Here’s something that you might not have known: did you know that the average car on Australian roads is 10.4 years old?
Not only that, but our cars are also getting older on average – just 2 years ago, the average age was only 10.1 years.
Long story short, Australians hold onto their cars for a long time. And we’re holding onto them for longer as well, with second-hand sales booming recently.
Your Volkswagen may be one of these vehicles.
If you’re driving an older or second-hand Volkswagen, you’re no doubt worried about the state of your car.
Luckily, that’s an area where our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne can help!
1) We keep your Volkswagen service costs low
One of the biggest concerns that come with owning an older or second-hand vehicle? Service costs.
Not only is there a risk that you’ll need more frequent Volkswagen service to keep your vehicle in working order, but you’ll also have to worry about it being more expensive as the age and mileage goes up.
Luckily, the reliability of Volkswagen vehicles ensures that you needn’t worry about the frequency of service skyrocketing as your vehicle ages. As for the second concern, our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne have you covered.
Volkswagen offers the lowest service costs of any of the brands we service – however, that only lasts for as long as VW’s capped-price servicing scheme lasts.
Once you leave the 5-year capped-price servicing plan, you can expect your Volkswagen service cost to jump.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to.
Our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne use highly-refined systems to keep your Volkswagen service at a reasonable cost.
What’s more, since we operate independently of the dealership network, we’re free to modify your service as needed, as well as seek out more affordable alternative ways of doing things.
2) We specialise in servicing older and second-hand models
You know what we’ve noticed over the years? That the majority of cars you’ll find in the car dealership’s workshop are brand-new, or close to it. There are relatively few older cars being worked on.
The reason’s simple: many manufacturers – Volkswagen included – offer fixed-price servicing. Once that period expires however, the service cost goes up – and with that, many start looking at independent mechanics like us to keep their service affordable.
The upshot is this: many dealership mechanics simply don’t have that much hands-on experience working with older models!
Generally-speaking, a lot of motorists only stick with dealership service for the duration of their new car’s capped price servicing. Once that’s over, a lot choose to go to independent mechanics to save money (not that we blame them for it). As a result, a lot of dealerships don’t actually have that much experience working with older models!
We also have connections to a wide range of reputable aftermarket and third-party manufacturers, allowing us to track down hard-to-find replacement parts for vehicles that have been out of production for decades.
Not only that, but older models work differently from new ones. They use a lot of older technology and systems which haven’t been in newly-built vehicles for years.
As VW specialists, our mechanics have worked on all sorts of Volkswagen vehicles through the years. We know what types of issues can arise – more importantly, we also know how to fix them!
If you drive an older Volkswagen, you’ll want to ensure that it’s looked after by someone who knows their stuff. And that isn’t always necessarily the dealership.
3) Our Volkswagen mechanics are licensed roadworthy testers
When you’re buying a second-hand vehicle, you want to be sure you’re not getting a lemon. Even for a brand as reliable as Volkswagen, it’s important that you do your due diligence, just in case.
Luckily, that’s something our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne can help with.
In addition to providing service and repairs for second-hand vehicles, our team includes licensed roadworthy testers who’ll ensure that the second-hand Volkswagen that’s caught your eye is safe to drive, as well as what needs to be fixed or updated.
Our Volkswagen specialists in Melbourne will perform an in-depth pre-purchase inspection, looking at common issues that pop up with age, such as issues in the engine bay, wheels, tyres, brakes, suspension and more.
It isn’t just buyers we can help – if you’re looking to sell, a certified roadworthiness test from our VW mechanics can be a huge help in getting better offers.
Sure, it’s an extra step when buying or selling a second-hand vehicle. However, it’s a little bit of money that can save you from making a costly mistake!
4) We can pick out (and fix) a bad service history
You aren’t just buying a second-hand car – you’re also buying its service history.
And if said service history is spotty, or includes shoddy and low-quality work, you could be in a bit of trouble!
Whether it’s an inconsistent or poor service history or a bad accident repair job, this is the type of information you’ll need to know before committing to a purchase.
You may not be able to pick out these types of details – luckily, our Volkswagen specialists in Melbourne can! As part of your pre-purchase inspection, we’ll also identify these issues for you, ensuring that you don’t end up making an expensive mistake.
Say you’ve just learned that the second-hand Volkswagen you’ve set your eyes on has an inconsistent service history, leading to a plethora of issues. Despite that, you’re smitten – you still want to buy it.
If you’re looking at a fixer-upper, our team can help. We’ll fix up your second-hand Volkswagen, giving it the type of treatment it should have gotten throughout the rest of its life.
Start the drive towards a better Volkswagen service in Melbourne
Our goal is simple: to ensure you get the best value possible.
And we aren’t just talking about Volkswagen service in Melbourne either!
Buying second-hand is always a risk – make the wrong choice, and you could be left with a costly mistake sitting in your garage.
Luckily, our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne are here to make sure that isn’t a problem you have to deal with.
Our team of experienced Volkswagen specialists work hard to ensure that you’re fully informed when it comes to what you’re spending your money on, saving you from making a costly mistake.
Make the right choice today – give our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne a call:
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