December 2020 - V&F Auto Inc

5 Picturesquely Snowy Drives In New England

With social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 precautions still in place, getting outside for some fresh air is more important than ever—but finding safe activities can be a challenge as winter weather hits. A great way to shake up your usual routine and get outside when it’s cold is driving! Snowy drives in New England […]

Why are my brakes grinding?

If you hear a noise from your brakes, you should make an appointment to come in right away—instead of turning up the radio to drown out the noise. Here’s why: What causes brakes to make a “grinding” sound? There are 2 major causes of brake grinding. If the grinding sound occurs when you press on […]

Six Winter Driving Tips You’ve Probably Heard Before (But Definitely Need To Hear Again)

This article has been refreshed with new tips and tricks to help you navigate winter terrain. It was originally published on December 12, 2019. Driving in the snow and ice can be tricky. Here are our top winter driving tips you’ve probably already heard before–but always bear repeating: Invest in winter tires. All-season tires are […]

Winter Survival Kit: 7 Things to Keep in Your Car During Winter

With the season’s first big snowstorm on its way to New England, it’s important to make sure your car is equipped with a winter survival kit. A “winter survival kit” contains the cold weather supplies and emergency equipment you’ll need if you find yourself stranded in the middle of a storm or a cold snap. […]

Drive Belt Maintenance: Signs It’s Time For Repair

Serpentine belts are one of the most important parts of the engine. Because they’re so durable it can be hard to notice signs of wear and misalignment, but even minor flaws can compound over time to create massive problems for your engine. Here are a few signs that it’s time for drive belt maintenance or […]

What happens if you don’t change the cabin air filter enough?

As air comes into your car, the cabin air filter sifts out any dust, pollen, smog, mold, and other junk to keep it from entering your vehicle. It’s important to change the cabin air filter regularly—these are some problems that can arise if your filter is overdue for maintenance. Health Troubles If dirty air is […]

Pro Tips for De-Icing your Windshield

As the morning temps begin to dip below freezing, most of us have noticed a little frost on our windshields… and it’s only going to get worse from here. As we prepare for the inevitable winter weather, here are a few pro tips for de-icing your windshield. 1) Plan ahead (wake up early) This is […]

Are bald tires really that bad in the winter?

We get it—replacing bald tires can be an expensive and time-consuming process. But it’s important to make sure your tires are safe for whatever this New England winter holds. Here’s our best advice for evaluating your tires. When should I replace a bald tire? You can easily tell if your tires’ tread is too worn […]