Upkeep Tips for Your Upscale BMW 650i
Whether you bought your BMW 650i as a brand new car or a used one, you probably paid a lot for it thinking that it's all going to be worth it. But the expenses of having a car don't end after purchasing it. In fact, maintenance costs for luxury cars like the BMW 650i can be significantly higher than those for cheaper cars. The high cost of maintaining a BMW 650i may be because of the luxury brand, but it is also more likely because of the specialized parts and high-end accessories needed to keep your 650i in excellent shape. Either way, you can't run away from those expenses. What you can do to lessen the costs is to try these simple upkeep tips that can help you save up on expensive maintenance checks and repairs.
- Use a reliable car cover.
You can't always be sure that you'll be able to get a covered parking space wherever you go. And keeping your car out in the open for long periods of time could really take a toll on your car's bodywork. So, what's the best thing you can do? Have a car cover neatly tucked in your trunk for times when you have no choice but to let your car stay in the open. Buy yourself a reliable car cover that would provide your car with protection from the sun's glaring heat and from the dust and other debris that can accumulate from parking outside. The car cover will also stop bird droppings, which has harmful chemical content may cause stains, or worse, could chip-off your coating, from getting in contact with your car's paint. You'll be thankful that you spent only a couple of bucks on the car cover rather than spending hundreds on getting rid of the rust that have started to plague your vehicle.
- Avoid using tap water as an engine coolant.
The antifreeze is specifically designed for use in the engine. Using tap water in its place will not just affect your radiator, but your engine's performance as well. If the cooling system is altered by the use of tap water, the required ratio of 50% antifreeze and 50% water would become unbalanced and consequently change the boiling point and freezing point of the coolant. If that happens, your engine might get compromised and next thing you know, you're looking at a couple of hundred bucks' worth of repairs.
- Watch where you're going.
Yes, your car is an awesome thing to drive—it may even be an AWD. But don't forget, it's not a truck that you can bring anywhere at your whim. It's fast and powerful, but it also has its limitations; and if you want your car to run longer, you have got to respect that. Stick to paved roads and highways and avoid rocky trails, which can seriously hurt your car's handling. Remember, you're driving a classy car and not a rugged truck.