Students, here's a few imperative ideas on saving your car from expensive repairs!
2 important ideas for Volkswagen and Audi owners:
1. Avoid the quick-lube shops!
Here are a couple of reasons why you should avoid the quick lube places:
1) You have a special car that requires special care. Period.
This picture of a Volkswagen is probably very similar to yours. Notice how
complicated it looks. That is because it actually is that complicated. It isn't just you.
Volkswagens and Audis have very complex systems.
These cars require specialized knowledge for even the simplest of repairs.
(If you wanted a cookie cutter car you could go to those cookie cutter shops.
You obviously wanted more, right?)
2) Quick lube workers are not trained very well. Check out this quote from Jiffylube:
"Typically, new store employees complete courses that cover orientation, safety, customer service and one service position during their first 30 days. Every month thereafter, they are encouraged to complete training for additional positions, as well as sales and marketing courses and courses to learn about ancillary service."
On another site a Jiffylube employee stated, "The job is great because it is a quick way to learn about cars." Yikes.
Notice they are not trained to work on cars...kinda scary. That guy could be working on your baby...
2. Put your A/C on your maintenance item list
Your air conditioner needs regular maintenance. Every year you should replace the pollen filter through which the air moves as it goes through your air conditioner to your car. Just like with your heating and air conditioning system at home, your filters being replaced can mean a significant improvement in how well your system works. At the same time, if you are not replacing your filter you are putting unneeded wear on your air conditioner, causing it to work harder.
3. Avoid the A/C avalanche with a free inspection
If your air conditioner is behaving erratically, hot then cold, then hot then cold, you may need to get it checked out. That could be an indication that some components are not working. The longer you drive like that the more damage you could do to the other parts of your A/C system.
For example, if your cooling fan goes out you could begin damaging your compressor. At that point what began as a simpler problem has become very expensive and harder to fix. It is better to get the system checked out when you begin to notice problems than to wait.
That is exactly why we offer a free A/C inspection at any time of the year. Stop in and we can help you head off any future problems with your A/C so you stay cool this summer!
4. Skip the A/C inspection that only checks "hoses, belts, and airflow"
You are a Volkswagen or Audi owner which means you have a high-tech car (awesome!). You will need a specialty repair shop that has the knowledge of your car's computer, not to mention the specialized scanning equipment that can talk to your car's computer. That is something you just cannot find as your average car repair shop.
Your car's A/C is operated by your car's computer so when you go in for an inspection, diagnosis, or repair you will need to find a repair shop that knows Volkswagen or Audi computer systems. If you are taking your car to a place that offers to check "air flow, belts and hoses" you are not getting the service you and your car need.
In order to get a quality, thorough inspection or repair you will need to bring your car to a dealership or to a specialty shop.
We are that specialty shop so feel free to stop by any time!
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