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5 Interesting Facts About BMW Cars

5 Interesting Facts About BMW Cars

There is no doubt that BMW is one of the most popular luxury vechicle brands produced today. Over the years, BMW has become a household name in the automotive industry. However, BMW wasn’t always know for automobiles. Take a look at some of the fun facts we’ve gathered about the BMW brand. How much do you really know about BMW? Fun Fact About the BMW Brand #1 – BMW wasn’t always known as “BMW”. Founded in 1916, Munich, Germany as the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (BFW) #2 – BMW was originally founded as an airplane engine manufacturer. During WWI, there was a massive shortage of cutting edge airplane engines. So a little company called Rapp Motor merged with Otto Werke, an airplane maker just up the street in Munich, combining forces to satisfy the war effort’s needs. Otto Werke was run by the son of the guy who invented four cycle engines, which made just about every fuel-efficient car in history ev ... read more

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Vehicle Wheel Alignment

Vehicle Wheel Alignment

Having your vehicle’s wheels aligned is important as it can help improve the safety and performance of your vehicle. When performing a vehicle wheel alignment, your auto repair technician uses specialized computer equipment to adjust the angles of your vehicle’s wheels so that the wheels are perfectly parallel to each other in proportion with the ground. Take a look at some answers to common questions related to vehicle wheel alignment. Frequently Asked Questions About Wheel Alignment What is my auto mechanic looking for/at when they do a wheel alignment? When performing a vehicle wheel alignment, there are typically three different types of angles that your auto mechanic is examining: Camber – The angle of your vehicle when viewed from the front Caster – The angle of the steering pivot when viewed from the side of your vehicle Toe – The direction that your vehicle’s tires point as they relate to each other How often should I have my vehicle&r ... read more

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The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

Purchasing a car is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make. Therefore, it only makes sense that you should want to do everything that you can to take excellent care of your vehicle, and part of that includes following a regimen of regular vehicle maintenance. Why is Car Maintenance So Important? Each vehicle manufacturer designs their vehicles to operate under a certain set of conditions. In order to ensure that your vehicle continues to perform its best, it is important to follow the set of guidelines originally laid out by your vehicle’s manufacturer. You can often find out what sort of vehicle maintenance will be required by referring to the owner’s manual/handbook that came with your car. You can also speak to a reputable auto mechanic or auto repair shop that specializes in maintenance of vehicles just like yours. Potential Consequences of Skipping Vehicle Maintenance If you fail to maintain your vehicle, it can (and usually will) cause a domino ... read more

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How to Tell If Your Rotors Are Bad

How to Tell If Your Rotors Are Bad

Your brake rotors play a key role in helping you make sure that your vehicle stays in top condition – something that is important to most vehicle owners, since purchasing a vehicle is a major investment! Everyday use of your vehicle eventually causes your braking system to wear down over time. Perhaps ironically, your vehicle’s brake system is the most important system in your car, and it is also one of the most overlooked! Many vehicle owners are reactive and only spot issues when it is too late. Fortunately, there are ways to tell if your rotors are bad so that you can seek professional help before putting yourself and others in danger. Below we outline some common ways to spot problems with your brake rotors. What You See Look at your brake pads. With your vehicle parked, turn your wheels all the way to the left or right. This will allow you a clearer view into the wheel well. From there, you can usually see your brake pads. If your brake pads are worn down, conside ... read more

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8 Facts About the MINI Cooper

8 Facts About the MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper is a popular, small-sized vehicle, produced by the British Motor Corporation. Below, we’ve listed some fun and interesting facts about the MINI. 8 Fun & Interesting Facts About the MINI Cooper In 1999, the MINI was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T. All 4 members of The Beatles owned Mini Cooper vehicles. The Mini dates back to 1957 and was named for one of the top names in rally racing, John Cooper. The Mini was the first car maker to turn the engine sideways in order to create more room inside of the vehicle. The BMW-owned MINI is a successor to the hugely popular Mini Cooper produced between 1959 and 2000, but is technically unrelated to the original model. The original Mini Cooper was a distinctive 2-door car, designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis. Issigonis’ first design sketch for the Mini was drawn on a napkin in Switzerland. The record for the most people yo ... read more

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Reasons for Car AC Failure

Reasons for Car AC Failure

As we approach the summer, your vehicle’s air conditioning (A/C) system becomes that much more important. Not only does your car a/c work to keep the interior of your vehicle cool; it can be a contributing factor to vehicle failure if all of the working components aren’t maintained. At Reliable Import Service, our auto mechanics are experts in A/C repair and service in Raleigh, NC. If your car is experiencing A/C troubles, contact us today to schedule an appointment! In the meantime, check out some of the common signs and symptoms of car a/c failure. Common Problems Associated with Car A/C Failure #1 – Overheating According to the Chicago Tribune, overheating is one of the most common reasons for vehicle failure. Most common during the warmer months, overheating may be due to a faulty cooling system or low levels of fluids. Consider the fact that your car has to work that much harder during the summer months, for example, to keep your engine from ... read more

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5 Ways You Could’ve Saved Gas Last Summer

5 Ways You Could’ve Saved Gas Last Summer

Summer is one of the busiest times for drivers. Between road trips, vacations, and running the kids to and from summer activities, you can really burn up a lot of gasoline in your vehicle. So, what lessons have we learned from our driving experiences this past summer? We break down some of the ways you could’ve saved on gasoline. 5 Ways You Could’ve Been Saving Gas Last Summer #1 – Drive Less Aggressively. We all have those few times where we’re in a rush to get somewhere or are just having a bad day. However, it’s no reason to take it out on your car (or the people around you). In fact, did you know that poor driving habits (i.e. road rage, or rapid accelerating) can cost you a small bundle? According to Edmunds.com, accelerating slowly from a green light and slowing down gradually for a red light cut fuel consumption for someone driving a Land Rover by more than 35%! #2 – Use Cruise Control. As mentioned befo ... read more

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Digital Trends Shares Vehicle Bluetooth Compatibility Overview

Digital Trends Shares Vehicle Bluetooth Compatibility Overview

Recently, Digital Trends published an article in which they provide a bluetooth compatibility overview. More than 20 auto manufacturers were highlighted along with information to let you know whether your vehicle may, in fact, have bluetooth compatibility. We’ve reposted some of the vehicles below. However, for the full article, over at Digital Trends, click the source link at the end of this post! 4 Vehicles with Bluetooth Compatibility #1 – Nissan – Similar to other companies, Nissan offers baseline hands-free phone calling and phone book, in all current models. #2 – Acura – Acura has Bluetooth technology in all every vehicle made after 2011. Its HandsFree Link is shown in their multi-informational display on the center counsel. #3 – Audi – Every Audi made after 2006 offers a standard Bluetooth service. #4 – BMW – Every new BMW comes standard with Bluetooth. Premium iOS and Android devices offer some added benefits including ... read more

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10 Amazing Honda Car Facts You Never Knew About

10 Amazing Honda Car Facts You Never Knew About

Everyone knows Honda’s are quality, reliable and affordable vehicles, but do you have any idea just how innovative this Japanese car company is? Check out some of these amazing Honda facts to wow your friends and family at your summer picnic this year. 10 Amazing Honda Facts You’ve Never Heard! #1 – The Honda CRV came with a picnic table or shower! A folding table was included in the trunk of this SUV, and the first generation version also had an optional shower kit that connected to the back for easy camp cleaning. #2 – Honda has been the worlds largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959! Its lower price point on commuter bikes gives it a great advantage. #3 – Honda created the world’s first four-wheel drive car. The Honda Prelude was a sports coupe that as produced from 1978 until 2001. #4 – The Honda Civic has been named one of the top ten best cars by Car and Driver magazin ... read more

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Why Are Gas Prices Higher in the Summer?

Why Are Gas Prices Higher in the Summer?

The temperature is not the only thing on the rise here in Raleigh, NC; gas prices have been increasing significantly as well. It’s unfortunate because we are about to get into that beautiful beach weather, and are ready to burn some extra fuel on summer road trips. Unfortunately, it looks like these higher gas prices are here to stay for a bit – but why is this? Why do gas prices increase in the summer so significantly each year? 3 Reasons Why Gas Prices Are Higher in the Summer There are several secondary factors that cause fuel to be more expensive in the summer versus the winter: #1 – TRAVEL People are traveling more so there is a higher demand. #2 – PRODUCTION Energy companies conduct maintenance on their refineries that limit their production until late May. #3 – NATURAL DISASTERS More hurricanes and other natural disasters occur that can slow fuel production. But the main reason summer gas i ... read more

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