How To Check Your Car Before a Road Trip?

Are you planning to go on a road trip for the Memorial Day long weekend? Before you do, you should check on your car to make sure you don’t encounter any mechanical issues. It is one of the last problems you need after planning your short vacation you’ve been looking forward to all week! We have come up with some quick DIY step for you to follow.

1.       Check the fluids in your car. Make sure you to check the oil, coolant, brake fluid, and windscreen wash levels. This will help prevent any small accident that can affect your car in the long run. For extra help where these are located, check your user manual book in your car.

2.       Check your air tire pressure. You should find the “recommended level” printed in the owner’s manual, sticker on the body where the driver’s door shuts or inside the car flap where you put gas into the car. The recommended level should be the max, do not exceed. Also, in preparation for the worst-case scenario, add air into your spare tire.

3.       Get your oil changed. Even when it’s getting closer to the time to change your oil, get it changed. Driving to a long destination can additional stress to the motor. Adding oil yourself does seem ideal and easy to do but in fact, it is not. Consistently adding new oil will not get rid of the sludge from old oil used. Let the professionals do it, you want to keep the car maintained and longer lasting. Don’t risk it.

4.       Check your tire wear. Often drivers do not pay much attention to their tires, especially when planning on a long trip tires can heat up and can cause blowouts on worn out tires. Use the tread depth gauge to measure the tread depth. It should be 1/16th” or 1.6mm.

5.       Check all lights and signals are functioning. This is very important to check if you are planning to drive at night. Ask a friend or family member to help assist you on this one. Go through each light and signal to make sure the other person can confirm is working accordingly. You may want to carry extra car replacement bulbs, just to be safe. Unless you are a “handy with tools” kind of person, it is best to allow the professional this.

6.       Emergency equipment kit. Any emergency kit can come in handy, this could include an up to date map, cell phone, spare tire or emergency tools like flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, an adjustable spanner or medical kit can prepare you for the worst-case scenario, it may sound excessive but it is always better to be overprepared than underprepared.

Following these quick steps will help keep you prepared for any road trips you plan ahead. At German AutoSport, we advise you to take safety seriously. Don’t put your loved ones at risk for something you should check before your trip. Contact us at (978) 388-1288, and we will be more than happy to assist your car maintenance needs at Amesbury, Boxford, Haverhill, Lawrence, and Newburyport MA.

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Summer Car Maintenance Tips

While driving in the summer might not seem like the most grueling experience for your car, it certainly can cause its issues. German Auto Sport has come up with a few tips that will help keep your car running smoothly during the continued summer months.

  1. Tire Checks: Tire pressure directly changes due to the temperature outside. The PSI of your tires often increase between 1-2 psi for every 10 degree increase. Be sure your tire pressure is at the recommended value. You can check this by reading your cars owners manual. An under inflated tire puts pressure on the sidewalls of the tire while an over inflated tire will make less contact with the road which can potentially lead to hydroplaning during rainy weather.
  2. Air Conditioning Malfunction: Air Conditioning gets worked alot during the summer months and it isn’t uncommon to have your unit stop working. While there could be many causes for this, with the most common being a low level of refrigerant, it may be best to have an expert check it out.
  3. Windshield Wipers:Windshield wipers are crucial to work during the winter but are also important during the summer. Be sure to check them once in a while to make sure they work. Violent and sudden thunderstorms will bring unexpected rain and you need to be sure your wipers work 100%.

If you are to run into any problems with the problems listed about, German Auto Sport is happy to help.

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Spring 2017 Vehicle Maintenance Tips

After another tough New England winter, it is time once again to gear up for road trips, adventure, and sunshine. Whatever your style, chances are you are getting ready to hit the road, but are you confident that your car is in good enough shape to get you there safely and efficiently?

Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions have been hard on your car, so it is likely showing some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify any minor problems, before they become major ones.

Here are some tips to keep your car running safely this spring and summer:

  1. Change your oil and oil filter. Changing your oil and oil filter at the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual is one of the best ways to keep the engine running trouble free. Neglecting to replace engine oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption and even severe engine damage.
  2. Check your fluids. When you change your oil and oil filter, you should also check your fluids. Check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids; your windshield washer fluid; and your coolant. If the levels are low, top them up, and flush/replace them as recommended in your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that your power steering, brake and coolant systems are closed, so low fluid levels may indicate a leak.
  3. Replace your wiper blades. If they’re torn or cracked your wiper blades won’t do you much good in the middle of unrelenting spring showers when visibility is reduced.
  4. Check your charging system. Cold temperatures can do a number on your battery, so now is a good time to have it tested. You should also check to make sure that your battery is securely mounted and that the connections are clean, tight, and corrosion free. If your battery is more than five years old, you should consider having it replaced.
  5. Fix your windshield. In cities where sand and rocks are used on icy roads, motorists often end up with chips and cracks in their windshields. Although these may not seem like a big deal, any damage to your windshield can decrease the overall effectiveness of airbags, seatbelts, roof stability, and your personal safety in the event of an accident. If your windshield has a crack, it’s important to have it repaired or replaced immediately.
  6. Check your lighting. Check all exterior and interior lighting to identify any problems. When your vehicle’s lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.
  7. Lubricate your chassis parts. Many newer cars are “lubed-for-life,” but some still require regular chassis lubrication so check your owner’s manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may also require periodic lubrication.
  8. Check your belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage, and check your belts for looseness, cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new belt from slipping.
  9. Check your filters. Your car has a number of filters that are important to its longevity and should be replaced regularly. Check your engine air filter, your cabin air filter, and your fuel filter for damage or clogging and replace them if necessary.
  10. Check your tires. Your tires are the only point of contact between you and road, so it’s important to take care of them. Check the pressure of all your tires (including the spare) monthly, and maintain the optimal pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and for cuts or bruises on the sidewalls. Rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers, and replace them if they are worn or damaged.

Make vehicle maintenance a priority this spring to protect yourself and prolong the life of your vehicle!

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Volkswagen Introduces the Newest Addition to the VW Family – The 2018 Atlas

Volkswagen has announced their newest SUV model, the Atlas, and it’s due to hit showroom floors in May 2017. Volkswagen has a lot to prove to consumers but with crossovers becoming increasingly sought after by families, the Atlas has the chance to change the game for VW.

The Volkswagen Atlas comes with an abundance of new features, including a new third row seat, which hasn’t been seen in any Volkswagen models since the VW EuroVan. With the new third row feature, Volkswagen has re-imagined the simplicity of gaining access to the third row, as well as kept every man, women, and child in mind when creating the space. The second row seating features a lever that slides and moves the seating forward, no longer requiring patrons to remove empty car seats before gaining access to the third row.

The new and improved dashboard of the Atlas features a 12.3” information display that shows estimated fuel consumption, driver assistance technology, and your speed. Along with the new dashboard features, there is also a new 8” touchscreen display, selectable driving modes, pedestrian monitoring, front assistant, and blind spot assist.

The 8-speed automatic comes in a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder and a 3.6L V6, with an output between 235 hp and 276 hp, respectively. The crossover will definitely be a family friendly option and is in line with the Toyota Highlander and the Ford Explorer, price and size wise.

If you are a faithful Volkswagen owner or have decided to give this new model a try, be sure to contact us with any service or repair needs!

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Porsche’s Latest is a Station Wagon!? The 2017 Panamera Sport Turismo

Due to be revealed at the Geneva Auto Show next month, Porsche’s latest big reveal is the 2017 Panamera Sport Turismo – a luxury, sporty station wagon that aims to be the highest in its class. Porsche joins other German automakers in releasing high end station wagons like the Audi A4 Allsport, Mercedes E-Class Wagon, and the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon as automakers continue to target the luxury crossover market, which is the segment of the market experiencing some of the highest levels of growth in the industry.

Though it may be hard to imagine feeling luxurious when first considering the idea of riding around town in a station wagon, there is no denying that the five-door 2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo looks no less impressive than similarly-priced sleek coupes and sports cars. In the five years since the concept was originally premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Panamera Sport Turismo has remained relatively true to the original concept. Experts expect that the model premiering at Geneva will only have four seats, but they predict that if the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo can capture a segment of the US crossover market, Porsche will expand the overall seating to five. In addition to the fact that station wagons are quite popular across the EU markets, German Auto manufacturers are hoping that American markets will understand the benefits of station wagons: the fuel efficiency, rollover safety, and sleek design of coupes and sedans mixed with the cargo space, expanded wheelbase and functionality of of small SUVs and crossover SUVs.

German AutoSport continues to be on the watch for new and interesting German automobiles. German AutoSport is one of the top service centers for German Automobiles serving the Boston North Shore and New Hampshire, including Amesbury, Newburyport, Kingston, and more. If you own a high-end luxury German Automobile in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, come in to German AutoSport for the best price on oil changes and the highest quality service and maintenance available.

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2018 Audi Q8 Concept Car Revealed At 2017 Detroit Auto Show

German AutoSport is excited to share the details on new Audi Q8 reveal at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the latest upscale concept car from Audi. The Audi Q8 flagship hybrid SUV/Coupe is the latest update from the previous Audi Q7 and looks to put Audi on a level playing field with other high end SUV models by BMW and Mercedes, like the X6 or the GLE Coupe.

The Audi Q8 shares a lot of similarities to the Audi Q7, with similar wheelbases and overall footprints, but the Q8 brings a much sportier body, with a lower base, sloping roofline, and tapered rear, expecting to hold five seats and a 630-liter boot in production models. The Q8 concept is a plug-in hybrid e-tron model, containing a 3.0-liter TFSI engine paired with an electric motor running with a 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery, with 438 horsepower and 700Nm of torque, which delivers 37 miles per a single charge in electric power and taking an estimated two and a half hours to charge the battery. The Audi Q8 has reportedly clocked 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, emitting 53g/km of carbon emissions. An eight-speed automatic gearbox and Quattro four-wheel drive delivers power to the drivetrain.

Audi remains one of the companies on the cutting edge of high-end automobiles, and we are excited to see what the future has in store for new luxury Audi automobiles. Contact German AutoSport for specialized maintenance and custom high-performance fine tuning and services for your Audi or other German automobile.

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BMW Sets Sales Goal of 100,000 Electric Cars in 2017

Electric cars have been around for far longer than many of us have realized, dating all the way back to the 19th century. The first production of an electric car took place in 1884 in London, and was built by Thomas Parker, using specially designed and high capacity rechargeable batteries. Within recent years, we have seen a considerable rise in electric vehicles on the road. In 2012, there were an estimated 100,000 electric cars in use. Fast forward to 2016, and that number has increased to 1.3 million worldwide. The rapidly growing figures have caused many automotive companies to tackle the industry, introducing their own models.

Recently, BMW launched its aspirations of reaching a total sale of 100,000 electric cars for the following year of 2017. Since the launch of the BMW i, there have been over 100,000 electrified BMW’s driving on worldwide roads, this includes both models of the i3 and i8, as well as the PHEV offerings. In total, BMW offers seven models that are plug-in hybrids, or run solely on electric power. At this point, the i3 is the only battery electric vehicle, and has recently boosted its range and battery capacity to keep the vehicle on road longer. At its current standing, the i3 would account for 25% of the total 2017 sales.

BMW may have a few tricks in the bag to help compete with the growing market, but we can only wait and see. Other automotive companies, including Volkswagen and Mercedes, plan to unveil new models and designs in the next 4 years, while BMW has yet to make any announcements. The goal of 100,000 sold in 2017 may be deemed too high by some, but the constant increase in demand proves the aspirations are more than possible.

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Mercedes Introduces New Pickup Truck

Earlier last week, Mercedes-Benz announced the concept for their first ever pickup truck; the X-class. Mercedes-Benz states that this will be the world’s first “premium” pickup truck. The pickup truck segment of automobiles was one that Mercedes-Benz had yet to enter until now.

They realize that it is a competitive and lucrative market, and they wanted to tap into it to join the rest of the competition. The market for trucks, in the U.S. has risen by 20% every years as pickup trucks become more popular. This market segment also dominates in countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Mercedes-Benz knows that the U.S. market is controlled by “The Detroit Three” so they will not be offering this truck to the U.S. when it first is in production. The company plans to release the truck in Europe, Latin America, South America, and Africa. As of now there is no official pricing for this pickup truck but Mercedes plans to come up with a range soon.

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BMW Launches Its Concept For The BMW X2

To continue with the roll out of their SUV line, BMW has finally launched their concept to what the BMW X2 will look like. What makes this model so interesting is the fact there are a lot of design features that differ its predecessor. The front end of the car seems to be wider than that of the X1, since the big air intakes are positioned on the sides. The kidney shaped grills have also been redesigned with a distinct shape and upside down design. To distinguish the X2 even further, the kidney grills are no longer connected to the headlights as seen in previous BMW models.

The purpose of the new X2 is to be more practical and a more stylish model compared to the X1. The senior vice president stated, “The BMW Concept X2 is a vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality”.  Adding that the new look offers a new and exciting look for the BMW brand. BMW plans to have the final design of the X2 done soon as well as continue to expand their SUV department in the future.

If you decide to purchase this amazing compact car, be sure to contact us with any repair need you may have!

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Audi Traffic Light Connected Cars Launching In Fall

Audi will be rolling out their Traffic Lights Online in the fall of 2016 and plans to operate in multiple cities within the U.S. by the end of the year. This new technology plans to dilute some of the frustration some drivers experience with traffic lights, decrease people using phones while driving and keeping traffic flowing. What this technology does is that it turns in real time data of when traffic lights are turning red ahead of you and when they will turn green.

The count down of when the lights will be turning red or green will appear in Audi’s dashboard display; the Virtual Cockpit. The countdown will tell you how many seconds a driver has until the light will turn green. What is interesting about this, is that the countdown actually starts before you get to the red light itself. After you go through one set of lights, the timer will start for the next traffic light that is coming up on your trip. Instead of having drivers gun it to beat the light, Audi hopes it will take away the uncertainty of when the light will change. Audi feels a better informed driver is a less stressed driver. Audi also included that the timer will disappear seconds before the light turns to green, as to not seem like a racing count down.

The rollout of this technology will be gradual, as with the car models that support the system. Audi has stated that the 2017 models that were made after June 1st of this year will be compatible with this technology. This includes the latest Q7, A4 and A4 Allroad.

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