25% off Motoring Gear


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We are proud to present the first-ever MINI Friends and Family Event! Share 25% off with your family, friends, and their friends’ friends! Our mail-in rebate offer is good on any purchase from the MINI Motoring Gear or MINI Motoring Accessories.

Click here to see the rebate form or visit bmwrebateoffers.com for full details. Be sure to spread the word and pass on the savings today, because this offer is only available from June 23 through June 28, 2016.



The MINI Vision Next 100 Concept Gives Sneak Peak Into MINI’s Future


MINI’s latest concept, the MINI Vision Next 100, shows off what MINI thinks the future of driving and travel will be like. The MINI Vision Next 100 Concept is designed to be a part of a car sharing. With a car company, like MINI, that’s all about personalization, the idea of sharing a a car seems foreign to most of us. That being said, this concept car still keeps true to MINI’s heart. That’s because it’s still personalized!

That’s right, MINI has added technology to this car to enable it to still be personalized while at the same time being shared between people. The exterior of the MINI Vision Next 100 will project a personalized greeting onto the ground next tto the car before opening its doors to welcome you in. Once you get inside the car, those little personalization touches don’t stop. The car would be able to talk to you using circles of changing lights (which we envision to be like a traffic light type of system, but who really knows at this point), and the MINI would even suggest new routes for your drive. Imagine a car telling you to go a different way and saving you loads of time on your ride to work, to the store, or home!

We love the direction MINI is going with all the new technology they have and can’t wait to see what else they have coming our way soon!

Steve and Miles (and Traveling Stories)

This afternoon while motoring to lunch, I happened to see Steve and Miles.

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Of course, when I originally saw them, I did not know they were Steve and Miles. Instead, I immediately made up a story in my head. It was a story about a man walking through East Liberty, leading a goat (and of course the goat had on a saddle). Go ahead, take a minute and make up your own story, I’ll wait. Done? Fun, wasn’t it?

Luckily, since coming to MINI, I have learned that there are many interesting people out there with great adventures to tell about. So I took a few minutes to travel outside my comfort zone and meet this young man and his traveling companion.

Turns out that his name is Steve Wescott and his partner is Miles. The next part is what blew me away. It turns out that Steve is walking across America to raise awareness and funds for an orphanage in Africa named Uzima Outreach. He started in Seattle on May 2, 2012 and has been walking ever since.

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Now, if you go back to that story you had in your head a few minutes ago, did it have any of the following words in it: Seattle, Africa, Orphanage and/or walking? Yeah, mine didn’t either.

I think the reason I wanted to share this story on our MINI Blog, is that sometimes it is the little parts of a journey that can make all of the difference. If I hadn’t taken an extra second to meet a fellow traveller, I might have remembered this interaction as some (insert derogatory phrase here) and his goat wandering the streets of East Liberty instead of being inspired by someone who is doing his part in trying to make the world a better place, one step at a time.

Happy (and Meaningful) Motoring!


You can find out more about Steve and Miles and their incredible journey at the following places:








Keeping your MINI Happy and Healthy!

Oil Change

Checking your MINI’s oil level from time to time, and topping off when necessary, will help you to keep your engine happy and healthy!

Maintaining the correct engine oil level is extremely important as it ensures that there is enough oil to properly lubricate all of the moving parts, helping to minimize internal engine wear.  

Many people don’t realize that engine oil is also a primary means, in conjunction with the cooling system, by which heat is dissipated from the engine. Heat is transferred away from the moving parts inside the engine via the oil circulating throughout. If there’s not enough oil in the engine, this transfer of heat can’t take place effectively.

That doesn’t mean very high heat levels still aren’t present in a healthy engine. Little by little, your motor oil begins to burn off, shrinking the total amount of fluid in the system. If this oil isn’t replaced, then you run the risk of vital engine parts being exposed and open to heat damage and corrosion.

Checking your oil can tell you where this level is and if you should refill. The first part to this process is locating the oil dipstick in your engine. It typically looks like a little yellow ring. Pull it out, wipe off the oil, and stick it back in. When you pull it out again, look at where the bead of oil falls on the stick in relation to the markings. If it looks good, don’t worry about it.

If you need to top of the oil in your MINI, look for a large cap on the top of the engine (located on the valve cover).  Oil should never be added through the dip-stick tube. When adding oil, do so a little at a time and recheck after each addition until the proper amount has been reached.  

Remembering to periodically check your MINI’s engine oil level, and following these simple steps can help to keep your MINI motoring longer. For more helpful tips and MINI-centric info, visit MINIofPittsburgh.com or give us a call anytime at 412-682-0788.

Need Something to Do in Pittsburgh? Stop by Dancing in the Square

If you are looking for something fun to do in the Pittsburgh area, check out the Dancing in the Square event. Held every Friday in June at the Downtown Market Square, you can have fun with tons of dancing and music. Everyone should visit this fun city event.

According to Downtown Pittsburgh, there will also be a range of other entertaining activities at Dancing in the Square this June. There will be live performances from professional dance troupes, a DJ, and more. Plus, you can participate in the dancing, which ranges from ballroom to swing and polka.

How did this all begin? Thanks to a great response to the National Ballroom Week Celebration, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership decided to put on a massive event for the whole city. Often drawing hundreds of participants, you won’t believe how much fun Dancing in the Square can be.

This free event was created in conjunction with USA Dance and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Events this year will be on June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24. The Dancing starts at 5pm in the Market Square, just a short, 20 minute drive from our dealership, so don’t be late!

Open Streets Pittsburgh

It’s not often Pittsburgh closes down a city street, but it’s happening not once, not twice, but three times this year! Open Streets Pittsburgh is all about healthy family fun with no cars allowed. Attendees can bike, skateboard, rollerblade, walk, and run through the street. Free group classes of salsa and yoga are also available.

Open Streets Pittsburgh is part of a much larger movement called Ciclovia. Ciclovia includes hundreds of cities from around the globe. During the events, everyone, businesses, neighbors, non-profits, and everyone in between, comes together to create what can be compared to the happiest city on Earth.

This year, Open Streets Pittsburgh takes place from Market Square to Penn Avenue. Covering the Strip and Lawrenceville’s business district, this is one massive event! Best of all, we here at MINI of Pittsburgh are located one block over on Baum Boulevard!

There will be plenty to do. Even if you aren’t into yoga or salsa, you can always exercise in your own way. Take advantage of the lack of motor vehicles and use the space around you. Travel in ways you never would have considered before. If you can do it without a car, you can do it at Open Streets Pittsburgh which takes place on the last Sunday in May, June, and July!

We can’t wait to see you there!

2016 MINI Takes the States

MINI is taking the United States by storm and to celebrate, the automaker is putting on an event that literally celebrates the idea. MINI Takes the States is a customer-based event that will depart from Atlanta, Georgia on July 9, 2016. By July 23, 2016, drivers will arrive in Palm Springs, California. The two-week event is sure to be an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience so if you own a MINI, be sure to attend!

Held once every two years, this year’s MINI Takes the States leaves from the Atlanta Motor Speedway and heads north to Charlotte, North Carolina. Attendees will hit plenty of major cities along the way, including our very own Pittsburgh before heading to the furthest northern point on their trip, St. Ignace, Michigan.

In 2014, MINI Takes the States traversed 5,142 miles, starting in San Francisco and ending up at Boston. On that cross country adventure, drivers motored through Texas, the Rocky Mountains, and even Canada.

MINI owners from around the country are invited to attend but must drive a MINI vehicle in the rally. Rallies will be held in each designated city along the way. We hope that even if you don’t have the time to take two weeks getting to know your MINI and fellow motoring enthusiasts as you drive cross country that you will at least stop by the Pittsburgh, PA rally point on Tuesday, July 12th.

We here at MINI of Pittsburgh can’t wait to see all of the attendees at the 2016 MINI Takes the States and hope that you make it out there to take part in this awesome drive!

2016 Mini Cooper’s Safety Tops the Board

It isn’t always easy to take home top safety awards, not with all of the government testing and regulations a vehicle needs to meet. While most manufacturers scrape by with meager scores, MINI isn’t one of them. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has some of the most advanced tests around, and they put cars through the wringer before bestowing the coveted “Top Safety Pick+” rating. Recently, when the 2016 MINI Cooper’s testing came back, MINI’s safety features proved their worth, earning this top safety rating with no trouble at all!

So, what does it take to earn this rating? Well, to become the best of the best, vehicles need good ratings in every category as well as a front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating. With the changes implemented in November 2015, the MINI Cooper’s side curtain airbags improved its side protection rating. The “Top Safety Pick+” award applies to the two-door hardtop models.

The MINI Cooper’s front crash prevention system avoided a collision entirely in three of five tests. It slowed to one to three mph in the other two tests. In faster tests, the impact speed dropped by around seven mph, effectively reducing the damage as a result of the crash.

We here at MINI of Pittsburgh couldn’t be prouder of the safety-oriented MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door. Come see one in person at our Pittsburgh MINI dealership and see just how safe, and fun, driving a MINI really is.

Best Places to Drive Your MINI in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state with enough scenery to last a person a lifetime. With enough byways to keep you busy for more than one long weekend, driving through this scenic state is an experience in itself. Once you’re behind the wheel and on the road, you might find yourself low on gas before you know it! Here’s a few byways you have to drive if you plan on visiting Pennsylvania:

  • High Plateau – Located on Route 144, this unforgettable area stretches 27 miles. With a bird’s-eye-view of the Sproul State Forest, you’ll take in scenery that hasn’t changed in more than a century.
  • Grand ViewLocated at the top of Mount Washington, you can take in a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle. The skyline, bridges, and unique landscape all make for a memory you’ll never forget.
  • Gateway to the Endless Mountains – Called “one of America’s most scenic drives” by National Geographic, the entrance to the Endless Mountains is absolutely breathtaking. Once you’re there, you have easy access to some of the most memorable hiking and biking trails in the state.

There are plenty of places to drive in Pennsylvania and while some vehicles can’t handle the roads, a MINI can take on even the sharpest curves. Equipped with superior handling, there’s very few hairpins, turns, curves, and byways that a modern MINI can’t handle!

Head out motoring around this spring on some of the most scenic roads in the country and let your MINI handle the twists and turns that come your way.

Baum Boulevard detour leads to a Lost Amusement Park

So we wanted to give everyone a heads up that the Baum Boulevard Bridge was going to be closed for a few weeks. However, while looking for a couple of pictures to include, we came across something great. There used to be an Amusement Park just up the street. Yeah you heard me right, an Amusement Park!

Luna Park was built in 1905 and was the first in what would become an international chain of amusement parks operated by Frank Ingersoll. It was the first amusement park to be covered with electrical lighting as well (67,000 light bulbs).

Luna Park closed in 1909 in the face of stiff competition from a second park nearby, Kennywood. Though the old gate to Luna Park, which is pictured below, will probably look a little familiar to you. It was the inspiration for the Lost Kennywood section, which opened in 1995.

Maybe Luna Park is where we get our commitment to fun and excitement? Nah, it is probably just from representing our great brand, MINI.

Local writer, Virginia Montanez, has a great post about Luna Park with more pictures that you can read HERE.