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What’s the Difference Between a General Auto and European Auto Shop?

If you own or are thinking about purchasing a new or previously owned automobile, it’s a good idea to compare and contrast between American and European auto manufacturers. Though there are many differences and similarities between the two, pay close attention to differences in auto repair, including costs, repair of various systems, quality of parts, and training of mechanics who perform auto repair on Volkswagens, BMWs, Audis and Mercedes Benz models.

With every make and model of vehicles in both the United States and Europe comes with a different set of parts, calibration and even tools to work on each specific model of cars. With American cars and the shops who work on them, there is a little more cross diversity available because most of the specs are very similar to one another. With European cars, is where a lot more technical parts change between the different makes and models.

As such, you can expect to pay more for Audi or BMW auto repair and maintenance as well as for their authentic OEM parts. Now this isn’t to say that American or Japanese cars are made of low-quality parts and materials, but they tend not to be made of the highest quality available, which is why these vehicles usually cost a little less.

This also means that European vehicles and the technicians who work on these vehicles require to attend special schools and receive special certificates to be able to work on European engines. Another reason why taking your vehicle to a European is more expensive for the maintenance.

This doesn’t make one type of vehicle lesser than the other but this does explain why you might not want to take your vehicle to an auto shop that doesn’t fit your vehicle.

So if you’ve made the investment in a European car or are planning to, consider opting to bring your vehicle to German Imports Car Care. Our trained technicians are well trained and capable to take care of your vehicle.

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How Do You Know When Your Thermostat Is Going Out?

Do you know what your thermostat does for your engine? This is a tiny piece in your engine, though small, is vital to how your engine is going work. If your engine is running too hot or even too cold – this can cause serious damages to your engine’s overall health and performance. So, your thermostat is vital to your engine!

One of the more common issues that many Mercedes owners face is that the thermostat in their engine needs to be replaced or the housing unit (where the thermostat sits in the engine) breaks and needs to be fixed.

What could cause my thermostat to fail?

There are a few reasons why your thermostat is on the fritz, so we are going to give you a few indicators that the issue is with the thermostat and not another component of the car.

Spikes in Temperature Changes:

When your Mercedes’ temperature cannot adjust itself, you’ll noticelowered performance and your engine overheating. This is when you’ll want to check the thermostat first. If your engine’s temperature can’t be regulated, then the primary cause is going to be your thermostat. Thankfully, as far as car engine maintenance is concerned, this fix is often easy to replace and generally inexpensive, depending upon any other damages the engine may have sustained.

Leaking Coolant:

If you have coolant leaking out of your engine anywhere then this can cause your thermostat to be giving an inaccurate reading. Because your thermostat is reading that the engine is either too hot or too cold the coolant being pushed through the system causing the engine to overheat and could “bust a leak”. This isn’t the most accurate way to tell if you have a thermostat issue – there are a number of reasons why your coolant is leaking but the thermostat and the housing case is a good place to start if you see you have a leak of your coolant.

If you have any more questions or concerns about the thermostat or the housing case in your engine, give us a call at German Import Car Care, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have about your thermostat.