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BMW, MERCEDES, & MINI COOPER SPECIALISTS

916-852-8799
916-799-3116 Text/Call After Business Hours

HELPFUL INFO

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. Check the tires - Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.

  2. Under inflated tires - when tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with a parking brake on. It can cost a mile or two per gallon.

  3. Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • BMW Specialists
  • Mini Cooper Specialists
  • Mercedes Specialists
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Great service and I would recommend them to family and friends.
    -Matt D.

  • Everyone here is excellent. Gus and Michael are friendly and always take the time to answer all my questions. And Adel is a pleasure to work with. This place is like my second home. I'll be coming here from years to come!
    -Joe V.

  • Let's start, the service is a five star, has a family feel, and is literally the best mechanic shop for German motors in Sacramento! They show you all the details and what you need to know about your car. I Highly recommend this shop! And the price is just right!
    -Oscar T.

  • LIFE LONG CUSTOMER! It's not every shop that gives you a family feel. I'm new to the area, after exiting the military, and my classic bmw needed some love. not only was there service fast and professional, but they took the time to come up with a strategy to get my vehicle restored to where I wanted it to be. thank you for the personal touch, and the military discount :) my bmw's new home
    -Alex L.

  • Very pleased with the service and knowledge that Gus and Mike have. I literally have been taking my bmw all over town to try to find someone who knows what they are doing.so happy I found them! Thank you guys for getting my baby running like new.
    -Sam H.

  • Excellent choice for BMW or Mercedes repair or maintenance. Really like this shop.
    -S. Newland

  • I take my Mercedes to Angelo's because they do good work and the prices are reasonable unlike the Mercedes-Benz dealership.
    -Michael T.

  • I was just blown away by the great service and reasonable prices. They use the proper parts for their repair on foreign and all other makes which makes my car run like it is brand new. Mike ,the owners son was the nicest guy, did not make you feel as a recently widowed lady getting ripped off. Not only were the repairs done the right way but he also drove me back and forth to my home, who else does this. I will never go any place else for my car service needs. So happy to have found them, 5 stars!
    -Gloria I.