As an Independent Service Centre specialising in German autos – we see a wide variety of luxury brands and models. German luxury brands – BMW, Audi, VW, Mercedes-Benz and Skoda – are known for their versatility and reliability. Often with a high price tag, quality German engineering has ensured these brands are synonymous with luxury. Choosing our top choices is not an easy task.
One of the least expensive in the Audi range is the compact A4 sedan which scores high in the reliability rating and doesn’t compromise on the luxurious feel. The Audi A4 Allroad has a more rugged design but is just as worthy in terms of reliability.
Given the rising popularity of SUVs – this is one car that scores highly in reliability. In 2017 it was voted one of the 10 most reliable vehicles by consumers.
This is sold as a coupe or convertible and it is a fun drive and comes in at a great price point for its safety features and reliability.
BMWs premium compact comes with a top safety rating and is still one of the most popular luxury ranges from BMW.
More powerful and more technologically advanced – this is the range to invest in if you’re willing to spend a bit more for luxury.
This compact design makes this a great city car – it’s sophisticated and very reliable.
Best Car Service Centre – Volks Affair
No matter what model you drive, the only way to ensure your car stays reliable is to make sure you have it serviced regularly. Volks Affair is your go-to dealership alternative. Our expert car mechanics know all there is to know about German vehicles and how to keep them in optimal condition. We are known for our friendly and transparent customer service and we’ll talk you through every step of the way. For a quote, repair or service, don’t hesitate to contact us today or book a service with our online booking system.
In previous blog posts, we reported on the falling car sales in 2019. Australians aren’t rushing to buy new cars; however, SUV’s are still proving to be one of the most popular choices for people looking to invest in new or second-hand cars. Here are our top-rated small SUVs.
Our Audi service specialists highly recommend this auto for its active safety features. It may be the smallest SUV in the Audi range, but It is a comfortable ride and a solidly built vehicle. Its sporty, compact looks make it a great city run-around.
The BMW X1 is a popular choice and our BMW service team find its interior practical and functional. Although its finishes aren’t as prestigious as the X3, the X1 still proves a reliable choice for a small SUV.
This is a fabulous option – it’s smart and trendy with great safety features and smartphone connectivity. Although it is pricier than its rivals, our Mercedes-Benz service team enjoys the snazzy design and the up-to-date technological features of this German Auto.
To keep your vehicle running for many years, it is important to ensure it has a regular service. At Volks Affair, we ensure your vehicle is kept in optimal condition – as an Independent Service Centre, we are trusted by the community to provide honest advice and quality car service. We are conveniently located in South Melbourne, and we are experts in all German vehicles. If you’re having any car trouble or simply want a car service centre the can provide you with transparent costs and trustworthy advice then give us a call or book online today.
We specialise in servicing BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Skoda. All new and returning customers are welcome.
2018 saw sports car sales fall and the trend hasn’t stopped with further falls in the first quarter of 2019. Car sales across Victoria and NSW have seen the highest drop – the fall correlates with the current decline in house prices and consumer spending. The strongest fall in sales is in the sports car category. Lately, a number of sports car manufacturers have announced they will be stopping production. The latest rumour, according to our Audi Repairs team, is that the Audi TT will stop production at the end of its run in 2022.
“I think there’s a future for an icon [like the TT] but I don’t know if it’s a TT… I’ve got some things cooking, which could replace the TT, though not necessarily directly.” Bram Schot Audi CEO
The Audi TT is not the only iconic car to halt production. Mercedes-Benz has also announced it will stop production of its SLC Roadster and, although not officially a sports car, the iconic VW Beetle is also at the end of its run.
The Audi TT made its debut at the Paris Auto Show in 1998. Prior to this, the TT concept car was described as “an enthusiasts’ car with great charisma”. The public was so enthralled with it that Audi decided to make it a reality. 20 years on, and this car has proved its iconic status in the world of sports cars but unfortunately, all good things come to an end and its reign is nearly over. However, our Audi service team is looking forward to seeing what Audi has in the works for the future.
Volks Affair: Auto Service and Repair Centre
We are one of Melbourne’s best car service and repair centres. We specialise in all European brands. If you are an Audi driver, then make sure your car is in top condition. We service and repair Audis – we’ve been in business for more than 20 years and have experienced and professional mechanics.
Audi Quality Assurance
Audi is a luxury German brand with a strong focus on quality. It is a brand that is always listening to customer feedback and making improvements to meet the modern-day driver’s needs. On the Audi blog, Werner Zimmerman – head of quality assurance recently said that Audi looks at the driver’s overall experience with the car. In other words, how the senses react – what do they see, hear, feel and smell. All of these factors make for a superior driving experience. However, these days staying connected while driving is a sought-after feature of a luxury car and that’s taken into account too. Our Audi Mechanics in Melbourne need to stay up-to-date with all the latest advances in car technology to be able to service and repair your Audi.
Driving Pleasure for the Senses
Audi has a strong focus on sound design – the sound they’re after is described as ‘sporty and high quality’. Every component of the car is considered from windscreen wipers, doors and handles to the engine sound. The Audi ‘click’ is the unique and pleasing Audi sound you’ll hear when fiddling with the controls.
Our perception of reality is driven by our sight. Audi has a special aesthetic look and a team of designers and engineers who consider every detail of the car. Everything is considered and contributes to the luxury, ‘feel-good ‘atmosphere. All components of the car must match and flow easily. Carbon, wood, paint and leather all work together to ensure the pigments and light refraction cause no disturbance in the look.
Audi has a team who run chemical analysis of the vehicle parts and their role is to development fragrant and pleasing smells to enhance the driving experience. There shouldn’t be any strong odours – no musty or sharp smells. The new car fragrance is chemically added to the materials of the car, but the chemicals are not harmful to human health. The aim is to create a neutral and subtle new car smell.
All of these factors blend into the creation of a luxury driving experience that is Audi
Owning and maintaining a luxury vehicle such as an Audi requires skilled and knowledgeable mechanics. At Volks Affair we understand the concepts behind each of the luxury brands we service, and we are able to ensure your car is maintained and serviced to keep it in top condition. If you’d like to book a service, call us today or make an online enquiry.
Hybrid cars are here to stay and if you are the eco-conscious owner of a hybrid German vehicle then you’ll need a trusted electric and hybrid car service team.
Our favourite German brands – BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi – are all producing hybrid cars for the Australian market.
Hybrid Cars and the Australian Market
Australia hasn’t seen the incentives, such as tax rebates, offered by other countries to convert to more environmentally friendly low-emissions vehicles. But us Aussies have been embracing the green lifestyle anyway – opting for cleaner and more fuel-efficient technology. It would be wonderful to see the local and state governing bodies take a more proactive approach and introduce incentives for people to reduce their carbon footprint. It is estimated that road traffic in Australia in responsible for about 13% of greenhouse gas emissions. With the fluctuating and ever-increasing fuel price, green vehicles are a wise choice.
Snapshot of Popular Hybrid Cars in Australia
BMW have a number of hybrid vehicles on the Australian market already with plans to launch more electric models in the future. The iPerformance vehicles are described as a marrying of combustion engine engineering and modern battery technology. The aim is to reduce carbon emissions but still have the luxurious feel and drive that is distinctly BMW. You can use a public charging station to charge the battery or a household socket. The BMW i3 (2013) will get you 130 km on battery and 100km from petrol.
A popular model is the Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron (2014). This is a petrol-electric hybrid with great fuel efficiency and keeps its sporty shape.
Mercedes-Benz is keeping up with their competitors, but their 2015 C-class only offers 31km electric range.
Hybrid cars are something to keep our eye on. Although Australia has been slow in adopting them, it is certainly something that is only going to be enhanced by future technology.
Car Service Specialists
At Volks Affair our speciality is German car service and repair. Our mechanics are professionals and experts in the field. We keep up to date with all the latest in car technology and can offer standard servicing on hybrid vehicles. Volks Affair is an independent car service and repair centre. We pride ourselves on the personal service we give to our customers and the open and honest way in which we communicate. If you own a German vehicle, hybrid or not, and live in Melbourne then look no further than Volks Affair.
If you love your performance vehicle – and let’s face it – who doesn’t, then you need to ensure it is serviced by the right car mechanics. Our skilled mechanics are experts when it comes to BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda and Mercedes Benz. They know what it takes to keep these superior vehicles in top condition. Today they’re going to give us their top reasons for investing in a German engineered car, be it new or used.
Built for Performance
German engineering is highly sought after. If you’ve ever had the privilege of driving on the speed limitless autobahn, then you’d know how important it is to have a smooth ride at top speeds. Driving a dependable and performance orientated car allows for a luxurious and comfortable journey no matter what your speed. There’s no shaking or jostling – just a quiet, smooth ride – you’ll hit top speeds before you know it.
Tested at Speed
All cars go through safety tests – it’s critical. German cars are tested with the Nürburgring track in mind. In fact, the Nürburgring and automotive development go hand-in-hand. The track puts our favourite German cars through the paces of speed, performance and handling. The track’s range of altitude, turns and steep ascents and descents make it a firm favourite to test car performance and handling.
Always cutting-edge and setting the pace for style and design. BMW, VW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are all instantly recognisable.
Along with huge brand reputations comes the need to stay ahead of the pack. German vehicle manufacturers are constantly innovating to ensure they are not only up-to-date with the latest technology but also driving it forward.
As cutting-edge and innovative as they are, German cars are also steeped in history. These long-known brands have risen up to become a part of our modern culture. The history of German cars started with the invention of the four-stroke internal combustion engine by Karl Benz and Nikolaus Otto in 1870. From the outset, these famous brands focused on reliability, functionality and quality. These are still the pillars upon which they are built.
The need for German cars to constantly innovate and adapt to the changing demands of consumers means that German car service specialists must also have the latest diagnostic tools and know-how to deal with these advancements. At Volks Affair, we ensure our car mechanics have the technical expertise to repair and service all German brands.