Discover Why Foreign Car Repair is needed if you own an Imported Vehicle
Foreign car repair is not expensive as it used to be if you know where to go!
Owning foreign vehicle is now growing in magnitude in the last 2 decades because of the failure of our domestic car makers to improve themselves. No matter how patriotic you are and want to help the domestic car manufacturer but when you consider the vehicles they make are more expensive to operate, you can throw that patriotism to the garbage and buy yourself a foreign vehicle to save money.
Initial cost of owning a foreign vehicle is comparable or slightly
more expensive than the domestic vehicles but you save because:
Operational cost like gasoline is much less
Resale value is higher than the domestic vehicles
It is more durable than domestic vehicles and will last longer
***All you do to verify this is to read your latest classified and compare resale prices of imported domestic vehicles.
However, owning a foreign car has also its drawbacks:
Parts are more expensive
Not too many mechanics are able to fix it
It used to be that foreign car is more difficult to repair but in the last 10-15 years, lots of specialized training is offered so this problem can be resolved. Most foreign dealers are always offering IN-HOUSE upgrading course to their technicians. Same courses are also taught in most of our technical schools. And finally, parts only become expensive when the need arises due to poor maintenance and mostly negligence on the part of the owner.
If you follow the vehicle maintenance schedules of your foreign
car or truck, you will eliminate most of these 2 mentioned above problems and get the most of your foreign vehicles life. The rule of the thumb in owning foreign vehicles is to get rid of it after it is over 5 years old because by that time, keeping it in good shape will probably cost you more. However, there are reports of drivers who bought a 5 year or older foreign vehicle and after spending some money on rebuilding it, ended up using it for another 5-10 years! Just make sure to get an honest estimate from a reliable foreign vehicle garage if you want to do this.
Here are some techniques on saving money on foreign car repairs:
Always bring your vehicle to the dealer who manufactured the vehicle
When choosing a garage, look for foreign repair CERTIFICATION for the technicians
Join an online foreign repair website that deals on your vehicle so they can advise you in case of problems and getting a second opinion
One of the few mistakes of drivers who own foreign car is to bring the foreign vehicle to any dealer except the manufacturer who made the vehicle. Even offers of cheap repair should be avoided because only the foreign technician is equipped with the latest technical training to handle your vehicle. This is why a small garage that is not train to do your vehicle might charged you less but actually charging you more if proper upgrades to your vehicle are not done which are mostly available in foreign garages only.
Besides choosing a foreign certification from the garage, one must look also if the garage is clean or organized and prepare to move on to the next foreign garage if you are not satisfied. Finally, having an online mechanic with your side can help you get those valuable repair information at your own time and convenience which really helps if you do not time to read your auto repair manuals or go to the library.
If you follow this route, there is no way you cannot save money on foreign car repair and be able to handle whatever problem owning a foreign car is thrown at you.
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