Our shop is green!

No, not in color. 😉 To us, being a business owner is like being a leader in the community. It’s important to us to continuously do what we can to take care of our customers, our community, and the future of our planet. So we’ve put a great deal of effort into making sure that our shop is as sustainable as possible. As you know, cars have a tendency to be dirty. Car maintenance also produces a great deal of used parts, that are no longer useful to cars. We have worked with sustainability professionals to help us determine all of the ways in which we can contribute to a cleaner environment. Here are just a few of the things that we do: We do not use paper towels or disposable fender covers. We have our shop towels and fender covers (cloth to protect the paint of cars) cleaned to minimize waste. We use an aquaus parts washer, that stores hot soapy water, to clean up parts. We do not use aerosols with harmful environmental impacts. We use high efficiency lights. We dispose our fluids to companies that recycle: waste oils, coolant, and oil filters. We also recycle old battery’s and anything that has any kind of metals. We do not let vehicles leak oils uncontained, to protect our storm water. Our toilets are equipped with low water usage controls. All our shop flashlights are rechargeable to cut battery waste. We have coated our floors with epoxy, so that we are able to mop up oil and other residue of each days work, rather than using a power spray....

Welcome to the Concours Motors Community

At its core, Concours Motors is a family-owned business, run by a staff of technicians who have all become extended family. When Gerardo Luna, our shop’s owner, decided to open a shop for European cars, he wanted it to be the best automotive service and repair shop in Ventura County, where quality work and customer service is a daily way of doing business. So this is what we strive to create in everything we do including servicing your cars, the way we interact with our customers, our contribution to the local community, and all the way down to the type of messages we send out, hoping to brighten your day and make sure your car and your family are safe on the road. And that is exactly what this blog is about. Surely you have many questions about how your car works and what it needs to do its work best. Customers come to us with so many different questions and car problems, we thought we’d put these questions and their answers online to inform all those with similar questions. Also, if you’d like to be connected with these types of questions, specials, cool car talk, innovative car talk, and more… Follow our Facebook Page. Thank you for checking out our blog, and feel free to come by and give us a visit any time! We look forward to serving you and getting to know you even...

Tis The Season to Change Tires

Tis The Season to Change Tires There was a day, not too long ago, when tires were not expected to hold. When travelling a long distance it would not be surprising to have to change a popped tire at least once, maybe even twice along the way. But as car technology has improved, tires have as well. This is great for all of us, except that sometimes we rely a bit too much on our tires, and so we’re shocked when one of them gives out. The reality is that worn out tires are dangerous. The worst-case scenario is that a worn tire causes you to lose control of your vehicle an can lead to accident. The biggest menace when it comes to tires is not only wear, but also dry rot. Oils and chemicals on the road, combined with steady UV exposure and simply the heat of driving at fast speeds can cause the rubber to lose its flexibility and become brittle. You can see this especially when a tire starts to crack. Think of an old rubber band, particularly one that has been exposed to the sun over time. When you try to use this band for its purpose, it breaks. If you start to see cracks in your tire, it is definitely time to bring it in for a free inspection. As is more commonly known, it is important to check the tread depth of your tires. One way of doing this is to place a quarter, head down, into the tire. Washington’s head should be covered, at least down to his forehead. If it’s not,...