Maintaining Your German Car In Manchester

If you own a German car such as a Volkswagen, Audi, BMW or Mercedes, you have definitely made a great choice. These cars are not just expensive status symbols. They are also known for their high performance, reliability and long life. That said, when you own one of these vehicles, the level of care needed is very different from what you would expect in say, a Japanese car. If you own a German car in Manchester, here are some tips to help you take good care of it.

When Your Service Is Due, Get It Done

The owner’s manual gives a service schedule that you must adhere to, but there are situations when conditional service may be required. This service requirement is detected by the car’s systems and you will get an alert when service is due. The type of service could be a simple oil change or a more comprehensive service. Not getting it checked or delaying service could damage components, reduce efficiency or result in safety issues.

Take Care While Replacing Tyres

If the tyres on the same axle vary in circumference by more than 2 cm, they will not rotate at the same pace. For German cars, this will create serious problems for the transmission and the drivetrain management systems. In the case of four-wheel drive systems, all four tyre sizes should match in size.

With age and use, the outer surface of a tyre wears out and tyre circumference will gradually reduce. To prevent variations in tyre circumferences, they must have even wear. When you replace tyres, replace both tyres on the same axle (or all four tyres for 4-wheel drives) at the same time.

Replace Brake Fluid Every Two Years

Brake fluid degrades due to moisture absorption. Replace it every two years or earlier if needed. Your car may alert you about a conditional service, but if the brake pedal feels soft and spongy, get the fluid checked and replaced even if you don’t get an alert.

Keep The Sunroof Clean

For cars with a sunroof, there are drains to prevent water accumulation. Debris and dirt can clog these drains and water may find its way into the cabin and accumulate on the floor. If the floor gets flooded, it will damage electronic components under your seat. To avoid this, regularly check these drains to ensure that they are clear.

Replace Cabin Air Filters When Needed

For most German cars, cabin air filters must be replaced every 40,000 miles or so. This is essential to maintain healthy cabin air quality and to prevent dust, dirt and microbes from getting into the cabin. A clogged filter may also overload the air blower and damage it or related circuits.

Find The Right Garage

Always get German cars serviced at the dealer or a specialist garage. There are many reasons why most general garages will be ill-equipped to service German cars.

1. Complex technology and innovation

Most cars have similar components and systems that any good garage with experienced mechanics can service, but this does not apply to German cars. German vehicles are high-performance vehicles. To achieve this, they are highly specialised and technically advanced. The design, engine orientation and related components can vary from model to model.

Most models have specific maintenance procedures, need special diagnostic equipment and mechanics with special training. Generic garages are not equipped to handle this level of complexity.

If you take your premium car to generic garages, you will most likely get a trial and error repair. Instead of identifying and fixing the root cause of a problem, they will try to replace related parts in the hope of fixing the issue. German car parts are expensive and you may end up spending a lot more than needed. Worse, you may get an incorrect repair and the same problem may recur or new problems may arise.

2. Complex electronics and software requirements

Modern vehicles have sophisticated electronics, which includes several computers and micro controllers. Due to the high level of technology and automation in German vehicles, they rely heavily on computers. An average German car can have anywhere between 25 to 100 modules which rely on microprocessors.

Computers, software and bugs go together. So, software must be updated when newer versions are available. This is essential for improvements and bug fixes. Servicing, upgrading or repairing these systems require special equipment, software and expertise, which will not be usually available in general garages.

3. High quality spares are needed

Most German cars are in the premium segment and provide superior safety and performance. This is achieved by good design and high-performance components. Ideally, only manufacturer-supplied spares should be used. That said, in the case of some less critical spares, high-quality OEM-equivalent spares will also work fine. They are cheaper and make better sense for vehicles beyond the warranty period.

When consumables like engine oil are changed, replacements should strictly adhere to the manufacturer’s specifications. Using incompatible consumables may reduce performance or cause safety issues or problems that could lead to expensive repairs in the future. With generic garages, you can never be sure about the type of spares and consumables used.

4. Clearing service indicators and updating records

Only a garage with the right equipment will be able to read the exact nature of the service required and reset the service-due indicator after service. Your service book and digital service records also should be updated, which may not be possible at general garages.

Volkmaster knows that when it comes to German cars, there are only two options. You have to either go to the dealer or to a brand specialist. Both are good, but specialists are more economical and give you better service.

For Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen or any other German car service or repairs in Manchester, use our easy booking form below to book your service. We have several manufacturer-approved specialist garages in our network. One of them will contact you and arrange the required service at the best rates.

For Your Car Service In Manchester

We undertake servicing for all makes and models of car or van throughout the North Manchester and Manchester City Centre areas, you can book your car or van in for a service, repair or MOT, use the booking form below form below or give us a call on 0161 624 5060. We also offer a highly convenient Collect & Return service or a courtesy car so you’re routine is disrupted as little as possible while your vehicle is serviced.

Arranging Your Service

Drop your car off
Simply drop your car off with us between 8am and 10am and in most cases your vehicle will be ready for collection the same day between 3.30 and 5.30. Outside these hours you are welcome to park.

Wait with your car
Most servicing and repair work can be done while you wait. If this is your preference we have a superb waiting area equipped with free hot and cold drinks and a interesting viewing area where you can watch our trained technicians working on your vehicle.

Courtesy car
If your vehicle needs to stay with us for 1 day or longer then you are able to pre-book one of our courtesy vehicles to keep you mobile.

Pick up / drop off
The ultimate hassle free solution; one of our drivers will arrange to collect your vehicle from your home or place of work at a pre-arranged time and then return your vehicle when the work is complete. Our service advisors will contact you when the vehicle arrives on site during the day to discuss the progress of the work and then advise you of the time you can expect your vehicle back. Contact our service advisors for more details.

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  • Amazing customer service, couldn't do enough for me, very friendly and eager to help. Car went in for major service and MOT at 8am and by 2pm had a phone call to say was ready to collect. The car did need work doing which they did within this time frame! Speedy turn around. Marie and Danny contacted me to explain the faults found thoroughly and nothing was too much of a bother for them; so so helpful! Thank you so much to you both! Could not fault you or this garage at all. Highly highly recommend.

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    06/04/2021

    Always friendly, honest and gets the job done.The staff treats you and your vehicle like it’s their own, Great professional and friendly shop. Very passionate about supreme customer service/satisfaction.. If you are in need of automotive care, please consider Volksmaster LTD ,Great facility with dealer quality service and competitive pricing. Awesome service.!!!

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    29/03/2021

    Very professional. Main dealer knowledge and customer care but way way cheaper. Second time we've used them for our cars. For Vw/Audi/Skoda etc they know anything that can go wrong and the cost effective way to fix it. Very useful to have them on board. This time it was our Audi S3 which is back to as-new condition. Thank you to the team. Highly recommended.

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    27/03/2021
  • Great service. They advised they could book me in on a Thursday after my Audi Q7 had a suspension failure. I dropped the car off on a Tuesday because it was virtually un driveable and by Wednesday they had given me a price and repaired the car.

    I'll be dropping the car off for a full service in the future. Natalie and Nathan were great!

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    Frank Griffin
    17/03/2021

    Top service, very knowledgeable staff. Definitely go back next time the van needs a service.

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    17/03/2021

    I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the staff at Volkmaster. Used for the 1st time and was totally confident that they would get me back on the road, and they did. Level of service is great, friendly and polite staff. Cheaper than dealerships and a great service from the staff.

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    17/03/2021
  • I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the staff at Volkmaster. Used for the 1st time and was totally confident that they would get me back on the road, and they did. Level of service is great, friendly and polite staff. Cheaper than dealerships and a great service from the staff.Thank you Volkmaster 👍👍👍👍👍

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    Tariq Ismail
    17/03/2021

    What an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish.
    Ryan even goes to the trouble of taking pics to show you without being asked. Having had my last car looked after by a main dealer (not the best experience) Volksmaster is like a breath of fresh air!

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    Billy Menace
    15/03/2021

    What an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish.Ryan even goes to the trouble of taking pics to show you without being asked. Having had my last car looked after by a main dealer (not the best experience) Volksmaster is like a breath of fresh air!

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    Billy Menace
    15/03/2021
  • Absolutely spot on service as always from Volksmaster, I've always taken my Audi's to them and the work they have carried out has always been perfect and I'll definitely continue to take my car there. thanks for the excellent service Volksmaster.

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    Jack Lancashire
    12/03/2021

    Absolutely spot on service as always from Volksmaster, I've always taken my Audi's to them and the work they have carried out has always been perfect and I'll definitely continue to take my car there. thanks for the excellent service Volksmaster.

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    Jack Lancashire
    12/03/2021

    I would highly recommend Volksmaster , very knowledgeable and fairly priced, I like the fact that time is taken to explain what any faults are and keep the defective parts to sow you,and that no unnecessary work is carried out without talking to the customer firs.
    Great bunch of lads
    Thanks Volksmaster.

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    stephen cooper
    05/03/2021
  • Excellent service from the team especially Nathan who kept me up to date with my GTI and also car mini valleted in the lockdown period.

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    Mohammed Imran
    03/03/2021

    Got my CAM and crank correlation faults repaired. Supplied and fitted inlet manifold gasket, valves, magnets, housing and gaskets. Great service and done the job really quick. I had the car back in half a day. Highly recommended top technition Dave & Nathan.

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    U J
    02/03/2021

    Fantastic service by Nathan and the team. Solved the problems other garages couldn't. Great communication, prompt, conscientious, and pleasant. Don't go anywhere else, whatever make and model your vehicle is.

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    Urban Haus
    24/02/2021
  • Nathan’s expertise and customer service is second to none! The team are fast and don’t mess about with getting your car safely back on the road.

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    Marcus m
    22/02/2021

    I’d like to thank Ryan for an outstanding service today for the following reasons:
    - Clarity of pricing and work to be carried out
    - Competitive prices compared to dealers
    - knowledge of audi vehicles and knows exactly what the car needs
    - work carried out efficiently and on time
    - Courtesy car provided
    - Car washed and vacuumed when collected

    Thank you - 5 stars from me. See you next time.👍

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    Usman Ali
    15/02/2021

    Brought my car in a few days ago and everything from atmosphere and respectful manner to me as a customer was absolutely bang on. The price doesnt justify the quality of work. I got my car back looking as good as new 10/10

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    Paul Marshall
    06/02/2021
  • Great service from the start, very professional and communicative.

    Felt at ease leaving my Audi A6 in their hands, will definitely use again in the future 😎👍😀

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    richard carroll
    05/02/2021

    Another pleasant visit to Volksmaster Another pleasant visit to Volksmaster. Keeps costing me money but way better value than VW dealer!! Customer service is fantastic and the pride in their work is obvious from the feedback on repairs.

    Simon Turgoose
    04/02/2021

    Fantastic Can’t believe it !! not one of the best garages Its the best I’ve been to , no bull or extortionate prices , hey every one has to earn a living, got quoted a mind boggling price from a main dealer for my VW golf with so much crud and spin thrown in with it !! God if I was suicidal I would of fed myself to the crocodiles at the zoo. All I can say these guys especially Ryan was honest to the bone respect to him and Volksmaster on Oldham road , not going anywhere else - peace Pat

    Mr PATRICK GOODRIDGE
    02/02/2021
  • We bring both our cars here for all servicing, MOTs and repairs (BMW and VW). Mike is great- really nice friendly guy who you can talk to as well, with no mechanic jargon. Feel comfortable talking to him and asking anything about the cars or what something means on the service report.
    Would highly recommend and I’ll never go back to the dealer. Thanks Bury gang, cars are both great after the parts fitted.

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    23/01/2021

    Recommended by a pal and did a great… Recommended by a pal and did a great job on my vw golf mot and service carried out and good price to defo be using them again

    Phil Eaves
    22/01/2021

    We as a company use Volksmaster all the time and the service is second to none very methodical in diagnosing cars and very efficient Ryan always pulls the stops out in accommodating us and that’s why we will continue to use them great company and fantastic set of lads

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    Craig Taylor
    13/01/2021
  • Annual service, reliable good service as always from Mike and his team 🤗 thanks, Annette

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    Ettenna Rebrab
    07/01/2021

    Excellent garage, Explained everything very clear and didn't give up on fixing the car, which was a difficult fault to diagnose! Thanks again lads, Would recommend to anyone.

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    JVW Car Sales Ltd
    16/12/2020

    A very friendly, informative and amazing service
    Very professional
    I would recommend Volksmaster
    Thank you

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    Jane White
    14/12/2020
  • the team at Volksmaster - Bury have always been amazing from services to saving the day when new tyres were needed. They are professional and efficient with a personal touch. I can not recommend them highly enough.
    Thank you 🙂

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    Sonja Butterworth
    11/12/2020

    Went in with a problem for which VW were going to charge an extortionate price to fix. Nathan diagnosed the problem and came up with a different solution, which was carried out for much less than VW's option. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these guys. Professional and honest.

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    John Lees
    09/12/2020

    New to the area and completely forgot my mot and service was due they were able to get me in quickly and did a great service for a brilliant price. Glad to know there is a good garage near my new house that I can rely on.

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