Do German Vehicles Still Justify The Tag “German Engineering”? VW and Audi Car Part Searches On the Increase

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UK car parts finder Parts Gateway sees search queries for Volkswagen and Audi parts soar.

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Think of VW or Audi and a picture of quality and reliability springs to mind. An accolade which is perhaps not as justified now as it was 40 years ago.

Research conducted into parts searches on the Parts Gateway website from 2012 to date revealed a surge in demand for VW & Audi parts whilst requests for Japanese vehicles such as Honda and Toyota are falling.

In January 2012, searches for VW parts stood at 2,995 whilst the forecast for January 2014 is estimated to reach as many as 4,193.

This large jump is reflected in the VW Passat’s Reliability Index Warranty Direct rating, which is edging incredibly close to ‘Poor’ at 159 points. The average of all cars is 100, meaning this model is 59 points below average. The measurement is based on the cost of repairs and frequency of failures, and the higher the number, the less dependable the car.

Despite the Passat’s rating, Parts Gateway discovered that 25% of Volkswagen car part requests were for this model, with the Polo just behind with 24%. The Golf however topped the list with 39%.

Audi queries had a smaller but notable jump in number, from 1,791 in January 2012 compared to 2,221 as this year’s forecast.

The Reliability ratings of the A4 and A3 models present a more shocking picture, both racing into the Poor category with the A4 117 points below the average. This model also makes up 44% of the manufacturer’s searches through Parts Gateway, whilst the A3, which stands at 80 points below average, follows with 28%.

James Dickinson, Director of Development from Parts Gateway commented on their findings:

“Think of VW or Audi and a picture of quality and reliability springs to mind. An accolade which perhaps is not as justified now as it was 40 years ago. Searches on Parts Gateway for VW and Audi parts are now an all-time high.

We have also noticed a sharp rise in the supply chain. We now have more dealers of new and used VW and Audi parts than any other vehicle manufacturer. This is great news for owners as cost of car parts is tumbling giving drivers a cheaper repair alternative to a main dealer.

However, no matter what vehicle you drive, there will be times when something goes wrong. This is why we aim to make the process of finding and purchasing new and used car parts as stress-free as possible by providing price comparisons from the best dealers”


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