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How to Send Text Messages with Apple CarPlay

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018


You know how the story goes: You’ll be driving along and your phone is absolutely getting lit up by incoming text messages from friends, family members, and coworkers. Given how dangerous it is to interact with your phone while driving, you’ll need an alternative solution to read messages.

The good news is that App-Connect system on your Volkswagen uses Apple CarPlay to give you the power of natural language commands and the help of Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, to give you the ability to listen to text messages and reply while on the go. Read on to learn how the system works and how easy it is to stay focused on the road while staying in touch.

How Apple CarPlay Gives You Hands-Free Interaction

Volkswagen App-Connect and Apple CarPlay works with your iPhone to send and receive text messages without risking the safety of you and your passengers:

  • Siri reads your incoming text messages to you so you don’t feel compelled to take your eyes off the road and read them.

  • If you wish to send a text message, all you have to do is let Siri know. Siri will ask who you wish to send your message to and what the content of that message should be. Then, all you have to do is speak your message and hit the send button on the wheel.

The Advanced Technology of the Volkswagen Lineup

Whether you’re cruising around Santa Monica or Beverly Hills, Volkswagen keeps you connected to friends, family members, and colleagues with a wide array of innovative technologies. Whether you’re driving the Volkswagen Tiguan down Culver City roads or taking the Volkswagen Atlas for a spin around the LA area, Volkswagen has you covered with advanced technologies.

What to Do in Santa Monica

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
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Wondering about the best things to do in Santa Monica? Check out this extensive list of great activities you can enjoy at Santa Monica Pier, the beach, and downtown.

Santa Monica Pier

One of the most famous destinations of Santa Monica — and coupled with its beach likely the most iconic — Santa Monica Pier offers a unique set of experiences for locals and tourists alike. Families and those enjoying the sights solo will find a variety of great things to do here, including riding the ferris wheel and roller coaster, visiting the aquarium, enjoying the fairground, and experiencing the historic architecture of the Looff Hippodrome. You’ll also find a variety of outdoor films and musical events in addition to great restaurants.

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica State Beach offers a relaxed vibe — assuming you stay clear of the hustle and bustle of the iconic pier. If you’re looking for a great festive setting complete with bathrooms, bike packs, and plenty of parking, Santa Monica State Beach offers a relaxing and enjoyable getaway for those folks just looking for a nice day at the beach. You also don’t want to miss the original muscle beach — a hangout for some of the buffest folks in Santa Monica. Don’t worry, though — these hunks contribute to the overall festive atmosphere on the beach!

Downtown Santa Monica

While most people think of the beach and the pier when they envision Santa Monica, the downtown area isn’t to be missed. With a variety of retail outlets, beauty parlors, arts experiences, and dining options, you’ll be hard-pressed to have a boring time in downtown Santa Monica. Some of the most incredible experiences to be had in downtown Santa Monica include shopping at the Third Street Promenade pedestrian shopping zone, visiting the Santa Monica Place shopping center, discovering the wonders at the Museum of Flying, and more.

How Much Can You Fit in the Volkswagen Atlas?

Friday, January 26th, 2018
2018 VW Atlas

Learn More About the Volkswagen Atlas

The new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas can comfortably seat 7 passengers , but where’s the fun in that? What about fidget spinners? I don’t know about you, but it seems a lot more informative to know the answers to these questions:

  1. How many fidget spinners can comfortably fit in an Atlas?

  2. How many VR headsets would fit in an Atlas?

  3. How many smartphones would fit in an Atlas?

  4. How many Bluetooth speakers would fit in an Atlas?

  5. How many dad hats would fit in an Atlas?

How Many Fidget Spinners Can Comfortably Fit in an Atlas?

Fidget spinners were all the rage not long ago, and you may have built up an excess of them. If you need to dump your fidget spinners in the landfill (bury them deep so they don’t come back), then you’re probably wondering how many can fit in the Atlas. To answer this question, we need to first figure out the interior volume of the 2018 Atlas . The Atlas features an interior cargo volume of 96.8 ft 3 to seat 1. A standard-issue fidget spinner measures in at 0.0023 ft 3 , meaning the Atlas can carry around 42,000 of them. Why you would want to in the first place is – well – that’s your business.

How Many VR Headsets Would Fit in an Atlas?

The average VR headset is 0.076 cubic feet, meaning that you could fit around 1,000 of them in your Atlas. Enjoy!

How Many Smartphones Would Fit in an Atlas?

The average smartphone (we won’t judge if you go with the non-fruit variety) is 0.0023 cubic feet, which means you could comfortably fit 42,000 or so in your Atlas.

How Many Bluetooth Speakers Would Fit in an Atlas?

You should be able to fit around 20,000 speakers in your Atlas. You might want to wear some ear plugs, though!

How Many Dad Hats Would Fit in an Atlas?

Ok, dad hats don’t have the same restrictions since you can fold them and layer them far more effectively than sturdier objects. You could probably fit tens of thousands of dad hats in the Atlas. The limit is your ingenuity for packing dad hats before you head off to the dad convention!

Learn More at Volkswagen Santa Monica

Learn more about service tips and maintenance at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

How to Jump Start a Car

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
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It’s an unfortunate situation, but it happens to almost everyone: You’re stranded with a car that won’t turn on because the battery is dead. Use this guide to figure out how to jump start your car, which will require:

  • Jumper cables

  • Another vehicle

  • Patience

  • A little know-how

Figure out how to jump start your car battery, and count on the team at Volkswagen Santa Monica for a range of automotive tricks and tips .

A Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to get your car running and back on the road:

  1. First, make sure the problem is with your car battery. If you turn the key and the engine fails to turn over at all, chances are the issue is a dead battery.

  2. Track down a second vehicle or a portable generator. If you have a portable generator with jumper cables, then you’re all set. If not, you’ll need to find a working vehicle and take out a set of jumper cables.

  3. Put the two cars nose to nose, then make sure both vehicles are in park. This positioning allows the jumper cables to reach both batteries. If that’s not possible, having them side-by-side should be fine as well.

  4. Attach the red clip to your vehicle’s positive terminal. The positive terminal is larger and likely has “POS” or “+” on it.

  5. Attach the red clip to other vehicle’s positive terminal.

  6. Attach the black clip to other vehicle’s negative terminal.

  7. Attach the black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t located near the battery.

  8. Turn on the working vehicle and wait a few minutes.

  9. Turn on your vehicle, and try again in a few minutes if it doesn’t work right away.

Avoid a Dead Car Battery

You can help diminish the chances of getting a dead battery by bringing your vehicle in for service and having it replaced in a timely manner. Volkswagen Santa Monica has car batteries on hand, and we provide quick, high-quality auto service. In addition, we’re happy to help with basic car care and maintenance advice . Come see us at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA, or contact us with any questions at (855) 729-5243.

Get Top Performance with the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Monday, November 28th, 2016
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What Does Golf GTI Stand For?

No doubt that you have heard of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but do you know what the GTI stands for? The automotive industry likes using acronyms to describe various models whether it pertains to its intent, its design or any other reason that could be behind it. In the case of the Golf GTI, the GTI acronym signifies something to do with its performance aspect. The GTI usually stands for something along the lines of Grand Touring Injection, Gran Turismo Iniezione or some other variation of that term. In the end, it is used to signify the inclusion of a fuel injection system.   (more…)

Navigate Safely and Comfortably with VW Car-Net® Technology

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Volkswagen Car-net

VW Car-Net® helps drivers in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles stay connected no matter where they are*. VW Car-Net® combines mobile phone connectivity, a selection of applications, a navigation system, and more. Take a look at some of the features VW Car-Net® offers drivers, and get connected today when you try out one of our new Volkswagen models.


How Can I Lower My Car Insurance Cost?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
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Tips for Lowering Your Car Insurance

Car insurance can be costly and while there are some factors such as age, gender and record that we can’t control there are many other tips to help lower your cost of auto insurance. If you are in the market for a new vehicle or are just looking to lower your cost of car insurance on your current vehicle, take a look at these tips for lowering your car insurance and let us help you start saving money today.   (more…)

Here’s How to Register for Your VW Car-Net Security and Service

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
How to Register Your Volkswagen for VW Car-Net

How to Register Your Volkswagen for VW Car-Net

Having VW Car-Net in your vehicle can provide numerous benefits, from navigation with real-time traffic to speed and boundary alerts. But if you’re just purchased a new Volkswagen, you’ll want to make sure you’ve registered. If you haven’t done so yet, we’ll help you figure out how to register your Volkswagen for VW Car-Net.


Guide to Using Volkswagen Tiguan Windshield Wiper Controls

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
How to Use the Volkswagen Tiguan Windshield Wipers

How to Use the Volkswagen Tiguan Windshield Wipers

The windshield wipers on your vehicle aren’t difficult to use, but if you’ve just recently purchased the model, you may need a little help learning how to use the Volkswagen Tiguan windshield wipers. The controls for operating the windshield wipers may be just a bit different from other vehicles, but they also provide excellent functionality.


In Honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Check Out These Tips to Avoid Driving Distracted

Friday, April 15th, 2016
How to Stop Yourself From Driving Distracted

How to Stop Yourself From Driving Distracted

Even if you didn’t know that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, you probably still knew that driving distracted is a serious concern. With technology, it’s safe to assume drivers are more distracted than ever before. Unfortunately, it can be tempting to make attempts to remain connected to the outside world while commuting or running errands, so a few tips to learn how to stop yourself from driving distracted can help.