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Thanks for another year of giving.

Another successful Coats for Kids campaign has come to a close and we couldn’t be more proud of our generous customers. We were able to collect and donate over 160 coats to the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka.

Our Topeka team did a phenomenal job collecting coats of area kids in need.

Each year between the end of October and Christmas we collect coats at our BMW|VW of Topeka showroom. Our incredible customers showed up in a big way with their donations. We also donated a coat for every car sold during the donation drive.

Our General Manager, Kris Nielsen can be seen here along with the staff from Boys & Girls Club of Topeka during our donation delivery.

Local Topeka news crews stopped by to cover the story for a holiday feel good story on their evening news. Kris Nielsen, General Manager and Shelby Ross, our internet sales consultant were integral in the fulfillment of this donation drive.

This is one of our favorite programs every year as it’s a meaningful way to support our local Topeka community. We are very proud to be part of Topeka and this is a great way for us to show that.

We want what you have.

It’s an unprecedented time in the automotive industry. Inventories are exceedingly low and both buyers and sellers are turning to the pre-owned market to fill their vehicle needs. What does that mean to you? Plenty.

Do you have a second or third vehicle that doesn’t get used much? Do you have a two-vehicle household but with new working-from-home conditions you don’t really need two vehicles and could use the extra money instead?

Used vehicles are bringing anywhere from 10-20% more than they were a year ago. We’ve had customers that we’ve offered more than they paid for the vehicle originally to buy it from them so we could meet the demands of our customers looking and needing to purchase.

This is an opportunity for you as a car/truck/SUV owner. If you are able to sell your car, now is the absolute BEST time to do it.

Worried the process is daunting and cumbersome? Don’t be. We make it easy. We offer the KBB Instant Cash Offer Tool on our website that makes it as easy as entering your VIN number and answering a few simple questions. We’d love to help you get the most for your vehicle so feel free to contact us or stop in and we’ll appraise your vehicles on-the-spot.

Our own general sales manager, Kris Nielsen will tell you, “the lack of new car inventory has pushed used car prices higher than ever and trade in values are at an all time high unseen in recent memory. A lot of people are realizing they don’t need a 2nd or 3rd car in their garage and that now is a great time to sell their car and capitalize on market values.”

Kris knows how important it is to make the process painless and easy. “Getting a purchase offer on your car from BMW|VW of Topeka is as easy as answering a few short questions, snapping a few photos with your phone, and waiting for one of our appraisal experts to give you a quick shout back.”

Kris will be the first to tell you how much he prefers to see customers in person so stopping by for an on-site appraisal is always an option. We hope you’ll take this incredible opportunity to take advantage of the current challenges in the auto industry. Reach out to us today.


It’s a saying. Go on and give it the “old college try”. Well, we believe in higher education and Volkswagen takes it even a step further and rewards those who are pursuing their college dreams with a College Grad Bonus.

The Volkswagen College Graduate Program* offers a $500 Contract Bonus** for qualified college graduates who lease or purchase a new, unused Volkswagen vehicle through Volkswagen Credit.

How to qualify:
• You graduated within the last 24 months or will graduate in the next six
months from a U.S. or Canadian college or university
• You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• You have a full-time (permanent) job or written commitment from your future employer

*College Graduate Program is subject to credit approval and is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who graduated from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college/university no more than 24 months prior to credit application or will graduate within the next six months. Applicant must be employed in a full-time permanent position or have a written commitment from a future employer. References, proof of income, copy of degree or official transcript, and contact information for college/university required. Credit history is not required, but existing credit must be in good standing and have no previous derogatory credit marks. Program runs from January 5th, 2021 – January 3rd, 2022. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your local Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW.
**Volkswagen of America, Inc. will pay a $500 Contract Bonus when customers are eligible for the College Graduate Program lease or purchase a new, unused Volkswagen vehicle through participating dealers and finance the lease or purchase through Volkswagen Credit from January 5th, 2021 – January 3rd, 2022. Excludes Certified Pre-Owned vehicles and ID.4. May not be combined with VW TDI programs (79L and 81R). Subject to credit approval by Volkswagen Credit. Bonus must be applied toward customer lease or purchase and is not redeemable for cash. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your local Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-DriveVW.

Need a car, we’ve got them!

Let’s be more specific, do you need a car, truck, or SUV? Well, we’ve got them all. New car inventories are tight everywhere so it’s the perfect time to think past new and take a look at our pre-owned lot. We’ve got over 90 cars there RIGHT NOW so we’ve got something for everyone.

Want something sporty? Well how about this 2016 Chevy Camaro in bright yellow? A car that would command attention no matter the circumstance. All this sport for under $25,000.

Need something with a little more “family room”? Well then, here’s your 2017 Toyota Sienna XLE. With all the practicality that comes with a mini-van at an even more practical price.

Is it not kids, but gear you need to haul? Then ride on in for this 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

Need to update your SUV? The Atlas is one of the best on the road and one of the most popular, the Vdolkswagen Atlas. Might be a challenge to find one at some dealerships but we’ve got plenty.

Did none of those grab your attention because you want a car that will grab everyone else’s? Well check out this Audi. A 2012 Audi Premium it’s just what you need to grab attention this summer.

The moral of the story is – don’t assume we don’t have what you need or want, stop in or stop by online to shop our lot, even when we aren’t there you can shop 24/7 online at our Express Store.

Let’s Meet Our Team.

Meet Shelby. He’s our internet sales manager and resident Dad. Why is it Dad with a capital “D”? Because not only is Shelby dad to 4 adopted sons; Jonathan, Jordan, Lloyd & Chantez and daughter Tasia he’s fostered over 50 kids. So, he’s EARNED the capital “D” in Dad.

A few of Shelby’s favorite things include watching professional sporting events, listening to R&B and gospel music, spending time with family (including his dachshund Reno), taking cruises, travelling to international destinations, Camping or watching the Kansas Jayhawks. If Shelby won the lottery he’d build a orphanage for at risk youth and have the biggest family reunion bash ever. Both equally valuable endeavors.

Shelby’s favorite vehicle? His 1978 Cadillac Seville

Shelby handles our internet sales for the dealership, so if you are chatting with him via email or if you see him in the showroom say “HI!” but be ready with some US Presidential trivia as he’s an expert on it.

Let’s Meet Our Team

When we claim our team is approachable we have the proof to back that up. Approachable sales specialists are a mix of outgoing and knowledgeable, no one has this combination on lock more than Victoria. Let us introduce you to our VW Specialist and dealership spitfire…Victoria Gerry.

“Hi! I’m Victoria. I am a VW Specialist here at BMW|VW of Topeka and I absolutely love what I do.”

When not driving around in her favorite 2020 VW Jetta SEL…

you can find Victoria enjoying live music – her favorite being alternative/grunge or being active outdoors with her border collie Ace/her cat Logan and soon with her new Cavapoo puppy. In her quieter moments you might find her reading a self improvement book or watching a movie, including her favorite “The Hobbit”. She is married to her husband, Matt and they have one daughter Natalie.

A fact some may not know about Victoria is that she served 12 years in the Army National Guard as a recruiter and operations sergeant. We appreciate her service to our country and the work ethic she’s carried over to her role with us.

When we asked her to explain how she came to work for us here in Topeka and how she views her role she responded, “I am a Client Advisor and Volkswagen specialist at BMW|VW Topeka. I help with Service to Sales for customer retention. My husband was assigned to Ft Riley as his duty station so we moved from Charleston, SC to Topeka, KS. I worked for 3 years in North Charleston, SC for a Volkswagen dealership so it was a simple transfer.”

If Victoria were to win the lottery she would buy a house with a movie theatre, eternity pool and hot tub, buy a new Porsche Macan, and purchase a BMW M3 for my husband. We aren’t sure where she’d buy this fancy house but we sure hope it’s local. We are proud to have Victoria representing both VW and our dealership and hope you’ll come by and introduce yourself soon.

Let’s Meet Our Team

Our team is as approachable as they come, and that doesn’t just mean the sales staff is friendly and helpful – but our service team knows there way around exceptional customer service as well. From the top down it’s our mantra to provide the kind of service that creates a long-term relationship with our customers. Once the car is sold it’s the service department’s role to keep that car on the road and keep our customers happy. That all begins with the guy at the top, our Service Manager – Isaac Nichols.

This is Isaac, he’s our BMW|VW Service Manager, he joined our team just recently but he has hit the ground running and has over 15 years of experience in servicing the brands we sell.

Let’s get to know a little more about Isaac so next time you bring your car in maybe you can chat for a few about KU, The Royals, or The Chiefs!

His favorite colors: Blue & Black

His favorite teams: KU, The Royals and The Chiefs.

And as for his favorite movies & music – he’s a man of many tastes – too many to list.

He’s a husband to his wife, Amy and dad to two boys – Miles and Tucker. Along with their dog, Pippi and a leopard gecko named, Elliot.

He’s a man of relaxed tastes choosing to spend his free time with his kids’ baseball teams or at the lake with his family.

If he won the lottery he’d pay of all his own bills, his parent’s bills, and put his kids through college. And maybe, just maybe he’d score a new BMW M5 as it’s his favorite car to drive.

His favorite part of his job is helping people whether it be his co-workers or customers. We couldn’t agree more, our favorite part of our job is helping as well and we’d like to help you get to know Isaac and his impeccable team of service advisors and technicians. Schedule your next service soon and stop in and say hi to Isaac while you’re there.

Let’s Meet Our Team.

We’d love for you to meet our team. We have brand new management along with some of the best long-time employees in the business. Today let’s meet one of those BRAND NEW managers, Kris Nielsen.

Hi, my name is Kristopher Nielsen. I am the brand new General Manager of BMW|VW of Topeka.

Let’s learn a little something personal about Kris:

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Movie: Coming to America

Favorite Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Favorite Type of Music: I have eclectic taste

Kris is married to his lovely wife, Brooke. They just recently had their first child, a boy named Max. They also are proud pup-parents to two Portuguese Water Dog/Poodle mixes named Penny and Pepper.

Outside of work Kris enjoys cycling and hanging with his dogs. A lesser known fact about Kris is that he has a photographic memory and can recall obscure song lyrics or movie quotes having only seen or heard them once.

His favorite car… his much missed 2014 Porsche Cayman S (stock image – neither actual vehicle or driver pictured here.)

At BMW|VW of Topeka Kris is the General Manager, the top dog, the buck stops here guy. What is his favorite part of this role?

“My favorite part is helping our team members succeed and interacting with the customers.”

How did Kris wind up the Top of Topeka? After 10 years of working for the company in various roles he was always working towards this.

Lastly, what would Kris do if he won the lottery? He’d tell no one, he’d enjoy the spoils of fractional jet ownership which of course would lend itself to lots of travel.

Well, stick around awhile Kris we’ve got lots to do together. Our dealership has amazing staff and a customer experience worth travelling for, but we can always get better and BE better and that’s why he’s here. Cheers Kris!

BMW Fuel The Mission.

BMW is proud to support Team RWB.

What is Team RWB you ask?

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich veterans’ lives. Every year, more than 250,000 active duty service members transition out of the military, joining the 3.5 million post-9/11 veterans already living in communities nationwide. They face many challenges including isolation, weight gain, lack of purpose, and other health issues.

Team Red, White & Blue is the antidote to the isolation and health challenges they face. By forging America’s leading health and wellness community for veterans, service members, and their families, we strive to make tomorrow better. Together, we will find strength and success.

The local chapters and the Team RWB App deliver virtual and local, consistent, and inclusive opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. Volunteers host regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and community service events, and facilitate building strong local connections with members and organizations within the community.

BMW believes very strongly in supporting our military both with discounts to military families as well as monetary donations made via initiatives like the FUEL THE MISSION TEST DRIVE EVENT.

Starting Monday May 17th, 2021 and ending Saturday May 22nd, 2021 BMW will be donating $20 for every test drive to Team RWB. Once you test drive and fall in love with your next BMW they are also offering $1,000 towards the purchase of a new BMW during this event. Follow this link for more details and to sign up for a test drive and help us support out troops through Team RWB.

We Are So Proud.


Verified Customer Ratings Used to Name Second Annual CARFAX Top-Rated Dealers in the U.S.

BMW VW Topeka is being honored in the second annual CARFAX Top-Rated Dealer Program. The 2020 CARFAX Top-Rated Dealers received an average of 4.6 out of a possible five stars. The select group of dealers are being celebrated for their commitment to building consumer confidence through exceptional service and customer care.

“CARFAX has more than 2.2 million verified customer ratings and reviews for dealerships around the country,” said Bill Eager, CARFAX Vice President of Dealer Business. “The Top-Rated Dealer program recognizes the best of the best for exceptional service and customer care.”

Our number one goal is to provide exceptional customer service so being recognized by our customers for providing just that makes us extremely proud. It is our staff of sales and service professionals along with our integral office staff that makes our customer experience noteworthy and highly valued by our customers.