Our Volkswagen mechanics in South Melbourne regularly service and repair VW Golfs. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the most popular hatchbacks amongst Aussie car buyers. The endurance of the Golf brand is a testament to its functionality and style. There was, however, talk of the next generation Golf GTI going hybrid but Herbert Diess, the Volkswagen Group Chairman, has revealed this is not the case.
The Future of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI
The new Golf GTI is expected to unveil in Germany in September 2019 (set for sale in 2020) but it will not be the hybrid everyone was expecting, it will rather be sticking with its petrol engine which will be tweaked for better performance. This popular car is known for its decent fuel economy and well-liked for its sporty take on the VW Golf. It’s latest unveiling will uphold its place as a benchmark amongst sporty performance-focused hatchbacks. It will still come with a standard 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and front wheel drive. All the expected safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear-traffic alert and forward collision warning will be offered. Fans of the Golf GTI are happy to hear this news and Volkswagen looks set to keep its enthusiastic fan base happy.
Our Volkswagen Mechanics in South Melbourne specialise in the service and repair of VWs. We are an independent dealership alternative – we offer competitive pricing and have all the latest diagnostic equipment. Our friendly and highly skilled VW mechanics are here to assist you. We offer transparent pricing, expert advice and great customer service. We welcome all new and returning customers. If you’d like to make a booking, you can use our online booking system to secure a spot; if you have questions or need advice then don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Luxury car fans are in for a treat in 2019, with one of our favourite luxury brands –Mercedes-Benz – set to release a range of new models Downunder this year. From the A-Class sedan to the GLE SUV – Mercedes-Benz is breaking new ground in terms of luxury, performance and style. At Volks Affair our Mercedes service team pride themselves in keeping your luxury vehicles in optimal condition. The key to maintaining optimal performance is keeping a regular service schedule – If you’re a Mercedes-Benz driver looking for a reliable Mercedes Service in South Melbourne then look no further than our first-class mechanics at Volks Affair.
Top DIY Tips to Keep Your Mercedes-Benz in Optimal Condition
Whilst we can provide all your major and intermediate Mercedes service needs – here are some easy-care tips that will ensure your Mercedes-Benz stays in great condition for your driving pleasure (and for resale value)
1. Wash your car
To keep your paintwork in great condition, you should wash your car often. This keeps it free from road chemicals and dirt – this is especially necessary if you live in the ‘salty’ coastal areas.
2. Check your fluid levels
Check your coolant, oil and window washing fluids. To check oil, you should ensure your engine has been off for at least 5 minutes.
3. Report any new or unusual sounds to your mechanic
If your car feels or sounds different, let us know. It’s best to consult with a mechanic as soon as possible to prevent any potential further damage.
4. Inspect your tyres
Fill your tyres to the correct setting and keep an eye on the wear and tear. For optimal driving, your tyres should be rotated regularly to ensure even wear.
5. Park in a garage
Whenever possible choose covered parking to protect your car from the elements. Especially in Melbourne’s changeable climate – a sunny day may end in hail, rain and wind.
Proper care and maintenance of your Mercedes can keep it running for many rewarding years.
We can provide a Mercedes car service and repair at affordable and competitive rates. Our Mercedes service mechanics are highly trained and able to offer in-depth insights into the condition of your Mercedes-Benz. We are a dealership alternative and offer personal service and invest time in seeing that you get the best care possible.
Do you need a Skoda Service team?
Skoda is an award-winning car brand and to keep it in top performance condition you need a top-notch Skoda Service team. The Volks Affair mechanics specialise in luxury German car brands – BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW and Skoda. You may not think of Skoda as a luxury brand, but it certainly ticks all boxes for what you’d look for in a stylish and reliable car.
The Skoda Brand is on the Rise
Skoda, originally a Czech company, is now owned by VW and it is on a mission to steadily increase production. In 2014, Skoda produced 1 million cars in the calendar year for the first time – their growth strategy now means that 1 million is the minimum production target every year. In 2017 the 20 millionth vehicle rolled off the production line. It was a Skoda Karoq.
Skoda arrived in Australia in 2007. As Skoda says – they brought European luxury without the European price tag. Skoda is gaining popularity with Aussie’s who like the simple but smart design of Skoda. With plenty of awards under its belt, Skoda is proving to be a reliable family brand that suits most budgets.
Skoda is Innovative and Award-winning
Skoda produced an electric concept car with level 3 autonomy in 2017. It was the Vision E car and is planned for sale in 2020. Skoda aims to have an entirely electric line up by 2030.
The Current Skoda Range
- Fabia – the Fabia 66 TSI was named Best Value Green Car by Money Magazine (2017)
- Octavia – was named the Best-Value Family Car by Money Magazine (2017)
- Rapid – competitively priced, this is a smart little car filled with modern tech features
- Superb – Drive named this the Best Family Car of the year (2016)
- Kodiaq – this 7-seater 4×4 is an affordable buy for adventurous families
- Karoq – safe, smart and luxurious, this SUV is gaining popularity quickly
Volks Affair is an Independent Specialist Car Service Centre in Melbourne. We offer the best service and repair for Skoda owners who are looking for a dealership alternative. Our commitment to our customers means that we will offer you a transparent and professional service. Feel free to contact us with any questions or simply book your car in for a service and we will take care of you.
Do you ever get the feeling, on a hot summer day, that your car air conditioner isn’t as effective as you need it to be? This is likely because it needs a thorough service. Although a standard car service can sometimes include a basic check of the car air conditioning, it is recommended that you get a regular thorough air conditioning service.
Signs that mean your car air conditioning needs to be serviced
- Air that doesn’t seem to be cooling
- Musty odour (may be a sign of bacterial growth in the air vents)
- Banging and rattling sounds
Does the car service centre need to have licenced technicians?
Yes, if you want your air conditioning to be serviced properly then you should ensure your car service centre has licenced technicians. The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) ensures its licenced repairers meet strict government standards. Refrigerant gasses are damaging to the environment and qualified and experienced professionals are able to work safely with these gasses.
A car air conditioning system consists of 3 main parts:
Electrical wires and other components allow these parts to operate and they all need to be maintained to operate optimally. Parts may need repairing or regassing every 1- 2 years. Even if your aircon doesn’t need regassing it is still advisable that you have it serviced to ensure the belt-driven compressions is transferring the refrigerant to the condenser effectively. A car aircon that isn’t operating effectively will work your engine harder leading to more fuel consumption.
Volks Affair offers a thorough air conditioning service. A full air conditioning service will:
- Inspect drive belts and pulleys
- check the operation of valves and thermostats
- inspect hoses and components
- check your refrigerant oil
- charge the system with refrigerant (if required)
- check the evaporator temperature
- check the suction line temperature
- test for leaks in the lines and components
- run the vehicle to assess the in-car temperature
Should you wish to have your air conditioner serviced, contact us today!