European Car Care Tips
Owning a European car is a much different experience than owning a car from other areas. These makes and models are made to last. They are more luxurious, and tend to be a lot easier to drive, especially at high speeds. With this different experience, you are required to handle maintenance and upkeep a little differently. We find that those who are new to European auto service tend to need a few tips from us on how to best drive and maintain their cars. The following is a list of good tips to follow when it comes to European auto service in Atlanta.
Keep It Clean and Dry
This area is known for its high humidity and moderate temperatures that stay around all year long. While this is great for the yard, it can be hard on cars. We end up doing a lot of different repairs because of damage from pollen and other plants that get blown around and stick to cars in the high humidity. Keeping your car as dry and as clean as possible can help. This might mean investing in regular car washes and ensuring covered parking for your vehicle at home and at work.
Replace the Spark Plugs Regularly
We have found that this climate can be hard on European spark plugs. We want all of our clients to know that it is much more cost-effective to replace spark plugs regularly than it is to repair your alternator or replace the battery. This minor maintenance effort can prevent a lot of frustrating and costly situations for you in the future.
Use High Quality Oils
Synthetic oils are best for European vehicles. The added lubrication and the lack of leeching make these the best choice for most cars, and especially for European motors.
Trust Specialized Repair Shops
As European cars are different from other makes and models, we highly suggest that you seek out an auto repair shop that specializes in European cars. While most mechanics can figure things out eventually, we want you to get the right service from mechanics who work exclusively with your brand of car.
Avoid Excessive Idling
This is not an area that requires you to warm up your car in order to be comfortable in the winter, but there are people who leave their car running to get it cool enough in the higher temp days. We do not suggest this. Excessive idling can damage the engine and greatly reduce your gas mileage. Whenever possible, we suggest turning the car off when you will be in one location for an extended period of time.