Things to do for Labor Day 2018

By blogsadmin | Posted in Local Events on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 4:52 PM
Labor Day Weekend Text over grassy background

2018 Labor Day Weekend Activities Portland OR

It may not feel like it now, but summer will soon be over. Labor Day weekend is typically seen as the unofficial end of summer. Kids go back to school and before we know it our minds are back on holiday plans. If you’re not quite ready to give up on outdoor activities and working on that tan, here are some of the 2018 Labor Day weekend activities in the Portland OR area that will keep you outside for a little longer. Read the rest of this entry »

Does VW have a system that reads your texts to you?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tech and Tricks on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 8:40 PM
Hand pressing incoming text banner on VW infotainment

How to listen to text messages in Volkswagen

There’s a reason virtually every distracted driving public service announcement features a hypothetical driver distracted by text messages. Smartphones have become one of the top distractions, easily rising above children in the backseat or trying to find the perfect radio station. There’s something about knowing there’s a text that makes us itch to read it. What if it’s important? Nothing is so important that you should risk an accident. To help ease temptation, you can listen to text messages in your Volkswagen through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

How a VW gets approved for the CPO program

By blogsadmin | Posted in Pre-Owned on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 at 7:58 PM
Line of VW vehicles in white with WorldAuto Certified highlights

What does VW check for its Certified Pre-Owned inspections?

The point in a certified pre-owned program is that shoppers can feel more confident when buying a used vehicle. Rather than selecting a model that is typically seen “as-is.” Naturally, this doesn’t provide much confidence for those looking at a used model, especially if the price seems too good to be true. CarFax reports can give you some insight, and you can read the inspection checklists to see if anything isn’t up to muster, but it can be intimidating to sign on the dotted line. This is where Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned vehicles come in. There’s a long checklist that is part of the certified checklist, but what do our VW technicians actually look for before giving the stamp of approval? Read the rest of this entry »

You have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but how do you set it up?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tech and Tricks, Tips on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 5:20 PM
Apple CarPlay touchscreen in Volkswagen

How to pair your phone to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in VW

These days we are more connected than ever. So connected, that it can feel difficult to be unreachable when we are behind the wheel. Rather than glancing at our smartphones when we ought to be looking at the road, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay bring necessary functions to the infotainment screen. Once connected, you can use navigation, music apps and use all your calling functions right through your infotainment system. So how do you pair your phone to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay? Read the rest of this entry »

Top Instagram Photos of VW with bikes

By blogsadmin | Posted in For Fun on Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 7:24 PM
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with cyclist riding in background

In honor of Tour De France, we’re looking to Instagram for some inspiration. Even though many cyclists couldn’t dream of the endurance it takes to finish the 2,200-mile race, cycling is still a hobby that is growing in popularity. Part of this is likely the many off-road trails that make it fun and adventurous to explore new places and spend time in nature. For this reason, even single drivers find themselves looking for practical models like the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack so that it’s simple and easy to take your bicycle everywhere. Here are some of our favorite VW-inspired Instagram photos with bikes. Read the rest of this entry »

The next generation VW Beetle might be electric

By blogsadmin | Posted in VW Beetle on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 2:54 PM
Bottle Green Volkswagen Beetle behind a Pure White Beetle Convertible

Will there be another Volkswagen Beetle?

The fate of the Volkswagen Beetle is still unknown. With so many options on the market, this quirky retro-inspired model has much to compete with, especially among compact cars. Rumors have been flying, especially on whether there will be another Volkswagen Beetle after this generation, and if there is, what will it look like? The current theories are that it will either become electric, or be discontinued. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Volkswagen blows expectations out of the water at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

By blogsadmin | Posted in VW I.D. on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 9:01 PM
Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak at finish line

Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record

In April, the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, a fully-electric race car, was unveiled. VW set one goal forth: Take home the record for EVs at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It’s probably obvious, but the VW I.D. R Pikes Peak was designed and engineered specifically for this event. Volkswagen had stayed out of the strenuous race for more than three decades. Its return had to be big. After much press about the EV, it also would have been a touch embarrassing not to succeed, but not only did Volkswagen beat the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record for the EV segment, it took home the all-time record for speed. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Time specials have launched at Armstrong Volkswagen

By blogsadmin | Posted in Sales & Incentives on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 7:53 PM
2018 VW Passat Summer Time Sales Banner

Volkswagen sales and specials June 2018 West Linn OR

Summer is here, which means it’s a much better time to find a new car than when the skies are gloomy and your test drive is likely to take place in the rain. Not only that, but here at Armstrong Volkswagen, we’ve launched our sales and lease specials for June 2018. Here at our West Linn OR location, you’ll find models like the 2018 and 2019 VW Jetta have deep discounts. That’s a whole lot of gas money. Read the rest of this entry »

What to do when you Volkswagen key fob dies

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tech and Tricks on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 7:45 PM
Grayed picture of VW key fobs with text saying "unlocking your VW without the key fob"

Can you unlock your VW without the remote?

We’ve previously discussed how to change your Volkswagen key fob battery, but you might have another important question when they remote entry stops working: How do you get into your car? Very likely, you won’t just have a spare battery lying around, but you’ll need to drive your vehicle. Can you unlock your VW without the remote? Yes. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

What features are in the base VW Alltrack trim?

By blogsadmin | Posted in VW Golf Alltrack on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 8:01 PM
Silk Blue Metallic 2018 VW Golf SportWagen

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack standard features

Despite the reputation, the humble station wagon gained as a family-friendly model, the segment has always been just as convenient for single drivers. After all, it has the maneuverability of any other car, but with more cargo space for camping gear, a bicycle or other sporting goods. The only problem? Most options lacked the 4-wheel drive necessary for adventures. This isn’t the case with the 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Plus, the model looks just a touch cooler than the wood-paneled options of yesteryear. Except standard features these days don’t include a tape deck. Read the rest of this entry »