A stock photo of a gas pump with different grades.

You probably don’t need to spend extra on gas

Should I be using premium-grade gas in my car? 

The world of automotive sciences can be more than somewhat daunting to people who don’t dive straight into it. There are a lot of choices to make that can have some major consequences in terms of performance and other areas. One of the most common concerns people have when they get service at Poulin Auto Sales in regards to the kind of fuel they should fill their tank with. If you’re wondering, ‘Should I be using premium-grade gas in my car,’ the Poulin Auto Sales Blog has the answers. Like all too many questions in the automotive world, there isn’t a single answer that will work for everyone. The closest we can come to that kind of panacea is, follow the recommendations laid out in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Let’s take a look at some things you need to know.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Be sure to check on your car while under quarantine

How do I take care of my car during quarantine? 

Residents of Vermont are under a shelter at home order until at least May 15. During the time we’ve been under lockdown, people are likely to be driving their vehicles much less. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I take care of my car during quarantine,’ the product experts at Poulin Auto Sales have some answers for you. It is an easy-to-understand fact that a vehicle can develop issues if it sits unused for too long. Venturing out for a drive should be relatively safe as long people stay inside their vehicle, which should provide for plenty of social distancing. Our team put together this handy guide to help clear up any lingering questions you might have.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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An older vehicle has some different needs, do you know what they are?

Do high-mileage cars need synthetic oil? 

The easiest and most cost-effective way to keep a vehicle on the road is to make sure the oil is changed on time. If you take care of your vehicle it will take care of you for a long time. However, as the miles tick by on the odometer, the needs to keep your car, truck or SUV in peak condition might change. So, do high-mileage cars need synthetic oil? That depends on several factors. A Poulin Auto Sales service expert will be able to let you know what you should be doing to take the best care of your vehicle as possible. Most experts agree that the 75,000-mile mark is where things start to change. Let’s take a closer look at a few things you might need to know.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Our service department is still open and ready to help you

Can I still get oil changes/car repair in Vermont during the stay at home order? 

Every Vermont resident has been coping with the state’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order since Gov. Phil Scott issued it at the end of March. More recently, it appears we could be hunkering down well into April, beyond its original date. The longer we’re dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, the more likely it is that people will need to think about having their vehicles look at for routine maintenance. So, if you’re wondering, ‘Can I still get oil changes/car repair in Vermont during the stay at home order,’ Poulin Auto Sales is here to answer, yes you can. Automotive repair and services fall under the transportation sector that has a carve out for us. Let’s take a look at what this means.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Your car has warning lights for a reason, listen to what they have to say

What causes a check engine light to come on?

The amount of knowledge it takes to properly diagnose and repair problems with a car is simply too much for the average person to deal with. That’s why the Poulin Auto Sales Service Department is staffed by a team of highly trained experts who can easily handle just about anything a customer can bring to us. However, it can be helpful for our technicians if they know what they’re getting into when they get the work order. If you need to know what causes a check engine light to come on, our team is here to help. Some of these issues don’t require a stop at our repair shop, but others could lead to bigger and more expensive problems. Let’s take a look at what you need to know. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Ridesharing apps are great, but do you know what to do in an emergency?

What do I do if I’m in an accident in an Uber?

The concept of peer-to-peer ridesharing has been a real game-changer. A few presses of a button on a smartphone can summon a ride to our homes that will deliver us from door-to-door. However, services like Uber or Lyft are still a trip in a car and that carries a risk of being in a collision. Some of the product experts working in the Poulin Auto Sales showroom were wondering, ‘What do I do if I’m in an accident in an Uber?’ This struck us as a question that a lot of people might have so our team did a little research on the subject. Let’s take a look at the answers they were able to find. Read the rest of this entry >>