For the Love of the Bug

February is the month of love, and we’ve definitely got the love bug for the Volkswagen Beetle. Since it was introduced in 1938, the Volkswagen Beetle has often been referred to as the “Bug” and since then has caused people all over to feel the love!

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People began calling the Volkswagen Beetle the “Bug” or “Love Bug” in 1968 after the release of “Herbie the Love Bug”. The film starred a Volkswagen type 1 Beetle as title character, Herbie. The film gave the car a personality of its own that made the car seem playful and sweet. Since then, the Beetle has been portrayed with plenty of fun and emotion.

The Love Bug has inspired love from Beetle owners all over. Each year, Bug owners travel thousands of miles to annual car shows and events to show off their love for their Bugs.

In the 1960s, the Bug became popular for surfers, hippies and other peace-loving people. They liked the car for its unique, quirky design, and the fact that it stood out as unique when compared other cars on the market. The Volkswagen Beetle became a symbol of the hippie movement, which focused on spreading peace and love.

The Volkswagen Beetle is an easy car to love, and Beetle owners all over have definitely caught the Love Bug. Tell us how you lovey our bug this February!

Winterize Your Vehicle

Cold weather can affect the roads and driving conditions, so it is important to get your Volkswagen in for a winter service check. If you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, it’s high time to call the Lewisville Volkswagen service department to make an appointment!

We provide a no charge winter check for any Lewisville Volkswagen vehicles to make sure our customers stay safe. A winter service appointment will check:

  • Antifreeze levels in your radiator to make sure they are full and your water to antifreeze ratio is close to 50/50.
  • Wiper blades, so you can always see through your windshield clearly. The added precipitation will mean your wipers need to work overtime, so we make sure they are ready for the task. If not, we have plenty in stock for a quick change-out.
  • Windshield washer fluid, so it is ready to get any dirt, ice and sludge off your windshield. Visibility is lower in winter months, and we want to make sure nothing gets in your way.
  • Tire tread depth, which needs to be at least 3/32” to be considered safe. Any lower and it’s critical that you replace your tires. (Tires with a tread depth of 3/32” are considered legally worn out!)
  • Tire pressure to make sure you don’t have low air pressure, which can can cause your car to slip and slide on wet or icy roads. We make sure your tire pressure is at the right level to prevent accidents.

While you are at Lewisville VW for your no charge winter check, we can get your annual maintenance done as well. This way you will be ready to enjoy your Lewisville VW year-round!

Even after your winter service check, it is smart to be prepared. Keep an emergency kit in your car that includes an ice scraper, flashlight, jumpers, flares, and tape. To give your car more traction on icy roads, sprinkle salt or cat litter over icy patches. (Some of these items are available in our Driver Gear Shop!)

Tips to Save on Gas This Summer

tips to save on gasEveryone loves summer months with the beautiful weather, the vacation time for students, and the opportunity to hit the open road. Unfortunately, gas stations also love summer, as the price of gasoline goes up along with the demand.

Have no fear, though! We have put together a few tips to help you get through the summer

Drive Calmly

Road rage is a serious problem, but did you know it can also cause fuel inefficiency? Rapid acceleration and sudden braking is about the worst thing you can do to save gas. In fact, the US Department of Energy estimates that driving sensibly can boost fuel efficiency from anywhere between 5 and 33%! That translates to some serious savings, and might also help reduce your blood pressure.

Lighten the Load

While not offering nearly as much benefit as calmer driving, taking out unneeded items can actually improve your fuel efficiency. It is estimated that removing 100 pounds of items can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 2%. While that might not seem like much, over the course of summer the savings add up!

Speed Limit and Cruise Control

Texas has the benefits of wide open spaces and flat terrain (mostly—here’s looking at you Hill Country!). Because of this, cars can benefit from cruise control. Furthermore, speeding can actually cause you to drain your gas tank faster! Driving over 50 miles per hour reduces fuel efficiency. Obviously, you shouldn’t drive 50 on a highway, but in residential and city driving, keeping your speed low may actually keep your costs low too!

How do you save money at the pump? Are you driving a hybrid? If not, check out the new hybrid turbocharged Jetta!

Changing Your Oil: Don’t Forget!

changing your oilThe engine light is on. It might have been on for a few days, maybe a few weeks, or perhaps a few weeks. Why are you not concerned? Because you know exactly what’s the problem: you need to change your oil.

Maybe you don’t feel like you have time to change your oil. We’re all busy these days, and sometimes we put aside important tasks like an oil change because it’s so mundane it doesn’t seem like it could possibly be that vital. How much damage could not changing your oil do?

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Car Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day

gifts for dad on father's dayFather’s Day is on June 16 and it’s time to start getting gift ideas ready. For all of you out there who have motorheads as dad, we’ve put together a list of ideas that will really get their motors running. Here are some of our ideas for gifts for dad on Father’s day.

First of all, there is nothing that beats a car wash. A perfect gift from little kids and those without a ton of cash on hand, a car wash is thoughtful and leaves the car looking great. Even better, you can add a little flair and creativity and create a fun coupon that dad can redeem whenever.

If you’re looking for something practical and fun, consider a DIY Remote Starter Kit from Bulldog. Starting at just $69.99, this kit makes it easy to add remote-starting functionality to any vehicle. This makes it easy to cool down the car on a summer day or heat it up during the winter months.

For something truly unique for Father’s Day, consider putting your dad behind the wheel of an exotic car. At the Texas Motor Speedway, visitors can get behind the wheel of high-performance vehicles for the ride of a lifetime. Choose from Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Nissans. These events take place only on certain days, so be aware that this experience might not be something you actually do on Father’s Day, but your dad’s excitement might carry on for months and months.

What do you plan on getting your dad for Father’s Day? Dads out there, what are your favorite gifts you’ve ever received?

Cool Off with Classic Volkswagens at Düb Splash

Dub Splash 2013 Sandy LakeWhen people think of July holidays, most think about Fourth of July (and for good reasons, of course), but don’t discount a local tradition in the making: Düb Splash 2013. The exciting auto show takes place at Sandy Lake Amusement park and brings together classic and vintage Volkswagen vehicles for a day of family fun.

Organized by Der Luftkülers (DLK) and Lewisville Volkswagen, this exciting event is the perfect way to extend your Fourth of July celebration: after the fireworks settle, head on out to North Texas’ most beloved amusement park for food, fun, live music, and, of course, awesome cars. The main event brings together more than 50 classes of Volkswagen vehicles.

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Volkswagen Turbocharged Hybrid : The Greenest, Go-Gettingest Car Ever

hybridIn the past this sounded like the setup for a joke: what kind of car is fast, practical, and still gets good gas mileage? Laugh no longer! Volkswagen has just announced the brand new Turbocharged Jetta Hybrid, and this car is no joke.

Everyone loves Volkswagen’s turbocharged lineup of cars, thanks to the extra zip and sportiness. So Volkswagen realized that a turbocharged hybrid would be perfect for the typical Volkswagen customers, who are known for the love of the road yet consciousness of the environment. It didn’t take the designers long to realize that a hybrid version of their popular cars would be as ingenious of an invention as power steering, the jet engine, and maybe even sliced bread.

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Your Rules For a Family Road Trip

happy-family-in-car-on-vacationWe asked and you delivered! On Facebook recently, we asked the question “What is your number one rule when on a road trip with friends or family?” And here are some of our favorite answers:

Jaine S. advised people to not “put your feet out the car window” in response to the picture we used. Probably a good idea, although on warm summer days when there’s nothing on the road (or when your passenger’s feet really, really stink), there may be exceptions to the rule. (Just kidding! Just like an amusement park ride, you should always keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times!)

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