Why Do German Cars Need Special Mechanics?
If you own a German car, such as an Audi or a VW, you might have noticed that not all garages will service your car. They’ll tell you that your vehicle needs ‘special servicing’. They may even tell you to take it to the manufacturer themselves. But what does any of that mean? Why are German cars so difficult to have serviced?
Because most garages do not have the tools or the expertise to help you.
German cars are very different machines from most other types of vehicles. They are designed, built, and maintained to a level of complexity that far outstrips most other types of cars. Because of this, if you own a BMW, Audi, VW, or Mercedes, then your car will need to be serviced by a garage with the following qualities:
Specialised Training To Work On German Cars
Maintenance and repairs made to German automobiles are different because of their specific components and engine composition. Highly complex, these vehicles require a different kind of maintenance from others.
As such, it is important to make sure that all maintenance on German cars is done by a professional who understands the unique requirements of these vehicles. Taking a German car into a garage that does not specialise in them could result in them refusing to service your vehicle. Or, worse, they could try to service it, only to damage it due to their lack of experience.
Even something as simple as an oil change must be done precisely. For less complicated vehicles, an oil change may only require oil that matches the required viscosity. On the other hand, exact oils are necessary for specific German cars. Make sure that your mechanic knows when to use a Syntec SAE 0W formula versus their Movil 1 0W-30.
The Right Equipment
Just as much as the right training is important when dealing with a German car, it is vital that they also have the correct equipment and parts on hand to deal with your vehicle. There are also specialised tools that are required for certain types of cars that only specialised garages can supply. Not only are these parts rare in their usage, but they also need trained technicians to use them.
Each part of a BMW or a Mercedes will be specially designed by their brand for their specific make and model. Because of this, it is important that your garage stocks the specific parts that your car is going to need when you take it in to be serviced.