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BMW and Its Cult Status

Ask anyone who owns one, “Why do you love your BMW?”, and they often will wax poetic about their passion for BMW vehicles. Seriously, BMW (and MINI too) are iconic brands that have a cult status and a devoted fan base. But why? Why are BMWs and MINIs so popular? What is about these brands that make people want to own them? Because we work on a lot of BMWs and MINIs at Foreign Affairs Auto, we have a few ideas why BMW has garnered a cult following: They are fun to drive. BMW has branded itself as the Ultimate Driving Experience. If you drive one, you know the promise of a fantastic driving experience is kept again and again. Have you ever taken a BMW or MINI to an autocross track? It’s so much fun! If you are ever lucky enough to do a driving school / track day with professional BMW race car drivers, you’re in for a whirlwind of thrills! No roller coaster can compare to a Hot Lap with a pro NASCAR driver in a BMW on a closed track. It’s s ... read more

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History of the Porsche

History of the Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche, a young cutting edge engineer, designed his very first car as an electric-gas hybrid in 1900, long before he formed the Porsche company. Over the years, Mr. Porsche worked for many other automakers such as Mercedes, Daimler, Volkswagen, and Auto Union for nearly 50 years.  One of Ferdinand's claims to fame is the design of the VW Beetle in 1931. Ferdinand's son Ferry grew up in the family business and joined his father's team as a draftsman and test driver. When Ferdinand was locked up in a French prison as a war criminal, Ferry worked the family business keeping it afloat by designing race cars; Ferry Porsche's claim to fame is the design of the 356. Designed with a rear-mounted 40 horsepower Volkswagen engine, won races the first month after leaving the factory. Ferdinand Porsche passed away in 1951 at the age of 76 with a reasonably successful car company to hold as an accomplishment. In 1963 the flagship Porsche 911 (formerly called the ... read more

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Favorite Holiday Activities

Favorite Holiday Activities

When people first move to the West Palm Beach area, they have a tough time wrapping their minds around all the palm trees. People really seem to miss their fir trees and pine trees, especially during the holiday months. But West Palm Beach has festivities for the holidays that you’re sure to enjoy. After all, the holidays are really about generosity, family, and holiday lights!  Sandi the Sand Tree Sandi is a stupendous 600-ton sand tree, a sight you don’t want to miss this December! Sandi will be 35 feet tall and will dazzle the crowds with nightly music and light shows beginning November 29th at the Clematis by Night Tree Lighting. You have the month of December to see Sandi. There will be lots of free events for the whole family, too.  Garden of Lights: A Winter Holiday Event  Mounts Botanical Garden will be lit up in the evenings this holiday season. Thousands of holiday lights will hang from trees, with lots of LED trees, glowing light balls and walki ... read more

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Top Events in September in West Palm Beach

September 8 -- Family Saturdays: Graffiti, Pop and Lock - Community Mural How about a fun event for the kiddos and the whole family? This free event takes place at 10:00 a.m. at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The event will include dancing (with a DJ), and plenty of opportunities for picture-taking for those who don’t want to get covered with paint!   September 9 -- Grandparents Day Want to teach the grandkids about your family history? At this event, there will be chances for the grandkids to interview their grandparents, and to participate in learning about family genealogy. This event is free with admission to the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. 3:00 at the Museum in Palm Beach.   September 16 -- Sunday on the Waterfront This free, fun, family-friendly event will feature Journey tribute band Chain Reaction. Sing along to the classics of rock to tunes like “Don’t Stop Believin’” and many other songs you’ve been singing ... read more

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How to Fix My Car's Weird AC Noises

How to Fix My Car's Weird AC Noises

Nothing feels better than feeling the cold air blowing in your car on a hot day, practically a necessity, it is one of the most important parts of any car: a working air conditioner. Should you need the cold air and be greeted with nothing or warm air, it can be quite the cause for concern as you hope to figure out why. Usually your air conditioner will begin to show signs that it is beginning to experience an issue, typically through weird and unusual sounds. Should you notice your air conditioner making any weird and uncommon sounds, it is important to know what they may signify and the best way to treat it before any damages can be caused. Weird & unusual sounds and their fixationLoud Squealing Sound- Usually the most commonly reported weird sound, a loud squeal can signify an issue with the serpentine belt. Rather than using any belt dressing for diagnosis of an issue, spray ... read more

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Are Side Air Bags in a Car Important?

Are Side Air Bags in a Car Important?

Unfortunately, something important to consider when purchasing a car is how safe you’ll be in the event of an accident. When driving you want to know that you’ll be kept safe and that not only will the structure of the vehicle protect you, but also that the airbags can help prevent or minimize any injuries sustained. While not mandatory or required, side air bags are known to provide extra safety and security in the event that you are in a car accident, while also helping to minimize any injuries that are sustained when the front airbags are deployed. Protect the Paint Since they are optional, it’s up to you to decide if side airbags are something that you want from your vehicle. Here are some facts about side airbags to help you determine if side airbags are important to you. Side airbags are typically designed for one of three areas of added ... read more

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Protect Your Car from Sun Radiation

Protect Your Car from Sun Radiation

Parking your car in the sunlight is an inevitability, there’s no way around leaving your car in the sun on a hot summer day but it’s important that you know the adverse effects that prolonged exposure to the sun can have on your vehicle. Constant exposure to the sun can cause oxidation and premature fading to the paint while the effects on the interior can include fading the color of your seats and interior and cracking to the dashboard or leather seats. We know the effects that sun radiation can have on our skin and know the importance of applying sunscreen regularly when going into the sun, think of the following steps as applying sunscreen to your vehicle to avoid damages to the interior and exterior of your car. Protect the Paint Wash your vehicle – washing your car regularly will clean it of pollution and grime. It’s also important to rememb ... read more

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Guide to Car Dashboard for New Driver

Guide to Car Dashboard for New Driver

Learning to drive is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, it can also be one of the most overwhelming, especially if they’re not too familiar with the layout of a vehicle. In most brands and models of car, the dashboard is pretty similar with a few various design and style choices depending on the make of the vehicle. Familiarizing yourself with the dashboard and all of the various indicators and lights before driving is a great way to make it feel a little less overwhelming and more manageable. Here are some of the standard displays and indicator lights and what they mean to you and your vehicle. This is a chart that shows 64 of the most common lights that may appear on your dashboard. The dial on the left shows the RPM gauge, which is the Revolutions Per Minute, which is how many times a minute that the crankshaft is spinning. I ... read more

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