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How to Buy a BMW Across the Country

Finding the perfect car can be both a thrilling and complex task. When it comes to rare or vintage BMWs, you’ll enjoy real benefits by broadening your search. Making an effort to shop across the country could be the difference between finding the car you want and never getting it — and it could even save you a boatload in restorative maintenance. 

Don’t book that flight to Albequerque just yet, though. If you’re going to make the journey, you’d better know what you’re doing beforehand. Buying a car across the country takes careful planning.

Find Your Car

When a look at the local listings reveals your choice BMW isn’t within reach, it’s time to expand your search. You can use listing sites to scour the country for just the right vehicle. Take advantage of the filtering features to narrow things down, and make sure the listing includes enough pictures for you to verify the car is intact and as-listed. 

Start a Conversation

Get the seller’s contact information and let them know you’re interested. Confirm the car is still available — and if you have a friend close by, consider asking them to do you a favor and check it out in person. If they report the car looks like a winner, consider finding a local mechanic to perform a pre-purchase inspection (PPI). The seller should be willing to take the car in so long as you cover the cost of the PPI.

Arrange Payment

The internet era has made it much simpler to execute big transactions. However, you’ve still got to make sure the money changes hands securely. You’ll also have to work out the details of how to make the exchange fair so that the owner can’t just take your money and run.

You can use an escrow service, arrange a wire transfer with your bank or use an online service like Paypal. Before you do, though, request a bill of sale that memorializes the agreement between you and the seller.

Take It Home

Congratulations, you’ve bought a BMW! Now it’s time to get it home. You could pack your bags and drive the car cross-country if you’ve got the time. It can make for a fun road trip. However, that might not be the most convenient or fiscally responsible method to take ownership of your new car — especially if you’re still keeping your old vehicle. After all, you can’t drive two cars at once.

Instead, consider buying or renting a trailer to transport your new ride. Car trailers are specifically designed to ensure stability and easy transport of vehicles of all shapes and sizes. If you continually buy vehicles from out-of-state, purchasing a trailer outright is likely the most cost-effective option for your needs. Just make sure the option you choose is large enough to accommodate your new set of wheels — car trailers come with variable I-beam sizes, channel frame constructions and other specifications.

Enjoy Your BMW

With the car delivered safely to your door, you can begin relishing in all the perks of owning a BMW. While it sometimes takes a little bit of extra effort to get just the right car, you can take comfort in knowing it’s exactly the one you wanted. Hard work does pay off!

5 Things to Do After You Buy a BMW

Responsible for bringing the sports sedan to the masses, the blue and white roundel commands a respect that few other marques can match. Whether it’s your first or the next of many, buying a BMW is a reason for celebration. In addition, there are a few other things you ought to do.

People have been owning BMWs for quite some time, and while the brand has its fans and haters, you would be wise to listen to the advice of those who have come before you in the annals of BMW ownership.

1. Check for Recalls

BMWs are complex cars, and their engineering often pushes the limits of what’s currently doable. That makes them great to drive, but it can lead to catastrophic failure if a recall isn’t addressed. Speak to your local dealer and understand whether your car needs to have any major recalls addressed so that you can be comfortable owning it for a long time and eventually, selling it.

2. Get Some Driving Skills

Sitting down behind the wheel of a BMW can make you feel prestigious. It can also bring out the worst driver in you. Your fellow BMW owners would appreciate it if you don’t go pulling stunts that are more associated with the Mustang crowd, if you know what they mean. Consider attending a defensive driving school or getting a high-performance driving education, which will help you better understand the limits of your new car and how to explore them safely. Probably off of public roads.

3. Find a Good Mechanic

All cars break down at some point, and while there will always be people who claim that BMWs are unreliable cars, there are many others who’ve had good experiences with the marque. It’s true that the maintenance required to maintain a more premium car with advanced engineering, such as a BMW, is greater than that required by your garden-variety Skoda, finding a capable mechanic whom you trust will offset some of the costs that might come later in ownership. They’ll be able to advise you on the car’s maintenance needs early on.

4. Change Your Tires

Most cars these days run all-season tires that are hard and not designed for “spirited” driving. It’s also true that many owners neglect to change their tires when they’re worn down or past due for a change because of age. Dry and cracked old tires are just as dangerous as worn-out tires, and a set of good sticky summer rubber can really change the on-road behavior of your car. Invest in a good set so that you can enjoy driving your BMW from day one.

5. Drive It!

The Ultimate Driving Machine wasn’t made to sit around in your driveway. If you’re going to be a BMW owner, the best way to do it is behind the wheel of a BMW. These are great cars and cars that demand to be taken out and driven hard. Whether it’s eating up miles on an eye-opening road trip or helping you explore the nearest canyons (at legal speeds, of course), make sure you find some time to go and enjoy your new BMW. With a little attention, it’ll be with you for a long time.

6 DIY Garage Makeover Ideas

A home makeover includes every room of the house, and the garage is no exception. You may wonder how you can spruce up your garage when you mostly use it for car and tool storage.

Fortunately, you can achieve it with some clever DIY projects. Make your garage look better than ever by streamlining your storage techniques. Build functional yet attractive storage solutions with less money spent and higher returns.

Read on for six DIY projects you can use to upgrade your garage.

1. Foldable Workbench

Maybe you love DIY projects but don’t have space for a separate work station. Build a foldable workbench, and you can create anything without the hassle of clutter.

You’ll need a miter saw, drill, jigsaw and circular saw. Buy some 2x4s, a sheet of plywood, hook-and-eye latches and wood glue. Start your project by connecting the frame railing to the stiles using screws and wood glue and securing the non-moving wood pieces to the stile interiors.

This DIY requires attention to detail, but the finished product is worth it. Swap out the hook-and-eye latches for spring-loaded sash locks to make your workbench more sturdy when its folded up.

Reinforce the middle of the plywood top if you plan to use heavy equipment on your workbench. You can do this by building support rails into the design.

2. Overhead Shelving

Free up your floors and use ceiling space with overhead shelving. This storage idea provides an attractive and out-of-the-way solution for storing large objects like crates and bins. Obtain a circular saw, drill and screws.

Your wood lengths depend on the size of your garage — you’ll need beams long enough for vertical supports and adequate shelving space. Measure the distance between your garage door track and the ceiling to ensure your shelving won’t interfere with it.

What you plan to store on your shelves determines how deep they’ll be, so consider this before doing anything else.

3. Flooring

Update your flooring the inexpensive and easy way by procuring rubber tiles and laying them down yourself. Rubber rolls and tiles come in a range of patterns and colors — choose a style that complements your space.

You may only use your garage for storage, but that doesn’t mean your flooring has to be plain and dull. Many rubber tiles come with interlocking edges to eliminate the need for messy glues, and they’re DIY-friendly.

Invest in skid-free flooring to avoid slips and accidents. Ensure your floor is level before putting anything down — your design won’t appear seamless if it’s not.

4. Carport

Bought a new BMW but you’ve run out of garage space to accommodate it? Protect your new ride from the elements by building a carport. Choose a freestanding or attached style. An attached carport uses the side of your house for support, which makes it more convenient than a freestanding type.

Measure the length you want the posts to be and secure them using concrete or metal anchors. Cut your support beams at the appropriate lengths and attach them to the posts. Attach a ledger to the side of your house and install the rafters using metal hangers.

Once the beams are in place, install plywood, roofing felt, tar paper and shingles to create the roof. The last step involves attaching latticed sides — you can do without them, but they provide extra protection.

5. Tool Holder

Hang up your tools by using a DIY holder made from a wood pallet. Find some at a furniture or hardware store, and obtain two bow rake heads. You’ll also need anchor bolts, a drill, an adjustable wrench and wood stain. Clean your pallet and inspect it for any flaws or hazards — like nails — before using it.

This tip is especially important when picking up pallets from construction yards. Remove one of the slats and reattach it to the bottom of the pallet to create an enclosed space.

Stain or paint your wood the desired color and then secure the anchor bolts. Drill holes into the rake heads and attach them to the pallet to use as hanging hooks for small tools.

6. Bike Storage

Support your hobby of mountain biking — or riding around the neighborhood — by constructing a bike storage solution. You have many options for creating bicycle storage, including wood pallets and ceiling hooks, but you may prefer a more sturdy yet spacious design.

Hang your bikes on the wall by using metal hooks attached to wood plaques. The plaques give your space a refined look while providing function and support. Use a durable glue to attach the hooks, or secure them to the wood using screws.

Put a spin on your bike storing techniques by removing curved handlebars from an old bicycle and mounting them on the wall. Place the frame of your bike onto the handlebars and let them do the heavy lifting.

Upgrade Your Garage

Turn your garage into a brand new space with any of these six DIY projects. You’ll get a new look without turning your wallet inside out, and your neighbors will marvel at your design savvy.