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New Mercedes Technology Will Blow You Away

New Mercedes Technology Will Blow You Away

Ask almost anyone about Mercedes and they automatically think luxury. Mercedes is a brand that you can expect to consistently roll sophisticated cars off their line. They just did it again with their E 400 Coupé. This vehicle is a two-door coupe that embraces luxury, taste and sophistication. Not only does it look great from the outside, but the inside exudes comfort with more than a taste of elegance. The E 400 Coupé is a twin-turbo, 3.0 liter V6 with 329 horsepower. With all that power ...

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Locally owned business fights the Google Goliath to get its location right!

Locally owned business fights the Google Goliath to get its location right!

Our customers have been having a hard time finding us on Google maps. It turns out, Google is giving incorrect directions to our customers. Google is instructing customers to take Airport Blvd. that will lead you to a dead end behind our business, next to the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. Google doesn’t understand that your car can’t magically grow wings and fly over the bushes and fence. The correct entrance is north, off of State Circle -- not through an unconnected parking lot ...

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How to Keep Your Mercedes in Perfect Condition

How to Keep Your Mercedes in Perfect Condition

ArborMotion has been servicing luxury brand vehicles for over 30 years. We take pride in giving your luxury vehicle the service that it needs and deserves. One of these luxury brands is Mercedes Benz and there a few things that you can do to help us do our job more effectively. We recommend servicing your Mercedes Benz every five thousand miles. This will keep it in tip-top shape and could save you money over the long term. Your vehicle also helps let you know when it needs to be serviced. On your dash...

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Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is an American law protecting the right of fair competition in our country. It is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and prohibits automotive dealerships and manufacturers from denying warranty claims if a vehicle is serviced at an independent shop.Directly From the FTC Website:If you own a car, you know how important it is to keep up with routine maintenance and repairs. But can a dealer refuse to honor the warranty that came with your new car if someone else does ...

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Why You Should Never Skip a Tire Rotation

Why You Should Never Skip a Tire Rotation

When it comes to basic car repairs, what’s the first thing you think of? Oil change? Topping off your fluids? Hopefully, what also comes to mind is tire rotation! Tire rotation is often skipped when people service their vehicles. We recommend not skipping this important step.Tires are one of the most important aspects of your vehicle. Without them, you can’t drive! Taking care of your tires can be every bit as important as taking care of your engine. Give your tires the attention they deserve.&n...

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What Happened to my Fuel Economy?

What Happened to my Fuel Economy?

With gas prices going up, people are a lot more careful about the vehicles they’re buying. Did you know there are other ways to help improve your fuel economy that don’t involve buying a brand-new Eco car?Next time you’re on the road, pay attention to the speed limit, make sure to put a safe distance between you and the other cars, and try not to accelerate too fast. Another way to help out your fuel economy is to use cruise control whenever possible. Try doing this the next time you&...

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The Mystery of Run Flat Tires

The Mystery of Run Flat Tires

“Run Flat” tires have been around for many years, but not everyone understands how they work or why they exist. Run Flat tires have a reinforced sidewall that can support the weight of your vehicle even after a total loss of air pressure. Without getting into too much detail, it's as simple as that. Many manufacturers equip their vehicles with Run Flats, especially BMW. A big reason why they’re used is for saving space – many of these vehicles don’t have a spare t...

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Volvo Means Safety

Volvo Means Safety

Planning a summer road trip with your family?Buying a new family car?Are you worried about safety and reliability?Safety and reliability are on most people’s minds when they buy a new vehicle, especially when they have precious cargo to worry about. They, and you, probably want the BEST! "Volvo" and "safety" go hand in hand as evidenced by this image from a crash between an XC90 and a full-sized tractor trailer on a Canadian highway in April of this year. The Volvo clearly dri...

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We Could Write About Potholes Like Everybody Else, But Why? Let's take a Road Trip!

We Could Write About Potholes Like Everybody Else, But Why? Let's take a Road Trip!

Pretty much everything you’ll read about from an auto repair shop right now is “Oh my gosh, the potholes this year are bigger than ever!” While that is not untrue, probably the last thing you want to read is yet another article about potholes. It’s true, they’re everywhere and they’re dangerous to your tires and alignment. Bring your car in to ArborMotion for an alignment check. It can save you the cost and headache of premature wear on your tires and your suspension.But ...

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Water Cooled Porsche Service in Ann Arbor

Was the Water-Cooled Porsche Revolutionary?The water-cooled Porsche story, similar to the air-cooled story, is one born of necessity. While air-cooled technology dominated the offerings from Porsche for half a century, it became clear to the company that they reached the end of development for their venerable flat 6 engine air-cooled cars. Government mandated emissions and fuel mileage regulations were quickly becoming impossible to reach, so Porsche looked to traditional water-cooled based engines to power...

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Air Cooled Porsche Service in Ann Arbor

Was the Air-Cooled Porsche Revolutionary?The air-cooled Porsche story is one born of necessity. Professor Ferdinand Porsche didn't invent the concept of the air-cooled engine. He had previously used it in one of the most well-known vehicles of all time, the VW Type 1, also known as the “Beetle.” Tasked with creating a vehicle that could seat four passengers with luggage, cruise at 100 kph and still cost less than 1,000 Marks, the only way he could make that happen was by eliminating the heav...

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Katherine Abel - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (April 2018)

Katherine Abel - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (April 2018)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?Since I bought my 960 in 1996. ArborMotion was Swedish Engineering back then.WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?I used to bring my 1997 Volvo 960. Now I bring my 2007 Volvo XC70.HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT ARBORMOTION?The place I bought my 960 from was too far away to have it serviced there and I they told me about Swedish Engineering.WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION OVER THE YEARS?The people and the servi...

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It’s National Car Care Month!

It’s National Car Care Month!

April is the month for Easter, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Taxes, and April Fool’s Day, but did you know that it’s also National Car Care Month? National Car Care Month is supposed to remind you to take care of any issues that may have occurred or that you’ve ignored during winter, according to the Car Care Council. April is the perfect month to complete regular maintenance and get your car ready for summer! Maintaining your vehicle is the best way to prevent your summer road trip or vacation fr...

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Panamera Porsche Service in Ann Arbor

The Panamera was a polarizing vehicle when it was introduced by Porsche. Fans of the brand felt they were getting too far from Porsche roots. However, Porsche has always had either a four-door or a four-seat vehicle being worked on in its design department going all the way back to the early 1950’s. It never happened in the early days not because the vehicle wasn’t right. It actually never happened because the time wasn’t right, until now. The automotive industry is always changing an...

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Macan Porsche Service in Ann Arbor

Porsche’s wildly successful launch of the Cayenne SUV in 2002 as a 2003 Model year put Porsche on the map as the premiere builder of Sport SUV’s. It was only logical that Porsche would build on that reputation by creating another great Sport SUV, resulting in the birth of the Macan. By then the criticisms of Porsche building an off-road vehicle had all but disappeared and the Macan has had nothing but praise since its debut.Want to improve the life of your Porsche Macan? Macan’s have ...

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Cayenne Porsche Service in Ann Arbor

The Cayenne debuted in 2002 as a 2003 Model to much fanfare, but not all of it was positive. Many Porsche fans weren’t happy, saying that the company was getting away from its roots as a maker of sports cars. Those didn’t realize that Porsche built their first 4-wheel drive production vehicle back in 1957, nearly a decade before the beloved 911 ever hit the market. Known as Type 597, it was named the Jagdwagen, or “Hunter Car.” Many of these models still survive today because th...

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What's Involved In A Timing Belt Replacement

Timing belt?! What’s that?! If your car has a timing belt, replacing it is a slightly less heard of scheduled maintenance than oil changes or replacing the spark plugs, however it’s just as important. Your timing belt is a rubber belt that keeps the pistons and valves in your engine in sync. This keeps your engine running smooth and prevents damage to the valves. Over time the rubber degrades and the belt will show signs of cracking or can break. This can happen sooner if the belt is contaminate...

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Fall Color Drives in Michigan

Fall Color Drives in Michigan

Michigan fall means snuggling into sweaters and sweatshirts, cider and donuts, and the colors. Oh, the colors. The vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges of the leaves and fall flowers are breathtaking. It is the best time of the year for a road trip. Here are 3 of our favorite fall color drives and the dates they are projected to be at their peak this year.1. Brockway Mountain Drive. The 10 mile section of M-26 between Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor is the highest paved road above sea level between the Rockies...

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The War on Fuel Economy

We seem to be in the middle of a War on Fuel Economy. On one side, the government announced it is going to push back the EPA’s more strict fuel economy requirements. The EPA announced it is going to re-review the strict standards it set for 2025 and take more factors into account. Auto makers have argued for more lax regulations on fuel economy requirements. On the other side, Volvo has announced that by 2019 it will only produce electric and hybrid vehicles, China has announced 40% of vehicles produc...

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Rennstatt’s Open House was a Great Success!

Rennstatt’s Open House was a Great Success!

On Saturday March 10th, 2018 Rennstatt held an open house for all of our friends to see the exciting new layout to our shop. The response was tremendous with 75 visitors to our shop, and that number does not include our employees that were in attendance!The shop filled up just after 8am as people were eager to tour the new shop, and it did not disappoint. The new layout is designed for efficiency so that we can continue to provide outstanding repairs and in a timely manner.The crowed ebbed and flowed 75 str...

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Get Ahead of the Apex this Track Season!

Get Ahead of the Apex this Track Season!

This track season only, we’re offering a no-charge Track Day Pre-Tech Inspection when the inspection is scheduled at least 3 days before your event.With over 20+ years of motor sports experience, our ASE certified technicians are uniquely qualified to provide a Pre-Tech inspection for any type of vehicle including Porsche, BMW, Scion, Mazda, Subaru, even Noble or Formula car! We’ll provide an inspection for any sanctioning body that exceeds the standard requirements. We can provide inspections f...

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Remember to Switch Out Your Winter Emergency Kit for Summer!

Remember to Switch Out Your Winter Emergency Kit for Summer!

Michigan summers...road trips, hiking, picnics, camping, fireflies, bonfires and, of course, water sports! We’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by fresh water on three sides of our state and have an abundance of inland lakes. After the frigid gray days of winter, we’re eager to get out and enjoy the good weather while we have it, because we know Michigan summers never last long. Spring is the time of the year that the weather changes, and so do we. We do “spring cleaning” inside...

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Kick off Spring with a New Air Filter

Kick off Spring with a New Air Filter

Spring means buds on the trees, flowers, and grass growing again. The greens, pinks, purples and yellows are so uplifting after the whites and grays of winter! Unfortunately, all the color and growth also means pollen. Anyone who suffers spring allergies knows the sneezing, wheezing and stuffiness the changing season can bring.We’re protected when we get in our car from the assault on our allergies, right?Not necessarily. If your air filter is dirty, full of holes, or even missing, it can’t do i...

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Meet Laura Rymarz- ArborMotion Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Meet Laura Rymarz- ArborMotion Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Laura Rymarz works as a Service Adviser at ArborMotion.How did you choose your profession?I was looking for a career change and a friend told me about a job opening at a small, independent shop. I grew up watching my dad fix our family’s vehicles and was interested in learning more about the auto repair industry. I applied for the job and have been working in the automotive repair industry since.What was your first automotive job?I wore many hats at my first automotive job. From ordering ...

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Barbara Olencki - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (March 2018)

Barbara Olencki - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (March 2018)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?Over 5 yearsWHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?I currently bring in my 2005 Volkswagen Passat. I also used to bring in my mother’s Volvo.HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT ARBORMOTION?Another customer’s parents live in my neighborhood and they recommended ArborMotion to me.WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION OVER THE YEARS?The customer service!IN YOUR OPINION, WHO IS THE FUNNIES...

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"Steer the Cheer" Extended to 1/31/17!

We have had such positive feedback from our “Steer the Cheer” program that we are extending it throughout January!ArborMoiton’s “Steer the Cheer” holiday program was created to benefit our nonprofit organization partners. “Steer the Cheer” will help us to give back during the holidays to the nonprofit organizations that work so hard to benefit our community all year long.When customers purchase a $25 ArborMotion gift card this month, we will donate $10 to ...

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Routine Tune-Ups a Thing of The Past, But Oil Changes Are Not

Routine Tune-Ups a Thing of The Past, But Oil Changes Are Not

Modern automobiles are truly marvels of engineering prowess. Routine tune-ups have pretty much become a thing of the past. Vehicles now have less-expensive and far-less-frequent scheduled maintenance services. Lower-cost maintenance strategies have been brought on by the Vehicle Cost Savings Act and are great news for car owners.Automobile manufacturers have taken this low-maintenance feature to use as a marketing tool. The less you need to do to a vehicle, the cheaper it is to own and is, therefore, a bett...

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The Dangers of Summer Heat

With summer upon us, it’s a good time for a reminder on the danger of leaving kids or pets unattended in the car. At ArborMotion, our focus isn’t just on repairing vehicles, it’s on protecting the drivers and passengers in those vehicles anytime they’re on the road.Studies show that the temperature inside a parked vehicle rapidly rises to a dangerous level for children, pets, and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open doesn’t significantly decrease the heating rate. On ...

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Can My Damaged Tire Be Repaired?

Can My Damaged Tire Be Repaired?

When you have a damaged tire, it is best to avoid shops and dealerships that offer a “quick fix” solution. An improperly repaired tire is a serious safety hazard for everyone on the road, and according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), approximately 88% of all tire repairs are done incorrectly. Unfortunately, this unnerving statistic is the result of shops and dealerships not adhering to the latest industry guidelines when it comes to tire repair. Rest assured that ArborMotion is on...

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Are You Passionate About Conserving Energy and Keeping Our Land, Air and Water Clean?

Are You Passionate About Conserving Energy and Keeping Our Land, Air and Water Clean?

Let’s face it, auto repair is a dirty business and at Arbor Motion we do everything we can to make it cleaner. We’ve instituted a number of measures to reduce our waste and consumption, including using a hybrid vehicle as our customer shuttle. But, we’re proudest of our solar panel array. With over 144 panels adorning our rooftop, it is the largest of its kind in Ann Arbor.We also recycle everything possible, from used chemicals to scrap metal, batteries, and old parts. There’s even ...

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Wheel Alignment 101

Wheel Alignment 101

With the arrival of ArborMotion’s state-of-the-art alignment machine, in addition to the relentless pothole season that we are all experiencing throughout Washtenaw County, we would like to talk about the importance of wheel alignment.What exactly is a wheel alignment and why is it necessary?Does your vehicle tend to pull or drift to one side of the road while you are driving? Have you noticed that your tires seem to wear unevenly? If so, then any of these signs could be an indication that your vehicl...

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ArborMotion's Recommendations for Emergency Car Kits

ArborMotion's Recommendations for Emergency Car Kits

Getting stranded on the roadside due to a vehicle issue may not seem to be as serious of a risk nowadays as so many drivers are equipped with cell phones and have access to roadside assistance. However, neither of these saving graces will do you any good if your vehicle breaks down in an area without cell phone coverage, or if you forgot to charge your phone that day. Furthermore, there is also no guarantee as to how long your roadside assistance may take to arrive.We recently spoke with a lady whose car go...

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Vehicle Safety: The Best Way to Be Prepared is to Be Proactive

Vehicle Safety: The Best Way  to Be Prepared is to Be Proactive

Now that the summer months have sadly come to an end, the super hectic fall schedules have commenced. School, work, football games, club meetings, sports team practices, dance classes, field trips, etc. There is so much to do, and so many places to go on a daily basis. And you need to be able to depend on your vehicle’s ability to get you to and from your destinations safely.September is “National Preparedness Month,” and when it comes to your vehicle’s safety, preventative measures ...

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Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

Rotating your tires is an essential step towards ensuring that you get the most mileage out of your tire investment. By rotating your tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles (or whenever your technician recommends) you could:A) Help your tires wear more evenlyThe extent of your tire wear depends on a myriad of factors. The weight of your vehicle is not equally distributed onto all four of its tires. The engine and transmission, your vehicle’s heaviest two components, are usually located in the front of the c...

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Winter Tires - Info & Promo

Winter Tires - Info & Promo

Does My Vehicle Really Need Winter Tires?Most new vehicles come equipped with all-season tires nowadays, and this common practice has led to an assumption that seasonal tires are not entirely necessary anymore. And while this may be accurate for drivers who live in areas that enjoy moderate climates all year long, Michigan does not fall into this category. The tread rubber utilized in all-season tires tends to stiffen in colder temperatures which decreases traction, but the rubber compound used in winter ti...

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ArborMotion's Grand Reopening

ArborMotion's Grand Reopening

Did you miss our Grand Re-Opening?...

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SafeHouse Center's Golf Event (9/23/16)

SafeHouse Center's Golf Event (9/23/16)

ArborMotion had the pleasure of joining our friends from SafeHouse Center on Friday, September 23rd at its 11th Annual Golf Outing. With 153 golfers, the sold-out event took place at Lake Forest Golf Club, and it was a beautiful day for a wonderful cause.We had fun meeting many of the participants, and enjoyed passing out snacks and beverages on the 18th hole. We gave out gift certificates to the “Longest Drive” winners, and also drew the name of one lucky participant who won a Premier Detail by...

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Tailgating at ArborMotion? Maybe!

Tailgating at ArborMotion? Maybe!

ATTENTION: U OF M FOOTBALL FANS!ArborMotion wants to know if any of our friends would be interested in joining us for a tailgating party? We have a grill, and a shuttle van reserved to get you to and from the Homecoming Game on October 22nd against the  University of Illinois. All that we need now are some Wolverine football fans!Here is how the day will unfold: you’ll come right to ArborMotion where we will have reserved and secure parking for your vehicle. Spend some time before the game celebr...

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ArborMotion's Green Initiatives - Putting the Brakes on Brake Cleaning Waste

ArborMotion's Green Initiatives - Putting the Brakes on Brake Cleaning Waste

ArborMotion is consistently striving to find ways to help reduce our shop’s carbon footprint, and we are very proud to be utilizing a patent-pending Bulk Brake Cleaner System by Zep Automotive – an industry leader in chemical formulation and high performance products....

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Meet Mike Pisarski - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Meet Mike Pisarski - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Mike Pisarski is ArborMotion’s Audi and Volkswagen Master Technician.How did you choose your profession? I didn’t choose it; I was actually born into it. The joke is that the first place that I went to after my parents left the hospital with me was straight to the car dealership, (where my dad was the manager). I have always enjoyed tinkering with stuff, and taking things apart since I was a young child; hence, when I bought my first car it was just natural for me to start working on it, to...

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"Trunk or Treat" at ArborMotion

"Trunk or Treat" at ArborMotion

ArborMotion’s very first “Trunk or Treat” event took place at our shop on Thursday, October 27th from 5:00p.m to 7:00 p.m., and it was a SPOOKTACULAR time! We had decorated vehicles in our lot for our trick-or-treaters, and we also had an indoor area full of games, a bounce house, and other fun activities.ArborMotion would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for all of their help in making our “Trunk or Treat” such a success!...

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9 Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter!

9 Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter!

Is your vehicle “winter ready?” Here are a few suggestions from ArborMotion’s technicians to help you prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter months…1) KEEP GAS IN YOUR TANK – Keeping your gas tank filled at least halfway during the winter is highly recommended. This will help to prevent moisture from developing condensation inside of the gas tank which can lead to “fuel line freeze-up.” Also, there is always the possibility of your car getting stuck in the sn...

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Let's Talk Lunch - The "Free" Diagnostic

Let's Talk Lunch - The "Free" Diagnostic

Uh-oh! That dreaded “Check Engine Light” illuminated on your dashboard, and you immediately recall seeing a “free diagnostic” sign in the window of your neighborhood auto parts store (or auto shop). And while you definitely do NOT want to pay more than what is necessary for proper vehicle repair, those prominent lines of conventional wisdom are also circling around in your brain…–          “You get what you pay for&rdquo...

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Tailgate Event with Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor

Tailgate Event with Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor

ArborMotion enjoys finding unique ways to help support our local nonprofit organizations, and we had a great time helping out The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor on November 19th!Cancer Support Community (CSC) had a Charity Beer Garden to help raise funds at 327 East Hoover Street for every University of Michigan home football game this season. This venue is only a couple of blocks away from the Big House, and it provided a fabulous tailgating experience – complete with local craft draft...

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ArborMotion is a Bosch Approved Service Repair Facility

Why is it important to ensure that your auto shop is a Bosch-Approved Service repair facility? The Bosch Service system is a collection of the top independent repair centers around the globe. Bosch Car Service is one of the largest independent workshop chains in the world, with more than 16,500 workshops in over 150 countries.According to Repair Pal, “all Bosch Service centers must pass a rigorous evaluation to be accepted to the program, and are frequently inspected to make sure the high Bosch standa...

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Meet Chuck Hartmeyer - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Meet Chuck Hartmeyer - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

How did you choose your profession?I always knew that I wanted to work with cars in some way. My grandfather was the head of engineering at American Motors, two uncles are automotive engineers, dad was a salesman at Howard Cooper- guess you can say cars are in my blood!What was your first automotive job?I worked as a porter at Eurotec Motors starting in 2003.How long have you been doing what you do?I was moved into an office role at Eurotec within the first year of employment there, so roughly 12 years.What...

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ArborMotion's Annual Physical for Your Vehicle

ArborMotion's Annual Physical for Your Vehicle

ArborMotion’s Annual Vehicle PhysicalOne of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of one’s health, and just like a yearly physical is recommended by your medical doctor, your vehicle’s doctors at ArborMotion suggest the same for your car.ArborMotion’s Annual Physical is a yearly (or every 10,000 miles) checkup of your vehicle’s overall health. We took the majority of all inspections that vehicle manufacturers recommend, and combined them into one, ...

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The Three Things You Didn't Know About ArborMotion

The Three Things You Didn't Know About ArborMotion

Over the last year or so, it has come to our attention that ArborMotion seems to have a reputation of being an auto shop that exclusively services “expensive and/or exotic vehicles.” However, did you know that 83% of our business actually comes from servicing non-sports cars? It’s true!“The more I spoke to my friends and people I would meet, I realized our reputation was that we only serviced high-end vehicles. The truth is we service all imports of all kinds” says Sebastian Ga...

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ArborMotion's Customer Referral Program

ArborMotion's Customer Referral Program

The highest compliment that we can receive is when our customers recommend our shop to their family, friends, colleagues, etc. These personal testimonials are essential for small, locally-owned businesses like ArborMotion, and we are excited to announce a program that will reward our customers for referring us to others.We like to keep things fun, so we don’t want to spoil the surprise as far as what you will be receiving, but you will be given a special gift when a new customer provides your name as ...

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Vehicle Winter Survival Class (2/23/17)

Vehicle Winter Survival Class (2/23/17)

ArborMotion will be offering a “Vehicle Winter Survival” class on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at our shop, and you are invited!There is no charge for the event and light refreshments will be served. Your moderator for this event is Tim Pott, ArborMotion’s Technical Director who has over 40 years of experience servicing cars in Ann Arbor, so he knows a thing or two about winter driving and its effects on you and your vehicle.Topics will include:- Safe Driving on...

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Mannequin Challenge 2017

We work hard here at ArborMotion to make sure our customers receive outstanding service. We put that same energy to work on January 25th, 2017 by joining in on the Mannequin Challenge and here are the results. We all hope you enjoy!...

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Peter Grant - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" February 2017

Peter Grant - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" February 2017

Here is a Brief “Q & A” with our longtime customer and friend, Peter Grant. By the way, the beer that he is holding in this photo is called “Old Engine Oil,” which we think is quite perfect for the occasion. Peter discovered this brew while he was in Scotland, and we’re  glad that took a photo of it!HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?For as long as Tim Pott has been there – 5  years+.WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHO...

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ArborMotion's Non-Profit Community Partner - The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

ArborMotion's Non-Profit Community Partner - The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

Community involvement is something that ArborMotion is very dedicated to, and our shop has had the privilege of working with several local non-profit associations within our community over the years. The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan is one of ArborMotion’s non-profit partners, and it’s a tremendous organization that offers a very impressive range of services to both women and men within our community.According to Alice Liao, (The Women’s Center of SEMI’s Communicatio...

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Meet Kyle Brodie - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Meet Kyle Brodie - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Kyle Brodie is a Volvo Master Certified Technician at ArborMotion.How did you choose your profession?I have always enjoyed repairing things. When I was fourteen I bought a 1971 VW Beetle. I then dismantled the car and customized it over the next couple of years until I got my drivers license. Needless to say, it was ready to roll on that day. So to answer the question, I guess it was my passion.What was your first automotive job?In my senior year of high school I had a co-op class. I got a part time job at ...

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Meet Laura Rymarz - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Meet Laura Rymarz - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Laura Rymarz is a Service Adviser at ArborMotion.How did you choose your profession?I was looking for a career change and a friend told me about a job opening at a small, independent shop. I grew up watching my dad fix our family’s vehicles and was interested in learning more about the auto repair industry. I applied for the job and have been working in the automotive repair industry since.What was your first automotive job?I wore many hats at my first automotive job. From ordering parts to writing or...

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Meet Tim Pott - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Meet Tim Pott - ArborMotion's Team Member Spotlight

Timothy Pott is ArborMotion’s Technical Director.How did you choose your profession?I didn’t choose this profession, it chose me.  After a year of college, I decided that academia wasn’t for me.  I had always played around with cars and motorcycles in high school and decided to look into auto mechanics as a profession.  I went to a trade school in downtown Detroit that had a very thorough and robust educational program.  A year later I graduated and never looked back.Wh...

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ArborMotion's "Vehicle Winter Survival" Class

ArborMotion's "Vehicle Winter Survival" Class

We were VERY excited to offer our first community class at ArborMotion last month! Our “Vehicle Winter Survival” class took place on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m., and it was a great time!Tim Pott, (ArborMotion’s Technical Director), was the emcee for the class, but we also had Sebastian Gaeta (Owner); Jason Gary (Customer Service Manager); Christi Bauchat (Dispatcher); and Dawn Raney (Marketing & Social Media) take part in the event as well.The funny thing is that we were gathe...

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John McMullen - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" March 2017

John McMullen - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" March 2017

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?5 YearsWHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?  A 2013 Volkswagen CC, a 2010 Toyota Camry, and a 2008 Corvette.HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT ARBORMOTION?My wife’s niece’s husband works there, his name is Jason Gary.WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION OVER THE YEARS?They treat you like family, and you are not just a number to them. The technicians know what they are doing, and they get the job ...

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We Would Love to Hear From You!

We Would Love to Hear From You!

Online reviews listed on sites like Google, Yelp, and Facebook are becoming more and more essential for small, locally-owned businesses like ArborMotion. In fact, according to the findings of the 2016 Local Consumer Review Survey, “84% of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation.”When our customers recommend us to their family and friends, it is the highest compliment that we can receive as a company. And when it comes to online reviews, these testimonials are basically p...

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Earth Day 2017 - Calling All Recyclable Cardboard!

Earth Day 2017 - Calling All Recyclable Cardboard!

Bring us your recyclable cardboard during the week of Earth Day, (April 17th through the 22nd)!ArborMotion’s green initiatives are a huge part of our business. We recently attended the Environmental Excellence Partnership Program Annual Rewards Ceremony in recognition of Washtenaw County’s Waste Knot Partners, Community Partners for Clean Streams, Rain Garden Leaders, Master Composting Leaders and Environmental Excellence award recipients. This event really inspired us to continue to focus on ad...

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Meet Tom O'Connor - ArborMotion's Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Meet Tom O'Connor - ArborMotion's Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Tom O’Connor is a Master Certified Technician at ArborMotion who specializes in Volkswagen and Asian vehicles.How did you choose your profession?I don’t know if I really chose it as a profession. At a very early age I made things, and took things apart. I took apart my tricycle – this is a common story among the best mechanics.What was your first automotive job?In 1963 at European Motor Service, it was a small British car shop. We worked on Anglias, Triumphs, MG, Sunbeam, Hillman,  an...

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April 2017 E-Newsletter Subscriber Special

April 2017 E-Newsletter Subscriber Special

Our Michigan roads can be brutal for your vehicle’s alignment, and pothole season is now upon us as well.We all know how important it is for your vehicle to have proper wheel alignment, so ArborMotion is offering a FREE ALIGNMENT CHECK to our e-newsletter subscribers during the month of April!Please give us a call at (734) 761-1088, or visit our website to schedule your free alignment check by April 30th, 2017.ArborMotion has a summer tire promotion happening now!...

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Jeff Archer - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" April 2017

We asked Jeff these 10 questions regarding his experience as an ArborMotion customer…HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?We’ve been bringing our machines to ArborMotion for over six years now – since 2010.WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?Our vehicles serviced by the team at ArborMotion include:A 2011 Ford Mustang GT; my sons 2009 Pontiac G8 GT; and a 1969 Ford Mustang.HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT ARBORMOTION?A new neighbor built an addition to hi...

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ArborMotion's Earth Day 2017 Project Announcement!

ArborMotion's Earth Day 2017 Project Announcement!

ArborMotion is elated to announce that we have begun the process of partnering with the Washtenaw County Rain Garden Program in hopes of creating our very own rain garden at our shop!ArborMotion takes pride in its many green initiatives, and by creating a rain garden, we can help to significantly reduce the amount of pollution from getting into our community’s creeks and streams. Rain gardens are designed to absorb storm water run-off from roofs, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces, and our si...

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Gwyn Hulswit - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (August 2017)

Gwyn Hulswit - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (August 2017)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?I have been a very happy and enthusiastic customer of ArborMotion since 2008.WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?My 2001 Toyota Echo – it is by far not the nicest car in the shop but I love it and as the original owner I feel a duty to take care of it. I have 202,000 miles on this car and it is still running perfectly, in large part because of the quality of care it receives from the technicians at ArborMotion.I have also take...

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Linda Dewaele - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" June 2017

We asked Linda the following 10 questions regarding her experience as an ArborMotion customer…HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION? About 7 years, I think.  I’m afraid you’d have to check your records to be sure! (She was correct).WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?  Originally, I brought my 2003 Mini Cooper which I had purchased in Germany when I was stationed there.  When I retired to Michigan, there were no Mini dealers anywhere cl...

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Meet Andrew Daley - ArborMotion Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Andrew Daley is ArborMotion’s Certified BMW & MINI SpecialistHow did you choose your profession? Engineering wasn’t for me, so I decided to look into another field related to working with automobiles but with more hands on work. I have always been a natural problem solver and loved working on and driving anything with a motor growing up so it was a good fit for me.What was your first automotive job? Here at ArborMotionHow long have you been doing what you do? 6 yearsWhat certi...

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Meet Nick Pott - ArborMotion Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Meet Nick Pott - ArborMotion Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Nick Pott works in Dispatch, QC, and Rennstatt at ArborMotion.How did you choose your profession?Growing up the son of the top Porsche technician in the area, my best childhood days were spent either in the shop or at the racetrack. As my first word also was “car,” it was no surprise that the thought of an automotive career came easy and quite naturally.What was your first automotive job?My first automotive job was working for my father Tim, at his shop (Eurotec Motors) as a porter and shop main...

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The 17th Annual Mayor's Green Fair 6/9/17

The 17th Annual Mayor's Green Fair 6/9/17

We’re happy to announce that ArborMotion will be one of the local businesses represented at the 17th Annual Mayor’s Green Fair on Friday, June 9th. This event is for all ages, and showcases our community nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and participating businesses that have earned the “WasteKnot” partners and/or Community Partners for Clean Streams designation from Washtenaw County.Washtenaw County’s Environmental Excellence Partnership Program (E2P2) is actually ...

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An Intro to AC Repair at ArborMotion

An Intro to AC Repair at ArborMotion

It’s a hot summer day in August, and when you go to crank up your vehicle’s AC you’re quite dismayed to discover that the vents are blowing out hot air. You turn the engine off, restart your car, but the problem remains – so how much is THIS going to cost to repair? AC repairs (and cost) vary based on the severity of the issue(s) causing the problem(s). The most common AC issues are due to leaks which are generally the least expensive to repair. The first step to an AC repair wh...

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The Burger Quest

The Burger Quest

Hi! My name is Christi and I wear many hats at ArborMotion. Sometimes I’m the voice that makes the appointment on the phone with you, on occasion the person who drives your shuttle, or the person who pulls your car in or out. Mostly I’m the person who helps where it’s needed. One of the new hats I’m wearing is writing the ArborMotion blog.The Burger Quest.  I would like to share The Burger Quest with you. What is The Burger Quest and how does it fit into ArborMotion’s blog...

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Kandie Waggoner - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (November 2017)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?About 3 years WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP? 2002 Passat HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT ARBORMOTION? I heard about Arbotmotion from the person who would give me a ride back to work from Germain where I took my baby for all the years before you were suggested. WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION OVER THE YEARS?  I love your service and the people and mostly I trust your jud...

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Winter Driving Tips to Help You Stay Safe on The Road!

Winter Driving Tips to Help You Stay Safe on The Road!

Driving in snow or ice can be a daunting experience. This is especially true if you’ve grown up somewhere where you haven’t been exposed to these challenges.  There are some tips, however, that will make the experience less harrowing and safer for both you and your precious cargo. Many modern cars have features which will help you control your car on slippery roads. Traction control, ABS braking and modern stability control systems use several of these features simultaneously and are design...

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What You Must Know About Getting a European Auto Repair Estimate

Uh oh! You walked to the car this morning on your way to work and saw a pink, blue, or green fluid underneath. You know it’s time to go to the repair shop. What should you expect from the process? What’s expected of you?When you’re looking for a repair facility for your European vehicle, there are a few things you should consider.To ensure that your vehicle is in competent hands, the technicians should be ASE certified. ASE is a nationally recognized standard of automotive competency above...

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Meet Joe Planck - ArborMotion Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Meet Joe Planck - ArborMotion Monthly Team Member Spotlight

Joe Planck works in Rennstatt as a Porsche Technician at ArborMotion.How did you choose your profession?I love cars and learning about them and I like solving problems. I knew an office job was not for me so it was a perfect fit to become a technician.What was your first automotive job?I was a maintenance tech and accessory installer at a Buick GMC Dealership.How long have you been doing what you do?3 yearsWhat certifications do you hold?I am state certified in steering and suspension and electronics and el...

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Ralph Harris - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (December 2017)

Ralph Harris - ArborMotion's "Customer of the Month" (December 2017)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?I have been bringing my car to ArborMotion for over 4 years.WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?1977 MG-B convertibleHOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT ARBORMOTION?I met a gentleman at Mark’s Coney Island and we began chatting about his car. I asked him where he gets it serviced and he said ArborMotion and told me it was just down the street. I stopped in and have been taking my car there ever since.WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BRINGING YOUR V...

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Top 10 Things Toyota Owners Should Know

Top 10 Things Toyota Owners Should Know

Do you know that the owner of Toyota spells his name differently? Did you also know that Toyota’s influence has changed manufacturing processes worldwide? Or that Prius is not Toyota’s only hybrid vehicle?Owning a Toyota means owning a product from one of the most forward thinking companies in the world! What else don’t you know about Toyota? Here are the top 10 things Toyota owners should know:10. The Toyota family name is spelled Toyoda. Toyota was created in 1936 by Kiichiro Toyoda. His...

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5 Questions we Often Get Asked

When your vehicle breaks down or something doesn’t feel right, it can be very stressful. You rely on your car for a lot; to get to work, take children to school, and maybe even to go on a family vacation. At ArborMotion, we’re asked many questions about how to keep cars running well. Here are some of the most common ones:1. How often should I change my oil?Vehicle manufacturers have different recommendations about how often to change your oil. Those recommendations are often given for perfect la...

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Employee Hobby December Spotlight

Employee Hobby December Spotlight

We have a very well-rounded group of individuals working for us here at ArborMotion. All of the employees here have interests and talents that go well beyond auto repair. I would like to introduce you to our parts guy, Chuck. Mostly he is hiding behind the parts counter but if you’re very lucky he may be at the front counter when you check in.Chuck’s hidden talent is anything with a remote control. As he says “I am into ANYTHING radio controlled. I’ve been racing R/C cars since I was...

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Is it Time for an IMS Bearing Upgrade for my Porsche?

Do you own a Boxster, Cayman or water-cooled 911 model Porsche? Then you have very likely heard about the issue with their engine’s intermediate shaft bearing.Failures of the Intermediate Shaft Bearing – or IMS Bearing – in M96 engines have received extensive internet coverage over the last 20 years, but going online to research the issue is a minefield of contradicting opinions and information. The only consistent thing you will read is that when failure occurs, there is no warning at all...

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Linda Sinkule – ArborMotion's Customer of the Month (January 2018)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?Soon to be eight years ago, I became hooked on ArborMotion after my 1st detailing there in the spring of 2010!WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?A 2009 Dark Grey, Mercury Mariner, that I love!It was sold to me by Sebastian Gaeta at Sesi!HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT ARBORMOTION?I became hooked given the best detailing I have ever received in town. And when I needed repairs, I always sought ArborMotion&r...

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Not All Parts Are Created Equal

Not All Parts Are Created Equal

Confused by your auto repair estimate?Do you really know the reason why you might use one type of part over another?Want some clarity about the best parts to get your car back on the road at a fair price?Auto repair estimates can be confusing and difficult to read. Sometimes it’s hard to determine why you brought your car to the shop by looking at the estimate, or even to understand the repair recommended by your automotive technician.Any reputable shop will provide you with a written estimate that sh...

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Porsche Boxster Service in Ann Arbor

The Boxster perfectly combines the venerable traditions of Porsche’s early days. Ferry Porsche himself was partial to open cars and his personal vehicles were always convertibles. A lightweight, sporty mid-engined roadster – the Boxster is the epitome of a sports car.Want to improve the life of your Porsche Boxster?These cars are extremely durable and provide their owners with a tremendous driving experience well past 100,000 miles. Remembering to schedule regular maintenance on your Boxster is ...

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Winter Car Washing Prevents Paint Damage

Do you think washing your car in the winter seems counter-productive? When you drive, it’s going to get covered in snow, salt, and grime again. Did you know that washing and waxing your car can actually help prevent damage from the elements? Winter may not seem like a good time to wash your car, but it may be even more important than when the weather is nice. We use rock salt in Michigan to help make the roads safer to drive on. The salt lowers the freezing point of water so that it melts ice and...

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Ian Scott – ArborMotion’s "Customer of the Month" (February 2018)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE(S) TO ARBORMOTION?Almost 25 years! I first brought my car at ArborMotion when it was Swedish Engineering in August of 1993.WHAT VEHICLE(S) DO YOU HAVE SERVICED AT OUR SHOP?I have two cars, a 1989 Volvo 740 that I bought new that now has 305,000 miles on it. I also own a 1986 Porsche 944.HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT ARBORMOTION?I heard about ArborMotion by word of mouth. I was dissatisfied with the service I was getting at the Volvo dealer and was looking for a be...

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This Year’s Best Super Bowl Commercials Rated by Us!

Whether you were happy to see the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in franchise history or disappointed to see the Patriots lose a game, there’s one thing most of us can agree on: the commercials. The Super Bowl almost always has the best commercials! In fact, some people watch the game just for the commercials. Several car manufacturers took part in the Super Bowl commercial tradition and knocked it out of the park. Here are some of the best car commercials from this year.The top spot for the best c...

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Reduce Your Time at the Repair Shop

Q: Can the software used by your auto repair shop actually make your life easier?A: The answer, plain and simple, is yes.ArborMotion is proud to announce that we are now using Shop-Ware.So what is Shop-Ware? It’s an innovative shop management software that maximizes workplace productivity by giving you the option to perform all transactions digitally, making life easier for you, the customer. You can sign repair orders right on our computer screen and a copy will automatically be sent to your email (u...

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Porsche Cayman Service in Ann Arbor

The Cayman perfectly combines time-honored traditions of Porsche’s early days when the company’s race vehicles were light weight mid-engined cars. With the development of the Cayman, Porsche set out to build the perfect track car; the bonus is that the Cayman is a joy to drive on the street as well and has become a favorite to many Porsche owners. A lightweight, sporty mid-engined coupe – the Cayman is the epitome of a sports car.Want to improve the life of your Porsche Cayman?These cars a...

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Show Appreciation for Your Car!

Show Appreciation for Your Car!

We demand a lot from our cars. They have to start and stop on demand, heat us up, cool us down, take us to work, and take us on vacation. We need them to be available at all hours, while they don’t ask for much in return. Here are five simple ways you can show how much you appreciate everything your car does for you....

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