What is Wheels to Shine?

In May 2017, we’ll be giving away a 2000 Volkswagen Golf to someone in Ventura County who needs it. We did the work to get this car in excellent running condition, detailed, and ready to change someone’s everyday experience of life. We are stoked to meet the person who will drive this every day. Check it out: We’ve gotten the car ready to give away, but we want to make sure it goes to the person who’s life it would change the most. We really want to make a difference with this car. We need our community to help us choose a recipient. Do you know anyone in Ventura County who’s life would change if they had a great car? Nominate Them → Here’s why we’re doing it… “We” are the team at Concours Motors in Ventura. Concours Motors has been serving Ventura County families since 1982, with speciality parts and master technicians, specifically focused on European vehicles. We have been very lucky to continuously grow over the years, so that today most people who live in Ventura recognize our well-kept shop on Thompson. We believe in businesses should give back to the community that sustains them. We’ve had our doors open in the city of Ventura for 35 years. This means that we’ve had community members in our shop every day, Monday through Friday, for almost four decades. We’ve gotten to know and care about everyone and their families. The simple truth is, without the support and loyalty of our customers and our community, there would be no Concours Motors. And that’s why we think it’s so important to give back. We realized that the best way...

10 Simple Car Care Tips to Keep Your Car in Great Condition Throughout the Years

Concours Motors is a Specialty European Auto Shop in Ventura, CA. That means we see a lot of really nice cars, every day. Want to know the difference between a really nice car that lasts a long time and every other car? You guessed it. It’s the owner. We want you to be one of those “lucky” owners who posts the 200,000 miles marker on Facebook with the status: “And still running strong!” Here’s how you do it: Tip 1: Get your oil changed every 5,000 - 7,000 miles and use a reliable brand You’ve heard it before, I’m sure of it. “Engine oil is the lifeblood of your engine.” It keeps your car running. And when you let the same oil sit in your engine for too long, it can build up metals like oil that are insoluble and can cause major wear and tear on the parts of your engine, like the camshaft and cylinder liners. Long story short, changing your oil with good quality oil will ensure that what’s moving through your engine’s arteries and keeping it running well for a long time. Want to learn more about it? This article made me laugh and explains it perfectly.  Tip 2: Clean your car, inside and out, at least once a month and clean up bird poop or tree pollen off immediately Did you know when you don’t wash your car for a while it can build up a residue that degrades the paint? Even on the interior of your car, the build-up of dirt and grime can eventually lead to situations (like stains) that are much more difficult to clean. And on the subject of...

Concours Motors & Asian Autotech of Ventura are Fundraising for Breast Cancer

You probably wouldn’t expect auto shops to be raising funds for breast cancer. But then, you might not know that a huge percentage of our customers, both at Concours Motors and Asian Autotech of Ventura, are women; especially mothers (many of whom are at the age where breast cancer is commonly discovered in women). October is breast cancer awareness month, so we wanted to share a few facts from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (who we’ll be donating to) about this very common cancer: One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year. On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. Helping women fight breast cancer is a very important to us, and we want to help as much as we can. Both Concours Motors and Asian Autotech will donate $100 per shop for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s what you can do: Come in to either shop this month and let us put a (non-damaging) shop sticker on your car. For...

More than just an oil change, it’s a service.

When most people think of an oil change, they think of the old days when cars were more machinery and less electronics. The kind of oil change you get at the corner jiffy spot, as quick as a car wash. These days, though, newer cars come with very specific factory recommendations that go into effect approximately every 7,500 miles (at the same time that they require regular oil changes). When you come into Concours Motors for an oil change, we check into all of these recommendations and make sure that each of them is either accomplished or recommended to you. So, rather than a regular oil change (check fluids, flush, refill and replenish), we’re also doing a 45-point inspection, filling all the fluids under the hood, rotating your tires, checking your brakes, lights, and wipers, and generally ensuring that your vehicle is good to go for another 7,500 miles. We use high-quality fluids for your specific model vehicle, and pay close attention to ensuring that your car is in it for the long-haul. Check out our Facebook page for upcoming coupons on maintenance specials and other local opportunities!...

How to make your car more sustainable for Earth Day

It seems obvious, but when you think about it — your car is one of the most important ways that you can contribute sustainability on this planet. A Time Magazine article jokes that “Like Americans themselves, American cars are getting heavier and heavier every year, the average car in the U.S. weighed over 4,000 pounds in 2010, up from an average of 3,221 pounds in 1987. That weight extra 800 pounds, as you can imagine, makes a huge difference in terms of fuel-efficiency and the carbon footprint you personally leave on this planet. So, for Earth Day, here are some ways that you can get your car into the best shape it’s ever been — and reduce your personal impact on the planet (or enhance it, depending on how you look at it!). Use green driving best practices Driving technique has a lot to do with your fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Driving consistently puts a lot less pressure on your engine to get back up to speed every time you have to slow or stop. Tires Pumping up our tires is routine maintenance but it’s something lots of us will forget about until it becomes a problem. Just because your car is still driving okay doesn’t mean it couldn’t benefit from a top up of air and it’s free at many gas stations. If each time you top up your car with gas you also top it up with air, then you’ll use less fuel to travel the same distances and you’ll get around faster too. Weight When you look in...

Our Employees have Health Benefits

Right about now you may be wondering, why did Concours Motors publish a blog post about their employees’ health benefits? It’s simple, really. When we started this business many years ago, we wanted it to be the best auto repair shop you could find — not just in Ventura, but anywhere. We wanted our customers to trust that if they came to Concours their car would be returned to them in an exceptional condition, with an extended warranty. Just as importantly, we wanted you to know that we care about you and your family. The only way to accomplish that was to hire good people — the kind that genuinely care about others and naturally want to take care of them. Well, we did just that. We have been so grateful to our team for doing such consistently incredible work over the years. You might say we’re like a family. And so, when we were able to take on health care benefits for each and every member of our team, so that they can be healthy and present with their families, it was cause for a major celebration. So…this blog post is really a thank you to our incredible team. You guys are the best. Also, we are grateful to have such a wonderful community of customers. Without you, there wouldn’t be a business. So in a way, you’re taking care of us, too....

Paperless Office: another step towards sustainability

A Paperless Shop. We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing in the new year with the ultimate move in sustainability: a paperless office. Well, more like a paperless shop. Every technician has a tablet, and the service consultants you meet when you come in have a screen dedicated to the system, to show you everything the technician has documented. This means that we don’t have to print a single sheet of paper except the ones required by law (which are few). These days at the shop, work gets dispatched digitally — so its instant. Everyone who touches your car knows exactly what you told the service consultant when you came in (which you have an opportunity to double-check). No more hand-written notes. Technicians take pictures of everything so that you can see the problem and really understand what’s going on. Not only will you see it, but all of the images associated with the repair will be sent to you, including images of future repairs your car may need labeled as “Good,” “Needs further attention,” or “Needs immediate attention.” This way you can see what your car needs and have a real sense of what you need to come in for, and when. Another cool feature of entering the new digital world is that the entire team has an instant chat feature, so we don’t have to waste time walking to the office and waiting for the service consultant to hang up or finish with a customer. Yes, we are nerding out over here at Concours Motors over our new toys. But you would have expected that, right? To...

Back to School

Back to School So, it’s almost September, and the kids are heading back to school. If you’re like our shop owner JR, you might be dealing with a whole new reality: his eldest is off to college soon. To start his own life. With his own car. In another city. Yes, we’re talking to a very select group of customers. Your children are off to start their own lives, for the first time. It’s time to trust that you’ve given them all the tools they need to succeed. Yet there are simple life tools, that we can’t possibly expect them to have in their first years, starting out. Some of these may be budgeting, cooking, keeping their own house clean, and, of course, taking care of their own car. We wrote this blog to help you out with the last one. It is a great idea to look into competent technicians when you visit your child’s college. This is something that they probably won’t think of, and they might not know what to look for. If you won’t have time to do this during your visit, you can always share this list with them. What to look for in an automotive repair shop for your kids: Make absolutely sure that they offer a warranty on all of their repairs. Check their reviews, are they reputable? Do they have many certifications displayed for more than one person. The shop should have a clean, professional appearance, and so should all of the employees and technicians. Hint: check out their restroom. Is it nice and clean? How many years have they been...

Fuel Injection Service

These services are often overlooked, as they are not part of the regular maintenance schedule for many cars. However, they are very important for some engines. Direct Injection Engines have a big problem with carbon build-up. You could almost call it an epidemic. The car will run poorly, initially only when it’s cold, but over time the poor performance will take place as long as it’s running. Even in its early stages, it can begin to have an effect on fuel mileage. Once the carbon has really built up, it requires a maintenance professional to remove the intake manifold and manually clean the valves. This, of course, is quite a bit of work, and fortunately can be avoided through preventative care, which can be scheduled during your next regular maintenance. If you’ve noticed that your car is running poorly, particularly in the morning when it’s cold, come in for a free inspection so that we can check your engine for carbon build-up, as well as other possible issues. If you’re not sure whether your car has a Direct Injection Engine, check the back of your vehicle for the letters “GDI.” Most newer Audi’s, Mercedes, Volkswagen and BMW’s are fitted with this kind of engine, as well as many other cars. Did You Know? Direct Injection Engine’s were originally designed for Formula 1 race cars. Each Formula 1 teams spends hundreds of millions of dollars in Research & Development, simply to stay in the race. Did you know that if your car is younger than 10 years old you have Formula 1...

An Oil Change Myth

An Oil Change Myth 12/08/2014 Oil changes are the perfect demonstration of a common misconception about European cars. People have a tendency to think that they cost so much more to maintain. In a way, this is true. If you go to an auto repair shop with a BMW and ask for an oil change, it be at least double, probably more like triple the cost of of a “standard” oil change. This is because BMW’s and most European vehicles require premium all-synthetic oil. However, the difference between a European car and another vehicle that requires only standard oil is that most of them need only 1 oil change for every 3-4 that a standard vehicle requires. In other words, instead of an oil change required every 3 months or every 3-4,000 miles, these vehicles will go 1 year or 10-12,000 miles before it’s time to visit the shop again. If you do the math, the cost is exactly the same, because you’re coming in so much less frequently. And, well, you’re coming in less frequently. So if you factor in your time to the equation, a European car is actually less expensive. Its like the difference between buying an oak dresser vs. one made of particleboard. The oak dresser will last a lifetime, but it may cost you a few thousand dollars. A particleboard dresser on the other hand… Well, you get the...