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The Importance of Proper Alignment

If your car is pulling to one side when you're trying to drive in a straight line, or it is vibrating at high speeds, it might be suffering from an alignment issue. A vehicle with proper alignment will have all four wheels pointing in the proper direction.

Hitting potholes, curbs, or other obstacles can knock wheels out of alignment and cause a variety of problems, such as uneven tire wear and poor gas mileage. Getting your alignment checked whenever you get an oil change can help you find small problems before they grow into something serious and expensive to…

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Guide for Towing

Towing a load behind your truck or SUV is a simple process if you follow a few basic guidelines. Don't leave for a fun weekend at the lake or mountain campsite without ensuring both your vehicle and trailer are capable of carrying their load.

Never exceed the suggested weight limit your vehicle is able to tow. You'll need to factor in the weight of everything else you're bringing, including passengers, along with the weight of the item you wish to tow. Don't leave without first checking that electricity is powering your trailer's turn signals and…

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How Knowledge Can Help With Vehicle Experience

One of the best things that people can do is learn about vehicles and certain terms. Knowledge can be the very difference between a good experience with a vehicle and a bad experience. People who take the time to learn what certain terms mean and what they are talking about are going to be more likely to make sure that their vehicles remain in good condition.

One example is the common mistake that people make when they talk about towing and payload. While it is often used interchangeably, these terms actually mean something completely different to one another. 

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How to Avoid a Tire Blowout

A tire blowout may seem to happen without warning. However, there are many signs that your tires are worn or otherwise not suitable to be on the road. For instance, if you see cracks between the tread and the sidewall, you should replace the tires as soon as possible.

This is called dry rot and occurs when a car sits for long periods of time. Other signs that your tires should be replaced include a lack of tread or bubbling on the tire's surface. Tires that have been on your vehicle for many years may also need to be…

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How to get the most out of your tailgate party

Football season is fast approaching again, and so die-hard fans everywhere are preparing themselves for that great American tradition: tailgating. If you want to look like a pro at your next tailgate, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  1.  Get there early. You want to have time not only to eat, but also to clean up before the game starts. Plan to get there three or four hours before kick off.
  2.  Prep the meat the night before. Do your marinating, prep the burgers and the skewers so they're ready to hit the grill when you get there…
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Powertrain vs Bumper to Bumper Warranties


?When you shop for a new vehicle there is a lot to consider. Your first impression is often based off of the exterior of a vehicle. From there you look at the interior. Reading the specs can provide you with valuable information about what is under the hood. When it comes to protecting the investment you are making, make sure that you question what kind of warranties your potential new vehicle would come with. Two very commonly provided warranties include a powertrain warranty and a bumper to bumper warranty.

A powertrain warranty covers all of the different power-related items under…
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Negative Signs in a Vehicle's Battery

When you perform a car battery test, knowing obvious warning signs can be one of the best ways for you to know when it is time to take the vehicle in for more serious repairs.

Always begin the testing with the appropriate safety steps. Read the instructions carefully and set the right connectors with their corresponding terminals. Watch how your battery reacts, as an older, less effective battery will not be able to hold a charge as easily as a newer one. These batteries are also unable to produce sufficient cranking amps, which means that it is not working to…

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Rainy Weather: How to Drive Safely

Rainy weather increases your risk of being injured in a car accident. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce that risk. You can take steps to protect yourself, your passengers, and your fellow drivers.

Confirm that your car's safety features are in excellent shape. Check your wipers, replacing them if they appear torn, warped, or otherwise damaged. 

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What's the Biggest Myth About Oil?

There are many myths about oil that even some car mechanics will tell you. At Virginia Select Auto, we prioritize informing our customers about their vehicles as part of delivering a positive customer experience. The biggest myth about motor oil is you need to change your car's oil every 3,000 miles.

How often a vehicle's oil needs changed varies among different models. Yes, some makes need an oil change every 3,000 miles...

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