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Four Things Every First-Time Car Owner Should Know

Buying a new car can be costly if you don’t do your homework. In this article, we’ll discuss four things every first-time 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 alternative. While some high-performance […]

Understanding Your Transmission: Car Transmission Types

Every car needs a transmission to run. In this article, we’ll review the most common transmission types, and outline the basics of how each one works. 1) Manual transmissions 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 […]

Pre-Purchase Inspections When Buying A Used Car

A pre-purchase inspection is a crucial step when buying a vehicle. While buying a used car is a great way to save money, it is important to know that the vehicle is safe and is not in need of major and costly repairs. A thorough check-up examines mechanical, safety, and appearance aspects, such as the […]

Four Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Clutch

The way you drive can have a significant impact on how long your clutch lasts. Here are a few ways to increase the lifespan of your clutch: 1) Don’t “ride” the clutch. The first rule of keeping your clutch in good shape: avoid keeping your foot on the clutch. The clutch pedal should be either […]

Signs of Rust And What Causes Them

If your car is starting to show signs of rust, you’re probably not happy about it. Rust is one of the pesky but inevitable problems that come with owning a vehicle.  In this article, we’ll discuss the common signs of rust and what causes them. Types of Rust Rust is the layman’s term “oxidation,” or […]

Get An Engine Performance Check At V&F

Most people don’t know a lot about how an engine works, but getting an engine performance check is critical when considering the purchase of a new or used car.  Most gasoline cars operate on the same basic principles, so it’s easy to gain general knowledge about what engine performance is all about. Here are a […]

Why do my tires keep losing air?

When tires keep losing air, it can be super frustrating. Especially if there aren’t any obvious culprits, like a puncture or tear. Before you shell out a few hundred dollars to get your tires replaced, here are a few things to consider. Temperature Changes Sudden drops or rises in temperature can cause your tire pressure […]

My battery light came on. What should I do?

Most every car today contains a rechargeable 12-volt battery. The battery powers all of the electrical components in your car, from the engine’s computer and ignition system to the radio and headlights. Why did the battery light come on? The battery is vital to the car’s operation but it will eventually go dead if it’s not recharged. Thankfully, […]

Car Cleaning Hacks: How to detail your car like a pro

No matter the season, keeping your car clean inside and out is essential. Here are five car cleaning tricks every car owner should know to detail your car like a pro. 1) Use a portable vacuum A quick wipe down or once over with your home vacuum doesn’t always do the trick, especially if you […]

Conventional Oil vs Synthetic Oil: What’s The Real Difference?

Oil changes can be a hassle, but they’re a crucial part of engine maintenance. Oil maintains engine lubrication, cools the engine components, removes dirt particles and sludge, and can even improve gas mileage and increase vehicle longevity. If you’re thinking about conventional oil vs synthetic oil, we’ve got the answers. Worth the Hassle Car engines […]

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