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The Effects of Harsh and Extreme Weather on Your Car Battery


The harsh and extreme weather conditions will have a negative impact on your car battery over time, so it is important to understand what is happening under the hood.

When the temperatures stay freezing for long periods, the chemicals within the battery are turning solid too like the oil in the engine. If this occurs too long, the casing of the battery could expand, causing damage to the delicate components within. Once this happens, it is only a matter of time before the battery will fail.

If the weather is too hot, the excessive heat is going to have the…
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Why Use the Online Scheduling Tool at the Dealership?

The internet makes life easier for folks in more ways than they could imagine. Using the online scheduling app for the dealership allows you to book your next service appointment when it is more convenient for you.

Maybe you only have a few hours each week to take care of errands, and that doesn't include sitting in the dealership waiting room for hours until your car gets servicing. Book with the online scheduling app and choose when you want your car serviced, tires rotated, or oil changed.

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Scheduling Your Next Service Appointment is Now Easier Than Ever

At some point, all vehicles will need to be serviced whether it's for minor routine maintenance or major repairs. At Rick Hill BMW in Kingsport, TN, you can schedule your service appointment at any time from anywhere that you have Internet access to include mobile devices.

Our online service scheduler is fast, convenient, secure, and easy to understand. Your appointment can be scheduled within a few minutes for any type of service. We will also contact you to confirm your appointment.

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How Does Horsepower Relate to Your Vehicle's Engine?

We all pretty much know that horsepower is the unit of measure of power for our automobile engine. What many of us do not know, however, is what that term really means or how it was even thought up. It goes back to the late 18th century when James Watt was trying to sell steam engines.

Watt needed a way to convey to his customers how the power in those engines compared to a workhorse, which was the mode of transportation at that time. He noted that a mill-horse could move approximately 33,000-foot-pounds a minute, and thus labeled that…

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Are You Changing Your Oil Too Much?

Today's vehicles are more sophisticated than ever. However, with these enhancements comes a little confusion. One thing of the past that seems to be engrained in many vehicle owners is that they must change their oil every 3,000 miles. Truth be told, this can actually cause more harm than good. The oil and engines of today are advanced enough to go an average of 5,000 miles before even considering an oil change. Some vehicles have even been reported by manufacturers to go 15,000 miles without visiting the service center.

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Quick and Easy Financing Solutions for All Customers

If you're checking out new cars, you've probably done some research. One of the most common things people overlook is getting set up with financing. This can be a daunting task for some people. Finding a car that fits into your budget is a concern for nearly every customer. Our team at Rick Hill BMW recognizes these concerns and has come up with a solution that is beneficial to everyone.

You can now go online, provide some basic information, and get pre-approved for auto financing. The process is quick and simple, and, it also saves you time and…

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Plan an Upcoming Road Trip with These Travel Safety Tips

Don't wait until trouble strikes out on the highway and you are left at the mercy of the towing company, plan accordingly for trouble so you can get back on schedule with your road trip. Consider these safety tips from our staff at Rick Hill BMW before you leave on your next trip.

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Little Known Dashboard Warning Lights

You may have noticed the fuel tank light mark on your car dashboard. There are other dashboard warning lights apart from the fuel tank that implies you're running low on gas. Below are some of the other warning lights on your dashboard and their meanings.

 

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It is Important to Make Sure Your Headlights are Working Properly

According to statistics, about half of fatal accidents happen at night and a large percentage of these occur on unlit roads. For this reason, it is very important to keep your headlights working properly. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that many vehicles had headlights that are performing below factory standards.  

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Why It is Best To Purchase Your Car Parts From the Dealership

There are some very good reasons why you should get your auto parts at our dealership. If you come to our dealership, we have some definite advantages for you when it comes to your BMW car.

We know your brand, we have been trained on it, and we know the Dinan parts are the best for your car. Think of it this way: how are we going to warranty the parts and service on your car if you buy the parts somewhere else and have it serviced elsewhere?

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