November 2017 - V&F Auto Inc

Using Four-Wheel Drive in the Winter

Four-wheel drive is awesome. But, if you’re a new driver or simply new to four-wheel drive, the power can be deceiving. While you may feel invincible being able to truck through snow and ice with ease, it’s important to realize that even four-wheel drive has its limits. Knowing the Dangers One of the most common […]

Winter Vehicle Checklist

It’s that time of year again! The cold is here, snow is coming, and your car needs a tune-up before holiday travel starts. Here are a few things to make sure your mechanic checks when you go in for service: Antifreeze and Radiator Make sure your antifreeze is topped off and ready to go with […]

8 Essentials for Your Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit

During an emergency is a lousy time to think of all the things you should have been carrying. As the days get colder and snow becomes imminent, you need to be prepared for the worst. In this article we’ll go over the essential items that should be in your car’s winter emergency kit. Windshield Scraper […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Driving Stick Shift: Proper Shifting

In this series, we’ll discuss tips, tricks, and best practices for driving stick shift. Now that we’ve gone over basics and simple technique, let’s kick it up a notch. Common Shifting Patterns The shift pattern refers to the layout of the gears. In a typical manual transmission car, first gear is located to the left, […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Driving Stick Shift: Hitting the Road

In this series, we’ll discuss tips, tricks, and best practices for driving stick shift. Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s dive into technique. Stopping To slow to a stop, use the brake as you normally would. When your speed is reduced, press the clutch with your left foot as you release the accelerator […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Driving Stick Shift: Getting Started

In this series, we’ll discuss tips, tricks, and best practices for driving stick shift. But first, let’s start with the basics. What is the Clutch? Manual transmissions require that the driver change gears by depressing a clutch pedal and using a stick shift. The clutch pedal connects the transmission to the engine, and the input […]

Why Your Car’s Paint Is Important

  Minor paint damage may seem like a purely aesthetic concern, but your car’s paint actually serves an important function in preserving your vehicle’s value. Here’s why: Preventing Structural Problems Along with providing an appealing look to your car’s exterior, paint is designed to ward off structural problems. Most car bodies are made of steel, […]

When To Get Your Brakes Replaced

Similar to gas mileage, the wear and tear on your brakes will vary depending on where and how you drive. And determining just how long they’ll last depends on several factors: Driving Habits Where you drive makes a big difference when it comes to brake wear. You use your brakes a lot more in urban […]

Four Things Every First-Time Car Owner Should Know

Buying a new car can involve some costly maintenance mistakes if you don’t do your homework. In this article, we’ll discuss four maintenance tips every new car owner should know: 1) Using “premium” gas won’t make your car run better. Many new drivers experience the pull toward premium, simply because it sounds like the better […]