Whether you drive a new or pre-owned VW, there will come a time when you’ll need to have your vehicle serviced. Having a reputable, established VW service shop to call on is of great value at that time.

Whether it be an oil change, engine tune-up, tire rotation, brake repair or anything else listed below, getting it done correctly by a professional is necessary to keep your Volkswagen running smoothly.

When Should I Service My VW?

How do you know when it’s time to have VW service in Charleston? Here are some signs to watch for:


You’re having difficulty starting your vehicle. When you hear the engine turning over but it’s taking longer than normal to start, this is a sure sign that it’s time to bring it in to Ottohaus for service. We’ll diagnose the issue and let you know exactly what’s happening.

Your gas mileage is lower than normal. Lower fuel efficiency is also a sign you may need to bring your vehicle in for VW service. It may be something simple like your tires being under-inflated or you may need an oil change. Getting this checked out and corrected will improve the performance of your car.

Your check engine light turns on. As soon as you see your check engine light turn on, come in to Ottohaus immediately so we can diagnose what has caused that to happen. Your car may be performing well, but if the light comes on it may be the sign of an underlying problem that needs immediate attention.

You hear strange noises. It may be a knocking or squealing sound that’s coming from the engine compartment, or another noise you’re unfamiliar with. When you hear something like this, bring your car in for VW service and we’ll have a trained technician check it out. It’s important not to wait when you start hearing the noise; getting it looked at quickly can help you avoid unnecessary repairs.

Don’t ignore these four warning signs that indicate you need VW service. Contact us at Ottohaus today and visit one of our two convenient locations in Charleston. We’ll be happy to service your vehicle and get you back on the road in your award-winning Volkswagen.