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The Power of a Pre-Purchase Inspection

The Power of a Pre-Purchase Inspection

A pre-purchase inspection can be a thorny issue for both the buyer and the seller. Automobiles are major purchases, and it can be stressful. But it’s also crucial to have it so that the needs of the car are clear and the value of the car is understood to all parties. We understand the importance of pre-purchase inspections because we not only repair and inspect cars, we sell them, right here in Palm Beach county. If there’s a foreign automobile you’re thinking of buying, it makes sense to bring that car to Foreign Affairs. You need that car to be mechanically sound, and we can determine that for you. When you bring the vehicle to us for inspection, we will: Investigate all major systems of the car (engine, transmission, fuel system, and exhaust components) Scan the electrical system for error codes Run a complete diagnostic Perform a thorough brake inspection Inspect the suspension Do a full cosmetic sweep Check for tell-tale signs of collision damage We will ... read more

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Rolls Royce & Bentley: Luxury at Its Finest

Rolls Royce & Bentley: Luxury at Its Finest

Bentley and Rolls Royce are two flagship makes of cars that express opulence and luxury like no other car.  The Rolls-Royce Phantom has been in production since 1925. The Phantom is the flagship sedan of Rolls-Royce that provides a ride likened to a magic carpet ride, sporting electrically controlled suspension, and roars down the road with a 12 cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine that goes 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. This car not only sports an instrument cluster with a dashboard and LCD screen; the Phantom also features artwork behind a single piece of glass. The Phantom is an art gallery on wheels. A unique feature of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is that it is designed for the rear passenger. The interior is likened to a sanctuary, where the headliner is not simply a covering, it sports starlight viewing, and can be custom ordered with your birth constellation featured. We all know that James Bond stepped out of a Rolls-Royce, however, did you know that Fred Astaire and John Lennon also ... read more

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How To Sanitize Your Vehicle

In the COVID-19 Era, we are all facing a new reality when it comes to cleanliness and hand washing. Admittedly, we are used to Springtime Cleaning, but COVID-19 has us taking extra precautions to reduce our risk of exposure. While we are always diligent when it comes to cleaning, disinfecting, and workplace safety, we have implemented additional processes that are the primary focus of our management team. Examples of these actions include increasing bathroom sanitizing, and cleaning countertops, tables, chairs, and door handles frequently throughout the day. When you have our auto repair team service your vehicle, we follow certain guidelines that reduce your risk of catching the virus: Our technicians will wear disposable gloves while working on the Interior & Exterior of your vehicle. We will wipe down the car keys of your vehicle. Plus, the interior steering wheel, dashboard and door handles will be sanitized before your vehicle is returned to you. All staff is required to ... read more

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Audi: From the Track to the Streets

Audi: From the Track to the Streets

Since 1980 the Audi Quattro has been at the forefront of four-wheel racing high-performance cars on the track. When it comes to choosing a car to drive, you will want to choose an Audi. The Audi Quattro is an ideal commuter car that can go from the street to a rally race in no time flat. How exciting is that, to know your car is a contender on the track, and a sleeper on the road unless someone knows what they are capable of. Originally the Audi Quatro, two-door coupe, was produced from 1980-1991. It had a single overhead cam with a 2.1-liter engine stock. Eventually, Audi beefed it up and increased the engine size to a 2.2 litre, complete with a dual overhead cam. This bigger engine added even more airflow and increased the horsepower to the wheels substantially. Because these cars are so lightweight and engineered to grip the road, they are real powerhouses when it comes to track day and when you are on the street. A car with a reputation like this, with top speeds of 140 MPH in th ... read more

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5 Ways To Protect Your Vehicle During Winter

5 Ways To Protect Your Vehicle During Winter

Winter is in full swing now that the new year has arrived, which means that road conditions are now the stuff of nightmares. Rain, snow, ice, and salt are all potential hazards to be aware of, and protecting your vehicle from the winter elements is the best way to ensure its longevity and safety down the line. Adhering to these 5 tips on how to protect your vehicle during the winter will go a long way toward making that a reality! Covered Parking: If you have access to covered parking, use it! Keeping your car covered while parked is essential in protecting it from the cold weather conditions. Additionally, keeping your car in a covered area such as in a covered carport or your garage will make getting into and out of your vehicle a more pleasant experience during the winter months. And if you live in an area where it snows, you can avoid having to scrape built up ice and snow from your roof and windows.  Regularly Washing Your Car: Salted roads may help with traction, but it&rsqu ... read more

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Christmas Lights in the West Palm Beach Area

  When it comes to Christmas in West Palm Beach, we get into the holiday spirit as much as any city that has snow. We love Foreign Affairs Auto loves this time of year and we know that there is so much to do and see right here in the West Palm Beach area. We encourage you to slow down and enjoy the season and that’s why we’ve compiled this list to encourage you to get out there and experience some of the magic.  https://www.thepalmbeaches.com/blogs/ultimate-guide-holiday-celebrations-palm-beaches https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20181205/best-christmas-light-displays-in-palm-beach-county https://www.westpalmbeachfoodtour.com/west-palm-beach-christmas/ https://www.wpbnow.com/calendar-events-holiday-season-west-palm-beach/ https://www.10best.com/destinations/florida/palm-beach-west-palm-beach/attractions/things-to-do-in-december/ https://www.mounts.org/product/garden-of-lights/ http://worth-avenue.com/event/christmas-tree-lighting/ If you decorate your ho ... read more

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Halloween and Scary Automotive Sounds

Halloween and Scary Automotive Sounds

Spooky season is coming up, and there are many sounds that we are going to hear! Many of them will be pleasant and with the Halloween theme, but there are plenty of sounds you may start to hear from your car and those sounds… well they’re never in season, are they? Here are some of those scary sounds, what they mean, and what next steps are for you and your vehicle’s maintenance. 1. Is that the screeching of a banshee?  Well, that depends, but first, we have to determine where the sound is coming from. If the sound is coming from your wheels, it likely means that it is time to change your brake pads. They are designed to make those noises after wearing down to help alert you, but that doesn’t mean the sound isn’t scary to hear! Worn down brakes aren’t in themselves dangerous right away, but it is important to get them replaced in a timely manner to prevent more serious replacements or repairs. What if that screeching is coming from under the ho ... read more

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Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

 Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

With the start of school fast approaching, you want to make sure that your vehicle is ready. Car maintenance can be one of the last things on your mind at this time of year but it is very important to ensure your vehicle is safe.  Here is Foreign Affairs Auto Back to School Maintenance checklist: Check under the hood, make sure all your fluid levels are good. Ensure that you have enough oil, coolant and power steering fluid for a great functioning vehicle.  Look at your tires, make sure they have enough pressure and look for uneven or wear on your tread. Proper inflation and tire health can help them hug the ground and help you stop when and where you need to.  Check your lights, if you have a teen you might want them to help you with this so they know what to do in the future. Have them go in and turn on the headlights and turn signals, while you check them. Also having them press on the brake pedal so you can look at your brake lights as well.  Making sure yo ... read more

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Do You Need Someone to Check Your Car When You’re Gone?

Do You Need Someone to Check Your Car When You’re Gone?

What to do with your car when you are gone is a common concern. A lot of that depends on how long you are gone and what kind of car you own. It also depends on where you leave your vehicle while you are away.  If you have a vehicle that needs to be driven on a regular basis and you plan to be gone for weeks or even months, you’ll definitely want someone to take it for the occasional spin around the block. Even if you have a very modern model, leaving it undriven for months on end can be detrimental.  If you are most concerned with its general safety, you can leave it in a secured lot. It’s best not to leave it in underground parking where no one pays attention to the comings and goings of vehicles.  When you leave it in your own garage, it’s still nice to have someone check on it from time to time. Starting it occasionally will help keep it ready for your return. If you park it out and away from West Palm Beach, you’ll definitely want to consid ... read more

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How to Pack Your Trunk for Vacation

How to Pack Your Trunk for Vacation

Vacations are full of fun and everyone is ready to throw their suitcase in the back and hit the road. Packing your trunk with everyone's luggage, snacks, and road entertainment is a puzzle. You don’t want to be an hour into the drive and have to pull over so you can grab a snack or movie out of the back. Here are some tips on how to pack your trunk to make your vacation a breeze.  If you haven’t taken out all the old gas receipts, used napkins, and other trash out of your car then start there. It’s summer so you won’t be needing your ice scraper or winter tools, take them out as well. Try not to overpack, although it’s hard it will save you room in the end. Consider co-packing a bag to prevent overpacking, it will also create more space. Have a separate bag for items that will be used multiple times during the trip like snacks, water, and entertainment so passengers in the backseat don’t have to rummage through the luggage to find something ... read more

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