3 Common Mistakes First-Time Car Buyers Make

3 Common Mistakes First-Time Car Buyers Make

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Buying a car for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. At The Auto Connection, we make it easy (just listen to what some of our 30,000+ satisfied customers have to say). But don’t let buying a quality used car get the best of you—avoid these 3 common mistakes first-time car buyers make.

Mistake #1: Thinking “New is Better”

Not only do new cars cost more, they also quickly depreciate in value. Used cars have already gone through depreciation, which means you save money on the car and also on your insurance. You can save thousands of dollars by buying a used car.

Mistake #2: Buying a Used Car Based Solely on Look and Feel

Used cars are a great deal. They save you money, but that’s no reason to presume all used cars are created equal. That’s why at The Auto Connection we offer a free CarFax report on each and every one of our vehicles so you can know the complete history of all of our quality used cars. It’s all part of our Best Friend Guarantee, which includes:

  • 2-year warranty
  • 48-hour no hassle return policy
  • Oil changes for 3 years
  • State inspections for 3 years
  • Free Carfax report on all vehicles

Mistake #3: Allowing yourself to be Pressured

We’ve all dealt with a pushy car salesman. There’s nothing worse, right? At The Auto Connection, we believe in a hassle-free buying experience. We’ve got over 300 quality used cars to choose from and we want you to find the one that’s right for you. Don’t let the other guys pressure you—come to The Auto Connection where your first-time car buying experience will be a breeze.

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

Auto Connection Success Story: Shaiesha

Auto Connection Success Story: Shaiesha

Shaiesha came to The Auto Connection back in 2009 thinking she wouldn’t get approved—she’d made a series of bad decisions that negatively impacted her credit. It’s a good thing she came to The Auto Connection, where we believe everyone deserves a quality used car, regardless of their credit history.

Think you’re the only one with bad credit? We’ve got 35,000 customers who disagree. We’ve been putting people in the driver’s seat for over 20 years. No judgement. No hassle. No kidding.

Every step of the way was simple for Shaiesha, and completely judgement free. “They make you feel comfortable,” she says. “I was treated like a friend or family. They didn’t look down on me because I didn’t have perfect credit. I didn’t even have good credit.”

Because of her great experience buying a quality used car from The Auto Connection, Shaiesha has recommended us to her friends and continues to come back. “What brings me back here is the service, the people, and the atmosphere,” she says.

Getting you on the road is one thing. Keeping you there is everything. That’s why we offer the Best Friend Guarantee, which includes:

  • 2-year warranty
  • 48-hour no hassle return policy
  • Oil changes for 3 years
  • State inspections for 3 years
  • Free Carfax report on all vehicles

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.

Wild Cheetah Hops into Safari Car

Wild Cheetah Hops into Safari Car

Have you ever seen the perfect used car and thought, I have to get in that TODAY? It turns out this cheetah felt the same way! Unlike the cheetah, you can drive away in a quality used car today at The Auto Connection. But for now, let’s see this little cheetah in action with an article originally published by AutoBlog.

File this information away in your brain under the heading: What to do if a wild cheetah climbs in your car. The answer: Stay perfectly still, show respect by not looking directly at the cheetah, and if you can possibly keep your hands from shaking, roll some video.

Wildlife photographer Peter Heistein was in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania when, “A cheetah decided to explore our vehicle on a safari I was leading for Grand Ruaha Safaris,” Heistein wrote. Here’s his video, and we’ll let him tell the story:

Close Encounter Here’s a video clip from my last Safari: The video shows my stepson Britton Hayes who was on his first trip to Africa with his dad.. We had come across several cheetah who were taking a midday break. We stoped for lunch while observing them. After a time they got up and started to move in unison as we were photographing from the road. They moved diagonally across our field of view and as they neared the vehicle the two younger brothers broke off and came towards us. The cheetah makes use of high points such as termite mounds to scan the environment. Apparently we represented a unique scouting platform to them. Before we knew it, one jumped on the hood of the safari vehicle while the other made use of the spare tires out back to get into the rear window. Britt credits our experienced guide Alex Mnyangabe with helping him stay calm and asked me to film him. While Britt was frightened we never felt any threat coming from the cheetah. After a short exploration the three of them moved away to continue their hunt. An amazing experience we will never forget. My thanks to Grand Ruaha Safaris for bringing us to this unique encounter with the wild . . . #ig_shotz #worldshotz #natgeo #Grandruahasafaris #theworldshotz #splendid_animals #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #natgeowild #natgeohub #natgeowildlife #africananimals #serengeti #exclusive_wildlife @peterheistein

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We like the explanation that the cat probably appreciated the commanding view from up high in the vehicle. Isn’t that what a lot of SUV owners say?

No matter what quality used car you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it in one of The Auto Connection’s 300+ quality used cars.

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

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.

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

4 Simple Tips to Make Your Car Last Longer

4 Simple Tips to Make Your Car Last Longer

So you just picked up your perfect quality used car from The Auto Connection. What can you do to keep it in its best condition? Here are 4 simple tips to make your car last longer.

  1. Wash and Wax

Keeping the exterior of your car clean isn’t just for looks—you’re clearing away foreign bodies that can eat through the clearcoat and eventually cause rust.

  1. Check Your Tire Pressure

This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many drivers neglect this important step. Proper tire pressure helps your tires do their job: hugging the road, deflecting water, as well as many other tasks that keep you safe. The tires themselves will also last longer if you rotate them regularly.

  1. Don’t Abuse Your Engine

Every engine has its own limits. Some are primed for the racetrack, while others are more sensitive. Listen to your engine, let it warm up, and treat it well. That’s a surefire recipe for a long-lasting engine.

  1. Schedule Regular Maintenance

Making sure you take your car in for check-ups helps correct any issues you may have now as well as prevent future issues. Check your car’s recommended maintenance schedule and stick to it.

When you buy a quality used car from The Auto Connection, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the Best Friend Guarantee, which includes:

  • 2-year warranty
  • 48-hour no hassle return policy
  • Oil changes for 3 years
  • State inspections for 3 years
  • Free Carfax report on all vehicles

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.

Watch an Airbag Inflator (Without the Bag) Go Off in Slow Motion

Watch an Airbag Inflator (Without the Bag) Go Off in Slow Motion

Safety is of the utmost importance in today’s cars. The airbag is the cornerstone of vehicle safety, but what exactly happens inside an airbag? Today we dip into the amazing science behind airbags with an article originally published by AutoBlog.

“Airbags are among a variety of devices that you hope never to experience firsthand, but also still want to see go off. And there are many videos on YouTube that show this happening. There aren’t as many that show what happens behind the bag, and the video above rectifies that.

It starts off with your typical slow-motion video of just a normal airbag inflating and busting through the steering-wheel plastic. But after that, the videographer disassembles an airbag down to the explosive core to show how that works. The result is just a split-second burst of sound and gas, but in slow motion, you get a pretty spectacular show of ultra-hot gas and even some sparks radiating from all the little holes around the cartridge.

The video wraps up with a makeshift cannon with the cartridge at the bottom and a cylindrical wooden projectile to get an idea of the force generated by the airbag. The results are remarkable, with the projectile ripping a clean hole in the cover facing the cannon and smashing into a heavy tool case. And that’s as good a time as any to remind readers to not try this at home, just enjoy the video.”

No matter what safety features you’re looking for, you’re bound to find them in one of  The Auto Connection’s 300 quality used cars for you to choose from.

We’ve been putting people just like you in the driver’s seat for over 20 years. We didn’t get the title of Car Buyer’s Best Friend for nothing—we earned it by putting people just like you behind the wheel, regardless of credit history. At The Auto Connection, for just $1 down, you can ride today!*

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.

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

Auto Connection Success Story: Jesse

Auto Connection Success Story: Jesse

Jesse came to The Auto Connection during a difficult period in his life. His car had died and he was in the process of rebuilding his credit after a divorce. Jesse was happy with his decision to visit The Auto Connection the moment he walked in the doors.

“They were very up front with me and were very friendly to work with,” Jesse said. “They didn’t judge me like other dealerships.”

We believe everyone deserves a quality used car, regardless of their credit history. Think you’re the only one with bad credit? We’ve got 35,000 customers who disagree. We’ve been putting people in the driver’s seat for over 20 years. No judgement. No hassle. No kidding.

When it came time for Jesse to pick out a car, he selected from a variety of quality used cars and trucks. In fact, we have over 300 quality used vehicles for you to choose from.

“I was able to find a sedan that fit me and my family’s needs,” Jesse said.

Getting you on the road is one thing. Keeping you there is everything. That’s why we offer the Best Friend Guarantee, which includes:

  • 2-year warranty
  • 48-hour no hassle return policy
  • Oil changes for 3 years
  • State inspections for 3 years
  • Free Carfax report on all vehicles

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.

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