Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

Most common reasons that vehicle fuel economy worsens during winter

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Looking through windshield at cars on road 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.   (more…)

How to change a flat tire on your used vehicle

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Woman on phone sitting on flat tire

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!   (more…)

Does Vermont require emissions testing on used vehicles?

Friday, October 4th, 2019
Isolated view of vehicle tailpipe

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. (more…)

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

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
Rear view of vehicle parked in garage 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!  (more…)

How to eliminate a smoke smell from your car

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Bald man smoking inside vehicle

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. (more…)

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

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
Spare tire next to flat tire attached to vehicle

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?   (more…)

How Dirty Can My Vehicle’s Steering Wheel Get?

Monday, August 26th, 2019
Steering wheel in a Honda vehicle

How Often Should I Clean My Vehicle’s Steering Wheel?

Over the course of the day, we touch a lot of the same things that other people do – door handles, fuel pumps, ATM buttons, money, and more. We might not give it much thought, but those surfaces are covered in germs. When we enter our vehicle and grab hold of the steering wheel, those germs transfer to that steering wheel and stay there for a long time. Depending on what kind of germs are present, they can make you good and sick if you are not careful. (more…)

How Can I Survive a Road Trip with My Family?

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Family sitting in the cargo area of a vehicle while out on the road

Tips for Getting Along with Your Family on a Road Trip

As much as we love our family, they can get on our nerves once in a while. And when you are in a confined space out on the road, the little annoyances can suddenly feel like a big deal. And after several days, it can take a toll and everyone is trying to not feel resentful. Luckily, we have some tips to help keep the peace. (more…)

Should My Family Share a Couple of Big Suitcases or Each Use Smaller Suitcases for Our Road Trip?

Monday, July 29th, 2019
Multi-generation family

Tips for Packing for a Road Trip

One of the most stressful things about preparing for a family road trip is packing the suitcase and finding out if everyone’s luggage is going to fit in your vehicle. It seems like whenever people go on a road trip, they each bring along the biggest suitcase from their luggage set, fill it up, and still manage to bring along a couple more bags full of stuff. And when there are multiple people traveling in the same vehicle, the cargo space can become jam-packed and disorganized – and even hinder rear visibility. Before heading out on your next road trip, read these tips to make packing that cargo space easier! (more…)

How Can I Keep My Car’s Steering Wheel Cool in the Summer?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019
Orange-tinted photo of steering wheel in a Honda vehicle

Keeping a Steering Wheel Cool on a Hot Summer Day

It has been pretty hot for the last few days! Unfortunately, we do have to continue on with life as best as we can and that may include driving. If your car has been sitting out in the heat, you know that it feels like an oven when you get back in it – and the steering wheel is so hot that it hurts to even touch it! Here are some ways to help keep that steering wheel a little cooler. (more…)