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Why buying your own parts can be the worst decision you ever make for your vehicle

Why buying your own parts can be the worst decision you ever make for your vehicle

Technology and the way we shop has changed dramatically within the last 10 years. Everything today is ruled by ecommerce and online shopping. When is the last time you were in a store? I bet its been a while. I personally can't remember the last time I've been to the mall! We are now trained to find the best deals online and only purchase for the bottom dollar price otherwise society tells us, "We've been ripped off!" I have to admit, I am certainly a bargain hunter for a lot things like clothes, electronics and even groceries online. We are trained to shop for commodities, things that are easily comparable. For example, what is the difference between buying a macbook from apple or another reputable online retailer? Other than price the answer is not much.  This line of thinking does not hold true for automotive repairs. The question you are asking yourself is, "how is it not?" Well the method of repairing a vehicle can vary greatly as well as what ... read more

We are Elite Ethics Certified!

We are Elite Ethics Certified!

                          We are proud to say we are now Elite Ethics certified!  The topic of ethics is a hot one in the industry. Our image as an industry has been run through the mud by the unethical shady shops. I am happy to say we are not one of them and we are honored to be recognized as an Elite Ethics Certified shop!  We work hard everyday to earn your trust and to build transparency in our service.  For further explanation of what being Elite Ethics Certified means, click here. Thank you to all of our great clients. We love you

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APR Presents the New Audi TTS 2.0 TFSI ECU Upgrade!

APR Presents the New Audi TTS 2.0 TFSI ECU Upgrade!

APR Presents the New Audi TTS 2.0 TFSI ECU Upgrade! APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 engine!   APR's ECU Upgrades are the best dollar-per-horsepower modification one can make to the 2.0T engine. The upgrades dramatically increase horsepower and torque, making for an exceptionally quicker and more exciting vehicle. This is made possibly through APR's optimization of the factory engine management system to take full advantage of the engine's capabilities, without needing any end user adjustment. The software loads to the factory ECU through the OBD-II port, resulting in a clean and headache-free install.   APR ECU Upgrade Stages   APR's ECU Upgrades are available in multiple stages and torque levels, supporting various octanes both with or without any hardware or transmission modifications. Specific software is available for use with a high flow d ... read more

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Should you trust the dealer or an independent shop?

Should you trust the dealer or an independent shop?

  So you are experiencing some issue with your German vehicle. Whether you own a BMW or Mercedes Benz you know that you own an awesome albeit very complicated vehicle. You want to go to the most competent and trusted service center for your vehicle and you don't want to feel like you've been ripped off! If this sounds like the thought process you have had then here are some things to think about between dealer vs an independent. For the purposes of the comparison we have naturally used our shop (M-Spec Performance) as a reference point many times however this should apply to some reputable German car or European specialty shops around the country.  Competency The dealerships have access to manufacturer training and tools. Logically they would be the best equipped and most knowledgable source to repair your Audi, BMW, or Mercedes Benz. If you step into a dealership you will probably hear some boasting about the dealership's superior capabil ... read more

Why asking for "price" is the wrong question to ask

Why asking for "price" is the wrong question to ask

So you own a German Car (maybe its a BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper or Volkswagen) and you are looking for an auto repair shop to service your vehicle. You know you don't want to go to the dealership since their prices are sky high and the level of service leaves you wanting. You get anxious, you worry about getting ripped off. You ask friends and family what to do. You go online and google some quick answers for your particular problem whether its a noise you hear, a fluid dripping from your car or what is the next maintenance service you need. You then go on yelp or type in a google search for the best auto repair shop in your area. Armed with all this information you call up a shop and ask, "Hey I have a noise coming from my car, I think its a gyromotion arm, how much?" The shop gives you a price and you go on and call the next shop on your list. Each shop gives you a different price. Which one do you choose? The cheapest price, right? If auto repair was a ... read more

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APR Stage 2 ECU Upgrade and Downpipes Dual Release for S6, S7, RS6, RS7, S8!

APR Stage 2 ECU Upgrade and Downpipes Dual Release for S6, S7, RS6, RS7, S8!

DUAL RELEASE! SOFTWARE & DOWNPIPES. APR Stage II Calibration Software Application Guide Audi S6 (C7 & C7.5) Audi S7 (C7 & C7.5) Audi RS6 (C7 & C7.5) Audi RS7 (C7 & C7.5) Audi S8 (D4) APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System for the 4.0 TFSI The APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System replaces the restrictive factory catalyst cross pipes and resonators with an upgraded 76mm stainless steel mandrel-bent system, featuring port-matched cast inlets, high-flow catalysts and various other features. Expect better throttle response, more horsepower and an intoxicating exhaust note, while remaining civilized during normal daily driving. It's the best performance upgrade for the 4.0 TFSI following theAPR ECU Upgrade and it's all designed and assembled in-house, using premium materials and world-class manufacturing techniques few can match. Quick FactsMore power and better response ... read more

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We are proud to announce that M-Spec Performance is now an authorized APR Dealer!

We are proud to announce that M-Spec Performance is now an authorized APR Dealer!

  Since 1997, APR has been providing the highest quality and engineering performance tuning solutions for Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. Some of APR’s offerings include performance software, turbo upgrades, intercooler, suspension tuning, drivetrain bracing, and exhaust components. If you have any any inquiries or would like a consultation on the best upgrades for your Volkswagen, Audi or Porsche please contact us. Our performance experts are standing by to provide any help that you may need. We can recommend and help you build the car of your dreams!  We are very pleased with our partnership with APR to give the best performance options. As enthusiasts we are ecstatic to be teaming up with a company that shares much of the same philosophy when it comes to German car performance. Go APR

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Thanksgiving Weekend Travel in your German Car

Thanksgiving Weekend Travel in your German Car

Making Your german road machine ready for thanksgiving weekend Across the country many families are hitting the road for Thanksgiving Day Weekend.  What is the safest and least headache time to travel? What should you look out for if you drive a BMW or Mercedes? Here are some helpful tips to make your Thanksgiving Weekend fun and safe. Upwards of 75 percent of Americans will be on the road during the Thanksgiving Weekend.  Preparing Your Vehicle For Thanksgiving Travel At M-Spec Performance we truly care about each and everyone of our clients. We would be more than happy to perform a complimentary inspection of your Audi or Mini Cooper before you embark on your holiday trips. Just give us a call at (718) 395-6095 to set up an appointment.  Before you go you should prepare yourself One of the most important aspects of embarking on a long road trip is to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Most experts recommend t ... read more

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Do you have to return to the dealer to maintain your new car? NO!

Do you have to return to the dealer to maintain your new car? NO!

Did you know that it an absolute myth that you have to return to the dealer for maintenance? If you own a new car, having an independent repair shop perform maintenance services for you will not void your warranty.  Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act which is also enforced by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), consumers are protected against the manufacturer voiding their new car warranty if a non dealer service facility performs maintenance services on their vehicle. This act protects consumers from having to go to the dealer for services such as tire changes, oil changes, fluids checks, belt replacements and brake services. It is illegal for dealers to void or deny warranty claims due to having service performed outside of the dealer network. This is great news for any interested parties or current M-Spec Performance clients. If you like our service and how we treat our clients like family then you can continue to use us for all of your servicing needs for anything not covered ... read more

We are keeping it GREEN with our Digital Inspections!

We are keeping it GREEN with our Digital Inspections!

  Believe it or not a auto repair shop can go through a lot of paper a year. The conventional workflow process for a client vehicle is multiple sheets of paper getting printed. These papers normally called work orders contain all the pertainant information of the client, what the vehicle concerns are, and what work is to be performed. One copy is made for the technician and one copy is made for the counter man. Generally this paper gets updated and reprinted every time there is new information to be added and the client authorizes further service. This can add up to up to 10-15 sheets per car. If your average shop sees 40-50 cars a week that means an ordinary week can use up to 400 sheets up paper minimally! We here at M-Spec Performance have implemented a system called Mobile Manager. This tablet and cloud based technology allows us to minimize the amount of paper we need to use on a day to day basis. All of our highly trained technicians have a tablet. All the work orders are s ... read more