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Aftermarket Warranty and Mechanical Breakdown Protection!

You’re about to sign on the dotted line for the car of your dreams when out of nowhere the sales rep asks you “now let’s look at some of our fantastic vehicle warranty packages” Fear grips you by the throat! Warranty? What does this mean? Every day car dealers across our country sell aftermarket warranty packages along with their fantastic vehicles. European car dealers are no different.The peace of mind warranty you get with a new car is terrific, no worries for 4 years (or more). Used cars can be purchased with extended warranty packages of your choosing. Let’s have a look at the pro’s and cons of these warranties: 1-not all packages are created equal, not all companies are created equal!  Ask questions about the companies but ask that question from an independent repair shop like ours who must work directly with those companies. Buying a package is far different from benefiting from them! 2-In our industry today, diagnosis is more and more ... read more

EUROPEAN VEHICLE MAINTENANCE VS REPAIRS

1. Maintenance vs. Repair Maintenance is preventive in nature. The idea behind changing operating fluids such as engine oil, coolant, gearbox oil, differential oil and brake fluid, for example is to prevent the need for premature repairs. Replacement of consumable parts such as brake pads, brake rotors, wiper blades, filters, bulbs etc also comes under the head of maintenance. If you follow BMW’s and other European vehicle maintenance schedules, there really isn’t much maintenance to be done at all. However, European vehicles current schedule is designed to reduce the cost of ownership…for the manufacturer! The companies started providing free scheduled maintenance during the warranty period about nine years ago, whereupon the “schedule” was heavily revised. Back when owners paid for maintenance, BMW and other European vehicle required quite a bit of it. Now that the European vehicle manufacture pays for maintenance, the cars hardly nee ... read more