The MINI Boot to Bonnet Maintenance Program: Added Peace of Mind

MINI has got your back. It wants to offer owners of new models a chance to keep their cars in prime condition. That’s why the automaker is offering a Boot to Bonnet Maintenance Program designed to cover over 36,000 miles of wear and tear.

According to MINI, this is just one of many maintenance programs made to keep you MINI working well. As one of the most comprehensive programs in the industry, this plan covers factory-recommended maintenance for approximately the first three years of ownership. Best of all, it comes with every new MINI at no charge.

What do you get? The Boot to Bonnet Maintenance Program includes:

  • Engine oil services
  • Inspection services
  • Brake pads and rotors
  • Brake fluid service
  • Wiper blade inserts
  • Engine drive belt
  • Engine air filter
  • Cabin air microfilter

In addition to that, owners can also extend your plan to cover an additional three years or 100,000 miles of no-cost maintenance. Other programs include a four-year/50,000-mile MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranty and a 12-year/unlimited-mileage warranty against rust perforation. Drivers also get standard 24-hour Roadside Assistance for the first four years. Learn more about MINI maintenance by talking to our maintenance experts here at MINI of Pittsburgh. Motor On.

Warming Up Your Car: Are You Just Wasting Gas?

When it’s cold out, many people insist on idling their cars for extended periods of time. Although we all like a nice and toasty cabin, some extended research has shown that idling your car really just increases pollutants in the air and wastes gas.

According to the Washington Post, most modern cars are designed for pretty severe conditions. Unless you live in Siberia, your car doesn’t really need to warm up for that long, if at all. The idea behind warming up your car is to eliminate any moisture in the system. In the summer, it easily reaches temperatures required to do so. In the winter, it may take an extra 30 seconds or so.

In fact, and energy agency recently determined that warming up your car is really a thing of the past and only serves to increase fuel consumption: “the test results showed that with a 5-minute warm-up total fuel consumption increased by 7 to 14 percent and with a 10-minute warm-up total fuel consumption increased by 12 to 19 percent,” the Natural Resources Canada energy agency reported.

Why has this change happened? Well, electronic fuel injection is one of the main reasons. In the ‘80s and ‘90s it was difficult to find a car that didn’t have a carburetor, which needed to be warmed to get the right air-fuel mix. Now, your MINI engine has advanced sensors and can basically warm up as you drive.

To learn more about how to prepare your MINI for winter, check out our website. Thanks for choosing MINI of Pittsburgh and Motor on!