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Special care for special cars

Special care for special cars

The average cost to maintain a late model vehicle varies greatly.  On the low end for an economical Jetta 2.5L you can expect an average of $750.00 per year for maintenance and repairs over a five year period.  If you’re more inclined towards Audi’s high end Q7, you can expect that number to jump considerably!  Vehicle maintenance is an inescapable, and costly, part of vehicle ownership.  Gone are the days where vehicles could be serviced cheaply at the corner mechanic or in your own driveway.  Today’s modern cars require modern care.

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Fix it or forget it?

Fix it or forget it?

Fix it or forget it?  We field this question from our customers regularly when we’ve had to give a lengthy list of recommended repairs.  Often this occurs after an extended absence from our service bays.  One of the reasons we recommend regular visits is so that our highly skilled technicians can spot small problems before they snowball into costly repairs.  For instance. all too often an oil leak can go unseen, after all many VW and Audi vehicles come equipped with a large under car cover that would mask the telltale oil droplets on your garage floor.  That oil leak can then be left to ooze all over rubber or plastic components nearby or underneath causing those components to break down and fail leading to increased repair costs.  If we see your vehicle regularly, every six months or 5000 miles, then we can keep you informed about the condition of your engine which saves you money down the road.

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