Rookie Mistakes Owning a Euro Car


– The moment of truth. Can Max press the play
button without messing it up? Oh my gosh. (clapping) You get a raise. That’s it. It’s easy like that. When it comes to lists, I
love them, and here’s why. A, they can surprise people by thinking you’re gonna do a countdown, and B, they make it really
easy to talk about things like rookie mistakes because
you just list them off and people like lists. I like lists. You like lists. Numbers are lists. We like lists. It’s a good thing to do. They help making information easier. But when it comes down
to owning euro cars, there are gonna be a few mistakes that people can make when it comes down to stuff like that because spoiler alert, euro cars aren’t that easy to always own. Euro cars and mistakes go together like Flaming Hot Cheetos
and Angry Orchards. And as long as I have black hair and a styling reminiscent
of a young Brendon Urie, you bet your (beep) I’m
gonna be talking about rookie mistakes when owning a euro car. I’m Alex, @alex.fi on the socials, and today we’re gonna be
talking about rookie mistakes. Pitter patter, let’s get at’er. By the way, if you guys are
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bing, bang, boom. We’re done. Let’s get into the video. (suspenseful music) (clears throat) (broadcast beep) Rookie mistakes with euro
cars are pretty common, but the biggest and the most important one would be avoiding the
good ole classic search. Now you go to YouTube or Google and you type in year, make, model, and then you end it with
the kicker, problems. Euro cars have a little of a
higher tendency to have issues, especially as you climb the ladder of the performance models with the cars, or you get a budget one. You can have cheap, reliable, fast, but you can only pick two. Regardless on which cars you buy, it’s important to know
what peculiar issues each model may present, like head studs, electrical gremlins, transmission issues, and more. You’re gonna be better
off buying a car where these issues are noted in the ad versus a car that claims it’s
never had the issues at all. And that’s kinda the funky thing about it. Rookie mistakes when owning a euro car, you might be saying, “Alex, I’m buying a euro car.” And you know what? You’re right. But guess what? You probably owned one
and never even looked into doing what I just said, and you’re gonna wanna go back and do that because you may be shocked to
find out some of the issues that are coming your
way relatively shortly. But with any car you’re gonna
wanna do this search with. But with Europeans driving
a premium in the States, usually this is why it’s a
little bit more important. That goes into owning it as well. Generally speaking, people
love older euro cars. Old BMWs. Old 911s. Old Audis. Old Ferraris. We don’t have any of those there. And even your exotics. I see ya. Old euro cars aren’t the worst
thing in the world to own from an initial pricing
stand point of view, but problem comes from the fact that because they become more affordable, it doesn’t mean that the repairs have just dumped down in price. Headset replacements of a 911-er can be upwards towards 10,000k, son. Air cool the car. It’s practically a bug. Another rookie mistake with euro cars is not really understanding
just their overall quirks. I get it. A Mazda Miata can run on no
oil for about 42,000 miles and be okay with it. Because guess what? It’s a Miata. It is the definition of
a car that will love you when you don’t love it back. An LS can bring the world
down with some 87 octane and just a little wee
bit of nitrous oxide. We get that. But if you think for half a second that your 135 isn’t gonna act up because you missed a walnut
blasting by 200 miles, you’re gonna regret it. Some euro cars are like that,
but some euro cars aren’t. The fact of the matter is
that they are just naturally a little bit more quirky, and you have to be good with handling those sort of problems by yourself. Being a mechanic is not
necessarily a way to fix all your problems, but it’s gonna help you
by keeping the costs down. And here’s the problem as well. It’s not that the euro cars are
inherently expensive to own. The catch comes from when
dealerships and shops, will treat each euro car like a premium. Because why? Don’t fall for the hype. Most oil changes are gonna be the same regardless on if you have
a Cavalier or a euro car. Just different oil. Most normal maintenance items
aren’t insanely different than their domestic counterpart. If you end up going to a place, and they start charging you more, they’re probably just trying
to make a bit more off of you because you got a fancy car with fancy headlights and a fancy interior that has the massaging seats. You can probably just
do most of it yourself. Euro cars have a higher pay-to-play level than their domestic counterparts as well. It’s just how it is. The higher priced the car is, the cost raises with it substantially. Almost all of that money
will not come back to you and is just part of owning the car. In fact, when you go and own a euro car, and you head out to the forums, some of the biggest things
that they talk about is just annual maintenance cost, and they just talk about
the most ridiculous stuff that costs money. Picking up a euro car and
thinking you won’t lose money is a pretty rookie mistake besides some of your highest tiered cars. People end up buying euro
cars because they look good. They feel nice. The leather is good on the lower back, and they’re pretty good quality. But non-rare euro cars depreciate hard. Hard. Capital H-A-R and a D. And it’s important to know
that when you own one, especially a new one. Euro cars are a little bit weird, but another rookie mistake when owning one is just completely modifying it past the point of drivability. You have to remember that because they’re just a little bit fancier, especially the newer ones, they don’t have much of a variance in terms of being able to handle the issues you throw at them. Just be nice to them. Take time with them. Learn about them. Maybe take them out to dinner. Go to a nice baseball game. Maybe take them out to
a movie or something. Here’s another rookie mistake
when owning a euro car. Now this is something that is kind of a talking point all the time. You talk about real parts
and genuine pieces for cars. Now if there is a genre of cars that care about this the most, probably gonna be your euro guys. Rookie mistake when owning a euro car is making sure the parts that you’re buying are as close to authentic
as you can possibly get. We’re not saying that you gotta go out and get the ole 4K BBS wheels. We’re not saying you gotta
upsize your old RS wheels or go get some SSRs, even though we want you to because those are dope wheels. But a lot of times when you
go into completely fake stuff, you have a tendency to
just overall catch hell. And a lot of times when people do it, they don’t even know, because their euro cars are
probably some of the more entry level, affordable BMWs
or Audis or things like that, where they just got it because their mom finally let them buy, as long as the car was four-door and could be driven all year round, so then they just pick
up the cheapest thing they possibly can, and it turns out to be
a fake BBS or HRE or SSR or something like that. Always do your research when you’re buying parts for this car, because not even just for the sake of having your maintenance
parts being genuine, or at least OB+, a lot of times those
after-market communities will catch on if you’re
not buying the stuff you should be putting on your car. It’s a big deal. Ask us how we know. We know. So what are some rookie
mistakes you’ve had if you’ve owned a euro car. Let us know in the comment section below, and of course, if you’re looking for wheels, tires, or suspension,
you know where to go. Fitmentindustries.com. I’m Alex. Hope you guys enjoyed BBS. Wheel giveaway. Just letting you know again, description link below. Front, super cool, BBS. Back is a land shark. What more do you want? It would really hurt if one of these fell, or if all of them did. We’ll see ya later. Peace.