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How and Why Preventive Maintenance Matters

How and Why Preventive Maintenance Matters

Do you actively practice Preventative Maintenance with your car?  At Foreign Affairs, we sometimes imagine customers may tighten a bit when we bring up preventative maintenance. We can certainly understand why it might make people tense up: the more you bring your car to a mechanic, the more you pay in the work they must perform to maintain your car. There’s a certain faulty logic to this that is understandable.  But this is inaccurate for a number of reasons, as it’s difficult to factor the unknown costs of letting a car go and then needing it running right again. A good analogy to explaining it might be to compare preventative maintenance with your nightly teeth cleaning routine.  When you brush, you likely use toothpaste, a brush specifically chosen for your teeth and gums, dental floss, and mouthwash. All of these items work to eliminate the issues that cause gum disease, plaque, and tartar build-up, which leads to bad breath. If all you ever did was ... read more

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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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BMW and Its Cult Status

Ask anyone who owns one, “Why do you love your BMW?”, and they often will wax poetic about their passion for BMW vehicles. Seriously, BMW (and MINI too) are iconic brands that have a cult status and a devoted fan base. But why? Why are BMWs and MINIs so popular? What is about these brands that make people want to own them? Because we work on a lot of BMWs and MINIs at Foreign Affairs Auto, we have a few ideas why BMW has garnered a cult following: They are fun to drive. BMW has branded itself as the Ultimate Driving Experience. If you drive one, you know the promise of a fantastic driving experience is kept again and again. Have you ever taken a BMW or MINI to an autocross track? It’s so much fun! If you are ever lucky enough to do a driving school / track day with professional BMW race car drivers, you’re in for a whirlwind of thrills! No roller coaster can compare to a Hot Lap with a pro NASCAR driver in a BMW on a closed track. It’s s ... 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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Spring Cleaning Your Car

Spring Cleaning Your Car

  Oooh! Shiny. Don’t you want YOURS to look as clean as this one? ​Tis the season for spring cleaning and there is no better place to start than with your car. Instead of spring cleaning your entire house or garage, which tends to be a nebulous overwhelming task, your vehicle is well confined. Let’s break it down:   Let’s work our way in from the outside:   Start with your tires, you can use an equal mix of vinegar and water to help get them extra clean. Next up is the washing of the vehicle: Using the two-bucket method, have one bucket of clean soapy water and another one with your dirty rinse water. Start at the top and work your way down.   Don’t forget the undercarriage. Make sure you get underneath your car and spray it down really well. Even though we don’t use chemicals to clear snow and ice from our balmy global location, it’s still a good idea to wash away dirt and debris under your car too. Once you’ve managed to ... read more

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Have you ever made New Year’s Resolutions for your car? Your loyal car takes you all over town without any complaints. It’s there when you need it, and goes when you put your foot on the gas. So why not have New Year’s Resolutions for your vehicle? Here are some you might consider for 2019!  Get Regular Maintenance Changing the oil and checking all the fluids, making sure the hoses aren’t cracked... those are things that will help your vehicle last longer, and save you money in the long run. We don’t like surprises when it comes to our car, and maybe you don’t either — one way to prevent surprises it to get that regular maintenance.  Attend to Funny Noises or Smells Does your car creak when it goes around corners? Do you sometimes smell something unusual? Those funny noises and smells could be indicators of more severe problems. Our auto technicians have heard many strange sounds. When our customers describe the sounds to us ... read more

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How To Prevent Water Leaks In Your Car

How To Prevent Water Leaks In Your Car

Though we are known as the Sunshine State, Florida gets more than its fair share of rain. Lately, we’ve had torrential rains across the state. We have been receiving calls from our clients, telling us about the mysterious water leaks in their trunk and on the floor mats. Leaving your windows and sunroof open during a thunderstorm is an apparent cause for a wet car interior. However, what about when the windows are all closed? How can your car get wet on the inside when the trunk is closed, the windows are up, and the doors are locked? It may be due to the car’s drainage system getting filled with debris; resulting in water leaks. Like a gutter on your roof that’s backed up with leaves, water may seep into ordinarily waterproof areas if the drainage system is blocked. All vehicles have a drainage system, and some vehicle brands consistently exhibit drainage design issues. The water leaks could be the result of a faulty sunroof drainage system. Alternatively, the are ... read more

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Guide to Car Dashboard for New Driver

Guide to Car Dashboard for New Driver

Learning to drive is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, it can also be one of the most overwhelming, especially if they’re not too familiar with the layout of a vehicle. In most brands and models of car, the dashboard is pretty similar with a few various design and style choices depending on the make of the vehicle. Familiarizing yourself with the dashboard and all of the various indicators and lights before driving is a great way to make it feel a little less overwhelming and more manageable. Here are some of the standard displays and indicator lights and what they mean to you and your vehicle. This is a chart that shows 64 of the most common lights that may appear on your dashboard. The dial on the left shows the RPM gauge, which is the Revolutions Per Minute, which is how many times a minute that the crankshaft is spinning. I ... read more

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