For 100 years Audi has produced high-quality, luxury cars built to last for hundreds of thousands of miles. The safety and endurance of an Audi comes from state-of-the-art German engineering, but after it leaves the showroom, it is up to the owner to provide ongoing care that will nurture their car to its fullest potential.
Finding a reputable garage for your Audi service can make the difference between owning a car for a few years and driving something impeccably special that becomes a valuable and cherished extension of the family. Regular servicing done the right way will ensure the value of your vehicle and save you from unnecessary repair costs and hassles down the road.
Choosing a facility that specializes in Audi for your Audi service and repair needs is imperative for proper maintenance of your Audi. Garages that are geared toward European car repair and servicing such as VW, Mercedes, Volvo, and BMW will use genuine OE (original equipment) parts that will keep your Audi 100% genuine. According to Audi manufacturer guidelines, OE parts are required for all warranty protected work. Audi technicians are trained specifically on Audi diagnostic procedures with state-of-the-art equipment that will uncover any problems or potential trouble spots that cannot be detected with the naked eye.
When planning for your Audi service, it is important that you discuss your options with your Audi technician as to what particular type of service schedule works for you. A full service is usually done once a year (every 12 months) or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Manufacturer guidelines vary, as some may require more frequent checks. Your Audi technician will know exactly what is required by Audi and your make of car. The next service option is called interim service which is performed every 6,000 miles or 6 months. Drivers who do a lot of short, urban stop and go type driving should go this route in order to keep their Audi maintained between full servicing. Interim service is also necessary for those who undergo very high mileage on a regular basis. Lastly, if you haven’t driven your Audi in while, it is always important to get it serviced due to problems that occur specifically due to non-engine use.
What to Expect at Each Audi Service Interval
Audi requires synthetic oil which last longer between oil changes (every 10,000 miles). However, changing the oil at 5,000 mile increments is a “cheap insurance” for a high performing vehicle like Audi.
Other fluid checks include checking the levels of your brake fluid, engine oil, coolant, brake and power steering fluids.
Checks on lighting, brakes, signaling and clutch will also be performed, as well as, reading of onboard auto diagnostics.
Air filter checks and replacements and spark plug checks and replacements.
Windshield wiper fluid checks and function checks
Belt and hose checks
One last thing to note is when you find an Audi service center that you like, make every effort to stay with them and develop a full service history. This is a highly sought after source of information that will ensure you get the highest return value from your car.