Holiday Hours

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!! So that we may spend a little extra time with our families, we will be closed from Saturday December 22 thru Wednesday December 26. We will reopen on Thursday the 27th at 8am. If you need to reach us for any reason call the shop at 908-788-1982. All calls will be answered or returned.

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One Stop Import & Foreign Car Shop

Just a reminder… Authorized Imported Cars is a complete imported and foreign car repair and service shop. We do it all. We are also a fully trained and certified Autologic Diagnostic Center. We have the proper tools and equipment to perform any repair on BMW, MINI COOPER, MERCEDES, VW, VOLVO and many others as well as our specialty – JAGUAR & LAND ROVER. We have spent countless hours obtaining the proper training and knowledge, along with the proper specialty diagnostic equipment and tools, to be able to provide the best care for your vehicle. Thank you for trusting us with all of your automotive needs.

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The problem with GAS…in a classic car.

A long time customer just brought in his 1964 Daimler Majestic Major due to poor performance, stalling, and fuel leaking from the carburettors.  Believe it or not, this “old timer” is his daily driver for running errands around town.  The car has always been very reliable, but became hard to start and keep running after our customer decided to visit family in Florida during Thanksgiving.  The car sat idle for two weeks and upon his return the problems began…as well as a heavy fuel smell in the garage.

It was obvious the car was running very lean and starving for fuel.  We removed the carbs for inspection/overhaul and found severe corossion and damage (see pic).  The use of ethanol in todays gasoline is causing many problems with our classic car fuel systems.  The ethanol causes moisture and corossion problems.  The alloy carburettor bodies were pitted, the brass floats were full of fuel due to pinholes from corossion, and the rubber diaphrams brittle and rotted. 

A good cleaning, an updated carburettor kit with new style seals compatible with todays fuel, and a bit of hard work and we had these carbs back on the car.  Not only did they look like new, the car ran better than ever.  However, the story can’t end here!  All classic car owners should be using a fuel additive to protect their precious fuel system.  These additives are available at your local auto supply store or you can call us and we can help 908-788-1982.  You want an additive that will stabilize your fuel and combat the problems with Ethanol.  Remember, two weeks idle is enough to cause a problem.  We had several older Jaguar, Triumph, and MG’s towed in during the summer.  They had been sitting for a few weeks and their carb floats had stuck, sunk or corodded. 

This is something to think about seriously…

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A few new arrivals

We have a 2003 Land Rover Discovery II SE7 in Dark Metallic Green with Beige Leather interior.  Its a clean capable truck with approx 125,000 miles.  This Land Rover has the dreaded “slipped sleeve” engine problem.  Just after the Holidays we will fit one of our new and improved Rover V8 “Bullet Proof” Engines.  Exterior upgrades will include a new off road & winch ready front bumper assembly.  If interested in a great 4×4 Land Rover, hit us up now and get involved in its build-up.

If you have always liked the classic-retro look of the Jaguar S-Type then we may have the perfect Jaguar for you!  Its a 2001 Jaguar with just about 105,000 miles.  The car is a dark Beige with light beige leather interior.  It has the bigger 3.0 liter economical V6 engine and an automatic transmission. 

We will post pictures of this LAND ROVER and JAGUAR to the website within the next couple of weeks.

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Dear Deers,

Although rutting season is almost at an end, please be careful of all the Deer running around on our roads here in Hunterdon County.  Cars and Deer do not mix and It can really Wreak Havok on your vehicle as well as you can get seriously injured!  Take a look at this poor JAGUAR…  A deer ran into the side of the car, flew over the hood, into the windshield and over the other side.  Our customer walked away with just a few bruises and a nearly totaled Jaguar.  All the front end panels have dents as well as the roof, a broken windshield and rearview mirror, and a broken exterior mirror.stype

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The True Cost of “Cheap” Service

The True Cost of Cheap Service:

A customer of ours “supposedly” got a good deal on a brake job, so he had this other shop do the work.  Well, for several reasons he wasnt happy with this shop.  He then brought the car to us after being annoyed with the constant non-stop brake squealling.  After looking thru the wheels at the brakes, we could see they were new.  They may have been new, but you could see they were inferior quality to the Genuine Jaguar parts we would have used.  They didnt even have any anti-squeal shims or hardware.  Further inspection showed the caliper brackets were completely rusted.  The brake pads were bound up in the rusted brackets and could not slide freely as they should – not to mention the lack, or non existant lubrication to help the pads slide freely to apply and release as brake pads do.  The customer wasnt happy when I told him we would not have performed an inferior job such as this.  After he told me what he paid for this “cheap” brake job, all I could say was “That is more than the Jaguar Dealer would have charged, and WAY more than we would have charged!”  There was nothing good about this bad deal!  He asked us to help elliminate the noise.  When we went to take the rear wheels off to gain access to the brakes my day got longer.  5 out of 10 lug nuts sheered right off in the wheel.  The shop had never cleaned the lugs and put them back on all rusty with an impact gun.  No cleaning, no never-seize, no proper torquing of the wheels.  It was lucky he never got a flat tire, because this could not be repaired roadside.  It took over 4 hours to cut and chissel off those broken lugnuts.  This was nearly an impossible job without damaging the cosmetics of the rim – I guess permanent scars to remind the owner of what happens when you leave your car in the wrong hands!  We dont use Cheap inferior parts, we always use premium/oe parts.  When performing any brake job we always clean, degrease, and bead-blast the caliper brackets to remove all rust, scale, and build-up.  After inspection for wear, we then properly lubricate the pad slide surface and the slide pins.  Now we put the brakes back together properly.  After bleeding the brakes, we take the vehicle for a long test drive and fully bed in the new brakes.  This is why our brake jobs NEVER come back for noise or any other complaints!  Any lessons learned?

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Congratulations!

Our newest technician at the shop, Jeremy, has a new addition to his family.  Congratulations to Jeremy and Becca Hughes for the arrival of their Healthy Baby Boy!

I’m sure as he grows up around all these cars he will become a car enthusiast, maybe even a Jaguar or Land Rover Guru…

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Some good Weather!

Well, so far it has been a mild end for 2012.  I have seen a quite a few Classic Jaguar and Land Rover Owners take their babies out for a spin during this nice weather – but dont forget – make sure your car has the proper antifreeze.  Without antifreeze you could subject your car to a few serious problems.  Even though it has been a bit warmer, as you drive the cool air blowing through your radiator can cause water to freeze in your radiator and in your engine.  Antifreeze also protects vital cooling system parts from corossion.  That is why it is always important to look after your  “cooling system” during the cooler months…

We have a Beautiful 1998 JAGUAR XJ8L (Long Wheel Base) Sedan available at this time.  It has a Titanium Exterior w/Oatmeal Leather.  This car has all the bells and whistles expected in a Jaguar.  It has just been fully serviced and has had many upgrades and enhancements.  Come check it out!  If you are looking for something to combat some severe winter roads – Come by and check out a Land Rover or two!  The best4x4xfar!

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Where has all the time gone?

This has been an extremely busy and hectic year for us, and It’s incredible that its almost over.  There is always so many Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle in the shop – new and old – yet there always seems to be so little time to get everything done.  We are really getting busy trying to get all 2012 projects completed before the end of the year.  We also have a nice inventory of good winter cars for sale.  Our very clean 2002 JAGUAR X-TYPE is all wheel drive and we also have a 1997 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER 4×4.  If you are in need of a car, consider either of these as a great choice – especially if we are headed for a bad winter with lots of snow…

Speaking of 4-Wheel/All Wheel Drive, JAGUAR has announced that it will now be offering all of its cars with available “Instinctive All Wheel Drive”.  This should make Jaguar more competative in the marketplace since BMW, Mercedes, and Audi have had all wheel drive available on their cars for years.  JAGUAR only had the “Baby” Jag X-Type with all wheel drive, but now you can get it on all of their sedans.  They also tweaked the engine variant for the AWD making it one of the best Fuel Efficient cars offered with All Wheel Drive.  Way to go Jaguar!  As always, all LAND ROVERS are full time Four Wheel Drive.

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One of our Restorations!

We did a complete nut & bolt Restoration on this “Platinum” 1967 Jaguar XKE. Here it can be seen at Jaguar Corporate Headquarters in Mahwah, NJ where it was invited to participate at the reception for Jaguar’s New Sportscar – The F-TYPE.  It is a great Honor to have one of our projects selected for this event!  Congratulations to our customer who is VERY proud of his Jaguar.
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