How Often do You Need New Brakes?

By lgrande | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 9:13 PM
Brake Repair

To ensure your vehicle can safely come to a stop, it’s important for your brakes to always be in working order. How often should you get new brakes installed? Unfortunately, there is no clear maintenance schedule that tells you exactly when a brake replacement is due for your Volkswagen vehicle, or any other make or model. Most brake pads typically last anywhere from 35,000 to 60,000 miles depending on how hard to push down on your brakes, the kind of brake pads you have, and if you often tow a trailer or haul heavy loads.

Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Brake Replacement

If you want to find out if your vehicle needs new brakes, listen to the advice of an experienced automotive mechanic, and watch out for any of these seven warning signs:

  • Reduced responsiveness or if the pedal “sinks” toward the floor
  • Vehicle pulls to one side while braking
  • Longer stopping distances
  • Brake pedal feels “soft” or “spongy” underfoot
  • Low brake fluid
  • Brake pedal pulsates or steering wheel vibrates while braking
  • Grinding, growling, or screeching noises while braking

If your car is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should get your brakes inspected right away! Keeping your brakes properly calibrated and in good working order can help you avoid costly repairs in the long run, and more importantly, help to prevent a collision.

Auto Repair

Schedule Brake Service With Executive VW Near New Haven

When it comes time to get your Volkswagen model’s brakes inspected or replaced, schedule service with Executive VW near New Haven. When repairing your vehicle, we only use OEM VW parts, ensuring that your Volkswagen model receives the quality it needs to run smoothly on the New Haven streets.

If you have any questions or concerns about your VW vehicle’s brakes, don’t hesitate to reach out to our service department at (844) 282-1114.

Winter Service Tips

By lgrande | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 6:18 PM
Winter Service Tips
Winter is here, and it’s time to embrace the frigid—and sometimes adverse—weather conditions this season has to offer. If you haven’t yet prepared your vehicle for the next big chill or snowstorm, it’s about time you do! To get your vehicle ready for winter driving, our Volkswagen dealer suggests following these eight helpful tips and tricks:

1. Change your oil

If you did a lot of travelling over the holiday season, it might be time to change your vehicle’s oil. Although it’s always important to keep up with regular oil and filter changes, it’s especially necessary during colder months to ensure optimum engine performance. If your car is due for an oil change, schedule service with Executive Volkswagen near New Haven!

2. Test Your Battery

Don’t get stranded in the cold this winter, and make sure you have a working battery to successfully start your car. Have a mechanic test it to ensure that it’s functioning properly, and replace it if necessary.

3. Inspect Your Brakes and Tires

If a snow storm occurs, you’ll need excellent stopping power to stay safe on the icy streets. If your tires are showing signs of wear, now is the time to get them replaced. You should also keep in mind that cool temperatures will cause your tire pressure to drop; so make sure your PSI is at your vehicle’s recommended level.

4. Check the Lights

Since the sun sets earlier in the day, it’s important that you can easily see and be seen on the roads on your evening drive. Walk around your vehicle with all your lights turned on and check the operation of your headlights, taillights, parking lights, brake lights, and emergency flashers. If any bulbs aren’t working, you should get them replaced right away.

5. Inspect Your Wiper Blades

Don’t get stuck in the snow without working windshield wipers. If you notice your wiper blades smearing your windshield rather than clearing it, or if you find that the rubber is peeling away, you should switch out your wipers for a new pair. At our New Haven area Volkswagen dealership, we’ve made it easy for our drivers to order OEM VW parts online!

Wiper Blades

6. Make Sure Your Defroster and Climate Control System Work

On chilly mornings, your windows might become overwhelmed with fog or frost. Always make sure you can clearly see the roads ahead with the help of a functioning defroster, and stay warm and comfortable on lengthy commutes with a working climate control system.

7. Check All Fluid Levels

Check your vehicle’s washer, transmission, brake and power steering fluids, and make sure they are at or above minimum safe levels to ensure an efficient drive.

8. Keep Your Gas Tank at Least Half Full

Keeping your car’s gas tank at least half way full will help to avoid moisture from forming in your gas lines, and possibly freezing.

Let Executive VW Near New Haven Prepare Your Car This Winter

We encourage our drivers to stay safe on the streets this winter. If you need help preparing your vehicle before the next big temperature drop, make your way over to our service center! We frequently provide a number of VW service specials, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on maintenance or repairs for your vehicle.

For more information about getting your car ready for winter, don’t hesitate to reach out to our service department at (844) 282-1114.

VW Beetle: Final Edition

By lgrande | Posted in VW News on Friday, December 21st, 2018 at 2:32 PM

2019 VW Beetle Near New Haven & Hamden

After 80 years, the production of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle is coming to a halt in 2019.

In the 1930’s, Ferdinand Porsche designed the “people’s car” to be affordable, practical, and reliable. By the end of 1946, more than 10,000 cars were manufactured, and a decade later, one million had been sold. The “bug” became a renowned symbol of the 1960s and the “small is beautiful” ethos. After 60 years, VW gave the car its first major update, known as the “New Beetle.”

Due to an unfortunate decline in sales since 2013, Volkswagen decided to make one final production of the Beetle for 2019, and the brand is truly going out with a bang.

Meet the VW Beetle Final Edition SE & SEL

To celebrate the Beetle’s last year, Volkswagen has incorporated two special models to the lineup—Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

Available in coupe and convertible body styles, the Final Edition models offer a number of exclusive features and unique design details for a show stopping finale. In the coupe models, you’ll find stylish enhancements like standard chrome treatments, heated washer nozzles, and a sunroof. Take a glance at the Final Edition SEL models, and you’ll discover Bi-Xenon® headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, LED taillights, and fog lights for an illuminated exterior. With two new exterior color options added to the mix, drivers can choose to boast a Safari Uni or Stonewashed Blue finish.

Inside, all Final Edition models offer standard KESSY® keyless access with push-button start, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, Climatronic® automatic climate control, three-color ambient lighting, and more. In the Final Edition SE models, you’ll be able to relax in cloth and leatherette rhombus-pattern seats as you utilize features like the Composition Media infotainment unit with a 6.3-inch touchscreen display, Voice Control, Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect smartphone integration, and other additional aspects. Get behind the wheel of one of the SEL models to sit comfortably in standard diamond-stitched leather seating, and enjoy upgraded enhancements like Discover Media infotainment with navigation, Car-Net Security & Service, Fender® Premium Audio, and more.

2019 Volkswagen Beetle

Take the Final Beetle to the New Haven & Hamden Streets

As we say goodbye to the beloved Bug, drivers can get ready to drive in the last ride of its kind. Head on over to our Volkswagen dealer, and you can hit the streets of New Haven and Hamden in one of our 2019 VW Beetle models for sale.

For more information from our VW dealer serving New Haven and Hamden, or to schedule a test drive, don’t hesitate to contact us at (855) 250-6818.

Documents to Bring When Buying a Car

By lgrande | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 7:36 PM

Documents to Bring When Buying a CarWhen it comes time to buy your next vehicle, you’ll want to arrive at the dealership prepared with the necessary paperwork. In order to ensure a quick and easy car-buying process, our VW dealership near New Haven encourages you to bring along the following personal documents:

Valid Driver’s License

To drive your desired vehicle off the lot, the dealer needs to know that you’re a legally registered driver. Your license also serves as identification for your check or other form of payment.

Proof of Car Insurance

If you already know which car you’re buying, you should call ahead to set up a new insurance policy. Or, you can call your insurance company while you’re at the dealership to have them email or fax over an insurance card to the dealer. We suggest being prepared ahead of time, if possible, to ensure the smoothest car-buying process.

Current Vehicle Registration For Trade-In

If you’re trading in your current vehicle, you’ll need to provide a copy of your registration to prove that you are the owner and to ensure that ownership can easily be transferred from you to the dealer.

Proof of Residency

If you’re trying to get approved for an auto loan, you’ll need to supply proof of residency. A utility bill will do just the trick to verify that the information on your application is correct.

Want to get the ball rolling on your new purchase? We encourage our New Haven area drivers to utilize our convenient online VW payment calculator. Then, make your way over to our finance center to speak with the experts. We are more than willing to secure you with the ideal payment plan for your lifestyle!

Visit Our VW Dealer Near New Haven for Your New Volkswagen Model

When you’re ready to drive home in a new Volkswagen vehicle, our dedicated sales team will be more than ready to assist you. If you have any questions or comments for our VW dealership, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (855) 250-6818 today!

How to Change the Clock in Your 2019 VW Jetta

By lgrande | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Whether you’re traveling outside of New Haven to a different time zone, or preparing for daylight saving time, you’re going to need to adjust the clock in your 2019 VW Jetta eventually. If you’re unsure how to change the clock on your own, just follow Volkswagen’s convenient step-by-step video. By simply utilizing your Jetta’s infotainment unit controls, you’ll have your clock set in no time!

Executive VW Near New Haven is Here to Help

If you’re still unable to change your VW Jetta’s clock, don’t fret! Our Volkswagen experts at our service center near New Haven are here to help you out.

If you have any questions or comments for our Volkswagen dealer, don’t hesitate to contact us at (855) 250-6818.

2018 VW Atlas Towing and Cargo Capacities

By lgrande | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Whether you’re going camping on a brisk fall day, or getting into gear for a snowy winter, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will certainly amp up your adventures around New Haven. Offering more than enough cargo space and incredible towing capabilities, this SUV is well-equipped for just about any journey.

2018 VW Atlas Towing

How Much Can New Haven Area Drivers Tow in the 2018 VW Atlas?

As you boost the efficient 3.6L V6 engine delivering 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, you’ll have the power to tow up to a whopping 5,000 pounds. Spending the night in the great outdoors? You can ditch the tent and tow your camper along instead. Turn up the fun by bringing your snowboards, kayaks, or ATVs on your big outing. When you get behind the wheel of the Atlas, you can count on endless opportunities for excitement.

Ready to experience the thrill for yourself? Our New Haven area VW dealership carries a variety of new Volkswagen Atlas models for sale for our adventure-seeking drivers.

2018 VW Atlas Cargo Space

How Much Cargo Room Does the 2018 VW Atlas Have?

Inside this midsize SUV, you’ll find plenty of versatile and flexible cargo space for all of your gear. In the rear hatch alone, you’ll find 20.6 cubic feet to store suitcases, sleeping bags, coolers, and more. For your larger items, you’ll be able to easily fold the second and third row down to take full advantage of this VW model’s 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space. With comfortable and spacious seating for seven, you can count on the Atlas to become your family’s designated vehicle for road trips.

If you’re ready to hit the streets in a new Atlas, our amazing sales team is here to assist you! When you visit our Volkswagen dealership, you’ll be free to browse our impressive lot, check out our current specials, and test drive your favorite models!

For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (855) 250-6818.

2019 VW Jetta – What’s New

By lgrande | Posted in Uncategorized, VW News on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 6:13 PM

2019 Volkswagen Jetta near New Haven

Take the newly updated 2019 Volkswagen Jetta to the New Haven streets and experience its greater performance, enhanced design, and advanced safety and technology features. This redesigned sedan radiates bold sophistication from its spacious driver-focused interior to its all-new sculpted exterior.

Outside, you’ll notice its sleek coupe-like exterior that features a striking new face. This VW model’s reshaped body consists of a longer wheelbase, wider track, as well as a shorter front overhang. With dynamic lines, taut surfaces, and an all-new silhouette; the Jetta produces an appearance that is both athletic and elegant. Its new exterior features include full-LED lighting, standard aluminum-alloy wheels, and an abundance of sporty design enhancements in the Jetta R-Line model.

Step inside the new Jetta, and you’ll find a roomy cabin with more headroom, knee room, and shoulder room than its predecessor. Its upscale driver-focused interior was designed to make sure you’re always in control. With features like the VW Digital Cockpit, BeatsAudio® system, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats; every ride will be both comfortable and entertaining. This model was meant to instill confidence along every drive when utilizing safety features like Front Assist and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert.

2019 VW Jetta Interior

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Highlights

  • Redesigned coupe-like exterior featuring a bold new face
  • Standard aluminum-alloy wheels and full LED lighting
  • 1.4-liter TSI® engine is paired with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions
  • Available driver assistance technologies include Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, ACC, Lane Assist, and Light Assist
  • A number of new fabric colors for seats and door panels
  • Available 10-color ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats
  • Volkswagen Digital Cockpit technology and innovative MIB II touchscreen infotainment system
  • New Jetta R-Line model includes 17-inch wheels, an aggressive rear bumper with dual exhaust, a gloss-black grille, black side mirror caps, and R-Line badging

Take on the New Haven Streets in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Interested in getting behind the wheel of this all-new model? New Haven area drivers can take home one of our 2019 Volkswagen Jetta models for sale today. If you’d like more information on this VW vehicle and its upgraded features, feel free to contact us at (855) 250-6818.

We proudly serve New Haven, Wallingford, and Hamden.

New Green Cars from Volkswagen

By sernaj | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 5:07 PM
VW I.D. CROZZ concept

Here at Executive Volkswagen of North Haven, we’re always on the lookout for updates about new Volkswagen models. One group of vehicles that have attracted a lot of attention lately are the “I.D” models, new green vehicles that will bring the Volkswagen brand into the future. Now we’ve learned that these unique models could end up being made in the United States.

These Volkswagen vehicles are innovative for a few reasons. First of all, every I.D. vehicle is completely electric. None of these cars are going to produce any type of harmful emissions. The Volkswagen brand is leveraging the latest battery technology and investing more than $80 billion in electric vehicle development.

The I.D. Crozz will be the first one to make its debut in official production guise. As the name implies, this will be a crossover model. It could have a driving range of 300 miles, which would go a long way towards alleviating “range anxiety” for many drivers. The second is the I.D. Buzz, a new take on the classic Volkswagen bus.

Both of these models could end up being manufactured in the United States. Volkswagen executives expect high demand for these vehicles from American drivers, so it makes sense to build them nearby. Each I.D. model will be built on the MEB platform, which can be used to build a wide variety of green vehicles. Expect to see vehicles of all sizes eventually join the I.D. lineup. We can’t wait until we get the chance to see these impressive vehicles for ourselves!

So when you’re looking for new cars that innovate, visit our Volkswagen dealership near Hamden, CT. Whether you’re looking for fuel efficiency, performance, or luxury, there’s a model on our lot that you’ll love. We hope to see you soon!

Smile and Drive Days at Executive Volkswagen

By sernaj | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 5:06 PM
2018 VW Atlas in North Haven, CT

Summer is here, which means it’s a great time to hit the road. And why not do that in a brand new Volkswagen vehicle? Here at Executive Volkswagen of North Haven, we have the cars and crossovers that you’ve been looking for. Even better, we’re celebrating Smile and Drive Days right now at our dealership, with new lease offers for qualified drivers.

If you’re looking for a new car, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta S might be right up your alley. This dependable sedan offers a wide range of technology features, including App-Connect. This allows you to use some of your favorite apps, safely of course, when you’re on the road. You’ll also appreciate safety tech like Adaptive Cruise Control and a Blind Spot Monitor. Qualified drivers can lease this model for just $229 per month for thirty-six months.

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat S is also available for lease right now. This midsize car is perfect for your commute, but it’s also roomy enough to make for a great family car. This model has received a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, so you can hit the road with confidence when you lease this car for just $239 per month.

If you’re really looking for extra space though, you’ll want to take a closer look at our SUVs. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S is a capable compact SUV that doesn’t feel so compact. It’s been completely redesigned for a new model year, so it’s more stylish and spacious than ever. Lease it for just $249 per month. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is also available. The S trim level with 4MOTION® all-wheel drive can be leased for $329 per month for thirty-six months by qualified drivers. With three rows of seating and the latest driver assistance tech, this new model is perfect for growing families.

So visit our Volkswagen dealership near Hamden, CT and lease a dependable new Volkswagen vehicle today. We’ll make it easy to find a car you love at a price point that you can afford. Come in for a test drive this month!

New Electric Car Plans from Volkswagen Brand

By sernaj | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 5:04 PM
Volkswagen Golf near Branford, CT

Here at Executive Volkswagen of North Haven, we know that many drivers are looking for greener vehicles. Electric and hybrid models have come a long way in recent years, and the Volkswagen brand is working on something that could help them improve even more. A new kind of battery could revolutionize green cars, and one of the brand’s iconic models might even end up getting the EV treatment.

The Volkswagen brand is investing and taking a bigger stake in QuantumScape Corporation, a company that develops batteries. The two firms have been working together for around six years now and they’ve already made some big advances. The goal is to be able to mass-produce solid-state batteries by 2025.

What’s the big deal about solid-state batteries? First of all, they’d offer far more range. By some estimations a solid-state battery would increase the range of a Volkswagen e-Golf model by more than 200 miles. Solid-state batteries also charge faster. New Volkswagen models that are equipped with these batteries would go a long way towards eliminating range anxiety.

We’ve also heard that a new Volkswagen Beetle, built on the same architecture as other electric Volkswagen models, could be in the works. It could end up offering a slightly different body style, while maintaining its classic, iconic look. A new Volkswagen Beetle could even offer rear-wheel drive, like the original. We can’t wait to see what happens to this legendary model.

Keep an eye on this blog for the latest news about Volkswagen vehicles, or visit our Volkswagen dealership serving Branford, CT if you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned car right now. With our expert Volkswagen dealers by your side, you’ll see just how easy it is to find the perfect Volkswagen model. We look forward to assisting you!