[youtube:zK9Y7XigZgc?version=3;Sixth Avenue Auto;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK9Y7XigZgc?version=3&feature=related] If you own an imported car, chances are you are a person who values peak performance, unique design, and an individual approach to life. If your vehicle is an Audi or VW, you probably want it to perform like it did when it you bought it, and the best place for keeping it serviced and equipped is your local Volkswagen or Audi service center. Just because your car isn’t brand new doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t run like it is.

The techs who are specialists in servicing imported vehicles know there is a difference in manufacturing specs for domestic versus foreign automobiles. Whatever we drive, we all know that getting replacement parts when necessary is always expensive. It stands to reason that a mechanic with established relationships with auto parts vendors is most likely to get the best prices. Many domestic shops, while very competent in dealing with domestic cars, are not as well set up to keep your import up and running at its peak performance.

Regardless of the type of car you own, or are considering buying, it’s always a good idea to look for a shop with ASE certified master technicians. These mechanics have undergone extensive training through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, so they are very well trained in maintaining and repairing your vehicle.

To earn the ASE certified distinction, there are a series of tests they must pass:

* Engine repair and performance

* Electrical and electronic systems

* Brakes

* Heating and air conditioning

* Suspension and steering

* Manual drive train and axles

* Transmissions

ASE technicians must be recertified every five years so you can be certain that these folks are up to date on all the latest technological advances that will enhance your car’s performance.

In addition to ASE certification, the best mechanics will seek out extended education opportunities wherever they exist, and will become certified with these vendors. Companies such as Bosch, reputed to be the leading global supplier of advanced fuel injection, antilock braking and stability, starting and charging, ignition and electronic systems for European, Asian and domestic manufacturers; or Revo Technic one of the leading vendors of high performance ECU tuning software to make sure that your car is running at its full potential, will help your shop keep your car finely tuned.

Specialty shops offer other advantages as well. They will be up to date and will have the parts necessary to take care of your car. They will not only be knowledgeable about any upgrades you might be interested in; they will also have the inside scoop on things that can be very costly to you. While they clearly have a love of Audis and VWs, they will know if there is a model that consistently underperforms expectations or has common malfunctions you’d rather not deal with. Be sure to check with the mechanics at these shops for advice on which models underperform or outperform their competitors before you buy.

When you own an import car, it pays to take it to an auto repair specialist for your brand – from warranty issues to recalls – performance upgrades to replacement parts, they will care for your vehicle as if it were their own.

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If you need a Denver auto repair shop Author Stephen Daniels recommends the mechanics at Sixth Avenue Auto. They specialize in working on Audis and Volkswagens, but also service domestic cars. All work at this trustworthy neighborhood shop is performed by ASE-certified technicians.