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Can I use a quick lube facility?

While you could use a quick lube faciltiy for an oil change, there are many reasons not to. Most european manufacturers are very specific about the oil specification, and in some cases, oil filters and filter material, to be used in their vehicles. The technicians at Foreign Autohäus of El Dorado Hills are trained to know exactly what oil should be used for each marque. Additionally, there are other benefits to using our services instead of a quick lube facility. Our technicians will take the time to make sure all of your fluids are topped off, and will do a cursory check of the vehicle to alert you of any concerns that may be starting to manifest. At a quick lube facility, their objective is to move as many cars through as they can on a daily basis. All they are performing is an oil change, and if you're lucky, topping off of the other fluids. They don't have the expertise or time to spot a potential problem arising

What parts do you use?

At Foreign Autohäus of El Dorado Hills, we only use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. These are the same parts used by the dealer, or available for purchase at the dealer over their parts counter. It is our belief, these parts offer the best value for the money, as we know they will work, are approved by the vehicle manufacturer, and fit before we remove the old part

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Why should I consider an independent shop?

There are many reasons to consider using an independent shop like Foreign Autohäus of El Dorado Hills. Cost is probably the most important. Generally, an independent facility will be substantially less expensive than a dealership. Dealerships have extremely high overhead that must be passed on to the customer; an independent shop's overhead will be substantially less. Foreign Autohäus of El Dorado Hills uses the same diagnostic equipment as the dealership, employs only highly skilled and certified technicians, (just like a dealership), and only uses Origingal Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. These are the same parts you would buy if you went into the deaership and bought them at the parts counter. We use OEM parts because we know they wlll work and fit everytime

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Where can I get a rental car?

We have negotiated a discount rate with Enterprise Rent a Car for our customers while their vehicles are in for service. We will be glad to arrange for a rental car when you drop your vehicle off at Foreign Autohaus of El Dorado Hills

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Will using your shop void my warranty?

No. Federal law prohibits new car dealers from implying or denying warranty service because routine scheduled maintenance was performed at an independent repair facility. Magnussen Moss Act (1975) Title 15, Chapter 50, Section

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Oil Filter

Oil filters perform a critical task in maintaining your engine's integrity. It is their job to catch and filter any foreign debris present in your crankcase, this can be tiny metal particles which are caused as a natural part of your engine's operation, or dirt/sludge that is dislodged as your engine is operating. Manufacturers, particularly European manufacturers, are very specific on the type and construction of the oil filter used in their vehicles. While you can go to any automotive parts store and get a filter that will fit, it may or may not be up to the specification of the manufacturer. The service technician at Foreign Autohäus of El Dorado Hills are familiar with the various specification set forth by the manufacturers, and use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts to ensure this critical component meets the specification for your vehicle

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Filters

Air Filter

The air filter ensures particle free air is supplied to the engine to complete the combustion process. A dirty or clogged filter decreases performance and increases fuel consumption. Consistent driving in a dusty environment can lead to a dirty or clogged filter. Air filters should be checked at least on an annual basis

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Cabin Filter

Many of today's cars also utilize a filter for interior air as well. Regular service of these filters ensure maximum performance of your climate conrol systems, reducing strain on blowers and fans and providing you with clean air to breathe. These filters should be checked on a regular basis and replaced at least as often as the owner's manual states

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Engine Related Filters

Fuel filters and crankcase ventilation filters are vital to the proper operation of your vehicle's engine. Maximum performance and fuel efficiency are assured when these filters are replaced following the manufacturer's guidelines. The technicians at Foreign Autohäus of El Dorado Hills will make sure yours are changed at the appropriate intervals

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Filters

Motor Oil

The lifeblood of your engine. If possible, check your oil level in the morning before you start your vehicle. Pull out the dipstick and wipe clean with a lint free cloth or paper towel. Reinsert the dipstick, remove and look at the markings on the dipstick to determine your oil level. If required, add additional oil to your crankcase. If you find you are frequently adding oil, consult your service technician as to the cause. A milky color or strong gasoline odor are additional signs of trouble. Consult your owner's manual for the location of the dipstick and oil fill location. Also check your owner's manual for the correct type, viscosity (thickness), and specification of oil to be used. Some manufacturers are very specific on motor oil

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