Auto Theft Cases Are Rising in Texas

June 18, 2019

Auto Theft Cases Are Rising in Texas

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Pack Your Car Properly for Your TripOne of the benefits of having your own vehicle is being able to pack up and go for a road trip at any time – work or school allowing. With a luxury car, you’re probably limited on space. It’s one aspect of driving a BMW or Mercedes Benz that has to be overlooked for the speed, power, and luxury of the model. Now, that’s not to say it’s impossible to pack for a trip. Some vehicles in our line of work have incredible storage space. Here’s how to manage packing for a trip.

Emergency Items

First, start by packing the emergency items that could easily be forgotten. If you have to, use the glove box or the space underneath each seat to store such items. Just remember where you put everything. You want them tucked out of the way but easily accessible.

Some emergency items to pack for your road trip include:

  • Road and first aid kits

  • Extra batteries
  • A working flashlight
  • 12-foot jumper cables
  • Two quarts of motor oil
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
  • Funnel

Essential Items

Next, you’ll want to include any essential items in your packing list. Such items for a road trip would include clothing – packed into small duffel bags with soft edges to be tucked away in the back. You should use one duffel bag as an overnight bag, complete with necessary toiletries, and keep it near to the front of your trunk space. Or, keep it in the backseat. Anywhere you can easily grab it in a pinch.

The best tip we can offer, when preparing for a road trip, is to bring your luxury vehicle in for a tune-up and maintenance before hitting the road. You never want to break down on the side of the road.

For luxury vehicle maintenance and repairs, schedule an appointment with Krause’s Automotive. Give us a call at 972-221-8743!

Auto Theft Cases Are Rising in Texas

May 14, 2019

Auto Theft Cases Are Rising in Texas

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Auto Theft Cases Are Rising in TexasAccording to recent reports, one vehicle is stolen in Dallas every 54 minutes. The issue is causing growing concerns amongst vehicle owners in the city, as police try to deal with this recent string of thefts. Unfortunately, it appears that auto thefts are on the rise and growing rapidly. Within the past year, the number of vehicle thefts has risen by 18 percent. Many investigators are saying it’s because keys are being left inside vehicles more often. It can happen to any of us.

Preventing Auto Theft in Texas

Most of us don’t think about auto theft until it’s too late. By then, you’re already filing a police report for a stolen vehicle. The fact of the matter is, preventing car theft only requires a little foresight. If you prepare now, with these tips, you can greatly reduce your risk of an auto theft.

1. Keep track of your keys at all times – do not leave them in the vehicle for any reason.
2. Secure your vehicle when you park, even at home, and close/lock all windows.
3. Park in a well-lit area, close to a building entrance or near parking lot cameras.
4. Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle in plain sight.
5. Use an anti-theft device, which can even reduce your auto insurance premium, to safeguard your car.

Fix Your Locks

The best tip we can offer vehicle owners is this: if you’re having trouble with your car locks, bring them to an experienced mechanic immediately. Do not put off having your vehicle locks maintained or repaired by an expert. If even a single lock is broken on a vehicle, it allows an easy entry point into the car for a burglar.

Keep your vehicle in tip-top shape with Krause’s Automotive. Schedule an appointment by calling 972-221-8743!

How Green Technology is Changing Today’s Vehicles

April 18, 2019

How Green Technology is Changing Today’s Vehicles

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Green Technology is Changing Today’s VehiclesThe automotive industry is massive. It is responsible for many of the current issues we see inour environment – mostly due to its carbon footprint. But automotive manufacturers are starting to realize this fact. As such, many are embracing green technology to change the automotive industry as a whole. Some of these advances are in eco-friendly auto technology, including reducing and reusing materials, increasing fuel efficiency, and reducing emissions. We’ll explore all three in greater detail.

Increased Fuel Efficiency

First and foremost, green technology advancements in the automotive industry are leading to improved fuel efficiency in today’s top vehicle models. Between the cost of gas and the pollution they produce, we need more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road today.

In today’s vehicles, the engine is often wasteful and overworked. It spews carbon into the atmosphere and wastes gas like no tomorrow. Now, there are more efficient intake valves designed to cut down on fuel consumption. And electric models run on nothing but electricity for hundreds of miles.

Reducing and Reusing


The number of automotive manufacturers who are recycling is on the rise. When breaking down an old vehicle, most manufacturers will reuse as much of the material as humanly possible.
One of the most significant advancements in this field is the reuse of lithium batteries to operate electric batteries. This will reduce the cost of electric models significantly.

Emissions Reduction

Emissions remain the most significant environmental problem stemming from vehicles. These greenhouse gases are dangerous for our health and the environment. As such, manufacturers are working to reduce emissions from their new models. A lot of gas-powered cars, hybrids, and electric models now have better emission technology. Some models are even shutting off the engine while at a stop to reduce emissions.

If you want the best vehicle maintenance and repair service for your luxury car, contact Krause’s Automotive at 972-221-8743 today!

 

Car Care Tips Anyone Can Accomplish

March 14, 2019

Car Care Tips Anyone Can Accomplish

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We rely on vehicles every day for both pleasure and for business. As such, maintaining your vehicle can make a world of difference in ways you may never expect. Furthermore, your luxury vehicle was an investment. Don’t let a minor hindrance, caused by a lack of maintenance, cost you even more money. These days, drivers spend millions of dollars because they lacked the foresight to perform basic vehicle maintenance. Don’t become yet another statistic. Here are a few car care tips anyone can complete with a little free time.

Check the Tire Pressure

A simple task, and yet so often overlooked; checking the tire pressure can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per year. Furthermore, a flat tire is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents.

So if your tire pressure is too low or too high, visit a nearby gas station with an air pressure system to handle the problem.

Fuel Up

It’s so easy. Believe it or not, topping off your gas tank can save you money in the long-run. If you routinely drive your vehicle until there is almost no gas in the tank, you are harming the fuel pump. Once the fuel pump fails, the engine will not receive any gas. Your car will be dead in the water.
To prevent a burnt-out fuel pump, try not to run your car under a quarter of a tank.

Change the Oil

There is a little sticker in the top corner of your car’s windshield. On it, the last oil change date and next estimated date are listed. Adhere to this schedule. Over time, the oil will break down and dirt will accumulate, hindering the effectiveness of your oil. As the engine uses this dirty oil, it causes trouble.
It’s important to change the oil once every few months for the best results.
For routine maintenance, contact Krause’s Automotive. We specialize in luxury vehicles, including BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz. Give us a call at 972-221-8743!



 

Enjoying a Stress-Free Car Buying Experience

February 12, 2019

Enjoying a Stress-Free Car Buying Experience

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stress-free-car-buying-experienceMaking a large purchase, no matter what the item, is a stressful experience. Most of us have anxiety over spending large amounts of money in one place. It’s completely normal. However, purchasing a vehicle is an investment. You’re investing in yourself, in your ability to get where you need to go each day, and in your own personal comfort. A new car can be worth the price many times over. First, you need to figure out how to relieve the stress from the car buying experience.

Research, Research, Research

We cannot state this enough. Before you make a decision, you need to research your options. Is there a vehicle that caught your interest? Research the model. Find out its safety features, whether it uses gas or diesel, how many cylinders the engine has, and whether it can fit the entire family. These factors all play a role in your decision and knowing beforehand can ease your mind during the purchase.

Test Drives

Most dealerships – at least those worth their salt – will offer a test drive of any vehicle you’re interested in purchasing. Now, reading about the car online is fine, but you need to experience it firsthand. Getting behind the wheel, strapping in, and hitting the gas is the only surefire way to know if it’s your vehicle or not.

Take a Companion

When buying a new car, it’s a smart move to bring someone along, like a friend or a family member. That way you don’t have to experience the whole ordeal by your lonesome. You have someone to bounce ideas and concerns off of, which can ease your mind greatly.

Mid-Week Appointments

If possible, try to schedule an appointment with the dealership. Aim for the middle of the week. Everyone else will be busy with work or school, so you’ll have free reign over the dealership and the salesman’s time. A less crowded environment means you can take your time to really think over your options.

Feel the Market

If you’re looking for a luxury car, try to get a feel for the current market. Many new vehicles, such as those from Lexus or Jaguar, are slow to sell. As such, they are priced accordingly periodically to move volumes. If you wait for price drops, you can save a good chunk of change on a new luxury vehicle.

Once you’ve purchased your new luxury vehicle, be sure to bring it into Krause’s Automotive on occasion for regular maintenance and tune-ups. Schedule an appointment by calling 972-221-8743!