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.

Choosing the Best Used VW

By marketing | Posted in Used Cars on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 2:24 PM

You’ve assessed your needs, set your budget and decided to buy used rather than new. Yet, there’s still a question lingering in your mind: How do I know if I’m choosing the best pre-owned Volkswagen? From the VW Beetle to the Passat to the Tiguan, each Volkswagen has its own unique qualities and features to suit your body-style preferences and personal requirements. Before heading to the dealership, it’s important to understand the differences between pre-owned and certified pre-owned, as well as the variations between models, to make a confident, well-informed car-buying decision.

Pre-owned vs. Certified Pre-owned: Understanding the Difference

As you browse Trend Motors’ pre-owned inventory, you may find yourself asking, “What is the difference between pre-owned and certified pre-owned?” Unlike pre-owned vehicles, certified pre-owned cars are backed by the original manufacturer, in this case being Volkswagen. Under the WorldAuto program – offered through participating Volkswagen dealerships, like Trend Motors – certified pre-owned vehicles undergo a rigorous, 112-point inspection. If the dealer suspects anything wrong, they’ll replace or repair the part prior to listing the vehicle for sale.

In addition to the two-year or 24,000-mile (whichever comes first), bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, WorldAuto-certified pre-owned VWs also come with a detailed CARFAX report that includes details about title problems, ownership history and accidents, giving you greater peace of mind. You’ll also receive two years of 24-hour Roadside Assistance, which includes flat tire changes, jump starting, emergency fuel delivery and more. Plus, if your vehicle comes equipped with a SiriusXM Satellite Radio, you’ll receive a 3-month All-Access trial subscription.

A Body Style for Every Lifestyle

With numerous pre-owned models to choose from, such as the Tiguan, Passat, Jetta and Beetle Convertible, you’ll have no problem finding a vehicle that suits your household’s needs. Sporty and dynamic, the Tiguan is a great investment for on-the-go families. This compact SUV gives you plenty of cargo room for backpacks, groceries and other essentials. Are you looking for a mid-size sedan with excellent fuel economy? Choose the Passat. For those searching for a compact hatchback, select the Volkswagen Golf, which lets you easily load and unload cargo. Regardless of your style preferences, there’s a pre-owned Volkswagen tailored to you and your family.

Ready to Buy?

When it comes to buying a vehicle, you want to ensure you’re making the best choice possible. Picking out a used Volkswagen goes beyond your style and functionality needs – it requires a bit of homework to verify that you’re driving off the lot in your ideal automobile. At Trend Motors, we carry a large inventory of both pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicles for sale. Learn more about choosing the best used VW for you by contacting our highly knowledgeable staff.

VW Touareg vs. BMW X5

By blogsadmin | Posted in VW Touareg on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Surrounded by a wealth of premium brands, such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen offers a lineup of first-class vehicles that rival even some of the most opulent makes and models. When it comes to luxury mid-size SUVs, it’s hard to beat the price tag of the VW Touareg. Packed with high-class features at an affordable rate, the VW Touareg goes head-to-head with the BMW X5 and other models in its class with its vast array of interior amenities, premium features and overall performance.

Performance, Efficiency and Towing Capability

Whereas the BMW X5 places an emphasis on handling and driving dynamics, the VW Touareg focuses on providing a well-groomed ride. Equipped with a base-level, 3.6L, 280 HP engine with 266 lb.-ft. of torque, the VW Touareg delivers a seamless driving experience. The BMW X5, on the other hand, provides a peak torque of 300 lb.-ft. and 300 HP with its 3.0L engine.

When looking at the base engines that come standard on both of the rivals’ models, the BMW X5 offers a slightly better fuel economy. However, the Touareg has an increased maximum towing capacity with its standard 4Motion all-wheel drive system and optional towing accessories, making it the premier choice for those who need to haul heavy equipment.

How the Interiors Stack Up

Offering a quiet cabin, the VW Touareg boasts a luxury-level, soundly built interior. Crafted from high-quality materials, the Touareg features two digital displays, analog gauges and heated front seats, making it as fun to drive as it is to ride in.

When it comes to interior space, the Touareg falls just a tad short of its competitor. Because the BMW X5 finds itself on the bigger end of the mid-size SUV spectrum, the boot of the vehicle is larger than the Touareg. The BMW X5 offers 35.8 cu. ft. of trunk space, which converts into 76.7 cu. ft. with the seats folded down. Comparatively, the Touareg contains 32.1 cu. ft. of cargo space that expands to 64 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded.

The BMW also offers an optional third row, providing seating for up to seven passengers. However, the small third-row addition makes for a cramped seating arrangement, reducing the comfort of the vehicle’s passengers. In contrast, the Touareg guarantees plenty of space for the driver and four additional travelers for an enjoyable driving experience.

Conclusion

When pitting the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg against the 2017 BMW X5, the Touareg gives buyers the most bang for their buck. The quiet cabin, roomy interior and reliable performance combine to let the Touareg contend with high-class luxury vehicles from premium brands while remaining an affordable option.

All-New 2017 VW CC R-Line Executive – A First Look

By blogsadmin | Posted in New Cars, New Models & Release Dates on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 10:10 AM

A First Look at the 2017 VW CC R-Line Executive

If you were a fan of the 2016 Volkswagen CC lineup, you’ll be an even bigger fan of the 2017 Volkswagen CC. This sporty coupe has gone back to the drawing board and emerged with two enhanced, feature-packed models – the Sport and the R-Line Executive. Blending style, performance and technology, the R-Line Executive has quickly risen through the ranks and taken the top spot as the premier trim. This sophisticated sedan boasts a four-door coupe design, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and a bold, yet refined, R-Line body for a sharp look.

White VW Passat CC R-Line

R-Line Executive Top Features:

– R-Line sport bumpers and side sills
– 18” Montauk wheels
– Premium leather seating
– Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
– Adaptive Cruise Control
– Multi-function sport steering wheel with paddle shifters

Sporty. Sleek. Sophisticated.

Carrying over from the 2016 models, the R-Line Executive comes standard with 18” Montauk alloy wheels with a split-spoke design and a gloss-black grille. However, the 2017 trim features a more aggressive front fascia and more pronounced R-Line side sills, plus an eye-catching dashboard, giving the 2017 VW CC R-Line a sportier vibe. Under the hood, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and six-speed DSG automatic transmission offer greater urgency and an engaging driving experience with 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.

Innovative And Smart

The 2017 VW CC R-Line Executive sedan has been fine-tuned with features, such as Lane Assist, which alerts you when you drift into another lane and helps get you back on course, and Adaptive Cruise Control, which uses sensors to detect the distance between you and the car in front of you and maintains this distance automatically. The touch-screen navigation has also received an upgrade with a 6.33” display, voice control, two SD card readers, a USB port, AM/FM/HD Radio and a proximity sensor that kicks in when your hand approaches the screen for advanced and seamless interactivity.

Stay Connected

The biggest upgrade to the 2017 VW CC R-Line Executive comes in the form of the MIB II infotainment system, which allows you to use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Plus, the Volkswagen Car-Net connected car suite links to your compatible iPhone, Android device or computer to stay connected to the vehicle. Remotely unlock doors, get help in an emergency, set speed and boundary alerts and more to help ensure that you and everyone else in your family get home safely.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for a luxury sedan packed with the latest features or searching for a sporty four-door coupe that looks as stunning as it is entertaining to drive, the 2017 VW CC R-Line boasts the technology and curb appeal to set it apart from the pack.

The Future of Volkswagen with New Models and Electric Cars

By blogsadmin | Posted in Auto Shows & Concepts, New Cars, VW Technology on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 10:02 AM

With the VW Atlas arriving next spring and the rollout of local MEB (Modular Electric Model) manufacturing scheduled to begin in 2021, the TRANSFORM 2025+ program announced last month is only the tip of the iceberg for Volkswagen. Focused on forging an industry-leading role in e-mobility and connectivity, Volkswagen is repositioning itself and implementing a multi-step program to set a course for the next 10 years and beyond. Revealing ambitious strategies for restructuring and a return to sustainable, profitable growth, VW is anticipating the development of the industry’s most dominant digital ecosystem by 2025.

Electric car charging

Volkswagen: Moving People Forward

With plans to roll out more economy cars in world markets, such as India, South America and Russia, Volkswagen aims to become the top volume distributor through a realignment strategy and a uniform global brand system. In North America, Volkswagen is focusing its efforts on developing large SUVs and sedans to evolve from a more niche supplier into a large-scale producer.

Coming Soon

Arriving in the spring of 2017, the seven-passenger, three-row VW Atlas is the latest addition to the US lineup. Built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the midsize SUV features an eight-speed automatic transmission and will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine or a 3.6-liter VR6 engine. Aggressively styled, the front fascia boasts a corporate grille design and domineering LED headlights, while the rear incorporates dual exhausts for a sporty look. With Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning and Park Steering Assist, the 2018 VW Atlas comes loaded with high-tech safety features to drive you forward.

Later in 2017, the rollout of the second-generation Tiguan crossover is scheduled to hit the US market. With plans to push the Touareg upmarket, Volkswagen is in the works to develop three additional SUV models, including the production version of the T-Prime GTE Concept, as well as a sub-compact crossover and a compact model.

Electric Cars On The Horizon

In an initiative to refocus their brand core, Volkswagen is set to begin local production of electric vehicles in 2021. Backed by massive investments in e-mobility, connectivity and electric infrastructure, VW aspires to become the heart of the automobile market by 2025, with a plan to sell a million electric cars per year. As stated by Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen brand’s Board of Management, “Our future electric cars will be the new trademark of Volkswagen.” With efforts to ensure secure, sustainable mobility, Volkswagen is prepared for a swift journey into the future.

Additional sources:
1. Volkswagen media services press release

Why are there so many more VW leasing deals?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Financing, New Cars on Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Buying vs leasing 2017 Volkswagen models

Buying vs leasing 2017 Volkswagen models

If you’ve been seeing our great deals here at Trend Motors, you maybe have noticed that most of the highlights are leases. But isn’t it better to own a car? Today we’re talking about the benefits of buying vs leasing 2017 Volkswagen models. You may find that your opinion on which option is the smartest may change by the end. Read the rest of this entry »

Distracted Driving Prevention: listening to texts through VW infotainment

By blogsadmin | Posted in FAQ, Tips & Tricks, VW Technology on Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 4:55 PM
How to use Apple CarPlay text message text-to-speech in VW

How to use Apple CarPlay text message text-to-speech in VW

Technology has advanced so quickly that we have gotten to the point of feeling like we can’t live without it. Many of us feel we absolutely need our smartphones. What if we got in an accident, or a family member needed us? It’s great to have a mini-computer right in our pockets, but not when it leads to dangerous practices like texting and driving. We know the temptation is too great for many to resist when a text comes in, which is why many modern infotainment systems include a feature that allows you to have your incoming messages read aloud, so you know if it’s important or just a greeting. Today we’re going to teach you how to use Apple CarPlay text message text-to-speech in VW. Read the rest of this entry »

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