What To Look For When Buying a Used Audi


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:

Service Records

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.

Electrical Components

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.


Tips for Choosing the a Body Shop For Your Audi



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.

Giving The Old Car To Your Teen? Here’s What You Need To Know




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!

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Audi Authorized Collision Center


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 To Release 10 Different Electric Vehicles by 2022


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.

Audi Certified Aluminum Repair Center


Automotive Specialties is one of just a handful of Audi Certified Collision Centers in the state of Massachusetts, and among those few repair centers Automotive Specialties is in the most elite class of collision repair centers that is also an Audi Certified Aluminum Repair Center, meaning Automotive Specialties has met the requirements to maintain a state-of-the-art Aluminum Cleanroom with special tools and training to avoid any possible contamination of the aluminum in your vehicle.

The final result is the best collision repair center in the state of Massachusetts for luxury German cars. See pictures of our work or read our reviews to get a sense of what Automotive Specialties can do to protect your precious vehicle.


The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad


Automotive Specialties has recently come across a compelling piece by Bloomberg about why the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad station wagon is a great choice for SUV lovers. Seeing as SUV sales in general are on the rise across America, increasing over 15% last year, Automotive specialties believes that it is a good time to talk about why you should think about a station wagon as your next high-end automobile: in short, you get the cargo room, seating capacity and cold-weather handling of an SUV combined with the fuel efficiency and rollover safety of a sedan.

The Audi A4 Allroad boasts Audi’s new seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with the all-new Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Fuel efficiency on the Allroad is 23 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. Eighteen-inch all-season tires and electronic stability controls come standard, as well as ergonomic seats, a huge panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control, and privacy glass. If you count the $500 Cold Weather Package that includes heated rear seats and heated steering wheel, it is not hard to see why the Audi A4 Allroad station wagon is a compelling choice for those of us who deal with New England Winters.

Automotive Specialties is one of only four Audi-certified specialists in the Massachusetts area, and we are in a position to know that Audi is the automaker with the greatest balance between progressive automotive thinking and traditional high-end luxury. If you own an Audi vehicle or any other high-end make and model in the Greater Boston Area, consider Automotive Specialties for any maintenance or collision center services – for us, the customer always comes first and we have the expertise to tune up your car to keep it in the best possible shape even during these difficult New England winters.


The 2018 Audi Q8 Concept


Audi has revealed its new Audi Q8 concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The flagship Audi Q8 luxury SUV/coupe transcends the previous Audi Q7 and puts Audi on par with other high end models like the BMW X6 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe.

While the wheelbase and overall footprint of the Q8 is similar to the current Q7, the Q8 brings a much sportier body, with a lower base, sloping roofline, and tapered rear, with experts expecting five seats and a 630-liter boot in production models. The Q8 concept is a plug-in hybrid e-tron model, containing a 3.0-liter TFSI engine paired with an electric motor running with a 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery, with 438 horsepower and 700Nm of torque, which delivers 37 miles per a single charge in electric power and taking an estimated two and a half hours to charge the battery. The Audi Q8 has reportedly clocked 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, emitting 53g/km of carbon emissions. An eight-speed automatic gearbox and Quattro four-wheel drive delivers power to the drivetrain.

All things considered, this is an exciting development for Audi, who remains one of the companies on the cutting edge of high-end automobiles, and we are excited to see what the future has in store for new luxury Audi automobiles. However, in the unfortunate situation that your Audi or other high-end automobile requires luxury auto collision repair, contact Automotive Specialties Inc. for full Audi-certified service to maximize the value of your repaired vehicle.

How to Prepare Your Car For Winter


The calendar months have changed to November, and with that comes the end of fall, and the beginning of winter. Though were are weeks away from the freezing temperatures New England has to offer, it can never be too early to start preparing for the cold weather, including snow. Below are a few tips to help get prepared and keep your car ready for winter.

Winter Supply/Emergency Kit: It’s impossible to determine what can occur on winter roads, whether you are in the city or out in the suburbs. For both car and personal safety, put together an emergency kit to help prepare yourself for any and all types of situations. Must have items include:

  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • A cell phone and charger
  • Non-perishables such as energy bars and water
  • Extra pair of clothes and blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Battery jump cables
  • A sand bag to help traction and get out of the car
  • An extra ice scraper

Check Your Battery: Cold weather can take a toll on a car’s battery, be sure to have it checked by a professional.

Change Your Windshield Wiper Fluid: A common misconception is that windshield fluid used in summer and spring can also be used during the winter months. This is incorrect, and you should be sure to change to winter fluid. Windshield wiper fluid used during summer consists of mostly water, which would be ineffective during the cold. Winter fluid adds alcohol to help get rid of snow and ice, making the material on your windshield less likely to freeze.

Have Enough Antifreeze: When driving in winter you might be cold, but your car can be as well. To avoid your engine freezing, be sure to have the coolant system flushed before freezing temperatures hit. Follow the instructions in your car’s manual to check the levels of antifreeze. By doing so, you can avoid damage costs that could run up into the thousands.

Check Your Brakes: Brakes should be regularly checked, but especially in the coming weeks before winter. This is not only for your safety, but the safety of others as well.

These items will help prepare you in the event of an emergency, and will help keep you safe. For more information about winter and car issues, or if you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 617-364-1722

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