Audi’s are great vehicles. They are high performance, a blast to drive, and many peoples prized possessions. But like most high end European vehicle’s they do run into maintenance issues, that can sometimes be difficult to repair. At Automotive Specialties Inc. in Hyde Park we are an Audi Certified Collision Center. As one of the few in Massachusetts, we get to work on a wide range of Audi’s. Here are a few of the common repair issues we see with Audi’s.
Electrical Components: In prior blog posts, we’ve gone over you shouldn’t trust an amateur with your Audi repairs. When it comes to electrical components of Audi’s, it couldn’t be more true. Common electrical components that go wrong in Audi’s include digital displays, erratic lights, and failed headlights.
Ignition Coil or Spark Plug: One of the most common reasons for engine misfires in Audi’s? That would b e the Ignition Coil or Spark Plug malfunctioning. The solution? Replacement of the components with OE equipment.
Oil Leaks: Oil leaks in an Audi can come from two places mostly. The camshaft tensioner or the valve cover gasket. The solution is two replace one or both, each will typically cost a few hundred dollars in parts.
Catalytic Converters: Catalytic Converters fail primarily due to clogging or carbon build up which solidifies and jams the exhaust flow. If your catalytic converters fail, its important your Audi mechanic gets to the bottom of what actually caused it, and fixes that too. If they just replace the converter, it is bound to happen again.
If you have run into any of these issues with your Audi, bring it in to Automotive Specialties Inc in Hyde Park. You can trust our team of Audi repair specialists to get the job right the first time. Contact us today to learn more.
Everyone at one point or another will encounter some minor vehicle damage. Maybe you get a scratch from parking too close to the carts at the grocery store. Or a minor fender bender happens in traffic. Sooner or later you’ll hear an amateur auto enthusiast offer to repair your vehicle for you for a discounted rate. Here’s why you should reconsider if you care about the lifetime value of your car or SUV.
Hidden Electrical Components
Many vehicles have hidden electrical components that are difficult to identify without being trained. This is especially true for European vehicles. Minor impact from collisions can jar loose hidden electrical wiring connections. This can affect the lights on your vehicle, windows, seats, stereo, and a whole bevy of other operations.
Matching Autobody Paint
Matching your vehicles original paint is a pain even for those trained in the art of auto painting. Even if you have a friend or family member who can repair your vehicle, getting the paint to match the original and having it properly applied is something that is difficult to master. There are some people whose only job is the painting of vehicles after collision repair. You don’t want to leave this to a novice.
Frame & Alignment Issues
Another issue that happens when you have a collision, either minor or major, is your frame alignment. After a collision you may be focusing on the physical & cosmetic damage to your car. You might not think about alignment issues. The vehicle could be misaligned, pulling to the right or left depending on where you were hit. You’ll want a trained staff with new technology to diagnose this problem and address it correctly.
Contact Automotive Specialists Inc in Hyde Park
At Automotive Specialties Inc we are experts in luxury auto repair. We have a certified Audi aluminum repair shop as well as a Audi Certified Collison Shop. Our staff regularly attends industry workshops and stays up to date on the newest models of Audi vehicles. Contact us today to get your vehicle back to the pre-collision look and feel.
The last two weeks have brought freezing cold temperatures and over a foot of snow in Massachusetts. With that, your Audi may face challenges in this type of climate.
Clean Your Car- This is an often overlooked practice that vehicle owners neglect in the winter. During the cold months you cars clear coat becomes covered in dirt, slush, and salt from snow removal. This salt is a major factor in causing rust on your car. A good car wash will clean off the salt and slush, as well as remove dirt and grime from your wheel wells and under carriage. While you are at it, clean your floor mats too. These can also get ruined from snow and salt.
Tire Pressure- Hopefully during the winter you are employing either all-purpose or snow tires for your Audi. If not, the least you can do is watch your tire pressure. With cold temperatures, the pressure in your tires are bound to drop. When tire pressure drops your ability to control your vehicle also diminishes. Combine this with bad driving conditions, you Audi could end up in our shop to repair collision damage.
Battery- When is the last time your Audi got a new battery? As time goes on, your vehicles batteries loses strength. The colder it gets, the harder your battery has to work to start. Combine consistent cold air with an old battery, and you may have a vehicle that doesn’t start.
Headlights- Audi’s have a distinct look of their headlights. Their style is part of the German engineering charm. However, with time the headlights begin to “fog up”. During the winter, daylight time is shortened drastically and having limited vision is a safety hazard. Consider “restoring” your headlights every few years.
If you are considers about your Audi’s readiness for this winter that has only just begun, contact Automotive Specialties Inc in Hyde Park today!
As 2017 comes to a close we’d like to share some of our favorite reviews from our clients at Automotive Specialties Inc. As a family owned business for decades in Hyde Park, we rely on word of mouth from our great customers. Referrals keep our business running and hearing and sharing theses words from our much appreciated clients means the world to us. So as we head into 2018, we take a moment to share a few reviews we are most proud of.
From Andrius B-
These guys do it all…collision, touch up, detailing, you name it! Their character, timeliness, & professionalism is second to none – making the customer experience all the better. On top of that, they’re fun folks to work with, look them up!! Trust them with ANYTHING!
From Emma M-
Impeccable service and quality work. Originally was skeptical about going somewhere other than the dealer with my 2014 audi s8 but every single one of my friends had work done here that had come out better than my previous jobs done on my other car before i totaled it. After giving them a try I wouldn’t ever go back to the dealer…. Huge thank you to Anthony and his team!!!!
From Carlos H-
If you are a car enthusiast or just someone who cares about things done correctly, this place will not disappoint. The team at ASI are all highly skilled with years of experience under their belt. Wether you drive a high end vehicles or not, these guys do it the best. Outstanding facility, I highly recommend to anyone who is looking to do work or repairs on their cars.
From Jessica K-
can’t say enough about Automotive Specialties. I crashed my 2015 Mercedes and did a pretty good amount of damage. My car was towed to a shop that said they couldn’t look at it for a couple days. I heard through word of mouth that Automotive Specialties does a great job so I called and they took my car right away. They called me right when they received my car and processed all the paperwork immediately. I got status updates regularly via phone/e-mail by Anthony and his team, at other shops in the past I was the one calling to check in. It took a lot of stress out of the whole process due to how well they took care of me. They made me feel like I was their number one priority. I got my car back and I swear it drives better than when I brought it there and looks beautiful. Highly Recommend. Thank you!!
Before You Buy A Used Audi!
For many Audi owners, their first foray into the world of luxury German automobiles is by purchasing a used Audi. It makes sense, you can get a feel for the vehicle, without jumping in face first with a full investment in a brand new car. At Automotive Specialties Inc in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, we specialize in the repair and maintenance of Audi’s, so we know what to look for when you are purchasing a used Audi. Make sure to keep an eye out for the following:
Ideally, the person you are buying your Audi from has a detailed history of their service records. Audi provides a users manual that has the work that should be performed for different mileage markers. A good Audi owner should follow this manual as close as possible.
Check For Rust
With older vehicles, rust becomes inevitable. However, large amounts of rust should be a red flag and should have you reconsidering how much you are willing to pay for your used Audi. Inspect the car thoroughly, check the undercarriage and wheel wells for for rust.
Some of the most common issues with used Audi’s come from their electrical components. Its is disappointing, but the same is true for other meticulously engineered cars such as Ferrari’s and even BMW’s. Electrical components such as displays, brake lights, power windows can start to falter with age. These aren’t difficult fixes, but if the Audi is out of warranty they can be pricey to fix.
Look at Audi Recall History
This step is crucial. Before you even go to look at a used Audi that you find online, look up the model. Check to see if the model has any major recalls in the past. If it did, you’ll want to verify the issue was taken care of via service records.
Check the CarFax
Today, some shadier body shops can fix up a totaled vehicle so that an untrained eye can’t even tell. Ask for the vehicles VIN number before you go to check it out. This can save you some hassle before you even go to see the vehicle.
At Automotive Specialties Inc in Hyde Park we are passionate about Auid’s. If you decide to pick up a used Audi and need to get it repaired or fixed, we are the body shop for you.
At Automotive Specialties Inc. in Hyde Park we are passionate about Audi’s. We are here to help our customers make the right repair choices when it comes to their Audi’s because we share the same passion they do about these beautiful German engineered vehicles. If you have the misfortune of getting into an accident or collision and need a body shop for repair work in Boston, make sure you follow these tips for your Audi.
Use www.audiusa.com/help/collision-repair to find an authorized repair facility
We have covered in the past what makes an Audi certified collision shop special and why you should only bring your Audi to a certified body shop by Audi of America. When choosing a body shop to have work done on your Audi, go to the link above and make sure the shop is certified by Audi to perform repair services.
Verify that the shop is an Audi Authorized Aluminum Collision Repair Facility
Like Audi certified collision centers, you’ll want to make sure the body shop you are looking at is also an Audi Authorized Aluminum Collision Facility. This means that the shop has specialized training, equipment, and uses only authorized parts for repair and replacement. Additionally, the shop is certified to have a cleanroom, which prevents any contamination, damage, or potential weakness to the body of your Audi.
Verify The Shop’s Warranty
When it comes to the repairs done on your Audi, you’ll want to make sure the body shop provides a warranty on the work performed. This indicates that the shop stands behind the quality of their work, and if anything were to go wrong down the line, they will be there to correct it.
Automotive Specialties Inc. is one of Massachusetts’s only Audi Certified Collision Center and Audi Authorized Aluminum Collision Repair Facility. If your Audi is involved in a collision and needs body work performed, we are here to get your back on the road, and have your Audi looking like new again.
The time has finally come. Your teen has earned their driver’s license and they are itching to hit the road. You take advantage of the situation and decide it’s time for a vehicle upgrade for yourself. It’s a win-win situation. But before you toss the keys to your son or daughter make sure you follow the car safety check list!
Car Safety Check List
1. Check your tires! All tires are made to a different grade. Some need to be replaced after 30,000 miles, some after 50,000 miles. Getting a tire rotation can help prolong the life of your tires. If your treads are too low, it’s probably time to replace your tires.
2. A critical but often overlooked part of your vehicle are the brakes! Just like tires, brakes have different mile markers when they need to be replaced! If it’s been year since your brakes have been replaced your rotors can develop heat cracks and other damage. Our expert technicians will let you know exactly what state your brakes are in.
3. At the very least before handing your car to your teen you should bring it in for preventative maintenance. At Automotive Specialties Inc we cover it all. From Oil and Filter Change to maintenance for vehicles that have reached 105,000 miles.
Why Automotive Specialties Inc. for Vehicle Maintenance
Automotive Specialties Inc has a been a staple in the Hyde Park community for auto service and maintenance. We are an Audi Certified repair shop. We specialize in foreign vehicle maintenance repair. Contact us today in Hyde Park to get your car tuned up!
Let’s face it. You love your Audi. And why not? With sleek German design, flawless handles, and a look that screams style. But what happens when your beloved Audi gets in an accident? When its finish is tarnished and no longer has that look you paid for?
Would you take it to any old body shop? That’s not the best plan. Take it to an Auto Authorized Collision Center. Automotive Specialties Inc, in Hyde Park Inc is one of the few Authorized Aluminum Collision Repair Facilities in the U.S. Take a look at the Audi website itself for proof: We are listed under the Authorized Aluminum Collision Repair Facilities.
We are proud to be listed on the Audi website as an Authorized Aluminum Collison Repair Facility. Large amounts of custom training and certification tests went into this process. It’s a certification that Audi (and its customers) don’t take lightly.
Audi Drivers should come to Automotive Specialties Inc in Hyde Park for:
- Vehicles constructed with high-strength steel or aluminum. Like a 2017 Q7
- Vehicles constructed with advanced materials (carbon fiber & aluminum)
- Equipment that is tested to Audi vehicles specially
- Audi trained repair technicians using factory-approved procedures
Remember, by choosing an Audi Authorized Collision Repair Facility you help ensure that the correct parts and procedures are used to repair your Audi!
Mercedes-Benz has introduced plans to develop 10 different electric car models by 2022, three years earlier than initial announcements indicated. This will place Mercedes-Benz in competition with Tesla, Porsche, BMW, Audi, Jaguar and other car companies that have plans to release more electric cars over the next decade. Bloomberg reports that this increase is in response to an effort to meet European regulations on carbon-dioxide emissions. According to Mercedes-Benz parent company chairman Manfred Bishoff, Mercedes-Benz wants to be a leader in transforming the automotive industry to cars that run on electric motors as the industry embraces the direction of energy-efficient electric vehicles and self-driving cars. The electric vehicle line will be named EQ, as a reference to electric intelligence.
Mercedes-Benz is reportedly investing 10 billion Euros (approximately 15 billion US dollars) to hasten the process of meeting the target launch date. Besides the goals to meet European regulations on carbon emissions, this hastened development timeline may also be in response to the progress of other manufacturers in pursuing electric vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is releasing new luxury electric car models like a GLC-sized crossover line, but Mercedes-Benz is also planning to diversify its offerings, including an electric heavy-duty truck having a 124-mile range.
Other companies that are planning releases in the next five years include Porsche, who is planning 2019 to launch its Mission E concept, whereas BMW is targeting 2021 to release its i-branded vehicle and other electric models like the Mini Hardtop and the next generation X3. Audi in turn has three electric vehicle models planned by 2020, including a crossover and a sedan.
So who knows, maybe the next luxury German vehicle you own may be a powered by a battery? The future may be here sooner than you think. For now and in the future, the certified technicians at Automotive Specialties can help you with any collision repair services to your luxury German vehicle. Our certifications and our state-of-the-art tools and aluminum cleanroom technology make us the best collision repair service center in all of Boston — call us at 617-364-1722.