Valley BMW College Grad Program Helps Prepare Students for Real World

College Grad ProgramFor hundred of thousands of college graduates who are starting their first jobs this summer, life is about to get seriously real. The days of parties and late night study sessions are gone, replaced by the stress of a 9 to 5 job and bills. This big life change doesn’t need to go uncelebrated, though. With a wide-open road ahead of you as a college graduate, BMW Financial Services has decided to give ex-students everywhere the opportunity to journey down that road in style with a new College Grad Program that offers flexible financing and leasing packages that they can appreciate.

This new College Grad Purchase/Leasing Program offers a choice of purchase or lease plans for new or Certified Pre-Owned BMWs that are three model years or newer. The terms in this program go up to 60 months, while offering competitive APR and leasing terms.

To enter this program, stop in to Valley BMW today and complete the program paperwork we need. Just remember to bring all documents that verify graduation, proof of payment, and proof of insurance.

For more information, feel free to contact our sales department today!

BMW Group Boasts Best BMW August Sales Ever

BMW August Sales | BMW i3

BMW is excited to add the BMW i3 to its line up and see how it improves their sales after their awesome month in August.

Based on an impressive surge in BMW brand vehicles, the BMW Group as a whole posted its best August sales numbers ever last month, moving 32,220 units (BMW, MINI, and BMW Motorcycles combined) in the month. That number was good for a 5.5 percent increase from last August, while the BMW brand itself was up 11 percent for the month. August was simply the latest in a string of great months, though, as the brand is up 5.4 percent for the whole year.

“August – and Labor Day in particular – not only mean the end of summer but they’re also the transition to the very important selling season in the final four months of the year and the strong results posted by both new and pre-owned BMW are the best indicator of what we can expect,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “Topping 200,000 sales in the U.S. in the first eight months of this year is our new benchmark and I’m especially pleased to see the results for our born-electric BMW i3 and we look forward to the sales launch of the new M4 Convertible next month.”

Come see us at Valley BMW to check out any and all of these awesome BMW group vehicles today—whether you’re looking for a classy luxury sedan, a sexy sports car, or even an all-new BMW electric vehicle—to start the next, best chapter in your driving life.

Don’t Forget Your Routine Fall Car Maintenance This Year

The arrival of fall heralds like back-to-school shopping, football season, and the return of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, are making it easy to forget about your routine fall car maintenance. Entering the winter season without making sure your car in top condition, though, is a disaster waiting to happen. To ensure that your car won’t leave you stranded in the frigid winter weather, make sure you complete these essential maintenance steps!

Fall car maintenance

Make sure to follow these simple tips to avoid any car trouble this fall.

Clean your battery. The battery is the heart of the car—without it, the car won’t run. Make sure you don’t end up stranded in a parking lot somewhere and clean the battery’s connections. Cold weather can really affect the way a battery works, so tight connections and cleaning off any corrosion is important.

Test your heater and defrosters. Heating is a much-needed feature during the cold winter months, especially if we have similar weather to last year. The defroster is especially important, since it provides you with a field of vision that will keep you safe. On a cold morning in fall, run outside and make sure the defroster can remove any frost from your windows. You will be happy you did when Jack Frost brings winter ice!

Check your tires and pressure. Many people don’t really think about the fact that the only thing between your car and the road—besides air—are your tires. They are an integral part of your car, meaning it is important to take care of them. If your tires are bald, they won’t grip the road well in slick and icy weather. The same can be said if they have low tire pressure. New tires that are filled to the appropriate pressure will help you when you are battling black ice.

Fix your brakes. As the most important safety feature in your car, your brake system deserves a large amount of attention. Take your car in to your local mechanics and ask them to do a brake check. If it’s time to replace them, don’t hesitate—go ahead and do it.

By completely these simple fall car maintenance tips, you can ensure the rest of the fall will be one filled with pumpkin-everything and not with car troubles. To get your BMW serviced, make sure to stop in to Valley BMW!

BMW Awards Pro Golfer with New BMW i3, Student Receives Full Scholarship

New BMW i3

The new BMW i3

One man’s hole-in-one at the PGA TOUR’s 2013 BMW Championship scored him a new BMW i3 and a young student a full tuition and housing grant. Kinda makes you want to play golf more often, doesn’t it?

On the 17th hole of the BMW Championship, pro golfer Hunter Mahan shot a hole-in-one, earning him the all-new, all-electric BMW i3.

When the crossover was presented to him earlier this month, Mahan had the opportunity to meet Melyzjah Smith, the student who benefit from the proceeds of the championship and Mahan’s hole-in-one.

The championship proceeds were donated to the Evans Scholar Foundation to fund the BMW Hole-In-One Scholarship.

As recipient of the Hole-In-One Scholarship, Smith was awarded a full, four-year tuition and housing grant for her college education. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado where she studies architectural engineering.

As a new Evans Scholar, Smith will also have the opportunity to work for BMW through a summer internship program designed to provide the distinguished students with valuable real-world experience.

While Smith heads back to school, we at Valley BMW expect Mahan will be found cruising to the golf course in his new BMW.

Drivers Are In Love with the 2014 BMW 428i

2014 BMW 428i

2014 BMW 428i

The 2014 BMW 428i is nothing short of stunning. Formerly the 328i, the 428i is ridiculously good looking, fun-to-drive, and luxurious. If refined, sporty style is your thing, the 428i is your car. We aren’t the only ones falling head over heels for this beauty. As it turns out, the 428i made AOL Autos’ list of Cars That Consumers Are Liking Best.

2014 BMW 428i Specifications

The 428i is available in both a coupe and convertible body style, and is powered by a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder paired with either a six-speed manual transmission (RWD coupe only) or an eight-speed automatic. Despite being a high-performance car, BMW’s Air Curtain, auto stop-start, and Brake Energy Regeneration alternator make this one of the more fuel efficient sports cars in its class.

There is no denying that the 2014 BMW 428i is technologically advanced, fuel-efficient, and incredibly fun to drive. With excellent handling and performance, styling that will turn heads, and best-in-class interior space, it’s no wonder buyers are calling it love.

Stop by Valley BMW today to see for yourself everything the 428i has to offer.

BMW Charging Station Network Expanding across Country

2014 BMW i3 | BMW Hybrid Sports Car

2014 BMW i3

The future of automobiles might be in EV technology, but right now, the electric vehicle revolution still faces some stiff challenges. The biggest of those challenges is the rather limited range of most EVs, especially when running on electric power only. However, thanks to an expanding BMW charging station network, that problem might be conquered sooner rather than later.

BMW’s network will be powered by a recently revealed “impressively small, lightweight, and inexpensive charger” that’s being installed all across the country. Called the 24 kilowatt BMW i DC Fast Charger, the new charger weighs only 100 pounds and can charge a BMW i3 to an 80% battery charge in just half an hour.

“The visibility and availability of public chargers really helps from the customer perspective of range anxiety,” Rob Healey, EV infrastructure manager for BMW, said. Indeed, the newly announced charging network is certainly an incentive, but come visit us at Valley BMW and you’ll see that you have no need for anxiety when driving a BMW i3 or i8. We look forward to seeing you!

BMW Considered Biggest U.S. Car Exporter

2014 BMW X5 | Biggest U.S. Car Exporter

2014 BMW X5

When you stop to consider which car brand is the biggest U.S. car exporter, your thoughts probably turn to one of the Detroit Three. You might even consider some of the more popular Japanese automakers—but this isn’t the case. The German BMW factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina is the biggest automotive exporter from the continent in the United States. With the factory’s 20th anniversary quickly approaching, it has earned the honor of producing and exporting more vehicles than all of Michigan combined.

First opened in 1994, BMW picked the southern location because of its East Coast proximity, which made receiving engines and transmissions from Germany easier. South Carolina’s small economy didn’t even ensure that the plant would be a success, but the German carmaker obviously lucked out.

Now, the factory assembles the X3, X4, X5, and X6, exporting about 70% of the vehicles built there. The Spartanburg factory is also receiving a $1 billion investment through 2016 to boost annual production to 450,000 units, a number that is significantly higher than the current production rate of 300,000 units. This will bring the total investment BMW has put into the factory to over $7.3 billion.

To see some cars that were produced by the biggest U.S. car exporter, make sure you stop in to Valley BMW today!

BMW and Daimler are Teaming Up for Wireless Charging

Electric and hybrid vehicles are on the rise. In order to help make them more efficient, the technology that supports them is getting a lot of research, including bringing automotive companies together. BMW and Daimler are teaming up for wireless charging initiatives to help get rid of a lot of the hassle of charging your hybrids and EVs.

BMW and Daimler are Teaming Up for Wireless Charging

Research for wireless charging would make this image old news!

A lot of here in the states definitely know the name BMW, considering you are currently on Valley BMW’s blog, but you may not be familiar with the name Daimler. Well, rest assured they are not new to the automotive world. Daimler is the parent company to Mercedes-Benz, which is another premium luxury brand.

Even though the announcement was made about how BMW and Daimler are teaming up for wireless charging, not a whole lot of specifics were given. What we do know is that the wireless charging will feature something about a coil inside the vehicle that can connect wirelessly to a coil that is placed in a stagnant place such as a driveway or garage.

Since we cannot even get full information on the wireless charging from these two German juggernauts, it is obvious that there are no plans to release one of these models in the near future. Be sure to check back with us on here, though, for future updates!

Pricing Revealed for BMW Hybrid Sports Car, the 2014 BMW i8

2014 BMW i8 | BMW Hybrid Sports Car

2014 BMW i8

This August, BMW will begin delivery of the first ever BMW hybrid sports car, the 2014 BMW i8. It’s a beautiful car with a smoothly curvy, ground-hugging frame, and you wouldn’t know it was a hybrid if we didn’t tell you. It simply looks like the beginning of a new wave of sports car, a wave defined by words like “glide” and “grace.”

On July 1, BMW revealed more pricing details on the all-new plug-in hybrid i8. The luxurious EV will start at $136,650 and offer plenty of packages and options to up the premium look and feel even further. With the Pure Impulse World option, you’ll get a BMW i Blue seatbelt and LED headlights. The Giga World option also includes the headlights, but adds special wheels and perforated leather seats, while the Tera World option offers Tera leather-and-cloth interior trim on top of all the other features.

Like we mentioned at the top of this post, BMW will start delivery of the i8 next month, so make sure to come see us at Valley BMW to schedule the delivery of our very own i8 today. We’ll help you choose all the options to make your new BMW EV the perfect vehicle for you.

10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars Under 30K Includes 3 Series

2011 BMW 3 Series 335i | 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars Under 30K

This Certified Preowned 2011 BMW 3 Series 335i can be found at Valley BMW.

Reliable sources are something that we always look for when researching cars, trucks, SUVs, and etc. Well Kelley Blue Book is one of those reliable sources that we can count on for great news and lists of the best cars for specific reasons. Now they have released a list of the 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars Under 30K and the BMW 3 Series is on that list!

Now, when we say that the 2011 BMW 3 Series “made the list” of the 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars Under 30K, that is being kind of modest. Not only did it make the list, but it ranked in at #1 with a lot of great things to say about it.

“The best-selling luxury car in the country and the sport sedan of sport sedan, in some ways the only thing that can top a 3 Series is a 3 Series for less,” says Kelley Blue Book. Driving feel remains without equal in the category, and the BMW badge holds special appeal in so many hearts.”

Luckily, here at Valley BMW we just so happen to carry a few 2011 BMW 3 Series for great prices. Stop in today to find out why they came in at the top spot for the 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars Under 30K. With this list coming out, we can’t guarantee how long they will last!