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There’s nothing more rewarding than bringing a beautiful classic car back to life. Car restoration is one of our favourite pastimes here at BMW Top News. Since we were ten years old, we’ve been taking cars apart and putting them back together. It’s an obsession we’ve taken with us into adult life. We recently took on a classic 1950s BMW Z3, and breathed new life into it. Now, it has a modern engine, new paintwork, and sophisticated suspension. It runs like a dream. Without those touches, the car was destined for the dump.

The best thing about classic car restoration is that it’s a cost-effective way of getting your hands on a BMW. We all know that BMWs aren’t cheap. They exist to show off their executive brand and provide an element of luxury. A brand new Z4, for example, will set you back over £30,000. We brought our little Z3 back to life for half that price. Plus, everyone knows the older classics are cooler than the new models! If you’re obsessed with cars and their inner workings, here’s how you can breathe new life into one.

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Choose the right motor

First of all, you’ve got to choose wisely. There’s a fine line between buying a fixer-upper and buying a heap of junk! If you’re not already an expert in this field, consult someone who is. You’re looking for a bargain vehicle with lots of potential. Damage to the paintwork and wheels is absolutely fine. Even a little engine damage is easy to take care of. However, serious problems in the clutch, alignment, and suspension will prove tricky. It’s up to you to decide how much work you want to put in. If you’re new to the game, start small.

Set yourself a budget

Remember we said we renovated an old Z3 on the cheap. Well, the only reason that was possible was our strict budget. Left to our own devices, we’d have spent a fortune! When renovating a classic car, it’s easy to pay big money for unnecessary features. You’ll want to upgrade to the highest spec. You’ll want to settle for the first (expensive) part you come across. Don’t. Set yourself a strict limit and break the budget into parts. How much are you willing to spend on the paintwork? How much on the engine? Be realistic here.

Understand your abilities

Most people with a little knowledge can handle the easier car repair jobs. Replacing the oil and changing spark plugs are fairly straightforward tasks. But, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Renovating an old classic is certainly a learning experience. You can teach yourself new skills and learn new techniques. But, don’t jump in at the deep end. Some car repairs are incredibly tricky and require years of experience. You may put yourself in danger, or risk causing irreversible damage to the car. Assess your abilities and set a realistic vision of how much work you can do.

Find a place to work and get the right tools

Restoring a classic car requires a dedicated garage space and vital tools. You can’t simply park the car on the street and get to work. So, before you invest, make sure you have the correct resources around you. Essential tools of the trade include an engine hoist, powerful jacks, and a toolbox fit for business.

Finding the right parts

Before you start, you’ll have to decide whether you want to restore the car with original parts. This is a much trickier route, but many purists say it’s the only way! We chose to put a modern engine in our classic Z3 (because we wanted speed!) However, purists would seek out the original 1950s Z3 engine parts. You’ll have to keep your eyes open for used auto parts both online and offline. Ask your local mechanic to call you if your preferred part comes along. Join classic car clubs and look at online forums and auctions. Searching for parts is often the most frustrating part of the process, but it’s all worth it in the end.

Start with bodywork repairs

Once you’ve got your classic car laid out on the operating table, it’s tough to know where to start. We always suggest fixing the bodywork. It’s a relatively straightforward job that you can tick off. Start with a new paint job and fix any rust damage. You can then leave the bodywork off the car while you start on the more intricate parts.

Bringing a classic BMW back to life is a wonderful feeling. It’s an affordable way to get your hands on a beautiful car, and you feel more connected to it. Good luck, and let us know how you get on!

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If you’re a lover of luxury automobiles, there are few manufacturers out there that are able to out-do BMW. The car maker has long been at the forefront of automotive development, and is currently investing heavily in trend-setting technologies that could, in a few years or so, be viewed as standard on less high-end autos.

Gesture Recognition

With advancements in vision sensor technology becoming cheaper and more complex, BMW has been able to allow drivers of its new cars the ability to gesture their way through the car’s menus, accessing features and controlling the car in a highly innovative fashion. Heat and motion sensors in the headliner read what your hands are doing, be it tuning the volume, accepting calls or operating the turning on the hazard lights; all of the gestures can be programmed by the user, for whatever purpose they’d like.

Adaptive Transmission

Working alongside the new BMW 7-Series’ onboard navigation system, the car’s adaptive transmission changes the car’s gears in anticipation of uphill, downhill or rocky sections, depending on how the computer reads the ‘map’. This results in improved efficiencies and performance levels within the engine.

ConnectedDrive

In the majority of new BMWs today, users can access the internet via BMW ConnectedDrive and Car Hotspot technologies through their smartphone or the car’s in-built touchscreen computer. This means that the kids can watch videos via Netflix, you can stream music from Spotify or even play mobile casino games at websites such as www.rubyfortune.com, winning cash to spend on your next tech-filled car upgrade!

Hybrids and Fuel Cells

The German manufacturer is also getting in to the low-carbon car industry with its i8 plug-in hybrid and 5-Series Gran Turismo models. The i8 will be much like traditional hybrids, generating and storing electricity via a combustion engine and mains charger, however the Gran Turismo will be an all together different machine. According to sources, the car will feature a 242-horsepower electric motor, a 1kw/h battery and a stack of fuel cells that should become production-ready by 2020. Electrolysis, here we come!

Traffic Jam Assist

This intriguing little feature currently being trialled on the 7-Series allows drivers to be kept safe whilst in slow-moving traffic. Keeping the car in its lane and maintaining a safe distance from surrounding vehicles, this technology could very well rid us of the heavy traffic rear-ending forever.

Inductive Charging

The final new technology to be chosen by BMW is inductive charging, a system we’ve seen shown in homes before, but not yet in cars. Quite simply, this charging tech allows anyone within the car to charge their devices wirelessly, putting an end to mid-journey battery drainages and passenger consternation.

 

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If your new BMW is your pride and joy, then you are going to want to keep it looking like it just came off the forecourt for as long as possible! Whatever model you have, BMW’s are engineered to last and to offer you excellent reliability, but taking care of how your BMW looks is down to you! No matter how clean and shiny a car is on the outside, a dusty, dirty or clutter filled interior makes the car look older and less appealing.

bmw interior 3 Ways to Keep Your BMW Looking Like New on the Inside

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You may think only passengers will notice this, but actually, if people stop to admire your car when it’s parked and see a less than spotless interior they are going to be far less impressed! Here are some ways to ensure your car’s inside areas look like new for years to come:

Keep the Inside Clean

Every time you clean your car on the outside, take care of the interior too. Clean any leather upholstery and apply a leather treatment to help keep it in its best condition. Machine wash your floor mats from time to time, and use a small vacuum cleaner to get rid of crumbs, dirt from your shoes, and other particles on your carpet. Sometimes, you may also want to do a more thorough clean and clean things like the parcel shelf and ceiling.

Make Sure it Smells Good

You should also make sure your car smells fresh, especially if you smoke or eat in it or carry your dog. Air fresheners are all well and good, but to remove stubborn smells try sprinkling baking soda in your car and leaving it overnight. Hoover it out the next day and it will have neutralized any odors. It is far better to neutralize smells than attempt to cover them up with fragranced air fresheners, and this method is far cheaper than using odor neutralizing sprays like Febreze. On a warm, breezy day, if you have a driveway or another suitable place to do it, you should also leave all the doors open just to let the car air out (stay with your car when you do this, for security reasons).

Luggage Spaces

Different BMWs have different spaces for carrying luggage and shopping, for example the trunk. These areas can very easily become damaged or dirty, just because they often have bulky things in them that shift around as you drive and can scratch or wear down the upholstery. A lot of people carry tools and auto body supplies in these spaces, which can be chunky, hefty pieces that can easily mess up the interior of the trunk, and can also leave traces of dirt and oil when they have been used. Use a good trunk liner which can be easily removed and cleaned as a way to defend the original trunk upholstery of your BMW car.

Keeping your car clean and fresh on the inside, as well as protected from damage, will keep the car looking and feeling as good as new for longer.

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Trading in your old company car? Then do we have a treat for you. We have compiled a list of what we think are the best cars for business use on the market today. Yes, of course, there is a BMW on the list but we want to let you know there is a wide range of possibilities. Remember, your business car is an important decision. It is the first thing your clients, customers or potential investors will notice. If you are looking to encourage investors to join your cause, then you are probably looking for a little luxury and class. If you are trying to be a man of the people you may think about leasing a car they can afford. Whatever you require, we are sure the right car is on this list.

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You see, we told you there was a BMW, and this one will take your breath away. It has a classic look that is absolutely to die for. The machine itself manages to mix raw speed and power with a little nod to helping the environment. Yes, this fantastical beast is a hybrid that will happily do 0-60 in, oh, about four seconds! If you want to impress some clients or get that wow factor this one is sure to do the trick. On the other hand, even leasing, this car is a rather expensive package. Let’s take a stab at something a little more cost friendly shall we?

Honda Civic

Now we are being just a tad more reasonable. But make no mistake. The Honda Civic is still an excellent choice for your next business car lease. It has a fuel economy that rivals the best with some added comfort features to make it look just a touch more professional. Not as many people as you would think drive them, so they are still quite a unique choice.. If you are looking for a company car that will also be a fantastic little fuel friendly cruiser on the weekend this is the car for you.

Porsche Cayenne

Looking for a little muscle? The Porsche will pack a punch and have the miles to the gallon required for those, long business, drives. Not exactly subtle this one. Although they may not hear the hybrid engine, they will certainly see this sleek monster gliding towards them. The Porsche in an effortless drive and though not many try, it is also a fantastic offroader. If you have to drop the kids off at school before you drive to work in the morning, this is probably the extra comfort you are looking for. Again, just a tad on the expensive side. Your employer may not offer it as an option so let’s have a look at one more.

BMW 114d SE 3dr

Did we hear you clamouring for another BMW? Well then look no further because this one is sure to slot nicely into your price range. For just under £20,000 you can select this fun little cruiser with either three or five doors. The car is still fuel efficient for those business meetings across town. This BMW will also take you through the paces on those winding bends. You will also be happy to hear it has a low tax rate. If you are looking for an affordable adventure for your next business car, then start researching this classy choice now.

Whichever car you choose to lease for your next work day we hope you have as much fun as you can. Enjoy the drive to those long conference meetings.

 

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One of the most important factors to consider when buying a car, and an often overlooked factor, is the cost of ownership of the vehicle. How much you pay for the car today is only one element of the total cost of owning the car. There are other factors that come into play over time. The following are three of these factors.

The cost of parts

Some makes and models have inherently high prices for parts, and this may not be related to the sticker price. Some cars are designed with parts that are hard to find and must be special ordered from a dealership. An example of this might be something as simple as a car battery. Although the car was one of the lower cost cars on the market, when you need a new battery, you find out that it is not readily available and will cost you significantly more money than a standard size battery. Tires are another example of this as well as simple items such as windshield wiper blades.

The cost of repairs

Along with hard-to-find parts, you can also experience hard-to-find mechanics. Those with a specialty in repairing your car or truck will most likely cost more for labor when working on your car. It is a simple case of supply and demand. Of course, dealerships that sell your model will have a mechanic that can work on your car, but they will certainly be expensive. When the cost of repairs is combined with a high cost of parts, you can only hope the car never breaks down.

The number of repairs

Of course, sooner or later every car will have the need for repair. This is true no matter how diligent you are with vehicle maintenance. The question is how often this will occur. There are some vehicles on the market that have the potential to run for 100,000 miles or more before they need to be sent to the garage for a repair. Other makes and models will break down many times over the course of only five years. Knowing which models need the least repairs is an important factor in the cost of ownership.

Anyone can compare sticker prices, but the real trick is in looking at how much a car or truck will cost you over the next five years, and then adding this cost to the price of the car. This gives a much better number to compare cars and trucks. When doing this, you will find that some vehicles that are higher in price than their competition are actually lower in cost over a five year period. The Toyota tundra cost of ownership is one example of this.

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BMW cars are twice honored in a recent study from Business Insider UK, which revealed the top ten most expensive cars to insure in the US.

The ranking is calculated based on a single 40 years old male, commuting 12 miles every day and bearing in mind that prices also depend on location (for instance, insurance in Hawaii is cheaper than in Montana).

In 8th place, we have the BMW M6 convertible, for which you’ll have to shell out on average around $3,115 for an annual premium rate.

With just $32 more per year, the BMW 760Li comes in 7th place.

It’s the Nissan GT-R Nismo that tops the list by a relatively small margin with its $3,574 per year.

So you really have to evaluate your car budget taking into account your car insurance from the start. This can prove to be a rather big hole in your pocket if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a sports car in the first place.

With such high figures on the luxury and sports car insurance market, you might have to hunt a little bit harder to find the best deal to stay well insured in the event of theft or road accident.

A car usually falls into the luxury and sports vehicle category in the world of car insurances when its price tag climbs over $35,000.

For all other ordinary cars, a basic insurance plan is likely to be enough, but for more expensive vehicles, a more costly all-risk coverage option is often compulsory — which is probably in your best interest anyway.

This is a direct consequence of the fact that sports car are more powerful than ordinary vehicles and are considered more dangerous and much more prone to road accidents by insurance companies.

Considering that car accident claims can be filed up to 3 years after the initial crash by all people involved, it’s easy to realise the impact of the sports car market on the expenses of insurance companies.

What’s more, a shiny new sports car is also more likely to be stolen or damaged. For instance,  happy BMW M5 owners might need to find the best theft insurance around. With a theft rate of 7.58 per 1,000 sold, the M5 has one of the highest theft rates according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ordinary car insurance companies might also request that you invest in specific equipment to deter thieves and vandals, such as a high end car alarm or a GPS to localise the vehicle in the unfortunate event of it being stolen.

Sports car insurance rates for inexperienced young drivers are also rather high: you might want to wait an extra few years before you pass the keys to your sixteen years old.

One last factor that can radically send car insurance rates through the roof is the frequency of use. If you drive your sports car to work every day you’re also going to pay a lot more. So maybe keep it just for the weekends or special occasions?

At any rate, if the many restrictions and conditions are making it hard for you to find a car insurance on the market, your best bet is to take a look at specialised sports car insurance companies.