Should You Buy a Used VW Beetle?

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Is a Used VW Beetle Right for Me?

The Volkswagen Beetle is one of those cars that has been around for as long as anyone can remember. The first Beetles rolled off German assembly lines in 1938, but the Beetles that rolled into Woodstock and other hippie-centric events in the 1960s and 1970s are arguably what boosted demand for the "New Beetle,” released by Volkswagen in 1998, the height of the retro craze. Critics scoffed that the Beetle was simply a next-generation Golf, but nostalgia buffs were giddy over the car and its built-in flower vase.

The Type I or “classic” VW Beetle – 21 million were sold during its life span – was actually produced until 2003, when it was put to rest in favor of the New Beetle. As critics said, the problem with the “New Beetle” moniker is that it wasn’t really “new” in 2006. At that point it had been around almost a decade. So in 2006, VW gave it a new, squarer shape and a 150-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-five engine and announced that it was reborn. However, even that TLC didn’t win a whole lot of converts for the old-time nameplate with modern-day technology.

We’ve looked at Volkswagen Beetle models from 2007 to 2019 to figure out which model is the right one for you. So read on to find out everything you need to know about used Volkswagen Beetles.

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