Owning a prestige ride like a Volkswagen is bound to make its owner feel a cut above the rest. Like any long-running brand, there are many myths that have cropped up and consistently propagate regarding the brand. While most of these are relatively harmless, these myths have prevented many owners from seeking out quality and dependable repair work on their prized rides.
If you’re an owner facing the need for quality Volkswagen repairs, and yet are held back by these myths, consider yourself well and truly free.
1. Independent repairs mean voided warranties
No one is sure where this came from, but for the longest time, people believe that you can only go for repairs at Volkswagen. Take it anywhere and your warranty is automatically rendered null and void.
This is not only untrue, but it’s also something that has a law running against it. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 protects car owners from manufacturers that are monopolizing the repair and servicing of their vehicles. Volkswagen is one of the biggest supporters of this kind of independence.
2. Volkswagen is costly to maintain
This is a myth that stops potential owners from purchasing a Volkswagen. The truth is that a Volkswagen is a vehicle like any other. Provided you adhere to the maintenance schedule carefully computed for and set in your owner’s manual, you don’t have to worry about maintenance to begin with. Volkswagen’s roots as a people’s car haven’t changed much over the years and they remain relatively affordable to maintain in the best shape possible.
3. Only dealerships can perform repairs and services
The truth behind this myth is that dealerships will often charge a premium price for any repairs and services that they conduct. That’s because you’re essentially paying for a branded kind of service.
The truth is many Volkswagen repair shops can do the same good job (if not, better) for a fraction of the price. The only thing you need to check to ensure that you’re getting quality work done is whether or not the shop you’re going to is certified to perform repairs.
4. DIY is better
This myth is the toughest to break. Many people, in the spirit of saving a buck or two, believe that they can perform the same services that a repair shop can do to keep their costs lower.
While there are some people (experts) who have the necessary skill set and know how to pull this off, the fact is that most people don’t. Sure, it might seem like they could save by getting cheap parts and doing it themselves, but when their work causes more damage, then they end up spending more than they would have if they just turned to professionals.
When it comes to car maintenance, it’s always best to leave it to those who are most capable. If you’re serious about tending to your Volkswagen, then you should have no problem going to the experts for quality repairs. Look for certification from Volkswagen at your repair shop and you can be at ease knowing that you ride is in great hands.