New Year Brings Warranty Change in Volkswagen

By Patrick Reid | Posted in VW Vehicles on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 3:36 PM

With the New Year, changes can be embraced with open arms.  In 2020, Volkswagen has announced that their famous America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty would be getting a facelift. 

Starting with 2020 models, the Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty will be transitioning from the 6 years or 72,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) to 4 years or 50,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first). The updated warranty will also include the 10,000 and 20,000 mile maintenance services.  Even with the tweak to the warranty, this is still one of the best warranties in America!

If the longer warranty appeals to you a bit more than the newly included maintenance, come see us before these changes take place!   We still have 2019 inventory- but it isn’t lasting long!  With the Sign Then Drive event currently happening, all you need to drive off the lot with a new Volkswagen is practically just your signature.  Don’t miss out- schedule your reservation today to see all available options.

If you have any questions about these changes, feel free to reach out to us. We’re happy to help and keep you driving happy!

Lighting up Children’s Holidays: The Toy Chest Children’s Charity

By Patrick Reid | Posted in Seasonal, Service on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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The Holiday season is upon us in the Bluegrass!  For many, this is one of the most wonderful times of the year.  However, for some local families, the holidays bring stress and worry.  To help the children in our community, Don Jacobs is partnering with The Toy Chest Children’s Charity for the month of December!

The Toy Chest is a children’s charity that provides toys, books, clothing and other items vital to the healthy development of children in under-served areas around Kentucky. They are committed to mentoring and fostering service values in all children, while providing them a platform to serve their peers.
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You can help Don Jacobs support the Toy Chest in two different ways this month.  If you are coming to see us for service, you can make a donation during your next visit. Don Jacobs will match your donation up to $25!  Please call Guest Services at 859-276-3546 to schedule.

If you ready for holiday travel, but still want to help, consider dropping new, unwrapped toys off at Don Jacobs during our toy drive. We have 3 convenient locations throughout our dealership to make it easy!  We will be accepting toys through December 20, so come see us soon!

In the great words of Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  Partnering with the Toy Chest Children’s Charity makes it possible for over 450 kids to wake up to new toys, clothes and books every Christmas morning.  We look forward to doing our part to help brighten up this holiday season for children across the Bluegrass!

Colder Weather Brings Low Pressure in Tires

By Patrick Reid | Posted in Seasonal, Service on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 9:42 PM

Checking Tire Pressure

If April showers bring May flowers, what does the fall and winter bring?  Well, tire pressure lights of course!  All jokes aside, this time of year you may notice your tire pressure light is demanding attention.

Often times, this isn’t anything to be overly concerned about and can be blamed on fluctuations in weather. Living in Kentucky, we can experience all 4 seasons within a day.  That sure does make your tire pressure sensors go wild!

A good rule of thumb is that if you wake up and its 10+ degrees different than the day before; that could alter the pressure in your tires that triggers your tire pressure alert. While this isn’t always cause for immediate alarm, we do have a quick fix to ensure nothing serious is going on!

We encourage our valued customers to stop by any of our service lanes- no reservation needed!  We are happy to check your pressure, ensure they are within a normal fluctuation, fill the air if necessary and reset your light.  We will get you taken care of as quickly as possible!

If you do make the recommended adjustments and the light keeps coming on or the fluctuation is outside the norm, we are pleased to make you a reservation.  The safety of our loyal customers and their vehicles is most important to us!   We appreciate the opportunity to assist you with any lights, concerns or maintenance needs.  Call Don Jacobs Guest Services at 859-276-3546 to schedule today.


To Lease or Finance? That is the Question!

By Patrick Reid | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 5:49 PM

The question of whether you want to lease or finance a vehicle is often the biggest dilemma our customers face when they walk into Don Jacobs. Not sure if you want to buy or lease? We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to help you make your decision.


Car Buying Decision


  • Eventual Ownership: We all know buying a vehicle is quite an investment! In the end, you will have ownership of, ability to modify at will, while you keeping your vehicle as long as you want.
  • No Mileage Limit: Love to travel? You can drive as many miles as you’d like!
  • Control over Vehicle: You have total control over when you want to sell your vehicle, upgrade or trade.
  • Pay Off: Once you pay off your vehicle, it’s yours! The ability to not have a payment monthly is a huge pro for many.


  • Monthly Payments: You may need to have a decent down payment to minimize monthly payments on a purchased vehicle.
  • Unpredictable Resale: There are brand and models that tend to have better resale values, which is hard to predict. This is a consideration during research! Always keep in mind that other factors such as high mileage, depreciation or accidents can lower the trade-in or resale value of your vehicle.
  • Maintenance Expenses: Once the initial limited warranty period is over, you may want to purchase an additional warranty to cover unexpected repairs that could arise over the course of extended ownership.
  • Flexibility: If your needs change and you like to upgrade often, buying often doesn’t make financial sense.

If you love the ability to pay off your vehicle with intent for extended usage, have access to savings to keep a reasonable payment or know you will drive a lot of miles; we would recommend considering buying.


Car Purchase Decision Accounting


  • Down Payment: Not a lot of savings? Many times, with a lease you have a choice of not giving a down payment.
  • Maintenance Expenses: While with a lease or purchase you have regular maintenance expenses, during a lease the manufacturer’s warranty will allow peace of mind to avoid large repairs.
  • Resale: You don’t have to worry about depreciation or even an accident causing value loss, as you can turn your vehicle in at the end of lease.
  • Flexibility: Once you are down with your lease term, you can upgrade to a newer model or change models depending on your needs, easily.


  • Mileage: At time of lease, you will set mileage for the vehicle. There will be financial penalties going over the allotted miles.
  • Insurance: Higher premiums may occur, as you could be required to obtain higher limits of coverage.
  • Ownership: At the end of the lease, you do not own the vehicle. If you choose to purchase, at times, this can be a bit more expensive than buying initially.

If you love to upgrade vehicles every 2-3 years, don’t drive many miles, don’t want to tie your funds up in a huge down payment and want lower monthly payments; leasing might be a great way to go!



BMW Drive to End Hunger 2019

By Patrick Reid | Posted in BMW Vehicles, Dealership News on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at 7:10 PM

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For the past two years, BMW has assisted in providing over 2.4 million meals to Feeding America to help the 1 out of every 8 Americans struggling with hunger. This year, we continue the fight against hunger with the BMW Drive to End Hunger event and you can help! After all, the only thing better than getting behind the wheel of The Ultimate Driving Machine is helping those in need.

From November 12th through the 16th, if you visit Don Jacobs BMW and go on a test drive, not only will you get a $1,000 credit towards the purchase/lease of a new BMW, you will also fund 200 meals for Feeding America. Everyone wins and all it takes is a test drive. Fill out the form here to take part.

Luckily if you want to do more locally, we have that option as well! This month, Don Jacobs is partnering with God’s Pantry Food Bank. We are taking food donations all month long at drop-off bins located around the dealership, along with our service donation match program. Not sure what is most needed? Their greatest needs include: breakfast foods, canned meat, canned fruits, canned vegetables, pasta and rice, shelf stable milk, and soups.

To add to the $1,000 credit towards the purchase/lease of a new BMW, we also want to take the time to thank you customers.  We wouldn’t be here for almost 50 years without your loyal patronage.  On Friday, November 15th, we are having a Customer Appreciation Event.  Food, music, BMWs- what more could you ask for to kick off this holiday season?  Giveaways from Kendra Scott, Jeff Ruby’s and Logan’s of Lexington will be up for grabs if you can guess how many donations fit in our BMW X7 model. With incredible storage space, we look forward to using your donations to support an amazing cause and give you the opportunity to win. Want to attend? You can RSVP by contacting us here.

Happy Halloween!

By Patrick Reid | Posted in Seasonal on Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 8:49 PM

There’s a chill in the air and nights are growing longer. The spookiest night of the year has finally arrived! With pumpkins painted and everyone dressed for the occasion, we are prepared for some Halloween frights. Stop on by today to see the full assortment of painted pumpkins across the dealership.

From everyone in the Don Jacobs Family, Happy Halloween!

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends this coming Sunday at 2:00am! Fall back your clocks and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

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Shriners and Don Jacobs: We Care about Kids

By Patrick Reid | Posted in Dealership News on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 at 3:57 PM

For nearly 50 years, Don Jacobs has been a fixture in Central Kentucky. While we always strive for our valued customers to experience the Don Jacobs difference, we also love to provide a little something extra to local charities that call Lexington home. Each month, our loyal patrons and employees have the option to donate to our sponsored charity. In kind, we as an organization will match each donation up to $25! This month, we are excited to share more about our partnership with Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!

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Shriner’s Hospitals for Children serve as specialty health clinics for pediatric orthopedic conditions. Built on the philosophy that people can make a positive difference in the lives of others, a sentiment dear to our hearts, the medical center in Lexington consists of board certified physicians and surgeons who go above and beyond for their patients. They provide comprehensive care conveniently under one roof.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is one of 12 organizations we will donate to locally this year. Curious what is up for November? Stay tuned by liking our Facebook Page to see all the great things happening at Don Jacobs.

Want to contribute and help the kids of Shriners this month? There is still time! Schedule your appointment at one of the links below. When you arrive, tell your Advisor you would like to donate to the Charity of the Month.

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Classic Car Show Takes You Back In Time

By Patrick Reid | Posted in VW Vehicles on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 10:00 AM

It’s a blast from the past down in Somerset, Kentucky! For 12 years, the Lake Cumberland Volkswagen Jamboree has driven though the town during the monthly Somernites Cruise; the largest classic car show in the state. Our very own Gabe Balázs attended this year as Don Jacobs has proudly served as a sponsor of the Jamboree for the past 10 years.

Beetles from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, classic Busses, and early generational models of Volkswagen take us back in time to relive the innovative and fun design that has been the signature of the brand.  And the appeal is wide! Attendees this year came from all over; Lexington, Louisville, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio.  They were particularly nostalgic this year, as it’s the LAST year for the Volkswagen Beetle.

While an icon to the Volkswagen brand, all good things must eventually come to an end.  You can see its final edition here and can even schedule a test drive before they are gone for good.

As we embark on our upcoming 50th year of being a proud dealership in Central Kentucky, we love looking back to see how far we, along with our Volkswagen brand, have come. Don’t miss your chance at catching the soon to be retired Beetle and to become part of our family – come see us today!

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BMW Innovation

By camileturner | Posted in BMW Vehicles on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 12:20 PM

The BMW Vision M Next

BMW is a company that has always made beautiful vehicles that stop anyone in their tracks. Now, they are taking that up a notch with the exquisitely modern and sleek designs of their autonomous concept cars. The BMW Vision M Next concept car debuted in Munich at their NextGen conference. It is very futuristic looking with matte Cast Silver metallic paintwork and accents of Thrilling Orange to turn heads. A unique feature on this car is the grille. The front grille is closed. It introduces laser wire light technology behind a very thin piece of glass. Another unique feature of this vehicle is that it does not have any side or rearview mirrors. They are replaced by a 360 degree camera that gives the driver better vision than traditional mirrors.

Embracing BMW’s motto of being the ultimate driving machine, the Vision M Next has a total output of 600 horsepower. It has a hybrid system powered by two electric motors so this powerhouse of a car can get up to 63mph in only three seconds! If you are someone who loves the power and thrill of a sports car but you’re also fascinated by the convenience of autonomous cars that’s exactly what the Vision M Next encompasses.

Vision Next 100 Motorrad

BMW didn’t stop with just making concept cars but they introduced their concept bike the Vision Next 100 Motorrad. A motorcycle that anyone would enjoy driving. Its revolutionary technology makes it one of the safest motorcycles ever. The Vision Next 100 Motorrad does not require a kickstand for it remains perfectly balanced. BMW has also made a visor for the driver to wear that will serve as the dash and a heads up display while simultaneously protecting the eyes from wind exposure. The motorcycle is electric and aims to provide a safe yet exhilarating ride. BMW has not revealed when this bike will be available on the market as it could be years before this kind of technology is street legal, but in the meantime we can dream about a world where all motorcycles look like the Vision Next 100 Motorrad.

The future of BMW is something we are all looking forward to. With the advancements in autonomous driving creating safer roads for everyone, BMW continues to innovate and does so in style.

The Future of Volkswagen is Here – Bring on the Bus

By camileturner | Posted in VW Vehicles on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 5:29 PM


Who would have ever thought the day would come where self driving cars were a reality? Well that day is here and no one is doing it better than Volkswagen. Four electric concept cars have been introduced and they are unlike anything  made before. Although, the most highly anticipated of the four concept cars is the ID. Buzz. Volkswagen is putting a spin on the classic VW bus and bringing it back as an electric model.

When production of the beloved bus came to an end back in 2013 consumers were sad to see such an iconic vehicle disappear.  But the resurgence of this vehicle in electric form has VW bus enthusiasts thrilled. Production will begin for the ID. Buzz in 2022 in the United States, China, and Europe.

The electric bus has flawless, innovative features that have received countless awards since it was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017. The bus has a very sleek design and comfortable interior. The seats slide on the floor and fully reverse to make the ID. Buzz as comfortable as ever for easy travel. As well, the center console is a tablet that can be shifted to the front or back of the bus and removed for your convenience. The new and improved electric bus is sure to change the way we drive with  360hp from electric motors on each axle. Don’t worry about the long trips, it can handle that with a 300 mile range from the 111 kWh battery pack.

For such a technologically advanced vehicle, one might think that the ID. Buzz would be unattainable, but Volkswagen has announced that it will be more affordable than other  electric cars currently on the market. The bus is back and better than ever!


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