How to Transport a Christmas Tree in your Car the Easy Way

You have to admit it: Nothing beats a real Christmas tree up at home during the holidays. When it comes to getting it there, many drivers are clueless. Follow these easy tips to learn how to expertly transport a Christmas tree and get ready for a fuss-free holiday season.

How To Transport A Christmas Tree - Gossett VW Germantown - Memphis, TN

 Measure beforehand

 There’s no point bringing a tree home if it isn’t even going to fit in the house, so make sure you always measure beforehand. Be sure to measure the space where you plan to put the tree and the tree itself before you plunk down your hard-earned money.

 Wrap securely

 Once you pick out the perfect Christmas tree, you should wrap it in a tarp or blanket before putting it on your vehicle. This will help protect the tree and the roof of your car and prevent loose branches from flying off on the road.

 Point in the right direction

 Remember to always situate the tree on the roof of your vehicle with the stump facing the front. This will keep the wind from hurting the tree as you make your way back home with your precious cargo.

 Tie down completely

 Use rope, bungee cords, or ratchet straps to secure the tree to your vehicle. They should be tight enough to hold the tree in place but not so tight that the tree breaks while you’re driving.

If you need any tips for transporting your tree home this holiday season, you can stop into Gossett VW Germantown and ask the experts.

 

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Named to Wards 10 Best UX List

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta was named to the Wards 10 Best UX list for its superior user experience. In total, WardsAuto editors examined 25 vehicles that had added new or reengineered existing UX features for this year. The 10 winners were announced at the third annual WardsAuto User Experience Conference.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta - Gossett VW Germantown - Memphis, TN

Specifically, WardsAuto editors liked the Jetta’s Digital Cockpit, central display, high-end features, BeatsAudio® premium sound-system, easy-to-use Bluetooth® phone pairing and text-to-voice messaging, and wide range of driver-assist features.

“Jetta was redesigned with the American consumer in mind,” remarked Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and After Sales for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “It offers a host of available technology and driver assistance features designed to make people’s lives easier. We’re very encouraged to be recognized with the Wards 10 Best UX award—it means we’re getting it right.”

Every Jetta model comes standard with the MIB II infotainment system with a comprehensive collection of connected vehicle services. The Jetta is also a standout in its segment, as it is the only vehicle to offer a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Other safety features include the standard rearview camera and available features like Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Forward Collision Warning.

To see what makes the all-new 2019 VW Jetta such an all-around impressive vehicle, set up your test drive at Gossett VW Germantown.

Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition Models Announced

After nearly seven decades and three generations, Volkswagen will officially be retiring the legendary Beetle. To commemorate this automotive and style icon, VW will release two Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition models in 2019: Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition - Gossett VW Germantown - Memphis, TN

These models will be available as coupes or convertibles and in two unique colors — Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue. The Final Edition models will get a slew of standard features, including Climatronic® automatic climate control, KESSY® keyless access with push-button start, and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel.

All Final Edition Beetle models will be powered by a 2.0-liter TSI® engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine will produce 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque while yielding 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined.*

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition coupe will retail for $23,045 (SE) or $25,995 (SEL). Beetle convertible models will start at $27,295 (SE) and $29,995 (SEL).

“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” commented Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. But as we have seen with the I.D. BUZZ — which is the modern and practical interpretation of the legendary Bus — I would also say, ‘Never say never.’”

We’re fans of the Beetle at Gossett VW Germantown, so “never say never” sounds like music to our ears.

*EPA estimated.

Safe Driving Tips for Halloween

While most people spend Halloween night either passing out candy or walking through the streets with their trick-or-treaters, some of us may need to do some driving. If you need to get in the car, here are some driving tips for Halloween to help keep everyone safe along the way.

Halloween Driving Tips

  • Put away any potential distractions in your car, like your phone or food. Turn off the radio and roll the windows down if possible so you can better hear those walking around you.
  • Drive slowly and be extra vigilant while driving through residential neighborhoods. Kids can be very excited on Halloween and do not always act predictably.
  • When pulling in or leaving your driveway, drive carefully and look out for any walkers coming your way.
  • Make sure you come to a complete stop at all intersections to give any walkers a chance to cross. Try to make eye contact with them so they know you are letting them cross.
  • If kids dart out into the street, do not honk at them. Let them cross.
  • Turn on your headlights, even if the sun is still up, to give you better visibility and make it easier for any kids to see you.
  • Most communities hold trick-or-treat between 5:30-9:30 p.m., so be extra alert during that time.

Everyone here at Gossett VW Germantown wishes you and yours a safe and happy Halloween!

Volkswagen Passat GT Named One of the Top Cars for Your Commute

If you are like the majority of working Americans, then you have to drive to work every day, which means that you want a car that will make your commute easier and more enjoyable. According to CarGurus, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT fits that bill, earning the title of one of its Top Cars for Your Commute.

2018 Volkswagen Passat

CarGurus included the Passat GT because of its great fuel economy and strong engine. “With 280 horsepower, its powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine has enough power to keep commuters going on their daily drive,” says Matt Smith, Senior Editor at CarGurus.

Performance

The Passat GT is powered by a 3.6-liter VR6® engine rated at 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a six-speed DSG® automatic transmission. Together, this combination offers an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. *

Design

Setting the Passat GT apart from the rest of the Passat lineup is its sporty styling cues that include R-line® bumpers, LED headlights and taillights, 19-inch aluminum alloy-wheels with black accents, red brake calipers, and red accents in the honeycomb grille.

Technology

Inside, it comes with lots of technology to keep you entertained on your drive. Features include a 6.3-inch touch screen, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and VW’s Car-Net® smartphone integration.

To see the award-winning Passat GT up close and personal, stop into Gossett VW Germantown.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

2018 Volkswagen Jetta Named Most Appealing Compact Car

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta may be available at Gossett VW Germantown, but that doesn’t mean the previous-generation Jetta is done racking up acclaim. Recently, the 2018 Jetta earned the title of most appealing compact car in J.D. Power’s 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. This marks five times that the Jetta has earned the honor.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

“This award further validates the Jetta as an exceptionally competitive offering in the compact sedan segment,” said Werner Eichhorn, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, VW North American Region. “The all-new 2019 Jetta recently joined the lineup and we hope it will be as successful as the previous generation.”

 

In addition to the Jetta’s success, the Volkswagen Golf and Tiguan each ranked second in their respective segments, and the all-new Atlas ranked fourth among midsize SUVs. Overall, Volkswagen raised its rank by three spots to outpace industry improvement and beat the industry average score.

 

The APEAL Study is based on the responses of more than 67,000 new vehicle purchasers and lessees, determining the vehicles that are the hottest on the road today. To see what makes the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta so great, and to see why the 2019 Jetta is even better, stop into Gossett VW Germantown.

Fall Vehicle Service Tips

The return of autumn is a refreshing break between the scorching heat of summer and the frigid winds of winter. It’s also a great opportunity to get caught up on necessary vehicle maintenance. If you’re due for a stop at Gossett VW Germantown this fall, make sure you check these necessary boxes on your maintenance to-do list.

Fall Service Tips

Wipers and lights

Leaves and rain can make it tougher to see clearly during the fall, so take the appropriate steps to make sure you can see as clearly as possible. If you haven’t changed your wipers in six months or a year, you’re likely going to want to swap in a new set of blades — especially if you’re noticing missed spots and streaks. You’ll also want to make sure that all the exterior lights on your vehicle work since the days will be growing shorter — check everything from your headlamps and taillamps to your brake lights and emergency lights.

 

Tires

 Having proper traction is important, especially when the road is slick with rain or fallen leaves. To make sure that you maintain composure, take the time to inspect your tires. If you are short of air, fill them up. If you notice cracks, bumps, or a lack of tread, bring your vehicle to Gossett VW Germantown and we will tell you if you’re due for a new set.

 

There are many, many steps that you can take to ensure safer driving this fall. There’s only one right place to have those needs addressed: Gossett VW Germantown.

 

 

Volkswagen Atlas Earns Best Three-Row SUV for Families Award from Edmunds

From the food you eat to the home you make together, you only want the best for your family. A reliable and intelligent family vehicle is a big part of that equation, and with so many on the market to choose from, you may feel at a loss for narrowing down your choices. Fortunately, the experts at Parents and Edmunds have made your work a little easier by naming the new Volkswagen Atlas its Best Three-Row SUV for families in their 10 Best Family Cars for 2018 Awards.

“We are so proud to be named one of the 10 best cars for families by Parents magazine and Edmunds,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The 2018 Atlas was designed and assembled in America specifically with American families in mind. Three rows of highly configurable seating with the latest tech features and Volkswagen’s trademark style and driving dynamics is definitely a winning combination.”

Among the biggest factors considered by Edmunds and Parents in determining the 10 Best Family Cars for 2018 Award-winners is safety. Only vehicles that have earned top scores from both the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are considered in the running. The Atlas got a leg up on the pack with its exceptional third-row legroom, People First Warranty, and steering that Dan Edmunds of Edmunds says helps the Atlas drive like a much smaller vehicle.

If you want nimble handling, superlative safety, and no shortage of style, look no further than the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas — the superior choice for your family, available at Gossett VW Germantown.

Take the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Back to School

Volkswagen is taking its lineup into the future and the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is one of our first glimpses. It is fully redesigned this year, offering more safety and technology while still delivering excellent value that has come to define the Jetta for decades.

It’s also an exceptionally great choice for families getting ready to head back to school for another year.  Here are just four reasons why the Jetta is the perfect back-to-school car.

  1. Warranty. Like all Volkswagens, the 2019 Jetta is standard with the People First Warranty, a 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty. This covers nearly every aspect of the car, meaning you won’t have to worry about car repairs for a long time.
  2. Safety. Every Jetta comes standard with a rearview camera. Add in the available Driver Assistance package, which adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking for even more confidence and peace of mind.
  3. Value. With its variety of trim levels, there is a Jetta to please practically everyone and every budget. With a starting price under $20,000, the 2019 Jetta is even a good fit for student drivers working with tight budgets.
  4. Technology. You won’t be left in the dark ages with the 2019 Jetta. It comes standard with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto™, a USB port, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

Stylish, smart, and safe, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a smart choice for back-to-school. See it up close and personal at Gossett VW Germantown.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets this Summer

Taking your dog or cat with you on vacation can add lots of fun to your trip, and it can save you money on a pet-sitter. But traveling with pets presents some challenges and requires extra planning, so keep these tips in mind.

safety tips for traveling with pets

It’s important to make sure you have all the necessary identification for your pet like rabies vaccination papers, which may be required when crossing the border into some states. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped if you haven’t gotten that done already.

Always secure your pet in a carrier of some kind. Depending on the kind of traveling you’re doing, you might want a softer carrier made of fabric to keep them comfortable in your backseat, or a harder plastic one that’s more suitable for air travel. Don’t let your pet wander the car while you drive—this is much more dangerous for your pet and even more dangerous if you should get into an accident.

Be prepared for if your pet gets sick or injured on the road. Look up nearby vet hospitals on your route and bring along first aid items like gauze and hydrogen peroxide to make them throw up if they eat something they shouldn’t. And, of course, bring plenty of food and water to keep them hydrated.

These are just some of the many things to consider when heading out on the road with your pet onboard. To find out what pet-friendly accessories Volkswagen offers for your vehicle, stop by Gossett VW Germantown.