Category Archives: Maintenance and Service

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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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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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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Most common reasons that vehicle fuel economy worsens during winter

We’re no strangers to cold and snow here in Vermont, as our place in the Northeast United States brings plenty of precipitation and frigid temperatures when the calendar begins to shift into winter. A common side effect of this is seeing your car’s gas mileage get worse and worse as the temperature drops, and today we want to investigate why.   Read the rest of this entry >>

Woman on phone sitting on flat tire

How to change a flat tire on your used vehicle

Especially now in winter weather, flat tires are about to be more and more prevalent. Whether they’re just getting older and unable to adjust to more frigid temperatures, or if you ran over spiky objects in the street, it’s never fun to wake up to a tire that’s out of air. Luckily, if you have a spare, getting a new set on your current model is pretty easy. Here’s how to change a flat tire on your used vehicle – using these steps from our Poulin Auto Sales team, you’ll get back up and rolling in no time!   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Does Vermont require emissions testing on used vehicles?

Emissions testing requirements in Vermont

With a newfound emphasis on environmental safety throughout the American automotive market, today’s models have been built to provide cleaner performance than ever before. When you register a vehicle in our state, you’ll need to ensure that it meets all expectations before you can head out for the open road. So, today Poulin Auto Sales will show you the emissions testing requirements in Vermont, as well as where to get it taken care of. Read the rest of this entry >>

Spare tire next to flat tire attached to vehicle

How far can you drive with a spare tire on your car?

Maximum driving distances on different spare tire types 

Getting a flat tire is (obviously) never a good time, but replacing them with a spare is (luckily) a pretty simple fix. Once you have your spare tire on your model, the logical next step is to take it into a dedicated service center to get a new set installed, but what happens if you’re far away from your home dealership?   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Why is My Vehicle Not Starting Up When I Turn on the Ignition?

Issues with a Vehicle Not Starting Up

We all have those mornings where we are running around the house trying to get the kids ready for school and they can’t find their homework, change their minds about what they want to wear for the day, and find every distraction possible to prevent leaving on time. Once you get everyone situated in your high-quality used vehicle from Poulin Auto Sales, you go to turn the ignition…and it won’t start! Oh no! What is wrong? Read the rest of this entry >>

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What is the Best Brand of Motor Oil?

Best Motor Oil Brands

Are you trying to decide what brand of motor oil to use in your vehicle? If so, then you have come to the right place! There are a number of excellent motor oil brands available for you to choose from. The staff here at Poulin Auto Sales is here to help you, our customers, make the best decision on what motor oil to use in your vehicle! Let’s explore the excellent motor oil brands available and help you discover which brand works best for your vehicle! Read the rest of this entry >>