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BMW And The American Identity

BMW And The American Identity

BMW And The American Identity Photo by Josh Naidoo on Unsplash   BMW and the American Identity go hand-in-hand. You know we appreciate our BMWs at Brown Motor Works Northeast in Columbia, SC. But even for those less interested in the BMW, it’s hard to deny the influence BMW has had on American culture and tradition. Let’s take some time to highlight historical reasons why BMW is foreign-made but could still be considered an American classic. BMW and American History BMW is short for Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, and their first vehicles were designed and manufactured in Germany in 1916. This was just before the 1920s when America would become the international hot spot for automobile innovation and manufacturing ... read more

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AC Services To Help You Survive The Cruel Summer!

AC Services To Help You Survive The Cruel Summer!

Photo by Sofia on Unsplash AC Services To Help You Survive The Cruel Summer! Summer is finally here, and most of us are ready for the adventures ahead. However, summer is also a time when cars experience many heat-related issues. We have your back on how to be prepared and ahead of the game to survive the cruel summer! Tips For Surviving And Thriving The Cruel Summer Test your AC: If you are driving your car out and about and your vehicle fails to cool you down from the summer heat, you might need to check your AC. You will most likely need more refrigerant or to replace your air filters.   Get a fresh car wash: This might be obvious, but car washes help get rid of road slats and grime that can cause damage to your car's paint and undercarriage, which is hard to see.    Check your tire pressure: The road is extra hot during the summer, and drastic temperature cha ... read more

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Are You Getting The Most Of Your Tax Returns? Here’s How You Can Use Them To Help Your BMW

Are You Getting The Most Of Your Tax Returns? Here’s How You Can Use Them To Help Your BMW

Photo by Leon Dewiwje on Unsplash   February is the month of love, black history month, and the beginning of tax season. Thinking frugally is sometimes seen as cheap, but we know that's not necessarily true. Being frugal can lead to saving money for a rainy day or even your BMW.  Why would you want to wait till the last minute to do your taxes when you can get ahead of the curve and start the year off strong! If you get a tax return of any kind, your BMW could use the extra love that your tax return can bring. We always recommend you upkeep your BMW to have the best return on your investment.  Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your BMW in tip-top shape. What things should you look out for as your BMW ages?  Faulty Coolant Systems: Your BMW's coolant system is important because it keeps the engine at an optimum temperature that prevents it fro ... read more

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New Year, New Future. The Apple Car And What It Means For The Automotive World

New Year, New Future. The Apple Car And What It Means For The Automotive World

Photo by Andy Wang on Unsplash   Few initiatives have been as speculated and discussed last year as “Project Titan.” We know so far that this project will serve as Apple’s official attempt to conquer the automotive world and potentially compete with the 800-pound gorilla in the room, Tesla Inc.    Although the hardware empire of Tim Cook is still relatively silent regarding its self-driving technology ambitions, Tim Cook has previously hinted at it, including in this interview with the New York Times, saying:    “In terms of work we’re doing (in that field), I’m g ... read more

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Handing the Keys Over to a New Driver

Handing the Keys Over to a New Driver

Photo by Liviu C. on Unsplash   So it’s time to hand over your precious BMW to the next generation of drivers in your family. This is both an exciting and slightly scary process because it’s not so simple as people make it out to be. Incredibly irritating is the fact that your kid (inheriting your car) will have to pay a used car tax which has never been a fun experience.    Keep in mind, most states can allow you to avoid this tax, but only if you are gifting it to an “immediate” family member, such as your spouse, kids, grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings. But, as we said, that’s in MOST states.   Although there are a lot of steps to take and a lot of paperwork to do when passing ... read more

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What To Do In A Hurricane

What To Do In A Hurricane

Photo by Wade Austin Ellis on Unsplash   Hurricanes are both terrifying and devastating. Throughout its history, South Carolina has been hit by a total of 30 hurricanes, some of which caused the state to go into an emergency (most notoriously Hazel in 1954 and Gracie in 1959). This month, we wanted to look at what to do in a hurricane, as a refresher course in case something big and unexpected hits the Carolina coast in September.   Before we get into what you’ll need to protect yourself and your loved ones during a hurricane, we have to make something clear: you need to stay informed. Check your weather news an ... read more

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5 Tips for a Summer-Ready BMW

5 Tips for a Summer-Ready BMW

Photo by Khusen Rustamov from Pixabay   We’ve got summer on our minds this month, specifically getting ready for another hot summer in Columbia. South Carolina heat can be pretty serious. However, there are lots of steps you can take to protect your BMW (or your Mercedes or your Mini Cooper), your passengers, and yourself when out in the summer heat.    The key to getting through a hot summer is good planning. That may mean making more decisions than you’d like to make, but those decisions can spare you and your car a lot of oppressive heat. Here are some of the things you can do to get ahead of summer’s heat!   Plan your trips. The less you have to go out, the ... read more

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Five Things Every Driver Should Know

Five Things Every Driver Should Know

Photo by Jo Zef Mrkwa from Pixabay   Welcome to the June blog for Brown Motor Works! It’s time for summer fun again, and with people returning to the highways just in time for the 4th of July, it’s a good time to go over some of the basic knowledge drivers should have.   Your BMW works in a similar way to most combustion devices. The more you know about it, the more prepared you will be for the challenges drivers face. Here are our top 5 things every driver should know!   Know how to check the air tire pressure -- This is the number 1 item for a big reason. Your tires are the point where your car connects to the road. Tire pressure can decide your fuel efficiency, but ... read more

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Protecting Your BMW from Summer Heat

Protecting Your BMW from Summer Heat

Photo by Hunter Newton on Unsplash   Welcome to the May blog for Brown Motor Works Northeast! We hope spring has been kind to you and you are working your way towards a productive summer. With the pandemic beginning to lift and people finally beginning to get their vaccinations, it looks like we might be in for a jam-packed summer all over the U.S.   And with summer on the horizon, it’s a good moment to consider what needs to be done to your car before the sun is at its most destructive in August. Left unchecked, the sun’s rays can be pretty harsh on a car’s interior and can make driving a painful experience. Here are our top three suggestions for keeping it cool this summer:   Good planning can spare you the heat ... read more

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Keeping Up With Yourself: How to be comfortable in your car with new shiny models around

Keeping Up With Yourself: How to be comfortable in your car with new shiny models around

Welcome to Brown Motor Works Blog! It’s so frustrating to think of others enjoying their shiny new 2021 BMW X5 when we’re starting to see the age of our 2011 X5. Everything we’re noticing about the 2021 X5 makes us want one. It’s a gorgeous car. Understandably, you’d want a more recent, shinier model. But sometimes, greed and desire for new things can get the best of us. Our X5 has been loyal to us over these many years. It may not have all the flash of the 2021 model or the bells and whistles, but it does have many great features. And it’s ours. We’ve paid for it. The X5 is a sport utility with all-wheel drive. You have five passengers capacity and with a lot of interior space. Your BMW is a car you can keep for years because BMWs are luxurious, classy, and have great curb appeal, as long as they are maintained.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea that we should have the latest model, and if we don’t, we’re fall ... read more

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