While winter weather can be a pretty sight, it presents a slew of challenges to you and your vehicle. Cold weather ensures the mechanical abilities of your car are working overtime. Here's how to prepare.Read more
Now that the cost of flying for a family of four is about four times more expensive than driving it seems like this summer is as good a time as any for a road trip. No doubt, many families will opt for packing the minivan this year to reach their destination- and we are here to help your trip run smoothly!Read more
Whether you are planning a road trip to your favorite summer vacation spot or doing the usual commute from home to work, the Washington, D.C. metro area’s summer heat puts extra demands on your car. Drivers should follow proper automotive maintenance and read the vehicle owner’s manuals to be sure their vehicles will perform safely and dependably all summer long.Read more
Northern Virginia avoided a cold, icy and snowy winter with unseasonably warm temps. While the warm winter was easier on vehicles (and made many of us happy), it is still important to do a seasonal vehicle check and make sure your vehicle is prepared for the approaching spring showers and summer heat.Read more
What is Tread Depth? Tread depth is a vertical measurement between the top of the tread rubber to the bottom of the tire’s deepest grooves. In the United States, tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch. New tires on most new cars measure 10/32 inches to 11/32 inches.Read more
Everyone who owns a car has heard about the importance of wheel alignment and wheel balance, but a lot of people don’t know why it is actually important. Below we’ll go through some of the most common questions about wheel alignment and wheel balance so you’ll never be left scratching your head again.Read more
Low Pressure and Worn Tire Tread Contributes to AccidentsRead more
Can a Dealer Deny New Warranty Coverage if the Owner Took the Vehicle to A Non-Dealer Shop for Routine Maintenance and Repairs?
No! Vehicle owners have several options to stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance and repairs – use the dealer, another automotive maintenance provider or do it themselves. For those who use someone other than the dealer, the dealer cannot deny factory warranty coverage.
In additional to conventional oils, Virginia Tire & Auto performs oil changes using high quality synthetic oils.
Synthetic motor oils contain more highly refined base oils than those used in conventional mineral oils, which can offer you better protection and performance. Synthetic oils provide a variety of benefits, such as excellent high- and low-temperature performance, that can provide excellent engine protection.
While driver’s education courses teach many teens important skills in vehicle control and the rules of the road, valuable information may not be addressed. Here is a list of five important points every new teen driver should know.Read more
A battery can last four to five years with proper care, but today’s vehicle computer systems create a small but constant drain on batteries, even when the vehicle is parked or in long sitting periods. Therefore, checking the battery should be included as part of the routine vehicle maintenance.Read more
No one likes to see a warning light illuminated on their dashboard, especially that pesky TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) warning light, which seems to light up every time there is a drastic drop in temperature. Add to that having to make a stop at the local gas station to fill the tire with air and most of us are at the point of full annoyance. Perhaps you should consider filling your tires with pure nitrogen this winter to alleviate this hassle. Pure nitrogen, a more popular option to fill tires, maintains tire pressure three to four times longer than air.Read more
Here are 4 simple tips to get your vehicle ready for winter driving conditions. We recommend that you take the five minutes to look over your vehicle and see if you could benefit from any of these suggestions. It could be a real time and lifesaver once those snowy and icy conditions set-in!Read more
Virginia Tire and Auto understands this is a difficult decision to make so we’ve compiled some things to consider when making such an important decision.Read more
Many drivers are under the impression that the more you run your air conditioner the more gas your car will use.Read more
Knowing when to replace your air filter is important for the proper operation of your vehicleRead more
The benefits of maintaining and investing in quality tiresRead more
Run-flat tires are now more popular than ever. If you have them on your vehicle, what do you do when they need to be replaced?Read more
FALL CAR CARE CHECKLIST: Just as squirrels are gathering their acorns and your digging out jackets and scarves-- your vehicle needs preparation for the coming winter too. This is why October has been named Fall Car Care Month. Setting aside a small amount of time now to prepare your vehicle for winter weather is a wise way to avoid being stranded in the cold.Read more
Fall has arrived and that means beautiful colors, pumpkin spice lattes, and unfortunately colder temperatures. There’s no denying the beauty of Fall, but the same goes for the impending chill of winter that is to come. Just like you would for your house or even yourself, you need to prepare your car for winter. Have a look at our car maintenance tips and keep your car rolling right through the winter months.Read more
Getting your oil changed is necessary for keeping your car performing at its best. An oil change can be compared to a spring-cleaning. It may seem like a burden to take the time out of your schedule to do it but if left unattended, the junk will build up and you’ll be facing a much larger problem. Below we will explain to you why oil change is so important, how often you should get one, and what will happen if you don’t. With any luck, this information will make getting an oil change a little less painful.Read more
Everything we own needs to be taken care of – especially our vehicles. While vehicle maintenance intervals are longer for newer models, scheduled service is required for all vehicles to be reliable and safe. Every vehicle has a maintenance schedule, typically located in the owner’s manual or in a separate maintenance log book. This schedule provides details of the vehicle’s needs, and adhering to these requirements will help to avoid automotive maintenance mistakes.Read more
Gas prices are on the rise again, so drivers are looking for ways to get the maximum miles out of a tank of gas. In addition, improving fuel economy also benefits the environment by releasing fewer emissions into the air. Quality auto maintenance and care, sensible driving, a properly-tuned engine, and combining and scheduling trips, will each help to effectively get the best gas mileage a vehicle can provide.Read more