Brian N. took his Volkswagen Beetle to the Volkswagen dealership for an A/C problem. After waiting two days to get a diagnosis, Brian was told by the dealer’s service advisor that he needed a new compressor along with both a main and auxiliary cooling fan. The estimate was over $1800 and Brian was told the repair would take another 2-3 days. Brian’s good friend, Dr. Sheldon, suggested he get a second opinion and recommended the experts at German Car Depot, who quickly discovered the entire problem was the fuse box on top of the battery needed replacement. This was causing the fans to stop working which in turn affected the compressor. For under $200 the problem was fixed and Brian was back on the road the same day. Brian joins the growing ranks of South Florida Volkswagen drivers who recognize t ... read more
A common problem we see at German Car Depot are broken glove boxes caused by over stuffing
Scheduled Maintenance for Volkswagen & Audi Vehicles Volkswagen and Audi vehicle owners enjoy some of the world’s best driving experiences — but the joy of driving doesn’t come for free. Keeping your scheduled maintenance for Audi Volkswagen vehicles current. The cost for maintenance at the right time helps drivers ensure passenger safety, maintain a higher vehicle value, and avoid the hassles that come with vehicle neglect. German Car Depot of Hollywood, Florida can help keep your Audi or VW vehicle in top condition. Scheduled maintenance for Audi Volkswagen vehicles. Schedule Appointment
Maintenance needs for Audis and Volkswagen vehicles fall into two groups: minor scheduled services and major scheduled services.
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Valve Cover Gaskets – What do they do? They act like sealants between the cover and the engine to prevent oil from leaking out. Symptoms of a Valve Cover Gasket Leak: Many VW engine oil leaks are the result of leaking valve cover gaskets. The most common indications of an oil leak are a foul burning odor in the interior of your VW or oil on the ground under your car. What happens when you have valve cover gasket leak/seepage? Here are a few consequences that can be avoided by early detection of a problem: Oil leakage can cause deterioration of many VW parts that get worn out prematurely from deterioration due to oil seepage: Rubber coolant, air conditioning and power steering hoses. Motor and transmission mounts. Engine wiring connections and harness. Timing belt failure in some cases leading to total engine replacement. Repairs can be expensive (up to $300 for a hose in some case) and o ... read more
Franchised Volkswagen ® and Audi ® dealers have a rigid organizational plan they must adhere to. This means a long line of people who are involved in the service of your car, from the Porter who moves it from the parking lot to the CFO who makes decisions about profit margins on your parts and labor. The dealer’s main motivation is to make every person down the line make as much money for the dealership as possible.For them it is a numbers game. Most of the employees at a Volkswagen or Audi dealership are paid on a commission basis. They can only make money by finding and selling repairs for your VW or Audi vehicle . Not only are the individual employees who actually work on your vehicle motivated by these profits, the chain of managers that oversee their work are also paid on a basis of how profitable your repair service was for the business. An average repair visit to the dealership will see your car pass throug ... read more
Walter drives an ’04 Volkswagen GTi Walter’s A/C was getting warm, but only when he was sitting at stoplights. The dealership told him that he would need a new main cooling fan at a cost of nearly $600. He called us and we told him we could save him money on the job. When Walter brought his VW GTI to us, we determined that the fan was in fact not bad, but the accessory fusebox located on the top of the battery had gone faulty and caused the loss of power to the fan. We were able to get Walter out the door in just over an hour and for just under $200. Walter told us he was even happier about getting the rest of his day back than being able to save money on the repair. Whether you are in a rush or looking to save money, German Car Depot is proud to be your dealer alternative for repairs of Volkswagen and Audi Vehicles. The dealership lost this time. A great outcome at GDC