European Autospecialist Blog

Learn more about your car, get important tips on preventive maintenance, and find helpful advice that will improve your automotive experience.

Great Automotive Service Requires Mutual Trust

At EAS, we like to build a trustful relationship with our customers.  Many of them have come to EAS for a long time, and we work on cars often 5, 10, 15 or more years old –which makes preventive maintenance even more important.

Many of our EAS Technicians have worked here for years and we always assign the same crew to your car, so there’s a continuity of service.  We want you to trust us and talk to us about your car, how your drive it, where it’s kept, what you expect from your car, and why you bought this model. Quite often, customers stop by EAS just chat about their cars, so we both learn more.

BMW and Mercedes autos are built to deliver in excess of 200,000 miles of lifetime service.  Many EAS customers have a passion for premium German cars, and plan to drive them for years.  It’s clear these cars need special attention and preventive maintenance.  Or, as one longtime EAS customer said recently, “Make sure you keep up with it, or it’ll eat you alive!”

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How To Budget For Preventive Maintenance

One of the principles of automotive repairs is that you should budget 3-5% of the car’s original cost each year for repairs and service — the more expensive the car is to begin, the more expensive it is to repair.  Fram’s famous tagline should have really been “Pay me now, or pay me a LOT more later.”

With regular oil changes and inspections, we can keep a close eye your vehicle’s systems.  We often note items that need service in the future on your Repair Order, so you can plan your maintenance accordingly.

One example is brake wear.  We may note that your brakes are down to 20% of their pad life on your disc brakes.  You could schedule maintenance soon, or dismiss it for a month or two until the brakes start squeaking or grinding a lot.  That can change a $300-500 job into a $1,000-1,500 repair very fast.

These cars have sophisticated warning and monitoring systems for all kinds of engine and component parameters.  When a warning light comes on, give EAS a call right away.  It might be something as simple as a loose connection, but it might also be more serious.

EAS uses only factory-approved advanced diagnostic tools and parts to make sure your car stays on the road and not in the shop.

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Preventive Maintenance: Never More Important

Many customers today recall the famous Fram Oil Filters commercials with the tagline, “Pay Me Now, Or Pay Me Later.”  And, of course, Ben Franklin’s legendary “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  In the automotive repair world, those words should be engraved in gold on every service counter.

The key to successful ownership of a BMW, Mercedes or Mini is good, comprehensive, regular maintenance.  Period.  Full stop.

Engine service, transmission service, brake system flush, and oil service at 5,000 miles are critical. It doesn’t matter if you’re the original owner, and it’s even more important if you’re the second or third owner because you may not know the full service history.

BMW, Mercedes and Mini, the three brands we service exclusively (and other imports), have a reputation for expensive repairs.  But, the simple truth is that all cars today, with their computer controls, electronics, sophisticated high tech engines and components, are expensive to repair.

At EAS, let us use our 36-year record of serving these brands to help you keep your car in topnotch condition.

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The Ultimate Riding Machine

You hear about it constantly on the news, how new adaptive technologies and autonomous self-driving cars will be changing everything. We already have emergency self-braking systems, lane departure warning lights, auto park assist, back-up cameras, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive lights and cruise controls.  

At EAS, we know how these systems work so that your vehicle’s automated systems work seamlessly to make your driving experience more enjoyable and safe. You can’t stop technology or progress, but at EAS we can help make it work better for you.  

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The Future in Electric and Hybrid Cars

There is no doubt that battery electric vehicles (BEV) and hybrid (gas and electric) auto technologies are on the streets.  Not just at BMW, Mercedes and Mini Cooper, but every auto manufacturer is committed to these technologies.  

At EAS, we’re staying abreast of these trends and can advise you on purchasing new and used vehicles that have these high-tech systems. We know what to look for, what to expect, which ones are best, and if one is right for you and your family.

So if you aren’t sure about the new technology of cars today, and you’re ready to buy a new or used BMW, Mercedes or Mini Cooper that is equipped with these new systems, give us a call here at EAS today.

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Treating a Corporate/Dealer Monopoly in Car Repair

One aspect of modern car repair is how automotive brand manufacturers are increasingly “pushing” car repairs to drive customers back to dealerships. This provides them enhanced profits because they have limited or exclusive parts distribution and strict maintenance and warranty programs that often conflict with the consumer’s rights and needs.  

EAS has a proud 35 year “Independent Shop” record of experience. We work on behalf of our clients, not the manufacturers. We will provide you the same level of expertise as the dealership with a more personal touch.

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Humans vs. The Machines — We’re on Your Side

At EAS, we hear it all the time.  Customers love the advanced technologies in their cars, but they don’t know how to deal with the “robots.” That’s why EAS is here.

When you don’t know how to handle those “robots,” it can be a constant battle to properly diagnose the cars of today. EAS has decades of training and experience with BMW, Mercedes and Mini Cooper. We are here to battle those “robots” for you.  We are well-versed in the technological advances of your car and can help you learn the things you need to know about maintaining it.  
We will explain what’s going on and how to use the technology of your car so that you can stay in control of the “robots” to get the most out of them.

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The High Cost of Low Maintenance

These days, we all need to get the most for our hard earned money, but how do you get the most value for what you pay for when it comes to car repairs? Shopping around for the best price is fine, but it’s not always the lowest price that gets the best results.  While you can save money on your car repairs by taking your BMW, Mercedes or Mini Cooper to any garage, you might end up with more expensive repairs if they haven’t been trained and or have the “hands on” experience with your car brand.  
Here at EAS, we will always work with customers to provide a comprehensive maintenance plan that spots problems before they occur. We offer nearly 35 years of experience in the business, and can help you prioritize your car’s repairs to save you money, keep you safe and your car on the road.

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Happy Trails …

Happy Trails …

After graduating from OSU, I moved to Tulsa and purchased my first BMW.  I did not realize then that car would have life-long significance.

My first jobs, starting with working at an independent BMW repair shop, would encompass different elements of a business, for example; production and inventory control clerk, quality control inspector and manager, and shipping clerk at other companies.

While I enjoyed my jobs, I always asked myself, “How are these jobs contributing to my long-term professional destiny?” All this while enjoying my BMW.

In 1977, I was hired as an industrial engineer and eventually section manager at McDonnell-Douglas. After taking my position, liking aircraft as much as BMWs, I felt I had achieved my destiny and childhood dream to work for an aircraft manufacturer. But I also was diagnosed with an aggressive melanoma skin cancer, and dealing with it led me to many life realizations. Since we spend most of our lives at work, we should do something we enjoy and are passionate about.

So, I asked myself some important questions. I realized all the jobs I had held were individual job functions of a good business, and that daily job satisfaction and the joy of doing a job that you really enjoy is critical to physical and mental health.

My answer was my BMWs and the pleasure they gave me. At that point I determined the local BMW import repair and service market was woefully underserved. In 1982 I went into business to fulfill the market void that existed. I formed my business on the same principle that I always live by, the Golden Rule.

Driven by our dedication to our customer’s satisfaction, one job at a time, has proven to be good for us and our customers. Staying focused and doing what I really enjoy each day has made 35 years fly by. I am truly the one of the luckiest men in the world to have had this successful business life. I will always be grateful to our customers for trusting EAS with their automobiles.

Fifteen years ago I established a goal for myself. By the time I celebrate my 65th birthday, I should sell my business to someone who would continue the European Autospecialist dedication to customer satisfaction.

I have achieved my objective. My very long-time friend and Operations Manager, Jerry Boysel will be assuming the ownership and operation of the business. Our crew will remain the same. Nothing will really change. The transition will be seamless, as Jerry has been the person that everyone has been dealing with for 7 years at the front counter.

Finally, if you see me, just honk and wave.  I will be the old guy, driving around town in my silver ’72 BMW 3.0cs or the orange 2002Tii, in full retirement.

Kurt Krans

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Braking New Ground to Help Stop Your Car

It doesn’t matter how fast your car is if you can’t stop it.  German cars have excellent braking systems, but they require regular maintenance and upkeep. The best person to do this for you is a well-trained and experienced technician for BMW, Mercedes and Mini Cooper vehicles.  That’s why EAS should be your first choice for brake maintenance.

We have the expertise in brake repairs for BMW, Mercedes and Mini Coopers. We have been trained and keep up with new technologies in ceramic brake pads, noise suppression, special rotors, and brake dust control. There are high-tech specs to be followed when working on the brake system for German cars that are critical in making sure they are maintained properly. Never trust your BMW, Mercedes or Mini Cooper to anyone that isn’t trained and experienced to work on it.

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