Pros and Cons of Getting Customized Rims for Your Vehicle

One way to set your car apart from the others on the road is to invest in customized rims. Rims add a stunning flair to your car that other drivers will be jealous of. Before you jump into installing brand-new rims, think about if they’re worth the cost and hassle. Consider the following pros and cons of installing customized rims on your car.

Pro: They’ll Make Your Car Look Great

Rims are an easy way to change the look of your car without altering its performance. While you can get rims in different wheel sizes, by staying with the original equipment manufacturer size, you won’t have to worry about lift kits or buying bigger tires.

Con: They’ll Put More Stress on Your Brakes

If you decide to size up your wheels, you’ll need to upgrade to bigger tires. Not only will this cost more money, but the larger tires also put more pressure on your brakes. Because of the extra rotating mass, this might even affect your steering response and turning capabilities. Additionally, bigger tires weigh more. This decreases your fuel efficiency.

Pro: They Can Reduce Fuel Costs

Most cars come with standard rims made of steel or some other heavy metal. While this material is durable and good for off-roading, it’s also weighing down your car. By switching to allow rims, you can reduce the weight of your car and increase its performance. Alloy wheels let more air get into your brakes, cooling them off faster. And since your car will weigh less, you’ll use less gas to get where you’re going.

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3 Things to Consider Before Detailing Your Own Vehicle

Your luxury car is one of your most precious possessions. One of the best ways to keep it looking good is to have it detailed. However, since this service is rather expensive, you might have considered trying it yourself. Before you do, it’s important to think about the dangers involved. Follow these steps to customize your detailing experience and make sure you don’t cause any damage to the vehicle.

Can You Assess Your Car’s Needs?

Since you spend hours in your car each week, you’ll have a good idea of the areas that look dirty. However, you’ll need to perform a full inspection about once a week if you want to get the detailing process down right. Inspect the paint, windows, headlights, splash guards, console, and other areas in the sunlight. This way, you’ll be able to see any dust particles, streaks, smears, or other blemishes that need cleaning.

Once you’ve identified the aesthetic problems, make a list of what you’ll need to do to fix them. If you’re not comfortable with any part of the process, you might want to turn to a professional.

Can You Invest in the Right Materials?

You can’t just use an all-purpose cleaner to scrub down your entire car. You’ll need to invest in specific cleaners that are meant to go on your vehicle’s leather seats. Otherwise, you risk damaging the fabric or burning holes in your dashboard.

Many of the materials you’ll need are common tools, so you should have them lying around your garage. However, if you don’t have a garage, prepare to spend $30 to $100 to stock up on the necessary tools. Depending on the level of clean you desire, you might need to buy rubbing compound/scratch remover, liquid wax, post-wash wax, polish, protectant shine, interior cleaner, leather care solutions, and headlight cleaner.

Whichever products you choose, be sure to use them with a microfiber towel. This provides better cleaning power without being too abrasive.

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4 Tips to Maintain Your BMW’s Showroom Shine

 

There’s nothing quite like the look of the showroom shine on your BMW when you drive it off the lot. After taking it for a few spins though, that shine can fade. Dirt, bird droppings, snow, salt, and other debris build up quickly and wear down the paint. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to maintain your BMW’s sparkle.

 

Wash It Regularly

The first step to keeping a showroom shine on your BMW is to wash it regularly. Start by hosing down your entire vehicle with water. Next, fill a bucket with clean water and car wash soap, and use a soft cloth or sponge to scrub your car in sections. Rinse the soap off before moving on to the next section, and use a stiff brush to scrub your tires and wheel wells.

Once the car is clean, dry it with a microfiber cloth or chamois to stop water spots from appearing. When drying the rims, be sure you don’t touch the tire or else the microfiber will spread dirt.

 

Clean the Tires

Clean tires go a long way in giving your BMW have that showroom shine. After washing, get the wet, shiny look by applying tire spray or foam. Allow the spray or foam to sit for a few minutes, and then apply a second layer if necessary. Rubbing it in isn’t always necessary, so check the packaging for further instruction. Some sprays or foams are also best applied prior to washing your car, with a second application afterwards, so always read the directions first.

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5 Cool Accessories That Will Make Your BMW Unique

Have you just purchased a BMW and want to make a few little adjustments, or add something not mentioned in the optional packages? BMW has an expansive accessories store that lets you customize and alter your model in almost every way, from performance to exterior and comfort. Here are a few examples of the ways you can accessorize a modern BMW vehicle.

LED Door Light Projector

This snazzy light attaches to the bottom inside of your vehicle’s doors. As long as they’re open, it shines a light that looks like various designs of your choice, including the BMW logo. The bright circle of light comes in several sizes and easily illuminates the ground if you drop your keys or other items, and it can warn you if you parked next to a puddle.

GoPro Camera Holder

BMW’s M-Series consists of small cars, sedans, and SUVs that are all right at home on the track. That’s why the automaker offers a special camera holder that mounts in either the front or back of any current M-Series vehicle and trim level. The GoPro mounts securely to record your driving from the best angle possible and offers full 360-degree rotation controlled by the driver. Be sure to only use this mount on the track, as it extends out and is not safe or legal in everyday public driving.

Outdoor Car Cover

While this practical addition doesn’t add any style to your BMW, it does help preserve it. Many BMW models come with a three-ply fabric cover fitted just for that vehicle. These washable covers easily catch under the vehicle and have special pockets for mirrors and other extremities. They let air flow through while blocking out rain, dirt, dust, tree sap, pollen, and all sorts of things that are best kept off your paint job.

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