. Dirt inside your BMW is unhealthy for you, and dirt n the outside of your BMW can get caught in your car’s systems, choking them. Also, a clean car is a happier driver… and you are less anxious to protect a car that you think of as dirty. Clean car = safer car. Protect the interior. If your BMW has a leather interior, it&rsqu ... read more

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Community Outreach: Making a Difference

Community Outreach: Making a Difference

A community is more than just a diverse group of people. It’s families and it’s also strangers who trust each other to do right by each other... an ecosystem of justice and an economic system of interdependence and reliance.  We can’t claim to know everyone around us, but the more we know each other, the more we strengthen the bonds of community. By promoting organizations that add good things to our community, we create a better society for Richmond, Short Pump, The West End, and The Fan District.  Supporting each other is supporting ourselves. That’s why Bimmer Rescue has a community outreach program: we want to feed back into our community and help it grow, knowing that we will grow with it, and be enriched by it with better lives and a happier standard of living. Here are some of the community outreach programs that Bimmer Rescue takes part in: Richmond Arts Scene Did you know that we host a family-friendly art opening at Bimm ... read more

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What to Expect When You Bring Your Vehicle To Bimmer Rescue

What to Expect When You Bring Your Vehicle To Bimmer Rescue

The COVID era has created a lot of change in the auto repair industry, that is for sure. However, many positives have emerged from the pandemic. That is why we want to share what you can expect when you bring your vehicle to Bimmer Rescue in 2020 and beyond. We take health and safety very seriously. We follow the CDC and local health authorities' recommendations closely so our auto repair team can continue to provide top-notch German auto repair for the Richmond region. As a result of our extra attention to cleanliness, health, and safety, some of the positives we've seen include: More demand for our popular concierge pickup and dropoff system.  Continued wiping of steering wheels and keys with disinfecting wipes. Regular and thorough cleaning of our facility, desktops, and workstations. Increased use of our after-hours pickup and dropoff system, using the lockboxes located to the right of our front door. Ongoing community involvement ... read more

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What it Means to Have a Master Technician Working on YOUR Car

Your automobile can serve as more than just transportation. It can be a trusty friend, a safe space, and a second partner on the job. You depend on it, and it depends on you for upkeep. You naturally want to do your utmost to maintain it as best you can, and within your given budget; maintaining your car helps you maintain many other aspects of your life, after all. You give yourself the best care that you can afford, and your car needs that, too. That’s why we hope you’ll bring your European automobile to Bimmer Rescue. Putting your car in the care of a Master Technician isn’t just reassuring, it’s an investment in the long-term life of the car. What’s a Master Technician? The Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program offers eight separate qualifications for car mechanics, which covers different aspects, such as Electrical Systems, Engine Performance, Heating and Air Conditioning, etc. A Master Technician is an automotive service professional who has ... read more

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What is Automotive Endurance Racing?

Have you heard of Automotive Endurance Racing? Here at Bimmer Rescue, it’s our passion. Many people also call it LeMons Racing, and it’s a lot of fun. Automotive Endurance Racing is when you take an old beater car and you race it for 24 hours. Automotive Endurance Racing is a lot more affordable than traditional car racing and we’d like to think it’s a lot of fun. They’re lemons, after all. Here’s a video that explains the sport: But why are the folks at Bimmer Rescue so passionate about Automotive Endurance Racing? For one, it allows our gearhead crew to have fun modifying our old-model BMWs. For another, its a team effort where we all get together and take turns racing the cars. It’s an amateur sport, but we absolutely love it! Now that you know what Automotive Endurance Racing is, here are three reasons why YOU can benefit from Bimmer Rescue’s passion:  It gives our crew the opportunity to dive more deeply into automotive tech ... read more

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The History of the MINI

Before we begin discussing the history of the Mini Cooper -- which is a long, storied history -- we want you to know that Bimmer Rescue specializes in working on newer MINIs. As much as we adore the look and feel of the classics, we are not the old car shop. We’re the shop you come to when your newer car runs out of warranty. We love working on modern, cutting edge cars, and our sweet spot is when we service and repair MINIs, BMWs, and Audis that are between three to 12 years of age. Okay, now onto our regularly scheduled blog… At Bimmer Rescue, we absolutely love the Mini Coopers! They’re fun. They look really cool. They’re the adult-sized go-kart. They reflect the individualized personalities of their owners. They are terrific cars and can last a long time when you consistently service them. But the reason we love them so much is because of their origin story. We admit, we were going to write a long essay recounting the milestones (pun intended) that MINI ... read more

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