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Top Summer Road Trips Around Richmond

Touch Your Roots and Free Your Soul Four Richmond-based road trips to dazzle your visitors   Richmond, Virginia  — located in the crux of American history and culture — is within the day trip to explore on your own, or with visitors and friends. From scenic parkways to historical landmarks and living museums, to sand and surf, to our nation’s capital, so many delightful sojourns await the curious. If I had company coming to Richmond for the first time, here’s are four very different day trips I’d plan to wow them: Mix and Mall It Trek — Make this road trip an overnighter. Head out of Richmond on I-95 to Fredericksburg — you know, the town where George Washington grew up and slept — and book a B&B for the night. Park at the train station and switch travel modes to ride the rails to Union Station in Washington, D.C., which is a short hop, skip or jaunt over to the National Mall — America’s most-visited national ... read more

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle For Mountain Road Trips

Vehicles, like you, like to stretch their legs and breathe some clean air. In Virginia, that especially means mountain air. For BMW, Mini and Mercedes-Benz vehicle owners who leave our cityscapes behind, all year-round, mountain road tripping captures our senses. But like any drive, proper preparation and a partnership between you, the driver, and your automotive shop, as your pit crew, is paramount. Here are five ways you can optimize your enjoyment and vehicle’s hassle-free performance when you head for the hills: Be Weather Aware — Mountain weather and subsequent road conditions can change suddenly and often. The elements themselves present challenges, and they can also prompt road debris, flooding, mudslides and more. So be aware, alert and ready to adapt. Check weather reports on your radio or phone app often; be ready to adjust your speed and adjust your following distances; keep your lights on and gas tank half full or more; and store a “go” box in yo ... 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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Best Gifts for BMW Enthusiasts

If you live near or around Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian and are looking for premier auto mechanics, you're in luck! The Shop VA is your #1 choice for incredible auto repair and reliable customer service. If you have a BMW enthusiast in your life and need some BMW-related gifts for them, The Shop VA has some suggestions: BMW Remote Start System Say goodbye to frigid commutes because with the BMW Remote Start System, you can start the car from inside your home! BMW Apparel Created to offer ultimate style and comfort, consider gifting clothes from BMW Men's and Women's Collections. Choose from rugby shirts, Italian leather handbags, performance fleece, tailor-cut jackets, and more. BMW Roof Rack System If the person you need a gift for is a lover of the outdoors, the BMW Roof Rack System might be the way to go. These roof attachments make it much easier to transport surfboards, bikes, and other outdoor eq ... read more

Why Do People Love The Shop VA?

The team of auto mechanics at The Shop VA pride themselves in offering the most quality auto repair in Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian. Customers stay with us for years because we prove time and time again that we offer top-notch auto repair services and honest customer service. The team at The Shop VA are experts at our jobs because we genuinely have a passion for the work that we do. Why else do clients choose us over the competition? Courtesy Shuttle Service Discounts on Enterprise rental Uber Loaner vehicles Towing services The Shop VA does complete inspections on all cars BMW Master Certified auto mechanics Honest staff Exemplary customer service 36 month/3k warranty State-of-the-art facilities with the most sophistic diagnostic tools and equipment systems, tools, and equipment. We also have a great logo and great shirts! We continue to get incredible feedback from clients who had a positive experience at The Shop VA. Here’s a recent review from a cl ... read more

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

How to Keep Your Kids Occupied on a Road Trip

How to Keep Your Kids Occupied on a Road Trip

The Shop VA has a stellar reputation for having auto mechanics who are not only adept at auto repair, but they also go that extra mile when it comes to customer service. Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian car owners have come to learn that we truly are their friends. Often our customers with children come in for preventive maintenance before a road trip. The team at The Shop VA knows that bored and antsy kids are challenging for parents. That's why we want to share a few things to bring that will keep the kids occupied! Instant Lap Desk: Bring a cookie sheet and fill a tote bag with things to keep your little ones occupied.play. The kids can hold the tray on their laps and use it for things like playing with magnets, coloring, and even use it as a tray for food. An instant lap desk is cheaper than a car-seat lap desk, and it’s easy to fit in the back pocket of the seat when it’s not in use. Mini White Board: As it turns ... read more

Why Is Preventive Maintenance Important to Your Vehicle?

Why Is Preventive Maintenance Important to Your Vehicle?

If you live in or around Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian and need preventive maintenance, you’re in luck! The auto mechanics at The Shop VA are experts at auto repair and ready, willing, and able to assist you. We’ve earned many long-term satisfied customers because, at The Shop VA, we're dedicated to quality work and genuine customer service. Staying on top of preventative maintenance will increase the lifespan of your vehicle and improve fuel efficiency. Also, preventative maintenance makes your automobile more reliable and saves you car trouble down the line. The auto mechanics at The Shop VA are experts at auto repair and would be happy to provide preventive maintenance to help you feel more secure on the roads. The team at The Shop VA is proud that we have so many loyal customers who give us great feedback about their experience with us. Here’s a recent rave review that we received from a client. “I received a low beam malfunction indica ... read more

Best Local Motorsports Events Near Richmond, VA

Best Local Motorsports Events Near Richmond, VA

If you live near or around Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian and have an interest in motorsports, the team of auto mechanics at The Shop VA is happy to give you some suggestions. Not only are we unmatched in auto repair, but we also offer quality customer service and go above and beyond to satisfy our clients. Two raceways that the team of auto mechanics at The Shop VA recommend for motorsports are: Dominion Raceway - This is a motorsport complex in Thornburg, Virginia. It has an oval track racing on the 4/10 mile oval tracks on a course that’s 2 miles. Richmond International Raceway - Known as “America’s short track,” Richmond Raceway is a track located outside of Richmond, Virginia. It’s a D-shape asphalt track that hosts the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In the past, they’ve hosted USAC, IndyCar Series, and Camping World Truck Series race. The Shop VA wants our clients to feel comfortable asking us for suggestions about car-related events n ... read more

Should You Buy a Used Car or New Car?

Should You Buy a Used Car or New Car?

Automobile owners in Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian have come to trust that the auto mechanics at The Shop VA always have their best interest at heart. We want to help you decide if an old car or new car fits your lifestyle. The team at The Shop VA has some suggestions and would be happy to assist in making this big decision. Getting a brand new car usually is looked at as an expensive luxury. Owning a new vehicle can be as much as 73 percent less than an old car. Also, it offers lower rate finance deals that mean many new car owners car never pay it off. And while the price is higher on a new car, insurance usually cost less for new cars because of advancements in technology. The auto mechanics at The Shop VA are happy to help you decide if you should purchase an old or new vehicle. Our solid reputation is reflected in the positive feedback we always receive from clients. Here's one rave review: “I can't say enough about The Shop, the gentleman working th ... read more

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