Advice for Used Car Shoppers with Bad Credit

Advice for Used Car Shoppers with Bad Credit

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Bad credit doesn’t mean a quality used car is out of reach. These four tips can help you get in a car, regardless of your credit history.

Know What You Can Afford to Pay

It’s easy to get swept up in a love-at-first-drive scenario, but be realistic with your budget. With your financial situation in mind, go in with a plan that spells out exactly how much you can afford to pay.

Get Pre-Approved

Getting pre-approved will allow you to shop more realistically within your budget. At The Auto Connection, we offer a buy here, pay here program. Click here to get financed now.

Take Advantage of The Auto Connection’s $1 Down Offer*

We didn’t get the title of Car Buyer’s Best Friend for nothing—we earned it by putting people just like you in the driver’s seat, regardless of credit history. At The Auto Connection, for just $1 down, you can ride today!*

Buy Here, Pay Here Financing Program

As a premier buy here, pay here dealership in Hampton Roads, The Auto Connection helps people in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond, Eastern Shore, Smithfield, Chesapeake and Newport News, VA get the financing they need to drive away in a quality used car, truck, SUV or van. Find out how easy it is to get a quality pre-owned vehicle of your own with buy here, pay here financing from The Auto Connection.

Stop by The Auto Connection today and find your perfect car. Our Virginia locations include Danville, Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond. Get the approval process started from home with our easy online application.

At The Auto Connection we have over 300 quality used cars for you to choose from—with so many options, the hardest part is narrowing down your choices.

*$1 down subject to approved credit. Excludes titles, taxes and license fees due 21 days from purchase.

Baby Wildebeest Thinks This Passing Car is its Mother

Baby Wildebeest Thinks This Passing Car is its Mother

baby wildebeest thinks car is its mom

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We all know what it’s like to take a liking to a car (especially a quality used car from The Auto Connection). But this baby wildebeest takes it a step further and thinks this car is his mother. Watch this touching story unfold. (Post comes compliments of AutoBlog.com.) 

Seeing this lost baby wildebeest mistake a Hyundai Tucson for its mother is equal parts cute and pitiful, but don’t worry. There’s a happy ending.

The young wildebeest (also known as a gnu) was part of the yearly migration in Africa, when it got separated from its mom. The calf’s herding instincts kicked in, and it began to follow passing cars, according to National Geographic. Someone grabbed their video camera as the creature struggled to keep up with a passing Hyundai Tucson crossover.

At one point, when the vehicle stops, the animal attempts to suckle from its tire. A sad “Aww” is appropriate here.

As NatGeo states, wildebeests migrate northward in large herds in May and June in search of greener pastures. For younglings, their herding instinct causes them to follow large moving objects, which would usually be an adult of the same species. In this case, it happened to be a passing car, but luckily the herd showed up to reclaim their young sojourner.

At the end of the video, the calf reunites with its mother and can be seen getting that sip of milk the Hyundai was unwilling to give up. Then they trot off together. (Happy “Aww” time).

At The Auto Connection we have over 300 quality used cars for you to choose from. And don’t forget our buy here, pay here program can allow you to get in a car, regardless of your credit history. Even if you have bad credit, you can get in a car at The Auto Connection for just $1 down.*

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

*$1 down subject to approved credit. Excludes title, taxes and license fees due 21 days from purchase.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Your Next Used Car at The Auto Connection

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Your Next Used Car at The Auto Connection

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You can buy a used car anywhere. So why buy a quality used car from The Auto Connection? There are so many reasons, but we’ve narrowed down the top five for you.

48-Hour No-Hassle Return Policy

Changed your mind about your quality used car from The Auto Connection? No worries. Our 48-hour no-hassle return policy has you covered.

Oil Changes for 3 Years

Who has better things to do with their money than spend it on an oil change? You do, of course.

State Inspections for 3 Years

Get state inspections for three years plus the friendly service you’ve come to expect from The Auto Connection.

2-Year Limited Warranty

Peace of mind is priceless. That’s why we offer a two-year limited warranty on our quality used cars.

Free Carfax Report

Get to know a vehicle’s history with a free Carfax report on any quality used vehicle you’re interested in purchasing from The Auto Connection.

These top five reasons to buy your next used car from The Auto Connection are all part of our Best Friend Guarantee. Because getting you on the road is one thing. Keeping you there is everything.

At The Auto Connection we have over 300 quality used cars for you to choose from—with so many options, the hardest part is narrowing down your choices. Get out there and find your perfect car. And don’t forget 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, Newport News and Richmond. Get the approval process started from home with our easy online application.

How to Defeat Pet Odor in Your Car

How to Defeat Pet Odor in Your Car

dog hanging out of car window

When we go for a ride, it’s fun to bring our dogs along (after all, they are man’s best friend). What’s not fun is the odors they can leave behind. Don’t let your quality used car go to the dogs—use these pro tips to defeat pet odor in your car.

Vacuum Away

Using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment (or an industrial vacuum at a car wash), suck up all the dog hair from every surface. This hair is not only an eye sore, but also carries odor.

Wash Any Removable Parts

Car seat covers, rubber mats, blankets…you name it, if it can be removed then give it a good wash. Rubber mats can be scrubbed and hosed down, while cloth can be washed using a cool water temperature in your washer. You may also want to use a gentle setting, based on the durability of the fabric. Make sure to read the label first.

Baking Soda for the Win

Known for its ability to absorb smells, baking soda is a great tool for getting rid of pet odor in your quality used car. Simply place a bowl of baking soda in your car, let it sit overnight, and by morning you should notice a difference in your car’s smell. For stronger odors, leave the bowl in the car for several nights.

Are you in need of a quality used car? Here at The Auto Connection, we offer a Best Friend Guarantee, which includes:

  • 48-hour no hassle return policy
  • Free Carfax report on all cars
  • Oil changes for 3 years
  • Need a ride? We’ll pick you up!
  • State inspections for 3 years
  • 2-year limited warranty

We have over 300 quality used cars for you to choose from—with so many options, the hardest part is narrowing down your choices. Even if you have bad credit, you can get in a car at The Auto Connection for just $1 down.*

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

*$1 down subject to approved credit. Excludes title, taxes and license fees due 21 days from purchase.

How to Buy a Used Car

How to Buy a Used Car

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When you visit a great used car dealer, shopping for a used car is like a treasure hunt. At The Auto Connection we have over 300 quality used cars for you to choose from—with so many options, the hardest part is narrowing down your choices. Here are a few pro tips on how to buy a used car.

Test Drive

This may seem like a no-brainer, but in the heat of the moment it can be tempting to purchase a car without giving it the proper test drive. Get behind the wheel to make sure it’s truly the used car of your dreams.

Set Your Budget

Knowing how much you can afford will keep you from worrying about payments later down the road. Even if you have bad credit, you can get in a car at The Auto Connection for just $1 down.*

Know the Car’s History

You may have to front some cash for a Carfax report, but it’s worth its weight in gold. Don’t want to pay for a report? Don’t worry. We offer a free Carfax report on all of our vehicles.

Know Your Benefits

Just because it’s a used car doesn’t mean it shouldn’t come with benefits. Here at The Auto Connection, we offer a Best Friend Guarantee, which includes:

  • 48-hour no hassle return policy
  • Free Carfax report on all cars
  • Oil changes for 3 years
  • Need a ride? We’ll pick you up!
  • State inspections for 3 years
  • 2-year limited warranty

Now you’re ready to buy a used car like a pro. Get out there and find your perfect car. And don’t forget 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.

*$1 down subject to approved credit. Excludes title, taxes and license fees due 21 days from purchase.

Classic Gem: 1976 Volvo 264 GL

Classic Gem: 1976 Volvo 264 GL

This month’s classic gem is a staple in American culture: a 1976 Volvo 264 GL. Anyone else out there a fan of this wonderful machine? (Blog courtesy of AutoBlog.)

The Volvo 200 series of cars ran from the 1975 model year all the way through 1993, and the overwhelming majority of the ones sold in the United States came with four-cylinder engines. We tend to think of “Volvo 240″ as the generic name for this car, but the second digit in the three-digit identifier stands for number of cylinders, and Volvo put V6s in some of these cars. Here’s an extremely rare 264 from 1976, the first model year this car was available in the United States, found in a Denver-area self-service wrecking yard.

The list price on a new 1976 264 was $8,450, which was about $37,000 in inflation-adjusted 2017 dollars. This was a few hundred bucks less than a new 1976 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale sedan, complete with V8 engine and several hectares of fuzzy crypto-velour upholstery.

Power came from an overhead-cam, 2.7-liter PRV V6, rated at 123 horsepower. This engine, developed jointly by PeugeotRenault, and Volvo, went into a bewildering assortment of vehicles (e.g, the DeLorean DMC-12, the Alpine A310, and the Eagle Premier) during its 22 years of production. The four-cylinder engine installed in the 1976 242/244/245 made 98 horsepower, so the 264 was a bit quicker.

This one didn’t quite make it to 150,000 miles, and the sun-bleached interior and top-down rust on the exterior suggests decades of outdoor storage. Perhaps something expensive broke, back in the 1980s or 1990s, and the car sat awaiting repairs that never came.

The stories this car could tell!

If you’re looking for a quality used car of your own, head on over to The Auto Connection. We have over 300 quality used cars to choose from. If you’re worried about credit, we’ve got 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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