Finding A Qualified Import Car Repair Specialist

Building upon on my last post, this one is going to discuss how to find a qualified import specialist to trust with your car’s repair and maintenance needs. Now that you have hopefully gained some insight into the importance of adhering to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule, the next step is to ensure that the auto repair shop you are taking your car to is qualified to service your vehicle. All cars are not built the same, so it’s advisable that you find an auto repair shop that specializes in import car repairs for best results. They will have the necessary experience and equipment on hand to be able to provide you with swift and efficient service.

Going to the dealership for your scheduled maintenance is always an option, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best one. It can be more costly than going to a local import auto repair specialist who can provide the same services and more to the same standards or better. This is where I would advise anyone reading to start doing their research ahead of time. Whether it is because you have recently acquired your first import vehicle or have just relocated to a new area, if you do not already have a reliable import specialist that you can take your car to, start looking! Don’t wait until the time comes for repairs or maintenance to start your search. This is just one more excuse that will allow you to procrastinate and delay the necessary maintenance and inspections your import car needs to stay running smoothly and efficiently.

So you may be wondering how to find an import specialist in your area. The answer is: the exact same way you probably came across my blog. The internet is a powerful tool, so don’t hesitate to use it to look for import auto repair shops in your area. Wait a minute though! You’re not done yet. Rather than calling the first phone number you see, take the time to check out reviews and visit the website of each business to learn more. What you are looking for is a business that is professional and knowledgeable. If you live in an area with more than one place that seems to fit the bill, give each of them a call or visit before making your final decision. Choose the import car repair specialist that takes the time to carefully listen to your concerns, ask relevant questions, and explain everything in simple, easy to understand terms. I understand for many people budget is an important consideration but don’t let that be the sole deciding factor or you may come to regret it later when improper care results in engine or transmission failure.

I look forward to bringing my import car in for maintenance because the experience is always pleasant and positive. Find an import specialist that makes you feel just as welcomed and I can guarantee you won’t be avoiding your scheduled maintenances.

The Importance Of Scheduled Maintenance By An Import Specialist

In my first post, I discussed 5 costly mistakes that import car owners make. Many of these mistakes arise as a result of failure to comply with the maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer of your car. Some people think that this schedule is needlessly frequent and a waste of money, putting off their import car maintenance until they begin to experience poor performance or fuel efficiency. By this time, the damage may have already been done. As an aquarium owner, I am always proactive in preventing problems rather than reacting to them. That means monitoring the temperature of the water daily, cleaning my aquarium weekly, and inspecting all the various components that keep my aquarium healthy and beautiful regularly. Now I can tell you that I’ve put a lot more money into my car than my aquarium, so why should I take its care any less seriously?

I don’t, but many people do. Surveys have shown that people will wash their cars regularly, but rarely check their tire pressure. And while I won’t argue which is more important, it is telling that import car owners seem to only care about vehicle maintenance when they can see that something is wrong. Your car is muddy so you wash it. But often times, you won’t see the wear and tear that happens under the hood or with your tires until it’s too late. For example, once you notice that the tread of your tires are unevenly worn, the damage has already been done to your tires and its life has been shortened. There’s nothing that can be done to reverse that, and you will just have to accept that you will need to replace your tires sooner than expected. This is still a comparatively small cost when you consider the parts under the hood that could be sustaining irreparable damage, such as the engine or transmission.

That is why sticking to the recommended maintenance schedule is so important. It will ensure that your tires are properly rotated and checked, your fluids are refilled as needed, your oil is changed on schedule, your filters are replaced when appropriate, and many more seemingly small details that keep your import car running smoothly and efficiently. Find a trusted import specialist to perform your maintenance and repairs to ensure that your car receives the highest quality care. Saving money is great, but not at the expense of the safety, reliability, and longevity of your vehicle. Ask around for quotes, but also discuss your specific needs and look for an import auto repair shop that has the experience and equipment to service your type of car, whether it is an economical Asian import or high end luxury European import.

I truly hope this post has made at least a few of you rethink how diligent you have been about following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.

Fish & Cars

Fish and cars seem like pretty different things but really they’re not all that dissimilayay-10959160-digitalr. They both move, they’re both pretty to look at, they both require care… Ok, so that’s all I could really come up with. The biggest commonality between the two is that they are both a big part of my life. I run a flowerhorn cichlids export business and am an avid import car enthusiast. I could speak on these two subjects for days on end, but I’m afraid my friends, family, and customers have heard it all. So here I am on the internet, sharing my knowledge and interest with the world at large. Whether your hobby is raising fish or racing cars, I hope you find something interesting on my blog.

It’s hard for me to recall what I’ve been doing for longer, breeding flowerhorns or lusting after import cars. That’s how long I’ve had both my hobbies for, and they both bring me equal amounts of joy and contentment. I wouldn’t give up either for the world. There is something about these two parts of my life that bring me consistent pride and excitement. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s enough to satisfactorily get a man by.

That’s it for the introductions. I’m not much for talking about myself… At least not when there’s so much more interesting information to share. I’ll round out my very first post by sharing 5 costly mistakes that many import car owners make:

  1. Neglecting your tires. This is a big one. Replacing your tires is not cheap. Modern tires are built to last but only if properly cared for. This includes making sure that your tires are properly inflated and rotated on schedule. Your tires should be rotated every 6000 miles to prevent uneven wearing and irreparable damage. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially from season to season when temperature changes can cause gas to expand or contract.
  2. Forgetting to change the oil. Many industry professionals say this is one of the most costly but common mistakes car owners can make. The oil should be changed every 3000 miles or as recommended by your car’s manufacturer.
  3. Ignoring overheating. The cooling system of your import car plays an essential role. It is designed to counter the high amount of heat generated by the engine while your car is in operation. If you are experiencing issues with overheating, do not simply write it off. Check the hoses, belts, pumps, fans, and radiator. Flush and refill your coolant. Whatever you do, fix the problem as overheating can cause severe damage to your engine.
  4. Skimping on replacement parts. The money you save buying generic aftermarket parts rather than OEM-quality parts can cost you a lot more in the long run. Every component of your car was specifically designed to optimally fit together and interact efficiently.
  5. Taking your vehicle to an unqualified repair shop. An import car is an expensive investment, so don’t take chances with inexperienced technicians servicing your vehicle.