3 Common Mistakes First-Time Car Buyers Make

3 Common Mistakes First-Time Car Buyers Make

first-time car buyer buys quality used car

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

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

A post shared by Peter Heistein (@peterheistein) on


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.

Third-Time Buyer Anita Shares Her Auto Connection Experience

Third-Time Buyer Anita Shares Her Auto Connection Experience

When Anita was ready for a quality used car, she knew The Auto Connection was the perfect place to go. After all, this was her third time purchasing an SUV from The Auto Connection. The friendly staff made the whole process smooth, quick and easy.

Anita’s credit may be an issue at most dealerships, but not at the Auto Connection. As Anita says, she was greeted with, “What can we put in in today?” That’s because no matter your credit, we’ll find a way to get you in the driver’s seat. We’ve been doing it for over 20 years for over 35,000 drivers. And at The Auto Connection, for just $1 down, you can ride today!* 

Anita had peace of mind knowing that every car we sell comes with 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

Learn more about Anita’s experience with The Auto Connection by watching the video above.

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.

How important is regular vehicle maintenance?

How important is regular vehicle maintenance?

mechanic for quality used cars

Cars have changed the way we live. We can quickly travel from place to place with little effort, making them one of the greatest assets of modern day life. But all that driving around can take a toll on your car, which is why regular vehicle maintenance is so important.

Some regular maintenance items include:

  • Tire rotation
  • Oil changes
  • 30,000-mile service
  • 90,000-mile service
  • Maintaining proper fluid levels and tire pressure
  • Brake alignment
  • Replacing parts as necessary

Knowing the best way to keep your car on the road is through regular maintenance will keep you ready for anything life throws at you. Plus, if you want to sell your car in the future, there’s nothing that helps keep a car’s value better than regular maintenance.

You can have additional peace of mind knowing that every car we sell comes with 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

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.

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.

Can You Believe It? Nissan Has Built Over 150 Million Vehicles

Can You Believe It? Nissan Has Built Over 150 Million Vehicles

Nissan cars have been on the road since 1933. Can you believe they’ve produced over 150 million cars since then? For more information on their history, check out the video above and see the article below, compliments of AutoBlog. 

Nissan has produced its 150 millionth vehicle. While the automaker didn’t specify what model took it past the mark (with multiple production lines around the world operating simultaneously, it may be hard to tell), we do know that Nissan Leaf prototypes are currently in production.

Nissan, founded in 1933, took 73 years to build the first 100 million, but just 11 years for the next 50 million. 58.9 percent of those cars have been built in Japan, down from 76.5 percent in 2006, when Nissan built its 100 millionth vehicle. The U.S. accounts for 10.8 percent of Nissan produced, while China and Mexico each represent 7.9 percent. 6.2 percent came from the UK, while 2.4 percent were built in Spain. Other countries make up the remaining 5.8 percent of production.

Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi also celebrated another milestone recently as, together, the automakers became the world’s largest automotive partnership, selling almost 10 million vehicles a year combined. That tops Volkswagen and Toyota.

Nissan has an infographic at its press site, with a timeline of milestones taking us from the company’s founding in 1933, to its first electric vehicle (the Tama) in 1947, through the opening of its Smyrna, Tenn., plant in 1983, to the launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf earlier this month (read our First Drive review here).

If you’re looking for a quality used Nissan, look no further than The Auto Connection. 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.

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!*

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.

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

Page 1 of 512345