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Would you like to buy some Snake Oil? It'll save you thousands of dollars!

Would you like to buy some Snake Oil? It'll save you thousands of dollars!

Alright, so I skipped my last turn writing the blog, but wasn't Stephanie's open house recap more important than my ramblings?! She definitely has a better visual presentation than I do! Thank you again to all who attended and made it a record-breaking event! This time around I want to discuss the idea that maintaining your car may not be very rewarding… Wait, what? What do you mean it's not rewarding? It keeps my car safe and reliable! Yes, it absolutely does, but what I find both at RMW, and talking to shop owners around the country, is that not everyone "gets it." Many people (I should figure out a way to calculate the percentage) believe that extended maintenance, over and above a basic oil service, is a waste of money. They'll fix the car when it breaks, and in some cases pay a healthy sum of money to do so. So why not make a small investment now to save a lot later? I have a theory! Before I go too far down this road, I need to brag a little on ... read more

Reggie's Motorworks 11th Annual Open House!

Reggie's Motorworks 11th Annual Open House!

Welcome to the Reggie's Motorworks blog!  Last weekend we hosted our 11th Annual Open House, and it was a fantastic day!  It was a hot and sunny day, however, we had an amazing turnout with so many wonderful people and great cars!  We couldn't have asked for a better day to say thank you to all who support our shop!  Before we get to some photos of the day, we need to express our gratitude for everyone who helped make the day a success.  As custom, Sean grilled up his world-famous jalapenos, as well as hot dogs for the kiddos!  Thanks for braving the heat!  Thank you to Big Hoffa's for the delicious food!  To the RMW team of Nick, Nick, Travis, Shane, Toby, Brandon, and John for prepping the shop, for moving cars, for set up and clean up of tables and chairs, and for all of the work behind the scenes to make this day what it is...thank you, thank you, thank you!    We'll share a few snapshots of the event here, and our ... read more

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Open House

The Vintage 2018: Our 9th Annual Trip to North Carolina

The Vintage 2018: Our 9th Annual Trip to North Carolina

Happy Friday, friends!  Here in Noblesville it seems we’ve fast-forwarded right past Spring into Summer!  In North Carolina, however, the Spring rain storms kept normally hot and humid temps at bay and didn’t hamper the fun and enthusiasm of the weekend’s events one bit! Reggie and I drove with the 1968 2002 in the trailer (no headrests, no modern seatbelts, etc.) and arrived late Wednesday night.  On Thursday we participated in Der Vintage Scavenger Hunt, taking us on a great tour in and around Asheville.  It was during this portion of the trip that our ‘02 was named Ralph.  See the photo in Reggie's previous blog post!  The art and graffiti in the River Arts District is just so cool!   On Friday, we drove to South Carolina to the BMW CCA Foundation for The ICON exhibit.  If you find yourself in the vicinity, I highly recommend checking ... read more

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The Vintage

What's the Difference?

What's the Difference?

Reggie here, back writing my monthly edition of the blog. The format between Stephanie and I seems to be shaping up. For now, I am focusing on one of my passions, which is some of the more business-related content. That's not to say I won't end up writing about cars, because I surely will! Stephanie will continue to dazzle us all with beautiful images and share her accounts of what we do here at RMW.  In fact, make sure to check back on Friday, June 8th for her recap of The Vintage 2018! Also before I get into it, I want to remind you that our open house is coming up on Saturday, June 16th. More info here.  My goal with this post is to share a bit of the "why" behind the fairly wide range of pricing in the auto repair industry. Price is always an important factor when making a purchasing decision. In auto repair, it seems that can be a focal point when deciding where to take a car for serv ... read more

Prepping for The Vintage

 Prepping for The Vintage

Happy Friday!  Welcome to the blog!  Today we're taking a look at one very special vintage bimmer that's in the shop, as well as one that will be traveling (by trailer) to North Carolina for The Vintage!   Let's start with the former, shall we?  She's a 1957 BMW Isetta 300 sliding window cabrio.  Doesn't she immediately bring a smile to your face?  She's been through a cosmetic restoration and some light mechanical work over the years.  While she's here at the shop, we are diagnosing and repairing an intermittent no-start issue caused by a failing Dynastart and a leaking carburetor.  We are also re-routing some control cables.  The passenger window will be adjusted so it slides easily.  Turn signals will be checked for proper working order, along with a small list of other miscellaneous adjustments to be made.  It's the month of May, which only means one thing...ok, it means a few thi ... read more

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BMW

Keep, Sell, or Trade - What Makes the Most Sense?

Keep, Sell, or Trade - What Makes the Most Sense?

This is a tricky subject, as there are a lot of opinions and a surprising amount of emotions involved in making this decision. Your car is one of your single largest investments (using the term loosely), and most of us must have at least one. If you are a “car guy/gal”, then it can be even more difficult. My goal in writing this is to share my perspective on the economics of auto ownership. I maintain and fix cars for a living, so of course, I want you to keep your car and let us take great care of it! At the same time though, as a company, we want you to make decisions based on your best interest. Number one, no one likes to pay a mechanic to maintain or repair their car. Sometimes maintenance, although less expensive than repair, is worse because you don’t even “feel” the difference. At least when something is broken and you fix it, you notice what was done!   So here’s the scenario: You have a car and it needs something. We’ll get ... read more

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Reggie

Fastimes Indoor Karting with Hoosier BMW + Remington's First Driving Experience!

Fastimes Indoor Karting with Hoosier BMW + Remington's First Driving Experience!

With track events coming up this Spring, it's a fun time to hop in a go kart for some practice!  This past weekend Hoosier BMW club members joined us for the 5th annual Fastimes Indoor Karting Challenge!  Each driver participated in at least (3) 8-10 minutes races, with the top drivers advancing to a run-off and a feature race.  Now 8-10 minutes of track time may not sound like much, but having driven go karts here myself before, I can tell you it is both a mental and physical challenge!  After heated races, several participants enjoyed a tasty lunch at Scotty's Brewhouse, while sharing their experiences on the track that day as well as in years past.   While drivers were encouraged to wear "driving gloves", gardening gloves with rubber grips would do the job as well.   Some drivers captured their efforts with a GoPro camera mounted on their helme ... read more

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HoosierBMW

How To Prepare for A Spring Road Trip

How To Prepare for A Spring Road Trip

Happy Friday!  We're back this week with a little something different than the norm!  Spring is just around the corner, and I thought it may be helpful to share some tips on preparing for a road trip!  There's nothing quite like driving on the open road with blue skies and blossoming trees in sight!  Bonus points for being able to drive with the windows down and sunroof open!   Whether we're planning a road trip to Chicago or Cincinnati, there are several things that I keep in mind.  1. Packing.  Let it be known that I'm somewhat over an Over-Packer.  Not quite "everything but the kitchen sink," but almost!  I like to be prepared!  Especially with two kiddos in tow!  I know that not all of these items may need to be on your list, but just in case, I typically pack the following items:  Sunglasses, snacks (fresh fruit, Kind Bars, pretzels, bottled water, etc.), favorite toys (stuffed animals, bl ... read more

We're at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo!

We're at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo!

Happy Friday!  It's the first Friday of March, which means that Spring is most certainly on its way!  At least, we hope so!  I stopped by the shop earlier this week to catch some of the action, because the RMW crew were gearing up to travel to Kansas City for Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo.  We believe in continuing education in order to provide excellent service to our clients.  Normal business hours will resume on Monday, March 5th.  Thank you for your patience during this important training experience! Let's begin with the deep black pearl 2012 Audi Q7!  She's in for the 85,000 mile maintenance, as well as the addition of BG Fuel System Cleaner in the fuel tank. A bi-annual service was on the list for the schwarz II 2004 BMW 330xi:  Diagnosis of a check engine light brought the black sapphire metallic 2003 330i in to the shop.  Vacuum leaks were found, leading to replacement of the air intake boots.  In addition ... read more

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BMW

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes in the Mix!

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes in the Mix!

Happy Friday!  We've got a short and sweet post for you this week, so let's get straight to the good stuff! This ibis white 2012 Audi Q5 came in for an annual service:  Diagnosis of a check engine light was in order for the ibis white 2011 Audi A4: Next up, the 2009 Mercedes ML350 in iridium silver metallic.  She came in for diagnosis of a check engine light and to have the thermostat replaced.  Repair of a turbo boost issue, walnut shell blasting, replacement of ignition coils, replacement of a worn transmission mount, replacement of a cracked front brake hose with a brake fluid flush, replacement of a leaking valve cover gasket, and repair of an exhaust leak were on the list for the sleek alpinweiss III 2009 BMW 335xi. Here is a 2010 BMW 535i in spacegrau metallic that came in for diagnosis of a check engine light.  This resulted in replacing the fuel tank vent valve.  The headlights are being reconditioned, a bi-annual service is being ... read more

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BMW