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MonthAugust 2014

Pre-Purchase Inspections – Why It’s Necessary Before Buying a Used BMW

So you’ve found your dream BMW. It’s used, and looks like it’s had a few wear and tear repairs over the years, which is normal. Should you purchase it? Not before you obtain a pre-purchase inspection.

Used Car For Sale! Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection First!

Used Car For Sale! Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection First!

It’s necessary to get a pre-purchase inspection done before buying a used BMW because you don’t want to end up with a vehicle full of expensive to remedy mechanical and safety issues that are not evident to the casual eye.

What Is A Pre-Purchase Inspection, Anyway?

A pre-purchase inspection is a detailed report about the cosmetic, mechanical and safety condition of the BMW you are interested in purchasing.

To avoid purchasing a poorly maintained car or succumbing to other buying pitfalls, we always recommends a pre-purchase inspection by a qualified BMW mechanic before purchasing a used BMW vehicle. We have saved many buyers from getting into a situation where they have been taken advantage of, and I have made sure their dream vehicle does not turn into a nightmare.

Take your car to a qualified BMW mechanic before buying.

At Eurobahn Motorsports we do Pre Purchase Inspections on used Vehicles every day!

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Buying a Used BMW Long Distance or Without a Warranty

If you plan on buying a used BMW long distance (located in another city/state) or without a warranty, it is definitely a MUST that you get a pre-purchase inspection. Major risk is at stake if not.

In fact, we that found that so many clients are buying vehicles long distance these days, so she do a thorough inspection  to help buyers make sure they are getting what they’re paying for.

The most common mistake buyers make is not having inspection reports and the title work on the car they are looking to buy reviewed by an expert before they purchase the vehicle. Buyers need someone who knows what to ask on behalf of them, and that’s what we help to do.

Sure anyone can do their homework before they buy a vehicle, which is good and part of the process, but there is so much more to make sure the buyer is protected when spending thousands of dollars on a used vehicle.

The seller should be willing to let you have a pre-purchase inspection done prior to buying it, if not, then that is a red flag and they’re likely hiding something from you about the BMW.

Pre-Purchase Inspection Checklist and Price

Once your potential used BMW is being inspected by a BMW service provider, it’s common for a few minor flaws to show up on the pre-purchase inspection. Finding these minor flaws can actually help in the overall price negotiation process if you do buy the used vehicle.

A thorough inspection should cover over 125 items in the following areas (not limited to):

  • Overall condition of the BMW
  • Visual problems with the body and frame
  • Leaks and broken components
  • Engine analysis and problems
  • Road test

The following past problems can be identified by a qualified BMW mechanic while inspecting the vehicle:

  • Frame damage
  • Poor repair work
  • Car previously owned by a smoker
  • Flood damage

Prices vary from BMW shop to BMW shop and are dependent on how thorough of a pre-purchase inspection you choose for your potential BMW. The more detailed and extensive an inspection, the more it will cost you – but the more it could save you in the long run.

In the end, it is worth the money purchasing a pre-purchase inspection, in the long-run, to avoid costly repair bills that can add up in the future. So buy your used dream BMW with confidence, knowing you’ve taken the appropriate measures and gotten a pre-purchase inspection.


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Scary Signs – When You Should Take Your BMW to a Mechanic

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Is that Satan in your hood causing a fire and smoke? No, you’re vehicle is probably overheating.

Your BMW can tell you all sorts of things from when it needs gas, to when it needs to go into the shop. Being proactive about the latter can help you save mucho de dolares down the road.

Here are some scary signs your car may be telling you…in which case you ought to run to your BMW service shop like you’re being chased by brain-eating zombies in a horror flick.

Tires:
Some hair-raising signs your tires are in trouble and you could be in danger include a tread depth below 1/16th of an inch, the appearance of a tread wear indicator bar, presence of cracks and weathered sidewalls and bulges and blisters on tires. Also, if you notice your BMW is vibrating, this too, can be a sign that you need to replace your tires.

If left unattended, bad tires can lead to poor car handling/steering, which can contribute to serious auto accidents and tire blow outs that can leave you on the side of the road. Also, you may be at risk of hydroplaning on wet days due to tread wear-down and your fuel economy will be lowered.

Seized Engine:
Something’s a-brewing in your BMW when you witness light tapping noises or a knocking sound. This can be a sign of a possible seized engine. This sound should spook you enough to head to your mechanic ASAP and have it tested (that is, if you can drive there). The repair for this problem is dependent on what is causing the seize. If you can have the entire engine replaced with all its components, it can be very costly. Avoid this frightful mess by getting your BMW serviced routinely by a qualified BMW mechanic.

Overheated Engine:
Think your engine is possessed by the Devil? Not likely. Some warning signs of an overheated engine includes a temperature gauge in the “red,” putrid smells of burning oil or metal from the radiator, abnormal power and leaks underneath your car.

To remedy this, have your BMW mechanic check for leaky/clogged/collapsed hoses, loose clamps and for a faulty temperature gauge and water pumps, etc. Frequent overheating can cause serious engine damage, but if caught early it’s not too costly of a repair.

Transmission Problems/Failure:
Transmission problems and possible failure may be lurking around the corner in your BMW with certain evil signs. To avoid digging a grave for your transmission, these signs include refusal to go into gear, strange burning smells, clunking/buzzing/humming sounds, gear slippage, dragging clutch, transmission fluid leak, check engine light appearance, shimmying into gear, vehicle jerking in park or neutral, and delay of response when shifting into gear.

If your transmission starts acting up then you are in for a whirlwind of trouble and possible costly repairs. Keep your BMW up-to-date with its routine maintenance to avoid this, and take it to your local BMW shop immediately.

Broken Timing Belt:
Don’t be shocked to the core when your timing belt breaks in your BMW if you avoid the warning signs. These potentially hazardous signs include a shaking vehicle, a hard start, expelling more exhaust than normal, high-pitched noises and vehicle shut off while driving.

A broken timing belt that sidelines you along the freeway can also cause damage to other engine components, which you definitely don’t want.

Change the timing belt in your BMW at the recommended service interval. When you take your BMW to your local BMW service center, your qualified BMW mechanic will inspect the timing belt to make sure there are no cracks, chips or spots, and look at the teeth of the belt.

The way your BMW sounds and smells, to how it performs on the road can be telltale signs that it needs maintenance…but don’t be alarmed about all things that go bump in the night, because not every bone rattling shake or blood curdling squeal means your BMW is about to go belly-up and you need a new plot in the cemetery. It’s just a best practice to be aware of these things and have your BMW routinely serviced to avoid them.


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BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept Scheduled For Pebble Beach Concept Lawn Showing

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The next far forward-looking view of BMW’s design themes and luxury concepts will come at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, in the form of the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept, previously shown at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

“We use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW Vision Future Luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Group Design senior vice president in a statement. “The BMW Vision Future Luxury—with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail—takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further.”
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One of BMW’s previous forward-looking design and inspiration concepts was 2008’s GINA Light Visionary concept. The new Vision Future Luxury concept pushes forward the boundaries of design in a similar fashion, but in entirely new directions.

With lightweight engineering and user interface concerns at the forefront, the Vision Future Luxury concept aims to provide exactly that: a vision of luxury in the mid-term future, as viewed through BMW’s characteristic lens.

Carbon fiber, predictably, plays a large role, much as it has already in the BMW i3 and i8. In the Vision Future Luxury concept, the material can be found not only in the structure, but in the interior, where load-bearing aluminum aspects create contrast, and wood surfaces add warmth. A minimalist, seamless design theme predominates.

Other future-looking aspects include a pared-down B-pillar, seat frames integrated into the vehicle’s core structure, and connections with the door sills and center console for greater structural rigidity while allowing for a more open design.

BMW’s Connected Drive telematics and remote access system is also made future-oriented, with a wrap-around display of instruments in 3D. A Vision Head Up Display adds to this with overlaid information about traffic, road hazards, and navigation data, as well as directing the driver’s attention to potential areas of concern, highlighting speed limit signs, or providing information about traffic light phasing, for instance.

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The rear seat gets some upgrades, too, with a special Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet offering communication with the front displays and access to the ConnectedDrive services. The rear seats are large and deeply contoured for what BMW calls a “luxurious haven of personal space.” Aniline leather, Silk nubuk leather, and layered lime wood predominate, offering a warm, rich look and feel.

The exterior of the Vision Future Luxury concept also points toward some of the BMW design themes to come, including a long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs, and a low, rear-biased cabin. Surface styling, including a long front-to-rear arc, as well as Liquid Platinum Bronze paint accentuate the futuristic take on traditional BMW design themes.

BMW’s Vision Future Luxury concept will be on display at the Concept Lawn outside The Lodge at Pebble Beach after a preview launch at BMW’s Villa on Thursday, August 14.

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Independent BMW Repair Shop Service Doesn’t Void Warranty

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You don’t have to take your BMW to the dealer to maintain your warranty.

Let’s face it, BMW repairs can be expensive and when you buy that new or used BMW from the dealership, you want to make sure your BMW is covered with a vehicle warranty if anything should go wrong and need repairs.

It’s common to hear that once you purchase your BMW with a warranty, scheduled maintenance and repairs need to be completed by the dealership or else it voids the warranty. This is quite the myth and unfortunately, many people believe it to be true.

Your Rights Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

According to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, vehicle manufacturers can’t tell you, the consumer, where to have your scheduled maintenance and repair work done that is under warranty.

You have the right to have your BMW serviced according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule at any qualified shop, including your local independent BMW repair shop.

Taking your vehicle to your local BMW service center for routine service does NOT void the warranty. You will still be receiving the same top-notch BMW repair service, if not better, than what the dealership provides. You also will still be receiving the same original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts that the dealership uses, installed by highly specialized BMW technicians. And who knows, you may even save yourself a little bit of money.

Search for a local, independent BMW repair shop with BMW mechanics that have dealer-level expertise at a fraction of the expense.

 

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How to Find A Qualified BMW Mechanic

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So it’s time to take your BMW into the shop. You don’t really want to haggle with the dealership’s service department over prices and what actually needs to be serviced today.

Why not turn to an independent BMW repair shop that specializes in BMW service? Whether it’s for a simple oil change or a more complex matter, your neighborhood BMW service center has the skills and tools to keep the life of your BMW running longer.

Here are some tips to help you locate an expert BMW technician at a local BMW repair shop.

  • North Carolina is home to many qualified local, independent BMW repair shops with dealer-level expertise. Use the search box and type in your zip code or city/state.
  • When you go into a BMW repair center look to see if they have BMWs in the parking lot/bays and if they have specialized BMW diagnostic tools.
  • Check out the shop’s BMW certifications in-shop or online. Also, check for automotive professional associations and any community awards they hold.
  • Listen to what others are saying about nearby BMW service shops. Ask fellow BMW enthusiasts where they have their BMW repaired.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable BMW service consultants and technicians that help answer your questions and make arrangements to bring your BMW in for service is a good indicator of a quality shop.

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BMW Recall: Defective Airbags for E46 3 Series Registered in Select States – NC

UPDATE: Yesterday, (July 16, 2014) it was announced that this recall has expanded to all 3 Series cars manufactured between May 1999 and August 2006, not just in the regions originally mentioned below. 

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and BMW N.A. will be issuing a limited regional recall of select BMW e46 3 Series vehicles due to defective frontal airbags in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Which BMW models are affected by the recall?

BMW e46 3 Series model year 2001-2005 325i, 325xi and 330xi, and 2001-2006 325Ci and 330Ci, currently registered in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand airbag inflators.

What causes the defective frontal airbags?

The frontal airbags made by Takata contain a faulty propellant and can deploy irregularly, and/or rupture with metal fragments striking occupants. Some reports speculate that the airbag failure may be linked to high humidity areas/regions.

Are there any known accidents attributed to the defect?

This is a large recall spanning across several automakers: Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford, over several months. Currently, there are eight reports of airbags exploding and two associated deaths, none of which were BMW vehicles.

What do I do if my car is one of those affected?

BMW will be notifying all owners affected by the recall in August 2014. The frontal airbags will be inspected and replaced, free of charge.

If your BMW is part of this recall and you have not been notified, call your local, independent  to schedule an appointment to have your BMW checked and serviced for the defect.BMW repair shop


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BMW Repair Checklist Before Sending Your Student to College – North Carolina

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Before your undergrad hits the books in the campus library, gets involved with Greek life or tailgates for the big game, have these auto-related items checked by your local BMW repair shop to ensure safety on the road prior to the start of Fall semester.

Engine: English 101 may be a breeze but breaking down on the side of the road due to engine trouble isn’t. Engine problems can range from engine overheating to jerky driving, and more, so have your local BMW mechanic check the hoses, lines, clamps, temperature gauge and your water pump, to make sure everything is in prime operating condition.

Battery: All night cram session for Wednesday’s Midterm can cause headaches (and anxiety) for your college kid, and can be even worse when their BMW doesn’t start and they’re late for their exam the next morning. Be sure to have your local BMW technician check for corrosion, dirt and grime on the battery, as well as for any leaks.

Tires: Put the pedal to the metal (as your undergrad will while writing that essay on The Importance of Social Media in Today’s Marketplace) when it comes to taking your undergrad’s BMW to the nearest BMW service center for an examination of tires. Your BMW mechanic will check and make sure there are no signs of wear, such as bulging and worn treads.

AC/Cooling Systems: 8:00 a.m. class on a Friday morning, no sweat…broken air-conditioner, major sweat! Have your BMW mechanic check the AC and cooling system. A proper inspection of the AC line, filter and seal can help determine any AC-related problems. Also, an examination of air flow around the radiator, the radiator cap (for cracks) and coolant levels can determine if your cooling system is operating correctly.

Brakes: Unusual sounds (like ones that can be heard from the Student Center’s annual karaoke night) coming from your student’s BMW, along with a hard pedal feel, vibrations and pulling to the left or right, can be signs of brake problems. To avoid this, have your brakes routinely checked by your local BMW service center.

Fluids: Dormitory living has its ups and downs. When the flu hits your student’s floor, they’ll be forcing fluids to fight it off. Keep the fluids in their BMW topped off by getting them checked at a local BMW repair shop. Fluids to be checked include oil, power steering, brake and transmission.

By having these auto-related items checked for your child BMW before college starts, the only thing they’ll be worrying about this semester is gaining the Freshman 15 and what to wear to the party on Thursday night.


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