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Improve Driving Safety with a Winter Wheel Alignment

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winter tires, winter driving bmw, des moines winter, beckley wheel alignment, winter alignmentYou’ve probably enjoyed the summer and great fall temperatures with a handful of outings that required driving your car on dirt/gravel roads. You traveled some Midwest backroads, hit a few pot holes, and now you notice that your car pulls to one side when you’re driving down the road, indicating that your wheel alignment could use a little TLC.

If your car seems to handle differently, veers to one side, or steering seems to vibrate, it may be time for a winter wheel alignment. Car experts recommend getting a wheel alignment for your car at least every 10,000 miles. Proper wheel alignment helps keep your car on the road, improves gas mileage, tire longevity, and makes steering easier.

Whether the wheel alignment of your car has been compromised from driving on rough roads, hitting a curb, or getting into a minor fender bender, it’s a bigger deal than you may think. When your wheels aren’t properly aligned, you lose traction and the contact between tires and road that is so critical during the rough Iowa winters. We all know that the tread on your tires is imperative to safe winter driving, and misaligned wheels drastically lower the lifespan of your tires and can put you and your passengers in danger.

Poor road conditions probably have the biggest impact on wheel alignment than anything else. Over time, driving on bumpy road with pot holes and uneven surfaces can alter your alignment and wear down your tires. But even if you’re mainly driving on paved roads, bumps, pot holes, curbs, and debris you might drive over can have the same effect. With winter on the way, now is a good time for a winter wheel alignment, especially if you are switching from all-season tires to winter snow tires. Since winter tires are designed specifically to move snow and slush off the road and out from under your tires, proper alignment is critical for that to happen.

In the old days, mechanics took a best-guess approach to fine-tuning the wheel alignment of a car. But even a few millimeters can make a difference in steering performance and tire longevity. We use a computerized wheel alignment machine that produces precise measurements for the camber, toe, and caster. These measurements help us make adjustments to the backward and forward tilt of your tires, the inward and outward tilt of your tires, and the distance between the front and rear tires. The computerized wheel alignment machine also helps us make sure your steer wheel is centered.

A typical wheel alignment for most cars is fairly inexpensive, but it can save you a lot of time, trouble and cash in the long run. If you think your car is in need of a winter wheel alignment, stop in for an inspection, and we’ll point you and your car in the right direction. Schedule your appointment online HERE or call us at 515-243-8185.

We Have A Soft Spot for Mercedes

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Beckley Imports has been working on Mercedes vehicles in Des Moines for 35 years. We have the Mercedes factory tools to communicate with your Mercedes. If you  own a Mercedes, live in Des Moines and are looking for someone who can be a trusted source for your vehicle, give us a call. We can help you with repair work and maintenance.

The Technology of ‘mbrace’ and Mercedes-Benz

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Image courtesy of www.mbusa.com

If you are interested in technology, then mbrace will be a friend to you, just like your smartphone. Motor Trend wrote a great blog about this fascinating technology last year and you can view the specifics of mbrace here. The car’s human-machine-interface COMAND allows you to log into a secure website and do almost everything you may need. From the website, you can lock or unlock your doors, program routes for commuting, enter places you visit often, including your home. Your car can even help you diagnose car problems.

Most Mercedes have the mbrace hardware as a standard or optional feature. If your Mercedes has a digital telematics box, you can enjoy the mbrace. The service is roughly $520/year for full concierge service or a basic package for $280/year.

Make sure to check with the team at Beckley Imports if you have any questions about this technology. They can help you determine if you are ready to sign up for mbrace, or if there are additional upgrades needed. Let technology make your life easier. With these tools from Mercedes-Benz, communicating with your car can be easy.

Be sure to schedule your European Import service appointment today!

Environmentally Focused

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Beckley Imports takes great pride in maintaining an environmentally focused business, which they have done for the past 10 years.

Here, Steve Beckley talks about the steps taken by Beckley Imports to stay “green” in the import repair business.

Beckley Imports -Environmentally Focused from Beckley Imports on Vimeo.

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!