V&F Auto Service Blog

Windshield Repair: Why You Shouldn’t Drive With A Cracked Windshield

Perhaps you’re driving behind a quarry load and, despite your best efforts to hang back, a rock knocks your windshield leaving behind a nasty crack. Maybe a severe storm pulled debris down onto your hood or brought down some nasty hail, damaging the glass on your car. No matter how it’s damaged, any cracks on […]

Common Symptoms of a Broken Heat Shield

Most heat shields will last the entire life of your vehicle without needing to be replaced. Still, they can still be susceptible to failure over time. Here are a few common symptoms of a broken heat shield. A burning smell coming from the engine. When the heat shield is failing or damaged, one of the […]

Our Top Recommendations: The Best Cell Phone Mounts For Cars 

Our Top Recommendations: The Best Cell Phone Mounts For Cars  Trying to find the best cellphone mount for cars? These are our top recommendations: Ainope Gravity Phone Holder on Amazon This is a super affordable moung that is compatible with most standard car vents. Your phone will slide in and clamp automatically, slipping into a […]

What You Need To Know Massachusetts’ Hands-Free Law

Massachusetts’ Hands-Free Law went into effect on February 23, 2020, and carries some pretty hefty penalties. Under this law, Massachusetts now prohibits operators of motor vehicles from using any electronic device, including mobile telephones, unless the device is used in hands-free mode. Increasing enforcement of this Massachusetts’ Hands-Free Law has some drivers wondering what exactly […]

The Complete Guide to Summer Travel With Pups

Traveling with dogs can be a hassle, especially in the car. With the summer in full swing and vacations coming up fast, we’ve created the ultimate guide for canine car travel. Start with training. Just like training a dog to sit or roll over, dogs can be taught to ride in a car. Experts recommend […]

Should I Get a Premium Oil Change?

A premium oil change can cost significantly more than a conventional one. We’re often asked: are there any extra benefits behind premium oil that justify the higher price? The answer is, undoubtedly, yes. In this article, we’ll examine why synthetic oil has such an extreme advantage over its conventional counterpart—and why it’s worth the extra […]

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

The orange, engine-shaped icon on your car dashboard is programmed to turn on when your vehicle senses something might be wrong. While most automobile owners panic when the check engine light turns on, it may not always mean you’re going to have to spend your next paycheck with a mechanic. In this article, we will […]

Careers In Auto Repair

Finding a Career in Auto Repair Are you interested in a career in the auto repair business? Because the car repair industry has a job for everybody, whether cars, trucks, or SUVs is just a hobby or you’re a diehard car fanatic, a career in the automotive industry could be a match for you. In […]

Auto Repair Financing: Convenient Options at V&F

A fan favorite of the V&F Community, this article was originally published in January 2021 and has been updated. Going to the mechanic can be daunting⁠—especially if you don’t know how much the repair is going to cost. But putting off a necessary service could make your repair bill even higher, or create permanent damage […]

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