The all new BMW 3 Series or F30 as we call it has arrived. There will be three versions available in Australia; the economical and surprisingly powerful diesel engined 320d, the new 328i will have an engine that is actually a four cylinder turbo which will combine the best performance with terrific economy, and then there’s the 335i with the incredible turbocharged six cylinder engine. These cars have been designed with near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution for amazing balance and handling. I think these new F30s are going to sell very well.

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My pick would have to be the 328i.  The beauty of the engine in this car is that when you’re not using the power, the fuel economy is terrific, but when you want big acceleration, like when overtaking, it’s like a big six cylinder engine. The best of both worlds!  Well done BMW!

 

BM Tech Canterbury has expanded into the workshop next door.

Eight years ago, when we moved to our current location on Canterbury Road, the size of the new workshop was a huge contrast from the old Box Hill site; Canterbury was so big!  However, it’s amazing how quickly we out grew it.  Our customer base is growing rapidly and we are beginning to experience the same issues that were evident in our old workshop.  We desperately needed more room to move and additional areas for work bays.  Fortunately, the property next door became available just in time so we made the decision to expand.

Workshop Front Both Sides

We now have four more working bays and a wonderful new car park at the front which will make drop-offs and pick-ups even easier than before. Our capacity to service and repair cars and provide better, more efficient customer service has improved noticeably.

Too many people underestimate the value and importance of parts warranty.

Some people nowadays are importing parts from overseas themselves. The problem is that you don’t know what the quality is like.

Countless companies who sell on web sites like eBay claim they sell original equipment manufactured (OEM) parts, only to find out that the quality is not OEM. Proper OEM parts are from manufacturers who actually supply for BMW directly, so the quality should be equal to the original. The parts from many of these internet companies are not OEM and the quality is appalling and in some cases unsafe.

Many people who have also purchased parts from overseas know too well the difficulty when claiming warranty. Not only is it difficult to get warranty but they have to pay the freight charges again, not to mention the labour again to have it replaced a second time. BM Tech highly recommends against this due to the far-too-common poor outcome for customers.

The rising Australian dollar, particularly against the Euro currency, is finally beginning to make an impact on BMW parts prices. We are seeing the cost of regular service parts like filters and brakes, coming down, and it’s not just the common parts, even odd items like computer modules etc. are also reducing in price. Unfortunately due to our very small market and distance from Europe we always will have to pay a little more than the European and USA markets.

BM Tech has always passed on the savings on original parts where possible. Of course there are some parts which attract better or worse discounts, such as when parts are needed to be purchased from BMW on the same day as required; they come with very little discount, however, when parts are purchased on stock orders, especially when we import them ourselves from Europe, they carry much better discounts.

BM Tech now stocks over 1000 lines of commonly bought parts so we can apply these larger discounts on to you. All common service parts will now be sold to you at trade prices. This is a great saving to you and even makes us competitive with other workshops using lesser quality parts.

You will now not only pay less for your BMW maintenance, but more importantly, will still be able to enjoy the benefits of our full two year warranty.

This year, Vicroads has radically changed the way we check and process vehicles which need Roadworthy Certificates (RWC).

The new process involves extensive body structural checks and the new task of taking photographs of each vehicle to provide proof and authenticity in the preparation of the report. This extra cost for you (and extra work for workshops) at first appears to be a burden on your hip pocket, but these new rules are a great result for consumers. Firstly, the quality of RWC inspections will improve because it’s getting a lot harder for shabby workshops, and the all-too-familiar horror story of purchasing a vehicle with a RWC only to find out it is full of problems, hopefully will no longer exist. These new rules are to protect you, the consumer.

Unfortunately, the extra time it will take to provide a certificate means the price will need to rise and the days of waiting for a Roadworthy Report can no longer occur. Roadworthy Certificates, including second inspections, will have to be booked in for a whole day.

Please speak to our Service Advisors for more information.