Last Minute Gifts for the BMW Lover

It is that time of year again! Is there a BMW lover on your shopping list? Well instead of going for a generic BMW polo, or the same keychain as last year in a different color, have a look at our gift guide and get your loved one something a bit more unique, with picks for different budgets:

Driving a Local Racetrack: For those who haven’t yet driven a BMW on a racetrack, it is a thrill with no comparison. Many local racetracks host open track days, as do many local chapters of the BMW Car Club of America. To locate a track day near you, some excellent resources are the nearest raceway’s website (a good list of U.S. racetracks can be found here), or your local BMW club chapter. (Full list of BMW CCA Chapters available here)

BMW USB Charger: If you spend a lot of time in the car, this BMW USB Charger will be a very welcome addition. Plugging into the cigarette lighter, it converts the power to a standard USB 5 volts, and enables charging of everything from smartphones to iPads for about $23.

Tickets to a BMW Race Weekend: No more room in the house? Another excellent gift idea is tickets to a BMW race weekend! The 2013 American Le Mans Series has races all over the country, and there aren’t many things better than cheering on a factory BMW race car at a historic racing venue. Check out the American Le Mans schedule here to buy tickets and find the race nearest your loved one.

A Special BMW Memory – The Car You Had When We Met: Not all of us may have the history or finances to pull off a gift like this, but at the very least this is an inspired idea and wonderful story to read: The Surprise Gift

Whatever you may choose, have a safe and happy holiday season, and may the new year bring some great automotive adventures!

BMW Financial Services Launches The Ultimate Drive App for Facebook

Today we are releasing The Ultimate Drive App for Facebook, which lets BMW drivers and other driving enthusiasts find and share their exceptional driving routes. Users of the app can add their own route descriptions, photos or ratings, and see all of the contributions from others on the map or with Google Street View.

Thanks to BMW Financial Services, users with a Facebook account (now over a billion people) can access this free app right away.

The Ultimate Drive for Facebook features millions of miles of user-suggested driving routes, detailed descriptions, photos and user ratings. The Facebook app includes the ability to view stretches using Google Street View and to integrate with our other route-sharing apps from BMW Financial Services for iOS and Android.

The Ultimate Drive for Facebook also allows existing BMW Financial Services customers (U.S. only) to generate a loyalty voucher worth up to $700 off the first finance or lease payment on a new 2012 or 2013 BMW. Users can claim this offer by reserving a test drive within one of the apps between now and December 31, 2012.

“What better way to enjoy the perfect road than with your friends.”, said Pawan Murthy, General Manager of Online Business,  BMW Financial Services, “We hope that The Ultimate Drive for Facebook will help fans of BMW share their passion within their social networks.”

Here are the voucher amounts available and how they match up with the different BMW models:

$300 Off Voucher — 3 Series, 1 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 (all trims, including M models)
$500 Off Voucher — 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X5 (all trims, including M models)
$700 Off Voucher — 7 Series, 6 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe and X6 (all trims, including M models)

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get the new Facebook app!!!

NOTE: The Ultimate Drive for Facebook is initially available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Vietnam. If you’re located elsewhere, the iOS and Android apps are available in 100+ countries. You can get the mobile apps at http://socialnav-inc.com/GetTUD.

Ultimate Drive App Offer Extended to September 30 — Up to $700 Off All New BMW Models

These happy faces are on folks who have taken the opportunity to test drive a new 2012 or 2013 BMW… and for scheduling their test drive through the (free!) Ultimate Drive app for iPhone and Android, they earned a credit towards their first lease or loan payment on a new BMW.

Well, now we’re going to see a lot more happy faces because the offer has been extended through September 30, 2012! Between now and September 30th, existing U.S. customers of BMW Financial Services who download The Ultimate Drive app can get a voucher worth up to $700 off the first payment on a new 2012 or 2013 BMW financed or leased through BMW Financial Services USA.

The offer amount depends on the vehicle financed or leased and is offered for 2012 or 2013 models only. Here are the voucher amounts available and how they match up with the different BMW models:

$300 Off Voucher — 3 Series, 1 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 (all trims, including M models)
$500 Off Voucher — 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X5 (all trims, including M models)
$700 Off Voucher — 7 Series, 6 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe and X6 (all trims, including M models)

Did we mention that this app is FREE?! Here are the specifics on how you snag the savings in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Download The Ultimate Drive app (available on iPhone and Android) to discover and share the best roads to drive.

Step 2: Use the app to schedule a test drive at your local BMW Center.

Step 3: Confirm your test drive (instructions in the app) to generate your voucher code and use it when ordering your new 2012 or 2013 BMW.

Don’t forget — offer now ends September 30, 2012, so don’t wait – go get the free app now!

Ultimate Drive App Offer Expanded: Up to $700 Off ALL New BMW Models

As you may already know, The (free!) Ultimate Drive app for iPhone and Android helps you discover the best roads around the world. But that’s not all it does! Back in March, we launched the third generation of the app, which enabled all current U.S. BMW Financial Services customers to schedule a test drive and receive $300 credit towards their first lease or loan payment on a new 2012 3 Series. This promotion is still in effect today.

HOWEVER, as of today, we’ve expanded the promotion across all BMW models!! 

Between now and July 31st, existing U.S. customers of BMW Financial Services who download The Ultimate Drive app and use it to schedule a test drive can get a voucher worth up to $700 off the first payment on a new 2012 or 2013 BMW financed or leased through BMW Financial Services NA.

The offer amount depends on the vehicle financed or leased – 2012 or 2013 models only. Here are the voucher amounts available and how they match up with the different BMW models:

$300 Off Voucher — 3 Series, 1 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 (all trims, including M models)
$500 Off Voucher — 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X5 (all trims, including M models)
$700 Off Voucher — 7 Series, 6 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe and X6 (all trims, including M models)

Did we mention that this app is FREE?! Here are the specifics on how you snag the savings in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Download The Ultimate Drive app (available on iPhone and Android) to discover and share the best roads to drive.

Step 2: Use the app to schedule a test drive at your local BMW Center.

Step 3: Confirm your test drive (instructions in the app) to generate your voucher code and use it when ordering your new 2012 or 2013 BMW.

Don’t forget — offer ends July 31, 2012, so don’t wait – go get the free app now!

Just imagine yourself behind the wheel of one of these sweet rides with $700 bucks still in your pocket…

 

The Real Faces Behind the All-New BMW 3 Series Test Drive Promotion

For more than a month now, BMW Financial Services has been doling out $300 lease/loan vouchers to customers all over the U.S. for doing a couple of very simple things: scheduling a test drive of the All-new 3 Series via The Ultimate Drive app, and then taking that test drive!  Easy, right?

Well, our customers are loving this 3 Series offer. In fact, some have even been sending us photos from the day of their test drive! We wanted to share some of these happy and excited faces with you:

So, what are you waiting for? Download The Ultimate Drive app, sign up for that test drive, and get that $300 voucher in your pocket! Questions?  Find out on Facebook or Twitter.

VIDEO: DESIR3 a BMW test drive and earn $300

Just a couple of weeks ago, we launched The Ultimate Drive app – version 3. The latest release of this free app gives you $300 off your first payment on a new BMW 3 Series…

Intrigued? Watch this video promo for all the details. The offer expires on June 30th, so better get on that!

Already got the app? Done the test drive? Comment on our Facebook page to tell us how it went!

 

A thank you to our customers.

We originally launched The Ultimate Drive app in August 2011 with the hope that everyone can experience the joy of driving that BMW customers have known for years. The success of that launch was overwhelming and we received many accolades from users all over the country.

With this latest version, we at BMW Financial Services want to be the ones saying “thank you” – specifically to our loyal customers. As an industry first, we want to reward the most passionate BMW drivers and fans through the very app that embodies this spirit, on a vehicle that is the very essence of the Ultimate Driving Machine – the 2012 3 Series.

The 3 Series has always been “the luxury sports sedan” that consistently sets the benchmark for performance, styling, and design. While the bar is set so high, we believe the 2012 3 Series surpasses the high standards we’ve set for ourselves.

It’s only been a day since we announced the promotion, and we’ve already seen excitement building as BMW Financial Services customers all across the country continue to walk away from their BMW 3 Series test drive with a $300 voucher in hand. So please download The Ultimate Drive app, and if you are lucky to be a BMW driver (and BMW Financial Services customer) please take this offer as our sincere “thank you” for being a fan of  The Ultimate Driving Machine.

– Pawan Murthy, General Manager, Online Business, BMW Financial Services

The Ultimate Drive App Version 3 Launches with Exclusive Features for BMW Financial Services Customers

In celebration of the new BMW 3 Series, we’ve launched The Ultimate Drive app version 3 for iPhone and Android today. Not only does The Ultimate Drive app lead you to the greatest roads around the world but it can now also lead you to a BMW Center anywhere in the U.S. for a test drive of the impressive, all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series. As a special reward from BMW Financial Services NA, all current BMW Financial Services customers who schedule a test drive through the app get a $300 credit towards their first lease or loan payment on a new 2012 3 Series (U.S. customers only).

Here’s how the new test drive feature works:

Step 1: Smartphone owners download or upgrade to the new version of The Ultimate Drive app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android.

Step 2: Schedule a test drive by email or phone, from within the app. If you’re a BMW Financial Services customer, log into your account. The app first suggests your current BMW Center, if available, but you can select others from a map.

Step 3: After the test confirm which BMW Center you visited.

If you’re an existing BMW Financial Services customer in the U.S., the app will unlock a unique $300 “Mobile Voucher” that you can redeem upon financing a 2012 BMW 3 Series, good through June 30, 2012.

Here’s what the head of online business for BMW Financial Services, Pawan Murthy, had to say about the latest app release:

“What is exciting is the immediacy of it all. You don’t need to wait for a printed coupon to be mailed to you nor do you have to call a toll-free number. We want to reward our customers for their loyalty through the one tool that is always with them: their phone.”

The Ultimate Drive app was jointly developed by BMW Financial Services and San Francisco based firm, SocialNav, Inc. Have you tried it yet?  Comment to let us know what you think!