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.

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  • 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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Driving a Vehicle with Rear-Wheel Drive in Snow

Rear-wheel drive isn’t known for performing very well in poor road conditions, but it isn’t impossible or even inherently dangerous. For one, rear-wheel drive vehicles perform much better in snow than they used to, now that traction control systems have been implemented, and this is especially the case for luxury vehicles like BMW sports cars, which have incredibly sophisticated designs. Here are some tips on driving a vehicle with rear-wheel drive in snow.

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One of the best things you can do to give your RWD vehicle more traction in snow is to weigh it down in the back with bags of sand or cinder blocks. FWD cars get better traction because the engine is weighing down the wheels in front, but there’s nothing weighing down the drive wheels on RWD cars.

You also want to go easy on the gas. If you don’t give your tires a chance to lose the grip by speeding up too quickly, you won’t have a problem with RWD. You should also keep a loose grip on the steering wheel so you don’t jerk it if you do lose traction in the back.

It can help you keep traction on the ground if you avoid braking while cornering, too, and instead do all your slowing down before you get to a turn. Braking too hard is the best way to make your wheels slide on wet surfaces, so do it slowly and as little as possible.

Drive safe!

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BMW X1 and X2 Are 2017 IIHS Top Safety Picks

The new BMW X1 and X2, part of BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicle X Series, have been named 2017 IIHS Top Safety Picks. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) puts vehicles through rigorous crash tests and only gives this designation to vehicles that get a rating of “good” in all five categories.

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The categories tested by the IIHS crash tests are small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. This is the second year in a row the BMW X1 has been named a Top Safety Pick, and the 2017 version improves on the previous model year by adding a more spacious interior, better fuel economy, and updated technology.

The 2017 BMW X2 has been recognized by the IIHS every year since it was introduced in 2012. Both vehicles have been praised for their body and structure design. The IIHS also gave fair ratings to the X1 and X2’s Forward Collision Warning technology, which they found reduced impact speed by an average of 10 mpg in the 12mph test and 7 mph in the 25 mph test.

These new BMW vehicles come with a variety of safety features and services like BMW Assist eCall, TeleService, and available Lane Departure Warning and other active safety features.

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New BMW Motorcycle Brings Along the Future

Motorcycles are incredibly efficient, but they often sacrifice the safety of a conventional vehicle. BMW is looking to change all that with the Motorrad Vision Next 100, also known as the motorcycle of the future. The new BMW motorcycle will feature a whole new look that will surely redefine how the motorcycle segment operates.

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The new BMW motorcycle boasts a Tron-like design with a black triangle frame that resonates the brand’s first motorcycle, the 1923 R32. The bike itself bends and moves without the joints and bearings on conventional motorcycles. The technology behind it is almost out of this world. Almost.

The steering itself is speed sensitive and causes the frame to stiffen and become more stable at high speeds. The tires automatically reconfigure themselves to provide the most comfortable ride and handling.

As for safety, the new BMW motorcycle would feature a bionic riding suit and visor as well. The suit would support the rider while the visor would use augmented reality to control its UI. The UI can project ideal lines and angles onto the road, increasing the safety of motorcycles everywhere.

The bike is just a concept. It comes as a part of BMW’s 100th anniversary celebration where the automaker is revealing concept vehicles to come in the next century.

Here at BMW of Bowling Green, we can’t wait to see this futuristic motorcycle hit the road!

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2017 BMW 5 Series Features Wireless Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is one of the most innovative in-vehicle connectivity systems in modern vehicles. It usually comes alongside Android Auto compatibility. Apple CarPlay has been able to communicate with vehicles wirelessly since 2015, and now the 2017 BMW 5 Series is taking advantage of that technology.

The BMW 5 Series sedan will be the first to support wireless Apple CarPlay. That essentially means that drivers won’t have to connect their smartphone to the car via USB cable in order to use the software. That’s a major step that will appeal to a massive amount of drivers.

2017 BMW 5 Series driving through mountains

Apple CarPlay links to the iDrive system, which is a displayed on a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Drivers can interact with their favorite apps, make calls, and more through the iDrive Touch Controller. Voice commands and tapping the screen also work.

BMW officially integrated Apple CarPlay into its lineup back in May, a late start in the automotive segment. Now the German automaker is jumping ahead of competitors by offering the first vehicle that makes use of Apple CarPlay’s wireless capabilities.

The 2017 BMW 5 Series will ship out in February 2017, wireless Apple CarPlay and all.

We here at BMW of Bowling Green are happy to see the BMW 5 Series staying ahead of the pack when it comes to technology.

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First 2018 BMW 8 Series Images Captured of Prototype

BMW may be trying to keep it under wraps, but the upcoming BMW 8 Series has shone through. The model was spotted for the first time while it was testing, and tons of spy shots were captured of this elusive vehicle. Sneaky photographers found a prototype of the vehicle simply parked in a storage lot.

What has been uncovered

In the 2018 BMW 8 Series images, we can see the sleek new coupe, although it is covered by camouflage. The attempted protection doesn’t do enough to distort its body, however, so a handful of changes are clearly evident.

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The new 2018 BMW 8 Series is starting to look a lot like the BMW 7 Series (shown), though more compact.

The new 8 Series Coupe looks a lot like the 7 Series, though it is of course more compact. There are only two doors on the model, which also sports the signature BMW kidney grille. You can check out some of the photos here.

Rumor has it that the BMW 8 Series was brought back to replace the BMW 6 Series, rolling out between 2017 and 2018. While we can’t say for sure, these spy photos seem to indicate that BWM has made great progress on that timeframe.

Keep your eyes peeled for more BMW 8 Series news, and in the meantime, visit us anytime at BMW of Bowling Green to check out what BMW currently has in store.

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These Are the Winter Weather Essentials You Should Put in Your Car, Right Now

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Now that the temperatures are dropping, and fast, you are probably taking your swimsuit, flip flops, and beach towel out of your car. In their place, don’t forget to stock up on cold weather necessities before winter weather hits. If you prepare yourself for the first big snow before it hits, you will thank yourself.

Here are some winter weather essentials to keep in your car:

  • Get yourself both a quality ice scraper and a quality shovel. You are likely to use the former more than the latter, but if your car ever gets buried in snow, you will be glad to have a shovel available.
  • Pack yourself some extra gloves, an extra hat, and maybe even an extra winter coat. If you ever forget one of these garments or lose one, you will have a backup.
  • Upgrade your emergency kit to include a quality blanket and perhaps heating packs, just in case you find yourself in a chilly emergency.
  • And as always, keep a first-aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a spare cell phone charger safely tucked away in your car.

For more winter weather safety ideas or to check out a snow-ready vehicle for the new season, feel free to contact us or visit us anytime at BMW of Bowling Green.

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