Why Audis are the Go-To Car for Young Professionals

Audi has long been a well-known German luxury brand, and it is continuing to hit record sales targets year after year. The company is working to increase annual sales from 1.4 million worldwide to 1.5 million worldwide. You may be asking yourself who exactly is buying all of those vehicles, and a big portion of the answer in the U.S. is young professionals. In 2014, Audi’s U.S. CEO Scott Keogh noted that 50 percent of the company’s sales were to Gen X and Gen Y customers. As more and more individuals from this younger demographic begin to break into the luxury auto market, Audi’s sales will continue to thrive. Here are a few reasons why.  Affordable Luxury The competition Audi faces is generally a bit more expensive, so they stand out for younger people who want an affordable luxury option. Many young people are looking for a good balance between […]

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German Car Maintenance Chicago

Essential German Car Maintenance Tips

Having a German car is something of which you should be proud. While it’s important to care for your car regardless of the type that it is, German cars require a special level of care and maintenance to help keep them running smoothly year-round. From Porsche to MINI to BMW service in Chicago, our team at VFC Engineering understands how to best care for your vehicle. Check on the Battery Your car’s battery is especially sensitive to weather and preventative care. Make sure that your battery has a tight connection and there isn’t any surrounding corrosion. If you aren’t sure to check on how old your car’s battery is, there should be a date stamp somewhere on the top that is easy to see. Gel AGM batteries are in many German cars, including in many BMW’s and Mercedes vehicles; this type of battery typically lasts 5-7 years, however, they give […]

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German Car Repair Chicago

Top Reasons to Buy a German Car

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, have you considered buying from a German car brand? While there are many American, Japanese and Korean brands from which you can choose, don’t rule out German engineering. As providers of service to German cars, such as performing Volkswagen service in Chicago, we highly recommend German car brands to our customers for the following reasons. German Engineering Have you heard the buzz around “German engineering?” German cars are known for being very well made, minimizing your time in the shop and maximizing your time on the road. Whether you’re interested in Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, Mini Cooper or Mercedes vehicles, you’ll rarely have to invest in repairs, as these vehicles are known for their dependability. They Drive Well If you’ve never been behind the wheel of a German car, you’re missing out on an incredible driving experience. There’s something to be said […]

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How Cold Weather Impacts Your Car

With cold temperatures on the horizon once again, it’s important to consider how the low temperatures can take a toll on your car. Our team knows that many people start visiting us for VW service in Chicago once the weather turns cold, so naturally, we want to provide you with some helpful tips! Keep an Eye on Your Battery When the temperatures are extremely low, your car’s battery is at risk of freezing. While the temperatures need to be drastically low in order for this to happen, even a seemingly mild 32 degrees can cause problems for your battery. Make sure your battery’s connections stay clean and if you notice that your car hasn’t been started in a few cold days, take it for a quick spin around the neighborhood. Watch for Flat Tires Cool temperatures inside of your car’s tires will cause them to contract and develop low tire […]

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All-Season Tires vs. Snow Tires

Now that fall is officially here and cooler temperatures are around the corner, it’s time to think about how you can prepare your car for the changes. You may not think about your tires on a daily basis, but different tires are ideal for different driving conditions. As car gurus and providers of Volkswagen service in Chicago, hear what our team at VFC Engineering has to say about the benefits of different types of tires.  What Are Snow Tires? Let’s start with the basics by discussing what snow tires are. Snow tires have a specific design that is ideal for navigating slippery snow and ice. What makes them unique is the tread design that has larger gaps than all-season tires, giving them the grip that they need to keep you and your family safe. The material of the tires themselves is a softer rubber compound that allows the tires to […]

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Car Repair Mistakes That Will Cost You

Instead of finding a professional to complete your Volkswagen service in Chicago, you may be tempted to try to make the repairs on your own. While in some cases, this may work out, most of the time, attempting to make repairs on your own will result in an even bigger problem. Avoid the following mistakes and you’ll save yourself time and money. Going to a Quick-Fix Mechanic When mechanics offer prices that seem too good to be true, know that it probably is. Not all mechanics have the same amount of experience or training, so lower prices could mean more serious issues down the road. The last thing you want to do is treat your nice car poorly by bringing it to a service shop that doesn’t know its stuff, which is why we recommend visiting us for Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Porsche or Volkswagen service in Chicago. Skipping […]

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How To Adjust Your Clutch Pedal

Not many people are driving with a manual transmission anymore, but as a German repair shop, we know that it’s still important to make sure that those who do have a manual transmission know how to adjust the clutch pedal should the issue ever arise. If the clutch in your vehicle, like your Audi, needs service in Chicago, come to VFC Engineering and we will check it out for you. Here are some tips for adjusting the clutch pedal on your own. Self-Adjusting Clutch Adjustment A self-adjusting clutch is supposed to adjust itself for the correct amount of free play, but sometimes this isn’t always the case. A self-adjusting pedal uses a hydraulic clutch pedal, which means it’s typically easier to fix, no matter what the technician’s experience level is. When the engine is running and you have the parking brake on, put your foot under the clutch pedal and […]

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Avoid Common Summer Car Problems

How to Avoid Common Summer Car Problems

With the summer heat rolling into Chicago, various car problems can arise. From the AC going out, breaks having issues, and tire trouble. Our German car mechanics in Chicago at VFC Engineering can help with it all. Below are some tips and tricks to help you avoid major car issues this summer. Make Sure You’ve Had a Recent Oil Change Making sure your oil has been recently changed is important during weather extremes. As the temperature rises it can put extra stress on your oil and oil filter. Make sure that your oil changes are up to date before the extreme summer heat sets in! If your filter is clogged or the oil is old it could lead to engine issues, especially when temperatures rise. Check Your Fluid Levels Your fluid levels are important to monitor year-round but are especially important during the hot summer months. Seasonal temperature changes can […]

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Car

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Car

Spring is finally here! While you likely give your house or apartment a thorough spring cleaning, why not do the same thing for your car? At VFC Engineering, we understand the importance of a car both looking and running its best. Spring cleaning your car is an easy task to incorporate into your car’s annual maintenance routine; a little bit of work can go a long way! If you notice that you need professional maintenance, feel free to visit us for Audi service in Chicago. Swap Out Tires If you had winter tires on your car, make sure to swap them out for all-season tires. Driving with winter tires on warm pavement can cause a lot of damage to your car. There is a rubber compound on winter tires that wears down quickly. Easily swap your winter tires for all-season tires and drive with confidence. Check Under the Hood Underneath […]

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Car Maintenance Tips – VFC Engineering

Monthly Car Maintenance Tips

Staying on top of monthly car maintenance can make all of the difference to the life of your car. Especially during the winter, it is important to stay on top of potential damage or wear and tear that can take a toll on your vehicle. This will save you both time and money in the long-run, causing less of a need for BMW service in Chicago! Air Filter Check under your hood to see your air filter; take it out and hold it up to a strong light source. You should be able to see the air coming from the filter. If you can’t see the light, it is likely time to replace your filter. They are inexpensive and they can help increase your gas mileage as well as the life of your car altogether. Brake Fluid You know to check your car’s oil, but how often are you checking […]

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