Yearly Archives: 2019

Where To Find Magical Holiday Experiences In Northern California

Where To Find Magical Holiday Experiences In Northern California

The holiday season is a magical time of year, especially in our gorgeous state of California! If you’re looking for a way to get in the holiday mood, there’s no better way than by taking a short drive to experience the holiday traditions, sights, and experiences that Northern California has to offer. Read on for 5 magical NorCal holiday destinations for you and your family to enjoy throughout the season.   Yosemite National Park   To start your magical holiday season off on the right foot, there’s no better place to start than with a trip to California’s own Yosemite National Park. Spending the holidays in Yosemite won’t disappoint, with options to choose from like sleigh rides through the snow and Curry Village outdoor ice-skating rinks in Yosemite Valley. If skiing and snowboarding are more your style, Badger Pass Skii Area is home to one of the oldest downhill skiing areas in California.  If you’re concerned about when Yosemite ... read more

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How To Drive Safely During Winter Rains & Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter Season

How To Drive Safely During Winter Rains & Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter Season

Since California is not a state known for a lot of rain, most drivers appear to “forget” how to drive when the first raindrops hit the ground. To help everyone remain safe during the rainy season, here are some tips on how to drive safely during winter rains. Make sure your tires are in good shape. When it doubt, bring your vehicle to our auto repair team for a visual tire inspection. If we see that your tires are wearing unevenly, the air in them is low, or that you could benefit from a tire rotation, we’ll let you know. Tires are a critical safety feature on wet roads because the deep tire tread does a better job of cutting through the water and reducing the risk of hydroplaning. Check your brakes. Your car’s brakes should be in good shape if you want your vehicle to stop safely and on short notice. When you hear squeaking or grinding when you apply the brake pedal, be sure to head straight to the auto repair team of Foreign Autohaus. We will perform a bra ... read more

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What do Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Mean to You?

What do Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Mean to You?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, also known as ADAS, are becoming popular features in today’s modern vehicles. But what do these driver assist systems mean to you and your automobile? ADAS is an evolving technology that could potentially change the way we commute in a huge way. Driver assist systems could start anywhere from your car helping you drive more safely, all the way up to driving the car without your help. It’s mind blowing how ADAS systems have the potential to help society with the following travel issues: Drive a blind person to the doctor’s office without the need for a hired driver. Reduce the risk of human-induced accidents. Drive children back and forth to school without having to disrupt the parents’ work days. Cars that park themselves while the family goes shopping. Cargo trucks driving cross-country to deliver goods without the need of a driver. Improved ability to study, work, and sleep while riding in a car. While this is incredi ... read more

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle For Mountain Road Trips

5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle For Mountain Road Trips

Photo by Matt Ragland on Unsplash It’s September, and there are so many exciting things going on! School is back in session. Business is picking up again. The weather is starting to change, and people who love the outdoors are cramming in as many road trips as possible. A lot of people are excited to start heading into the mountains for ski season. Mountain road trips are quite demanding on your vehicles, and you need to make sure your vehicle is ready for the drive. Mountain road trips can be rough on your clutch, your transmission, your brakes, your suspension, and your tires. The more remote your mountain destination, the more rugged the terrain will be.  You don’t want to risk a breakdown in the middle of ... read more

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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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