How to Tell if Your Volkswagen Needs an Oil Change

By avirgilio | Posted in Service on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 3:26 PM
How Often Do You Need to Change the Oil in Your Volkswagen

Having an oil change is one of the easiest, yet most important, services for your vehicle to ensure that you get the longevity expected of your Volkswagen engine. Our experienced service technicians can have you back on the road in no time when you’re in need of maintenance, so find out when it’s time to have your Volkswagen’s oil change performed below, then have your service done by us at Jennings Volkswagen today!

2017 Volkswagen passat profile
2017 Volkswagen passat rear

Determining When to Have Your Oil Changed

Life is hectic, but it’s important to make sure you have an oil change performed on your Volkswagen at regularly scheduled intervals to make sure that the engine continues to run smoothly and properly for years to come. When you don’t have your oil changed regularly, oil can turn to sludge, making it difficult for the engine to stay lubricated and work efficiently to deliver the proper fuel economy.

There are other signs of needing an oil change than just having your check engine or oil check light on. You may notice that your engine is making a louder noise than usual under the hood. It might also be moving rougher, meaning it’s working harder to use sludgy oil inside of the engine. If your vehicle is in idle and making a loud shaking or knocking noise, this could be an indicator that it’s time to have an oil change immediately. Keeping up with the time or distance intervals dictated in your manual is the easiest way to make sure you keep up with regular oil changes.

2018 Volkswagen atlas interior
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack performance

Why You Should Have Your VW Oil Change at Jennings VW

At Jennings VW, our team of specially trained service technicians works to ensure that each and every repair you have done is of the highest quality, from an oil change to more complicated work like transmission repair. We stock most parts so that we can have you back on the road efficiently and with your vehicle in peak quality. Our customers are our number one priority, which is why so many Chicago area drivers come to us

Schedule an Oil Change at Jennings VW

You can schedule an appointment to have your oil change or any other maintenance performed by calling our service department at 844-742-1086. You’ll find our service facility at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL. We’re here to answer your questions or take your feedback, so don’t hesitate to leave a message online today!

The Volkswagen Atlas Brings an Exciting Option for the American Family

By avirgilio | Posted in New VW Models on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 6:24 AM
2018 volkswagen atlas

The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the newest SUV in the Volkswagen family, and it was designed specifically for the U.S. market. As the largest model in the VW lineup, you’ll be impressed with the spacious cabin and its thoughtful design that brings an enticing choice for those looking for premium passenger accommodations in Evanston and Glenview. Read below to find out what makes this SUV such an exciting addition to the VW family, then meet us at Jennings Volkswagen to take it for a test drive in the Chicagoland area today!

The Target Audience for the VW Atlas

Many of the best-selling American SUVs offer a spacious three-row cabin to offer room for family and friends, and we’re excited to see that Volkswagen has entered this area of the market with the new VW Atlas. Seating for seven gives you 20.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 55.5 cubic feet with the third row folded flat, and an impressive 96.8 cubic feet with the second tow folded as well. The all-new model is also being built right here in America, offering new jobs in production and design.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas rear
2018 Volkswagen Atlas interior

Features and Specs of the 2018 VW Atlas

Like other Volkswagen models, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers many luxury features that make vacations or rides around Evanston or Glenview with the family even more fun.

  • VW Car-Net App-Connect: A 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard on the S trim while higher trims offer an 8-inch display for VW’s seamless infotainment interface with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more.
  • Deluxe Seating: You can opt for second-row captain’s chairs to seat six passengers for the VIP experience no matter where your passengers choose to sit in this vehicle.
  • Driver Assistance Technology: Front Assist, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more make it easier for you to make safer driving decisions for peace of mind as you drive around your family in the greater Chicago area.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas interior
2018 Volkswagen Atlas tail light

Get Your Own 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Today

You can meet the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas at and see how it accommodates the American family at Jennings Volkswagen. We’re open Monday-Saturday at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL. To make an appointment with a sales specialist, give us a call at 844-742-1085. You can also leave a message online if you have any questions, and we’ll be in touch shortly with more information!

What is the Fuel Economy of the Volkswagen Passat?

By avirgilio | Posted in New VW Models on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 5:58 AM
2017 VW Passat vs 2016 VW Passat Chicago IL

 

Some people might feel skeptical of fuel economy ratings. The ratings for the Volkswagen Passat, for example, certainly seem strong enough, but it’s common for such figures to be a little on the optimistic side, with manufacturers often taking the test under perfect conditions unlikely to be experienced in the real world. Car and Driver took it upon themselves to find the fuel economy of the Volkswagen Passat under natural conditions. With the real-world Volkswagen Passat fuel efficiency ratings, you can feel confident you’re getting an efficient vehicle from Jennings Volkswagen.

The Official Figures

When people want to learn the fuel economy ratings of the new Volkswagen Passat, they’re likely going to turn to the official EPA ratings, and here is what they’ll find for each engine:

  • 1.8L Four-Cylinder: Makes up to an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway for 27 mpg combined.
  • 3.6L V6:Makes up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for 23 mpg combined.

Let’s see how those figures compare to those found by the team over at Car and Driver.

2017 Volkswagen passat headlights
2017 Volkswagen passat rear

The Car and Driver Results

In their attempt to replicate how most people drive, Car and Driver devised their own fuel-economy test procedure. Vehicles were sent around a 200-mile loop on Michigan’s I-94 highway, with drivers keeping to a GPS-verified 75 mph and using cruise control as much as possible.

Far from falling short of EPA fuel economy ratings, the Volkswagen Passat exceeded them. The 1.8L engine pushed all the way up to a stunning 39 mpg, surpassing its EPA highway rating by a respectable 5 mpg. Other vehicles, such as the four-cylinder Honda Accord, also beat their EPA ratings, but not by as much and not enough to outpace the Volkswagen Passat.

Even more impressive is the fact that combining that new efficiency score with the Volkswagen Passat’s considerable 18.5-gallon fuel tank adds up to a driving range of 720 miles. Whether you’re driving from Evanston to Glenview or from Chicago to Atlanta, you’ll be able to go the affordably distance.

2017 Volkswagen passat tail lights
2017 Volkswagen passat profile

Test Drive the 2017 Volkswagen Passat for Yourself at Jennings VW

If you’d like to put the new Volkswagen Passat’s fuel economy to the test yourself, simply pay a visit to Jennings VW or contact us today to arrange a drive. Our sales team is happy to answer any questions you have about this vehicle, and our finance team is here to help you figure out if buying or leasing a new Passat is the way to go.

Five of the Best Street Festivals in Chicago

By avirgilio | Posted in Just for Fun on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 5:26 PM
Ferris wheel

There’s so much to do in the summertime in Chicago that it can be difficult to narrow down your options, but we’ve rounded up the best street festivals to make the best of your day trip out of Evanston and Glenview. At Jennings VW, we love the thriving community in the Chicagoland area, and we think you’ll love our favorite street festivals this summer, too. Read on to find out what’s coming up, then visit us at Jennings Volkswagen to find the perfect vehicle to take you there!

The 5 Best Street Festivals in Chicago

While we’re already in the middle of summer, there are still plenty of street festivals coming up in and around Chicago, and we suggest going to one or more of these for fun for the whole family!

  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest: For three days, one of Chicago’s signature dishes is offered by dozens of vendors for you to find your favorite!
  • Edge Fest: In celebration of the neighborhood of Edgewater, this fest offers everything from music to food and shopping with plenty of vendors for a day of fun outside.
  • Festa Italiana: You can squash grapes and enjoy some of the best meatballs you can find in Chicago at this festival that’s fun for all ages.
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival: Explore the works of more than 100 artists with works on display and open studios.
  • Illinois State Fair: From churning butter to fun rides that everyone can enjoy, you’ll love this family hit with popular headlining musicians.
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Chicago edgefest

Why Buy From Jennings Volkswagen

We’ve been here for more than twenty years, and we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Find out why we have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau when you join the Jennings Volkswagen family. From a quality sales experience to helpful financings and expert repairs, we have you covered for any of your vehicle needs!

Visit Us at Jennings Volkswagen

You can explore our inventory located at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL, convenient for Evanston and Chicago shoppers. To make an appointment with a sales specialist, give us a call at 855-447-8593. You can also schedule an appointment for service online, or leave a message to have one of our team members give you a call with answers to any of your questions!

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack performance
2018 Volkswagen atlas interior

Best Beaches to Visit near Evanston this Summer

By avirgilio | Posted in Just for Fun on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 4:22 PM
beach

 

Summer is officially in full swing around the Chicagoland area. With the warmer temperatures and longer days filled with sunlight, you’ll want to spend as much time outside as possible. At Jennings Volkswagen, one of our favorite summertime activities is a trip to the beach. Fortunately, Evanston sits near the shore of Lake Michigan, so there are plenty of excellent beaches to choose from. We’ve compiled a list of the best beaches to visit near Evanston. Once you’ve made your plans and packed your sunscreen, hop in your new Volkswagen and get ready for a day in the sand.

Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach is located right in Evanston and is home to the 1873 Grosse Point Lighthouse, providing you with a bit of history as you enjoy your time in the sun. This beach offers fire pits where you can enjoy a beachside bonfire and roast marshmallows. All you need to do is secure a fire permit and reserve a pit. It’s also one of the best places to watch the sunset, so after frolicking in the sun, you can relax and watch it set on a fantastic day.

Kathy Osterman Beach

The Kathy Osterman Beach can be found in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, not far from Evanston. Also known as Ardmore Beach or Hollywood Beach, this area boasts an environmentally friendly beach house that is LEED-certified. You can enjoy time lounging in the sand with a good book or taking a dip in the cool Lake Michigan water, then you can relax and refresh in the beach house.
 

couple at beach
happy couple at beach

 

Greenwood Beach

Greenwood Beach is another beachfront in Evanston. It’s a great spot for locals and families to enjoy building sandcastles, throwing a Frisbee or simply soaking up the sun. This beach also offers fairly easy parking, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a spot for your Volkswagen nearby.

Clark Street Beach

Clark Street Beach is another one of Evanston’s beautiful beachfronts. Here, you’ll find stunning views of Lake Michigan, and you can enjoy a relaxing day in this quiet area. Whether you prefer to stroll along the shore, dive into the water, or lounge on a towel, there’s something for everyone here.

Dog Beach

If you’ve got a furry friend, you’re sure to love Dog Beach, located between Clark St. Beach and the Church Street Boat Ramp. This Evanston beachfront is ideal for both you and your dog to enjoy the sun and surf. Keep in mind that there is a fee to visit this beach, and you must obtain a Dog Beach pass. The good news is that you can be sure that it’s a safe, well-maintained environment for your four-legged pal to run around in as you both make new friends.
 

Young golden retriever running on the beach
2017 Volkswagen beetle convertible

 

Get Moving with Jennings Volkswagen

Jennings Volkswagen knows that you want to be out and about this summer, and our team is here to make it easy for you. Visit our showroom, and our friendly sales staff will help you find the right Volkswagen vehicle to suit your lifestyle. You’ll be off to the beach in no time. Contact us today to learn more.

What are Some of Best Features of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Launch Edition?

By avirgilio | Posted in Volkswagen Atlas on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 5:02 PM
2018 volkswagen atlas

The name Volkswagen has become synonymous with high class in the automotive world, and these vehicles live up to this distinction. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, in particular, is a three-row SUV that offers plenty of room for both drivers and passengers alike. This SUV features some of the best performance, interior, and safety features available for drivers today, and at we at Jennings Volkswagen are sure you’ll appreciate the attention to detail.

Performance Features

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Launch Edition trim delivers on performance with a 3.6 L VR6 engine that gets up to 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. This front-wheel drive SUV gets 18 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway, and drivers from Glenview to Evanston are sure to appreciate the fuel efficiency.

Driving in reverse and parallel parking can be tricky, so the Atlas Launch Edition offers a rearview camera to help you out. With this vehicle, you can park with ease, even in those tight Chicago street spots.

Interior Features

Inside the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Launch Edition, there’s plenty of room for you and your passengers to ride comfortably, whether you’re dropping the kids off at school before work or you’re heading out on a family weekend getaway. There’s seating for seven as well as 41.5 inches of front leg room and 37.6 inches of rear leg room. You and your front passenger can enjoy personalized comfort with a 6-way manual driver’s seat and 4-way manual front passenger seat.

Listening to great music while driving makes it a more enjoyable experience for everyone, so you’re sure to appreciate the Composition Media touchscreen sound system with an 8-inch color glass display and six speakers to play your music crystal clear.

Safety Features

This sleek and stylish vehicle looks great both inside and out, but it doesn’t skimp on safety. You’ll feel great driving your family around thanks to electronic stability control, engine braking assist, 3-point safety belts, and a rollover sensor system.

In case of a collision, the height-adjustable whiplash-optimized head restraints protect your head, and the passenger occupant detection system (PODS) senses how many people are riding with you to ensure that everyone stays safe.

Test Drive the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Launch Edition Today

At Jennings Volkswagen, our friendly, honest, and knowledgeable sales, finance, and service teams are proud to offer a well-rounded customer experience to everyone who visits our dealership. Schedule a visit to our showroom to learn more about what the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Launch Edition has to offer you and your family, and take a test drive to experience the performance, technology, and safety features for yourself. Contact us today, and we’ll help you purchase your new Volkswagen Atlas.

Jennings Volkswagen Frequently Asked Questions

By avirgilio | Posted in Dealer Information on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 9:27 PM
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Why choose Jennings VW?

We believe that there is a car for everybody, and our teams work with you to understand your individual automotive wants and needs. We are also a full-service auto dealer that provides a body shop and service center as well. Our goal is to ensure that drivers in Glenview, and throughout the Chicagoland area, get the beast deal on a new or used Volkswagen.

What VW models does Jennings VW sell?

At Jennings Volkswagen, you can shop for these new or used VW models:

  • Atlas
  • Beetle
  • Beetle Convertible
  • Golf
  • Golf Alltrack
  • Golf SportWagen
  • Jetta
  • Passat
  • Toureg
  • And More

Does Jennings VW offer service?

Jennings Volkswagen offers a complete service department where you can bring your vehicle when it’s in need of maintenance. Some of our service offerings include:

  • Oil changes
  • Front end alignment
  • Brake adjustments and replacements
  • Changing wipers, headlights, taillights, and more
  • Muffler and exhaust repair
  • Transmission flushes
  • Tire rotations
  • And more

Does Jennings VW have a parts department?

Not only does Jennings Volkswagen have a service department, but we have a parts department as well. We offer a wide selection of vehicle parts at reasonable prices to keep your Volkswagen running properly.

What if I can’t make it into the showroom?

At Jennings Volkswagen, we understand that our customers lead busy lives, which can make it a challenge to find time to schedule a visit to our showroom. If your schedule is jam packed, have no fear. With our “We’ll be Right Over” program, we bring car shopping to you with a home or office visit. You can schedule a 30-minute visit and one of our product specialists will bring two new or used Volkswagen vehicles to you. You’ll learn about the features and benefits of each vehicle and have the option to take them for a short test drive.

Is Jennings VW involved with the local community?

Yes, Jennings Volkswagen is proud to support the local community. We believe that to provide the best possible service to our customers, we must go above and beyond. We’re happy to give back to our community by supporting local organizations, such as Misericordia and Wright-Way Rescue, and we often take part in events around the Glenview area.

What are others saying about Jennings VW?

We’re happy to tell you more about our dealership, but don’t just take our word for it. Find out what others are saying about Jennings VW by reviewing our latest customer testimonials. If you’re a Jennings VW customer and you’re happy with the service you’ve received, please feel free to leave us a review!

Technology and roominess add appeal to the Tiguan Allspace

By blogsadmin | Posted in FAQ, New VW Models, Volkswagen Tiguan on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 8:43 PM
Top 3 things to know about the 2018 VW Tiguan Allspace

Top 3 things to know about the 2018 VW Tiguan Allspace

With the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas soon entering dealerships, one upcoming model isn’t getting nearly as much attention as it deserves: the 2018 VW Tiguan Allspace. We’ve already compared the two models to help you decide which one is right for you, but today we’re telling you the top 3 things you need to know about this upcoming three-row version of the popular crossover. Read the rest of this entry »

New and upcoming 2018 VW Atlas features available Digital Cockpit

By blogsadmin | Posted in Technology, Volkswagen Atlas on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 6:54 PM
Which VW models have the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit

Which VW models have the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit?

This year has already been an exciting one for Volkswagen, with both the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and the long-wheelbase Tiguan, tentatively referred to as the Allspace, revealed for release to the U.S. market. That’s two SUVs added to the lineup, both of which will be larger options than the current 2017 VW Tiguan and 2017 VW Touareg. Naturally, with interior space, engine options and design elements to discuss, it can be hard to focus on any one feature. Today, we’re taking the time to do that by looking at the features and benefits of the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and the specific models in which it will be available. Read the rest of this entry »

VW flaunts the Sedric concept and upcoming Volkswagen Arteon

By blogsadmin | Posted in Concept, New VW Models on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 10:18 PM
Volkswagen Arteon specs and features Geneva Motor Show

Is the Volkswagen Arteon coming to the U.S.?

We’re not saying that new is always better, but it’s always exciting when we see fresh concepts and upcoming releases. We love redesigns for the models we are already familiar with, but the upcoming Volkswagen Arteon isn’t just a new look for an older model. No, the Arteon is a brand-new hatchback that is official going into production, but will it be coming to the U.S.? We take a look at this model that is being shown at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show along with the Sedric concept (which is definitely not production-ready). Read the rest of this entry »