Top Fall Car Care Tips

September 25, 2019

Top Fall Car Care Tips

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Top Fall Car Care TipsWith summer on the way out, it’s important to make sure your car is ready for cooler temperatures. If you’re like most luxury vehicle owners, you probably drive vehicle year-round. Before the leaves start to fall, consider bringing your car in for maintenance. Taking steps to care for your vehicle this fall is important for your safety and the longevity of your favorite ride.

Check Your Tires

No matter the time of the year, a thorough maintenance appointment is not complete without checking your tires’ condition. It’s important to check the tire tread depth and for signs of wear and bulges or bald spots that may have appeared since your last appointment. At the same time, tire pressure should be closely examined.

As temperatures drop during the fall from the heat of the summer, your tires are liking to show signs first.

Inspect the Battery

Your battery is one of the primary components of your luxury vehicle. Without a working battery, you’re likely stuck in your driveway.
This fall, have a technician inspect the battery connections to ensure they’re secured tightly and free of corrosion. The coming weather can take quite a toll on your car’s battery.

Check the Brakes

Before the cold weather really starts to hit, take a moment to inspect your brakes—or at least have a technician do the job for you. The falling temperatures may not affect your brake system as much as your tires, but driving conditions during the fall and coming winter may require you to stop on a dime. Being able to break when needed is key to your safety.

Schedule a fall maintenance appointment with Krause’s Automotive to keep your vehicle on the road longer and keep you safe behind the wheel. Give us a call at 972-221-7843 today!

Take Steps to Winterize Your Car now

September 16, 2019

Take Steps to Winterize Your Car now

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Take Steps to Winterize Your Car now

Driving during the winter can be hazardous, even here in Texas. There are countless changes to road conditions due to the dropping temperatures, occasional snowfall, and other drivers. As such, you want your vehicle running in tip-top shape to reduce the risk of injury or accidents.

Schedule Maintenance for Winter Conditions

Before the winter is fully upon us, consider scheduling a maintenance appointment for your luxury vehicle. You want to prepare for any challenges the holiday season may impose upon you.

  • Battery – As temperatures drop, so does your battery’s charge. Your vehicle may require more power to start during the colder months of the year, so have your battery inspected or install a fresh one before winter hits.
  • Cooling System – During the winter, you want to maintain a ratio of 50/50 to 70/30 of antifreeze to water in the cooling system. Speak with an automotive technician for more information.
  • Brakes – Winter itself may not harm your brakes, but you may be using them more often. Have your brakes thoroughly inspected to ensure top performance.

Consider Winter Tires

Your luxury vehicle was designed for roadways. If you want to keep it on the road, consider switching from all-season tires to winter tires for the holiday season. As the temperatures begin to drop during the winter, the rubber of non-winter tires begins to lose its grip on the road. When that happens, you’re at a higher risk of an accident or fishtailing while driving on the highway or interstate.

Before this winter hits in full, consider scheduling a maintenance appointment with Krause’s Automotive to prepare your luxury car. You can schedule a service appointment with us by calling 972-221-8743!

How Your Vehicle Can Help You This Tax Season

August 24, 2019

How Your Vehicle Can Help You This Tax Season

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How Your Vehicle Can Help You This Tax SeasonThese days, everyone is looking for some type of tax deduction. Have you looked at your vehicle? Chances are, you can use your car or truck this tax season. Of course, there are a few caveats. First and foremost, you need to use your vehicle for business. Maybe you are self-employed or offer ride-sharing services. Furthermore, there is also a vehicle sales tax deduction. Let’s explore both options.

Self-Employed or Ride-Sharing Tax Deductions

As a self-employed worker, you’re well within your rights to take tax deductions for any driving expenses. In doing so, you could significantly lower your taxes for the current year. There are two ways to do this:

  • Standard Mileage – Multiply your business miles by the standard rate, which changes year to year. This rate includes driving costs, gas, maintenance, and depreciation.
  • Actual Expenses – Alternatively, you could track your driving expenses manually, which can be difficult and time consuming.
  • If you work for a ride-sharing company, such as Lyft or Uber, then you’re essentially self-employed. The most important thing to track, however, is your mileage. That’s where you’ll see the biggest tax benefits.

Sales Tax Deductions

The other way to save money is via the vehicle sales tax deduction. When you buy a vehicle, you can deduct the sales tax—only the state and local—on your next tax filings.

You should only take this route if you paid more in state and local sales tax than from state income tax, though.

At the end of the day, you can make your luxury vehicle work for you and reap the rewards during tax season. Keep your car running smoothly with luxury car maintenance from Krause’s Automotive. Make an appointment by calling 972-221-8743!




Save Gas this Summer in Texas With These Tips

July 13, 2019

Save Gas this Summer in Texas With These Tips

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Pack Your Car Properly for Your TripWith summer in full bloom, most of us are getting outdoors, putting down the windows, and going for car rides and vacations whenever possible. Driving down the road and feeling the wind in your hair is one of life’s greatest pleasures. However, it can be costly. Here in Texas, gas prices remain relatively stable, though they’re liable to change at any moment. Here are a few tips to save yourself money on gas this summer.

Schedule a Tune-Up

Perhaps the most significant tip we can offer you is to schedule a tune-up this summer. If you want to lower the fuel consumption of your luxury car, have it serviced. At Krause’s Automotive, we can do a lot. Cleaning the battery cables, replacing the oil filter, and ensuring the tires are properly inflated and in good condition can all help you save money on gas.

Furthermore, replacing your oil with a clean synthetic, replacing the O2 sensor, and inspecting both the suspension and chassis will help reduce fuel consumption in any model car or truck. In some cases, a single maintenance appointment can boost your fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent!

Clean Your Vehicle

It might sound like a gimmick, but cleaning your vehicle—both inside and out—can directly help with your fuel costs. Finding loose change can help you pay for gas (it adds up!), and a clean interior can help reduce the weight of your vehicle.

Also be sure to clean the exterior and get rid of the dirt and grime buildup, which is surely weighing down your car and ruining the aerodynamics.

Schedule a luxury car tune-up with Krause’s Automotive this summer and enjoy the sunshine a little more knowing you’ll save money. Give us a call at 972-221-8743!


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!