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Auto Maintenance: Choosing One Repair Shop

One of the things I learned from my dad is that it pays to find a good auto repair shop and stick with it. True enough, I have tried using more than one shop, based on what I needed done to my car. Every time, I found myself going back to one shop that knew my car and the car's history. I had found that shop not too long ago. They had offered help with everything from rebuilding engines to dent repair. The shop is located near my home, and they keep records that went back for years. Thanks to the long history, they always knew what to do when something was not working as it should. If you think that finding one shop to meet all your needs is a good idea, let me help. With a little effort, you'll know exactly where to take your vehicle any time it needs some work.


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Auto Maintenance: Choosing One Repair Shop

How A Used Luxury Car Is Like A New One When It Comes To Costs

by Noelle Snyder

New cars are more valuable than used cars. When you purchase a used luxury car however, that general rule of thumb becomes skewed. That's why you need to consider how much you may have to pay in insurance and possible repairs before deciding on purchasing a used luxury vehicle.

To Insurance Companies, Luxury Equals Desirability

Even if you purchase a pre-owned luxury car, you have to remember that it still carries the "luxury" designation. That makes your car desirable. That also makes your car high risk in the eyes of insurance companies. If your aim was to purchase used so you won't have as high a premium, then you were mistaken.

In fact, there's a higher chance of theft for older luxury cars than newer. Remember that the newer the car, the better the security technology

You will own a car that thieves know well enough to disassemble, which makes it more desirable to them. Don't let that scare you, it's an unpleasant fact that all car owners, luxury and otherwise, have to contend with.

You can always equip your used luxury car with tracking and antitheft technology. This will help to drive down the cost of your insurance and make your vehicle undesirable to those that would attempt to steal it or dismantle it.

Insurance and the Cost of Repairs

The potential cost of repairs factors into your insurance premium. Luxury cars are notorious for needing costly repairs. This is especially true of foreign makes. Even domestic models tend to cost more than their non-luxury counterparts do.

When you're looking for a used luxury car, you must treat your search as if you're looking for a new one. That's because many of the considerations that go with new luxury cars do not change because the car is used.

  • You still need to maintain it at certified facilities
  • You still need to contend with the possible high price of OEM equipment
  • You still have to insure it at a cost greater than that of non-luxury vehicles

The good thing is that there's a better chance that you can find parts and good service for your used vehicle. The certified technicians would have worked out how to fix the most common issues quickly and efficiently. The possibility of finding cheaper OEM parts or their equivalents increases.

Factoring Insurance and Repairs into Your Purchase

You shouldn't let these things scare you away from purchasing a preowned luxury car. They are the kinds of things that you must consider with all car purchases. It's just that with a luxury vehicle, you have to think about them a little more deeply. That's because they represent costs that you need to factor into your purchase.

One of the best ways to own a luxury car is by purchasing a used model. It's cost effective and usually more convenient than buying new. You'll always want to consider the insurance, maintenance and repairs when buying a car—and if you have more questions, contact a dealer, like Kings Quality Auto Sales.