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Where To Find The Best Car Shows In August

Where To Find The Best Car Shows In August

It’s August, and you know what that means, right? It’s Car Show Season! As owners of European automobiles, this is an exciting time of year. This is the season where many automobile aficionados polish up their favorite vehicle, head out for a fun day trip, and go see a beautiful lineup of classic automotive beauties.  To celebrate this wonderful time of year, here is our list of the best car shows located within a day’s drive of Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and Sacramento. August 2-3, 2019 -- Hot August Nights in Virginia City, NV More than just a car show, this entertainment-packed event kicks off the beginning of August in Virginia City, NV. If you love classic cars and cruising, head to the first weekend of Hot August Nights. August 6-11, 2019 -- Hot August Nights in Reno & Sparks, NV The follow up to Virginia City, of course, is the more famous destination in Reno. Ren ... read more

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Understanding Factory Recommended Maintenance

You've probably heard the term before - factory recommended maintenance - but may not be exactly sure what this means. Most vehicle owners understand that their cars need proper maintenance and regular service to run well throughout the years, however, factory recommended maintenance isn't a term you hear as much unless you're at the car dealership.  Factory recommended maintenance is just as it sounds - it is maintenance items that the manufacturer of your vehicle recommends. These recommendations are based often times on warranty and also just on the lifetime of certain parts or fluids used in your car. These maintenance recommendations will usually be based on mileage intervals, but can also be based on time periods.  The factory recommedations will be located in your vehicle's owner's manual, but can also often times be found online or at an auto repair shop. By following these recommendations, you will keep your vehicle under warranty (if applicable ... read more

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 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, 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. 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 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

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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 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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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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