What repairs will your VW likely need? What maintenance is routine and when should you get it done? These are all questions to give to a VW expert. You don't need to bring your VW to an expensive dealership shop each time. As long as you work with a professional, qualified auto repair service, you'll be able to get all of your recommended VW repairs done at a reasonable price and while still under warranty.
What is My Recommended Maintenance Schedule?
Every 10,000 miles, your Volkswagen should have its fluids checked, oil changed, and oil filter changed. Additionally, a visual inspection of the airbag system should be performed, to ensure safety, and (if applicable) the cleaning function of the rear window should also be checked. Tires should be rotated, front to rear, and the entirety of the vehicle should be given a visual inspection for any potential damage; this includes lights and wiper blades. During the first 10,000 miles, brakes and brake pads should be checked.
At 20,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and 100,000 miles, your Volkswagen should have the above items checked in addition to checking the battery, brake system, filters, and tire pressure.
At 30,000 miles, 50,000 miles, 70,000 miles, 90,000 miles, and 110,000 miles, your Volkswagen should be checked for potential brake problems, and the brake and clutch should be changed out.
At 40,000 miles, 80,000 miles, and 120,000 miles, a full inspection should be completed, ranging from checking for rust to adjusting the headlights.
Maintenance checklists can be quite extensive for a Volkswagen; hiring a professional can help.
What Type of Shop Do You Need?
It's always the best idea to go to a shop that specializes in Volkswagen vehicles. Volkswagen specialists will be able to acquire parts faster, and that are more affordable, and they will have more experienced technicians who will be able to diagnose and troubleshoot your issues with greater efficiency.
You don't need to go to a dealership shop; any shop that is specialized with Volkswagen can help.
Can I Go to Any Shop Without Voiding My Warranty?
Many people think they need to go to the dealership to remain within their warranty. Not only is this not true, but it's also usually not advisable. Dealerships typically cost more, and they may not have the best technicians.
At the same time, though you can go to any shop, you still need to be able to show that an actual shop performed the labor rather than you doing it yourself. To do so, you should keep thorough documentation from your shop regarding any repairs.
It can be difficult for many shops to get VW parts. If you want to be able to repair your vehicle quickly and affordably, you need to focus on finding a shop that is specialized in VW repair. Don't just go to the dealership — get the best price and the best work done by an expert. AutoMotorSport & Collision has VW repair experts standing by to help.