Hamburg dealer challenges independent repair chains

Hamburg, Germany. Walter Koester, one of Hamburg’s largest Volkswagen and Audi dealers, has launched a stand-alone business offering low-cost repairs.

Koester is responding to competition from such big independent repair chains as ATU and Pit-Stop.

The newly founded Koester Auto-Welt has two repair shops in northwest Hamburg. They are separate from Koester’s dealerships and offer low prices because they use nonoriginal equipment replacement parts.

Koester has kept open service centers at its VW and Audi dealerships.