VOLKSWAGEN SPECIALITY

At Beetle Spa Ltd., we service and repair all cars, foreign and domestic. We can handle pretty much every make and model, but we’re partial to Audis and Volkswagens. You won’t find many vehicle repair shops who know more about those two German brands than we do.

We thought you might enjoy it if we shared a little of our knowledge and enthusiasm for Audi and Volkswagen with you. After reading these pages, be sure to give Beetle Spa Ltd. a call. We’ll talk German cars with you, or we’ll discuss yours in particular. We’d love to become your one-stop shop for vehicle repair and maintenance.

 

Our VW services include:

 

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The history of the VW

The idea behind Ferdinand Porsche’s 1930 design of the Beetle’s predecessor was that it was just what the general population needed – basic and inexpensive. In fact, the word “Volkswagen” actually means “people’s car” in German. 

Hitler steps in

Porsche later was asked by Adolf Hitler to design an affordable five-person car that could accelerate to 62 miles per hour. Three prototype cars sprouted from this concept, leading to much testing and revisions. 

Hitler takes over

Several versions later, Porsche saw 30 cars produced at Hitler’s command, although Porsche was not a Nazi and resented Hitler’s sense of ownership of the cars. (Hitler, in fact, pronounced the company to be under Nazi ownership and even named the automobiles “KdF Wagen” – “Kraft durch Freude” — which translates to “Strength through Joy.”) 

First VW factory

In 1938 a factory was built, and the first version of the Beetle hit the road. The company also produced war vehicles while Porsche continued to putter with ideas throughout the war. An amphibious car was even produced for the war effort.

 

Stepping it up 

After World War II, the victorious British Army took over the factory and churned out some 10,000 vehicles within one year. They dubbed the company “Volkswagen” and tried to enlist Ford to take it over, but Ford dismissed the idea as a waste of money. The French government declined ownership, as well.

Volkswagen takes off

The British were finally able to unload the albatross in 1949 to the German government, and Heinrich Nordhoff was put in charge. Production soared thereafter, with companies springing up around the globe.

The bug is born

In 1950, Volkswagen began producing the now-famous Beetle (which was only available in basic grey at the time). The Beetle peaked in popularity in the 1960s, and now Volkswagen is the largest producer of cars in Europe. 

I only take my VW to Beetle Spa. Rod is friendly, courteous, knowledgable, and honest. On several occasions, the bill has been well under the estimate, a rarity nowadays. Highly recommended. - Fred Donaldson

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We’ve been bringing our VW Jetta TDI (diesel engine) here for several years now and always get honest advice, great service and reasonable prices.  They are helpful and friendly.  Very highly recommended. - Mary Watt

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Stand up guys, reliable work & competitive rates. What else can you ask for in your local auto shop. Highly recommend. PS – I drive a Jeep Cherokee (they can do it all) - Shawn Bedford

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I trust Rod and his very able staff because they have proven to be what I look for for my automotive repair and service needs- honest, fair, and very competent service. - Greg Sloan

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Honest, professional, trustworthy. We’ve used Beetle Spa for twenty years now and can always count on them. - Nicholas Manara

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I have been using Beetle Spa for over 5 years now. Can’t speak anymore highly of Rod and his crew. I’d recommend them to anyone, they are so easy to deal with and make everything headache free! - David Martin

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The primary service areas for our shop located on 246 East 1st street are North Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Burnaby, and Vancouver. We are also happy to serve customers in the Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Langley, and Surrey areas.

ADDRESS
246 East 1st Street
North Vancouver (BC)
V7L 1B3

PHONE
604-985-0481