Emergency Services

Roadside Assistance Services: What to Look For

A good roadside assistance plan should provide every possible roadside service, generous extras, and quality customer support. 

Services
The services provided by a roadside assistance company are the most important features to consider when choosing a plan. Essential services include 24/7 roadside assistance, lock-out assistance, minor roadside adjustments, towing, tire change service, extrication, gasoline delivery and dead battery services.

Other key services we looked at include an on-time arrival guarantee, emergency travel assistance and reimbursements for travel interruption expenses. It is also important to consider how many times you can call for service each year and how much it costs to add an additional family member.

Coverage
While you can request service no matter where you breakdown, some roadside assistance companies are unable to enroll members from certain states. Choose a provider that covers the vehicles you drive the most. Some companies also offer coverage for RVs and motorcycles as well as trailers.

Most breakdown services offer more than one plan, giving you better and more comprehensive coverage for an additional cost. Look for a roadside assistance service that offers the most coverage with a basic plan, then upgrade if you want the bonuses their enhanced plans offer.

Extras
The best roadside assistance plans offer generous extras, such as online, trip-planning tools, retail discounts, concierge services and emergency travel assistance. Many companies also sell car insurance and offer a mobile application for quicker assistance. These extras can help you save money and make it easier to plan and enjoy your next adventure.

Help & Support
A good roadside assistance plan should offer toll-free phone support to answer any questions you may have before signing up or to address any concerns once you’re a member. They should also offer email support as an additional option. We also looked for FAQs on each plan’s website site, since a good FAQs section can help you find answers to your questions quickly.

Knowing help is only a phone call away can bring you peace of mind, no matter the situation that may occur on the road. Whether you’re in need of a tow or lock out assistance in the middle of the desert or on the side of the highway, these roadside assistance plans deliver. Add in benefits from travel planning assistance to retail discounts, and the roadside assistance plans in our reviews are sure to provide the features you’re looking for when choosing a great motor club.

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We can handle your maintenance services for you.

“It’s a common misconception that only car dealers can perform the maintenance services on a newer vehicle that is under warranty,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Clearly, consumers can have maintenance services done by their local independent service shop without affecting your warranty, even though dealers and manufacturers often suggest the opposite.”

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Transmission Service and Repair

Transmission Service & Maintenance

Transmission fluid check & scheduled maintenance

Your transmission is crucial to the proper functioning of your vehicle. If your transmission fluid is old and contaminated, it can cause expensive damage. And if your transmission filter is clogged, your engine will not be able to shift gears effectively. Whether you drive a manual transmission or automatic transmission, the auto service experts at Bowie Auto Clinic have the necessary experience for performing whatever maintenance it needs, from a fluid check or filter replacement to a system flush or transmission replacement.

Getting a transmission fluid change and transmission flush is important maintenance for your vehicle’s health – that’s why vehicle manufacturers recommend regularly scheduled transmission service. If you keep up with your transmission maintenance, your car can run newer, stronger longer. Our expert auto technicians can take care of all your vehicle transmission needs and keep your car functioning at peak performance.

What’s included?

  • Transmission fluid level check
  • New transmission filter
  • Linkage and controls inspection and lubrication

Oil and Lube Service

Our Basic Oil Change

Your vehicle relies on oil, lubrication and an oil filter to keep it running smoothly. Motor oil minimizes friction by lubricating, cleaning and cooling critical internal engine components. Normal driving will cause motor oil to become contaminated with wear metals, water and even fuel. Every three months or 3,000 miles, your vehicle should be ready for an oil change. Check your owner’s manual for the specific recommendations for your vehicle. Oil changes at your Bowie Auto Clinic include:

  • Removal and replacement of existing engine oil and oil filter
  • Checking the air filter
  • Checking and topping off all fluids under the hood
  • Lubricating all fittings
  • Checking engine for leaks
  • Checking belts and hoses
  • Checking tire pressure
  • Checking entire undercarriage

BMW Horsepower Increase

Increasing a BMW’s Horsepower

BMW cars are designed to perform at a specific horsepower in varied conditions. Newer model cars are designed to balance horsepower with fuel efficiency. Increasing horsepower will decrease fuel efficiency.

But sometimes more horsepower is worth a few MPGs. We have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment to adjust your engine to get up to 15-20% more horsepower from your BMW.

Call us at 301-383-1277 to find out more.