East Coast Wagen Werks LLC, located in Wilmington NC, is a locally owned and operated automotive service and repair shop specializing in Volkswagen and Audi.

Why just Volkswagen and Audi? Because, with almost 20 years of factory training, we can save you time, money, and the hassle of repeat visits by sticking with what we know. We strive to diagnose and repair your vehicle correctly the first time and to make sure each customer understands exactly what their vehicle needs and why.


We service all VW and AUDI models, diesel and gas. We can handle everything from oil and filter changes, to scheduled maintenance and dash light diagnoses, to major engine repairs. Our diagnostic software has dealership-level capabilities allowing us to handle any repair or programming on models up to 2015, and we have the special tools needed for these brands. We use only OE parts, fluids, and chemicals to insure your vehicle continues to operate the way VW or AUDI designed it. All repairs (excluding used parts) are covered by a nationwide 2 year / 24,000 mile warranty with a limited 1 year roadside assistance and towing package.


If the timing belt fails, it can cause internal damage to your engine, requiring expensive repairs. We offer a timing belt service with a parts warranty based on the recommended change interval for the belt.


We use only the available OE brands that VW and AUDI use, because they fit, perform and function the best. We can perform pad/rotor replacement, flushes, repairs and diagnosis of ABS, brake and traction control system.


We adhere to the factory recommended maintenance schedule, again using only OE brands but at a fraction of the dealership cost. From oil filters to spark plugs, we utilize quality parts at great prices.


Let us keep your transmission shifting smoothly with factory scheduled services. If needed, diagnosis of transmission system complaints, fault codes, and most minor repairs.


Check engine light, airbag, glow plug, particulate filter, steering, or bulb indicator light on in your vehicle? With dealer level scan tools and factory training, we can diagnose and repair any of your dash warning lights.


With state of the art machines and the experience to back it up, we have the knowledge and skill to perform A/C system diagnosis and repairs - anything to help keep you cool.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, in order to correctly diagnose your issue, it requires a expensive scan tool to read the faults, along with proper training and experience to put that information to work. Diagnostic fees usually run between $50 and $75, and, in the rare case more time is needed to determine the cause, we will always contact you before any more time is billed.
No, we are open Mon-Thur 8am to 5pm and Fri 8am to 3pm, but we're closed on the weekends to spend time with our families. If an issue should arise after work hours there is a key drop in the large bay door and we will contact you the next work day.
Yes, the diesel vehicles are a large portion of our customer base, from glow plugs and diagnosis, to rebuilding leaking injection pumps, to drivability concerns. We have extensive factory training and years of experience with the diesel engines.
No, we will give you an accurate estimate up front - before any work is started. We will contact you if any other work is needed, with another estimate before performing any other repairs.
Yes, in order for us to perform the work in a prompt and timely manner, we keep an organized schedule. Please call 910-859-7757 for an appointment.
Yes, we use synthetic motor oils that meet the specification from VW/AUDI required for the extended oil changes and OE brand filters. Some customers choose to stick with the 10,000 mile intervals, while others choose to run 5,000 mile intervals.


  • ECWW is the ONLY place I will take my Passat for maintenance and repairs. Craig is honest, dependable, and just a great guy who is extremely knowledgeable. Don’t go anywhere else!
    Pam L.
    Wonderful, knowledgeable staff. Repaired something that VW charged me $1400 and 3 maintenance trips and still wasn’t fixed! Wagen Werks identified the issue and got it right the first time…and only a fraction of the price!
    Heather Crisco
    First of all, I am a REAL person and not made up nor are my comments. Craig is a great down to earth guy that is easy to work with. He gives you a day and time when your car will be ready and it was. Describes what the issue(s) were and what it will take to fix it. I think his pricing is reasonable and if you have issues after the repair, he is, as was the case with my Passat, quick to replace a valve cover gasket that was leaking without any question(s). I feel confident that if you give Craig the chance to work on your VW or Audi, you will stay with him for future repairs. Great guy.
    Robert S.
    I have lived in Wilmington NC three different times since 2000 and I have finally found a trusted place to service my 1993 VW Corrado VR6. The car runs great, the best it has in years! My experience there has been nothing but the best. I have watched how Craig and Cain not only work on the cars but also how they interact with the customers and it’s nothing but good. I can see why there are an array of makes and models of VW and Audi being serviced there. I trust them and the work they do. Highly recommended!
    Richard H.
    These guys are truly awesome!!! Craig and Cain were both so knowledgeable and great at explaining to me the work that needed to be done. I totally trust them and feel that they gave me a reasonable price for the work on my Tiguan. They even went above and beyond! I highly recommend them!!!
    Shannon D.
    I picked up a 2008 GTI recently with some known problems, and these guys were able to get the car back in working order with a level of expertise and determination that I don’t often see. I am particular about my cars and they kept at it until I was satisfied with the outcome. I highly recommend this shop, they will get it done right.
    Bill P.
    Nice guys who are honest, prompt, and very knowledgeable. I definitely reccomend East Coast Wagen Werks
    Nicole M.
    These guys are the best at what they do. At Dynasty Motors we specialize in highline vehicles and ALL of our Audi/Volkswagens go straight to ECWW for any service or repair. Way more efficient and knowledgeable than any franchise dealership you may deal with, trust me. Thanks for all your help Cain and Craig.
    Johnny Intemann
    We were so happy to have found an honest shop with superior VW knowledge. We were pleasantly surprised to have Craig fix all of our Passat issues for a fraction of what other shops and the VW dealership quoted. Hoping to help promote this business for sure!! Thanks again!!!
    Denise F.
    I recently had some major repair work done by Wagen Werks on my VW Passat (2007) and they did a fantastic job–and at a reasonable price!! My car seems to be running even better than it was before, and I can’t say enough about how professional and knowledgeable Craig was when discussing the repairs with him before my car was worked on. He was fantastic….highly recommend this auto shop, and will definitely be taking my car back here if I have future issues and/or problems!
    Lisa Zingale
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    About | Team


    It is our goal to provide you with the best service and repair experience possible. We don’t just work on these vehicles – we are owners of them. We believe in the quality of VW and AUDI and look forward to maximizing you car experience at East Coast Wagen Werks.

    Cain Ward and Craig Kiser, the shop’s owner and operators, are looking forward to serving you and your vehicle at East Coast Wagen Werks. With eight years of experience, Cain has been a VW dealer technician and has extensive factory training with certifications in Electrical Systems, Airbag and Safety Systems, and TDI Engines. Craig also worked as a VW dealer technician and has 11 years experience and factory training with Electrical Specialist and Engine Specialist qualifications. Craig has certifications in Airbag and Safety, Engine Mechanical Repair, Eos Convertible, Engine Management, TDI Engines, Electrical Systems, and New Beetle Convertibles.

    Craig Kiser - Owner/Technician/Writer

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    Born and raised in North Carolina, and living in the Wilmington area since 2009. Craig attended Universal Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina in 2001 and after graduating was hired at Bill Black VW in Greensboro NC. After 6 months Bill Black VW was bought by Flow Motors of Greensboro and Craig continued working there up until 2009, when he moved to Wilmington to work at Bob King VW. Craig continued working at Bob King VW until June 2013, when East Coast Wagen Werks opened.

    Craig Kiser - Owner/Technician/Writer

    Craig Kiser - Owner/Technician/Writer

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    Cain Ward - Owner/Technician/Writer

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    Cain was raised in Southport, North Carolina and still lives there with his wife and canine family. He attended Universal Technical Institute in Houston, TX in 2001 and after graduation worked at Cape Fear Land Rover for 4 years. He began working for VW in 2007, first at Low Country VW in Charleston and then later at Bob King VW in 2010. He continued working at Bob king until October 2014, when he began at here at the shop.

    Cain Ward - Owner/Technician/Writer

    Cain Ward - Owner/Technician/Writer

    Click to Read Cain's Bio




    East Coast Wagen Werks
    24B Station Road
    Wilmington, NC 28405

    (Located directly behind Lee's Professional Service)


    Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm

    Friday - 8am-3pm


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