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.

Junkyard Gem: 1998 Cadillac Catera

Junkyard Gem: 1998 Cadillac Catera

Are you a big fan of Cadillacs? Check out this junkyard gem that comes to us all the way back from 1998. (This blog information comes courtesy of Autoblog.)

A decade or so after Ford tried to swipe some US-market sales from European luxury marques by selling the German-built Ford Scorpio with Merkur badgingGeneral Motors opted to sell the German-built Opel Omega luxury sedan as a Cadillac.

The Catera was a reasonably nimble rear-wheel-drive sedan with a 200-horse DOHC V6 engine, and its badge-engineered nature made it a much less costly gamble than, say, the Cadillac Allanté, which had its bodies built in Italy and flown to Michigan for assembly.

Unfortunately, it had no manual transmission option, and Americans who remembered the miserable US-market Opels of the 1970s were put off by the Catera’s Opelness. Its $29,995 list price was quite a bit cheaper than that of the (slightly less powerful) $39,800 BMW 528i and a bit less than the (slightly more powerful) $33,585 Acura 3.2 TL’s cost, but the Catera didn’t sell in large numbers.

This one made it to a respectable mileage figure, and the nice interior shows that it was well-cared-for during its 18 years on the road.

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How Well Do You Know Your Oil Filter?

How Well Do You Know Your Oil Filter?

After buying a quality used car from The Auto Connection, do you know enough about oil filters to keep your car at peak performance? There’s a lot to learn about oil filters. So, how well do you know your oil filter?

Oil is the life blood of your engine. But as it circulates throughout the engine, it picks up hitchhikers along the way. These are known as contaminants. Or, if you will, dirt. As you can imagine, this dirt can be damaging to your engine—even lead to the engine’s demise. That’s where oil filters come in to keep your engine running smoothly.

From race cars to mini vans, every engine has an oil filter to fit its needs. Though we all want to save money, be careful when choosing an oil filter. In most cases, you get what you pay for.

Because the filter’s design impacts the performance of your vehicle, if you’re driving a quality used car, you’ll want to purchase a quality oil filter. When an oil filter does its job, it protects internal engine components from damage caused by contaminants.

Some oil filters may actually void your warranty if they’re deemed unsuitable by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for details.

If you’re still having trouble, give us a call. We’d be happy to help—that’s why they call us the car buyer’s best friend.

Need a reliable used car? The Auto Connection has you covered! Our buy here, pay here program allows you to get in a car, regardless of your credit history. Get into a quality used car at The Auto Connection and receive our Best Friend Guarantee, which helps keep you on the road for years to come. Our locations include: Danville, Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia. Get financed today!

 

How to Buy the Right Car Battery

How to Buy the Right Car Battery

As long as you don’t neglect your car battery, it should last as long as its expected lifespan. However, when it comes time to replace it, you should know how to buy the right car battery.

Is It Really Dead?

Just because the engine is having trouble turning over, doesn’t necessarily mean the battery is at fault. Or that it needs to be replaced. Check for:

  • A defunct charging system
  • A dead starter
  • A battery that may just need some maintenance

Local auto part stores usually have a diagnostics machine they’ll run on your car for free to help discover where the issue lies. Of course, you can always call us and we’d be happy to look at it for you. If you purchase your quality used car from The Auto Connection, our vehicles come with a 2-year warranty. So just give us a call to schedule an appointment.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Buying the wrong sized battery can not only lead to frustration during installation, but it can also cause permanent damage to your car. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for exact dimensions.

Time Can Erase Information

Taking your battery to the store might sound like the best way to get the exact battery you need, but it’s often not necessary. The information on the battery can be worn over time, leading to more frustration and headaches than its worth. Most batteries are manufacturer-specific, so finding the perfect battery for your quality used car is as easy as telling the store employee what kind of car you drive.

Ready to Ride?

Ready to get a set of wheels of your own? Our buy here, pay here program allows you to get in a car, regardless of your credit history. Get into a quality used car at The Auto Connection and receive our Best Friend Guarantee, which helps keep you on the road for years to come. Our locations include: Danville, Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia. Get financed today!

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