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      05-08-2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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Hampton Roads/Norfolk dealership recommendations?

I'll be moving to the Hampton Roads, VA area around October, and had a few questions in regards to the M3.

1. My car will be due for a 2 year service in November/December (still have <5K miles). Are there any dealer service departments I should stay away from, and any ones you would recommend?

2. I currently have the 19" ZCP wheels with the Pirrelli stock rubber... are there any laws in VA to run winter/snow tires? Is this a must for VA weather?

3. Are there any state inspection requirements and at what frequency?

4. I would like to get my car tinted... any recommendations?

Thanks in advance for your advice. I can't wait to meet some of the other local M3's around the area.

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      05-08-2014, 10:23 AM   #2
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1 - not sure about dealerships down that far south

2 - no laws to my knowledge; it hardly ever snows in southern VA

3 - yes; annual safety inspection is a law; emissions must be done every 2 years

4 - not a clue but make sure its a legal %; cops love writing those tickets
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one more thing - front plates are mandatory in the state of VA
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1. 2 BMW dealers here. Casey BMW (Newport News) and Checkered Flag (VA Beach). It seems people in hampton roads like Casey's service. They tend to be mod friendly.

2. It doesn't snow much here, but last season got pretty bad. No laws on snow tires that I know of.

3. State inspections 1/year

4. I got my tints done at J's Auto Cleaning Service in Chesapeake. They're the only dealer in the area that installs Formula 1. The guy is pretty good. I got 35% all around. He couldn't tint the dot matrix so he used vinyl on that section. We have strict tint laws, but I feel like cops won't ticket you if you don't drive like an asshat or if your ride isn't ghetto.

Welcome to Hampton Roads btw. Make sure you join our Hampton Roads ///M group on Facebook!

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I'll be moving to the Hampton Roads, VA area around October, and had a few questions in regards to the M3.

1. My car will be due for a 2 year service in November/December (still have <5K miles). Are there any dealer service departments I should stay away from, and any ones you would recommend?

2. I currently have the 19" ZCP wheels with the Pirrelli stock rubber... are there any laws in VA to run winter/snow tires? Is this a must for VA weather?

3. Are there any state inspection requirements and at what frequency?

4. I would like to get my car tinted... any recommendations?

Thanks in advance for your advice. I can't wait to meet some of the other local M3's around the area.

Regards,
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      05-11-2014, 07:43 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. Do I need to have my annual inspection done before I can get a plate and tag?

Btw: how does the BMW traffic work on the idrive in that area? Do you get efficient rerouting options?

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1. 2 BMW dealers here. Casey BMW (Newport News) and Checkered Flag (VA Beach). It seems people in hampton roads like Casey's service. They tend to be mod friendly.

2. It doesn't snow much here, but last season got pretty bad. No laws on snow tires that I know of.

3. State inspections 1/year

4. I got my tints done at J's Auto Cleaning Service in Chesapeake. They're the only dealer in the area that installs Formula 1. The guy is pretty good. I got 35% all around. He couldn't tint the dot matrix so he used vinyl on that section. We have strict tint laws, but I feel like cops won't ticket you if you don't drive like an asshat or if your ride isn't ghetto.

Welcome to Hampton Roads btw. Make sure you join our Hampton Roads ///M group on Facebook!
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      05-12-2014, 11:52 AM   #6
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3 - yes; annual safety inspection is a law; emissions must be done every 2 years
Emissions only in the Northern counties.
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/vehicles/#emissions.asp
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Emissions only in the Northern counties.
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/vehicles/#emissions.asp
well i find that unfair!
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I recommend checkered flag on va blvd i have been going there for years always have treated me vary well. I would request tony acker he is my tech there and a long time friend.

As far as tires go you will be fine 99% of the time on normal tires if it is bad every thing closes and you wont be driving anyways.

I have never run a front tag on any of my cars in va there is a chance you will get a ticket for it 91 $ but they really don't mess with the m3's at all.
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