Common Repairs and Maintenance on Foreign Cars

When it comes down to it, a foreign car is almost identical to a domestic car. They both require all the necessary parts - engine, transmission, battery, etc - to properly run, and they both need routine maintenance and care to prevent expensive problems down the line. You’ve probably been driving down the road and spotted a vehicle repair shop that specializes in or focuses specifically on foreign automobile repair. Depending on the brand and model of car you have, the cost and labor associated with repairing it might differ greatly from its foreign or domestic counterpart.


When it comes down to it, the problems often found in a domestic car can all be found in a foreign car or import. The primary difference between the two, however, comes down to longevity. Although similar, foreign cars have a tendency to last longer than a domestic car without experiencing any major problems. Recent reports showed that foreign cars, namely Japanese models, last the longest of all types of cars.

Despite this, foreign parts and labor are often more expensive, making repairs in the short term far more disconcerting when faced with an issue. In the long term, however, you will probably be on the road longer than you would if you were driving a domestic, making the long term savings much greater. But why are they more expensive?

In many cases, the parts needed to repair a foreign or import car need to be specially ordered, thus increasing the price. Many foreign cars, such as Saab, have factories in the United States, yet their parts are still often ordered from overseas. Other foreign cars, such as Honda, have manufacturing plants for their vehicles’ parts in the United States, and therefore their parts are more affordabole.

In addition, many of these parts require specialized tools with which to make the repairs, which can also increase the price. Many foreign and import cars also require special training to repair; they may have more or less the same guts as a domestic, but the method in which they’re built and arranged in the car might be very different. This requires special certifications, and as such can increase the cost of labor.

In the end, the problems that plague domestic cars also plague foreign cars, but due to the nature of their construction, the cost of keeping them maintained and repairing them can often be more expensive than a comparable domestic.

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Posted on June 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM