Eco-Friendly Car Tips

Eco-friendly Car Tips
Even without hybrid or electric cars, there are ways to be economical about driving. Whether you love the environment or you love saving money, you can do both with these eco-friendly car tips!

Regular Maintenance

If you keep up with regular car maintenance, you’ll be able to conserve gas on the road. You can improve your gas mileage by up to 4% with just a regular tune-up. Keep an eye on more serious problems like weak spark plugs because major problems can decrease your gas mileage by up to 40%.

Gentle Driving

If you practice less aggressive driving habits, you’re sure to save money on fuel. Try gradually braking and gradually accelerating at stoplights in order to burn less fuel. If you use cruise control as often as possible, you’ll also save gas money.

Cooling Habits

Know when to use your air conditioner and when to roll the windows down. For city driving, when you’re going slower, windows down will be the best option to conserve fuel. However, on the highway, windows down cause too much drag, so you’ll want to use air conditioning.

Tire Pressure

Remember, always check your tire pressure! If your tires are too low, they’ll cause more friction and resistance on the road, leading to more burning of gas.

If you need more tips, just ask us here at BMW of Bowling Green!

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BMW M2 Spotlight: Style, Technology, and Power

BMW M2 Spotlight
The all-new BMW M2 is sure to impress everyone. It was only revealed in October 2016, but since then has been turning heads and thrilling car-lovers everywhere.

Style

The M2 is a balance of everything enthusiasts love about BMW.  It has classic, simplistic styling and the rev of a BMW engine. It’s a small and sleek sports car with just two doors and proves that big things really do come in small packages with its 365-horsepower engine and quick-shifting seven-speed DCT transmission. Zero to sixty happens in just 4.1 seconds.

Technology

The M2 also boasts plenty of technology. You’ll have the option between multiple drive modes, like “Comfort,” a great combination of subtlety and power. It’s perfect for those days where you just want a calm coupe instead of a sports car. When you want to focus on performance and have fun on the road, “Sport” mode will be there for you.

Power

One additional thing to note about the M2 is that it’s not for the weak of heart. This vehicle is the ultimate performance car, giving you that aggressive thrill that you can only get behind the wheel of a true sports car.

If you want to check out what the BMW M2 has to offer, come down to BMW of Bowling Green today to take one for a spin.

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Road Trip Tips That Will Make Your Vacation Perfect

Road Trip Tips - BMW of Bowling Green BlogWhether you’re setting out on your road trip tomorrow or you aren’t going until July, it’s never too early or too late to implement some helpful hacks into your agenda to reduce your stress levels. Here are some of our favorite road trip tips.

First of all, you want to keep yourself and your passengers entertained on the drive, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Pre-load your mobile devices with apps, games, and videos—unless your car has a mobile hotspot, in which case you don’t have to worry about it.

Check out books for the kids and audiobooks for you to listen to on the drive from your local library. Another way to keep kids occupied is to get a map that will span your whole trip, laminate it, and have your kids follow along with marker so they can see your progress.

Keep your car clean and organized with easy food storage tricks, like keeping celery or pretzels in a half-empty jar of peanut butter, putting dry snacks in old coffee creamer bottles, and using a plastic cereal container as a small trashcan.

You should also download apps that will make your trip easier, like the SitOrSquat app that helps you find clean places to use the restroom and GasBuddy, which compares area gas prices and helps you find the cheapest ones.

These are just a few hacks to improve your road trip—find even more here. And if you’re looking for the perfect summer road trip car, stop by BMW of Bowling Green today!

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Introducing the New BMW 6 Series M Sport

new BMW 6 Series M Sport

The new BMW 6 Series M Sport is like this, but perhaps even cooler

The BMW 6 Series is a luxurious and impressive lineup unto itself. But a BMW fan will know that the brand likes its fair share of special editions. The latest example of this is the new BMW 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition, which builds off the existing M Sport package. The new M Sport Limited Edition is only available overseas.

The new 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition can be had in coupe, convertible, or four-door configuration. No matter which style calls to your taste, you’ll notice the Limited Edition in the Black and Fjord blue color scheme that distinguishes it, plus the Merino leather seats and floor mats.

The Limited Edition 6 Series M Sport cars will sit on two-toned, 20 inch wheels. The sleek, low-riding body of these BMWs gets a special blue paint job called Sonic Speed Blue metallic. The interior of these vehicles will have carbon fiber trim, and carbon fiber will be added to the mirror caps as well.

Prices are not yet available for the new Limited Edition 6 Series vehicles, nor has BMW released how many it will be making. Fortunately for us in the states, we have the M Sport package to enjoy, which is almost just as good. To learn more about BMW special edition series, call us at BMW of Bowling Green.

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Check Out the 19th Annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest

Southern Kentucky Book Fest

Attend the Southern Kentucky Book Fest to meet your favorite authors!

Nothing is more peaceful than getting a bunch of bookworms together to celebrate, discuss, and enrich the literary world! The Southern Kentucky Book Fest takes place in Bowling Green in April. The annual event draws in thousands of readers who are eager to meet authors, buy memorabilia, and have a grand time!

The 19th annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest will feature more than 150 authors, including Ann Patchett, R. L. Stein, and Obert Skye. Readers are welcome to come and meet their favorite authors and buy signed books! As it turns out, this year’s event will offer more than just a meet and greet though.

Children’s Day takes place on April 21st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Kentucky Writers Conference and Teen Writers Conference will take place sinetune afterwards. The event and conferences are free and open to the public.

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is presented by the Warren County Public Library, WKU Libraries, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. This year’s event takes place from April 21st to the 22nd and will be held at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.

We here at BMW of Bowling Green are happy to see people gathering at one of the state’s largest literary events!

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BMW at the North American International Auto Show

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The 2017 BMW 5 Series

BMW is a brand known for creating vehicles that offer high performance with a large dose of luxury. The German automaker was in attendance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and unveiled the new BMW 5 Series to much enthusiasm from fans. The world debut of the sedan brings quite a changes to the lineup with more power and new models coming to the road.

The world premiere of the new 5 Series saw the addition of the new M550i xDrive. The high-performance, four-door sports car combines an intelligent all-wheel drive system with an M Performance TwinPower Turbo engine. The 5 Series will also see the addition of a new plug-in hybrid model to the lineup.

While the 5 Series was the main attraction, the BMW 6 Series made an appearance as well. Drivers will enjoy new available features and styling cues exclusive to the BMW 5 Series Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe.

The BMW Concept X2 made its debut in America at the North American International Auto Show as well. Drivers can expect BMW Connected Onboard, Remote 3D View, and BMW ConnectedDrive, just to name a few new technologies.

We here at BMW of Bowling Green can’t help but be impressed by the new BMW 5 Series!

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How to Increase Your Trade-In Value

You’re ready to get rid of your old car with plans to get behind the wheel of a nicer, newer model sooner rather than later. Now isn’t the time to slack off on taking care of your old car though! It could take a bite out of your auto loan. Take a few of these tips from us here at BMW of Bowling Green to increase your trade-in value. Your wallet will thank you later!

Increase Your Trade-In Value

  • Shop Around – Getting the estimated trade-in value for your used vehicle at multiple dealerships has no downside. In fact, doing so could ensure that you get the most money possible out of your old car. Take a weekend and head to multiple dealerships. It could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Increase Your Trade-In Value

 

  • Documents – Having all the documentation you need to prove you’ve truly taken care of your vehicle is a necessity for any driver. Keeping track of your vehicle’s service appointments pays off in the long run.

Increase Your Trade-In Value

  • Maintenance – Keeping your vehicle operating at peak performance is pertinent for drivers who plan on trading it in for credit on a new car in the future. Maintaining your vehicle regularly helps ensure few problems, peak efficiency, and a smooth ride for years to come, all of which will help increase the trade-in value.
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Best Bowling Green Restaurants for a Valentine’s Date

Best Bowling Green Restaurants

Having the perfect Valentine’s Day generally starts with a fantastic meal and there are few better places to go than Bowling Green, Kentucky. Give your date a taste of home-cooked meals designed to fill the stomach and please all of the senses this year! Here are a few of the best Bowling Green restaurants for a Valentine’s date as suggested by all of us here at BMW of Bowling Green.

Rafferty’s Restaurant and Bar boasts recipes made from scratch day in and day out. Enjoy everything from the best barbeque ribs to appetizers that are sure to delight. There are few better ways to kick off a Valentine’s Day than by having some of the freshest food in Kentucky, after all.

The Home Café & Marketplace has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with a classic, at-home design that’s sure to help create a memorable Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a high-end pizza or delectable dessert that’s as beautiful as it is tasty!

Double Dogs Chow House is a local hotspot that’s sure to provide an enjoyable atmosphere, friendly service, and some of the best food in the area. Grab a seat and order up a serving of Bo’s Dog Bowl Nachos for two before diving into the real meal. Best of all, this restaurant has daily specials that can make for a great deal!

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New BMW 5 Series Lineup and Hybrids at NAIAS

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Newest BMW Additions

At the NAIAS this week, BMW is showing off its newest additions to the new BMW 5 Series lineup, including the M550i and the 530e iPerformance. The iPerformance hybrid versions of the 3 Series, 7 Series, and X5 will also be featured along with the all-new X2 concept.

BMW M550i

The M550i is a super-powered four-door sports car, with a Twin Turbo engine putting out 456 horsepower and reaching 60 mph in under 4 seconds. The 530e iPerformance is a hybrid with a 4-cylinder engine and 15 miles of all-electric range.

BMW 530e

The 530e will have three eDrive modes that lets the driver switch between Auto, for automatic power distribution from the engine and electric motor, and Max, for max electric power, as well as an electric power conservation mode.

BMW X2

The X2 concept is another exciting debut. The latest in the X Series of Sport Activity Vehicles, the X2 combines X Series crossover styling, with coupe design in a vehicle with a low, sporty stance, practical interior space and ride height, and dynamic performance.

New Technology

The new BMW 5 Series lineup will also introduce new technologies like the next developmental stage of BMW Connected including OnBoard, Remote 3D View, and a preview of the Real Time Traffic Information service.

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How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year!

Let’s be honest: Most of us will make a bunch of life-changing resolutions for 2017, and most of us won’t last the month. It isn’t easy to keep New Year’s resolutions, but there are ways to do it—you just have to change the way you’re making resolutions.

Most resolutions are something vague, like “eat better,” “exercise more,” or “save more money.” They sound good, but ultimately they don’t mean anything. How does “eat better” translate into your daily life? You have to think about how you’re going to implement these changes or you won’t be able to stick it out.

Be Specific

Resolutions have to be specific. Instead of saying you’re going to exercise more, come up with a workout schedule you can reasonably keep up with that fits into your schedule, and don’t over-commit. You can also start out small and eventually do more! Go to the gym or for a run two days a week at first. That’s easy to keep up with, but eventually, it will become a habit, and then you can add more.

Make A Plan

Break your resolutions down into steps. There are a lot of steps to eating better—like changing your shopping habits and finding time to cook healthy meals. Laying out the steps and making a plan that you can implement in your life incrementally will keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Some goals are much easier to achieve if you take the pressure off yourself. For instance, if you have trouble remembering to pay your bills every month or sticking to your budget, set up automatic payments for as many as you can. This way the bills get paid and the money is taken out before you have a chance to spend it on something else.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of how to keep New Year’s resolutions. Here at BMW of Bowling Green, We wish you the best of luck with your 2017 resolutions and a Happy New Year!

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