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.

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 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.

 

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.

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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.

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.

Volkswagen Sees First Quarter Sales Record

Volkswagen has been around for a long time, but it still has the capacity to impress. In March, VW delivered a whopping 1.04 million vehicles around the globe, setting a new record for the month and driving a new all-time best for first-quarter sales.

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“The first-quarter results confirm the attractiveness of our products,” said Fred Kappler, Head of Group Sales at Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. “However, this good performance does not mean we can let up in our efforts; instead we must continue to strengthen customers’ trust in our brands and products in the second quarter as well.”

In all, Volkswagen delivered 1,043,400 vehicles in March, including sales of 57,800 vehicles in the United States. This gave VW a Q1 total of 2,679,800 global sales, up 7.4 percent from 2017. Through the first quarter, VW put up 10 percent growth in the United States at a total 148,900 vehicles delivered across all brands.

VW’s roll has only continued in the second quarter. Sales in the United States remain strong, thanks in no small part to the launch of the new and improved 2019 VW Jetta. The Jetta is available to test drive at Gossett VW Germantown, as are other exciting Volkswagens like the Atlas, Golf, and Beetle.

VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept Teases Eventual Production Crossover

Volkswagen is looking to meet the demands of drivers needing a capable, stylish, and smart five-row crossover with plans in the works to launch a smaller version of the popular Atlas SUV. Earlier this year at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, VW previewed what this vehicle might look like with the Atlas Cross Sport concept, a near-production version of the vehicle that will be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2019.

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The Atlas Cross Sport Concept holds modern design and innovation at its heart. This suave, sporty new vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, boasting a 3.6-liter V6 FSI® engine that delivers 276 horsepower and electric motors mounted on the front and rear axle. This powertrain is expected to deliver 335 horsepower and achieve 0-60 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds, as well as an all-electric driving range of up to 26 miles.

Boasting a coupe-like profile with short overhangs and a low stance, the Atlas Cross Sport concept is sleek and stylish. It boasts LED headlights that connect across the grille’s crossbars, which illuminate to act as LED Daytime Running Lights. On the inside, the Atlas Cross Sport concept sports a 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and a high-mounted 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen with configurable layout.

If the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept is accurate to the final product, we’ll all be in for a treat when the production version arrives sometime within the next two years. To see the best of what Volkswagen has to offer in the meantime, stop into Gossett VW Germantown for a test drive.

How to Check Your Car’s Air Conditioner

This summer, many of us will set out on cross-country road trips, while others will simply explore the great outdoors throughout Tennessee. You will no doubt want to make sure you stay comfortably cool while driving around, so it’s essential to check your car’s air conditioner if it seems to be acting funny or if it’s been a while since your last check-up. Here’s a brief how-to guide on how to check your car’s air conditioner.

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  • Check fans and air filter: Start your vehicle and turn on the air conditioner on high. Is the air cool? Warm? Make sure the fans are running. If they are, you will want to check your cabin air filter and make sure it isn’t clogged and reducing air flow.
  • Check A/C compressor (and electric wiring, if necessary): If the fans are running and the air filter is clear, you will want to check the A/C compressor, which is located in the engine bay. Check to see if the middle of the compressor’s pulley is rotating with the rest of the pulley system. If it’s not, it may be broken. You can also try adding refrigerant and see if this alleviates the problem.
  • Check for cracks and leaks in the air conditioning system: Sometimes you can see cracks in the system, but other times they are too difficult to see with the naked eye. You can use a leak detection kit to evaluate the system, which uses dye to show where any leaks are. If you detect a leak, you should take your vehicle in to get repaired.

If you want to make sure there’s nothing wrong with your A/C before embarking on your journey this summer, bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Germantown for a professional inspection.

We Absolutely Need the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup

If you’re old enough to remember the day when Volkswagen made pickup trucks for America, you might have been wondering why VW hasn’t dipped its toes back in with the segment booming over the past several years. Wonder no more, because the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak posits a world where America once again has a VW pickup.

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And it was well worth the wait. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept truck, revealed last month at the New York Auto Show, is an incredibly handsome and future-thinking pickup that would almost certainly attract scores of drivers if it were brought to market.

Of its Atlas Tanoak concept, Volkswagen writes: “Designed as a dual-cab, short-bed truck, the Atlas Tanoak would check in as a mid-size pickup. It’s not just a chopped and stretched Atlas either, but a custom take on the MQB platform. Compared to the 2018 Atlas, at 128.3 inches, its wheelbase is 11 inches longer, with an overall length at 214.1 inches that’s 15.8 inches longer. To improve off-roading, the Atlas Tanoak sits nearly 2 inches higher, with 9.8 inches of ground clearance, riding on 20-inch wheels.”

Yes. Please.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the VW Atlas Tanoak concept’s design is its use of LEDs. From the grille-integrated daytime running lamps and illuminated grille and Volkswagen badge to the red LED taillights that run the length of the tailgate, this truck looks utterly unlike anything on the market today. And with a 3.6-liter VR6 that cranks out 276 horsepower and 4Motion all-wheel drive, it would likely perform like a beast all its own.

Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed whether the Atlas Tanoak concept will lead to a production model, but if Gossett VW Germantown gets any kind of say, let it be known that we cast a resounding aye vote.

Spring Car Service Tips for the Season Ahead

Warm spring weather is quickly rolling in, which means now is the perfect time to take care of some seasonal car maintenance. Whether you’re a DIY type of owner or someone who prefers to let the professionals handle maintenance, spring car service is a must. Here are a few items to attend to that will help you enjoy all that the season has to offer without having to fret about car trouble.

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Change the Oil

Engine oil performs multiple roles within the engine block, all of which are a necessity to keep your car moving. Since oil is responsible for lubricating, cooling, and protecting vital components, it’s extremely important to get an oil change for the spring season. After all, who wants to break down and wait for roadside assistance when there’s spring weather to enjoy?

Check the Tires

Winter weather can do a number on your tires. That’s why it’s so important to perform an inspection every week during the spring. Checking your vehicle’s tires doesn’t take long, especially if you have a keen eye. Simply walk around the vehicle and keep an eye out for bulges, cracks, and other abnormalities. You can also perform the penny test to ensure that you have an acceptable level of tread depth. It wouldn’t hurt to check the tire pressure and inflate or deflate the tires accordingly, either.

Inspect the Lights

A properly functioning lighting system is a necessity all year round, so it makes sense to inspect your headlights and taillights in every season. As the warmer weather rolls around, begin inspecting your vehicle’s lighting system by performing a quick walk around before you leave. Take note of any dim or dead bulbs and replace them as necessary.

These are just a few of the steps that you can take to ensure that your vehicle is up for springtime use. To have your spring maintenance needs fulfilled, stop by the service center at Gossett Volkswagen Germantown.