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First Time VAG Owner? Essential Maintenance Tips for New Drivers

Congratulations on becoming the proud owner of a VAG vehicle!

Whether it’s a sleek Volkswagen, an elegant Audi, a sporty SEAT or a luxurious Škoda, joining the VAG family marks the beginning of an exciting journey on the road.

As you embark on this adventure, it’s crucial to prioritise the maintenance of your vehicle to ensure its longevity, performance and safety. At Volksmaster, with over 25 years of experience in servicing and repairs for VAG vehicles, we understand the importance of proper maintenance. Here are some essential tips for new VAG owners to keep your cars running smoothly:

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1. Regular Servicing

One of the cornerstones of maintaining any vehicle, especially a VAG model, is adhering to the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule. These intervals are designed to address routine maintenance tasks such as oil changes, filter replacements and inspections of crucial components.

At Volksmaster, we offer premium servicing at a non-premium price, ensuring your vehicle receives the attention it deserves without breaking the bank.

2. Quality Parts and Fluids

When it comes to replacement parts and fluids for your VAG vehicle, always opt for quality over price. Using genuine or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts and fluids ensures compatibility and reliability, keeping your vehicle performing at its best.

At Volksmaster, we stock a wide range of genuine and OEM parts specifically designed for VAG vehicles, providing you with peace of mind knowing your car is in capable hands.

3. Tyre Maintenance

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Proper tyre maintenance is crucial for both performance and safety. Regularly check tyre pressure, tread depth and overall condition to ensure optimal grip and handling. Rotate your tyres according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to promote even wear and extend tyre life.

Additionally, consider investing in a set of winter tyres if you live in an area with harsh winter conditions for enhanced traction and safety.

4. Brake System Inspections

The braking system is arguably the most critical safety feature of any vehicle. Regularly inspect brake pads, rotors, calipers and brake fluid levels to ensure everything is in good condition. Any signs of abnormal wear, noise, or vibration should be addressed immediately to prevent potential brake failure. At Volksmaster, our expert technicians are trained to perform thorough brake inspections and repairs to keep you safe on the road.

5. Fluid Checks

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In addition to regular oil changes, it’s essential to check other fluids in your VAG vehicle, including coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid.

Low or contaminated fluids can lead to engine damage, transmission issues or brake failure. Inspect these fluids regularly and top them up as needed to maintain optimal levels and performance.

6. Electrical System Maintenance

Car Electrics

Modern VAG vehicles are equipped with advanced electrical systems that require proper maintenance and care. Regularly check the battery, alternator and electrical connections for any signs of corrosion, wear or malfunction. Keep an eye on warning lights on the dashboard and address any electrical issues promptly to prevent more significant problems down the road.

7. Air Conditioning Service

A properly functioning air conditioning system is essential for comfort, especially during hot summer months. Have your VAG vehicle’s A/C system inspected and serviced regularly to ensure it operates efficiently and provides adequate cooling. Our technicians at Volksmaster are equipped with the latest tools and expertise to diagnose and repair any issues with your vehicle’s air conditioning system.

8. Driving Habits

Finally, your driving habits play a significant role in the maintenance of your VAG vehicle. Avoid aggressive driving, excessive idling and overloading the vehicle to minimize wear and tear on essential components. Practice smooth acceleration and braking techniques to prolong the life of your engine, transmission and brakes.

Of course the main VAG brands are household names as are the other German manufacturers we specialise in servicing, BMW, Mercedes and Mini:

VAG Group Brands

Volkswagen is synonymous with reliability, quality and versatility. As one of the largest automotive manufacturers globally, Volkswagen offers a diverse range of vehicles to suit every driver’s needs. Volkswagen’s top-selling models are the Golf, Polo and Tiguan.

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Audi is renowned for its luxury, performance, and cutting-edge technology, setting the standard for premium vehicles in the automotive industry. Audi’s top-selling models are the A3, Q5 and A4.

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SEAT is a dynamic and innovative brand known for its sporty design, driving dynamics and value proposition. SEAT’s top-selling models are the Ibiza, Leon and Ateca.

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Škoda is renowned for its exceptional value, practicality and reliability, offering a wide range of vehicles that cater to diverse lifestyles. Škoda’s top-selling models are the Octavia, Fabia and Kodiaq.

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The Volksmaster Difference

  • Experienced VAG Specialists: With over 30 years of experience servicing and repairing VAG vehicles across our 4 branches, our technicians possess in-depth knowledge of every VAG brand and model.
  • Premium Service at a Fair Price: We live by our motto, “Confidence in Quality,” providing premium servicing at a competitive price. You won’t pay a premium for the expertise and care we deliver.
  • Genuine or OEM-approved Parts: We use only genuine VAG parts or high-quality OEM-approved alternatives, ensuring optimal performance and reliability for your vehicle.
  • Transparent Communication: We believe in clear and concise communication. Our technicians will explain any recommended services and answer all your questions before any work is undertaken.
  • Warranty on Parts and Labour: We offer a comprehensive warranty on all parts and labour, giving you peace of mind knowing your investment is protected.
  • Convenient Scheduling: We offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate your busy lifestyle. Book your service online or call your nearest branch.
  • Customer Focused Service: At Volksmaster, we go the extra mile for our customers. Expect a welcoming environment, comfortable waiting areas and complimentary refreshments while your car is being serviced.
  • Full Valet: Every vehicle gets a free wash after it is serviced.

In conclusion, being a first-time VAG owner is an exciting experience, but it also comes with responsibilities. By following these essential maintenance tips and entrusting your vehicle to the experts at Volksmaster, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your car is in good hands. Remember, our family-run business has been serving VAG owners for over 30 years with a motto of “Confidence in Quality,” offering premium servicing at a non-premium price.

Schedule your appointment today and experience the difference firsthand for all your VAG servicing and repair needs in Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Bury, Heywood, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Bolton and surrounding areas

You can book your vehicle in to one of our 4 branches by using the simple form below or give us a call at Oldham 0161 624 5060, Heywood on 01706 622633, Bury 0161 761 3030 and our Oldham Van Centre 0161 628 5270.

We also offer a highly convenient Collect & Return service or a Courtesy Car to ensure your routine is disrupted as little as possible while your vehicle is serviced, repaired or undergoes an MOT.

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