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Driving a later model vehicle under warranty or belonging to a road side assistance program often calms drivers into a false sense of security about their prospects regarding a roadside breakdown. The truth is vehicle breakdowns do happen and they don’t always occur in the most convenient places. A roadside emergency kit can ease the pain and reduce the hassle if such breakdowns happen before you get your VW serviced in Phoenix.

There are a number of inexpensive prepackaged car emergency kits on the market. However, you can save some money and give yourself a better piece of mind by assembling your own car emergency kit after you purchase your new car at Scottsdale VW. Even if you purchase a prepackaged kit, you can always beef it up with some additional items.

Here are the must-have items that should be part of every car emergency kit:

1. Charged cell phone. Although this item will probably be on your person, it may make the difference between getting help fast and maybe not getting help at all.

2. First-aid kit. As well as an assortment of Band-Aids, it should include adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream or ointment, and anything particular to you or your family.

3. Fire Extinguisher. It should be rated for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA. Class B fires are those that involve flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment such as switches, panel boxes and batteries.

4. Three reflective warning triangles. While many prepackaged emergency kits contain one warning triangle, AAA says that it is better to have three that are placed 50 feet apart to warn oncoming traffic.

5. Tire gauge. Drivers should use the tire gauge in their car emergency kit to periodically check the air pressure in their spare tire.

6. Foam tire sealant. A quick, inexpensive way to repair many flats without changing the tire.

7. Jumper cables. They should be at least 10 feet in length and coated with at least 8-gauge rubber.

8. Flashlight and extra batteries. The flashlight should be waterproof.

9. Gloves.

10. Duct tape. It is the universal fix-it solution. Carry at least 10 feet of it.

11. Tow strap or tow rope. It should be strong enough to tow 6,000 pounds.

12. Tools. This can be anything from a small tool box full or something like a Leatherman Tool or a Swiss Army Knife.

13. Rain poncho. Even an inexpensive plastic poncho is better than nothing when changing a tire in the pouring rain.

14. Drinking water.

15. Nonperishable snacks. Protein bars are a good choice.

16. Warm blanket.

17. Cat litter. It works as well as sand beneath the tires for traction.

These are just some important items that are must haves for your emergency kit. Depending on where you live and what the weather is like, it may be a good idea to stock your kit with additional items. For more information, visit Chapman Volkswagen.




The new Volkswagen Golf has been given the prestigious 2013 World Car of the Year award. The World Car Awards are voted on by a panel of 66 automotive journalists from 23 countries; these accomplished men and women compare and rank the overall quality of 42 finalists and concluded the Golf was 2013’s top overall pick. One panelist wrote about the Golf, “if ever there was a car for Everyman, this is it.” The panel also named the Golf a 2013 finalist for the World Car Design award.

In response to winning the World Car of the Year award VW CEO Mark Winterkorn said, “To win this award again shows that the Golf is and remains in a class of its own all around the world. This car sets new benchmarks again and again, not least in terms of efficiency and environmental credentials.”

The seventh-generation Golf has added the latest technologies and kept the features drivers have grown to love. It has a modified its look and has been praised for its new design. VW has also improved the Golf’s fuel-efficiency, increased the amount of interior space, and made the car lighter – over 200 pounds lighter – than the previous generation. One thing that has not changed is the Golf’s incredibly high safety ratings. U.S. News & World Reports gave the 2013 Golf a 9.8-out-of-10 safety rating; it is also an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick.”

One of the newer technologies utilized to improve the Golf’s safety is impact-detecting technology. Upon electronically-sensing an impact, the car cuts off fuel flow to the engine (thus preventing an engine flare-up), unlocks doors, and triggers post-impact safety systems. The April 2013 issue of Consumer Reports “recommended” the Golf and gave it a 5-out-of-5 ratings in Owner Cost and Satisfaction. For all these reasons Chapman VW is stocking up on Volkswagen Golfs. To learn more about the VW Golf, visit your Scottsdale VW dealer today.



Most Americans have a bad impression of diesel cars. We think of them as loud, hard to start and foul-smelling. We dislike them for their perceived pollution into the atmosphere. These complaints were fair a generation ago, but today diesel powertrains are on the map for both car manufacturers and efficiency-minded drivers. However, the actual owners of today’s clean diesels know better. According to, an impressive 94 percent of current diesel owners would consider buying another one, but only 26 percent of gas and hybrid drivers are willing to think about it. In truth, clean-diesel technology has a promising future. To experience the latest clean diesel technology, visit VW Scottsdale.

The bottom line is that diesels are more fuel efficient than comparable gas cars, and are no worse in terms of emissions and performance. They’re not even particularly noisy. Diesels today run on low-sulfur fuel that’s among the cleanest in the world, and greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxide, and particulate emissions are way down. So we have good reason to like diesels, but only 2.6 percent of cars on the road are diesel-powered, compared to 55 percent in Europe. There are reasons for that, some of them based on misconceptions.

Volkswagen is one of the leaders in the clean diesel market, which can be seen at Volkswagen Phoenix. Volkswagen just released its Clean Diesel IQ survey, which found opinion changing for the better. The survey of 1,511 U.S. gasoline, hybrid and clean diesel drivers revealed that 88 percent of clean diesel drivers believe that clean diesels are some of today’s most fuel-efficient vehicles, and that more than half of gasoline and hybrid drivers agree. For clean diesel drivers, 53 percent listed better mileage as their top clean diesel vehicle attribute. Additionally, more than half of clean diesel drivers who responded to the survey characterize their vehicles as having strong acceleration capabilities.

For more information on clean diesel vehicles, visit Chapman Volkswagen.