Pricing at Concours Motors: Specialty European Repair

You—our customer—are the most important thing to us at Concours Motors. Your safety and satisfaction is the reason we do what we do, and we are honored to have you as a part of the Concours community. A few weeks ago, a prospective customer asked us about the pricing of our synthetic oil change service—the $99.95 special, which includes a baseline diagnostic report to identify all and any issues a vehicle may be having. We really appreciated the question, because it gave us an opportunity to sit down and write out what sets us apart as a Specialty European Repair Shop. Take a Peek into European Pricing: An average German car requires eight quarts of synthetic oil with a specific rating (LL-01), priced at $10.00 a quart. We use only the highest quality oil filters, as inferior products will disintegrate and clog up the oil passages with pieces of cardboard. Here are a couple of pictures we took at the shop to demonstrate what we mean: Left to right, cheap filter and good filter. Badly disintegrated filter: we couldn’t remove the pieces. A good filter costs $11.00—this, combined with the cost of eight quarts of specialized synthetic oil (at $10 per quart), totals $91.00. *Price Note: We order our parts directly from our wholesale parts providers. It may be possible to find a slightly lower price for some parts on Amazon.com. Of course, while our providers can provide parts within hours, ordering from Amazon would create at least a 24-hour delay for each repair. Of course, we don’t stop there in providing incredible value. Our incredible Master Technicians perform all repairs at Concours with professional-grade...

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...

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...

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...