Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

A stock photo of an activated check engine light.

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 >>

A stock photo of a car that has been involved in an traffic accident.

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 >>

Looking through windshield at cars on road during winter

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 >>

Isolated view of vehicle tailpipe

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 >>

Rear view of vehicle parked in garage for winter

Make sure you do these when you store your car for winter!

Winter Storage Checklist for Your Vehicle 

Winter is a daunting season for many models, as try as they might, most vehicles today are ill-equipped to handle the snowy and generally gross conditions that Vermont offers when the weather gets colder. So, if you have a seasonal vehicle that you need to put away once December hits, we want to help you out. Our Poulin Auto Sales team has put together a Winter Storage Checklist for Your Vehicle, so you know what you have to do beforehand!  Read the rest of this entry >>

Bald man smoking inside vehicle

How to eliminate a smoke smell from your car

Recent decades have seen the prevalence of smoking greatly decrease throughout America, which is a great sign to say the least. Still, there are those that can’t kick the habit, and it’s all too easy to fire up a heater to make those longer drives a bit more bearable. That’s all well and good, but it can also lead to some pretty gross smelling cars with enough time. 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 >>