Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club Golf Ball Drop Sponsored By Herman Cook VW

Golf Ball Drop

Congratulations to the winners:

$2,000 – Hugh S. (1st Place Winner)
$1,000 – Amy W. (2nd Place Winner)
$500 – Vembra H. (3rd Place Winner)


Sponsors of the event included:

Vivian Nelson Foundation

Adam Rosenberg CPA

Bettencourt State Farm

Capital Bank

Coldwell Banker

Herman Cook VW

Karen Heffron


Thank you to those who participated for participating and the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club for all you do for the community!

Check out the video of the Golf Ball Drop here.


Congrats to Roberto Bandong on 35 Years with Herman Cook VW!

Roberto Bandong Celebrates 35 years at Herman Cook VW

On the occasion of his 35 years with Volkswagen, congratulations are in place for Roberto Bandong – his commitment and perseverance as a Factory-Trained Service Technician have culminated in a milestone worthy of celebration. Roberto’s work has played a key role in the longevity and success of the service department at Herman Cook VW. We thank him for entrusting a large portion his career with us.

Happy Anniversary Roberto!

Last Chance for TDI Customer Goodwill Package Activiation

The deadline to register your Volkswagen Goodwill Package is April 30, 2016. Please see below for a simple instruction sheet that will give you the easy steps to receive your package if your car qualifies. The Goodwill Package provides owners with a $500 Volkswagen Prepaid Visa Loyalty Card, a $500 Volkswagen Dealership Card and no-charge 24-hour Roadside Assistance for three years.

If you are not a diesel customer we would appreciate you passing the information along to anyone you know who is. We want to allow everyone possible to take advantage of this program.

**The Customer Goodwill Package also applies to Touareg 3.0L TDI owners. Owners of 3.0L TDI have been granted an extension to register their Goodwill Package until July 31, 2016. All other TDI owners have until April 30th.

TDI Customer Goodwill Package


If you have already activated your Goodwill Package, you can use your cards with any of the following coupons. Limit one per customer.



Bring in this coupon to receive 20% off Volkswagen Accessories!

Expires: April 30th, 2016



Bring in this coupon to receive 15% off parts and service on your VW!

Expires: April 30th, 2016


$750 OFF!

Use this coupon to receive $750 towards the purchase or lease of any NEW in stock Volkswagen!

Expires: April 30th, 2016

$250 OFF!

Use this coupon to receive $250 towards the purchase of any in stock used vehicle!

Expires April 30th, 2016


How To Spring Clean Your Volkswagen

How To Spring Clean Your Volkswagen

Sure, a little spring cleaning is good for the soul. It is invigorating, therapeutic, and can give us a fresh perspective in our everyday lives. Why not have the same blissful feeling for your Volkswagen? During the (somewhat) cold winter months here in San Diego, we often neglect to clean our cars as often as we should. Well, now’s your chance to start again with these helpful car washing tips.


How often? Washing weekly certainly helps keep pollen, dirt, and the occasional seagull waste off your car and prevents pollutants from embedding themselves into the clear coat. If you can’t wash weekly, put one day in your calendar each month as a reminder that it is due for a thorough cleanse.

Red Jetta Car Wash Hood

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Wash in the shade – sunlight makes soap and water evaporate faster, which can result in water spots.

Hand Washing Gray Jetta in Shade

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Apply Degreaser on Tires Before Washing – that way, the degreaser has some time to soak into the rims while you are scrubbing your car.

Tire Degreaser

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Hand Washing is best to get the most precise results. Be sure to use a soap made for washing cars, as using dish detergent strips off your car’s protective wax.

Hand Washing Hood

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Rinse from the Top-Down one section of the car at a time. This helps the water flow over the whole car making the rinse more thorough.

Top-Down Rinse

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“Holy Rags” – people tend to not replace chamois as often as they should, which could result in missing spots on the car and having to go over it several times. When it’s time to get a new rag, you won’t regret the replacement.

Worn "Holy" Rags

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Don’t neglect the interior – use a Shop-Vac on the mats, car seats, floors, trunk, and any other hard to reach crevices to ensure you get rid of all the sand you’ve accumulated in your VW.


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Clay bars help if you haven’t washed your car in a long time. If you feel a gritty surface when running your hand over the car, clay bars can be used to bring back some of the car’s natural gloss look.

Clay Bar

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Dry Immediately with Microfiber Cloth– Using a garden hose results in water spots, especially with darker color cars. Dry immediately after rinsing to reduce the risk of unwanted water spots. After drying, don’t forget to apply a layer of protective car wax.

Drying with Microfiber Cloth

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Organize – so your glove box and center console are full and there’s stuff all over your floors. Life happens. Take a garbage bag and throw anything out you don’t use on a monthly basis. Organize those cd’s, throw out expired products, and the 7 pairs of scratched sunglasses in the dash that you never use. It’s time to make room for bigger and better things in 2016.

Organize Interior

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Are you due for some spring cleaning, but don’t have the time? Bring in your Volkswagen and let our professionals clean it for you! Though we are practicing a green initiative to conserve water during the drought, we are happy to wash your car for you when you come in for service.

Herman Cook Volkswagen Car Washing Professionals

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As an added bonus, here’s a coupon for you to enjoy this month for a Free Service Inspection to help with your Spring Cleaning peace of mind. You and your Volkswagen will feel like new in no time !


Free Service Inspection Coupon- Spring Cleaning

Why 2016 Jetta Sport holds the key to your heart

Why 2016 Jetta Sport holds the key to your heart

The sleek, newly designed 2016 Jetta Sport has so much to offer, even cupid would be jealous. Here are some important qualities to look out for in a potential Valentine.


Let’s face it – looks do matter. And with Ceramique and Titan Black two-tone V-Tex sport leatherette seating surfaces, the Jetta 1.8T Sport has style and fitness all dialed in. You won’t hesitate to be seen together cruising the beach.

Jetta Sport 2016 Interior

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Full of Surprises
Wouldn’t you like to be swept off your feet this Valentine’s Day? Sport Suspension, Heated Power Side Mirrors, Rear Spoiler, Black Alloy Wheels, Multi-function Steering Wheel, are just a few great features you can expect. There’s just enough mystery to keep you coming back for more.

Jetta Sport Body

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Rear View Camera ensures that your sweetheart will always be looking back.

2016 Jetta Sport Side Mirror

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Good with Directions
Built-in touchscreen navigation ensures that you make it to the right destination, on time, and looking sharp. You won’t ever have to argue about stopping to ask for directions along the PCH again!

2016 Jetta Sport Navigation

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Stays Connected
With the Car-Net App-Connect, you can access your smartphone apps safely from the touchscreen on the dash, with music, mobile maps, text messages, and other apps. Stay connected, without making yourself “too available”.

2016 Jetta Sport App-Connect

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Passion for Music
Equipped with 6 speakers, SirriusXM Satellite Radio, AM/FM/HD Radio, SD Memory card reader, and Bluetooth technology with audio streaming, you will never be bored. That’s music to your ears.

2016 Jetta Sport Speaker

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Eye for Beauty
Sees you for who you really are – a catch! Halogen reflector foglights help you see clearly in any situation so you decide when it’s time to put on the brakes or to move forward.

2016 Jetta Sport Foglight

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In today’s busy world, convenience is key. Or keyless. Jetta Sport’s Push-Button Start makes it so you can easily decide when to start and stop. It’s about time you are in control when it comes to your love life!

2016 Jetta Sport Push-button Start

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Room for all your baggage
In your 40’s, have 3 children still in school, and trying to put yourself out there in the San Diego dating world? No problem! There’s room for everyone – and all the baggage that comes with it.

2016 Jetta Sport Trunk

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Hopeless Romantic
Nothing says “I Love You” like the tornado red Jetta Sport. Champagne and rose petals not included.

2016 Jetta Sport at Herman Cook VW

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These days, qualities like these are far and few between. It makes us all want to dreamily ask “Will you be my Valentine?”. If you were curious if the new 2016 Jetta Sport is the right one for you or not, don’t worry, it is.

Stop in today at Herman Cook Volkswagen to take a 2016 Jetta Sport for a test drive and let the sparks fly! Or you can check it out here.

10 Gifts for the Volkswagen Lover in Your Life

10 Gifts for the Volkswagen Lover in Your Life

There’s passion and then there’s Volkswagen PASSION! In being part of the Volkswagen family, you carry a lot of pride for your VW and likely know others who do the same. Why not treat them to a Volkswagen gift that will carry them through the holidays and far beyond? Time to turn up the nostalgia.


1. Large Tonka Volkswagen Mint Green Beetle

This rustic bug made by Tonka will fit into any holiday décor.

Large Tonka Volkswagen Mint Green Beetle Bug With An Ivory Bottle Brush Tree on Top




2. Encinitas, California – VW Van Blockprint

Represent your local community in style with this vintage Encinitas VW blockprint art.

Encinitas, California - VW Van Blockprint: Retro Travel Poster Wall Art




3. Volkswagen USB Drive

A scaled replica of the classics, featuring working headlights when plugged in, turns up the holiday cheer.

Volkswagen Beetle USB Drive




4. Volkswagen Monopoly

Why not combine two classic pastimes into one? Now, you can!

Surfers Beach Decorative Switchplate Cover




5. Surfers Beach Switchplate Cover

A handcrafted light switch cover that will remind you of your VW every time you walk in a room.

Surfers Beach Decorative Switchplate Cover




6. Metal Wine Bottle Holders

Display your wine bottles proudly with this classy Volkswagen metal wine holder.

Minivan By Wine Bodies




7. Volkswagen Beetle Pocket Knife

Collectable Volkswagen stainless steel pocket knife is a practical way to cut through any holiday wish list.

Volkswagen Beetle Pocket Knife-Blue




8. VW Throw Blanket

A soft fleece throw blanket to wrap up your holiday shopping. It just feels right.

VW Camper Van Throw Blanket




9. Lego T1 Camper Van

A direct replica of the T1 Camper Van, this is the perfect gift for kids and kids at heart!

Lego Volkswagen T1 Camper Van




10. Limited Edition Car Ugly Christmas Sweater

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a Beetle ugly Christmas Sweater!

Limited Edition Ugly Christmas Sweater-Style


7 Reasons to Buy a Car in December (1)

7 Reasons to Buy a Car in December

What better way to start the New Year off right than with a new car? It’s the time of year when we dream big and give bigger.  Here are 7 reasons you should consider purchasing a new set of wheels this holiday season.

1. Your car is another model year older in January

This can greatly affect the trade-in value of your car. Year of the model is a major factor dealerships use to calculate the total cost of your new car. Another year older is another year of depreciation.


2. New year models are out now

Yes, it’s new. Yes, it’s shiny. And yes, it could be yours! Most of the 2016 new models are out now and are yours for the taking. Why not be one of the first on the road with your new favorite model? The satisfaction has never been greater.

Herman Cook Showroom

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3. Safer car to use for holiday travel

It’s hard enough getting the car packed for the holiday and everyone ready to go. The last thing you need is a flat tire, squeaky brakes, a dead battery, no heater, or worse. Why not just leave all your troubles at home? Travel in style with a new car that is ensured to keep your family safe during those road trips to Grandma’s house. Away we go.


4. Model Year End Clearance Sales

December is widely known as one of the best times a year to buy a car. With new 2016 models coming in, dealerships are ready to get last year’s models off the lot. This makes it a great opportunity for car buyers to take advantage of outstanding end of the year closeout deals.  Like these ones.


2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI S

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5. Joy of showing it off to family members

One of the biggest conversations you will have with your family over the holidays will be “How’s it running?” or “You still have the old (insert cheesy car name here). Why not be the one who shows up at Christmas with something everyone will admire. There is nothing more magical than the whole family huddled around an icy driveway during holiday dinner admiring your new set of wheels. Nothing.


6. If you buy car in December, you won’t have a payment until next year

Buying a car in December means that your first month is paid by the dealership. This allows you more money to use to tackle other items on the holiday shopping list.


7. If you are only giving one gift this year, this is the one you want

Not in the holiday spirit? Don’t know what to get your loved one? No problem! Anyone over the age of 15 will be quite pleased with this gift and may even offer to give you a ride! You’ll be the family hero and have a personal chauffeur…win win!

Herman Cook Encinitas Christmas Beetle

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