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Time For Summer – Is Your Volkswagen Ready?

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Summer Has Finally Arrived In Vancouver! However this means we should check our VW to make sure it is ready for some adventures this season. It doesn’t matter if it is a road trip to the interior of BC to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, or just down the road to the beach, summer driving has different demands on your car. Your friends at Clarkdale Volkswagen thought we should review some top tips for keeping your car in top form for summer!


Holiday Gift Guide For VW Enthusiasts

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The VW Holiday Gift Guide is here. If you have a Volkswagen driver or enthusiast on your holiday gift list this year, Clarkdale Volkswagen has you covered. We’ve got tons of VW gifts to fit any budget. Check our website or come on by to see for yourself. Happy Holidays!

VW Holiday Gift Guide

Clarkdale VW Holiday Gift Guide:

  1. VW GTI T-Shirt. From exclusive Volkswagen Collection, designed and decorated in Canada. $17.99
  2. VW GTI Mug. Perfect gift for all GTI enthusiasts. $5.99
  3. VW Bus Lunch Bag. A retro, stylish lunch bag for VW fans big and small. $24.99
  4. “Rockin’ Van” T-shirt. From exclusive Volkswagen Collection, designed and decorated in Canada. $17.99
  5. 1:25 die-cast Volkswagen Van “Samba”. Perfect addition to any VW enthusiast’s collection. $25.99
  6. “Christmas Bus” Holiday Mug. Limited Edition. $12.99
  7. Clarkdale Volkswagen’s DasCard. The perfect gift card for any VW driver or enthusiast. Pre-paid maintenance, cool VW accessories, detailing center or even a down payment towards a new VW, the DasCard can be put towards anything!
  8. Volkswagen Base Carrier from $366.10, and Snowboard/Ski Attachment from $207.03. Fits any VW model, just in time for winter adventures!
  9. VW Winter Wheel packages. Safety, style and security. Packages from $799
  10. 2017 VW Golf Alltrack. AJAC’s “Best New Large Car of 2017” award winner, the Alltrack is the ultimate gift for the whole family. Standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive provides optimal traction and driving dynamics to you and yours anywhere you want to go this winter.

Happy holidays from all of us at Clarkdale Volkswagen!

Get Your VW Ready For Winter

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

 Vehicle Safety Checklist

Is your VW ready for winter? Safe driving in winter weather requires a few key components to be functioning properly. These components are listed below and are each worth a check going into the winter months.

  • Wiper blades – are they in good condition and working properly?
  • Windshield washer fluid – is it topped up and freeze-resistant?
  • Battery – is it strong enough to start your car in cold conditions?
  • Engine coolant – is it topped up and freeze-resistant?
  • Alignment – is your car tracking straight?
  • Brakes – are they in good condition?
  • And perhaps most importantly – Do you have winter tires on your car?


Car buying tips | Part 2: To Sell Or To Trade In?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Trading in your current vehicle or selling it yourself each comes with its own pros and cons. Let’s explore the details to see what will work best for you. Here are some car buying tips.

  • Trade-in:

Pros: Trading in your car has the potential to be fast and hassle-free compared with selling it yourself. Dealers will always buy your car from you: if it “fits” with their pre-owned inventory, they will probably sell it themselves; if it doesn’t, they’ll send it to an auction where Lower Mainland dealers buy and sell each others’ cars to balance their inventories. For you, this all means there is minimal time and effort spent preparing the car, showing the car, and doing the necessary paperwork once a deal has been agreed upon.


Car Buying Tips | Part 1: The Cost Situation

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Buying a car ain’t easy. This series of posts will explain how to simplify all the difficult steps and make for an enjoyable experience. Here are some Car Buying Tips.


  • Step 1 | How much can you afford per month?

A general rule is to spend no more than 15% of your pre-tax monthly income on your car payment. Many people—us included—will recommend lowering that to somewhere between 5 and 10%, especially if you’re carrying other non-mortgage debts. And don’t forget those other car-related expenses that will be lumped on top of this number, including fuel, insurance, parking and maintenance.


Triple Zero VW Sales Event Is Back.

Friday, June 5th, 2015


We have some exciting news! Triple Zero VW Sales Event is back at Clarkdale Volkswagen until the end of June 2015:

  •  0% APR for 72 months
  • $0 down
  • 0 payment for 30 days

Get a brand new VW just in time for Summer.


The Golf Sportwagon in Vancouver : Ready for Test Drive!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, the newest member of the award wining Golf family just arrived at Clarkdale Volkswagen! We’re pretty excited to show you this awesome 2015 Golf Sportwagon Highline. The vehicle is for demonstration only so if you’d like to schedule a test drive, give us a call at (604) 872-5431.



The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

We just went for a drive in a Volkswagen Touareg. What a vehicle. Obviously it wasn’t our first time driving one, but perhaps we had forgotten what an exceptional vehicle the Touareg really is. Two things in particular jumped out at us. First, despite the fact that it’s a big, powerful full-size SUV, it is surprisingly light-footed. Maybe it’s the feeling coming through the hydraulically-assisted steering, or perhaps it’s the 407 lbs-ft of torque available below 2000 rpm. Whatever the reason, the Touareg’s level of responsiveness that has no business being attached to a full-size SUV.


2015 VW Golf Sportwagon vs Tiguan SE

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

golf sportwagon vs tiguan SEFast, strong, nimble, efficient, long-lasting. These aren’t just hallmarks of great hockey players, but of great do-everything vehicles like the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon and Tiguan. These are two vehicles with their sticks on the ice, ready for whatever’s thrown at them, but ready to do so in slightly different ways. Let’s take a closer look at these evenly-matched competitors.

The All-New 2015 Golf Sportwagon.

First up, the Golf Sportwagon in TDI Clean Diesel trim. This is the new generation of Volkswagen’s venerable midsize wagon, called the Sportwagon this time around, but previously known as the Golf Wagon and the Jetta Wagon before that. This car’s versatility has always made it a big seller in the Lower Mainland, where it seems to perfectly compliment the typical Lower Mainlander’s adventurous lifestyle. This new generation sees that versatility enhanced: more cargo space, more power, more legroom, shoulder room and elbowroom, and better fuel efficiency. We have a feeling you’re going to see a lot of these things on the road in the near future.

The 2015 Tiguan SE.

Next up, the Tiguan Special Edition. The Tiguan SE comes with an SE-only set of 17” rims and a unique list of standard features that place it somewhere between Trendline and Comfortline trim levels. It also comes standard with 4MOTION 4WD, which means it’s essentially a Tiguan Comfortline for $5000 less than a Tiguan Comfortline. If you know what we mean. If you don’t, we mean the Tiguan SE is a heck of a lot of vehicle for under $30,000, easily enough to give the Sportwagon TDI a run for its money.

So there you have it, two evenly matched—but kinda different—competitors. The Sportwagon combines its versatility with low-slung sportiness and efficiency, while the Tiguan combines its versatility with go-anywhere 4WD ruggedness. But which vehicle would win in a head-to-head faceoff? The stats below may help, but we suspect the real answer will require a couple of test drives.


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Gas vs. Diesel in Light of Current Oil Prices

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

With gas prices so low, will driving a TDI Clean Diesel still save you money at the pump? Good question. Let’s see if some simple arithmetic can’t help provide us an answer.


We’ll start with diesel.

Current Diesel Prices:

55L/tank * $1.05/L = $57.75/tank of diesel

Normal Diesel Prices:

55L/tank * $1.35/L = $74.35/tank of diesel

Current oil prices result in a $16.60 savings per tank of diesel.

Now let’s look at gas.

Current Gas Prices:

55L/tank * $0.95/L = $52.25/tank of gas

Normal Gas Prices:

55L/tank * $1.25/L = $68.75/tank of gas

Current oil prices result in a $16.50 savings per tank of gas.

What do these fuel prices mean in dollars/year?

Again, we’ll start with diesel.

Yearly diesel costs at current prices:

TDI fuel economy = 5.5L/100km, which equals 1000km/tank

Average km/year for average Canadian driver = 20,000km

20,000km/1000km = 20 tanks of diesel/year

20 tanks * $57.75/tank = $1155/year for diesel at current fuel prices

Yearly diesel costs at normal prices:

20 tanks * $74.35/tank = $1487/year for diesel at current fuel prices

This same reasoning can be applied to gas:

Yearly gas costs at current prices:

Gas (1.8L Turbo) fuel economy = 7.2L/100km, which equals 764km/tank

20,000km/764km = 26 tanks of gas/year

26 tanks * $52.25/tank = $1358.50/year for gas at current fuel prices

Yearly gas costs at normal prices:

26 tanks * $68.75/tank = $1787.50/year for gas at normal fuel prices

So what does this all mean?

Well at the moment, the average, say, Golf TDI Diesel driver will save $203.50/year over the average Golf 1.8L Gas driver. When fuel prices return to normal—which they no doubt will—the TDI driver will save $300.50 over the 1.8L driver.

Said another way, diesel prices need to be 23.6% higher than gas prices (meaning ~30 cents normally, or ~22 cents currently) for the TDI driver to spend the same fuel money per year as the 1.8L gas driver. The usual spread in diesel and gas prices is 8%, meaning that even in light of low fuel prices, the TDI driver stands to save money over the gas driver for the foreseeable future. Exactly how much will vary depending on how many kilometers/year are driven: those who drive more 20,000km/year stand to save more than the numbers presented here, while those who drive less than 20,000km/year stand to save less.