A great import car repair center is not always easy to find, but it is ALWAYS worth your time to seek one out. The following characteristics of a reliable import car repair shop can help you know whether or not to entrust your fine import to a local import center’s care.
Certified Service Technicians specializing in your type of car or import are a must. European imports are all made to different standards. Trained and certified specialists will know which fluids and parts to use and how to maintain your import at its maximum performance. European imports are not like domestic cars, nor are they identical to each other.
Regular maintenance, as well as warranty repairs can usually be done by a dependable import car repair center without affecting your warranty.
Replacement Parts and Work Warranties. If your local import car repair shop doesn’t offer warranties on their parts and work, look elsewhere. A shop that seeks excellence will always offer a warranty on their work as well as on any parts they install. Though some shops will provide only certified OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts, but this is not always necessary. High quality after-market parts will sometimes work fine for your import at a lower cost to you. Always ask your honest, certified foreign specialist which parts he recommends.
Written estimates provided for all work prior to your authorization. It is also a good idea to compare estimates from several shops when searching for one to do your maintenance or repairs, since local import car repair shops often charge exorbitant rates to owners of European imports seeking regular maintenance or repairs.
Loaner cars and shuffle service are other services often provided by many import repair car centers for your convenience whenever your European import is in the shop for maintenance or repairs, or by appointment.
Looking to stretch the family budget, many owners often skip or postpone regularly scheduled maintenance on their imports. This is counterproductive, however, as diligent routine maintenance is one of the best ways to avoid costly breakdowns and repairs down the road. Postponing tune-ups and fluid changes, neglecting tire rotations not lead to breakdowns and flats, but also shorten the lifespan and resale value of your European import notably.
The best way to avoid high costs is by comparing estimates at several import car repair centers before authorizing any service or repairs, as well as through diligent routine maintenance of your car. Gas mileage is also significantly reduced by not changing air filters, failing to maintain your tires in good condition, or doing and other routine maintenance, thereby increasing your fuel costs over time.
A nearby import car center may be convenient, but if your local shop is not reliable or certified for your vehicle, it is better to make the effort and go to a good shop. Regular routine maintenance at a quality import car repair center is the most cost effective to increase your car’s efficiency, its longevity, and minimize auto repair costs costly breakdowns.
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