Don’t Let Your First Higher-End Car Become Someone Else’s Junker

Don't Let Your First Higher-End Car Become Someone Else's Junker

Most people at some point in their lives have driven some sort of a “junker” vehicle. You know the kind of car, where the muffler seems to act more like an amplifier, where squealing brakes act as a means of communication between you and your vehicle. You’re constantly turning down your radio just to listen to the motor because you’re worried you might not be able to make it all the way to work. People usually buy a junker because they can’t afford a better car, and if, after shelling out hundreds of precious pounds every month just to keep old un-reliable moving and functional, you save up enough to buy a nice car, suddenly that mechanic shop stops being a part of your regular routine.

When you buy your first higher-end car, it can be tempting to neglect the necessary maintenance. However, even BMW’s and Porsche’s need regular check ups and repairs. If you don’t want to end up back in a rusty old lorry that costs you more in gas, time, and stress than it’s worth, its important to keep taking care of what you already have.

Most people don’t drive a BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen or Audi, and honestly, if everyone did we wouldn’t be so eager to pay a premium on these powerful and luxurious status symbols. Unfortunately, this also means that when you take your car into the shop the odds of them having any parts or technicians necessary for properly maintaining your vehicle on the spot are much lower. So if you do pull into the nearest mechanic, your options tend to be limited to simply waiting a week or more just for one part to be shipped in, or driving out to the nearest dealership. The dealership option, in my experience, is always the most tempting. The British aren’t exactly famous for our patience. These dealerships often charge a premium for even small repairs, and by the time you’ve driven out to the dealership and waited for assistance it can be hard not to be committed to accepting whatever price or quote they’ll give you.

Two years ago I would be here telling you also to avoid non-dealer services, having had some bad experiences with quality in the past. However, Essex’s own PMW changed my perspective. If you’re looking to take great care of your vehicle, and you don’t know where to start, I would recommend PMW. They service BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and VAG vehicles, and their customer service and quality record is stellar. I had a recurring problem with my Audi A4 engine a year back that had me pulling my hair out, and the excellent staff at PMW saved me from wasting time on repairs that only got me by. If you live in Essex, or it’s not too far of a drive for you, I highly recommend you check them out at

The best thing you can do to take care of your car is to regularly take it in to a mechanic you trust. Whether it’s for a specific repair, a diagnostic, or just a simple check-up, taking your car in is always a good idea. Do it in honor of the memory of your first junk car, so that your current ride doesn’t end up as someone else junker in another 40 years.