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Does Your Engine Have the Right Dance Partner?

Engines need motor oil, but they need the correct motor oil — one that protects them while operating. Because anything less than that means you’re driving toward serious and expensive repairs.  Motor oil quality in North America has fallen behind engine development, notably with the introduction of Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engines. If you own a BMW, MINI or Mercedes vehicles, chances are you have a GDI or TGDI engine. Here’s what The Shop VA believes you need to know.   Smaller, More Powerful, Turbocharged Engines Are Now the Norm Fifteen years ago, most automakers began shifting engine production to GDI, and more recently, to TGDI powerplants. Both engine types are downsized, but more powerful, more fuel efficient, and exhaust fewer emissions. So why the shift? First, the engines greatly help automakers to meet the challenging 2025 regulatory fuel economy requirement for 54.5 mpg. In ... read more

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What do Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Mean to You?

In a word ... Safety. Specifically the safety of you, your family and other passengers your transport. If you own a Mercedes-Benz, BMW, or MINI vehicle and live in or near Richmond, North Chesterfield, or Midlothian, chances are you’re already taking your car to The SHOP VA in Richmond to get the specialized expert maintenance and auto repair you expect and deserve. If you’re not, it’s time you consider The Shop VA, the auto repair facility considered to be the best in the area.   In today’s "autosphere," driver and passenger safety has become everyone’s business. BMW, MINI, and Mercedes-Benz nameplates are amongst the global leaders in developing and implementing advanced technologies, while staying vigilant about driver and passenger safety. Many new cars of these brands equipped with ADAS technologies are being sold today. If you don’t already own one, your next MINI, BMW or Mercedes-Benz will be loaded with them.   Not so ... read more

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How To Drive Safely During Spring Rains

Ah, Spring! With the change in temperatures come Spring Rains. Sometimes those rains are light, warm, and breezy. Other times, you could be stuck in a torrential downpour. Do you know how to drive safely during the rains of Spring? If you’re uncertain, here are a few helpful driving tips. Make sure your tires are in good condition. How do your tires look? Do they have plenty of tread?  Are they showing signs of even or uneven wear? Are your tires properly inflated? If you answer yes to all of these questions, chances are very good your tires are in good condition. If you aren’t sure, you can bring your vehicle into The Shop VA in Richmond for a safety check. Know how to react when you hydroplane. Hydroplaning is when your vehicle’s tires lose contact with the road because they’re floating on water. This happens when water pools on the road or during a heavy rain. When you feel your vehicle start to hydroplane, immediately remove your foot off the gas ped ... read more

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What is STEP Program BMW Training and Why Is It Important?

What is STEP Program BMW Training and Why Is It Important?

Since we are BMW fanatics at The Shop VA, our auto mechanics are trained at the STEP Program that focuses on BMW auto repair. Clients from Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian stay with us year after year because of our commitment to having a team that is highly qualified in the automotive field. What exactly do our technicians at The Shop VA focus on with their intensive training at the STEP Program? At the STEP Program, our auto mechanics learn how to use the highest quality diagnostic systems that The Shop VA utilizes. The technicians are taught BMW-approved procedures to service the vehicle’s battery and charging, starting, and electronic systems. They also learn about BMW's latest engine models and the following: Perform chassis service procedures Learn BMW-approved brake service procedures. Gain proficiency in advanced wheel balancing equipment, alignment, strut removal, and installations. The Shop VA is committed to giving their employees the best training ... read more

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