When it’s time to take your car in for service, or you are looking for the best repair shop, it can be a bit overwhelming. When you have a European car, your choice can be even more difficult. How do you know which shop will understand your specific needs? How do you find a shop that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Do you have to take your car to the dealership? What are you options?
One of the biggest auto repair myths is that you need to take your car to the dealership. Don’t feel like you are stuck or only have one choice. Independent auto shops have the skills, tools and ability to fix your car just as good (if not better) than the dealer, and can often save you money in the end.
There are a few factors you should look at when choosing your independent, European car or auto repair shop.
Most auto repair shops require training and certifications for their technicians, to ensure service and repairs are done correctly. A good European repair shop will also require their technicians to go through even more training on make-specific processes, maintenance requirements, European parts and more. This training is often similar to what dealership technicians go through. But, by choosing an independent auto shop over a dealership, you can save a lot of money in the long run.
With European cars specifically, it’s important you get the right part for your repair or service. Most general auto shops won’t carry these parts, or have partnerships with manufacturers to get these parts- which can costs you time and money. Find a shop that uses certified parts, made specifically for your vehicle and quality performance.
There are two types of certification you should look for:
OE: Parts that are exactly what you would get if went to an authorized dealership.
OEM: Parts that come from the same factory that makes your parts, but are boxed in their respective brands.
Find a shop, like European Autohaus, that uses top-of-the-line equipment and the best quality OE parts for all services.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to talk to the shop. Find a shop that works closely with your specific make. Ask about technicians certifications and training. Know what types of parts will be used on your car.
If you’re looking for highly trained techs, quality parts, and a team that knows the happiness of the customer is just as important as the service provided, stop by European Autohaus. For specialized European repair and maintenance: call at 813-603-2360 or schedule an appointment online.