Posts Tagged ‘repair’

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.
Cost-U-Less is here to help! If you have any questions on auto insurance, talk to a Cost-U-Less agent for your free quote today!

Reposted from presentation — AMD

New Yelp Review!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Nick D Benson wrote —
“I’m a car guy and I still do some of my own repairs but appreciate the depth of knowledge that John possesses about all the brands of European cars they service and repair.

For ten years John has repaired our BMW, Saab, & VW’s. He has solved the problems correctly the first time at a fair price. Having this great business in town gives me peace of mind of owning a European car.

Thanks John.”

We love to hear from you!! Feel free to post your own positive experience!




Angie's List Review – A rating!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Work Completed Date: May 29, 2012
Last Modified Date: August 03, 2012
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $150.00

Description Of Work:
Had a failed steering rack on my 1999 S70 Volvo replaced.  This was the third warranty replacement for a steering rack.  I paid extra to get a different grade of steering rack installed this time.

Member Comments:
Reasonably well. They have honored their warranties, despite having to install a total of four steering racks in this car. The first I paid for as a repair, the next three have all been under warranty and they’ve covered it all – except this last time, we agreed to put in a higher end rack and I paid a portion of the add cost. This might sound negative, but I recently found out just how much above and beyond they had gone to try to diagnose what is causing these parts to fail and to try to prevent it. The previous trip in, they inserted a filter in the steering fluid line to see if particles of metal were coming from the power steering pump and maybe the cause of the damage to the racks. I hadn’t even realized they had done this until I recently contacted them about another issue.

They have never once tried to push the blame on me for these defective racks and it is clear that they are doing everything they can to help me get this old Swede back in running shape.
I like their approach, their pricing (compared to a Volvo dealership, anyway!) and their commitment to doing things right.

Company Response:
We are very happy that this problem is solved and appreciate your patience with these defective racks.  I am glad you had the experience of really seeing the quality John provides and that he really does care about you and your car.  Thank you for the positive review.

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.

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!

2004 Nissan Murano

Friday, March 16th, 2012

I have been driving this car for the past 10 days due to my personal car being out of service. Not only has this car been fun to drive, it has been very dependable and easy. I have a family of 5 and I move lots of “stuff” around all the time. It is a sharp looking car and really hits the road well.
I recommend that you come in for a test drive to see just how fun this car it.

Car 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.


Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

It is with deep pleasure that I get to write about all of our amazing customers. We appreciate your support and look forward to being of service to you and your family far into the future. During the past few months we have had a lot going on in our family from a death to the birth of a new baby girl.