While Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are experts in automotive engineering, even they cannot completely account for the inevitable toll that hundreds - thousands even - of hours on the road has on various car systems.
According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the national average for miles driven per year sits around 13,500 miles (21,000 km). According to ahainsurance, the average distance traveled is about 15,000 kilometres for Canadians. That’s a lot of time on the pavement, not to mention all the micro-damage from potholes, speed bumps, and other traffic-related incidents that accumulate along the way.
With all that turning of the odometer, one thing is very clear: European Performance Cars need regular maintenance and servicing.
Because the resale value of new cars is drastically reduced in the first five years of ownership, it’s imperative that conscientious and passionate car owners alike make decisions that extend the longevity of their European Performance Vehicle.
Alignment and Balancing
MotorSport Drivers have known for decades that vehicle alignment is a foundational parameter of car performance - on and off the track. Ensuring that your Wheels are perfectly angled with respect to the road and your model’s suspension system, which is achieved by altering the angle of the wheel across multiple axes known as Toe, Camber, and Caster, will help you save money and have a more enjoyable ride.
Wheel and Tire Service
Most high-performance cars require different sets for front and back tires, meaning you can’t simply rotate them for longevity. By regularly servicing your tires and rims, the integrity of your wheels is maintained and you will also receive the added benefits of a safer, more fuel-efficient, and more powerful ride. SportsCarBoutique’s expert technicians use the latest in laser- and computer-assisted machinery to ensure your rims and tires are perfectly balanced, rotated, and defect free!
Yearly brake fluid flushing is important for all vehicles, but as an owner of high-performance or luxury cars, it’s imperative - especially for those looking to perform well on the track! Whether you want that tune-up to achieve next level results or simply want proper servicing of your dealer brakes, it’s important to have brakes checked at a schedule.
German Luxury Vehicles are notorious for technically-superior engines that are the cornerstone of high performance. Since these are not your run-of-the-mill systems, they need to be tended too at a regular interval to ensure that the fluids are running smoothly and efficiently. For instance, coolant levels are often neglected or incorrectly maintained leading to unnecessary and expensive complications.
Across the major European Performance brands, the rule of thumb for maintenance spending tends to be around 1,200-1,300 USD a year . Mercedes-Benz recommends a maintenance schedule for models from 2009 and newer of about every 20,000 miles (32,000 km) or 2 years (after the first year of a new purchase, which they say should be serviced after 10,000 miles or one year)
Mobile Car Repair Provider YourMechanic.com analyzed their body of anonymous customer data and determined which car brands and models require the most maintenance over a 10-year period. Initially, this research looked at the major car brands and tried to assess which brands as a group cost the most to maintain on an annual basis
According to this data analysis conducted by mobile care repair provider YourMechanic.com, BMWs are the most expensive cars to maintain - the ten year average being nearly $20,000 USD. Luxury European Automotives tend to be more expensive as a category, but they also afford drivers lots of advantage in terms of comfort, aesthetics, and performance.
YourMechanic’s cost chart also placed luxury european brands Mercedes-Benz and Audi in the top 5 most expensive to maintain, with both cars costing around $13,000 to maintain over a ten year period.
At the end of the day, ANY vehicle owner should be following a yearly maintenance schedule if they want to get more longevity and performance out of their vehicle. When it comes to high performance European Automotives, it’s even more important to be preemptive and fix small issues before they develop into large, expensive ones.
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