Mobile-friendly, new German car repairs and service website
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
We’re happy to announce that our new website is up and running!
After feedback from our customers and web visitors, our goal was to create a website that is:
Easier to navigate
More visually appealing
The new site is categorized by type of car, so, if you drive a Mercedes, for example, you can click on the Mercedes tab and you’ll see a description of services and the additional Mercedes-specific information in the left sidebar.
Reviews from our customers are easily accessible as well as the ability to submit a review (greatly appreciated!).
And, please join us on any of our social networks to read useful tips, catch up on industry news, or enjoy a funny cartoon!
Online appointments can be scheduled from any device or from …
Mercedes Service B Explained
Friday, October 5th, 2012
Sooner or later, your Mercedes will need what is usually called a “B” Service. Of course, you will want to take your fine German machine to a qualified and reputable service and repair workshop to perform scheduled maintenance.
Service B inspections will be required depending on your mileage. FSS (aka Flexible Service System) was used from 1998 through 2004. This is the on-dash reminder for those model years.
On some models in 2003-04, it was the Flexible Service System Plus. On the later model Mercedes, (making life easier and the air cleaner) Mercedes-Benz has designed the vehicles to alert owners when scheduled maintenance is needed using the MBMS, (Mercedes Benz Maintenance System). This was the advanced system that “reads” the oil condition. …
Car Maintenance Schedule Done Your Way
Friday, April 6th, 2012
A recent Consumer Reports study showed that 83% of car owners involved with making the repair decisions were choosing independent repair shops over dealers and national chain stores. They were confident they would get the right repair at the right price. However, many people are cash strapped these days and are delaying auto maintenance at the potential cost of their safety.
44% of those who deferred work in the past year also admitted that they felt the value safety or reliability of the vehicle would suffer, with some saying their vehicle was becoming an embarrassment. The failure to have small problems promptly repair or regular maintenance performed on schedule can lead to larger and more costly problems down the road.
BMW Battery Change Select Smarter
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
If you think you can save some money buying a less expensive lead acid battery instead of the more expensive AGM type in your later model BMW, it is not a good idea. The battery “registration” is a programming function that lets all of the control modules know that you have just installed a new battery. If you originally have the AGM battery and you put in a lead acid battery, the car will need extra programming besides the “registration.” That is because it is not originally programmed to recognize the lead acid type battery. Now, you have not only spent more on the programming, but the lead acid battery is just not going to last as long. So, do …
BMW Tune Up
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
It’s not a “tune up” anymore. Every so often someone will call and ask for the price of a BMW “tune up”. That is usually an indicator of a new BMW owner, as BMW service intervals are “inspections”. Most have been trained in the lingo of European repair.
For probably 80 years or so, the servicing on cars was referred to as a “tune up”. That was when spark plugs were changed anywhere from 3-6K miles! In the old days, there would be ads for “points and plugs”, a combined service that involved ignition points and condensers and spark plugs.
Obviously, times have changed and the term “tune up” can mean different things to different people. …
Motor Oil Tips: Viscosity
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
The best motor oils for your BMW and MINI are going to be those that meet BMW and MINI specified recommendations. Pure and simple. More expensive than your run of the mill oil? Yes.
Using the wrong oil such as one with a low viscosity or one that has depleted it’s maximum usage can lead to metal to metal contact of moving parts causing excessive wear resulting in premature damage to critical parts. Using an oil with a higher viscosity will cause excessive drag and the result will be less miles per gallon.
Brake Fluid Flush Explained
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Why do I need Brake Fluid Flush?
And how do you know my fluid needs to be changed?
Let’s take a look at your Brake Fluid.
The First step is to access the BMW or MINI Brake Fluid reservoir (on some models you will remove the microfilter to get to the reservoir). The level of your Brake Fluid will be checked, and also a visual check for clarity. Next step is the test strip. This chemical reaction indicator will measure copper content of a sample of the fluid, (BTW, not everyone does that extra step).
Is cheap auto repair for you?
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
Why “cheapest” repair or service is not the best for you and your BMW.
Does the shop you are currently using have the proper insurance when fixing your BMW or MINI? Why is that important to you as a consumer?
What happens if there is an accidental, but serious error at a shop that causes your engine to blow? Now what? Is the cheap place that you are currently going to have the means to reimburse you? Of course, people don’t always stop to consider that if a shop has a cheap price, they could be cutting corners to get to that cheap price.