Memphis Haunted Houses and Trails

Happy HalloweenThere are many ways to get into the Halloween spirit but there’s none better than paying a visit to a haunted house or trail. Tennessee happens to be home to many excellent attractions designed to inspire fright and thrills leading up to Halloween. Here at Gossett VW, we know of some wonderful Memphis haunted houses and trails that you should visit this fall!

  • Wicked Ways Haunted House – The Wicked Ways Haunted House is widely considered to be the largest indoor haunt in the area. The attraction is filled with zombies, clowns, ghosts, and many scarier obstacles to overcome. The haunt is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 30th to Halloween night.
  • Shadowlands Festival of Fear – Located in Millington, the Shadowlands Festival of Fear is open on Friday and Saturdays leading up to Halloween. Doors open at 7pm. Jones Orchard operates a kid-friendly corn maze, hayride, and pumpkin patch until 10 pm so families have something to enjoy together.
  • Haunted Web of Horrors – The Haunted Web of Horrors is located in Cordova and is arguably the best haunted house in the Memphis area. There are multiple haunts to explore. Tormented takes visitors on a walk through an insane asylum, while Dark Matter boasts a labyrinth designed to frighten even the toughest of customers.

Auto Service Basics: Importance of Tire Rotation

VW TireThe tires are one of the most important parts of a vehicle, seeing as how they keep you rolling along the road. Taking care of your tires is easier than you might think and can be done every time you get your oil changed. Rotating your tires is one of the simplest ways to extend the life of your tires. Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of tire rotation from us here at Gossett VW!

Rotating your tires prevents them from wearing out faster than they should. The front tires take on the weight of the engine and transmission. They also lead the car around corners, which means they wear significantly faster than the rear tires.

The act of rotating your tires is quite simple. Simply move the front tires diagonally and replace them with the rear tires. The front driver’s side tire, for example, should move to the rear driver’s side and be replaced by the rear passenger’s side tire. The front passenger’s side tire should move to the rear and be replaced by the rear driver’s side tire.

Don’t include your spare tire in tire rotations, as it’s for emergency use only. Make sure your vehicles aren’t asymmetric or uni-directional either; otherwise, rotating them the wrong way could cause problems.

VW Golf Drag Car Boasts 600 HP

2016 VW Golf
2016 VW Golf

Most drivers tend to love the incredibly expensive, insanely powerful, sleekly designed supercars, but what if we told you that a VW Golf could outrun them? If you’ve already laughed at the mere thought of that happening, we have a video that you need to watch. YouTuber Gumbal took a standard Golf and switched out the engine to create the ultimate VW Golf drag car.

The VW Golf drag car had its standard four-cylinder engine switched out for a 2.9-liter turbocharged VR6 that pumps out a whopping 600 hp. All that power is sent directly through the front wheels.

In the video, the VW Golf takes on a Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. In the first quarter-mile drag race, the Golf posts a time of 12.3 seconds compared to theML63 AMG’s 13.63 seconds.

Throughout the four minute video, the Golf outruns all of its competitors, including an Audi R8 with a massive V10 engine under its hood.

Toward the end of the video, the VW Golf drag car takes on a Dodge Challenger SRT, a more affordable model for most drivers. The old Golf easily outpaces the muscle car without breaking a sweat.

Here at Gossett VW Germantown, we’d be pumped to drive such an incredible VW Golf!

Labor Day Activities in Memphis

Labor DayAs one of the most popular cities in America, Memphis is home to a number of attractions that draw in millions of visitors every year. There are plenty of ways to spend a long weekend so here are a few Labor Day activities in Memphis suggested by us here at Gossett VW Germantown!

  • Graceland – Elvis Presley rose to super-stardom, and while he’s no longer with us, his home remains. The Graceland Mansion is often referred to as the second most famous house in America, and for good reason. The mansion sitting on 14 acres of land and houses all of Presley’s mementos, stage costumes, and much more. Travel through time as you walk through the house and pay your final respects to Presley.
  • Memphis Zoo – A visit to the Memphis Zoo is a great way to spend a day. The zoo is home to thousands of animals including mammals, fish, amphibians, and birds. In addition to a diverse amount of exhibits, the Memphis Zoo also holds animal shows and special events on a regular basis!
  • Beale Street – If you want to experience the culture of Memphis, there’s no better place to start than Beale Street. The street is home to the Civil War headquarters of General Grant as well as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. A trip down Beale Street is one of the best ways to take in the city’s culture!

What Do Your Vehicle Warnings Indicators Mean?

check engineWe’ve all been there. You’re driving along, ABBA’s greatest hits blaring from your stereo, without a care in the world, and then all the sudden, one of the Vehicle Warning Indicators lights up on your dash.

Now you have a couple of options. You could place a small square electrical tape over the icon. Out of sight, out of mind. But then you’d be ignoring a really great preventative maintenance tool from workings its magic. Instead, why not learn what all they mean?

  • Service Engine – This light indicates that a routine maintenance task is due. It could also indicate an urgent issue with your engine.
  • Tire Pressure – One or more of your tires are low. Find a safe place to pull over and check the tires.
  • Battery – This light means that your battery may be dead or your alternator might be faulty. Take your vehicle to a car parts store. Most will check your battery for free.
  • Coolant Temperature Warning – If your coolant temperature is rising, it might mean a faulty thermostat. It likely means a coolant leak, like from a ruptured hose.
  • Oil Pressure Warning – Your engine has low oil pressure. This is likely due to the fact that you’ve burnt off a significant amount of oil or there is a leak. Check the oil level immediately.

Catch REO Speedwagon Live at the Garden

concertEvery year, the Live at the Garden concert series brings in five of the music industry’s finest touring acts and puts them onstage for your viewing pleasure. Amid the beautiful grounds of the Memphis Botanical Gardens, you have chance to enjoy great music in a great setting.

Only the best of the best grace the stage at the gardens. If you’ve ever been to one these shows, you may have caught such hit-makers as the Steve Miller Band, The Goo Goo Dolls, Styx, or Tony Bennett.

The 2016 lineup includes REO Speedwagon. These 1970s rockers are responsible for such hits as “Take It On The Run,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and “Keep On Lovin’ You.”

If you’ve ever listened to rock radio, you are all too familiar with the Speedwagon. Their songs are still in regular rotation, and for good reason—they rock! You can catch REO Speedwagon Live at the Garden on August 25th at 8:00pm.

$11.3 Million Invested in New VW Distribution and Training Centers

Volkswagen may be a German brand, but you can bet that it excels when it comes to operating in America. In fact, Volkswagen recently announced its intention to expand its American operations in a big way.

According to a Volkswagen press release, the automaker will invest $11.3 million in a new distribution center and training center in California.

$6.8 million of that commitment will go toward the completion of a Volkswagen distribution center in Rocklin, California. This facility will construct and distribute vehicles to 94 dealerships across the West Coast.

The remaining $4.5 million will be allocated to the creation of a brand-new service training center, set to be located nearby in Eastvale, California.

“The new parts distribution center and upcoming training center in California is a testament to Volkswagen Group of America’s continued investment and commitment to the U.S market, our customers, and dealers,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “The company remains focused on these types of strategic investments that will enable long-term growth in the United States.”

With the implementation of these two new VW distribution and training centers, Volkswagen has ensured that the very best of its North American specialists and vehicles will be headed to the California area!

Volkswagen Lineup

How and When to Get Into Memphis Attractions for Free

If you have kids who have the summer off of school, you are probably looking for fun activities to do with them. Fortunately, Memphis, Tennessee has plenty of attractions to entertain. Visiting these attractions can be difficult if you are working on a tight budget. However, many of the museums and zoos of Memphis offer free admission to Tennessee residents during certain periods of the week. Here’s how and when to get into Memphis attractions for free!

ElephantThe Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 species of animals, and you can see them all for free when you visit the Zoo after 2pm on Tuesdays.

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum documents the events of one of the most important chapters of American history, and you can visit without charge on Mondays after 3 pm.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Soul music is the true soul of the city of Memphis. This museum can be experienced for free on Tuesdays between 2pm and 7pm.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Soul music isn’t the only form of art that Memphis is known for. On Wednesdays between 10am and 8pm, guests can enter the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for an optional pay-what-you-can fee.

What to Do If Your Car Gets Towed

parking garageIt’s pretty scary to go outside and find that your car isn’t where you left it, but getting it back can be a simple process. Just follow these steps for what to do when your car gets towed.

Before you do anything, check around the area for “no parking” signs and tow-away zone signs; if you think you may have been wrongly towed, take pictures of the area. If you do see a tow-away zone sign, call the number listed on it, or call the local police department if there isn’t a number. They’ll direct you to the lot where your vehicle’s located.

Next, you need to get to the lot, so call a friend to come pick you up or, worse comes to worse, call a taxi or Uber.

Once you arrive at the impound lot, make sure you read over the documents they give you and understand why you were towed before you pay the fees.

If you think it was wrongful, you can request a hearing. Your car may have been towed for various reasons besides being in a no parking zone, like blocking a fire hydrant or having unpaid parking violations, so keep these in mind.

Volkswagen’s Investment in Gett Ride Service Announced

Volkswagen LogoAs the world of driving shifts toward a trend of ride-sharing and increased public transport use, automakers are getting a slice of the pie. Volkswagen has invested in Gett, a popular European startup and a competitor to Uber that could gain popularity in the US.

Volkswagen’s investment in Gett will involve a whopping $300 million, which will help the growing company develop its apps and other technology and help them get the word out about their business. Currently operating in 60 countries in Europe and in New York City, Gett hopes to expand to the rest of Europe

Volkswagen isn’t the first to invest in a ride service like Gett; Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar are all gaining the attention of automakers. According to KBB, auto sales show no sign of waning in response to the increased use of these services, but Volkswagen and other automakers believe it’s a smart move to keep up with these new facets of the automotive industry as self-driving vehicles and other innovations change the landscape of the market.