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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?


Winter tires are now mandatory on most major B.C. highways.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


     Watch out for this sign on the road.

Did you know that most B.C. highways require passenger vehicles to use winter tires between October 1 and March 31?

The “Designated Winter Tire and Chain-Up Routes” maps, available on our website, show the few sections of highways that do not require winter tires or chains during winter. These include Greater Vancouver and Greater Victoria areas. However, the SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY, CROWS NEST, COQUIHALLA AND HIGHWAY 1 EAST OF CHILLIWACK all require winter tires from OCTOBER 1st through MARCH 31st. ALL interior and northern BC highways require winter tires as well.

What’s the minimum legal requirement on provincial highways that require winter tires?

Acceptable winter tires are marked by either the mountain/snowflake logo  or a variation on the M+S (mud and snow) logo. The tires must have no less than 3.5 mm of tread.

How exactly do winter tires differ from all-season and summer tires?

Tire performance is directly related to temperature. As a tire heats up, its rubber softens and its grip increases. This is the reason you see racecars swerving this way and that before the green flag drops – they’re increasing tire temperature so as to increase traction. Summer tires are made of hard rubber that softens under warm summer driving conditions. Under cold conditions (defined as anything below 7 degrees Celsius), the opposite happens – the rubber becomes even harder, much like hockey puck on the ice. The consequence of hardened rubber is significantly less traction and poorer braking performance under cold temperature conditions.Winter tires, on the other hand, have a tread pattern and composition of soft rubber specifically designed to optimize traction and braking performance in cold temperatures. And they really work. In fact, braking performance in cold weather is up to 62% better with winter tires than with all-season tires.Speaking of all-season tires, some people believe they’re the best of both worlds, optimized to perform under both warm and cold temperatures. In theory, this is true. In the real world, however, they’re the worst of both worlds. They perform poorly in warm temperatures compared to summer tires, and they perform poorly in cold temperatures compared to winter tires.

It is easy to see that the safest option is to run two sets of tires: summer tires for warm weather and winter tires for cold weather. Despite the supporting evidence, there are two reasons why people don’t necessarily do this: cost and storage. But this is untrue! The money spent on a set of winter tires is the money saved on the lack of wear on the summer tires –10,000 km on winter tires means 10,000 extra km on your summer tires! And regarding storage, Clarkdale’s Tire Storage Program has got you covered!

Finally, although it is not required if you are driving on winter tires, it is a good idea to carry chains for extreme weather.

Why are we telling you all this?

As automotive professionals we have an obligation to let all our customers know of these regulations. Someone without winter tires on their vehicle may be prevented from driving on highways requiring them, and in a worst case scenario, may be held criminally negligent should an accident occur while driving on these roads without winter tires.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (604) 872-5431. We’re here to help. If you wish to purchase your winter tires at Clarkdale Volkswagen, we’re currently offering special Winter Tire + Wheel Packages.