Today’s European Cars specializes in Mercedes repairs and servicing, as well as, BMW Service, Audi Maintenance, Volkswagen Repair,Volvo Service, and Mini Cooper Service in the Southwest Houston area. We are located at 6261 Richmond Ave. in Houston, TX and have been specializing in BMW and Mercedes repairs and services since 1986 at the same location. Mercedes-Benz has engineered their cars to last with some lasting up to a million miles! But even the most sophisticated machinery needs periodic repair. Mercedes is notorious for expensive repairs and maintenance, and requires highly skilled technicians trained specifically for Mercedes to properly care for this type of vehicle. As with any automobile on the road, a shoddy repair job can lead to spectacularly expensive consequences, and potentially dangerous situations.
If you have a problem with your Mercedes you should either take it to the dealership or bring it to a local shop that has the proper tools and updated diagnostic equipment that your Mercedes needs. Everyone knows trekking all the way to the dealership can be time consuming, and expensive. However, their Mercedes technicians are highly trained and knowledgeable on Mercedes repairs, specifically toward the newer models. Dealerships tend to hold on to the codes for their new cars, so the scanners at the independent shops may not pick right up on exactly where there could be a problem. Also, if your car is still under warranty, then taking it in to your Mercedes dealership is recommended. If you are still not convinced the dealers will treat you and your pocketbook right, you have to choose an authorized repair facility for your repairs in order to keep your warranty.
If you have an older model Mercedes, finding a competent local shop for your Mercedes repairs can be extremely beneficial. These shops are often less expensive than dealers and they are capable of doing excellent work. When shopping around, there are a few characteristics to look for in a foreign repair shop. Make sure that the head Mechanic is ASE (American Service Excellence) certified. He must also have Mercedes-Benz training credentials if you are using them as an authorized repair place to keep your warranty. Mercedes-Benz mechanics undergo the most comprehensive and rigorous training program of any other mechanic out there.
Local shops who specialize in Mercedes repairs should keep the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment in order to be able to do the work right the first time. They should have access to the latest Mercedes computer software downloads since software runs and monitors most every system in a modern Mercedes and is updated regularly. If you have an older model, then the local shops are a really great place to go. They have more experience working on older models than the dealers do since most of their traffic is from used Mercedes owners.
The final thing to check for in a local Mercedes repair shop is for original parts (OEM). Mercedes parts are manufactured to strict tolerances. They are expensive, but are designed to provide a long service life for your Mercedes and should be used in all your repair work if possible. Aftermarket parts are less expensive and used for older cars. While there are many great aftermarket manufacturers, there are also inferior ones as well. Always insist on OEM parts if your budget allows, but if you go with an aftermarket manufacturer, make sure they have a warranty because not all of the parts come with one.
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.