Services

Located in Bellevue, WA near Bellevue BMW, The Green Car Clinic can take care of all your service and repair needs from oil changes to major repairs, and you have the confidence of bringing your car to a shop with the highest quality technicians. Our lead technician and shop foreman, Bashkim Duga is from Europe and has serviced European vehicles for 20 years.

All services include a free visual inspection of your vehicle with a free written estimate to complete any needed repairs. All parts used to repair or service your vehicle are of the highest quality available and backed by a 12 month, UNLIMITED mile warranty.

We specialize in the following:

  • Volkswagen and Audi
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • SMART Car
  • Volvo
  • BMW
  • MINI Cooper
  • Porsche
  • Diesel vehicles
  • Toyota Hybrid vehicles

We can also serve your other vehicles as well:

Lexus, Infiniti, Acura and other import and domestic vehicles. We have certified technicians for both Import and Domestic applications.

Manufacturers are recommending extended services for their newer car sales to make the vehicle sound maintenance-free. While technology has changed and newer vehicles include new features, the service to your vehicle on some items remains the same. Leaving engine oil in your vehicle too long can damage your engine or create expensive repairs down the road. When oil is left inside an engine for extended period of time and starts to breakdown, you can start developing sludge which can severely impact the performance of your engine and eventually lead to engine failure. The same is true for other maintenance items throughout your vehicle.

Although some vehicles include a smart computer system reminding you when service is due, some of these systems placed in the newer vehicles are set for too long of intervals. You should protect your investment and service the car now to avoid headaches later. We have included some good service practices below that you can compare to your vehicle manufacturer recommendations and make a better decision on the long-term care of your vehicle. Also remember that your dealership cannot void the warranty on your new or used car just because you take that car to an independent for service.

We offer a 12 Month / UNLIMITED mileage warranty on all service and repairs. This also includes parts and labor. Bosch Nationwide warranties may vary.

Check Engine Lights / Service Engine Soon Lights

We are equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and technical information to diagnose and repair your vehicle as quickly and efficiently as possible. We have diagnostic software directly from the Manufacturer for BMW (GT-1), Mercedes-Benz (Star Diagnosis), Volvo (DICE), Volkswagen, and Audi and have very advanced OEM-Level diagnostic capabilities for the other makes we service. Diagnosing your check engine light with a generic scan tool does not cut it these days. In most cases, Carmine will scan your car free-of-charge when repairs are performed at our facility. Remember, when you see a Service Engine Soon Light, this means the same thing as your Check Engine Light. It does not mean that your vehicle is just due for service, it means there is a malfunction in the vechicle’s engine management system. Not only can we use these tools to diagnose a problem, we can also change vehicle settings for you. For example: If you you want to turn off a factory setting on your BMW or change it, let us know. You may want your interior temperature for the climate control to be saved in your key so when you enter the vehicle again it stays. You can also do this with seat settings, mirror settings, and more. Most vehicles have this option. You just need the appropriate tools and knowledge to make it work.

Can I effectively diagnose my Check Engine or Service Engine light by taking my vehicle to the local parts store or using a store-purchased universal OBD II scanner?

Sometimes. I know everyone wants to save money when it comes to repairing your vehicle and that is fine. You must also understand that there is a reason these local parts stores can do this service for FREE. They use a very generic OBD II standard piece of equipment that merely pulls the Government regulated emissions code from you on board computer for engine management. Sometime you can get lucky and fix your car by replacing the part that OBD II states is defective. The problem is you may be replacing unnecessary parts. For example: You may retrieve a fault code for Oxygen Sensor malfunction or fuel trim malfunction and the local parts store associate or your online-purchased handheld car doctor may try to sell you oxygen sensors. You replace the sensors, clear the codes, and next week the light returns. Now you take it to the shop to find you had a broken vacuum line that cost very little to replace. Save yourself the trouble and take your vehicle to a professional service shop the first time. Ask yourself this question. Do you give yourself your own EKG? Or if you do, would you trust yourself reading the results? Trust your automotive diagnostics to the people who do this for a living. You will save yourself time, money, and aggravation.

When should I change my oil?

The latest news from the car manufacturers is that it is ok to change your oil at very long intervals. The reason they are recommending this is that the manufacturer probably offers free scheduled maintenance during the warranty or lease period. That is great for them and for you short-term but not good for your car or your wallet long-term. Leaving oil in an engine longer than 7500 miles can cause severe damage to engine parts in today’s advanced engines. Depending on your model, we recommend changing your oil with synthetic oil every 6,000 miles or conventional oil every 3,000 miles.

How often do I need a tune up?

The car manufacturers today make it very confusing to the consumer on when to service their vehicle. Here is a great and safe way to service your vehicle. Change your engine oil with synthetic oil every 6,000 miles, Perform a minor service (tune-up) every 15,000 miles and Perform a major service (tune-up) every 30,000 miles. This will keep your car in good running order. In between these services, Carmine’s Import Service will recommend any other items needed or that will be needed in the future to prepare you for the service or repair. It is very important to make sure that all filters, including air, cabin, fuel, oil, etc are replaced within the scope of these services. And last but not least, make sure that only Original Equipment Quality parts are being used in your vehicle that meet or exceed the manufacturer specifications.

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