Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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 >>

Steering wheel in a Honda vehicle

How Dirty Can My Vehicle’s Steering Wheel Get?

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. Read the rest of this entry >>

Family sitting in the cargo area of a vehicle while out on the road

How Can I Survive a Road Trip with My Family?

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. Read the rest of this entry >>

Multi-generation family

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

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! Read the rest of this entry >>

Orange-tinted photo of steering wheel in a Honda vehicle

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

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. Read the rest of this entry >>

Country road during the golden hour

How Can I Get My Vehicle Ready for My Summertime Road Trips?

Summer 2019 Road Trip Prep Tips for Used Cars

Are you planning on a road trip this summer? Is it down to Tennessee or out to California? No matter where the road takes you and your friends/family this summer, your used vehicle from Poulin Auto Sales will help get you there. But before you hit the road, you need to take care of business to ensure a smooth journey. Here are some tips to help get your vehicle ready: Read the rest of this entry >>