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September 1, 2016
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How To Easily Make 10 Hilarious Halloween Costumes

Halloween can be scary if you’re fresh out of ideas for creative new costumes. Sure, it’s tempting to run down to your favorite big box store in Gainesville and pick out the standard pirate/witch/superhero/vampire/ghost/zombie costume that everybody else will be wearing. Come on. You can do better than that. So why not try a unique twist on Halloween this year?

We’ve come up with our top 10 hilarious Halloween costumes gathered from the spooky netherworld of the Internet. Each of these funny costumes is easy to make and quite clever, too.

  1. Jellybean Costume – All this costume needs is a clear plastic trash bag and some balloons. Cut holes for your arms and legs, tie the top with a ribbon and write a “nutrition label” on the back. A real sweet idea.

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August 1, 2016
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How To Use Your VW Child Safety Features

At Volkswagen, safety is one of the company’s “core values.” VW’s passionate commitment to automotive safety is why the 2016 VW Passat is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+. Each and every 2016 VW Passat for sale in Gainesville here at Volkswagen of Gainesville is equipped with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) Restraint System.


Improper Car Seat Use Widespread

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. The LATCH system is designed to make it easier to install and secure car seats properly. There are two small bars/anchors located between the space between the rear seat back and the rear seat cushion. Also, there are a minimum of three anchors located behind the back seat on the vehicle’s shelf. Most car seats come with special tether straps designed to be used with this system.

For specific instructions regarding how to uses the LATCH system for your particular type of child car seat, please refer to your Passat Owner’s Manual and the instructions that came with your car seat. You can download helpful instructional videos and other valuable information about the LATCH system from the NHTSA website at

What Florida Law Says About Child Safety

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June 8, 2016
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Gainesville Summer Golf Guide From Your Hometown Dealer

Golf is a way of life for countless Floridians. After all, Florida ranks as one of the world’s most popular golfing destinations with some of the finest golf courses to be found anywhere. Here in the Gainesville area, we’re blessed to have many outstanding golf courses in our backyard. Because we here at your hometown Gainesville, FL VW new car dealer, VW of Gainesville, are as golf-crazed as you are, we put together this handy guide to some of the area’s best golf courses.

ironwood-golf-course-gainesville-flIronwood Golf Course – Set amidst century-old pines and picturesque lakes, Ironwood is an 18-hole, par 72 championship municipal golf course owned by the City of Gainesville. But don’t let that “municipal” moniker fool you. Golf Digest ranks Ironwood as one of its “best places to play,” and the course hosts more than 50 tournaments a year.

Mark Bostick Golf Course – UF’s signature golf course is one of the few college golf courses actually located on campus. With state-of-the-art facilities, the par-70 course helped the Gators to achieve their six NCAA and 21 Southeastern Conference championships. Originally built in the 1920s, this walkable course is open to UF students, alumni, and guests.

Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club – This Gary Player-designed course epitomizes the classic Southern-styled golf experience. Situated in Gainesville’s premier master-planned community, the par 72 course offers 18 holes of challenging championship play. Exciting upgrades include a new bar, grill, cabana, and patio area. Continue Reading →

May 25, 2016
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Why You’ll Love Road Trips In A 2016 Volkswagen Golf

It’s summertime and the long semester at UF has finally ended. You’re itching to put the campus in your rearview mirror and take off for a well-deserved summer break. Sounds like a road trip is in your immediate future. So why not text one of your BFFs, make your plans, gather your gear, and head out to Orlando, the beach (well, of course, the beach!), or maybe even a longer trek to places you’ve never been before.

We forgot one not-so-minor detail. How will you get there? Sure, you can borrow the family minivan (uh, no), cross your fingers that your second-hand car can make the trip (minus the air conditioning which quit a couple of weeks ago), or hope that your friend has a decent set of wheel. (Wait a minute, they’re hoping YOU have a decent set of wheels. Okay, scratch that idea.)

Now don’t get all discouraged because we have the answer to this summertime vehicular vacation dilemma, oh yes we do. Here at your hometown Gainesville VW new car dealer, VW of Gainesville, we have the perfect summer getaway car for you and your friend (drumroll please): the fun-to-drive, award-winning new 2016 Golf.

The 2016 Golf for sale in Gainesville at VW of Gainesville is the perfect summer road trip companion for you and your friends. Its hip, youthful vibe says “let’s go!” This is one hot hatchback with tons of personality, plenty of space for your friends and their gear, plus the performance, handling, and fuel economy that you’re looking for.


An Award-Winning Trendsetter

The 2016 Golf is largely carried over from the 2015 model, and that’s a good thing. A very good thing, in fact. Because last year the 2015 Golf received the automotive industry’s most prestigious accolade:  Motor Trend Magazine’s “Car of the Year.” You have to have some serious mojo to win the coveted “Golden Calipers.”

Speaking of awards, the 2016 Golf achieved a milestone when it was named Car And Driver Magazine’s prestigious “10Best” for the 10th time in a row. That’s 10-out-of 10 in case anyone was counting. (Well we were counting, of course.)

In fact, the Golf has become the benchmark against which all other hatchbacks are measured. The publication heaped praise on the Golf, with it earning top marks in six of the COTY’s judging categories. “No matter which Golf variant we jumped into, we emerged with smiles on our faces,” the publication enthused. Continue Reading →

May 2, 2016
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10 Memorial Day Weekend Events in the Gainesville, FL Area

­Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and your local Volkswagen dealership of Gainesville wants to help you kick off the summer right. Lively events are coming to the Gainesville community so mark your calendars now because you do not want to miss out on good concerts, spectacular art galleries, and relaxing nature tours.


  1. The Florida Museum of Natural History welcomes you to learn about different butterflies, birds, and turtles on Saturday, May 28th at Butterfly Rainforest. While at the museum, you’ll get a chance to observe the natural habitats and feeding stations of butterflies, birds, and turtles and participate in the butterfly release. The fun will be taking place 10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. and adult admission is $10.50 and $6.00 for kids.
  1. Enjoy a nice walk while learning about “The Devil’s Millhopper” Geological State Park. If you’re brave enough to go beyond Florida’s Buttonwood trees and into the 120 feet deep hole, known as “The Devil’s Millhopper,” you’ll be surprised to find a beautiful miniature rainforest. The ranger-led walk invites the curious to learn about fossil shark teeth and fossil remains of extinct animals in the sinkhole. Appreciate a nice picnic and study interpretive displays on Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m.

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April 1, 2016
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VW of Gainesville Supports National Car Care Month

April is National Car Care Month. Twice each year, in the spring and the fall, the Car Care Council encourages motorists to “Be Car Care Aware.” VW of Gainesville, your hometown Gainesville, Florida VW dealer, wholeheartedly supports this important national vehicle maintenance educational program.

Your new 2016 VW from VW of Gainesville is a big investment and you want to keep it running its best for many carefree miles down the road. You can let our VW of Gainesville Auto Service Center factory-trained technicians help you keep your VW in top condition by performing regularly scheduled maintenance as outlined in your VW Owner’s Manual. Or, if you like to get under the hood and do it yourself, there are many simple things you can do to keep your VW in tip-top shape.

We put together the following checklist of important car maintenance items you should stay on top of throughout the year.


Wiper Blades – People may not pay a lot of attention to their wiper blades, but they play an important part in maintaining optimal visibility, especially during inclement weather. You should inspect and replace your wiper blades twice a year. Replace them earlier if you notice signs of streaking, if the rubber is starting to separate or if it feel hard and less pliable. Continue Reading →

March 1, 2016
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Introducing the 2016 Volkswagen Passat

When most people think about Volkswagen, the first thing that comes to mind is normally either the ever-popular VW Beetle or the old hippie vans, the VW Type 2. Lately, however, Volkswagen has been turning out some refreshingly attractive sedans and SUV’s that have given the German car company a totally new image.

It started in 2011 with the release of the redesigned VW Jetta, and the improvements did not stop there. From the ultra-versatile VW Touareg to the sport focused VW CC, the entire brand has gone through significant improvements both aesthetically and in the performance department.

One of our favorite redesigns here at Volkswagen of Gainesville, one of the top dealers of new Volkswagens in Gainesville, Florida, is the all-new 2016 VW Passat. Not often does a car of this style, quality and affordability come along, so it is best to thoroughly appreciate it when it does.

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February 1, 2016
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Presenting The New 2016 VW Jetta From VW of Gainesville

Your hometown Gainesville, Florida new and used car Volkswagen dealership, VW of Gainesville, proudly presents the beautiful new 2016 VW Jetta 4-door sedan. For years, the Jetta has raced ahead of the competition with an impressive array of features, including lively fuel-efficient performance, sophisticated technology, great handling, a roomy interior, and precision German engineering.


Distinctive European Styling

One of the things that sets the Jetta apart is its distinctive styling. Low-slung and aerodynamic, the 2016 Jetta shows off its contemporary European roots with pride. Unlike many other cars in this compact sedan category, the Jetta’s aerodynamic exterior is smooth, sleek, and devoid of any unnecessary adornments or excessive chrome. The result is a clean, fresh, and modern design that stands the test of time. With available LED daytime running lights surrounding the Jetta’s brilliant, optional bi-xenon projector-beam headlights, available sport alloy wheels, a low sloping hood, gracefully arcing roofline, and wide stance, the Jetta create a muscular, yet elegant, appearance. Continue Reading →

January 1, 2016
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7 Car-Buying Tips for College Students


Come on, admit it. You’ve been eyeing that hot new 2016 Golf hatchback at our VW new and used car dealership in Gainesville for some time now. You’ve gone to our website, checked out our inventory of new 2016 Golfs and you’ve found one you really like. You’ve run the numbers and, with some help from mom and dad; you think you can swing the payments. It sure beats taking the bus to campus. And you’re sure all your friends will give you envious stares when you pull up to the UF campus in your new set of VW wheels.

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December 1, 2015
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2015 VW Holiday Gift & Stocking Stuffer Ideas

The holidays are here, and that means everyone is putting their Christmas shopping into high gear. If you have someone on your holiday shopping list who is a VW owner or enthusiast, we here at your local Gainesville VW dealer, VW of Gainesville, have lots of great ideas about what to get them. We’re sure you’ll find a perfect gift and stocking stuffers for the VW fanatic in your family.










Classic 1949 Henley Pullover, $35.95 – This contemporary classic is slim fitting and features a cardinal 1949 VW logo.









Beetle “Selfie” T-Shirt, $19.95 – This whimsical T-Shirt is a picture-perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe.









2016 VW Bus Calendar, $15.95 – This collectible calendar celebrates the iconic VW bus throughout the year with colorful photos of one of the world’s most beloved vehicles. Continue Reading →