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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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Why Choose a European Vehicle?

Some people love European vehicles. Some shy away from them. But for those who love them -- like the team at Foreign Affairs Auto in West Palm Beach, Florida -- they are diehard fans. Most owners of European vehicles rarely switch loyalties and move toward Asian or Domestic vehicles, unless they have a specific need like a truck, hybrid, or an electric vehicle. So, why choose a European vehicle? What is it about European vehicles that create such raving, dedicated fans? We, ourselves, have been the owners of various European vehicles and we have been maintaining the European vehicles of our customers for many years. Here is our list of reasons why so many people choose to own a European vehicle. They are beautifully designed. They are smartly engineered. They are a pleasure to drive. Their engines sound amazing. They are a status symbol. They can become valuable collectables over time. When you maintain them regularly, they last a long time. Each European car brand has their own tri ... 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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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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Showing Love for Your Car

Showing Love for Your Car

Our cars show us love 365 days a year. It’s how we get to all the places we both need and want to go every single day. Without our vehicles, it would be nearly impossible to take care of all the things on our to-do lists. Not only that, but Americans have a true love affair with our automobiles. Many of us find that our most prized possession is our car. When you think about how much it does for you every day, think about giving it some extra love this Valentine’s Day. Besides, everything you do for your car also makes your life better.  Wipe down the interior. Include washing the windows and inside windshield.  Vacuum thoroughly after having cleaned all of the clutter and debris.  Purchase an organizational item or two to help you stay on top of keeping it clean. Wash and wax the exterior. This will also help you get the most out of your vehicle.  Look through all the cool gadgets that are now available to make your drive that much more enjoyable ... read more

Road Tripping From West Palm Beach

Road Tripping From West Palm Beach

Taking a road trip in Florida during the winter is an entirely different ballgame than many other parts of the country. Regardless, you still want to be prepared for any road trip and that’s why we put together this blog to help you have a fantastic time! We’ll cover car care, emergency kits, and will give you a few recommendations that should be a ton of fun. Safety first as always, but that only helps you keep the fun rolling along. Car Care It’s important that your car is ready for what you’re asking it to do. You wouldn’t want to take a car that’s falling apart down the street let alone on a long journey. Have it inspected by a pro, but there are definitely things you can do if you’re up to the task. Start with checking the tires to make sure they have good tread depth, are properly inflated, and that the sidewalls are in good condition. Make sure to check all of the fluids for levels as well as for color. If they are dark and/or discolore ... read more

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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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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Best Road Trips within An Hour of West Palm Beach

Best Road Trips within An Hour of West Palm Beach

Road trips are a great way to get closer to friends and family while making unforgettable memories. Being stuck in a car for hours on hours can get stressful but an hour or so drive is perfect. There are some awesome places an hour away from West Palm Beach in which you can make a little day trip or stay the whole weekend. Check out these places when considering your next getaway and don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.  On the outskirts of West Palm Beach lies Riviera Beach that has free parking and admission making it great for big families. At Riviera Beach, you can swim up close and personal with the friendly manatees. The manatees are in their natural environment and enjoy visitors, consider them the dogs of the sea. There is an education center if you want to learn more about animals and the environment.  Another great beach is the North Palm Beach that is 438 acres of breathtaking nature. There are many trails to hike, kayak rentals, picnics, and of course the a ... read more

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