Category: MINI

A big Bowker thank you to everyone who took part in the Bowker MINI Halloween Drive Out this year.

On Sunday 27th October, more than 30 cars and 80 passengers in fancy-dress left Bowker MINI in Blackburn from 10am, before completing a spooky circuit of Pendle and the Ribble Valley.

The annual creepy car cavalcade wound its way to the final destination – Samlesbury Hall – for brews, bacon and prizes, before a Ghost Tour for hardy souls whose nerves can still take it.

Look out for more Bowker MINI events soon.

The Bowker MINI Centre on the docks in Preston has a new manager.

55-year old Peter Turner from Wigan is a familiar face at Bowker. He was originally an employee of Bowker Motor Group between 2002 and 2008. 

Most recently, he enjoyed successful sales management roles with motorcycle retailers Bowker Harley-Davidson from 2014 and then Bowker Motorrad – both also in Preston.

And, during a 27-year career in automotive retail, Peter also managed the Bowker MINI centre in Blackburn between 2007 and 2008.

Away from work, Pete is married to Vicky and has two sons, Adam and Liam. Peter is a keen rugby league player and fan. 

Peter said:

“It’s good to be back with MINI. The Centre in Preston has a close-knit group of loyal customers. We enjoy events and drive outs together. I’m looking forward to keeping up the good work with the kind of motoring retail experience our MINI customers deserve.”

Peter’s first events included the annual Halloween MINI Drive Out in October and a sneak peek at the new MINI electric in November.

The Bowker MINI showroom was opened in Preston in 2001 and extended in 2013. Three years later the centre became the first in Lancashire to complete refurbishment with a new open-plan layout; space for up to eight cars and complimentary coffee bar and refreshments. 

It’s great to get special treatment. Which is why we’re offering you and a guest the chance to feast your eyes on our first electric – way before it hits our showrooms in March 2020.

Get your first glimpse of the exciting new MINI Electric on 17 November. Our Preston MINI Centre will be hosting this exciting event for both Preston and Blackburn customers.

And, if you’re blown away, you’ be able to pre-order your very own MINI Electric there and then.

In fact, we’re so confident you’ll love it, we’ve made it the first car to come with a Feel Good Guarantee.

Ready to feel MINI Electric? Then register today by clicking HERE.

We look forward to seeing you!

Join us on Sunday 27th October 2019 at 10am for our ever anticipated annual Bowker MINI Halloween Drive Out! All MINI owners, family and friends are welcome.

We will be meeting at Bowker Blackburn MINI at 10am and the final destination will be Samlesbury Hall where breakfast sandwiches will be waiting for us from 11.30am with compliments of Bowker MINI. We will also be awarding prizes for the best Halloween fancy dress and best dressed car!

As a part of the Bowker MINI Drive Out, you will be able to participate in Samlesbury Hall’s very own GHOST TOUR free of charge, taking place at 2pm.

Our popular drive outs regularly attract over 50 MINIs. They are great fun so register your attendance today!

We very much hope you can come. Please RSVP via email: alicia.james@bowkermotorgroup.com or by calling 01772 767335.

IT’S TIME TO FEEL MINI ELECTRIC.
THE NEW FULLY ELECTRIC MINI 3-DOOR HATCH.

With its spirited drive, iconic design and heaps of tech, the MINI Electric is every bit a MINI. Arriving in showrooms March 2020. We’ve kept styling and customising as easy as 1, 2, 3 with the choice of three style packs, each with their own innovative technology and features. 

For more information please complete an enquiry form on this page or call Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274333 or Bowker Preston on 01772 761234.

 

Below is our MINI Select Finance Example. Quotes can be tailored to your required deposit and annual mileage and we welcome part-exchanges. Please contact us for a personalised quotation. To learn more about MINI Select please click here.

Model MINI Electric Level 1
Term of Agreement 48 months
47 monthly payments £289.00
On the road cash price* £24,404.99
Customer deposit £4,100.44
Total amount of credit £20,304.55
Option to purchase fee** £0.00
Optional final payment** £10,272.35
Total amount payable £27,955.79
Rate of interest 5.9%
Representative APR 5.9%
Annual mileage 8,000
Excess mileage charge (per mile) 6.47p

Bowker Blackburn Ltd and Bowker Preston Ltd are credit brokers and not lenders. 

Applies to new vehicles ordered and registered before 31/12/19 (subject to availability). Retail customers only. *On the road cash price is based on manufacturer’s recommended retail price and includes 3 year MINI Retailer Warranty, MINI Emergency Service, 12 months’ road fund licence, vehicle first registration fee, delivery, number plates and VAT. **Optional final payment and option to purchase fee not payable if you opt to return the vehicle at the end of the agreement (vehicle condition, excess mileage and other charges may be payable). Finance available subject to credit acceptance to UK residents aged 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be varied, withdrawn or extended at any time. ‘MINI Select’ is a form of hire-purchase agreement provided by MINI Financial Services, Summit ONE, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB. You will have a 14 day statutory right to withdraw from the agreement. Bowker Blackburn Ltd and Bowker Preston Ltd, commonly introduce customers to a selected panel of lenders including MINI Financial Services. We may receive commission or other benefits for introducing you to such lenders. This introduction does not amount to independent financial advice.

FOR £35, KEEP YOUR MINI PERFORMING TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS THIS WINTER.

Breakdowns are more common and can be more dangerous over the winter months, so be prepared for heavy rain, cold spells and challenging road conditions.

To provide you with peace of mind motoring over the winter period, let our Technicians carry out a comprehensive end to end Winter Check of your MINI for £35 whilst you wait in the comfort of our Centre.

Your MINI will also receive a front windscreen treatment which creates a ‘hydrophobic’ effect on glass. This dramatically improves visibility in the rain and when travelling at speeds of 40mph and above. The need for wipers to operate will be significantly reduced due to the way the water beads off the treated glass.

Sleet and snow simply bead, shed and roll off, and even ice is easy and quick to remove on those frosty mornings. The treatment will last for about six months and is applied by our trained Technicians.

For an additional £30, we can also treat the side windows and rear windscreen.

Our Winter Check will assess all aspects of your car including wheels and tyres, suspension and steering, under bonnet, exhaust and brake pads. Our Technicians will prepare a health report and, using the latest technology, share a personalised talk-through video whilst your vehicle is on a ramp in the Workshop.

We’ll check:

  • All lights
  • Heat blower
  • Horn
  • Battery
  • Fluid levels, including coolant, screenwash, steering and engine oil
  • Steering mobility
  • Brake pads and discs
  • Wiper blades
  • Tyre pressure and treads
  • Drivebelt
  • Exhaust

For more information, or to make a booking, call Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274333 or Bowker Preston on 01772 761234. Alternatively, complete the enquiry form and we’ll call you back.

Live Magazines Paul Agnew was intrigued by the new PHEV MINI Countryman. We sent him out in our demonstrator model for a MINI PHEV Adventure. Here is how he got on.

AGILITY ELECTRIFIED.

The MINI is a motoring icon – loved by the world over with a panache, presence and personality all of its own. A car with a place in history guaranteed.

But this little beauty is not living in the past – far from it.

Say hello to the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) now available at Bowker.
That’s right, the not-so-little PHEV MINI Countryman that is already proving a massive hit with the discerning drivers of 2019 who want a little bit of everything when they get behind the wheel; not least some fun.

Powered by both a combustion engine and an electric motor, it offers “the spirit of an explorer with technology at its heart”, according to those whose job it is to market and sell.
And after test driving the MINI Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 (yes, four-wheel-drive) from Bowker on Preston Docklands, it’s hard to disagree.

The PHEV MINI Countryman is a friend from the moment you meet up. The bond is immediate.
Perhaps it’s the famous badge or the instantly recognisable round central dial – now surrounded by an LED light ring that responds to how you are driving and houses a 6.5” colour screen and displays all in-car infotainment.
Or maybe it’s just the way it looks and the ease in which you settle in … everything just seems very right.
And so quiet. Once the keyless ignition has been activated you’d be hard pushed to hear any engine noise at all. Steering is light, vision excellent and road handling safe and sound.

As for performance, the big-hearted PHEV MINI Countryman packs quite a punch, racing from 0-60 mph is 6.8 secs. That’s down to a combined 221 brake horsepower on offer when the 1.5-litre petrol engine and rear-mounted electric motor work together. Sending power to just the rear wheels, the electric motor also gives it four-wheel-drive status. And then there’s the renowned 6-speed BMW gearbox

Who says sustainable motoring can’t be exciting?

The high-tech lithium-ion battery provides an all-electric ‘range’ (mpg in old money) of up to 26 miles, enough to cover the daily commute of most drivers. Kept at its optimum temperature by an advanced cooling system, the battery excels in both output and service life.

With the PHEV MINI Countryman there is the extra advantage of reducing the official CO2 emissions figure to just 49g/km, making the car a much sought after option for company-car drivers keen to reduce their tax.
Economy, of course, is one of the big attractions.

In terms of fuel ‘consumption’; suffice to say that the ‘range’ is a very impressive 134.5mpg (average) and a full battery charge at home (roughly taking about two hours) will set you back less than 5p!

Whilst driving you can switch between electric and petrol power as you feel fit (there’s even a speedier sports option too) and the transition is smooth and fully automated with no interruptions.

The PHEV MINI Countryman is blessed with an array of helpful and entertaining features including Sat Nav, real time traffic information and hundreds of radio stations (DAB) and music options. What the manufacturers call ‘Connected Services’ include: a concierge phone-line service, online search, weather information, Apple CarPlay®, rear parking distance control, bluetooth connectivity, chargeable battery during driving … the list goes on.

So, who fits the driver profile?
Anyone and everyone.

There are clear advantages for the business user and an obvious appeal for those seeking a nippy, smart-looking, easy-to-park and great-around-town car, while it offers a practical solution for families too with ample room inside.

Safety levels are excellent. It achieved the full five-star score in Euro NCAP crash tests and from an array of available extras you can choose a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and lane-keep assist.

Eight airbags come as standard, in addition to the compulsory anti-lock brakes and stability control. Also standard are autonomous emergency braking and a bonnet that pops up slightly in a pedestrian collision to help cushion the impact.

It is crystal clear that the choice of hybrid cars is likely to increase in the coming years. Indeed, BMW Group plans for 25% of all its models sold by 2025 to be electrified in some way.

The PHEV MINI Countryman has got in early and made a big impact. In the weeks before and after launch, dealers across the land struggled to meet demand. It’s easy to see why. 

To book your 48 hour test drive in the MINI Countryman Cooper S E ALL4, please contact the team at Bowker MINI.

Content courtesy of Live Magazines – www.live-magazines.co.uk

Nobody knows the ins and outs of your MINI like we do at Bowker. A Genuine MINI MOT from Bowker means you’ll receive a first class and professional service for just £39.99. Along with guaranteed quality, at Bowker Blackburn or Preston you’ll receive added extras that you simply won’t find elsewhere:

  • No extra hidden charges
  • A post-test wash and vacuum
  • Your car will only be worked on by MINI Trained Technicians using Genuine MINI Parts
  • Complimentary vehicle health check
  • Complimentary recall checks and quality enhancements
  • Free local collection and delivery or courtesy car to keep you mobile
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Customer lounge with complimentary refreshments

 Unsure about when your MINI needs an MOT? Click here and enter your vehicle’s make and registration number.

 For more information or to make a booking, please call our Service Advisors or complete the enquiry form and we’ll call you back:

Bowker Preston – 01772 761234 BOOK NOW

Bowker Blackburn – 01254 274333 BOOK NOW

At Bowker MINI we have made a promise to check our prices against all popular tyre retailers such as Kwik-Fit and Blackcircles.com, to ensure we get you the best deal possible. Purchasing tyres can be a confusing and expensive task, but our trained service advisors are on hand to walk you through the options available.

You will also receive a Tyre Safety Check, which assesses the condition of all other tyres on your vehicle, ensuring they are roadworthy. 

If you would like more information on your next set of tyres or tyre replacement, please do not hesitate to contact Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274 442 or Bowker Preston on 01772 766 044. Alternatively, please complete the contact form on this page, and a member of the service team will be in touch.

NOW £20.40. RRP £25.50

There are a number of very good reasons reasons to choose MINI Service. One of them: the fact that Genuine MINI Parts are used at all times. Because nothing is more important than having “The Original”. Even when it comes to engine oil. 

MINI engines unleash a driving dynamic like no other manufacturer. Innovative high-performance engines require premium oils that keep up with rapid development. In cooperation with Shell, Original MINI Engine Oils were developed based on the unique Shell PurePlus Technology.

Engine oil quality depends largely on its main components: the base oils. They make up approximately 75-90% of an engine oil. Original MINI Engine Oils are based on the new patented Shell PurePlus Technology, which makes base oils from natural gas instead of crude oil. The result: crystal clear base oils that contain virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil. Shell PurePlus Technology marks a breakthrough in how engine oils are formulated to provide enhanced viscosity, reduced friction and lower volatility

So, what are the benefits?

SAFETY – Customers can count on BMW/MINI Service Centres to only use high-quality original products, including Genuine Parts and Original BMW and MINI Engine Oils. This guarantees the customer’s mobility.

SUSTAINABILITY – Original BMW and MINI Engine Oils reduce oil and fuel consumption – ensuring sustainable driving pleasure!

VALUE PRESERVATION – Using Original BMW and MINI Engine Oils keeps the engine clean and efficient. Along with BMW/MINI Service expertise, it helps maintain the vehicle’s value.

The BMW Original Engine Oil 1 Ltr top-up kit is priced at £20.40 and is available from the Service or Parts departments.

For more information on BMW Original Engine Oil,  please speak to a member of the team by contacting Bowker Preston on 01772 761234 or Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274333.

A LIFETIME OF SHOWROOM SHINE. 
PROTECT YOUR PAINTWORK AND INTERIOR FOR LIFE.

BENEFITS:

Maintains a high-gloss showroom finish, wash after wash
Guards your paintwork and interior
Protects the future resale value of your MINI
Enhances safety and visibility in wet driving conditions
Achieves British Standard EN ISO 2812-5:2007
Provides a transferable Lifetime Guarantee for paint, leather and fabrics*

The products that form the MINI Protect X system shield your paintwork from environmental pollutants, while providing a spectacular high-gloss finish. MINI Protect X also guards your vehicle’s interior, ensuring that seat fabrics and carpets resist staining, and that leather remains soft and supple.

The take-home car care kit which is also supplied with MINI Protect X contains a selection of cleaning items that will help you maintain your car’s flawless appearance.

So you can rest assured that beneath its showroom finish, your MINI and its future resale value stays protected.

But the benefits don’t stop there. You will also be given a take-home car care kit which contains a host of items including shampoo, wheel cleaner, interior care cloths and glass cleaner – everything you will need to maintain your MINI.

For more information, or to make a booking, call Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274333 or Bowker Preston on 01772 761234. Alternatively, complete the enquiry form and we’ll call you back.

* There is an administration fee to pay to transfer the Lifetime Guarantee

NOW £780.00

Genuine MINI complete Cross-Spoke R90 wheel set with summer runflat tyres.

Finished in silver. Includes 4 wheels with fitted and balanced tyres. 2 year manufacturer warranty.

For vehicles without 16” sport brake (SZX6A) and without 17” sport brake (SZZDA). Not for MINIMALIST.

The RSC (Runflat System Component) tyres mean that in the event of a loss of tyre pressure, you can keep driving without changing the wheel. A special rim design ensures the tyres stay attached, even if they depressurize suddenly. The reinforced sidewalls allow the car to continue for up to 150 miles (depending on the vehicle load) at speeds of up to 50 mph with zero tyre pressure.

NOW £1,425.00

Finished in Silver. Includes 4 wheels with fitted and balanced tyres. 100% genuine high quality certified products from MINI. 2 year manufacturer warranty.

The RSC (Runflat System Component) tyres mean that in the event of a loss of tyre pressure, you can keep driving without changing the wheel. A special rim design ensures the tyres stay attached, even if they depressurize suddenly. The reinforced sidewalls allow the car to continue for up to 150 miles (depending on the vehicle load) at speeds of up to 50 mph with zero tyre pressure.

NOW £997.50

Finished in silver.Includes 4 wheels with fitted and balanced tyres. 100% genuine high quality certified products from MINI. 2 year manufacturer warranty.

These wheels will fit:

  • MINI Hatchback R50/52/53/56/57

  • MINI Clubman R55

  • MINI Coupe R58 & Roadster R59

The RSC (Runflat System Component) tyres mean that in the event of a loss of tyre pressure, you can keep driving without changing the wheel. A special rim design ensures the tyres stay attached, even if they depressurize suddenly. The reinforced sidewalls allow the car to continue for up to 150 miles (depending on the vehicle load) at speeds of up to 50 mph with zero tyre pressure.
Not for MINIMALIST. For vehicles without 17” sport brake (SZZDA).

NOW £1,755.00

MINI Genuine JCW 19″ Cross-Spoke R134 Wheel Set + Runflat Tyre

Finished in Matt Black.Includes 4 wheels with fitted and balanced tyres.100% genuine high quality certified products from MINI.2 year manufacturer warranty.

These wheels will fit:

  • MINI Countryman R60

  • MINI Paceman R61

The RSC (Runflat System Component) tyres mean that in the event of a loss of tyre pressure, you can keep driving without changing the wheel. A special rim design ensures the tyres stay attached, even if they depressurize suddenly. The reinforced sidewalls allow the car to continue for up to 150 miles (depending on the vehicle load) at speeds of up to 50 mph with zero tyre pressure.

MINI ROOF BOX AND BARS NOW FROM JUST £448 (RRP £649) WITH FREE FITTING*!

Whether it’s a winter skiing holiday through the French Alps or a good old fashioned summer road trip to the beautiful British seaside, you may need that little bit of extra space.  Bowker MINI have put together the perfect package to give you all the extra space you need for weekend activities!

Purchase a Genuine MINI Roof Box & Bars for just £448 (RRP £649) with free fitting and a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty*.

With a capacity of 320 litres, the Roof Box has room for everything that can’t be left behind – e.g. up to five pairs of skis up to 180cm long, or beach gear. It can be opened from both sides and, thanks to the 6-way locking system, only opens itself without a fuss for the true owner.  Dimensions are 1913/638/402mm (L/W/H)

Don’t miss out on this limited time offer. Complete the contact form on this page and we’ll call you back, alternatively, please contact Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274333 or Bowker Preston on 01772 761234.

*Subject to vehicle specifications. Offer only applies to vehicles with roof bar preparation. Offer valid from 1st May 2016 until 31st August 2016. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Come over to the dark side and give your MINI a meaner look with the Blackline Kit, now available for just £269 including fitting.

Available for MINI 3-Door Hatch (F56), 5-Door Hatch (F55) and Convertible (F57).

Kit Includes:

  • Black Headlight Trims
  • Black Rear Light Trims
  • Sports Aerial

If you would like more information on this offer, please complete the enquiry form on this page and a member of the service team will be in touch. Alternatively, please call Bowker Preston on 01772 761234 or Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274333.

Driving takes on a different dynamic when temperatures drop to 7ºC and below. Icy roads, freezing mist, sleety rain – you name it. MINI Winter Wheels and Tyres are here to give you extra reassurance with more grip.

They’ve been specially designed to counter the tyre hardening and reduced grip caused by lower temperatures. In fact, they can reduce braking distances on icy roads by up to half, and by up to 10% on wet surfaces. As well as being safer, they wear less than standard tyres in low temperatures too.

THE PROBLEMS START AT 7°C.

With average Brrrritish winter temperatures dipping below 7°C, you need to get your skates on now and switch to MINI winter tyres with more natural rubber in their compound to give extra grip at those lower temperatures.

WINTER WHEEL AND TYRE PACKAGES.

Turn heads with MINI Genuine Complete Wheels from £800 (inc VAT) or with 4 interest free payments. We’ve a selection of stylings which are guaranteed to meet your need for standout design. Ensuring that your MINI won’t just roll out, it will stand out from the crowd this winter.

The swap of tyres for only £25 includes a free vehicle health check, wheel/tyre inspection and wash and vacuum. Alternatively for just £60 Bowker will change your tyres, include a free vehicle health check, wheel/tyre inspection, wash and vacuum as well as MINI central storage of your standard wheels.

WE CHECK THE PRICES OF OUR TYRES AGAINST KWIK FIT AND BLACK CIRCLES.

If you want to feel safe and enjoy driving this winter, please contact our Aftersales department at Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274333 or Bowker Preston on 01772 761234.  Alternatively complete the enquiry form and a member of our team will call you back.

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MINI SUMMER CAR CARE AT BOWKER

With long journeys and warm weather in summer, it’s essential to keep your MINI in tip top condition.

Take advantage of our Summer Car Care offers below and let our expert MINI Technicians help you to maintain the perfect climate when driving.

Offer 1 – £70

  • Full Air Conditioning Service and Refresh*
    • We’ll conduct full system checks for both pressure and leaks, as well as a complete drain and refilling of refrigerant and lubricants to ensure you achieve a comfortable temperature.
  • Summer Check
    • Brakes, Windscreen wiper blades, Antifreeze, Screen wash level, Engine oil, Tyre pressure and tread depth, Battery, Lights and Cooling water level
    • Includes personalised talk-through video whilst your vehicle is on a ramp in our Workshop
  • Screen Wash Top Up
  • Visual Health Check
  • Wash and Vacuum

 

Offer 2 – £30

  • Air Conditioning Refresh*
    • We’ll clean and disinfect the evaporator and air duct systems, as well as treat the air vents and the interior to keep that new car smell for a little longer. 
  • Summer Check
    • Brakes, Windscreen wiper blades, Antifreeze, Screen wash level, Engine oil, Tyre pressure and tread depth, Battery, Lights and Cooling water level
    • Includes personalised talk-through video whilst your vehicle is on a ramp in our Workshop
  • Screen Wash Top Up
  • Visual Vehicle Health Check
  • Wash and Vacuum

 

Whilst your car is in with us, you can relax in the comfort of our Customer Lounge and enjoy complimentary wi-fi and refreshments.

For more information, or to make a booking, please call Bowker Blackburn on 01254 274333 or Bowker Preston on 01772 761234. Alternatively, complete the enquiry form and we’ll call you back.

*Excludes R1234yf air conditioning gas.