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What to Consider When Buying a BMW

There's no question that BMW are amazing vehicles to own - they are extremely stylish and high performing vehicles that are made for the true car enthusiast. If you're considering owning your first BMW or a newer BMW model, there are some things to consider in terms of maintenance and what to expect as an owner.  Did you know that BMW vehicles are some of the longest lasting cars on the market today? With that being said, proper maintenance and service is key to ensure that you get the most out of your BMW. BMW services tend to be more expensive than other manufacturers of vehicles, mainly because their features are very technologically advanced and the parts and products used on BMWs are high end and costly.  The best way to save money overall on repairs and maintenance on your BMW is by finding an auto repair center that is independent. The dealership will cost you way more and you'll get the same expertise you would at the dealership. Here at ABR Houston ... read more

Why is Fuel Efficiency Lower in the City?

You've seen it before - the fuel efficiency estimations for a vehicle, indicating that you get way better gas mileage driving highway than in the city. Most vehicle drivers understand this fact, but do you know why fuel efficiency is lower in the city?   You may have thought about it, and wondered why you get better fuel efficiency when you are driving faster (on the highway) rather than slower in the city. The truth is, when you drive in the city where there are streetlights, stop signs, and lots of traffic, it puts a toll on your vehicle's engine. When you are constantly accelerating and decelerating, your vehicle's engine is working harder to move your vehicle. This requires more gas and therefore gives you a lower gas mileage.  When you drive highway, you are usually driving at a more consistent speed and not slowing or accelerating as frequently. This requires much less effort from your vehicle, which is why you probably get significantly better fuel e ... read more

Why Is My A/C Not Blowing Cold Air?

It's the summer months, and being stuck in your vehicle after it has been parked in the heat for hours without a working air conditioning system can be brutal. You turn on your A/C and all you get is hot air - you may be wondering, why? There are many reasons why the air conditioning system can fail, and taking note of other symptoms you may be experiencing can help pinpoint the issue.  For instance, if you're always noticing a strange smell when you turn on the air condtiioning or a strange noise, this can help your mechanic better understand the issue that may be occuring. One thing is for sure - as soon as you notice that the A/C is broken, bring your vehicle into ABR Houston. You don't want to drive all summer without A/C and the problem could be caused by a failing part that can lead to other part failure if ignored.  Here are some of the reasons why your air conditioning system isn't blowing cold air: A/C lost its charge of refrigerant Failing A/C co ... read more

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