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!

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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Main Steps To Buying A Used Car | Pre-Owned

buying-a-used-carBuying used cars makes good sense for a lot of consumers during this uncertain economic climate. But like always, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before finalizing any purchase. Let’s talk about a few steps in buying a used car

New or used?

Remember, when purchasing a new car, that vehicle depreciates by a couple of thousand dollars the moment it leaves the dealership lot. Even used cars that are only 2 or 3 years old are 20%-30% cheaper than new models. Insurance costs less for us for used cars, and the vehicle may still be covered by the factory warranty (or a certified used car warranty, at least).

Which used car?

It makes sense to explore all options, and not just in terms of the type of vehicle (sedan, coupe, wagon, minivan, truck, etc.  Also look into what the resale values and reputations are for the used cars you’re considering.

Research Your Purchase

After you’ve visited dealerships or found an individual owner/seller, this is where you really start to drill down and do your homework. Use resources like Edmunds.com, Consumer Reports and various car magazines to find out the service reputation on that individual model, recall history, etc. And of course, you can use CARFAX® to research the collision history and recall history for any particular used car, using the car’s VIN. If you’re satisfied with the car’s history and your gut tells you it’s a safe bet after a test drive, call in a mechanic or LemonBusters-type service to give the car a thorough pre-purchase check-up.

Negotiate

How much can you really afford to spend? Remember, that question takes into account total purchase price (including tax, title and license), down payment (or trade-in allowance), monthly payments, and insurance. Don’t be afraid to shoot low and work up from there – and remember that the salesman wants to close the deal, which gives you a strong hand in negotiations. Don’t let yourself get railroaded, and don’t settle for a payment plan that exceeds your budget!

At Lewisville VW, we’ve got a huge inventory of used cars on hand…and we’re betting there’s one that’s a good fit for you. Keep track of what’s going on with Lewisville VW by connecting with us on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!

New Concept Cars for 2012

new-concept-carsThe unveiling of new concept cars is one of the most exciting aspects of any auto show. In recent years, Volkswagen has had a variety of offerings, and they have been getting a very welcoming reception. From a re-imagined bug, to 2011’s Concept Truck of the Year, Volkswagen creates innovative designs that cause quite a stir.

  • E-Bugster: What could be more exciting than an electric Volkswagen Beetle? For Bug enthusiasts, not much! With its 114 horsepower electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and the ability to exceed 100 mph with zero emissions, the E-Bugster offers speed and style with an eco-friendly sensibility. The exterior is unique, with an arched and stretched front end, and speedster good looks, while the interior has EV-specific gauges befitting its modern style.
  • CC: The 2013 Volkswagen CC, with its newly redesigned look, will be available for purchase in the spring, and VW connoisseurs can hardly wait. Sticking to its successful formula of combining the look and spirit of a sports coup with the convenience of a four-door sedan, the 2013 CC features a redesigned grille, trunk lid, and rear and front styling. With standard features like Bi-Xenon headlights, the Adaptive Front Lighting System, and LED taillights, the CC is an entry-luxury vehicle that makes a bold statement.
  • NILS:  Designed for the urban commuter, the single-seat NILS looks like something out of a science-fiction movie. With a top speed of 80 mph, this electric vehicle produces no emissions or noise! It is a stylish model, as well, with gull wing doors and individual fenders for each of its 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
  • Bulli: Named 2011’s Concept Truck of the Year at Detroit’s auto show, the Bulli takes the iconic VW Bus into the future with a silent electric motor that produces zero emissions and can go from zero to 60 mph in less than eleven and a half seconds. It can travel 186 miles on a single battery charge, and the infotainment system is controlled via iPad. It is just a concept for now; but keep dreaming, and before you know it, the dream will become a reality.

For your next VW, consider Lewisville Volkswagen. Having served the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over a decade, selling used and new cars, and offering excellence in customer service before, during, and after every sale.  Visit our website to learn more, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

History of Lewisville Volkswagen Dealership

volkswagen-dealershipIf you are looking for a Volkswagen dealership in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, why not choose one that is ranked among the top ten VW dealers in the nation? Lewisville Volkswagen, a family-owned Greater Dallas dealership, has that distinction, as well as an incredible selection of both new and used vehicles.  Service does not stop after the sale at Lewisville, and the highly-trained staff gives exemplary service designed to make lifelong customers.

Lewisville’s customers come from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the dealership proudly serve cities like Plano, Gainesville, Decatur, Farmers Branch, Trophy Club, McKinney, Pilot Point, Salina, Rockwell, Heath, Arlington, and Forney. In terms of both sales and service, The Lewisville VW dealership is tops among Dallas dealerships. After serving the area for over a decade, Lewisville Volkswagen understands the needs of its customers.

Every vehicle purchased from Lewisville VW is shipped with its CARFAX® report, to ensure that customers know exactly what they have purchased. The vehicles are competitively priced, and the staff works to to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Once the sale is finalized, the dealership offers customized after-sales service, maintenance, and spare parts, with a commitment and dedication that puts Lewisville’s staff ahead of the pack.

Whether you are looking for a brand new Volkswagen, or want to browse the pre-owned inventory, the staff at Lewisville Volkswagen dealership invites you to stop by and take a look. Because Lewisville VW offers the best pricing in the area, you are welcome to go visit other delaerships before returning to make your purchase. This level of confidence comes from knowing that the dealership is the very best. To prove it, Lewisville even offers customers the opportunity to bring back a car within seventy-two hours if they are not completely satisfied. It is all part of the happiness guarantee, and you will not be asked any questions if you choose to return your vehicle.

Make history with Lewisville and become part of the family! Visit the website to learn more, or just drop by the dealership and say hello. To connect with our online community, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

 

What Do Dealer Prices For New Cars Mean

dealer-prices-for-new-carsYou’ve probably heard the phrase “dealer prices for new cars” plenty of times, and quite possibly thought it was just another marketing come-on. It’s not exactly misleading, but there are lots of factors that go into a dealer’s cost for new cars. Let’s talk about some terminology:

  • Factory Invoice – This refers to the actual amount billed for the car, from the factory, to the dealer, less “holdback.” What’s holdback? That’s the co-op compensation from the factory to the dealer, for his advertising and marketing efforts; it helps cover the dealer’s overhead costs. Usually factory invoice prices are available from the library, the Internet, consumer guides, and sometimes even from the dealer.
  • Factory–to-Dealer Incentives – Sometimes referred to as “backdoor money,” these incentives can be a little trickier to track down. They’re not well-publicized, and can range from hundreds to a few thousand dollars. Factory-to-dealer incentives also change frequently, sometimes even from week to week. In the negotiation process for a new car, don’t be afraid to ask the dealer or sales associate about their dealer incentive or rebate.
  • Customer Rebates – These have been in place for years and are well-publicized by dealers and manufacturers as a way to attract customers to their new car dealerships. In fact, sales associates will usually be very direct about mentioning customer rebates as a sales tool.
  • Dead cost – This is the absolute bottom-line cost, after factory invoice, holdback, factory-to-dealer incentives, and customer rebates are all figured into the price structure.

So let’s sum it up. Invoice price/minus holdback/ minus dealer cash/minus customer cash = dead cost. You may hear come-ons that proclaim “$100 over invoice!” but that doesn’t take into account the hundreds or even thousands of dollars of hidden profit involved.

One thing you can be sure of, though – when you come to Lewisville VW, you can be assured of straight talk and a good deal on a new car. No shell game, no mumbo-jumbo, and no jumping through hoops. So connect with us via YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to keep pace with all things Volkswagen!

Just In Case You Missed The Volkswagen Commercial

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Well, the football season’s over (congrats Giants!!), and as usual, people looked forward to the commercials as much as the Big Game…and as usual, the Volkswagen commercial didn’t disappoint. In case you didn’t see the game, the Volkswagen ad featured Bolt the dog getting himself in shape with a doggie diet-and-exercise regimen, followed by a sudden switcheroo involving Darth Vader…

Part of what keeps Americans coming back to football is the drama. It’s so much more than the game itself – it’s the personalities, the off-field stories, and the amount of pride that people put in their towns and their teams. Twenty years ago, who would have thought that the Patriots and Giants would go the whole distance? Or who would have thought that the season-finale game would be hosted in Indianapolis? That’s part of the beauty of the game. It’s always in a state of flux, and it never stays the same forever.

That’s why the Big Game consistently sets records for viewership and TV ratings. …And why the ads are so hotly contested (and expensive). And you’ve got to admit, the idea of an overweight dog diligently going on a diet-and-exercise program so that he can chase Volkswagens is pretty cute!

At Lewisville Volkswagen, we’ve got plenty more Volkswagen fun for you! We invite you to come down and have a look at the latest Volkswagen models, and take a test drive. Also, feel free to like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn, and explore some peace, love and happiness Volkswagen-style on our YouTube channel.

Oh, and one more time…congrats, Giants!