Everything You Need To Know About VW Pre-Owned Cars

By marketing | Posted in FAQ, Tips & Tricks, Used Cars on Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Used VW vehiclesVolkswagen cars always have been seen as a budget option when looking for class and power. The German manufacturer offers the same fun-to-drive powertrains as its up-market sibling Audi, but at a more attainable price. It’s no wonder VW cars continue to own the roads.

Some of VW’s best deals are its certified pre-owned cars. VW’s Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars combine powertrain warranty with coverage for the rest of the vehicle in a two-year or 24,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that begins on the date of the sale. Other benefits include 24-hour roadside assistance and a 112-point inspection that ensures you’re getting value for every penny spent.

The Benefits in Detail

  • The VW certified pre-owned warranty

The certified pre-owned warranty is perhaps the best thing about buying a pre-owned Volkswagen. VW is aware that things can go wrong no matter how new or old a car is. So, they’ve come up with the perfect plan to keep you covered — a limited warranty that covers the vehicle for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The warranty covers the engine, steering, manual transmission, differential, torque converter, electrical systems, front and rear axles, electrical power supply, heating and air conditioning, antilock brakes, manufacturing defects and more. To put the cherry on top, it has a deductible of only $50!

  • 24-hour roadside assistance

As part of the warranty, Volkswagen also provides 24-hour roadside assistance for two years starting from the date of purchase. If your vehicle breaks down during this time period, you’ll be towed to your preferred Volkswagen dealer or the nearest authorized dealer at no extra fee. You also could receive trip interruption benefits for all reasonable expenses incurred if your vehicle breaks down more than 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) from your home.

Other benefits of the 24-hour roadside assistance program include battery jump-start services, flat-tire services, lockout assistance, fuel delivery in an emergency and emergency winching.

  • The 112-point inspection advantage

In addition to handing you one of the most inclusive warranties you can find for a pre-owned car, the Volkswagen CPO program also includes a 112-point inspection service where 112 parts are tested, studied, reviewed and approved by a factory-approved VW technician. If the technician discovers a malfunction or missing part, he or she will repair or replace it. A vehicle must pass the inspection before it can be sold.

Every buyer also gets a CARFAX vehicle history report so you know more about the vehicle’s past. If your model has satellite radio, you’ll also get three months of complimentary SiriusXM services.

Make it your own

If you’d like to customize your ride, Volkswagen provides genuine accessories that will leave you feeling like you just bought a new car. Whether you’re adding a rear spoiler, special 18-inch alloy wheels, or a roof rack, you’ll always get the perfect fit.

Trend Motors is the premier Volkswagen dealer in Rockaway, New Jersey. Contact us today to get the best deals on pre-owned VWs.

5 Essential Accessories for Your New Volkswagen

By marketing | Posted in Stories of Interest on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 5:02 PM

Volkswagon accessoriesSo you’ve purchased a brand-new Volkswagen. Whether you fell in love with the sportiness of the legendary Golf GTI or found the sheer versatility of the Touareg irresistible, you made an excellent choice. Now, it’s time to accessorize. Read on and we’ll guide you through five different ways to make the most of your new ride.

  1. Wheels/Rims

Purchasing new rims is an easy way to draw attention to your vehicle. From bold chrome to matte black and beyond, rims are available in a range of sizes, materials and designs to suit your vehicle’s aesthetic and your personal style.

  1. Bike Carrier/Other Transportation Equipment

Do you consider yourself the outdoorsy type? If so, a bike or kayak rack makes an excellent addition to your VW. When they’re not being used, these devices tend to be relatively noninvasive. And once it’s time to hit the road, they offer easy transportation of your recreational gear without the need for a truck or trailer.

  1. Window Deflectors

The primary purpose of these relatively affordable accessories is to reduce wind noise when cruising around with your windows rolled down. In addition, window deflectors help prevent rain from entering your vehicle’s window when it’s opened slightly, allowing you to keep fresh air flowing.

  1. Mud Flaps/Splash Guards

Planning to drive on wet or muddy roads? Mud flaps and splash guards are a must-have. They’ll protect your car from water, mud, dust and other debris kicked up by your tires as you go about your adventure.

  1. Cosmetic Accessories

Keep your vehicle looking sharp with cosmetic upgrades. Gear shift knobs and pedal covers are great choices for your vehicle’s interior, while exhaust tips and license plate frames can help spice things up on the outside. Sporty rear spoilers are also a popular option for many VW models.

Get Started Today

With a wide range of models on the market, there’s no doubt that Volkswagen has something that suits your lifestyle. Find your new VW at Trend Motors Volkswagen, located at 221 US-46, Rockaway, NJ.

The Best Distracted-Driving Apps for Greater Safety on the Roads

By marketing | Posted in FAQ, Stories of Interest, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Distracted drivingDespite distracted driving causing hundreds of deaths and even more injuries every year, many drivers continue to use their laptops, tablets and phones while on the road. To help end this habit, several software developers have created innovative mobile apps aimed at keeping your eyes on the road.

The apps are designed to shut off certain phone and other mobile device functions while on the road so you’re not distracted. Reading a text message, for example, keeps your eye off the road for an estimated five seconds. A lot can happen in five seconds. Distracted-driving apps shut down texting and other possible sources of distraction and generally keep your attention off the phone and on the road.

There are many such apps, which can make selection a bit difficult. However, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, a great distracted-driving app should:

  • Be compatible with your phone,
  • Be able to block messages and phone calls,
  • Provide notification to parents,
  • Be able to track the miles you’ve driven safely, and
  • Offer rewards for safe driving.

Top 4 Distracted-Driving Apps

Based on the DMV requirements, here are some of the best apps you can choose from:

  • Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

This app works with the automatic link accessory and is extremely effective at silencing incoming texts, notifications and phone calls while you’re driving. It can even be set to auto-reply the caller that you’re behind the wheel. And, in the unfortunate event that you crash, a Crash Alert automatically summons emergency help from local authorities, providing them with the exact location of the accident.

  • LifeSaver

The LifeSaver app uses GPS monitoring and a rewards system to help drivers break dangerous distracted-driving habits. In addition to blocking messaging and calling while you’re driving, it automatically lets loved ones know that you’ve arrived safely at your destination and has a dashboard where parents can adjust a few functions to help guide teens to responsible driving. The app is widely used by fleet managers to monitor driver behaviors on the job.

  • AT&T’s Drive Mode

Available for iOS and Android devices, AT&T’s Drive Mode app is another simple app that is effective at preventing distractions by blocking texting and talking on the phone while you’re driving. Drive Mode is set to automatically start when you drive faster than 15 mph and alerts parents if the app has been disabled or if certain settings have been altered.

  • Mojo

Mojo is a free app that discreetly runs in the background and scores each trip you take. You’ll receive a Mojo score based on how often you’re using your mobile devices. For every minute you drive without engaging in distracting behavior, you score one point. Every time you reach 300 points, you stand the chance of winning a $5 gift card to Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Starbucks.

Contact Trend Motors to learn more.

The Volkswagen I.D. vs. Tesla Model 3: Experts’ Insight

By marketing | Posted in Dealership News, FAQ, New Cars, Stories of Interest, VW ID on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 8:51 AM

VW I.D. charging,Of the more than 20 electric vehicles (EVs) that Volkswagen plans to release by 2025, a Golf-sized sport utility vehicle — VW I.D. — attracted the most attention.

There isn’t much to write about the I.D. because it is planned for release more than two years from now. However, many experts have compared it to the Tesla Model 3.

Designed to attain the highest safety standards in every category, Model 3 cars deliver 220 miles of range while starting at $35,000 and can get from zero to 60 mph in less than 5.1 seconds. They come with Tesla’s driverless autopilot features and are fitted with necessary hardware to improve several functions through over-the-air updates. The cars also feature regenerative braking, a technology Tesla uses to harvest energy from the brakes to boost battery life.

VW I.D.’s Are Just As Functional, But Cheaper And More Futuristic

The VW I.D. and Tesla Model 3 are very similar. Both are electric cars designed with the driverless concept in mind. Both are equipped with features that enhance driver and passenger comfort and safety. And both try to minimize energy wastage, always saving any excesses in the battery.

However, while the Model 3 is designed for today, it Volkswagen has one eye on the future with its I.D. There are a few clear-cut differences between the Model 3 and the I.D., including:

  • The I.D. concept

As the name suggests, the VW I.D. is built on the idea of giving each VW driver an ID. The ID is an individual profile in which the personal seat, air conditioning settings, sound system settings, your favorite radio stations and songs, exterior sounds, the type of lighting and many other details are saved. The profile can be securely accessed via the cloud, allowing the car to identify users by their smartphone and know exactly who is getting behind the wheel.

  • Range difference

The 168-horsepower I.D. will have a range of 175 to 265 miles. Going by Tesla’s recent statement, the Model 3, has a range of roughly 215 miles.

  • I.D.’s cost $8,000 less

The four-door I.D. is expected to be up to 25 percent cheaper than Model 3. During the Automobile Forum 2017 in Germany, Thomas Sedran, Volkswagen head of Group Strategy, disclosed the I.D. will cost $7,000 to $8,000 less than the Model 3. Considering that Model 3 prices start at $35,000, it is expected VW I.D.’s will sell at about $28,000.

Trend Motors will be among the first to have the I.D.’s in stock when they are released. In the meantime, feel free to browse our new and pre-owned e-Golf and e-Up EVs.

3 Repairs Best Left to a Professional Technician

By marketing | Posted in FAQ, Tips & Tricks on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 9:08 AM

Volkswagon repair technicianSure, you may think you’re capable of performing vehicle repairs at home thanks to a wealth of readily available resources on the Internet, like how-to guides and videos. But some repairs are simply too complex or risky to address if you’re not a seasoned automotive technician. Read on to learn which automotive repairs should always be dealt with by a certified professional.

  1. Air Conditioner Repairs

What may seem like a minor air-conditioning issue might indicate a more extensive problem, and you may miss something important if you try to fix it on your own. Plus, even if you think you’ve identified the real issue, your air-conditioning system – which is a closed loop – won’t operate correctly if it’s not under the right pressure. These thermodynamic nuances aren’t always easy to master, so leave the AC repair to a pro for the best results.

  1. Transmission Repairs

Integral to your vehicle’s operation, the transmission comprises complex elements that make it remarkably difficult to repair on your own. And as technology progresses and computers evolve, transmissions are becoming even more complex. Expert technicians, on the other hand, fix high-performing transmissions on a regular basis.

  1. Electrical Work

Whether you’re installing a brand-new sound system or trying to discern why your wipers are randomly activating, electrical work can be overwhelming. There is a huge amount of electrical gear at play within your vehicle, which makes it easy to produce little mistakes that might lead to bigger issues. As with transmission repairs, electrical work in modern vehicles often involves computers, which can amplify the difficulty of an electrical issue for anyone other than an experienced auto technician.

Go to the Pros

While some of these repairs can be done at home, if you’re not well-versed in automotive repair, you’ll save yourself a great deal of time, stress and money by letting a professional technician take care of any AC, transmission and electrical issues. Bring your VW to Trend Motors Volkswagen at 221 US-46, Rockaway, NJ to ensure the safety and longevity of your vehicle.

Saying Goodbye to the Volkswagen Eos

By marketing | Posted in FAQ, New Models & Release Dates, VW Eos on Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 12:10 PM

2013 Silver EosThe idea that all good things must come to an end is a common sentiment, and it’s hard to argue – especially when you take the Volkswagen Eos into consideration. While the convertible wasn’t a smash hit, it attracted its fair share of dedicated fans. Read on to learn about the history of this sleek, yet short-lived, ride.

The Beginning

The VW Eos made its debut in 2006. While its physical styling elements were relatively subtle, it offered the unique appeal of being a two-door, hard-top-only convertible with room to seat four passengers. Select Eos models also offered a sunroof built into the vehicle’s top. This intriguing design attempted to blend Volkswagen’s trademark clean looks with a touch of luxury.

The Middle

Following its introduction, the car received only a handful of updates over the years. Come 2010, for example, the vehicle was equipped with Bluetooth – now a staple in most new vehicles – as well as a multifunctional steering wheel. The front fascia of the Eos, which had remained more or less the same since it first hit the streets, finally received an overhaul with the vehicle’s 2012 model. Eventually, a panoramic sunroof – these sunroofs take up most of the vehicle’s top – was added in 2014. Soon after, Volkswagen announced that it would discontinue the vehicle for good after a steady decline in sales.

The End

In celebration of the model’s relatively short life, VW created the Final Edition, which was offered as a mid-level trim in 2015 to acknowledge that the Eos was on its way out. But as it turns out, this Final Edition wasn’t quite the end. VW elected to offer a 2016 model at a lower price than the previous year in an attempt to entice buyers one last time.

Purchase Your New VW Today

Interested in exploring the latest and greatest vehicles Volkswagen has to offer? Visit Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, NJ today, or give us a call at 973-625-0100.

Myths About Buying a New Car

By marketing | Posted in New Cars on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Car buying is a major investment. As such, when buying a new car, you need to be on top of your game. Have a budget and stick to it and only buy from a recognized dealer.

Additionally, it’s important to steer clear of common myths and misconceptions about car buying. Trend Motors has been in the industry a long time and we’ve heard many myths that could derail the buying process and possibly even cost you more in the long run.

  • You’ll get a better deal if you’re paying in cash

There is a common belief out there that if you’re paying in cash, then the dealer will take you more seriously and might even give you bigger discount. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Unless a manufacturer is offering cash only incentives, dealers are traditionally more inclined to finance the vehicle because they make more money when you finance or lease.

  • Things work better if you bring your own financing

Again, this is way off the truth. Bringing your own financing isn’t very different from paying in cash. The dealer’s commission may increase if they arrange the financing giving them more incentives to help you.

  • A lower price means you’re getting the better deal

It isn’t uncommon for buyers to think that a lower price means they’re getting a great deal. Don’t just focus on the price of the car, instead consider the whole deal (down payment, interest rate, term) when looking at the cost of the car.

  • You’re likely to get a better deal at the end of the month

This is sometimes true. If you come in at the end of the month when a manufacturer’s agent needs just that one sale to hit a certain target, they are likely to accept a lower offer than normal. The problem is that most agents hit their targets early within the month and some don’t even work with targets. In these two latter cases, no matter the time of the month, the price will remain the same.

Winter/Snow Versus All Season Tires: Know the Difference

By marketing | Posted in Stories of Interest on Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Car tires on winter road with traffic sign

While safe driving should see you through most obstacles you might face on the road, extreme weather conditions typically require special intervention. Severe winters, in particular, pose all kinds of handling challenges to even the best drivers.

To help you drive safely throughout the year, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has developed a special category of tires known as winter tires to be used when those snowy conditions set it. The rest of time you can use your all-season tires. But as soon as you see snow and ice outside, for improved efficiency and your own safety, you’re advised to take out the all-season tires and install winter tires.

“But how exactly are they different?” you might ask. The following is a detailed comparison of the two to help you understand their differences;

Winter Tires

All-Season Tires

Are designed specifically to provide better braking performance in icy and snowy conditions. Are designed to provide stable handling and even tread wear in dry and lightly wet conditions.
Perform particularly well in winter conditions including snow, ice, sleet, slush and cold dry roads. They offer traction in winter conditions, but not as effectively as special winter tires.
These tires are made from specially prepared tread rubber that remains flexible even in low temperatures for better vehicle control. The tires aren’t made from special tread rubber, often resulting in average vehicle control in extreme winter conditions.
Tire tread compounds are selected with the wet, icy weather in mind, and feature biting edges for greater traction and a sturdier grip. Tires designed for comfort and longevity. They feature asymmetric tread for excellent grip in dry conditions and above-average traction in lightly wet conditions.
These tires have a Severe Snow Conditions symbol (usually a mountain/snowflake) on the sidewall. All-season tires don’t bear the mountain/snowflake or any other heavy snow/winter effectiveness symbols.

Two Quick Rules To Remember

  • Always use four matching tires

Using winter tires at the front and all-season tires at the rear or vice versa can result in what is known as “split personality” where the front and rear wheels aren’t in communication. This is very dangerous.

  • Never use winter tires in the summer

The reason for this is that the tread on winter tires is softer and wears out faster on warm driving surfaces. Additionally, soft rubber on dry pavement results in poor handling and suspect responsiveness. This too is a huge risk.

 

Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg Towing Capacities

By marketing | Posted in VW Tiguan, VW Touareg on Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The Volkswagen lineup features both the VW Tiguan and the Touareg, highly rated SUVs. Both vehicles are designed to be stylish and practical. However, these two vehicles have their differences, and their towing capacities reflect this perhaps better than anything.

VW Tiguan

The Tiguan is a fun, sporty SUV that comes with high-level bluetooth connectivity and a Sport mode that allows it to be a fun and simple vehicle to drive. The different trim options all include a powerful 2.0 liter Turbo engine. The VW Tiguan features a towing capacity of 2,200 pounds, which is roughly the weight of an ultralight travel trailer or a single-horse trailer with some additional weight such as saddles. This towing capacity comes from 200 horsepower and 207 pounds of torque.

VW Touareg

The Touareg is a large, robust SUV with the option of a panoramic sunroof and significant internal capacity. There is sizable power in the Touareg’s 3.6 liter V6 engine, which supplies 280 horsepower and 266 pounds of torque. All told, the Touareg is able to tow 7,716 pounds of cargo. Provided you use the proper hitch and tongue setup, you could quite reliably and safely haul a 2-horse trailer with full tack and saddles for both animals, or a mid-size camper using the Touareg.

Exceeding the Towing Capacity

It is important to pay careful attention to the towing capacity that your vehicle possesses, and match it to your intended haul. Attempting to put more weight on your towing setup may seem to be okay for a short trip, but over even a fairly short time this can go very badly. Even going over by a small amount can make your SUV difficult to steer and reduce the effectiveness of your brakes. This will present danger to you and your passengers, so it is not advised. If you exceed the weight limit and drive carefully, your tires will still fail more quickly due to the extra strain. Further, your engine will more likely overheat, which will cause your drivetrain to prematurely fail. Also, braking with too much weight will strain your brakes.

Fun and Functionality

The VW Touareg is designed to tow larger loads, such as for extended camping trips and moving construction supplies. The VW Tiguan is designed to steer more enjoyably and to tow smaller loads, such as a motorcycle or jetskis for pleasure trips. Both vehicles do very well at their intended purposes.

Should I Sell My Car Privately or Trade-In at the Dealer

By marketing | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Before purchasing a new car, you may need to dispose of the one you have. If so, you have two options. You can sell your car yourself, or trade it in as a down payment for your next car. The difference between the private sale and trade-in value of your car can be thousands of dollars. This is money in your pocket if you have the time and patience to sell your car yourself. There are several things to consider in making the decision.

Do you own it? If you do, you will get more in a trade and will have more latitude with a private sale if you still owe money on your car. If you are upside down, that is, you owe more than your car is worth, trading will be the only way you will get into a new car. This is one of the many benefits of trading your car in as opposed to a private sale.

With a trade in, you can be in a new car a few hours after driving onto the lot. If you take the “I am going to sell my car” avenue, it will take time. It could also take money if the car needs a tune-up, new tires, a new battery, or any other mechanical repair. You will be able to get more for your car if it looks good, runs well, and does not break down during the test drive.

What is your car worth?

You need to know this so that you know what it is worth in a private or trade-in sale. Cars are valued differently from city to city and the value of your car can be found at NADA, KBB, for free, or Black Book for a fee. Here you will find the private selling price and trade-in price that values your car based on its age, condition, and mileage. This information will help you if you sell privately or trade your car.

What is best for you?

There is no doubt that you can get more for your car if you sell it yourself, but it can also be a lot of trouble and danger because you do not know who you are dealing with. You may get less for your car if you trade it in to a dealer, but it is more convenient and less time-consuming.

As you consider your options, know that Trend Motors will buy your car even if you don’t buy ours.  When you sell your car to us, you eliminate the risks associated with posting your car for private sale and inviting strangers to your home to look it over.  It also gives you peace of mind knowing that our check will clear once the transaction is complete.

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