We began to offer Volvo service in the early 80s, and we’ve been doing it longer than any other Central Iowa facility providing specialized Volvo care. “Boxy but Safe” it was said, and they were both. Today they are particularly stylish and still remarkably safe. With 30 years of experience we know the unique quirks and personalities of these outstanding cars. Our experience will save you considerable time and expense – not only by efficiently resolving repair issues, but by preventing them in the first place. Our Volvo experts are certified and equipped to provide any service or repair on your car.
Contemporary Volvos have service indicators to tell you when maintenance is required. We have the tools and equipment to communicate with your vehicle’s computers, interpret what they say, and update and reset them when the service is complete. All of our services meet or exceed the manufacturer’s requirements to protect any new car and extended warranties you may have.
The Importance of a Professional Oil & Filter Service
Many repair shops offer a cheap oil change to attract customers. They are performed by entry level technicians using low grade filters and oils, making it simple to charge $20-$30 and survive.
At Beckley’s we have always seen an oil service as the perfect time to have your car thoroughly inspected to insure that it’s safe and reliable for months to come.
An oil change at Beckley’s is performed by the Certified Master Technician who has specialized in your make of car – whether it’s an Audi, Mercedes, Volvo or other European model. Your Master Tech is totally familiar with your car, what to look for and how to respond to prevent problems and keep your car safe and reliable.
We use the approved oils and filters (Mobil 1) which last for extended drain intervals and protect any warranties you have.
A 5qt. conventional oil change starts at $40 and a full synthetic starts at $60. Estimating $80-$120 for high performance models like the BMW or Mercedes V8’s makes this a low budget commitment.
Each service includes a thorough 30 point written inspection, hand wash, vacuum, plus we reset all your service computers and lights.
Do you really want a cut-rate oil change for your European car? Have your oil service performed at Beckley’s and enjoy all the benefits our experience and specialized service provides at a sensible price.
Unlike most luxury European imports, Volvo does not require synthetic oil. Consequently an oil service is less expensive on a Volvo (budget around $60) but the oil service interval is reduced. Figure 5,000 miles between oil services for city driving. When we perform an oil service your Volvo receives a comprehensive 30 point written inspection (See worksheet here). It’s not simply looking, it’s knowing what we see and how to respond that makes the difference. Following the service we reset your service computer and, so it looks as good as it runs, your car is hand washed and vacuumed.
Using full synthetic oil you can extend the service interval to 7,500 miles of city driving. Even if you don’t put on many miles on your Volvo, service it annually to be safe. This way an expert can put his eye on your brakes, tires, fluids, etc.
Inspection – Major Service
A Major Service can be indicated from at 20,000 mile intervals, depending on your driving conditions. Frequent short trips (under 10 miles), cold weather, stop and go driving, excessive idling and warm up decrease the time between inspections.
At these intervals the systems that can require attention include; Spark plugs, cabin and air filters, transmission service, fuel filters, brake fluid and coolant replacement. Not all of these systems require attention at the same time. Cabin (interior) air filter replacement is normally 1 year, brake fluid replacement is 2 years, coolant is typically 5 years. Transmission fluid can often go 60,000 miles or more. Budget $250 to $500 for a major service depending on what your car requires. Our customers tell us it costs much less to have us perform their required maintenance than at the dealership.
You will always receive an estimate after we inspect your car and before we perform any service so you can chose what fits your time and budget.
Other Volvo maintenance items that don’t follow a specific schedule but make your car last longer and drive better are;
Wheel alignment service
A new set of tires can cost over $600, and much more in the long run if you only get half the life they could provide. We have a state of the art Volvo wheel alignment system. For $35 we can quickly take a ‘snapshot’ of your car’s wheel alignment and insure you’re getting the best handling and life from your tires. We recommend this once a year and it can easily be combined with your oil service. If adjustments are required budget $135 total, sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less depending on the range of the adjustments required. When the alignment is correct, your Volvo will get the longest tire life and handle like a new car.
Tire balance and rotation
Every time we perform a service, we will measure your tires and make any recommendations that will extend their life and improve your ride.
Over the 30 years we’ve specialized in Volvos we’ve found that owners who maintain their vehicles well are far more satisfied with their cars. They are very rarely let down by their vehicles – if at all. Some owners feel the only maintenance their cars need is a periodic ‘quick lube’ and ‘bring it in when there is a problem’. As you might expect, these are the cars that come in on a tow truck. Expensive repairs and down time can be avoided by proper maintenance.
Please call us with any questions or concerns about maintaining your Volvo. We will be happy to talk with you about getting the most from your car and scheduling you for service on your European import.