Car Care Tips

Tips to keep your car on the road.

  1. Maintenance June 25, 2019

    Virginia Vehicle Inspection Checklist

    Before taking your vehicle for a Virginia State Inspection, we advise you to visually check the following items on your vehicle to save you time and hassle.

  2. Maintenance June 11, 2019

    How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

    Even on a short trip to the grocery store, you’ll probably use your brakes 20 to 50 times. Now imagine how much work your brakes do in rush hour traffic or on long road trips! That’s a lot of wear and tear building up with every press of the brake pedal. Your brake rotors play […]

  3. Tires June 9, 2019

    Is It Okay to Replace Run-Flat Tires with Conventional Tires?

    What are run-flat tires? Run-flat tires are unique because they have reinforced sidewalls, which allow you to continue driving on these tires after a puncture so you have time to get to an auto shop or pull off to a safe area to put on your spare. Due to the safety benefits of these tires, […]

  4. Maintenance May 3, 2019

    What are the Signs of a Bad Transmission? 4 Things to Look For

    Though your car is put through its paces during your annual Virginia vehicle inspection, evaluating the exact state of your transmission isn’t on the inspection checklist. So it’s up to you to know when your transmission is in need of a tune-up. If you miss the signs that your transmission has taken a turn for […]

  5. Tires April 19, 2019

    What Do the Numbers on My Tires Mean? How to Read Tire Sizes

    Being able to quickly glance at the sidewall of your tire and determine the tire size your specific vehicle needs can save you time, trouble and money. Even still, not many people know how to actually read a tire size even though it’s printed right there on the sidewall. As a mix of letters and […]

  6. Tires March 31, 2019

    What are the Best Tires for Your Car? 5 Factors to Consider

    Buying new tires can be a hectic process. As a driver, you have a wide variety of tire options at your disposal, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you’re not sure what you’re looking for or even where to start your search. There are a few key factors you should consider (other than price) […]

  7. Tires March 8, 2019

    Which Tire Brand is the Best? Virginia Tire & Auto’s Tire Brand Guide

    Michelin. Bridgestone. Goodyear. Firestone. The list of tire brands seems to go on and on once you start the hunt for new tires. With all the options to choose from, it can be hard to determine which tire brand is best for your vehicle. Read: How Long Should Tires Last? How do you decide which […]

  8. Safety March 5, 2019

    Check Engine Light FAQs

    A check engine light can be scary and annoying at the same time. It signals that there’s something potentially dangerous happening under the hood of your car, but it won’t tell you exactly what it is. It can be tempting to ignore the light and brush off the possibility that a repair is actually needed, […]

  9. Maintenance February 14, 2019

    The Car Maintenance Checklist Every Driver Needs

    If there’s one thing we’re certain of here at Virginia Tire & Auto, it’s that regular car maintenance is the key to vehicle longevity. We also understand that when it comes to your car, there are a lot of moving parts — literally and figuratively. Each part of your vehicle has a different maintenance schedule, […]

  10. Safety January 30, 2019

    What Will Fail a Virginia State Inspection? What You Need to Know

    If you drive a car, then you’re required to pass a state inspection every year. In Virginia specifically, the standards are high when it comes to vehicle safety and emissions. Although this yearly chore can seem like an inconvenience, it’s keeping our roads and families safer. With that said, it can be nerve-wracking to think […]

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