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Plan Ahead: Vehicle Battery Issues

February 25th, 2021 by

  We rely daily on our vehicles to get us on the road, regardless of frigid arctic blasts and scorching summer heat. What if the next time you turn the ignition, your battery fails? Big problem, but a little pre-planning could of prevented this headache. Below is our (2) recommendations: Regularly schedule service for your…

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Why use Genuine MINI Cooper Parts vs Aftermarket?

February 12th, 2021 by

Here and everywhere else, OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” So, OEM automotive components are the official, genuine parts produced directly by your vehicle’s maker. Many aftermarket manufacturers develop parts that are designed to fit on multiple models of vehicles in order to mass produce them. This often leads to ill-fitting parts that require some…

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Buying a Car in the Digital Age

January 28th, 2021 by

Are you in the market to buy a new car but dread coming into the dealership? Lucky for you, Patrick MINI has an extremely convenient way around this! Introducing: Patrick Direct. Where you can buy a new, courtesy, certified or used car from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Whether you live near…

Winter Service Your MINI Before Winter Has Your MINI Needing Service

January 15th, 2021 by

Winter in the Chicagoland area: it’s an achievement for your vehicle to overcome yearly. Freezing rain, snow, the polar vortex and black ice are just a few challenges your vehicle endures. Making sure your vehicle is serviced for the season can extend the life of the vehicle and it helps to protect your checkbook from…

What Are The Benefits of Upgrading Your Car?

December 30th, 2020 by
MINI Vehicle Upgrade Program

The average time people keep their cars has changed in recent years as many customers choose to upgrade every two or three years or maybe your lifestyle has changed, that’s where the “Vehicle Upgrade Program” comes in. The Vehicle Upgrade Program is a vehicle replacement program that allows you to upgrade to a vehicle with…

5 Crucial Items You Should Have in Your Car

December 14th, 2020 by

It’s never a bad thing to prepare for the worst when it comes to what could happen during your everyday commute. Here are 6 crucial items you should keep in your vehicle at all times in case you should ever encounter a flat tire, dead battery or an emergency situation that leaves you on the…

Learn More About What an Alternator Does

December 8th, 2020 by

The starter and battery are responsible for ensuring that there is enough power to turn the engine over when you put the key into the ignition. However, the alternator is the part that keeps the headlights and radio on after the engine turns over. It is also responsible for making sure that the power windows…

What’s the Big Deal About Winter Wiper Blades?

December 1st, 2020 by
Winter Wiper Blades

This time of year is the perfect time to begin preparing your vehicle for the long winter that lies ahead in Schaumburg, IL. While oil changes, winter tires, and other maintenance items are certainly important, be sure that you don’t overlook your windshield wiper blades when having your vehicle serviced at Patrick MINI. By changing…

Winter Commuting: 3 Vehicle Items for Winter 2020

November 30th, 2020 by

Winter 2020 will be different in many aspects, from social distancing to relying more on our technology to connect with friends and family. But as Chicagoans, we know winter is frigid cold, slushy snow, and never enough daylight. It’s never too early to plan ahead and make sure you’re ready for any unexpected winter occurrence….

Leasing vs Buying a Vehicle

November 13th, 2020 by
Leasing vs buying at Patrick MINI

Some do and some don’t. Some will and some won’t. What does it mean to lease a vehicle? Leasing allows you to get into a more expensive vehicle or one with more options because you are only paying for the time you are using it. Technically, the leasing company owns the car and they are…

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