Posts Tagged ‘Audi’

Buying a car online?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Food for Thought!!

What You Need To Know About Buying a Car Online
Buying used cars over the Internet is convenient—and it’s also a great place for scam artists looking to get their hands on your money.
In recent years, along with the increase in online car purchases, there’s been a huge rise in online fraud. According to the 2012 Internet Crime Complaint Center annual report, online auto fraud accounted for over 17,000 complaints, adding up to $64 million in consumer losses.
The scam usually begins with a used car being advertised on a respectable website – with some urgent-sounding reason for an incredibly low asking price. Before you decide on buying the type of car you want, get a quote on car insurance for the vehicle to see what it’s going to cost you.
Online car-buying scams are getting more sophisticated; increasingly, they are using website designs that look very similar to the legitimate companies’ websites, sometimes even displaying the legitimate companies’ logos.
Scammers are even going so far as to include 800 numbers and live-chat with unsuspecting buyers to provide more detailed information on the fake buyer- protection programs they play up. So, what can you do to prevent from becoming a victim? First, watch out for these red flags.
• Advertise cars at too-good-to-be true prices. • Want to move transactions from the original website to another site. • Claim that the transaction is guaranteed by PayPal, Craigslist, eBay, or other online marketplace. These sites do not guarantee that people using their services are genuine. • Refuse to meet in person or allow potential buyers to inspect the car ahead of time. Avoid Sellers Who:
• Ask for funds to be wired ahead of time. (Scammers use wire transfers because it’s the same thing as sending cash in the mail. Once the money is gone, it’s lost for good.) • Demand immediate payment due to some phony reason, such as military deployment or a tragic family emergency. • Require that the money be sent to a specific escrow account. You should choose the escrow service. Avoid Sellers Who:
Call the seller to establish phone contact. If the seller ignores details agreed to via e-mail or is unable to answer questions about their location or the car’s whereabouts, it’s probably a scam. Actions to protect yourself:
• Get your own CARFAX report (Scammers pull real CARFAX reports of real cars to represent fake listings. • Check with the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Their free database includes flood damage and other information about a car’s history. • Verify that the online escrow company you are using is legitimate. Check their Web site for spelling or grammatical errors – they may have been copied from real sites. Actions to protect yourself:
• Visit the escrow’s Web site directly, not through a link sent to you by the seller. • Research the escrow company through the Better Business Bureau. Actions to protect yourself:
Remember, the crooks cast a wide net for potential victims, sending out millions of e-mails in hopes that someone bites. Do your own research before you do any business online and make sure you know how much your car insurance will cost before you buy your new car.
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Reposted from presentation — AMD

Crank Case Ventilation Problems

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

You might want to request to have your crank case ventilation system checked after the extreme cold, on Volvo, Audi, Saab, VW, Volkswagen, BMW if you see the following symptoms in your car.

* New Oil leaks
*Lower Fuel Mileage
*Smoking from tailpipe
*Check engine light

This WILL damage your vehicle if not addressed! If you experience ANY of these symptoms with your car, please check with your mechanic!

Happy Driving!!

Update – Baby Mitchell

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Baby Lauren at 6 months

Thank you to everyone for your support during the high risk and strange circumstances of John’s baby girl born in December.  During that time and the months following we have had many trips to doctors and finally she is perfectly healthy!!

This time has been trying on all of us and we have had to rely on outside help to maintain things around here at EMC.  It came to our attention that some of you were not happy with our front desk man.  Well, with the baby as well as all of the Mitchell family healthy, John is back at the front deck working with our valued customers.  So if you were rubbed wrong or not treated kindly, please give us another chance.  It takes a village to raise a child and in this case it required all of you as well.  Thank you for all the well wishes.   Miracles do happen!! (I kinda feel that Lauren has a lot of her daddy’s fight in her)!

We hope to see you soon and promise to do right by you as we have always done in the past.
** updated by Allison Dunning**

Daughter of Bob, Sister to John & Auntie to Sara and Lauren.

Fuel Pump — Insider Tip from the Mouth of the Mechanic!!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Yes!! this Vanagon camper is for sale!!

John Mitchell says ” keep at least a quarter of a tank of fuel in your tank at all times in the summer. It will keep the fuel pump from overheating”.

When you have a 1/4 tank of fuel.. make it a priority to fuel up.

Also, don’t forget to have your mechanic check your air filters on your next service. With all the smoke and ash from the Colorado Fires, there is a potential of needing a new filter.

HOT as Fire here in Fort Collins

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

WOW! The temperature here in Fort Collins is Mega HOT!

***Don’t forget to take care of your car by making sure your coolant has been serviced and changed at the recommended interval.
***Another item to take care of is to make sure your air conditioning system is correctly charged so your compressor and the engine’s cooling system does not have to work as hard.
These two things can make sure you and your car are cool and comfortable during this super dry and high heat time in Colorado.

European Motor Cars specalized in your car’s care. We take care of your car so you can take care of you.

fort collins care auto

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

European Motor Cars offers the best service an sales in Fort Collins!

Car Talk.com Reviews!! Woo Hoo!!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

**John and the entire crew at European Motor Cars are top notch, 100% honest and bend over backwards to complete the work on my cars when they say they will at the price quoted, never a surprise. Their prices are what I would describe as competitive or better with the rest of the independent shops in Northern Colorado and way more reasonable than the dealerships. I can’t say enough about their ability to diagnose and repair all of my VW’s quirks, from little jobs to big complicated ones. These guys will not let you down, kinda like a breath of “Fresh Air” in the automotive service industry!

**These Guys ROCK!!! I have bought three cars from them and they are all great cars! John is a great mechanic and is very knowledgeable. John also takes the time to answer all your questions. I strongly recommend these guys for all European cars!

***These guys are a great alternative to the dealers in the area. They often have saved me $100’s. Hard to say that about a dealer. Nothing fancy here…no customer area/waiting, no complimentary bagels or coffee. Could use a MUCH nicer facility to be a GREAT dealership. Otherwise, great place to take your Mercedes, SAAB, Volvo, BMW and VW. Just don’t try and sit or lean on anything…you could pick-up some 5 year old grease!

***In my 30 years of dealing with repair shops, this is the best shop. john is very knowledgeable and professional, and he stands by his work. i recommend European motor cars wholeheartedly.

Unitronics Chipped

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

European Motor Cars Inc. is now an official Unitronics Chipped dealer.

This is specific to Audi, VW and  Porsche turbo charged engines.  Soon it will be available for Mini Cooper and BMW as well.

Unitronics Chipped tuning is the least expensive way to get more power out of your turbo charged engine.   Also, depending on your driving habits it could also help your fuel economy.

Call Kyle today at 970-484-0040 to schedule your appointment.

Endorsements!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Best Audi Mechanics
Folks if you have an Audi that’s off warranty, look no further than European Motors. I find these guys honest, does what’s best for you and not them, and try hard to save you money. Doing great work is the best part of their retinue. I went in with an unstoppable oil leak and what appeared to be a big hesitation in my transmission. The dealer I had always gone to would invariably recommend I tear something out and replace it with a new one. Last few examples was to get a new steering rack for $4,000, or get a new trans for $7,000. European Motors thoroughly steam washed my undercarriage and engine, found the source of the leak and fixed it. They did a transmission service and resolved my CVT issue. Total cost $400. I was starting to hate my Audi A4 2003 1.8T but now love it again.
PaulinBrookhaven 7/17/10

Fantastic Group To Deal With
These guys were very professional, and provided service above expectation. Final bill came out way lower then I was quoted (this was a first from any shop I have ever visited) I will recommend this shop to all my friends and colleagues. I would have to say this is the most honest shop in town.
hicksbill9 6/25/10

John and the team come through again
I had a check engine light that indicated a sensor malfunction. John and the team didn’t stop there in assessing the situation, they realized it wasn’t really a sensor, but a small leak in my turbo recycler valve. I didn’t have the time to leave it that day, so John informed me that it wasn’t a real mechanical problem and posed no real risk to the engine. He said I’d be fine waiting to get it fixed. The point is, these guys don’t start swapping out perfectly good parts to address what the computer says. They take it further, analyze the root cause and fix the right thing the first time. I’ve had dealers recommend replacing 2 week old O2 sensors. I’m confident these guys would never waste my money that way Take your vehicle here with confidence.
SteveMcD 7/21/10

Breath of fresh air
I can’t say enough good things about my recent experience with European Motor Cars. As an owner of a 2001 Audi A4, I have had more repairs than I even care to recall. With that I’ve had many experiences at dealerships and automotive repair centers. The friendliness and terrific customer service I received from Bill and John was simply outstanding. Bill even went out of his way to do a price comparison for me without me even asking. Fair, friendly, dependable, and a repair center with integrity isn’t too easy to find but you will experience all of this at European Motor Cars. So long dealership repairs!
Njhines6586 9/7/10

A diamond in the rough
It’s rare to find honest and knowledgable mechanics these days, but at European motor cars they follow through with both qualities and ice the cake with exceptional customer service as well. They took a look at my little Honda despite it not being of European make. Quick estimates, honest pricing, and reliable service: what more could one want in a mechanic?
Cwitzel 6/10/10

Finally…true customer service
I searched and read the reviews took after being fed up with the dealership’s lack of quality service. I took my vehicle in to John – he was upfront about the cost and took the time to explain the repairs. I have found a respectable service team! Thanks guys.
Nichols01 7/27/10

Superior Folks and Service
Writing reviews is not my highest and best talent, so this will be short. It IS an easy task, though. John and his guys extend the same courtesy, demonstrate the same interest, and provide the same service whether you take in a luxury car or a piece of junk (and I’ve done both). They are not only expert mechanics, but are customer service experts as well. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. I would NOT recommend these folks to my worst enemies–but I would recommend them to my best friends (and have).
Ghia70 7/5/10