New MINI USA Pricing and Updates for 2013

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The popularity of the MINI has risen exponentially in the U.S. over the last few years, and we’re not surprised!  With a cute, compact body, a wide wheel-base for stability, remarkable passenger room and gas economy in such a small car, what’s not to love?

MINI USA just released the Pricing and Updates for their 2013 line-up, including some great features that were previously an option now coming standard.

For feature highlights and 2012-2013 pricing comparisons, check out this article at MotoringFile.com.


Beckley Imports – Servicing European Import Cars Since 1977

Because Beckley Imports has solely focused our services on European Imports, we have the certified technicians, facilities and the right equipment to properly work on your European import car.

For more information or to schedule a service on your Mercedes, please call 515.243.8185, or go to the “Schedule Service” page on this website to make an appointment TODAY!

 

New Polestar Volvo S60 Appeals to Performance Drivers

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According to an article at SwedeSpeed.com, Volvo Cars Official Motorsport and Performance partner Polestar have unveiled a concept car designed specifically for the performance-minded driver.

This concept car is described as being Polestar’s “interpretation” of the Volvo S60.  It was developed with a mind to combining comfort for the driver with high-end power and handling ability.  Changes were made to the chassis, the drive system and suspension, making this vehicle excellent for both long-distance traveling and high-performance driving.

As always, you don’t need to look any further than Beckley Imports for exceptional service for your Volvo or other European import.

2012 Audi Models Named to KBB.com’s Best!

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2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet and 2012 Audi TT Roadster Named to KBB.com’s Best Road Trip Convertibles

The 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet and the 2012 Audi TT Roadster today were named to the 10 Best Road Trip Convertibles of 2012 by Kelley Blue Book’s www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information. Kbb.com editors chose the 2012 A5 Cabriolet for its combination of style, refinement and performance, while the Audi TT Roadster was chosen for its well-appointed sportiness and superb handling.

2012 Audi A5
Few convertibles meld style, refinement and performance into one package as beautifully as the Audi A5 Cabriolet, said kbb.com editors. As the only car in its class to offer quattro® all-wheel drive, the A5 Cabriolet is a progressive take on top-down driving. The award-winning 2.0 TFSI engine provides 211 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque and combines Audi valvelift system, variable valve timing and TFSI® direct injection. Derived from the A5 Coupe, the A5 Cabriolet’s evocative shape demands attention with an Aluminum Optic trimmed windshield frame and elegant 18″ wheels. The Audi acoustic soft top offers significant wind and road noise reduction and retracts in 15 seconds – the fastest in its segment. With rear folding seats, twelve-way power adjustable front seats and an overall open design, the A5 Cabriolet offers plenty of room for four adults.

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The unmistakable profile of the Audi TT Roadster is complemented by the unique rear diffuser with dual exhaust. The combination adds an aggressive and exclusive look to the vehicle. Constructed of lightweight aluminum and steel, the power folding acoustic soft top can be opened or closed with the touch of a button. Closing the folding soft top takes only twelve seconds and can be closed at speeds under 31 MPH for added convenience. The TT Roadster not only offers standout styling and performance, it also delivers 23 MPG city and 31 MPG highway fuel economy. The 2.0T engine employs a variation of FSI called TFSI®. TFSI-equipped engines take advantage of significantly higher compression ratios and cylinder pressure, thus fully atomizing fuel and optimizing boost response.

For more information on the 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet or the 2012 Audi TT Roadster, please visit http://models.audiusa.com/.

ABOUT KELLEY BLUE BOOK (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the industry. Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website www.kbb.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In and Suggested Retail Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new cars this week. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies as well as governmental agencies. Kbb.com provides consumer pricing and information on minivans, pickup trucks, sedan, hybrids, electric cars, and SUVs. Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com ranked highest in its category for brand equity and was named Online Auto Shopping Brand of the Year by the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study. Kelley Blue Book Co. Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AutoTrader.com. For more information and news from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, visit www.kbb.com/media/, follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kelleybluebook (or @kelleybluebook), or like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kbb.

ABOUT AUDI
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2011, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues
Original release republished from Audi USA News

What Does A B-Service For My Mercedes Include?

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Mercedes B service and maintenance in Des Moines, Iowa

While servicing of European imports should be done on a regular basis and at a certified European car service center, the routine service needs of each European car ranging from Mercedes-Benz to BMW, Audi and others varies greatly.

Mercedes service and maintenance in Des Moines, Iowa

The 2012-Mercedes-SLK-AMG-V8-Engine, A thing of beauty!

The Mercedes-Benz requires specific maintenance and check ups for their cars at different mileage dates. A Service B, for instance, should take place at approximately 20,000 miles or one year after previous service, but determined by Flexible Service System; then every 20,000 miles or 2 years.


A Mercedes-Benz B-Service Includes:

Interior
· Function check
· Check warning and indicator lamps, illumination and interior lighting
· Check windshield wiper, windshield washer system, headlamp cleaning system
· Reset maintenance service counter in instrument cluster
· Replace dust filter (not applicable to SL-Class)
· Replace combination filter (SL-Class)
· Check parking brake (function test only)

Wheels, brakes
· Check condition/thickness of front and rear brake discs
· Check front and rear brake pads for lining thickness
· Check tires for damage and condition
· Measure tread depth, record in mm
· Correct tire inflation pressure

Underside of Vehicle
· Check for major components leakage
· Check for chafe marks, line routing, damaged components
· Check condition of front axle ball joints and rubber boots
· Check condition of mechanical steering components and rubber boots

Engine Compartment
· Check for major components leakage
· Check for chafe marks, line routing, damaged components
· Check and replenish all fluid levels
· Change engine oil and filter
· Check engine cooling system, antifreeze and corrosion protection
· Check brake system
· Check power steering
· Check Active Body Control
· Check windshield washer system
· Check and correct battery fluid level
· Check battery condition
· Check catch, safety catch and hinges on engine hood for proper operation
· Check condition of poly V-belt

Trunk
· Check battery condition
· Correct tire inflation pressure in spare tire


Beckley Imports  – Servicing European Import Cars Since 1977

Because Beckley Imports has solely focused our services on European Imports, we have the certified technicians, facilities and the right equipment to properly work on your European import car.

For more information or to schedule a service on your Mercedes, please call 515.243.8185, or go to the “Schedule Service” page on this website to make an appointment TODAY!

 

How to Prepare Your BMW for Winter

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When temperatures start to drop, it’s time to get your car ready for winter. The right maintenance, preparation and tools can be literal lifesavers in harsh conditions.
Regular Maintenance
Now’s the time to get your car up to speed on all of its regular maintenance. That means taking care of any fluids that may have been neglected while you were out enjoying the summer sun or going in for that 60,000-mile tune-up if you’re due. Check, change and/or top off your oil, coolant, brake and transmission fluid as needed. In the case of your oil or automatic transmission, make sure you get a high-quality filter, too. It may seem like overkill to take care of all of your fluids at once, but it’s worth it in the long run.

Take a look at the car’s brakes too. Are your rotors warped or cracked? Do they have deep grooves or are the pads worn close to their minimum clearance? Your vehicle will be experiencing harsher conditions soon, so nip any potential problems in the bud now. Make sure all your lights are working properly to ensure good visibility. New bulbs only cost a few dollars and are easy to install yourself or easy to have installed when getting your vehicle serviced. The same goes for windshield wipers. If your blades are more than six months old, odds are it’s time to swap them out for new ones. And don’t forget to fill the washer fluid reservoir with freeze resistant wiper fluid.

Check your tires and consider winter tires
Go ahead and have your tires rotated and inspected. The last thing you need in cold, wet weather is to be driving on bald or dry rotted tires. Err on the side of caution and replace any tires that are too worn.

We’d recommend looking into snow (or winter) tires, depending on your location or length of time you’ll be spending in the snow. Winter tires are made with special low temperature resilient rubber compounds and have deep treads that grip unplowed snow and ice. Even the best all-season tires have compounds that get more brittle as the temperature drops, and when that happens, the tires tend to grip less. The winter tire compound remains pliable when temperatures are low, retaining grip and keeping the car’s safety systems, like all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes, functioning properly.

At this time, also check to make sure your spare tire has enough air in it. Once you’ve made sure everything looks good, take a look at your tire pressure. With everything up to spec, you’ll get better gas mileage and your vehicle will handle and stop better.

Maintain the coolant system
Our most important tip is to take the time to get your car’s coolant system checked. Extreme temperatures and harsh conditions can knock it out easily if it’s not up to snuff. If any part of the system comes up with a shaky bill of health, swap the parts for new ones. That means having your car’s radiator pressure tested and the hoses examined for cracks or bulges. Most shops can quickly test radiators without the hassle of having to remove them from the vehicle.

If you can’t remember the last time your water pump was replaced, or if your pump has more miles on it than what the manufacturer recommends, it’s time for a new one. While everything is apart, go for a new thermostat as well because you’ll save money on labor getting these two done at once.

Even if everything comes up good to go under the hood, replacing your engine’s coolant is cheap insurance against extreme temperatures. Over time, antifreeze can actually generate a weak electrical current, which can then cause oxidation and eventually failure inside of your coolant system. You’ll want at least a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water to provide protection against below-zero temperatures. Keeping everything fresh inside will put less stress on your vehicle’s hardware and save you serious money in the long run.

A little preparation goes a long way to keep your car running smoothly during the winter months. Not only will the right tools and maintenance protect you and your car from the elements, but they will also keep you safe.


Beckley Imports – Servicing European Import Cars Since 1977

Because Beckley Imports has solely focused our services on European Imports, we have the certified technicians, facilities and the right equipment to properly work on your European import car.

For more information or to schedule a service on your Mercedes, please call 515.243.8185, or go to the “Schedule Service” page on this website to make an appointment TODAY!

Welcome to Beckley Imports – Specialized European car service for Des Moines and Central Iowa

Good Des Moines European Car Repair shops are few and far between. The options available for BMW owners, Mercedes owners and the like are limited to chain shops that could do more damage than good to those elegant European motors and systems. Beckley Imports has been servicing the Des Moines, Iowa area since 1977. Their mechanics have been trained and certified on all European Import models – BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Porsche, Audi, LandRover, Volkswagen, and Saab.

When you’re looking for the right shop to take your European car for service, tune ups or even a simple oil change, trust that beauty only with the professionals at Beckley Imports!