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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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Ways To Reduce The Hassle of Dog Hair Residue in Your Vehicle

Drivers often make sacrifices in exchange for the company and protection of their beloved four-legged companions. One common sacrifice is the leftover pet fur. As a driver and dog owner, there are prevention measures and cleanup techniques you can use to reduce that hassle.

Prevention Measures to Ensure Less Mess

Brush your dog regularly and especially before you take your dog with you for a ride. Using crates in the vehicle will ensure that your upholstery does not come into direct contact with your dog’s fur. If you do not wish to crate your dog, cover the area where…

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What's the Difference Between 4H and 4L?

Here at our dealership in Amherst, we want you to be an informed truck or SUV owner. So let's do a quick recap of the differences between 4H and 4L when it comes to shifting into four-wheel drive.

When to Shift Into 4H

4H or four high is for driving at faster speeds in off-road or snowy conditions. For example, if you are on the highway during a snowstorm or on a smoothly paved dirt road that allows you to go fast 4H is the gear to use. Never go faster than about 55 mph in 4H.

When to…

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What are The Main Features of a Dog-Friendly Vehicle

If you are a dog owner and enjoy taking them on long rides with you and the family, it is important to purchase a vehicle at Virginia Select Auto that is dog-friendly. But what makes a vehicle dog-friendly?

Here at Virginia Select Auto, we offer you all the features you need to own a dog-friendly vehicle including easy-clean upholstery, tinted windows, and fold down seats. By purchasing a vehicle with these specific features, your dog will be able to relax comfortably and stay cool while remaining in the shade of tinted windows. 

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Understanding How Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Work

Auto-dimming rearview mirrors are practically standard on all vehicles today, becoming one of the key safety features available. They accomplish this dimming through an interesting process known as electrochromism.

This process involves two sensors within the mirror that are used to detect the amount of light hitting the mirror. These two sensors then work with a microprocessor to send a charge to a gel known as electrochromic gel, located between the pieces of glass that make up the mirror. When this charge hits the electrochromic gel...

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Gaskets Explained

Gaskets for a tight bonded seal between two engine components to prevent fluid leakage or air infiltration. For various reasons, a gasket might crack or rupture, which allows fluids to escape, which endangers the function of the vehicle. If you notice a stain under your vehicle, you may have a problem gasket. Contact one of our Virginia Select Auto technicians for an inspection and repair services.

Gaskets are flat and created from multi-layered steel, copper or rubber. Common vehicle gaskets include the head gasket, intake manifold gasket, the...
 

 

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What to Do If You're in an Accident

Our dealership wants you to be safe while you're out on the road, but it's important to know exactly what to do just in case you are in an accident. So today, we're discussing the best tips for if and when you're in an auto collision.
• Help the injured and call 911 if necessary
• Make sure that all parties and vehicles are out of the road
• Take pictures, exchange, and document all information including license plates, drivers license numbers, and insurance
• File a report with the police just in case of a liability claim
 

 

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