What Are the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg Safety Features?

By avirgilio | Posted in Safety, Volkswagen Touareg on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 5:58 PM

2018 VW Tuareg Driving

The Volkswagen Touareg safety features offer drivers access to impressively advanced engineering, as well as the latest technology guaranteed take some of the stress out of the daily drive.

Intelligent Design

The Touareg is built to protect cabin occupants from the world outside its doors with solid design elements that include:

  • High-Strength Steel: A high-strength steel reinforced safety cage provides a rigid support structure, while specially alloyed steel in select exterior body panels help the vehicle to maintain its shape in the event of an impact.

  • Crumple Zones: Strategically placed front and rear crumple zones absorb the force of impact to prevent harm to those inside.

  • Advanced Airbags: More than just cushions of air, the next-generation airbags system protects passengers at all seating positions.

  • Crash Optimization: A crash-optimized front end and crash-optimized pedal controls allow certain parts of the vehicle to deform in an accident, reducing the danger of serious injury to the driver.

  • 4MOTION AWD: Drivers can choose to add the convenience of 4MOTION all-wheel-drive for better traction on slippery surfaces.

Progressive Technology

The Volkswagen Touareg also offers Evanston commuters a host of standard and available safety systems designed to help avoid collisions. These include:

  • Antilock Braking

  • Anti-Slip Regulation

  • Electronic Stability Control

  • Electronic Differential Lock

  • Engine Braking Assist

  • Hill Descent Assist

  • Rollover Sensor System

  • Automatic Locking Retractors

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

  • Automatic Post Collision Braking

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking

  • Lane Change Assist

  • Lane Departure Warning

  • Adaptive Cruise Control

  • Park Distance Control

Every Volkswagen is also equipped with the security of Intelligent Crash Response. In the event of a collision where the airbags are deployed, the ICRS system will cut the power to the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the vehicle’s hazard lights, making it easier for emergency personnel to locate the vehicle.

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Explore the Volkswagen Touareg Safety Features at Jennings VW

Contact us today or visit our showroom in Glenview, Illinois to learn more about the Volkswagen Touareg and take it for a test drive. We’ll also walk you through your financing options, so you can purchase a Touareg at a price you can afford.

Essential Volkswagen Winter Car Maintenance

By avirgilio | Posted in Maintenance, Service, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 8:30 PM

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Chicago winters can be brutal, and driving through rain, ice, and snow is not only hard on you, it can be murder on your Volkswagen too. But by performing a few Volkswagen winter car maintenance tasks now, or having a professional do it for you, you can stay safe and save money this season.

Get Your Car Ready for Winter with 6 Simple Tasks

Getting ready for winter driving doesn’t need to be a lot of work, but there are a few essential tasks that deserve your attention before the cold weather sets in:

  1. Inspect Your Brakes. Driving on icy roads is difficult enough even when your brakes work properly. Brakes that are worn or leaking can’t do their job and need immediate attention.
  2. Replace Your Wipers. A good pair of windshield wipers is an inexpensive way to ensure you have good visibility even when the weather’s bad.
  3. Check Your Tires. Inspect your tires and look for cracks or leaks that could compromise them during heavy winter driving. You should also inspect your tread depth to be sure there’s enough rubber between you and the road. Simply insert a penny upside down in your vehicle’s tread and, if you can see the top of Abe’s head, it’s time for new tires.
  4. Top Off Fluids. Check the antifreeze in your cooling system, add winter-ready windshield washer fluid with de-icer, replace the engine oil with thicker oil if needed, and make sure your brake and transmission fluid are topped off.
  5. Have Your Battery Checked. Extreme Midwest winters can be hard on your vehicle’s battery. Have your local service center check the battery charge, fluid levels, and overall health, so that it can do its job on even the coldest nights.
  6. Adjust the Headlights. Vehicle vibration and flying debris can cause your headlights to move over the course of the year. Check their alignment to make sure they’re pointed straight ahead and polish the lens for maximum brightness.
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Volkswagen Service Tech checks engine

Jennings Volkswagen Can Prep Your Car for Winter

If you don’t have the time check these vital areas, let us take care of your Volkswagen winter car maintenance for you. Schedule an appointment with the service professionals at Jennings Volkswagen at 844-742-1086 or stop by our service center at its 201 Waukegan Rd. in Glenview Illinois.

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How Does Buying a Car Work?

By avirgilio | Posted in Buying and Leasing on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 6:45 PM
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Buying a car is a huge responsibility, and Glenview drivers know that taking it seriously is important to ensure you get the ride vehicle at the right price. However, if you’ve never purchased a vehicle before, you may be unaware as to how it works. While it’s time consuming and important for you to pay attention to every aspect, you’ll find that every car-buying experience follows the same process: research, financing, and negotiating. The experts at Jennings Volkswagen are here to walk you through the process.

Research

The first and most important part of car buying that all Glenview drivers need to know is the research. This means taking your time to look at all the different models available and find the one that makes sense for you. For instance, are you looking for a compact vehicle or an SUV or a pickup truck? Knowing this will help you narrow down your options and start deciding on the right one. When looking at vehicles, be sure to look at what’s important to you, such as safety features, technology, performance, or convenience. Make a wish list of all the items you need or want in a vehicle, and use that to help drive you to the right model that makes sense for you.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Financing

Once you’ve narrowed down your vehicle choices, you’ll want to consider the financing option. For instance, will you be paying outright for your vehicle? If so, you’ll need to find a model that fits within this budget. If you’re going to finance a vehicle, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the right financing. Does a dealership in your area offer great financing options, such as low interest or low money down? If so, delve deeper into these topics. You can also go to your bank and get a traditional vehicle loan. Sometimes working through a bank is a lot easier and can offer better rates than going through a dealership.

Negotiating

Once you’ve really narrowed down the vehicle you want from the place you want, you’ll want to start the negotiation process if necessary. Some dealerships don’t haggle their prices, so this is important to know upfront. However, if the dealership does have some wiggle room, then you’ll want to start to negotiate the price of the vehicle you desire.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack tech
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack interior

Start Your Experience at Jennings Volkswagen

When you’re ready to start the car-buying experience in the Glenview area, visit Jennings Volkswagen. We have a great selection of new and used vehicles to choose from, so visit our dealership at today!

Top 5 Christmas Events Near Glenview

By avirgilio | Posted in Community, Just for Fun on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 8:39 PM

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It’s time to share the holiday spirit with your family and friends, and that’s easy to do our list of the top 5 Christmas events near Glenview.  

  1. Holiday in the Park and Parade: November 25th marks the city parade down Glenview Road and leading to Jackman Park for activities like hayrides, caroling, and hot chocolate.
  2. Winnetka Holiday Tree Lighting: At 5:30 p.m. on December 1st, witness the illumination of the wondrous tree lighting across from Winnetka City Hall with a live visit from Santa and a story from the Grinch!
  3. Breakfast with Santa at Chevy Chase Country Club: A buffet breakfast kicks off the morning while kids wait to sit in Santa’s lap and wish for their holiday gifts.
  4. Downtown Evanston Tree Lighting: Head over to Evanston to see the annual tree light up at Church Street Plaza on December 9th, complete with carolers and holiday activities.
  5. A Christmas Carol 2017: Scrooge is back at the Winnetka Community House on December 2nd and 3rd to showcase the one of the season’s most anticipated plays.
2017 Holiday in the Park and Parade

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Jennings VW Helps You Celebrate the Holidays

Enjoy the gift of reliable transportation with a new car or pre-owned vehicle from Jennings VW. We know this time of year can be stressful enough, so we’re here to help you get to these holiday events and enjoy a fun, worry-free day with your loved ones. To get started, contact us online or visit our showroom.

The History of the Volkswagen Beetle

By avirgilio | Posted in Volkswagen Beetle on Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 12:28 AM
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Details

The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most recognizable cars in automotive history, and it’s certainly a familiar sight on Chicago roads. Explore the journey of this iconic small car from its beginnings to its current status as an American icon, and see why the Beetle is a favorite of among drivers from Glenview to Evanston.

Post-War Struggles

Although production of the Volkswagen Beetle began in 1938, it was sidelined for a time during World War II as the factories turned their attention to munitions and providing vehicles for the war effort.

In the late 1940s, the Volkswagen Beetle made its way to American shores, and slowly but surely, it gained popularity among drivers in the U.S.

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2016 Beetle Convertible in the sun

Advertising History

Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle began to pick up in the 1950s as the Beetle worked its way into American hearts. This is in part because the manufacturers hired a new advertising agency people started to pay attention.

In the 1960s, the Volkswagen Beetle received improvements in design and greater horsepower output, and then this car really began to take off. Interest was further increased in the late 1960s with the release of the classic movie Herbie the Love Bug, about an autonomous VW Beetle who was a star at the racetrack and a pretty good matchmaker. With that film, the Beetle became an icon, and America’s love affair was solidified.

An End to an Era

Throughout the 60s and into the 1970s, Volkswagen continued to improve the Beetle. With the introduction of the Super Beetle in 1971, drivers had access to 60 hp, almost double the original, as well as a larger trunk, more modern electronics, and MacPherson struts that improved ride and stability.

The vintage Beetle design would not remain a top seller forever. As new competitors entered the market, the popularity of the original Beetle began to wane.

In 1998, the world once again saw a demand for this small car, and so the updated Beetle was introduced with innovations that would lead to the affordable, stylish designs drivers still love today.

Explore the VW Beetle at Jennings Volkswagen

It’s little wonder Chicago and Evanston drivers still clamor to get behind the wheel of one of these instantly recognizable compact cars. Experience it yourself when test drive the VW Beetle at Jennings Volkswagen. Contact us or stop by our showroom to choose your favorite trim and learn about the financing options available

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2016 Beetle Dune interior seating

What do the Volkswagen Model Names Mean?

By avirgilio | Posted in New VW Models on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 11:48 PM
2017 Volkswagen Beetle SE

At Jennings Volkswagen, we’ve got a wide inventory of vehicles with distinct names in our Glenview showroom, but what do they mean? Volkswagen, itself, means “the people’s car” in German, and speaks to the popularity of this brand. The current model names also have interesting, unique meanings:

  • Beetle: Originally dubbed the Volkswagen Type 1, this iconic car received its current name from its unique shape resembling the bug.
  • CC: This acronym stands for “Comfort Coupe”.
  • Eos: The Greek goddess for dawn is the namesake for this convertible that offers unbeatable views of the sky.
  • Golf: Many VW names come from natural occurrences, and the Golf is named for the Gulf Stream.
  • Jetta: Hinting at its sporty performance, this name translates to “jet stream”.
  • Tiguan: The family-friendly SUV takes its name from a combination of the words “tiger” and “leguan”, which means “iguana” in German.
  • Touareg: Encouraging new destinations, this SUV was named after the nomadic Tuareg people of the Saharan desert, who were a tribe of nomads.
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2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Find a New Volkswagen Vehicle to Take Home Today

At Jennings VW, we have a great selection of new and used Volkswagen models for drivers from Chicago to Evanston and throughout the Chicagoland area. Contact us to schedule a visit to our showroom, so you can test drive these Volkswagen models and learn about how to finance your vehicle.

Help Carpool Run Smoothly with Back-to-School Vehicle Maintenance

By avirgilio | Posted in Safety on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 7:08 PM
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The kids are returning to school around Evanston and life is getting hectic again. Before things too chaotic, make sure you’re fully prepared for the morning car pool by visiting your Chicago-area service center to make sure your vehicle is in solid working order. Check out our guide to some of the most important back-to-school vehicle maintenance tips, and make your way to Jennings Volkswagen in Glenview for service today!

1. Seatbelt Check

The drive to school can sometimes be hectic, but there’s no reasons it shouldn’t be safe. Make sure everyone is secure this school year by making sure every seatbelt works properly. And when you step in the car, check beside and behind you to make sure everyone is actually using theirs.

2. Heater and Defroster Maintenance

You’re in the Midwest, so you know that Chicago winters are no joke. Make sure your vehicle is ready for the changing weather by checking your heater and defroster.

3. Tire Check

If your tires are underinflated or excessively worn, you could be putting yourself and your entire school carpool at risk. Make sure your tires are in good condition, and get them replaced if needed.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack interior

4. Basic Maintenance

Have you had your oil changed recently? Do your tires need to be rotated? Is it time to get a filter replaced? Get all of your basic maintenance taken care of before the chaos of the school year takes over, and check out our current service specials for some great deals on basic maintenance.

5. Battery Check

The last thing you want to do is get everyone into the car before school only to realize the car won’t start. Dramatically decrease the chances of that happening by making sure your car battery is in good working order. If it’s old or on it’s last legs, but sure to get the battery replaced.

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2018 Volkswagen atlas interior

Get Your Vehicle Serviced This Fall at Jennings VW

The team of automotive specialists at Jennings VW has the skills, expertise, and high-end equipment to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape this school year. Make your way to our Chicagoland VW dealership today at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL, or contact us with questions at (844) 742-1086.

Why Should You Consider Leasing a Volkswagen?

By avirgilio | Posted in Buying and Leasing on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 12:33 AM
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If you’ve been thinking about getting a new Volkswagen near Chicago, you’re certainly not alone. There are lot of new VW models that people have been considering, like the VW Golf hatchback, the VW Passat sedan, and the all-new VW Atlas SUV. Before you decide to take out a loan, though, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits of both financing and leasing. Here, we’ll take a close look at some of the reasons folks in Evanston and Glenview might consider leasing their next Volskwagen.

Benefits of Leasing a VW

There are plenty of good reasons to purchase a vehicle, and we have lots of good deals available at Jennings Volkswagen. However, there are many times when it actually makes more sense for drivers to lease a vehicle. Here are just a few:

  1. Good Deals – When you decide to lease a vehicle instead of financing it, you’ll usually have a low down payment (and sometimes no down payment!) as well as lower monthly payments. You can either pocket that extra money, or scale up to get a more high-end model with more premium features and performance capabilities.
  2. The Latest Features – In general, lease terms are notably shorter than they are if you finance a vehicle. If you like the idea of enjoying the latest infotainment and performance features, as well as interior and exterior updates, you’ll be able to enjoy these more often if you lease, as the average lease terms is around three years.
  3. No Hassles at the End of Term – If you finance your vehicle, it will be your responsibility to figure out what to do with the vehicle once your loan is paid off. When you lease, all you have to do is return your vehicle to your VW dealer and take out a shiny new lease. In fact, you’ll usually even have the opportunity to purchase your lease at the end of the lease term if you’ve loved driving it!
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Lease a New Volkswagen at Your Chicago Area VW Dealer

Whether you know you’re going to lease a new VW, or you are currently considering your financial options, make the trip to Jennings Volkswagen at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL for a test drive. We’re open Monday through Saturday, and our staff is happy to answer any of your questions in person or by phone at (844) 742-1085.

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2018 volkswagen atlas

What Type of Gas is Recommended for Volkswagen Vehicles?

By avirgilio | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 2:54 AM
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Whether you’re the owner of one of the new Volkswagen models or one of the pre-owned VWs from Jennings Volkswagen, it’s important to understand what fuel type you should use for your vehicle. While all of the diesel models in the lineup obviously require diesel fuel, Volkswagens powered by traditional gasoline engines may require different grades of fuel based on the amount of octane in the gasoline. Get a brief explanation of what octane is, and check out what kind of fuel type you should use for your VW when filling up the tank around Chicago and Evanston.

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2018 Volkswagen atlas interior

How is Fuel Type Decided?

Fuel grades are rated based on the amount of octane in the system, with premium fuel rated at 91 to 93 and regular octane rated at 87. Octane is measured based on a vehicle’s ability to resist pre-ignition, or the premature ignition of the mixture of air and fuel in the engine. We know it sounds complicated, but you can leave the more involved details to the experts.

OK, So What Do I Use for My Volkswagen?

For many years, most Volkswagen engines were designed to use premium grade gasoline. For engines that recommend premium fuel usage, it’s important to do so in order to maintain optimal functionality. In general, most pre-2016 model year Volkswagens with traditional gasoline engines should use premium octane gasoline. Most of the Volkswagens that are model year 2016 and later with gas engines can use regular octane gasoline. This can lead to a lot of savings for newer Volkswagen owners without sacrificing the premium engineering that has led to so many VW loyalists over the years.

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2017 Volkswagen passat rear

Get Your Next VW Vehicle at Jennings Volkswagen

There are plenty of regular-octane, high-quality, and fuel-efficient Volkswagen models available right now at Jennings Volkswagen, located in the Chicago suburbs at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL. Count on us for key advantages like our full-service service center. Our dealership’s doors are open Monday through Saturday, and you can contact us for more information about your VW’s gas recommendations at (844) 742-1085.

Where can I Go Apple Picking Near Glenview This Fall?

By avirgilio | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 2:33 AM
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Fall is here! That means football, pumpkins, Halloween, and most importantly, apples. It’s time to dust off those apple recipes and bake something delicious. Of course, fresh picked apples are the best, so we’ve compiled a list of apple picking places near Glenview. Some are strictly apple picking and some have all the fixin’s. Pile the family into your new or used Volkswagen from Jennings VW and visit one of these fine establishments.

Apple Picking and So Much More

Harvest Times Orchard – Twin Lakes, WI

Harvest Times Orchard has a huge selection of pick-your-own apples with more than 13 varieties! In addition to apples, they also have a tart cherry and pumpkin orchard. Once you’ve picked your peck of produce, head on over to one of our many other attractions like the Brat Shack, The Cider Barn, or The Donut Shop. Also, the Red Barn has already picked apples and produce and is home to our Craft Corner, apple sorting room, Sweet Shoppe, and our Country Smoke House.

  • Hours of Operation: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 262-877-4831

Prairie Sky Orchard – Union, IL

Prairie Sky Orchard is a family-run business located on 5 beautiful acres in Union, IL. It originally started as a pumpkin patch but quickly grew to add apples, Asian pears, pumpkins, and squash. They’ve recently added a Koffee Kiosk where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of freshly baked apple pie. Prairie Sky also sells apple cider, apple cider donuts, frozen pies and more.

  • Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Phone: 815-923-4834
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girl with apples

County Line Orchard – Hobart, IN

County Line Orchard offers a whole range of activities for all ages. The have more than 30 varieties of apples to pick as well as pumpkins and sunflowers. Did you work up an appetite picking? County Line has a kitchen and grill with lots of grub. Got a sweet tooth? Make sure you visit the bakery or the sweet shop. You must try the donut parfait! County Line has plenty to do for the kids. They have a corn maze, the Moo Choo Train, kid’s animal farm, and bee yurts. County Line also has a gift shop where you’re sure to find that special something.

  • Hours of Operation: UPick is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Phone: 219-947-4477

Apple Holler – Sturtevant, WI

The Apple Holler is perfect for a day trip of apple picking, train riding, and farm animal petting. They have 70 acres of orchard offering different varieties of apples, peaches, pumpkins. The Apple Holler used to be a working dairy farm until the 1990s when it was converted to an orchard. There’s also a restaurant with “good mood” food and plenty of activities for the kids.

  • Hours of Operation: M – F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 262-884-7100
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couple with apples

Start Your Fall Adventure with a Vehicle from Jennings Volkswagen

While you’re close to Glenview, make sure to visit Jennings VW. We don’t have apples but we have plenty of Beetles! We also have Jetta sedans, Tiguan SUVs, and a bevy of other new and used vehicles. Come see us at 201 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025 and bring the family. If you’re too full on apples, contact anytime online.