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...

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,...