Car Care Tips

Tips to keep your car on the road.

  1. Safety August 29, 2018

    Is it Safe to Drive Your Car With the Check Engine Light On?

    The symbols and notification lights on the dashboard of your car are, for the most part, not optional. Is it safe to drive your car with the check engine light on? The short answer is, it depends. Maybe you have a story or two in your back pocket about a time when the check engine […]

  2. Savings August 23, 2018

    How to Create a Solid Car Maintenance Budget

    Life can throw a curveball once in a while. Or, a nail in the road. If you don’t have a solid car maintenance budget, you could be scrounging for cash to pay for unexpected, expensive repairs or even just to keep up with regular car maintenance. Did you know? One-third of drivers in the United […]

  3. Maintenance August 16, 2018

    How Long is a Car Battery Supposed to Last?

    Your battery is your vehicle’s lifeline. If your battery isn’t in working order, your car won’t be, either.  So, how long is a car battery supposed to last? It depends on a variety of factors. Given the important role your car battery plays in your vehicle’s ability to function, it’s important to first understand how […]

  4. Safety August 9, 2018

    Everything You Need to Know About Auto Safety Recalls

    In 2017, the automotive industry recalled 74% more vehicles than it delivered to consumers. A whopping 30.7 million vehicles were recalled, while only 17.6 million new vehicles were sold. While these numbers may seem stifling, auto recalls hit a four-year low in 2017. 2016 saw 53 million recalls, although many are (and continue to be) […]

  5. Safety July 26, 2018

    Is It Against the Law to Have a Cracked Windshield?

    Driving with a cracked windshield is many things: it’s dangerous (it compromises the safety of your car in even a minor accident), it’s frustrating (how did this even happen?), and it’s embarrassing (no one likes a beat-up ride). But is a cracked windshield illegal? It depends. The crack’s severity and location play a role in […]

  6. Savings July 19, 2018

    10 Life Hacks for Your Car

    At Virginia Tire & Auto, it’s no secret that our biggest “hack” for your car is regular maintenance. But, we also understand that not all car “hacks” involve oil changes and wheel alignments. We spend a lot of time in our cars. Things can get messy, broken, and even dangerous if you don’t have your […]

  7. Tires July 12, 2018

    Can I Replace Just One Tire on My Car?

    Blowing out a tire can be a hassle. You figure that it will be a quick fix — head to the tire shop, pick out the same model (or maybe one that’s a little less expensive?) and boom — you’re done. In many cases, you’ll be told that you should really replace all four tires. […]

  8. Maintenance July 5, 2018

    How to Clean Car Battery Contacts in 4 Easy Steps

    Here’s how to clean your battery terminals and extend the life of your car battery.

  9. Safety June 28, 2018

    What All the Symbols on Your Dashboard Mean

    We’ve all been there: You’re driving along the freeway, enjoying the views, and all of a sudden, you hear a beep — you look down and a symbol appears on your dashboard. You start to wonder what could be wrong. Some symbols on your dashboard are more obvious than others. However, it’s important to know […]

  10. Maintenance June 21, 2018

    What Happens When a Car Overheats?

    We’ve all seen it—a driver stranded on the side of the road, perplexed as their vehicle stalls and smokes. You may have even been there yourself. Your car can overheat for a variety of reasons. This most commonly happens during the summertime in the warm weather. Although there are ways to prevent this from happening, even […]

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