7 Smart Ways to Save Gas

7 Smart Ways to Save Gas

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When it comes to saving money, nothing beats a quality used car from The Auto Connection. And now you can save even more with these 7 smart ways to save gas.

Keep an eye on your tires

Tires with low pressure cause the engine to work harder—the same goes for alignment. Before you check your tire pressure, be sure to let the tires cool down. Checking immediately after you’ve driven will give you an inaccurate reading.

Take out the extras

Have stuff in your trunk that doesn’t need to be in there? Go ahead and take it out. The excess weight lowers your gas mileage.

Waiting for someone? Cut the engine

Unless it’s a really hot or cold day, don’t waste gas by leaving your quality used car idling.

Consolidate, consolidate

Don’t take three trips when you can take one. Consolidate your errands and the savings will quickly add up.

Easy on the gas

Slamming on the gas burns fuel—practice the art of subtle acceleration.

Watch your speed

Observing the speed limit is not only the law, it will also help you save on gas for your quality used car.

Keep your engine in tune

Your engine is the heart of your quality used vehicle. Make sure it’s up to date with routine maintenance checks. Uncertain of what should be done when? Check your owner’s manual. If you need service, give our service department a call.

When it comes to saving money, choosing a quality used car from The Auto Connection is a great first step. And our buy here, pay here program can allow you to get in a car, regardless of your credit history.

Our Virginia locations include Danville, Norfolk and Richmond. Get the approval process started from home with our easy online application.

Junkyard Gem: 1985 Jaguar XJ6

Junkyard Gem: 1985 Jaguar XJ6

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If you’ve ever been behind the wheel of a Jaguar, then you know what it’s like to drive an icon. This 1985 Jaguar XJ6 was an especially classy ride, complete with wire-spoke wheels. Ready for some rich history? Let’s dig in. (Article compliments of AutoBlog.)

The Series III Jaguar XJ was built for the 1979 through 1992 model years, the final chapter of a quarter-century of the iconic original Jaguar XJ (though production of the straight-six model ended in 1987). Thanks to notoriously troublesome electrical systems and rapid depreciation, but blessed by stay-of-execution-obtaining beauty, most of these cars were parked under blue tarps in driveways before the end of the 1990s… awaiting repairs that never came. Here’s one that I spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard over the winter.

If you were serious about driving a Jag during the easy-money 1980s, you needed the optional wire wheels. That showed those rubes in the BMW 735s and Mercedes-Benz 500SELs what real class was all about.

The 4.2-liter version of Jaguar’s legendary straight-six engine made 176 horsepower in 1985. That was six fewer than the 735i’s six and eight fewer than the 500SEL’s V8. However, the XJ6 cost $32,250, versus $36,880 for the BMW and $51,200 for the Benz. Given that the Jag offered at least as much (and maybe more) status on the street, its price tag looks like a pretty good deal.

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4 Car Hacks That Will Change Your Life

4 Car Hacks That Will Change Your Life

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It may be shocking, but these car hacks really work! From the convenient and silly to the downright brilliant, car hacks are a great way to get the most of your quality used car experience. If you know any others, feel free to share on Facebook and tag our page.

Prevent door dings with a pool noodle

Tired of banging your door on your garage wall? Cut a pool noodle in half and bolt it to the wall (flat side against the wall). Congrats! You’ve just saved the door on your quality used car.

Hang a tennis ball

A front bumper hits the wall, a back bumper is torn apart from a closing garage door. If either of these moments sounds familiar to you, then this is the hack you’ve been waiting for. When your car is parked in your garage at exactly the right spot, hang a tennis ball from a string (connected to the ceiling). The ball should barely touch your front windshield. Now when you pull in, you’ll know exactly when to stop.

Winter defrost hack

Park your car facing east to defrost your windshield in the morning. This is a simple hack that can save you time (and a headache) every morning during the colder months.

One for the kids

Like most parents, you depend a lot on your quality used car to get your kids to school, sports, and everything in between. If it’s meal time and you’re in need of a tray for your child, you can use a Magna Doodle. It makes a perfectly portable table. And when you kid is done eating, their toy is ready on their lap.

Need a reliable used car of your own? The Auto Connection has you covered! Our buy here, pay here program can allow you to get in a car, regardless of your credit history.

Our Virginia locations include Danville, Norfolk and Richmond. Get the approval process started from home with our easy online application.

How to Spring Clean Your Car

How to Spring Clean Your Car

Spring is here. And with it comes warmer weather, outdoor adventures and the national pastime of spring cleaning. While you’re cleaning out your closet, don’t forget to give your quality used car some love, too. Here’s how to spring clean your car like a boss.

  1. Clean out the trunk and make sure the spare tire is good to go.
  2. Wash off the winter by getting into every nook and cranny of the car’s exterior, even if it takes extra time—because anything worth doing its worth doing all the way, especially when it comes to spring cleaning your car.
  3. Car hack: Use cupcake liners in your cup holders to make for easy clean up.
  4. Shine your hubcaps for a just-pulled-off-the-car-lot look.
  5. Inspect your windshield wipers and replace if necessary.
  6. Car Hack: Clean bugs from your car’s grill with dryer sheets…yep it sounds weird, but it works.
  7. Give your floor mats some love with stain spray and a good wash—remember, these guys take a lot of abuse throughout the year.
  8. Un-sticky your dashboard with a clean rag and a bit of Goo Gone.
  9. Prep for spring showers by applying Rain-X to your windows, which helps keep your windshield spotless by repelling water.

Make spring the season of a clean car. Don’t have a car, or looking for a new one? The Auto Connection has a wide selection of over 300 quality used vehicles. And our buy here, pay here program can get you in a car, regardless of your credit history.

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Lost Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang is Found? Let’s Review the Evidence

Lost Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang is Found? Let’s Review the Evidence

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. That’s the case with the missing Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang (talk about a quality used car!). Do you think it’s the real deal? Let’s jump into the story and find out (article compliments of AutoBlog).

Hope you have your skeptical setting turned up to maximum for this little nugget – ours certainly is. A Vintage-Mustang.com forum user in Mexico claims a local shop has the “lost” second Bullitt Mustang (not pictured above – that’s a replica of the first car loaned to the Petersen Museum), and it’s coming back to the US for a full restoration. It was about to be cut up and turned into an Eleanor clone, the story goes.

The evidence provided is a couple of VIN stampings, some damage loosely consistent with how it would have been used in the film, and what look to be reinforcements welded in around the front shock towers. Things get a little goofy when you realize that reports about the fate of this car, VIN 8R02S125558, are mixed. The gist is that it was probably sent to a junkyard and scrapped after filming, having been heavily damaged. VIN stampings can be faked, and metal can be altered – crash damage can even be intentionally added.

The bottom line is that there’s not enough evidence provided in the forum thread to tell whether this is a forgery or, however improbably, the real thing. In fact, it’s doubtful anyone could make that determination simply based on peering at badly framed photos on an internet forum. The only way to be sure is to bring the car to an expert for an in-person inspection, while exhaustively researching the fate of the other car that was used by Solar Productions (the studio that produced the Steve McQueen movie).

That being said, we’ll keep an eye on this story. It’s exceedingly improbable that this is a real Bullitt car, but perhaps it does make it to the US, get authenticated by an unimpeachable authority, and get the restoration it probably deserves. In that case, we can all chuckle at the healthy skepticism expressed in this piece. Until then, don’t believe everything you read – but you’re welcome to hope that it’s true.

Update: Fox News reports that Kevin Marti, the famed and respected expert on the authenticity of vintage Fords, has examined the car and is “100 percent sure it’s authentic”. Read the Fox News article for more details and the evidence that Marti examined to make the determination. 

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8 Pro Tips for Keeping Your Car in Top Shape

8 Pro Tips for Keeping Your Car in Top Shape

Sometimes we forget how much we depend on our cars. They get us to meetings, our kid’s soccer practice and take us to unforgettable vacation destinations. Show your car how much you care by taking care of it throughout the year. Here are 8 pro tips for keeping your car in top shape.

  1. Inspect your lightbulbs for burned out lights, and be sure to clean any light covers that are getting foggy.
  2. Replace worn wiper blades.
  3. Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is topped off—dust and inspect splats will require quite a few sprays.
  4. When’s the last time you changed your oil? Be sure to know your oil filter.
  5. If your air conditioner isn’t operating at peak performance, get it serviced to help prevent potential costly future repairs.
  6. Flush and refill the cooling system based on your manual’s instructions. If you’re uncomfortable doing this, bring your quality used car to The Auto Connection and we’ll be happy to do it for you.
  7. Your engine’s belts may have adjusted over the winter months, so be sure to have a qualified technician inspect them.
  8. Review your owner’s manual for recommended services you should schedule.

Need a reliable used car? The Auto Connection has you covered! Our buy here, pay here program can allow you to get in a car, regardless of your credit history.

Our Virginia locations include Danville, Norfolk and Richmond. Get the approval process started from home with our easy online application.

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