Whether you are driving a brand new Audi or a vintage Porsche, regular preventative maintenance is important for your European automobile. DO not underestimate the grave importance of keeping your vehicle's maintenance routine down-pat. You want to keep your engine and systems running at peak performance for as long as you can, and in this blog, we will go over the importance of having a professional auto mechanic (we prefer the term automotive technician) maintain your performance driving machine.
Who's ready to learn how to keep your European car running like new for many years?
First, it's essential to understand the difference between preventative maintenance, scheduled service, and vehicle repair. They are all different but aim towards the same goal.
Preventative maintenance is knowing possible failures of anything related to your automotive or mechanical system. With this knowledge, you can be proactive towards protecting each system. If you have a vintage European car that does not see many miles on the road, you will want to make sure you still bring it in every six months for service. Any lights that come on the dashboard should also be a sign that it’s time to visit the shop for a tune-up.
Scheduled Service is a schedule created by the manufacturer who built your vehicle. The manufacturers set a schedule for when a recommended service should be performed. A fault with scheduled service is that these manufacturers don't know how often you use your vehicle or how you drive it, causing some suggestions to not be completely accurate, unlike a trusted auto-shop such as Bristow’s Auto Repair who gets to know how you drive your European vehicle. These recommended schedules are solely based on a predetermined mileage range. For example, hearing phrases such as "every 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, 90,000 miles or more.." That's a scheduled service.
Vehicle repair is sadly the last straw; this includes when your vehicle is not running how it used to and means replacing or reconstructing failed mechanical systems and parts. (Often immensely depressing for one's wallet.)
Proper European Service - Fluid Edition
The most common automotive service usually is an oil change. This can help prevent viscosity breakdown. For example, maintaining proper oil viscosity and levels in all European vehicles ensures that your specialty engineered metal parts are adequately lubricated, avoiding excessive wear. Everyone knows that you need to have your oil changed a couple of times throughout the year, but many of us don't understand the vast and complicated fluids that run through their European vehicle. Fluids such as the transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, power steering fluids, etc., If taken proper care of, can last longer & keep your vehicle running smoothly.
Whether you should follow a preventative, scheduled, or reactionary approach for your fluids depends on how long you intend to keep the vehicle.
Saving You Time
Nothing is more precious than your time. It can take time to schedule an auto repair or for the specific European part to come in. That's precious time no one needs to be down without a vehicle to drive. This can result in many hassles in your life with many unknown logistics for the repair. Thankfully a fantastic way to avoid this uncertainty is preventive maintenance! The best part is this service only takes a couple of hours for the expert team at Bristow’s Auto Repair to give your vehicle a PMI, or preventive maintenance inspection.
Maintain Your Safety
The best benefit of preventative maintenance is your family's safety with a well-maintained vehicle. Keeping up with preventive maintenance will decrease your risk of mechanical failures. Failures can put you and your family in potentially dangerous situations. You never know when and where you will be when your car breaks down. Preventive maintenance can keep you and your family out of those situations and give you peace of mind as you drive.
Extend The Lifespan of Your Vehicle
Your car is a costly investment, and it's an investment we would like to see last you many years. Consistent preventative maintenance extends the lifespan of your vehicle. It keeps the systems in your vehicle in optimal condition since normal wear and tear will lower their efficiency. Preventive maintenance ensures your ability to drive your car for more years without being forced to get a new one due to mechanical failures.
By keeping up with preventive maintenance on your European vehicle, you will improve the overall state of your vehicle. This will extend the life of your vehicle, leaving you with a good long-term investment. Preventive maintenance can spot problems early, maintain your safety, and save you time and money. Overall, the small amount of time and money spent on preventative maintenance has a massive payout in the end for you.
Want to schedule a preventative maintenance appointment? Call Bristow's Auto Repair today. We are here to help keep you on the road no matter what you drive! Make your appointment with some of the most qualified auto mechanics in the business today. We back our work with a 2-year, 24,000-mile warranty, and our entire team focuses on creating a top-notch customer service experience for you. We specialize in BMW and Porsche service and repair, so you'll know that your car is in the best of hands. Make your appointment with us today!
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