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Volkswagen has never seen a supercar make it to the streets, but that is seemingly the only thing that the German powerhouse hasn't done. For a long time VW has been one of the titans of the automotive industry, and they've done it by offering one of the most diverse arrays of vehicles around. Affordable compacts. High-end luxury sedans. Top-notch SUVs. Fuel-efficient subcompacts. The list goes on. As such, VW has three vehicles – all of which are currently being produced – on the list of the ten best-selling vehicles in history. It's a remarkable feat, and one that VW earned by spreading out their line to grab nearly every demographic.
The German automaker was founded in 1937 and found their first commercial success with the vehicle that came to be known as the Beetle. Between the Beetle and their iconic vans, VW soared to popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. That led to expansion, and by the 1990s VW was one of the world's leaders in sedans as well.
Now VW has put that all together with a sleek stable of established vehicles that are all stylish, luxurious, and, most importantly, a joy to own and drive. The current lineup includes the Jetta, a compact sedan and wagon; the Eos, a hardtop convertible; the Passat, a mid-size Sedan; the CC, a four-door coupe; the Beetle, an iconic entry-level sports car; the Golf, a sporty five-door compact; the Tiguan, a mid-size SUV; and the Touareg, a full-size SUV.
The glass components of the VW are pretty straightforward. The Jetta sedan, CC, and Golf have front and rear windshields, front and rear side glass, and rear quarter glass attached to the door frame. The Passat opts for rear side glass behind the door frame, while the Jetta wagon and the Tiguan have both rear quarter glass on the door frame, and behind it. The Touareg has just one section of rear quarter glass – behind the door – but also features front quarter glass. The Beetle and the Eos have front and rear windshields, front side glass, and rear quarter glass behind the door frame.
While VW has done an excellent job of making their vehicles affordable, they have produced them with the utmost quality, making some repairs a touch on the expensive side. Such is the case with glass components. VW's are far from the cheapest vehicles when it comes to replacing windows, quarter glass, and windshields.
Despite the high quality of VW machines, aftermarket glass specialists can be trusted with replacing glass components. While not cheap, it's easy for specialists to get the proper glass needed for most VW models, largely because VW's stable is so popular.
There is an interesting and rare caveat with VW's glass, however: many dealerships are able to offer cheaper glass replacement than an aftermarket specialist. This varies from dealer to dealer, and from specialist to specialist, but in general, a VW dealership's glass replacement costs are comparable or better than a glass specialist. This makes it extremely important to shop around, so that you can find the best job, at the best price.