Road Trip Tips

Tig-14-0069-DigLiving in beautiful and warm Florida draws a lot of people from up north during the colder months. It’s common to see other state’s plates on the road; from Canada, New York, Michigan and more! Sometimes these cars are shipped and sometimes these cars are driven. If you prefer to take the scenic route and drive, what are some safe road trip tips? Well, we have gathered a few of the best ones for you! Courtesy of VW of Naples Technicians and Staff!

1). Get your vehicle checked out at your trusted Dealership with Certified Technicians
It’s important to get your fluids, brakes, wiper blades and tires checked out before any major road trip. Having all these things in working order can help prevent unexpected vehicle issues.
IMG_64602). Have a Roadside Assistance Kit (Much like our VW one: jumper cables, warning triangle, multi-tool, LED flashlight, blanket, poncho, whistle, work gloves, PVC tape, cable ties, and adhesive bandages.)
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Always stop and rest when you need to but having snacks and water off hand can keep you hydrated and focused.
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Having the proper clothing, supplies, planned rest stops and being prepared for different climates/landscapes can make your trip feel more like a vacation rather than a stressful event.
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Traveling alone can be a great experience, but having the option of taking turns when driving can help you stay more alert.
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Listen to a serial podcast, learn another language, bring an infinite amount of playlists or listen to a few books.

7). If you are towing something make sure to stop and check your wheel bearings and bring a spare for the trailer as well
When towing a trailer, another vehicle or a cargo trailer it’s important to keep in mind the weight distribution, how much your car can tow, proper tow hitches, ball mounts and safety chains. Having those things break free or come loose can become very dangerous.
vw48). Pay attention to your gauges and listen to your car
It’s easy to forget to glance down every once in a while to monitor your gauges when traveling somewhere new. You may be paying more attention to directions, scenery and traffic than how much fuel you have or any warning lights that may kick on. Make sure you have enough fuel and take notice on how your vehicle is running. _MG_15879). Cruise Control is an amazing invention
Cruise control can prevent lead foots/speed demons from hitting high speeds, save on fuel and prolong the life of your engine’s lubricant when driving at lower speeds.
_MG_158210). Sometimes it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey
As corny as that may sound, it’s true! Don’t forget to enjoy the trip, get plenty of rest and enjoy the drive.

Benefits of a Dealership vs. Private Seller

beetle2When it comes to purchasing a new vehicle there are many options to choose from and sometimes the choices can leave you feeling overwhelmed! Where do you even start looking? Who is a trusted seller? Do you private or go to a dealership? Well, there are many benefits when buying from a Dealership that you just can’t get from a private seller.

1.) The Laws Protect Consumers
The Federal Trade Commission requires dealerships to place vehicle information inside vehicles on the lot at all times. These documents come in the form of “Buyer’s Guides” and list general information which includes whether or not the vehicle is under warranty. Dealers must also adhere to stringent operating/selling procedures. If you buy from a private seller they have less responsibility for any vehicle issues that may arise. The same rules/laws do not apply to private-party sales.

2.) More Paying Options
You can either choose to finance, lease or pay up-front. You don’t get as many choices from a private seller. Dealerships are willing to work with you to find the best paying option!

3.) Inspected, Professionally Cleaned and Prepped for Purchase
All of our vehicles go through inspections (certified pre-owned even more so), are professionally cleaned and made ready for customers to see! Not only that, but when you do make a purchase our Certified VW Sales Consultants can show you how to operate the features of your vehicle. Not many private-sellers go above and beyond to provide these services.

4.) Certified Pre-Owned Benefits
Certified Pre-Owned Volkswagen vehicles undergo a rigorous 112-point inspection. Because they are Certified, they come with a deductible-free 2-year, 24,000 mile Limited Warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance and 3 months of free SIRIUS radio if your VW is satellite radio equipped.

5.) Car dealerships will usually help you with your state DMV’s titling and registration process
It doesn’t seem like a hassle at all when everything can be done right then and there during your vehicle purchase! We make it easy for you when you visit our finance department.

6.) Convenience
There are lots of reasons going to a dealership is convenient…before the purchase there are many, many vehicle options to choose from. Sometimes you come across a vehicle you hadn’t considered before, but it stands out so much you just HAVE to have it. After your purchase, coming to the dealership for any services is a breeze. Since your relationship with the dealership has already been established, your information is already on file. We will have the history of your vehicle on file and can remind you of any services/checks that you may need.

What are you waiting for? Come in or call us and find your perfect vehicle! Here at Volkswagen of Naples not only do we deliver the car, but we also deliver the experience.

Lease VS Buy

When it’s time for your next vehicle, you’ll find yourself facing more decisions than simply “what make/model do I want?” The majority of us will end up financing rather than paying cash, but that raises a very important question; should you lease or buy?

The answer is not the same for everyone, so Volkswagen of Naples has created this nifty infographic exploring a few basic questions you should be asking yourself before making this decision. That’s not all there is to it, though, so let’s get a little more in-depth with the advantages and disadvantages
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When you lease a vehicle, you will end up with a lower monthly payment with less money due at signing than you would if you took out a loan to purchase the same vehicle. This is because you are essentially renting the vehicle for 2-4 years, so you are only paying for the portion of the vehicle that you plan to use. This is great especially when you are considering something brand new as it allows you to get a vehicle that would otherwise be out of your price range.

The lease agreement does have a disadvantage for some people depending on their driving habits. In your lease, you agree to driving up to a certain amount of miles per year (usually up to 15k/year). If you go over these miles at the end of the lease, it can cost you. If you tend to drive a lot, you should consider buying. Another thing that can be held against you in a lease is excessive wear and tear, however, Volkswagen offers several insurance packages for a small fee to protect you from any unpleasant financial surprises at the end of your lease.

Keeping with financial implications, leasing is great for people who can claim their vehicle as a business expense. When tax season rolls around, remember that leases are deductible! You can’t write off the purchase of a vehicle, but you can with a lease.

Leased vehicles belong to the bank. At the end of your lease term, you do not own the vehicle as you would with a loan when purchasing a vehicle. You then have the option toturn in the vehicle and walk away,
purchase your leased vehicle and make it yours, or lease a brand new one! If you like to have the latest and greatest technology and a brand new vehicle, this is perfect for you! Leases generally last 2-4 years and you can get a brand new vehicle once your term is up. You also do not have to deal with the hassle of selling or trading in your vehicle when you are ready for a new one. Depreciation is not your problem!

Leases can rid you of negative equity. Do often find yourself owing more than what your vehicle is worth with every purchase? It can sometimes seem like you’ll never get out from under it – but fear not! If you have great credit and are willing to make higher payments for a few years, you can rid yourself of this negative equity by rolling it into a lease. Your payments will be high for the next few years, but once your lease term is up, you can turn it in and you will not have any negative equity to speak of! It was all absorbed by the lease.

There is one downside to this – you cannot simply turn in your lease whenever you please. You are locked into the contract for the term that you signed for, and it can sometimes be very difficult and expensive to get out early. If you need the ability sell your vehicle at a moment’s notice or keep it for a very long period of time, then leasing might not be for you.


Let’s talk about the elephant in the room right off the bat: depreciation. Yes, your vehicle depreciates. Its value goes down as soon as you buy it. For this reason, purchasing a lightly used pre owned or a Certified Pre Owned VW can be the most cost effective option – but let’s admit it. There’s nothing quite like that new car smell, and some of us simply cannot resist.

When you purchase a vehicle, unlike leasing, the vehicle is yours to do with as you please. This doesn’t just play on the feeling of ownership; it does have some very important advantages and disadvantages. If you suddenly need to get rid of your vehicle or get something else, buying gives you flexibility to do so. For example, say you purchase a Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and a few months later you find out that you are expecting a little bundle of joy. A small convertible will no longer suit your needs, and you’ll need to opt for something larger like a Passat or a Tiguan SUV. Since you purchased rather than leased your Beetle, you can simply trade it in for something that better suits your needs – and you may even have some positive equity to play with!

The other side of this advantage is that you can keep your vehicle for as long as you want! Some of us tend to get attached and like to keep our vehicles for a long time, and sometimes even pass them down to our children. Buying allows you to do this…. Or not! The choice is yours, and you can decide when you’re ready.

Another advantage is no mileage restrictions! Since the vehicle is yours, it does not matter how much or how little you drive. You can drive cross country whenever you feel like it!

It is important to talk about credit scores too. To lease, you must have excellent credit. If you are concerned about your credit score, or if you already know that it’s on the lower side, then buying will likely be your best bet. Whichever route you take, as long as you keep up with your payments, you can improve your credit score thanks to your new car!

We hope that this was helpful to you! If you have further questions or if you are ready to buy or lease your new Volkswagen, please stop by Volkswagen of Naples or call us at (866) 364-0242.