Your car needs regular oil changes, even if you don't drive much

If you own a car or truck, you know that one of the most important regular maintenance tasks you have to have done is an oil change. But what if you don't drive your vehicle that much, using it only for short trips around Amherst? Can you delay getting your oil changed?

The answer is no. Your vehicle likely has a recommended mileage and recommended number of months after which you need to get your oil changed.

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Taking Note of Tire Markings Can Boost Your Safety

Here at your local dealership, we always go the extra mile to help drivers like you to stay safer. With the summer season fast approaching, it is important that you keep your tires in good condition. Whether you plan to buy new tires or simply use your current models, it is of key importance to decipher and follow the various markings found on tire sidewalls.

Most passenger vehicle tires have up to eight different symbols etched into their sidewalls. These symbols represent tire metrics such as air pressure, width, aspect ratio, and load rating. Each and 

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The Purpose of a Blind Spot Monitor

Our Virginia Select Auto team is committed to helping our Amherst shoppers use their vehicles to the fullest. A Blind Spot Monitor is an innovative driver-assist feature that can help you and those around you stay safe.

A Blind Spot Monitor uses technologies, such as a sonar or radar sensors, to keep watch for cars that are rapidly approaching or in your blind spots. There are some Blind Spot Monitors that provide you with a visual alert on the corresponding exterior mirror, and some warn you when you turn the blinker on. 

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Servicing or Replacing Your Car Battery

Batteries work on the principle of converting their stored chemical energy into the electrical energy that can provide the spark your engine needs in order to start. Their chemical energy is finite, which is why they need the occasional replacement. Some battery issues can be solved with a few simple tricks, however, allowing you to get the most from your battery.

Consult a mechanic if you begin to experience electrical fluctuations like randomly dimming headlights or if it simply fails to start. While these could be signs your battery is failing, either issue could 

 

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Distracting Driving Has Met Its Match

Distracted driving is a real and present danger that can cause a great deal of damage to a whole lot of people. One must think about their actions and if they really want to put themselves in a situation where they could potentially harm themselves or others simply because they are too busy being distracted by something in the car.

The good news is that there are a number of tips that one can use to battle back against distracted driving. The first is to know yourself and understand what will distract you and keep that out of your vehicle…

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What Value Does The Vehicle History Report Add To Your Life?

Imagine walking into a boardroom somewhere without the faintest idea as to what kind of presentation you were about to give. It sounds like the beginning of a nightmare. Despite knowledge of this, many people will walk into the purchase of a used vehicle without the slightest clue what they are getting into. Where is the logic in that? It doesn’t exist.

You need to go over a vehicle history report line-by-line before making the choice to buy a used vehicle. It is mission critical to get a list of facts about the used car that you are 

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Keep Your Car in Top Condition: Signs Your Ignition Needs Service

One of the most important elements of your car is the ignition. You need to be consistently vigilant to ensure your ignition is serviced in a timely manner when needed. There are some key signs your ignition needs professional service.

A primary sign that your ignition needs immediate service is when you hear a grinding sound when you turn your key. A grinding sign indicates that the starter drive gear is wearing out. Another key sign associated with the need for ignition service is a whining sound when you turn your key. This indicates freewheeling is occurring and the starter…

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Choosing a Dog-Friendly Vehicle

Choosing a vehicle that is right for your dog means finding one that is safe, comfortable and makes sense for your family. The size of your dog matters, as a small dog tends to prefer small bucket seats where they can cuddle in. A large dog prefers a flat space to lie down comfortably.

Ease of getting into the vehicle is important when you are looking for a dog-friendly vehicle. Low entry doors make it easier for your dog to get in, while sliding doors make it easier for you to get your dog and children back into the van…

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Find Out How To Apply Touch Up Paint Correctly

Applying touch up paint can be a key step in preserving the aesthetic value of your vehicle. Chips, dings, and scratches can both diminish the appeal of your auto and lead the way to more extensive damages. With touch up paint, Amherst drivers can minimize the likelihood of rust formation, and restore the seamless appearance and protection offered by their cars' finishes. At Virginia Select Auto, we're happy to share tips for ensuring that touch up paint is always applied correctly.

Start By Choosing The Right Paint Color

For a flawless finish, you'll have to start by choosing…
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Changing The Course You Are On By Avoiding Blowouts

Don’t even think about getting into a vehicle that has the potential to have a tire blowout. Those situations are completely dangerous and have the potential to be wildly expensive as well. You could have to pay to replace the tire, repair damage that the blowout itself may have caused, and even potentially pay for damages that were caused to others. In short, it can be a very pricey experience.

Getting away from that means keeping a close check on your tires and making sure that they are in top working condition at all times. 

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