Will Vehicle Service and Maintenance Void My Vehicle’s Warranty?

What Is a Vehicle Warranty?

A car warranty is an important component of your vehicle purchase. It offsets the cost of repairing or replacing parts of your vehicle. However, not all car warranties are the same, so it’s important to understand what type of warranty you have and what terms it requires. 

Factory Warranty

If you purchased your vehicle from a dealership, you probably have a factory or manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty is available for new, used, and certified pre-owned cars to cover any defective parts caused by poor craftsmanship or factory error.  Continue reading “Will Vehicle Service and Maintenance Void My Vehicle’s Warranty?”

Are You Using the Correct Type of Oil?

Did you know that not all motor oil is created equally? You may know that there are different types of motor oil used in vehicles, but not know the differences, or what will happen if you use the wrong type. Here is what you need to know.

Take care with DIY oil changes

If you plan to change your oil yourself, which is not recommended on European models, you need to make sure that you’re using the right type. If you don’t, your engine will not operate at peak performance, and you could cause lasting damage to your vehicle. If you don’t know for sure what type of oil to use, talk to your mechanic. Continue reading “Are You Using the Correct Type of Oil?”

3 Signs Your Brakes Might Need Servicing

When you hear grinding or squealing when you brake, you know that you need to hurry up and get your car into the shop, but there are other signs that your brakes might need servicing that aren’t quite as obvious. Here are a few.

Changes in how your brakes feel

Sometimes there might be subtle changes to how your brakes feel, and that can tip you off that there is an issue. If you start feeling a pulsing or vibration when you brake, it could be an indicator of very worn brakes. If your brakes feel soft, it could mean that there is an issue with the brake fluid or other issues. Continue reading “3 Signs Your Brakes Might Need Servicing”

The Importance of Checking Fluids

If you have taken any type of driver’s education, shop class, or had a mechanic for a parent, no one needs to tell you how important fluid checks can be, but the average driver knows little about the fluids in their vehicle.

Do you know…

…what fluids are in your vehicle?

…which fluids should be checked and when? Continue reading “The Importance of Checking Fluids”

Why Your Cabin Air Filter Is Important

Whether you’re talking about the HVAC in your home or your car’s systems, one of the most commonly forgotten maintenance items is replacing the air filter. Most people think that the air filter just makes air cleaner to breathe, but they actually serve many other purposes. Your cabin air filter in your import vehicle is important, not just for your health and comfort, but also for your engine’s performance.

The Purpose of the Cabin Filter

Your cabin air filter has one primary purpose — to filter out road dust and other pollutants from the air entering the interior of your car. Outside air is sucked into the vehicle during its normal operation, and the cabin filter is how that air is cleaned. Continue reading “Why Your Cabin Air Filter Is Important”

Ways to Love Your Import Vehicle

If you have invested your money and time into your import auto, it is likely one of your most prized possessions. Just as you show your spouse, family, and friends that you love them with caring acts, so too should you show your love for your car. Here are some ways that you can show love to your import vehicle.

Oil Change and Tune Up

Keeping up with the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for oil changes is important for the continued maintenance and reliability of your vehicle. It will also help your vehicle last much longer, regardless of how many miles you put on it. When you get your scheduled oil change, ask for a tune-up as well so that your vehicle gets an extra little bit of care. Continue reading “Ways to Love Your Import Vehicle”

What to Look for in an Import Auto Repair Shop

When you have an import vehicle, you have paid dearly for the prestige and peace of mind that comes with driving a well formed piece of machinery. Your import auto is your pride and joy, and you want anyone who touches it in any way to be trained and experienced in its repair and maintenance. Here is what you should look for when choosing an import auto repair shop.

Training

Some import makes require or recommend training and certification to work on their vehicles. It is important that the import auto repair shop you choose has trained mechanics with experience in working with your particular vehicle. Our mechanics are well-trained in the maintenance and repair of many different types of import autos, including but not limited to BMW, Audi, Honda, Jaguar, Mercedes, and Porsche.  Continue reading “What to Look for in an Import Auto Repair Shop”

Why You Should Service Your Transmission Before a Road Trip

When you are getting ready for a road trip, you want to make sure that your car is ready for the demands that you will be placing on it. There are a lot of things that should be checked before you head out on the road, including your tires, getting an oil change, and other basic maintenance. However, often overlooked is the transmission. Here is what you need to do before your road trip and why it is important.

Transmission Fluid Changes

Your transmission fluid helps the gears shift flawlessly. There is little that can ruin a good road trip than a jerky transmission. When your transmission fluid is old and the transmission begins to jerk, there is also the possibility that other transmission issues could arise while you are on your trip.  Continue reading “Why You Should Service Your Transmission Before a Road Trip”

The Three Systems of Your Import Auto to Service before a Road Trip

It is important to keep your import auto in good running condition at all times, but you want to be especially vigilant just before a road trip. While you have a mechanic you can trust here at home, you might be hard pressed to find one that deals with your specific import auto while you are on the road. To make sure that you are in good shape for your road trip, make sure you get your vehicle serviced for at least these three things before you go.

Brake System

You should make sure that your brakes are in good working condition and not likely to fail while you are gone. You should have a mechanic measure the depth left on brake pads, check the brake fluid, and make sure there are no leaks or other issues. Continue reading “The Three Systems of Your Import Auto to Service before a Road Trip”

Three Best Times for a Detailed Inspection of Your Import Vehicle

car maintenanceJB Import Auto is proud to offer detailed digital inspections for all of your import vehicles. The digital inspection allows you to get real-time updates about the condition of your vehicle, instantly approve maintenance or repairs, and know exactly what to expect from future maintenance requirements. Getting these inspections is important for keeping your car healthy and on the road. Here are three times when you should be getting a detailed inspection of your import vehicle.

On Purchase

Unless you bought your import vehicle brand new, as soon as you purchase it, you should get a detailed digital inspection. Even if you are familiar with these vehicles and are fairly certain it is in good condition, there is no substitute for having a professional look over the vehicle and address any potential issues. This will also give you an idea of what maintenance or repairs will be required in the near future so that you can budget accordingly. Continue reading “Three Best Times for a Detailed Inspection of Your Import Vehicle”