Vehicle Items to Check Before a Long Drive

Whether you're taking a road trip, planning a trip to visit family or friends, or are just taking a day drive to a nearby city - inspecting your vehicle and checking off a pre-trip checklist can help ensure that you are prepared and safe during your travels. While you are planning your trip, chances are that they last thing you are thinking about is the health of your vehicle. However, a broken down vehicle along the way can ruin an entire trip. Here are some things to make sure to check before you embark on your next long drive:  Pack a roadside emergency kit which includes jumper cables, a blanket, jack, lug wrench, phone charger, flashlight, flares, and water.  Visually inspect your tires for proper tread and condition and ensure that they are filled to the proper air pressure Ensure that fluids are filled properly Check condition of windshield wipers and that you have windshield washing fluid Get an oil change before your trip if you are soon to be due for one H ... read more

Vehicle Prep for Winter Traveling

Whether you’re planning to travel by car this winter season or will just be driving to and from work each day, prepping your car for winter can help you avoid car troubles on the road and keep you safe while driving in winter weather conditions.  Before you hit the road for any type of extended travel, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our shop for a winter car inspection. This will give you peace of mind on the road knowing that an expert took a look at your vehicle and made sure that everything was in working order to stay reliable in the cold weather.  Here are some of the top ways in which you can prep your car for traveling this winter:  Get your car serviced if it is due and inspected for other issues Check your manufacturer’s website for any recalls Inspect your tires to verify they have good tread and are in overall good condition Install new windshield wipers and top-off wiper fluid Check all vital fluids  Be sure to test your vehi ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Exclusively Bimmers!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Exclusively Bimmers! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Exclusively Bimmers before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first ... read more

Pre-sale Tips for Getting the Most Money for Your Used Vehicle

If you own a used car that you are planning on putting on the market, it's important to take a few extra steps in order to try and get the most money possible for your used car. Taking care of a couple of items before having your vehicle looked at for sale can help you increase your car's overall value and also increase the likelihood that your vehicle will sell.  Here are some of our pre-sale tips to help you get the most money for your used vehicle:  Have your car interior cleaned and detailed - A full and thorough interior cleaning by professionals will only cost you a couple hundred dollars but can greatly increase the price of your car.  Have the outside of your vehicle washed, detailed, and waxed  Take good photos of your used car for the platform you plan on selling your vehicle on Use Kelly Blue Book to find the value of your vehicle and also do your research to compare other vehicles that are for sale in your area Make sure that you stop by Ex ... read more

Repairophobia: It's a Real Thing!

The term Repairophobia - what does it mean? This term is defined by a fear of auto repair, and this is still a relevant mindset in todays time. But why does it exist, and how do people develop this fear? Part of this is phony reporting about auto repair shops ripping off customers. It is also due to bad experiences as shops who may not be the most honest in the industry.  It's true that there are some bad shops out there, just like there a bad people in all industries in the world. However, this doesn't mean that all shops are bad and that all shops want to sell you stuff that you don't need - it's just not true!  The best way to protect yourself or get over the fear of auto repair is by finding a shop that you can really trust. Some key attributes to look for are good online reviews, friendly staff members, estimates before completing work, mechanic certifications, a clean shop, and much more.  The worst part about repairophobia is that it i ... read more

Car Won't Start? Here are Some Possible Causes

Getting into your car and discovering that it won't start up can be extremely stressful. Your mind may wander to the battery, and you may start to think back to the night before and remember if you possibly left a light on. There are many different causes that can prevent your vehicle from starting up. Does your vehicle crank before not starting, or does it not crack at all? Here are some possible causes for both:  No Crank, No Start Low or dead battery Loose or corroded battery cables Bad starter Starting and charging system  Bad ignition switch Engine problems Crank, but No Start No fuel Bad fuel pump Bad ignition coil Worn spark plugs Broken timing belt If you're experiencing a no start situation with your vehicle, don't hesitate to give Exclusviely Bimmers a call today. Once your vehicle is towed into our shop, we can get to the bottom of the no start issue and determine the repairs necessary to get your vehicle back up and running again. 

Protect Your Vehicle From Unintentional Damage

Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided:  Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin.    Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put you at r ... read more

Common Car Leaks and What They Mean

A leak underneath your vehicle can have many different reasons, some more serious than others. If you do happen to notice a leak underneath your vehicle, the best thing is to make note of the color, consistency, and location of the leak. This will help your auto mechanic pinpoint the issue, since a leak can come from many different components.  Here are common car leak colors and what they can indicate: Clear - Clear liquid is just condensation from the air conditioning system, and is nothing to worry about.  Red - Red fluid can indicate a leak of transmission or power steering fluid, caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in a line between systems.  Pink - Pink fluid usually is power steering fluid or transmission fluid, similar to red.  Orange - Orange can indicate leaking antifreeze or just regular condensation that is rusty from the radiator. Transmission fluid can also look orange if it is old and dirty. Yellow - Yellow fluid can indicate a radiat ... read more

Tire Blowout - What to Do Next

A tire blowout is no doubt a scary and stressful situation, especially if it happens on the highway or in traffic. It can be caused by something as small as a nail in the road or low tire pressure. The top five causes of tire blowouts are under-inflation, overload, uneven tread wear, damage and defects. You’ll know you’ve had a tire blowout if you hear a loud pop and an unevenness with your vehicle. You’ll also most likely smell burnt rubber and will hear what is left of the tire flapping around. If it happens, don’t panic. Here are some tips on what to do next if you find yourself in this situation:  Don’t slam on your brakes. Try to maintain control of your vehicle and pull of safely to the side of the road or exit promptly. Get away from traffic and find somewhere safe.  Turn on your hazard lights. Do not get out of your vehicle unless it is completely safe and away from any traffic.  Call for roadside assistance. You can also c ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

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