5 Fun Facts about Audi

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5 Fun Facts about Audi

1. Apprenticeship – August Horch, the founder ofAudi, worked under Karl Benz, founder of Mercedes-Benz for 3 years before starting his own venture.

2. A. Horch & Cie. – August founded a car manufacturing company called A. Horch and Cie. in 1899. While successful, Horch has differences with investors and decided to start a new company, Audi.

3. Decades of Crash Tests – Audi has been conducting scientific crash tests for over 75 years. The first test had engineers rolling a subcompact F7 down a hill, causing a controlled rollover.

4. Latin for “Hear” – Since August was prohibited from using “Horch” as a trade name in his new car business, he settles for its Latin translation: “Horch!” in German meaning “hear!” became “Audi,” the singular imperative form of “to listen” in Latin.

5) Audi Lunar Quattro – Google’s Lunar XPRIZE competition invites scientists to build a Lunar Rover that can run on the surface of the moon for 500 meters, while broadcasting high-definition live feed. Audi has partnered with a team of scientists in Germany to build a Lunar over powered by Quattro named ‘Audi Lunar Quattro.’

Common Repairs for Audi’s

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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.

Audi Winter Maintenance Tips

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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!

Audi Authorized Collision Center

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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!

 

Audi RS-7 Front-End Repair Job

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Another Audi Repair Job

Automotive Specialties Inc had the opportunity to work on a rare and exotic Audi this month. While it was unfortunate to see a car of this stature come in for repair work, it was a thrill to be able to work on a car this rare, unique, and powerful.

The car we are talking about? It’s an Audi RS-7. One of the fast production cars available on today’s market. These exotic sports cars start at $110,000 and go 0-60 MPH in less than 4 seconds! How is that possible? Well the Audi- RS 7 has a motor that carries anywhere from 560-650 horse power depending package your choose.

Take a look at the before and after pictures from this job:

Audi front end repair Audi Bumper Replacement Audi Front End Damage Audi Front End Repair

 

Automotive Specialties Inc Repair Center

Located in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, Automotive Specialties Inc is an Audi certified collision center. Along with meeting other requirements, this means that our we have a staff of Audi Certified Technicians. They are trained specifically to perform repair and service work on Audi vehicles.

Please contact us today if you have an Audi that needs body work performed by expert, certified, Audi technicians.

The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad

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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

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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

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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

Audi A4 Secrets

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Audi A4 B8

As an Audi Certified collision center, Automotive Specialists Inc. works with Audi’s more then any other vehicle. We understand and know so much about the vehicle that we really enjoy to see new versions and specifics about the cars.

If you own or are interested in purchasing an Audi A4 B7/B8 there are ways to customize it for your liking. Some of these you may know of and other you may not, so read below to see what you can do.

1) Key Fob To Open/Close Windows

You can be standing outside of your car with the engine turned off, stick the key in the drivers side door, turn it to the left, hold and see your windows to open or close instantly.  This is even more helpful if you always forget to close your windows before getting out of your A4.

2) Change Temperature Display

On the temperature display you can change between Celsius and Fahrenheit by simply pressing and holding the re-circulation button. From then just hit the temperature up button to alternate between the two.

3) Rear-view Mirror Sun Visor

The rear-view mirror has a built-in flap which allows you to add additional sun blockage.

4) Manual Throttle Body Alignment

Sitting in your car, turn the key to the “on” mode. With the engine on, press the gas pedal to the floor for five seconds. Next, without taking your foot off the gas pedal, turn your key to “off”. You should then wait two minutes and your throttle body alignment will be complete.

5) Release Or Load Multiple CDs:

Holding down the eject CD button allows you to release your CD’s one after another. As well as loading CD’s, simply holding down that button allows you to load one right after the other.

 

If you own an Audi A4 we hope you learned something from us today! Getting the most out of your car is important. For more information please feel free to reach out to us. We can be contacted over the phone at (617) 364-1722 or at our physical location.

Audi A3 Award

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As an Audi certified collision center, Automotive Specialties Inc. likes to check up on how a variety of their vehicles are doing. Around a month ago, in the beginning of February, the 2015 Audi A3 won 2016 best luxury compact award. Good housekeeping has recently teamed up with car and driver to choose some of the best cars of 2016. The specific car to win this award was the Audi A3 2.0T quattro S tronic.

Some of things that the judges really enjoyed include:

  • The cars roomy interior .
  • The cars sleek styling and standard leather seats.
  • The cars smooth handling and steering
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Success in various crash tests

Some statistics about this vehicle include:

Price: $33,200
Tested Price: $40,295
Gas Millage: 27 miles/gallon; 392 miles/tank
Seating: 5
Cargo: Trunk provides 10 cubic feet
Engine: 2-liter turbo, 4-cylinder

The award judges consists of a director from each company, a technical & an engineering editor. For more information about the award and a picture of the vehicle, read the article here.

Check out some award Audi won in 2015, here.

For more information about Audi’s or to speak with one of a select few Audi Certified Collision Centers, please feel free to give us a call at (617) 364-1722 or fill out our online contact form.

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