Welcome to the forum. Speaking from the point of view of someone living in Southern Ontario, Canada I can only add what I know about our region. By the early ' 80's the dealers here were notorious for wanting nothing to do with their " history ". Some gave away the old parts at firesale prices just to be rid of them. There are stories galore of VW air-heads cleaning out dealerships by paying a lump sum and carrying away everything. The service departments were not too keen on the old cars and as the mechanics aged and retired, especially the import German mechanics, the dealers ability to do proper service slipped very quickly to the point where service by them became an expensive crap-shoot. Hobbiests learned to trust fellow air-heads who knew someone who knew someone ( likely a shade tree mechanic ) who understood and loved the old cars and who could apply the old knowledge and skills to keep the Bugs alive. Today, some of the dealerships are back to sponsoring events and working to maintain good public relations since many of the air-heads are now no longer degenerate hippies but are valued 50 to 60 year old customers who may also want a Jetta. From my point of view I would still be looking elsewhere for service on my Beetle. In this case the best helping hands are at the ends of your own arms.