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MINI Value of Service Schedules

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EuroWerks offers many advantages to service beyond the common Independent or Franchised “Quick Service” facilities. To attract the best of Technicians, EuroWerks placed significant investment in Factory tools for the diagnosis of the later model year MINI. The MINI like other cars manufactured after 1996 require special tools to diagnosis and interface with the myriad computer systems. Many shops are unable to perform the simplest of cursory service without these tools.

At EuroWerks, we choose to look ahead and prepare for the future of automotive service and repair. Our Factory Tools and Trained Technicians are not unlike what may be found at the MINI Franchised Dealerships.

Along with our attention to detail in the service of your automobile, you’ll discover a convenient community atmosphere. We offer pick up and delivery to the train station. We have established relation with Enterprise Rental Car service for those in need of unrestricted travel. Our technicians know the value of each and every customer whom visit EuroWerks and will provide Excellence in Service many have never experienced elsewhere.

For so long, mileage and/or time intervals were the accepted measure of recommended service intervals. At EuroWerks, we continue to prefer this measure for recommended servicing. On later model cars, (1998 and newer), service schedules are determined by illumination of a service indicator light, (the wrench, illumination of inspection light bars or a easy to understand, “service light”).

To determine oil life, the Engine Management Computer (ECU) may monitor individual driving habits and operating conditions. Or an Oil Quality Sensor may determine the condition of the oil. The ECU in your car reads fuel consumption and adjusts the service interval via the maximum set parameters of its schedule interval. The Oil Quality Sensor actually reads the condition of the oil and adjusts suggested internals based upon age, level, and adjustments made via addition of new oil etc.

Many of our customers recognize the importance of timely servicing of their automobiles. It is an accepted part of responsible ownership. While the manufacturer may use language such as “recommended" and "required”, the distinction is important.

Failure to perform required maintenance might jeopardize factory warranties by causing excessive component wear, and in some cases result in unplanned failure and expense from the failure. Additionally, the measure of cost in lost time, or worse, risk of personal safety is difficult to measure.

Recommended maintenance is suggested for optimum performance and wear of specific components of the automobile. Two clear examples of recommended maintenance or service and the impact of ignoring them come to mind!

When replacing tires, it is recommended an alignment and timely tire rotation are performed. If you fit tires that offer a 40,000-mile warranty without performing alignment, what is the impact on this warranty? If the tires wear excessively, prematurely, and unevenly, what will the warranty provide? The tire warranty will likely be pro-rated and based upon the lowest measure of existing tread, effectively costing nearly the same amount as not having a warranty. If the tire fails at 5,000 miles due to driving at very low air pressures, what will the warranty offer? Certainly, it isn’t required, but simply recommended you perform the alignment, set tire pressures properly, and rotate tires as wear patterns may indicate need for. Nevertheless, because it isn’t required, does this make your tire warranty foolproof?

Consider oil service at timely intervals. What is the value of a more frequent schedule for oil service? It may result in finding wear or impending failure of a component that may result in additional expense or risk to safety, all at the benefit of saving time and or money. What is the value of those savings when you find yourself on the side of the road at an untimely hour and in an unfriendly environment?

Imagine driving for 10,000 miles without ever checking under the hood to make certain, all-fluid levels are safe. Many consumers have come to expect warning lamps to light, allowing them sufficient travel distance to remedy the problem identified by the warning lamp. If you haven’t opened the hood to check fluid levels how do you know whether the drive belt is worn or a coolant hose is failing? These issues are revealed only by visual inspection. These are real issues and can impact your livelihood and/or safety.

In considering your oil change intervals, ask yourself: Why would the manufacturer set such long, extended service intervals? Perhaps the manufacturer wants to suggest a lower cost of ownership. The manufacturer is in the business of selling cars. In many of the favorite automotive publications, the published cost per mile for owning the product is presented as lower, via extended service intervals. Consideration should be given to extended life to the automobile, which would result from regular maintenance, not to mention avoidance of unexpected expense and/or inconvenience from unexpected breakdown, which could occur as a result of infrequent maintenance.

Consider looking to purchase a pre-owned BMW with a history of oil services at 10,000-mile intervals. Now imagine finding the same model with history of oil services at 5,000-mile intervals and with comparable mileage, color, options, etc. If both vehicles were identically priced, which would you buy? If you plan to own the automobile for 100,000 miles or more, how often would you have oil services performed?

The conclusion is obvious. More frequent oil service may result in a longer life of the automobile you own. It may also reduce risk of unplanned repairs and additional expense. It may offer a greater sense of comfort before taking that unplanned trip of several hundred miles. It will likely add value to your vehicles re-sale value. Does it really cost more to change the oil at 4,000 miles versus 10,000 miles? At EuroWerks, we feel these are important considerations in value and safety.

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