Archive for September, 2017

The Best Santa Monica Beach Restaurants

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
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Santa Monica beach has it all — some of the country’s most beautiful views and delectable eats to enjoy while you’re there. The best Santa Monica Beach restaurants range from a five-star dining experience or a light lunch while you’re enjoying the Santa Monica pier.

Dining Out at Santa Monica Beach

Enjoy the finest food of Ocean Avenue without the uptight atmosphere you might have in a fine dining spot in Los Angeles. Santa Monica beach is all about relaxation, after all, and we love our community.

  • Water Grill: A wide array of seafood options includes a raw bar with oysters from both coasts as well as fish from all over the world, such as European sea bass.

  • Cha Cha Chicken: Looking for island fun? This Caribbean restaurant has an eclectic atmosphere with fun music and spicy favorites like jerk chicken. Plus, you’re welcome to bring your favorite beer!

  • Coast: Casual waterfront dining with weekend brunch options? This is the spot! Open for lunch and dinner during the week, you’ll love the ocean view with cafe style.

  • 1 Pico: Coast’s upscale sibling has waterfront tables for sunset meals that offer options for everyone. From Italian-inspired dishes to seafood adventures, every date is sure to find something that piques their interest.

  • BOA Steakhouse: Loved by locals and celebrities equally, this hotspot usually requires a reservation. Craft cocktails and legendary steaks and oysters make for an incredible night.

  • The Lobster: It’s no question that this Santa Monica Pier restaurant features some of the best tail in the area, and there’s no contest with the waterfront view right on the pier.

  • Blue Plate Taco: Housemade chips and fresh guac are a great way to end a day of shopping in Santa Monica, and churros are a favorite, too. This casual spot is the best combination for a look at the beach and incredible tacos.

  • Perry’s Cafe and Beach Rentals: Grab a wrap or enjoy a homemade pizza at one of the three locations that also allows you to rent surfboards and other fun things for the beach!

Find a Car to Take You There

We love being a part of Santa Monica, and if you’re looking for the vehicle to take you there, look at our new inventory of Volkswagen models. To make an appointment, call us at 855-975-9626 or just stop by our showroom, located at 2440 Santa Monica Blvd. We’re here to answer your questions online, too!

Join the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Launch Party in Santa Monica CA

Monday, September 18th, 2017
Join the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Launch Party in Santa Monica CA

Volkswagen of Santa Monica is pleased to announce a new arrival to our dealership — the redesigned 2018 VW Tiguan, with its sporty new look, more spacious interior, high-level versatility and many premium features. To celebrate the arrival of the all-new Tiguan, we’re hosting a Tiguan launch party on Thursday, October 19, from 4 – 8 pm, with complementary food, beverages, fun activities for children and a chance to test drive the 2018 Tiguan. Come join us!

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What features does the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited offer?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
What features does the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited offer?

Volkswagen recently announced that they will soon release the 2017 Tiguan Limited. It’s a high-value choice for budget-minded SUV shoppers, for it has a reasonably low starting MSRP of only $21,995, while still offering many great features.  (more…)

Volkswagen of Santa Monica to Feature the e-Golf at Buy Local Festival

Friday, September 8th, 2017
Volkswagen of Santa Monica to Feature the e-Golf at Buy Local Festival

Buy Local Santa Monica is an organization that supports local businesses and raises awareness about the economic, environmental and community benefits of thinking local first. On Saturday, September 9, from 11:00 am – to 4:00 pm at Reed Park (1133 7th Street, Santa Monica), Buy Local will host a fun-filled free community event — the Buy Local Health & Fitness Festival. Volkswagen of Santa Monica will be there and will feature the eco-friendly VW e-Golf  (more…)

What is the release date of the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz?

Friday, September 8th, 2017
What is the release date of the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz?

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept van — which made its global debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year — pays homage to the past with styling cues from the iconic VW Microbus, while looking ahead to the future with its fully electric powertrain and autonomous vehicle technology.  

Quite often, concept vehicles generate a great deal of excitement at auto shows, but never see the light of day as production versions. The VW I.D. Buzz bucks this trend, for Volkswagen recently announced that the concept van will be put into production — with an expected release date in 2022. In addition to dealerships in North America, Volkswagen plans on selling the I.D. Buzz in Europe and China.  (more…)

How Often Should You Have Your Vehicle’s Oil Changed?

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
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Schedule Oil Change

Depending on your daily commutes, you can wait between 5,000 miles up to 10,000 miles to have your oil changed.

Automotive technology is moving forward, and the advancements in engineering have made changes to the timeline of needing your oil changed. Rather than sticking to the hard rule of getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles, you can now go longer as engines work more efficiently.

Sometimes, Oil Changes Can Wait

Like many people, you may have been taught that a vehicle’s oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles. However, as engines are built to last longer and with better quality materials, it takes longer for oil to get dirty enough to need to be drained and swapped out. With better engine filtering and less chances of materials like lead sullying up your oil, the engine’s oil doesn’t get dirty enough to need to be changed.

If your daily commutes are longer and mostly spent on the highway, you can even lean toward the longer end of the spectrum, waiting to hit the 10,000 mile marker before having your oil changed. This is because long-distance, normal driving conditions warm the engine oil up to its optimum temperature and allow it to lubricate the engine efficiently. However, if most of your commutes are short, your engine isn’t necessarily heating up to the target temperature, and you may need to have your oil changed every 5,000 miles.

Car Knowledge that Helps You Save on Oil Change

It’s important to check your vehicle’s owner manual, as automakers have updated guides to reflect the longevity of oil expectancy with their own innovations in vehicle design. This information is much more accurate than the advertising of chain mechanics that encourage you to come in every 3 months or 3,000 miles — as they hope to see you more often to cash in on your frequent maintenance.

Schedule an Affordable Oil Change in Santa Monica Today

To alleviate the burden of this routine maintenance even more, you can have affordable oil changes in Santa Monica performed at Volkswagen Santa Monica. Learn why it’s okay to wait a little longer below, and then schedule a service appointment online or call us at 855-459-9651.