If you think you had a bad year, try being in the shoes of the automobile industry as of late. Car makers are restructuring the way they build to accommodate the changing of the times but the great debate over whether to buy American or Import still rages on. Staunch American patriots will continue to insist that we, as a country, should only buy American made vehicles. But American international car buyers love their foreign imports as much as this country loves their baseball. With the help of Hollywood motion pictures such as “The Fast and the Furious”, and the growing popularity of foreign car shows such as “Hot Import Nights” with over 20 events across the US, reaching over 250,000, the import car business is still hot, and the foreign auto repair industry…well they have no complaints.
Foreign auto repair shops come in different shapes and sizes. One, for example, may only specialize in a particular maker such as BMW and Mercedes. Others may work on strictly Italian made luxury cars. Still others cover them all under one big roof. The key is finding one that is certified in the industry standards specific to your flavor of vehicle. Do they have the right diagnostic equipment to read the codes that are unique to your car? Are they ASE certified so that you can expect quality repair and services? Do they pride themselves on excellence with a good track record over years of dealing with such a sophisticated clientele? Can they spot a good German beer or Italian leather when they see it? No, seriously though, aside from the latter, these are all valid points to expect from a reputable foreign auto repair establishment.
These repair shops can perform everything from a simple scheduled maintenance visit to a complete engine rebuild, but no matter how simple or complex the issue is, it is still equally important they treat every procedure with the utmost care and expertise. Because foreign cars are a whole other animal compared to American cars in their complexities, it takes a specialist to be able to work on them effectively. From understanding the European metric measurements, to the unique tools and diagnostic computers specialized for your nationality of car, your foreign auto repair shop knows exactly the right procedures to perform to have you back on the road in no time.
The foreign repair industry has gotten a bad reputation due to low-quality repair shops. From jacked up, costly repair quotes, to outrageously long itemized lists of repairs, it’s no wonder consumers are frustrated with the foreign market. Find a place that will prioritize your repairs, while explaining the costs in fixing your problems now vs. later. This is a smart approach when shopping for your foreign auto repair. Your knowledge is your power. Do your research. Talk to the technicians on the floor and get a feel for their character and dedication to their work. At the end of the day, your luxury car will thank you.
We are conveniently located in Houston TX just west of the Galleria, and service mainly the Memorial, West University, Mid Town, Heights, Downtown, River Oaks, Sugarland and Bellaire areas.