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  • What does it mean to be a Dealership Alternative? When a person buys a new car they often assume that they must have that new car serviced at the dealership in order to receive proper maintenance and to ensure that their warranty stays valid. This isn't entirely true. While you can't just take your car to any ol' garage, there are auto repair shops that can act as dealership alternatives for all your vehicle maintenance and repair needs and still maintain your manufacturer warranty. Here are few common questions about dealer alternative auto shops that many people ask. What Qualifications does a Dealership Alternative Have? Locally owned and operated dealership alternatives generally employ highly skilled, certified technicians that know the ins and outs of many vehicle brands. They are often owner operated business with many years of experience. They work hard to “do it right” as their personal reputation and money are on the line. What Sort of Maintenance does a Dealer Alternative Perform? In order for a shop to be a true dealership alternative they must be able to service vehicles in the same way that a dealership would. That means providing factory scheduled auto maintenance using the most…

  • That rumble from the engine that didn't use to be there but recently started without warning may make your car sound good, but it is likely wreaking havoc on your engine, and possibly your health. The loud rumble is a sure sign of an exhaust leak. Exhaust leaks are dangerous because not only do they cause driveability problems but they allow for the possibility of toxic, colorless and odorless fumes to enter the passenger cabin that can quickly cause a driver to pass out and die. If you experience any of these symptoms of an exhaust leak make an appointment with your local auto mechanic right away. Decreased MPGs One of the less common signs of an exhaust leak is a decreased fuel efficiency. An exhaust leak causes pressure issues within the engine that can cause it to burn unnecessary amounts of fuel based on oxygen sensor readings. Typically the drop in fuel efficiency will be in the 2-3 MPG range. However, a drop in MPGs related to an exhaust leak will usually be accompanied by one of the following symptoms as well. If you ever have mileage problems be sure to have them diagnosed by a mechanic. Increased Engine…

  • One of the largest investments you'll likely make in your life, outside of a house or education, will likely be the vehicle you use to get to work, transport the kids to and from school and pick up groceries. You will use your car for everything and you depend on it to be reliable. But your vehicle depends on you for proper auto maintenance and to take care of any necessary repairs that may come about. It's important to constantly be looking for signs of trouble so that you can make an appointment for auto repair before you end up stranded on the side of the road. If you experience any of these symptoms of engine failure you may find yourself in need of an engine rebuild or other complex engine repair.  Metal Flakes in the Oil When you go to the shop to change the oil be sure to have the technician check for metal flakes in the old oil that has been removed from the vehicle. If you find any then it likely means that there is unwanted metal on metal friction happening inside the engine, resulting in exaggerated engine wear that will cause your car's engine to…

  • Owning a BMW, Audi, Mercedes or other fine German vehicle has its benefits. They are fun to drive and are far more luxurious than most other vehicles on the road. However, like all other vehicles they do require regular care and maintenance, and on some occasions they need repair. So how do you know who to trust with your precious European vehicle? Take these steps to find the perfect German auto repair shop. Referral Do you know anyone that drives a similar vehicle to you, or at least another German vehicle? Ask them about their experiences with local auto repair shops and find out if they have received great service and a quality guaranteed repair. Online Reviews Log on to Yelp or Google reviews and search for German auto repair in your neighborhood. There is bound to be several shops that state they can work on your vehicle, but read through review to find out if they were successful in repairing vehicles similar to yours. Peer reviews will certainly tell you a lot about a shop's ability to conduct auto repair. Call Around Once you have a list of possible shops pick up the phone and learn a bit more about…

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