How to keep from spending unnecessary money on repairs
The service at Loeffler’s European Automotive is generally of a higher quality than you would find at a dealership. They would like to sell drivers a new car every three to four years. From our experience in repairing foreign vehicles, routine maintenance is highly recommended. We feel that if you follow basic guidelines for routine maintenance your current car will last a very long time.
Look at it this way. The purchase of a car is an investment, the second biggest investment after a house. So, it stands to reason that you should properly maintain the upkeep on your investment. Here are a few things that YOU can do to help keep down reoccurring repair costs.”
- Oil Change every 5,000/miles
- Service Automatic Transmission every 30-40k/miles
- Pay attention to service alerts
- Read your owner’s manual
Listen to your car
We do not suggest maintenance for our benefit. It is so that our customers do not become inconvenienced by automotive breakdowns at the wrong times, i.e. – during vacations, weekend road trips, or extended travel. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road during extreme seasonal weather without creature comforts such as air conditioning, heating, and/or brakes.
If your owner’s manual shows requirements for periodic maintenance, abide and don’t delay the recommended maintenance. Don’t wait because the alert on your dashboard has not yet been activated by your car.
Frequently asked questions by customers:
Can I delay getting my oil changed?
What are the consequences of having service(s) done or NOT having them done?
Can you give me an estimate for the repairs needed?
When customers try to get an “OK” from Loeffler’s to delay service, we will ALWAYS tell them to listen to your car. The fact of the matter is that delaying your service requests for your vehicle often cause you to pay more for repair costs than you would by performing the routine maintenance repairs when called for. Whenever we perform a diagnostic on a vehicle, we list on the repair ticket all of the services requested by and for your car. Certainly, the price of two or more services can seem steep, but it’s better to get all of the problems solved than to procrastinate, and end up paying more in the long run.
We pride ourselves in giving our customers the true implications of not performing or delaying maintenance. We are always glad to provide an estimate of costs.
Things you should think about when purchasing a car
European cars are generally more expensive. They are extremely high precision and performance vehicles. Hence the costs for maintenance might appear to be more than what you expected. With an American or Japanese car, an oil change might run around $30.00 to $60.00. With an Audi, it could be around $300.00, and that’s for a ten-year-old car. Imagine if it was brand new!!
Loeffler’s suggest researching the vehicle which you are looking to purchase. Look for things like:
- Typical problem issues
- When oil changes are needed, how much would they cost and how often should they be done?
- What issues can be serviced at an automotive shop vs taking it to the dealer
- What is usual wear and tear and how do you recognize when you need maintenance
- Maintenance costs associated with the vehicle and engine type
Most repairs can be performed by automotive specialists like Loeffler’s. For issues that require components connected to chips and reprogramming you might have to take the car to the dealer. Research what those services might include and the average price. If you have a really special car you might find that there are things ONLY your dealer can handle.
Otherwise, come to Loeffler’s…..our hourly charges are much more reasonable than any dealership.
Some readers may remember the Fram Automotive ads of several years ago. They stressed the benefits of buying new air and oil filters for your automobile versus the very much more costly repairs that would occur if you didn’t replace the filters periodically when recommended. Well, we at Loefflers European Automobiles say that Fram had it right.
It is especially important for the finely machined and tuned European Automobiles such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Volvo, Range Rover, Volkswagen and the like. By changing the oil every 5,000 miles, using synthetic oil and high quality filters. and by performing regular service every 10,000 miles, your car will stay in condition, just like your body will, if you exercise regularly and eat wholesome foods.
What you do with your body will prolong or decrease your life. What you do with your car will prolong or decrease it’s life.
Spend the time and a little money to bring your auto to us on a regular basis, rather than spend a lot of time and money later, when the car would require major repairs.