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Jaguar: Then and Now

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Photo by LOGAN WEAVER on Unsplash

Jaguar cars have been a consistently attractive brand through their many years. Jaguars are British cars that have come to be an indication of wealth and refinement. Since coming to America in the early 1990s in a big way, we’ve seen them on our roads and service them from time to time.

Jaguar, as a brand, has been primarily a combination of elegance and intimidation. Jaguar cars have historically had the long, cat-like bodies that suggest speed and power, with luxury and refinement in the cabin, and just enough muscle under the hood to be a legitimate threat.

They’ve been used in the last four Bond movies many times. Jaguar is still the car people first think of as both a sporty street threat and an upper-class British automobile. We thought we’d share some of our favorite progression videos of Jaguar cars over the years!

In this first video, it’s an incredible walkthrough and overview of the Jaguar’s entire line since the days of being S.S. Cars Limited:

This video was produced by Jaguar to celebrate 50 years of the XJ line. It takes us through the entire history of the line, from 1968’s Series 1 to 2018’s XJ 50 model, showing the changes and improvements made upon the way:


We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the Jaguars we have loved over the years. If you drive a Jaguar and need service, we hope you’ll bring it to Foreign Affairs! Schedule an appointment for service. You can find us located at 1681 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.

Not the Dreaded Check Engine Light!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Photo by Mubariz Mehdizadeh on Unsplash, additional graphics by Christopher Hooker

There’s a certain cold pit of dread that one experiences when the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT makes an appearance on your car. It’s a feeling that you’ve done something wrong, neglected something, and it is going to cost you big at the dealership.

But that’s a fallacy. There are so many reasons why you might be seeing the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT. It’s one of the hardest issues for an auto mechanic to resolve because it can be triggered by so very many different issues within your car. Some of the common Check Engine Light issues include:

  • Broken/loose gas cap
  • Catalytic converter failure
  • Low oil/oil pressure 
  • O2 sensor issues

The most important thing to do when the CEL appears is, Don’t Panic. If you haven’t been ignoring issues up until now, it’s likely going to be something small and manageable. The important thing to do is if the car is driving well without worrying symptoms, with no other indications of trouble, get it to Foreign Affairs now. 

We’re an independent shop that prides itself on our reputation for honesty and openness, and we want to be the service you rely on when you see that light. We’ll figure out what’s triggered the CEL with a computer diagnostic and a thorough inspection, and advise you on our recommended course of action.

There’ll be no pressure from us to spend more than the car is worth. We will never recommend any work that we can’t prove to you is actually needed. And if you can’t do the recommended repairs all at once, we’ll let you know an approximate timeline for when you should get the repairs you are putting off done, to prevent engine damage down the road. At Foreign Affairs Auto, we are here to support you and your vehicle, and we’ll do everything we can to get you safely on the road again.

If the dreaded CHECK ENGINE LIGHT jumps out at you, remember DON’T PANIC! Make an appointment today for the vehicle with the auto mechanics of Foreign Affairs! Schedule an appointment for service. You can find us located at 1681 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.


Friday, October 30th, 2020

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 brush when you noticed your breath was bad, you could get rid of some plaque. But if all you are doing is brushing, you are missing out on flossing in intervals and mouthwash to kill the germs. If all you do is occasionally gargle with mouthwash, the tartar builds on your teeth and in between, trapped food begins to rot. If you just floss, you would let the tartar build and miss out on the plaque on your teeth.

Like the work you put into your teeth, the work on your car needs to be steady, vigilant, and watchful. Regular maintenance has a number of big advantages for you:

  • It Saves Money. The cost of taking your car to the mechanic regularly is so much less than the money you would have to spend on deep system failures, towing, car rentals, potential accidents caused from the car breaking down, and so on.
  • It improves your fuel mileage. If you leave your suspension issues until a growing problem is unignorable, you will have lost considerable money in extra gas to power your car. The same is true about waiting too long to change the oil. Every 3,000 miles protects you, but bringing your car in for inspection and letting a qualified auto mechanic present you with a diagnosis is easily the best plan.
  • It’s Safer. Nothing hurts as much as the pain you could have stopped a loved one from feeling. Your family’s safety is too important to leave in the hands of passing angels. Take responsibility before something awful happens.

If you are ready to step up to preventative maintenance, make an appointment today for the vehicle with the auto mechanics of Foreign Affairs! Schedule an appointment for service. Or call us with any questions you might have at 561-475-4145. You can find us located at 1681 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.