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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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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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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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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

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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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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