Expert Service for German Vehicles in Hollywood, FL

Volkswagen Repair And Service At German Car Depot

Our goal is to fix and maintain your Volkswagen quickly and accurately without the expensive costs and time associated with taking a vehicle to the dealer. We have invested in the factory service equipment to do so.

A grey Volkswagen Golf R Slate car on a road

YES! Our Technicians Are Certified.

Our technicians have the know-how, experience, and latest diagnostic equipment to keep your vehicle running at its peak performance. Whether you need new brakes, an alignment, an electrical repair, maintenance, or a major mechanical repair, German Car Depot is your VW repair Service Center.

We should Be Your Volkswagen Service Shop

If your experiencing any difficulties with your VW, you can call us and speak with a technician, stop by and let our certified Volkswagen mechanics take a quick look, or you can easily make an appointment to have it diagnosed and repaired. We also have loaner cars that are available.

All of our repairs and services are supported by a 36-month or 36,000-mile Nationwide warranty.

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Schedule Your VW Repair

Luxury cars and crossovers provide you with style and sophistication on the streets of Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Treat your vehicle to the automotive services that it deserves at German Car Depot. Our certified technicians offer quality repairs and maintenance for premium vehicles, and we specialize in the routine services that your Volkswagen car or crossover needs to perform at its best. Schedule service with us to experience the difference that our team can provide!

At German Car Depot, our trained technicians can do it all, from routine brake repairs, oil changes, Air Conditioning repair, and comprehensive overhauls. Explore our VW service specials for savings on the routine maintenance items that your car needs.

Our automotive service technicians use authentic OEM parts for all repairs, ensuring that your vehicle gets the correct fit for continued performance and stability.

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When it's time to schedule your next automotive service or repair, let the experts here at German Car Depot treat you and your vehicle to the quality service you deserve.

We offer a range of benefits for you while we work on your vehicle. You can relax in our office, where you'll enjoy complimentary coffee beverages, tea, and freshly-baked cookies. Take a seat and enjoy our high-speed Wi-Fi to stay connected to your friends, family, or co-workers.

We also offer loaner cars for customers that schedule at least wo days in advance.

Explore our courtesy services and schedule your upcoming maintenance appointment with German Car Depot today!

Simply Call 954-921-1515 to schedule your appointment.

Volkswagen Maintenance

Our certified mechanics not only service VW's regularly, but we are also trained in the latest technology and know-how to troubleshoot any problems that can arise with your vehicle. We equip our technicians with the newest equipment so that new technology is never a surprise or issue for us.

VW Fuel Injection Servicing
Fuel injection services can vary from shop to shop and from cleaner to cleaner. We have used quite a few and have found the BG system to be superior to most. A service consists of running the vehicle until warm, and then the vehicle’s fuel system is disabled. The pressurized BG fuel system cleaner is then connected to the vehicle and the engine is started. The engine actually runs on the cleaner, allowing it to work through the injectors, intake valves, combustion chambers, and exhaust valves. Any unburned cleaner goes by the oxygen sensors and through the catalytic converter.

We then disconnect the cleaner and reconnect the vehicle’s fuel system. After restarting and road testing, the engine control system is reset to factory settings, and any related service codes are deleted.

We have tested the results and are honestly excited about the improvements that can be felt and seen. For example, We have had multiple vehicles that had failed smog inspections. We performed FI services and they passed. These vehicles would have otherwise needed new catalytic converters. The wasted unburned cleaner can cause the catalytic converters to self-clean, and the cleaner helps reduce NOX emissions by cleaning the carbon from the combustion area. We have even had customers tell us their gas mileage increased after a service. We recommend the service every 50,000-75,000 miles.

What about the VW 15,000 mile oil change?
VWs have nearly always had extended oil life recommendations. New VWs with the “full maintenance warranty” limit free oil services to 1 per year or when the service indicator tells you – this averages around 12-16k miles. We believe the engine will not fail prematurely due to the extended miles on the oil; however, the long-term life of the engine might be extended if more frequent servicing is done.

It is very important to frequently inspect all fluids, belts, tires and hoses. A visit to German Car Depot, every 6 months or 6,000-7,500 miles to change the oil and filter, adjust tire pressures and perform a comprehensive inspection can save you money over the life of your Volkswagen. It could also save you the inconvenience of a breakdown. Simply Call 954-921-1515 to schedule your appointment.

VW Lifetime transmission fluid?

Since 1993, VW has been sealing automatic transmissions and recommending “no servicing for the life of the transmission”. It is true that transmission fluids do not live in the same harsh environment as the engine oil, so extended services are reasonable. However, it may be more prudent to replace the transmission fluid and filter every 75,000 miles to provide additional assurance that the VW owner will not experience transmission problems. As with most repairs, German Car Depot can perform the transmission service on the same day.

Why original VW brake parts?
Over the years we have tried many different variations of brake components on BMWs, and what we have learned is that the original brake rotors and linings perform better for street use than any other combination. The superior cold performance and lack of any noise or vibration makes them ideal for daily driving. The only drawback to original equipment is the dark grey brake dust caused by the high carbon linings.

After-market linings can cure the dust problem but quite often create other issues. A shaking steering wheel as you slow from freeway speeds, and even when not braking, can often be cured with Volkswagen brake discs/rotors. As the non-original rotors heat cycle from driving, they often become warped like an lp record.

The VW rotors are cast from very soft and porous steel; they dissipate heat very uniformly, and when the factory linings are used, the pores at the surface of the rotors collect and hold carbon from the linings to help adhesion and minimize vibrations (noise). Ever notice the way the rotors on your VW rust in what seems like minutes after a car wash?

Also, sometimes squeaks can be heard on a rainy day. This is a result of washing the carbon away. Our recommendation is original brakes on your Volkswagen unless you intend to compete. Remember to go easy on your new brakes for the first 200 miles. This will harden the lining materials and maximize the performance and longevity of the linings. Most brake jobs can be done the same day at German Car Depot. Simply Call 954-921-1515 to schedule your appointment.

Brake fluid
The brake system of your VW uses a glycol-based hydraulic fluid. This fluid is “hygroscopic,” which means it will absorb moisture over time. Moisture lowers the boiling point of the fluid and causes internal corrosion in the brake system. That’s why the fluid should be replaced when brake repairs are done every two years (regardless of mileage) as preventive maintenance. German Car Depot, uses a pressure bleeding system to ensure all of the fluid is replaced and no air is introduced.

The coolant in your engine serves three important purposes. One is to protect your engine from damage from freezing. Here in sunny South Florida we typically don’t need to worry about freezing. The second is to keep the engine cool, and here that is far more important. We all need to be cool, right?

The third is just as important, and that is to protect the engine from corrosion. One specific measure of protection is pH. If you have ever had a swimming pool then you know about pH. pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Liquids with a pH less than seven are considered acidic, while those with a pH greater than seven are considered basic (alkaline). A pH of 7.0 is neutral (like pure water).

The coolant pH in your VW started at 8.5 and after a couple of years will dip into the 6 range. At this point it’s doing more harm than good. Gaskets, hoses and seals are no longer being protected – they’re being eaten! It’s a slow process, but irreversible. It is very important to replace the coolant with the correct type every three years or so. At German Car Depot, we use the factory zero phosphate coolant and can replace it in about an hour. If your radiator is leaking or you see a green-colored liquid beneath your vehicle, bring it into our Service Center, and we will diagnose it for you quickly.

Power Steering
The power steering fluid of your Volkswagen is just as important as the coolant or brake fluid. The fluid is used to assist the driver when steering, but just as importantly, it lubricates the steering gear that turns the wheels. It is pumped from its reservoir by a belt-driven hydraulic pump through hoses and then to the steering gear. After the fluid passes through the gear it goes through more hoses to the cooler and then back to the fluid reservoir.

The absence of a filter can cause problems; if a pump or gear starts to fail, the debris is sent through the entire system, resulting in an expensive repair. The fluid, when new, helps condition the hoses and seals within the system. After time, the conditioners break down, resulting in hoses and seals that become hard and brittle.

Power steering hose replacements are among the most common VW repairs. VW has no recommended service interval for replacing the power steering fluid. At German Car Depot, we recommend changing the power steering fluid every 30k miles. Simply Call 954-921-1515 to schedule your appointment.