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My VW is Under Warranty, do I have to visit the Dealership?

Many people are under the impression that if they have a manufacturer warranty on their Audi or VW, that they have to visit a dealership to get repairs. This is simply not the case. You can take your car to an independent service center, and still get the cost of the work covered. So many people take their car for repairs to the same place that they bought it. This may seem convenient, but that’s not always the case. A local garage like the German Car Depot can perform repairs that are covered under the warranty, without a lot of red tape and paperwork. We handle that all for you, and give you the same quality repairs you’d expect from a dealership. If you are no longer sure if your VW is still covered by the warranty, German Car Depot can also look into that for you and make any necessary repairs. Regardless of whether your car is still covered under its original warranty or service contract, German Car Depot is a trusted name in German auto repair and can get the job don ... read more

Independent Audi Service Center miami

Independent Audi Service Center miami

Independent Audi Repair Near Miami and Fort Lauderdale 954-921-1515 When an automotive Independent Audi Service Center is said to be independent, that means that it is owned by a company or individual and not the vehicle manufacturer. An independent service center, like the German Car Depot in Hollywood, Florida offers expert service and repair exclusively for Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. That’s where the affiliation with those two car companies ends. We are not owned by any Audi or VW dealership. As an independent service center. GCD has the many of the same tools and custom made tools and equipment to repair your vehicle, used by trained, experienced mechanics. In fact, at German Car Depot we are a Bosch Certified Car Service Center, many of our employees have worked at dealerships in the past. The only difference is affiliation. And in this case, this is where German Car Depot has the adva ... read more

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How Its made: The Discovery Channel Building the Audi TDI

Audi vehicles are precision automobiles. The Discovery Channel’s How Its Made show recently featured a segment on the manufacturing process used in creating an Audi car

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Steve had a not so cool problem!

Recently Steve took his Volkswagen Beetle to the dealership for an AC problem. When he got the diagnosis, the service advisor informed him that he would need a new ac compressor, and both fans. The bill was over $1500! A friend had suggested that he take his car to us at German Car Depot to have a second opinion. We looked it over and gave him a better deal. Thanks Steve for letting us “cool” you off

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Phil almost “got the boot” from the dealership!

On a routine oil change service on his Audi A4 1.8 at the local Audi dealership, the service advisor said that Phil needed a CV axle replacement. He had not heard any strange noises or felt any vibration when he brought the car in. A coworker suggested that he take his Audi to us at German Car Depot to have a look. We discovered a broken CV boot, and since neither excessive play nor noises were present, we suggested to Phil to have us repack the joint and replace the boot, which saved him hundreds of dollars! The dealership did not even give him this option! Here at German Car Depot we are an honest shop and now we have Phil returning to us for all of his Audi’s needs

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Laura got into an “Oily” situation

Laura had oil drips in her driveway and was so upset she took her car to a Broward County VW dealership and was quoted $2000 for repairs. A friend of hers recommended our shop called German Car Depot. Our mechanics told her that at the top of her motor, her valve cover gasket was leaking and her Timing chain tensioner seal was also leaking. We suggested doing the highest gaskets first, cleaning everything, and seeing if there maybe another issue. Once the repair was done and everything tested, we showed her that the gasket leak was what was putting oil on her other components. This saved her a tremendous amount of money. Thanks to our knowledge, experience and honesty she is now a customer forever

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Insurance will pay for water in VW or Audi.

Every time we see flooding in South Florida, the cars VW and Audi start floating in. The sooner the water is removed from the interior and / or the engine, the lower overall repair costs will be. Call Richie or Tania now at 954-921-1515 There is a lot of localized flooding in Broward and Dade counties. The most important thing to remember is, if you must drive through water, drive through extremely slow. Most Volkswagen’s can stand about 6 to 8 inches of water at slow speeds without having problems. Issues arrive when you encounter those 1 foot puddles and water is sucked into the engines intake system. Because water will not compress inside the engines combustion chamber, serious internal engine damage could occur. We had 5 cars towed in this week, 3 of them were easily fixed with a simple carpet removal and drying out of the spark plugs, air filters and computers. I expect to see more cars come in with water damage. Audi A4 And Audi A6 for some re ... read more

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Comment to win $250 in service at German Car Depot

Post your ideas for any improvements at German Car Depot for a chance to win $250 to spend on any service . Your comments are valued . Thank You Alan “Ollie” Gelfand The staff at GCD will pick a winner on

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Dave seals the deal at GCD

Dave noticed the transmission on his Audi was hesitating then banging hard as it shifted gears. The shifting problem seemed worse in the mornings, when the engine was cold. When his transmission warmed up, the Audi vehicle shifted smoother. So he took his Audi to the dealer and was given an estimate to replace the entire transmission. Looking for another opinion, he drove to a local transmission repair shop that supposedly specialized in transmission repairs and was told the same bad news. Dave was very upset until his friend Curt recommended he have the experts in service of Audi vehicles at German Car Depot give him a third opinion, telling him at the least, GCD would save him money on any repair. The GCD technicians took the time to discover the problem was transmission fluid leaking from the axel flange seal and once they replaced the seal, the fluid level was ... read more

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Julie is “ticked off” at the local dealer

Julie U.’s Volkswagen was making a ticking noise so her first thought was to take it back to the local VW dealer who told her the engine was bad due to oil sludge and quoted her an outlandish price to replace it. Julie did her homework on Google and saw that German Car Depot had excellent reviews by many satisfied customers, so she took her car there for a second opinion. German Car Depot‘s VW vehicle repair specialists discovered the tick was the result of low oil pressure. Once the experts at GCD desludged the engine and fixed the oil pickup tube and oil pump the ticking noise stopped. The GCD crew was surprised the oil light and oil buzzer did not come on with all the sludge in the pick up tube found in her 1.8T engine. Richie, her service manager explained to Julie that VW / Audi autos require Oil Standard 502.00 / 505.00 / 505.01 Approved Oils. Julie was happy she took th ... read more

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