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Yearly Archives: 2024

What Could Go Wrong?

What Could Go Wrong?

Memorial Day marks the start of summer travel season. Before you start packing, start preparing with an "Peace of Mind" inspection at QAS.    Check out Ruth and Roxy's experience that underscores the need for a thorough pre-trip inspection of vital vehicle systems.    Ruth & Roxy in Trouble on Donner Summit Ruth along  with her husband were traveling cross-country towing Ruth's beloved horse, Roxy. With over 20,000 pounds of truck, trailer and horse, the Ford F350 dashboard warning lights lit up as they approached Donner Summit. They were able to safely pull over and have the truck towed to QAS while Roxy and trailer were towed to a local stable. What happened next will impress upon all travelers the need for a pre-trip inspection of the vehicle systems.    Peace of Mind Inspection Receive a professional inspection at no cost with any service or repair. You get a report detailing vital info ... read more

Why Driveline Service is Recommended and What to Expect

Driveline inspections and maintenance is an essential part of keeping your mountain car, truck, SUV or van running strong and keeping your lifestyle moving forward.  When driveline maintenance is overlooked, not only is it costly to repair but it will dangerous if you lose control of the vehicle. Simply put, the driveline transfers the power of the transmission to rotate the wheels. If any component is not lubricated with fresh fluids, vital components become worn, damaged or broken and you’ve got some serious troubles taking place. When should I do this maintenance? Mountain vehicles drive in 4WD, negotiate steep mountain roads and often carry more weight – work equipment, passengers or towing trailers. A mountain vehicle is taxed more than vehicles driven off the mountain. To avoid expensive damage don’t ignore the importance of driveline service.  At Quality Automotive Servicing we follow the “severe driving&rdqu ... read more



Be Smart About Diagnostic Service & Maximize Your Investment

At German Import Garage and Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee, CA, we often field inquiries about our diagnostic testing fee. Our rationale is simple: Diagnostic testing and service is about giving our customers accurate information and answers to their vehicle questions so their vehicle is fixed right the first time.      Why can’t QAS or GIG take a diagnosis from another shop? To provide a comprehensive warranty on work performed, we need to be assured the right work is being done. Accepting another shop's diagnosis risks an incomplete or inaccurate assessment resulting in an incomplete or inaccurate repair. I have the trouble code, can you just do the repair it indicates? A trouble code is just a starting point that directs a technician. A qualified technician needs to delve deeper and discover the intricacies of the trouble. With expertise, online technical resources, a ... read more

Drive With Confidence - The Importance of Digital Vehicle Inspections

Ensure Safe Travels: The Importance of a Digital Vehicle Inspection (DVI) with Every Service As the harsh driving conditions of Truckee's winter give way to the promise of summer adventures, it's crucial that your vehicle is ready to hit the road. One often overlooked but essential aspect of car maintenance is the Digital Vehicle Inspection (DVI) conducted alongside routine services like oil changes or smog checks. A DVI offers invaluable insights into your vehicle's condition, providing you with peace of mind and potentially saving you from unexpected breakdowns or repair bills. For customers of Quality Automotive Servicing, it's an opportunity to have experts scrutinize your vehicle while it's on the rack, offering a comprehensive evaluation of its various systems. As summer travel season approaches, a DVI becomes even more critical. Discovering a repair issue before embarking on a long journey can prevent an inconvenient roadside breakdown and ensure a smooth ... read more

Why to Not Buy the Pre-Purchased Maintenance Plan When Buying a New Car

Thinking about whether to invest in that pre-purchase maintenance plan when you buy a new car from the dealership? Before you sign on the dotted line, let's delve into what you might not see at first glance. Hidden Costs: While the dealership may promise a comprehensive maintenance plan, it's essential to know the quality of what you’re getting. Some dealerships might skimp by using lower-quality parts or opting for cheaper fluid alternatives to maximize profits. Additionally, inexperienced technicians used for these services could lead to catastrophic mistakes, like a recent situation that a  friend experienced when her oil drain plug was mis-threaded  resulting in a blown engine in the middle of Nevada. Inconsistent Service: Despite assurances, dealerships might not always follow through on the promised services. Instances of dealerships skipping recommended maintenance items, which you've paid for, have ... read more