Category: Tips From The Pros

Checking Tread Depth At-Home: The Penny Test

June 11th, 2020 by

Tread depth is the distance from the deepest part of the tread groove to the very top of the tread block. Regularly checking your tire’s tread depth can help you determine when it is time to replace your tires. Below are three common ways to check your tread depth. Checking Tread Depth At-Home: The Penny

Pre-season Motorcycle Maintenance Tips | Part Three

April 17th, 2020 by

An annual favorite of our readers, this guide was originally published in April 2019. Now that we’ve reviewed the pre-season maintenance, let’s talk about the first ride. The springtime debut of your bike is an exciting experience, but there are a few things to keep in mind: Plan Your Route Before you hit the road,

Pre-season Motorcycle Maintenance Tips | Part Two

April 15th, 2020 by

An annual favorite of our readers, this guide was originally published in April 2019. With spring officially here, it’s time to bring those bikes out of hibernation! In our last article, we reviewed some basic preseason maintenance but we’re not done yet. Don’t forget to check these things before you hit the road: Oil If

Pre-season Motorcycle Maintenance Tips | Part One

April 13th, 2020 by

An annual favorite of our readers, this guide was originally published in April 2019. Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to bring those bikes out of hibernation. Here are a few things you should check before you hit the road: Brakes If your bike has been laid up for four or five months,

5 Simple Ways to Take Care of Your Brake Lines

March 20th, 2020 by

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. These simple tricks and tips can help you maximize the life of your braking system—from the brake pads to the brake lines—and help keep

Tire Maintenance Checklist

February 20th, 2020 by

At V&F, we know that a good set of tires is critical for optimizing your car’s performance–and keeping you safe on the road. But keeping up maintenance between services can be a hassle. We put together a comprehensive guide with everything you need to keep tabs on to make sure your tires stay in tip-top

Should I get a premium oil change?

February 4th, 2020 by

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 every advantage over its conventional counterpart—and why it’s worth the extra cost. What’s

How far can you drive with the low-fuel light on?

January 23rd, 2020 by

Driving your vehicle when the low-fuel light on is dangerous—it can damage your engine or even lead to a crash. That said, if you’re in a pinch and you need a little time to find a gas station, how many miles do you have once that light comes on? Is the tank really empty when

Auto Repair Financing: Convenient Options at V&F

January 14th, 2020 by

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 in your engine. In speaking with some of our customers, we realized that many don’t know about all of

Used Cars Near Me | Searching For A Pre-Owned Vehicle

January 6th, 2020 by

“Used cars near me” is one of the most searched phrases on Google. With so many people looking for answers, we decided to put together a list of resources that will make your shopping experience a little smoother. Whether you need a new car asap, or you’re just casually browsing, these are our some of