If you are like most people, you are always up for ways to save money, and car repair is one of those areas where it costs money every once in a while (yes, even on your Asian import vehicle that is typically super reliable). We don’t blame you if you think to yourself from time to time, “I wish I could just do this myself,” when it comes to vehicle repairs. But should you attempt to be your own car mechanic? Let’s take a quick look and you can decide for yourself.
Qualities you should possess
First of all, let’s look at some of the basic qualities you should possess if you’re going to do your own car repairs.
An independent streak
Let’s face it. You’re definitely branching off the beaten path in pursuing the DIY option for the repairs on your Toyota or Honda (or whatever vehicle you need to fix). That’s ok, an independent streak is part of what makes us Americans. Not everyone ... read more
Owning a Toyota is typically a fabulous experience for most drivers. Toyota’s reliability and longevity combine to make a car that drives for a long time while needing minimal repair. However, some Toyotas still need repairing, and when you work in a car repair shop that specializes in foreign car repair, you tend to see a lot of the same issues over and over again.
In this blog post, we’d like to cover just a few of the Toyota repair issues that seem to be more frequent than others. If you have any of these issues with your vehicle, we will be glad to take a look and get your repair done quickly and accurately. After all, we’ve probably done each of these repairs more than a few times.
Anti-Lock Brakes on the 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid
If you have a 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid, you may run into an issue where your anti-lock brakes fail. Typically you’ll know that your anti-lock bra ... read more
If you are the owner of an Asian-made car, you’ve made a great decision! If you use Asian imports to service your Toyota, Honda or Hyundia, you’ve made another great decision. We service Asian imports of all types and domestic vehicles too! We service cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Call today for a maintenance appointment.
When you want a true look at resale value of a car, we all know to go to the Kelley Blue Book. If you look up the top ten cars with the highest resale values in 2016, you will see that the five on the top sports cars have been taken by Asian cars. The top two spots are held by Toyota, with the Tacoma at the top, followed by the 4Runner. The Toyota Tundra comes in at number six and the Subaru WRX lands at number seven. The top ten is rounded out by the Subaru Forester. According to Bankrate, the top performers in resale value according to their class and in the subcompact class, the Honda Fit comes out on top. In the compact class, the Honda Civic is tops and the ... read more
When your either suspect or know for sure that there is something wrong with your car and don’t have an established mechanic you feel you can trust to repair your car, you may feel you need to start from scratch finding a mechanic for your foreign Asian import car. Look no further Asian Imports has highly-qualified and experienced mechanics that can maintain or repair your car.
One of the main things you should look for in choosing a mechanic is their training.
Being an expert mechanic, qualified to work on many types of cars is not as easy as it used to be.
Modern cars are computerized and hybridized to the extent that it takes extra specialized training to work on them effectively.
The highest level for a mechanic is to hold a Master Automobile Technician certificate.
If you look at our certifications page, you’ll see that many of our mechanics hold this level of certification.
Our mechan ... read more
We are often asked what problems we see in what models of cars. People want to know what they are getting into when they are looking into buying a used car. This week we are going to look at Mazda CX-5’s. Generally speaking, this is a great car. Its newest model has some cosmetic improvements but remains basically the same vehicle as has been available for the past few years. With its SkyActiv Technology, it has great fuel efficiency, and we hear that it has the sporty feel that Mazdas are known for. What is SkyActiv technology? SkyActiv is Mazda’s answer to the hybrid engine. It can be found in models from 2011 onward. It not only decreases fuel consumption but also increases output, increasing output Mazda Vroom, above and beyond the Zoom Zoom Zoom they are known for. It is a direct injection system that has an increased engine compression ratio. It has the fuel compression ratios found in Formula 1 race cars. This means more power and torque with less fuel consumption while st ... read more