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Roof Rack Basics

Monday, July 8th, 2019

American Car Center knows that you have things to do and places to be which can often mean bringing along bulky belongings. Roof rack systems are designed to safely haul oversized sporting gear, camping equipment, or other cargo safely, allowing you to enjoy an active lifestyle with less fuss and more fun. Rack manufacturers and sellers have web-based or in-store selection tools that make it simple to find the system best for your vehicle and activities. Let’s better understand your vehicle’s roof type and the parts of a base rack system.

Vehicle roof types

  • A bare roof has no built-in attachment points. A clip-fitted rack snug to the vehicle’s door jams is a reliable solution for a bare roof.
  • A raised-rail roof has rails that run parallel to the doors with space between the rail and the roof itself.
  • A flush-rail roof has rails that run parallel to the doors with no space in between it and the roof body.
  • A fixed-point roof has four (hidden) attachment points allowing for quick and easy installation of base towers. Some vehicles with a raised- or flush-rail roofs vehicles also come with these built-in mounting points.
  • A track roof is one with long metal channels or slots that run parallel to the doors.

A base rack system has only a few key parts

The tower (foot) of the roof rack carries the weight on for cargo and are placed at the roof’s strongest points.

The vehicle-specific mount or fitting kit – clips that attach the towers to the roof and rubber bottom pads that rest between the roof and tower – fasten the towers to your vehicle.

The crossbars are the usually two bars that run across the width of the roof, to which activity-specific

Accessories, such as cargo carriers, can be attached. Crossbars support the weight of all the gear you’re adding to the roof and transfer the weight to the towers.

Again, rack system manufacturers and retailers make it easy for you to find one best suited to your vehicle. Better yet, most today systems are fully complete and assembled; they are ready to be mounted right out of the box on the roof rails with all installation tools provided.

Simple Steps to Installing a Fully Assembled Rack

The commonly purchased fully assembled rack is easily mounted to a vehicle’s rails:

  • Place both tower/crossbar combinations loosely on the roof rails;
  • Adjust their placement so that they are centered on the roof for best weight distribution and ease of access;
  • Tighten and secure the four mounting points using the knob and any provided locking mechanism;
  • Check your work, making certain the connection points are solid.

Watch the American Car Center video guide, Easily Install Your Roof Rack, for an easy how-to guide to mounting a pre-assembled base rack.

A roof rack is a must for taking your lifestyle essentials with you as you explore our beautiful parks, trails, rivers or streams or your cherished possessions to new beginnings. American Car Center has more than 50 incredible locations with an amazing inventory of SUVs, cars, and trucks – each with a limited warranty of up to 3 years or 36,000 miles, oil changes included – to match your summertime adventures. Don’t delay, The King of Credit Wants to Approve You Today!

KING’S CLUB and 2018 Top Producers

Monday, January 28th, 2019

American Car Center Kings Club Recognition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Memphis, Tennessee, February 4, 2019 – American Car Center has established the KING’s CLUB to honor its top echelon producers.  The Company also recognizes its Store Managers of the Year for 2018. Collectively, the dedication and expertise of these professionals has enabled a period of exceptional and record expansion and sales growth for American Car Center.  The Company is appreciative of their talent, effort, and contribution as it is critical to its long-term success and competitive advantage.

King’s Club members exceed customer expectations, in every manner.  The pursuit of excellence requires passion, commitment, and hard work.

David S. Norton, Chief Operating Officer, is very pleased to announce the inaugural honorees of the KING’S CLUB, noting the entry class embraces those philosophies, resulting in superior customer satisfaction and sales results.

KING’S CLUB Sales Managers

Bo Parks – Memphis (Winchester), Tennessee

Nick Hayslett – Huntsville, Alabama

Rodney Pope – Birmingham, Alabama

Palmer Bartlett – Jackson, Mississippi

Kevin Tigg – Montgomery, Alabama

Arthur Hall – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

KING’S CLUB Salespersons

Moe Mosby – Memphis (Winchester), Tennessee

Nate Matthews – Memphis (Winchester), Tennessee

Jarmon McKinney – Tupelo, Mississippi

Jason Campion – Longwood, Florida

Cedric Brinson – Tallahassee, Florida

Latoya Pettiway – Montgomery, Alabama

Tarzene Abram – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Quint Taylor – Jackson, Mississippi

American Car Center also recognizes the terrific performance of the following store managers for the greatest number of vehicles delivered within their respective region;

Store Managers of The Year

Palmer Bartlett – Jackson, Mississippi

Nick Hayslett – Huntsville, Alabama

Terry Jacobs – Longwood, Florida

Sonia Connors – Tampa, Florida

Marcus Worthy – Jacksonville, Florida

About American Car Center

American Car Center, based in Memphis, Tennessee, operates the premier network of previously owned vehicles in the Southeastern United States, with more than 45 convenient locations across eight states. For nearly two decades, the Company’s mission has been to match hardworking Americans with exceptional vehicles in a welcoming, client-focused environment.

For additional inquiries, please contact:

Corporate Communications, American Car Center,  901-623-2395

 

Get Your Tax Refund Now!

Monday, January 7th, 2019

American Car Center Tax Max

An innovator at matching great vehicles to great people with quickness and ease, American Car Center has partnered with TaxMax – who may be able to get you up to $6000 of your refund now! Why wait on Uncle Sam when you can get your money today?

Simply bring your W-2 or 1099 to a conveniently located American Car Center to potentially receive up to $6,000 of your refund from TaxMax to use as a down payment on a terrific used, low-mileage late model vehicle from our amazing inventory of cars and SUVs. TaxMax will expertly prepare and file your tax return.

It’s so easy!

As always, your credit history is of no concern to American Car Center. Allow our experience and professionalism to find the right vehicle for you today. American Car Center has nearly 50 locations across the Southeast where every vehicle includes a limited warranty of up to 36,000 miles or 3 years and oil changes, too!

American Car Center and TaxMax make it simple to save time and money, so don’t wait months to get your ride – let the King of Credit approve you today!

Tax returns are exclusively prepared and filed by Tax Refund Services, Inc. d/b/a Tax Max.  Up to a $6,000 Refund Advance is based upon bank approval through EPS Financial, a division of Meta Bank.  Tax Refund Services, Inc. d/b/a Tax Max, EPS Financial, and Meta Bank have no corporate affiliation with American Car Center in any way, and offer their tax preparation and refund advances services mentioned herein completely separate and independent of American Car Center.

Treat Your VIPs to a WINNING ride from American Car Center!

Monday, October 29th, 2018

American Car Center Makes Life Easier with Recurring Payments and CheckFreePay

Monday, September 24th, 2018

American Car Center is not only your best destination for a great late-model, low-mileage vehicle, but the King of Credit makes your payments simple and fast saving you with time and money with recurring card and ACH payments. Now with our brand new CheckFreePay, your payment options are even better!

Recurring card or ACH payments are the simplest way to pay. Card payments require only a Card Authorization Form. ACH payments require only an ACH Authorization Form. These forms are easily available at all American Car Center locations – just ask a representative – or at AmFinancial.com for printing. The best part of using recurring payments is all the money you’ll save on cashier’s check or money order fees, convenience fees, gas or even stamps, without dealing with large sums of cash.

For residents across the Southeast, our new CheckFreePay has a huge network of walk-in bill payment agents at supermarkets and major retailers. In-person bill payment at CheckFreePay is a simple 4 steps: locating the nearest CheckFreePay agent of your choice, bringing your payment and account number to the CheckFreePay to that agent, paying your payment in cash (or debit, at available agent locations) and receiving a receipt as proof of payment. A $3.50 convenience fee is applied to each payment.

One-time card payments can be made quickly and easily by WebPay at American Financial with a $4.95 convenience fee charge. Other single payment options by telephone, drop-off, overnight drop-box and mail remain available to you.

Visit American Car Center today to have The King of Credit approve you for an outstanding, low-mileage car or truck, simply and conveniently. Our focus is exceptional service and saving you time and money – that includes the payment option best suited to you, such as, recurring payments or CheckFreePay. At American Car Center find the right car or SUV for you with a limited warranty of up to 36,000 miles and oil changes, both for three years. American Car Center’s 30-plus modern and friendly locations are easily situated near you so that we can serve you best!

Visit AmFinancial.com, because the King of Credit wants to make your payments easy today!

Why Choose American Car Center?

Monday, August 6th, 2018


You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a pre-owned vehicle. If you want your YES on the right vehicle for you, you need to come see the King of Credit at American Car Center!

 

We Don’t Care About Your Credit

There’s a reason we’re the King of Credit! We want to approve EVERYONE! Partnering with good people with credit problems is our focus and passion. We think you deserve to drive a great, dependable vehicle, so if you want your YES, you need to come see us!

 

Low-Mileage, Late-Model Vehicles

You won’t be approved for just any vehicle; you’ll be approved for a GREAT vehicle! We have a HUGE selection of low-mileage, late-model used cars to choose from. From sporty sedans to roomy SUVs, you’ll find the vehicle you need NOW!

 

Up to 3 Year, 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty

You’re more than a customer to us, so we make sure you’ll be safe and satisfied in your vehicle for years to come with up to a 3 Year, 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty with EVERY vehicle!

 

Oil Changes for Three Years

When you choose American Car Center, you don’t have to worry about your credit OR oil changes! We’ll take care of your basic maintenance with complimentary oil changes for up to three years.

 

Over 30 Locations Across the Southeast

We have over 30 locations to shop across the Southeast, with more opening all the time! Wherever you are, there’s a local American Car Center waiting to approve you!

 

Multiple Convenient Payment Options

We make it easy to pay YOUR way. Pay cash at any CheckFreePay location, never worry about your payment again with recurring payments, pay over the phone or by mail: whatever works best for you works best for us!

 

The choice is clear! The best place for you is American Car Center. Come find your perfect pre-owned vehicle, because the King of Credit wants to approve YOU today!

How to Properly Install a Car Seat

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
Newborn babies and infants need special protection while in a vehicle. In a collision, a properly installed and used rear-facing child car seat can save your baby’s life. Vehicle safety, especially for our most precious cargo, is American Car Center’s main priority. Choosing the right car seat for your child and using it for every ride is the best way to keep your child safe. The right car seat is one that is proper for your child’s height and weight and can be correctly installed in your vehicle. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and read your vehicle owner’s manual for correct child car seat installation and use.

Car Seat

To install your rear-facing child car seat:

Install away from active airbags. For most vehicles the safest place is the back seat or the second or third row of a mini-van.

Install the base at the correct angle. The angle range will be written on the car seat itself or in its manual. Some infant car seat models feature a built-in level indicator.

Use your body weight to tighten and fasten the seatbelt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) strap through the base. The child car seat should move no more than 1 inch in any direction where the seatbelt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) strap is routed through the child car seat.

If needed, use a locking clip. This clip helps secure the child car seat into your vehicle, if your vehicle’s seat belts do not lock. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual to see if you need one. If so, install the locking clip on the seatbelt within one-half inch of the latch plate.

Use the harness slots to position the straps correctly. Your harness straps must pass through the correct slots. Check your child car seat manual for the correct height.

 

Baby in car safety seat

To use your rear-facing car seat:

Make sure the harness straps do not twist or fold. Harness straps need to be straightened out each time you secure your baby in the seat.

Adjust the chest clip on the harness. It should lie flat against your baby’s chest at armpit level.

Secure the harness straps at or below your baby’s shoulders. You should not be able to fit more than one finger underneath the harness straps at your baby’s collarbone.

Make sure the carrier latches into the child car seat base every time.

Give it a tug to ensure it is still secure each time you place your child in the child car seat.

Remove bulky clothing from your baby, such as, thick sweaters or heavy jackets to ensure that the straps fit snugly.

 

It is best to keep your child in a rear-facing child car seat until they reach the manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight and height limits, since the rear-facing position is the safest. When your child outgrows the maximum weight or height limits of an infant rear-facing car seat, they may move to a larger convertible infant/child car seat and stay rear-facing until the child is ready to face forward. Rear-facing car seats should never be placed in the front seat of a vehicle. Do not use a car seat past its expiration date or if it is involved in a collision.

Visit a conveniently located American Car Center today for your family’s unique vehicle requirements. With an inventory of thousands of top-notch late-model, low mileage SUVs and cars backed by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, you’re sure to find the right one for you. American Car Center makes it simple and easy, no matter your credit history.


The Great American Car Center Summer Road Trip

Monday, June 4th, 2018

 

 

American Car Center is your summer destination for an outstanding late-model, low-mileage vehicle with a limited warranty of up to 36,000 miles and oil changes, both for three years. Visit one of our convenient locations – where no credit is no problem – today to find the right car or truck for you. Then, visit all our other great locations across 6 states as part of the American Car Center Summer Road Trip!

This summer, better discover your own country and see the America you have never seen before. At every American Car Center location you visit during your trip, share your photos and stories with us and check-in with your fellow road trips on Facebook, too. Before you head off, plan your route, ensure your tires are properly inflated and have a safety kit in your trunk. Bring music you love and items to occupy the kids to increase your pleasure on the open road.   

A road trip is mostly about dreaming, imagining yourself in the beautiful landscapes or bustling cities which dot this land as you navigate the great highways and friendly roads unrolled before you. It is in our adventurous nature as Americans to see everything and be everywhere. Discover the warm friendliness and generosity of America and take thrill in watching the landscape change before you very eyes. Witness the Mississippi River, monumental in size and slowness, journeying down the middle of America, as a symbol of life and history. Be enthralled on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, a quarter-mile stretch billed Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock and Roll. Be wowed by the enormous Saturn V rockets and interactive exhibits at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Or simply feel the serenity of the rolling hills, soft green fields or glistening waters of the Atlantic as the miles by.

Come to American Car Center today and let The King of Credit make it simple and convenient to approve you for a quality, recent and low-mileage car or truck this summer. Our focus is exceptional service and saving you time and money. Then, take part in the American Car Center Summer Road Trip by visiting as many American Car Center locations as you can, using Facebook to check-in at every location you as go. As you encounter the magnificent scenes of America, record your journey on YouTube and Instagram to share your photographs, videos and stories with us and your fellow summer road trippers!  #ACCRoadTrip

 

Keep Your Car Cool in Hot Weather: Inspect Your Hoses & Belts

Monday, May 7th, 2018

In summer, car and trucks are a lot like people – they are happiest when kept cool. A belt or hose failure can cause an overheated engine, the loss of power steering and loss of the electrical charging system, potentially requiring expensive repairs. Thankfully, easy preventive maintenance of hoses and belts can help keep your vehicle’s engine cool under the sun and your summer driving vacation plans on track.

Made of flexible rubber compounds which absorb vibration, hoses are the cooling system’s weakest structural component. Manufactured to hold coolant under pressure, hoses are subjected to the extremes of hot and cold, dirt, oils, acids and sludge. Hoses slowly deteriorate from the inside; a weakened hose may rupture from pressure, heat, or constant flexing. The most susceptible areas of the hose are nearest to clamps where it connects to the engine or radiator.

Simple and minor maintenance can help prevent coolant hose failure:

  • Check the white coolant-recovery tank’s markings to confirm correct the fluid level. Also check for white, pink, blue or light green, blue, or pink coolant residue in the engine bay – a sign of leakage.
  • When the engine is cool, give the hoses a squeeze near the clamps, feeling for soft spots. A good hose will be firm yet pliable.
  • Inspect for visible cracks, nicks, depressions or bulges.
  • Look for oil contamination or fraying near the connection points.
  • Inspect for parallel cracks in bends, a hardened glossy surface or abrasive damage.
  • Flush & replace the coolant according to the owner’s manual as clean coolant will lessen deterioration.


Many of the same things – heat, ozone, oil and abrasion – that damage hoses also harm a vehicle’s belts. Most cars and trucks have one multi-grooved serpentine belt to drive the alternator, water pump, power-steering pump, and air-conditioning compressor. A belt should be changed when it shows signs of excessive wear.

You can help prevent costly repairs from a worn-out belt:

  • Inspect the serpentine belt for cracks, fraying, or splits on the top cover.
  • Look for signs of excessive glazing on the belt’s sides. Glazed or slick belts can slip, overheat or crack.
  • Twist the belt to check for separating layers, cracks, or missing chunks of the grooves on the underside.
  • Listen for the sounds of a belt-tension problem: high-pitched whining, chirping and vibration.

Speak to a qualified technician about any cooling issues and always consult your owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures.

It’s that simple. A quick under-the-hood inspection of your vehicle’s hoses and belts, lends peace-of-mind that your summer driving will be smooth and carefree!  

Visit a conveniently located American Car Center today for exceptional service and let us find for you a great vehicle from our vast inventory of late-model, low-mileage cars, trucks and SUVs. We make it easy for hard-working people across the Southeast to drive a high-quality vehicle no matter their credit history.

American Car Center is Thrilled to Offer Twelve Great Locations in The Sunshine State

Monday, April 9th, 2018
Greetings from Florida Logo

Florida, the Land of Sunshine

American Car Center – where no credit is no problem – is the leading pre-owned car dealership network across the Southeast with more than 30 convenient locations in six states, now including 12 in Florida! We are delighted to bring The King of Credit experience – a smooth and easy way of finding top notch late-model and low-mileage cars and trucks for hard-working people – to the Sunshine State.

Florida is a vast and vibrant place of thriving communities. American Car Center is eager to put our experience, passion and huge inventory to work on behalf of Floridians who want a great vehicle – one with a limited warranty of up to three years and 36,000 miles – and outstanding service – with oil changes for three years and multiple, convenient payment options, including telephone and online payment. We are committed to providing professional and understanding service in locations right where you live or work.

All twelve American Car Center locations in Florida are modern and full of great vehicles you would be thrilled to drive home to show your family and friends. Let’s learn more about the exciting communities where we are located!

The state capital of Florida is Tallahassee. The Capitol Complex includes the restored Historic Capitol, now a museum with displays on political history. The Capitol tower, built in the 1970s, offers appealing vistas from its observation deck twenty-two stories high. Nearby, exhibits at the Museum of Florida History cover European discovery, the Civil War and World War II. American Car Center is located nicely situated on West Tennessee Street.  

Map of the State of Florida

Florida Map

Pensacola is a waterfront city in the northern Florida, separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Santa Rosa Island; its protected beaches make it a popular holiday destination. The city was one of the earliest European settlements in the United States and Historic Pensacola Village is a museum complex containing original 19th-century buildings. American Car Center is well located on Pensacola Boulevard.

Jacksonville is an expansive city and important commercial center in northeastern Florida on the Atlantic Ocean which claims museums and universities. Surfing, swimming and beach-going are popular at nearby barrier island beaches, including Neptune Beach. The city is home of the famous NFL Jaguars. American Car Center has three convenient locations in Jacksonville: on Cassat Avenue, in Lakeshore South; on Blanding Boulevard, in Argyle Forest; and in Arlington, on Atlantic Boulevard.

Dotted with hundreds of lakes, Orlando, best known for the Walt Disney World theme parks, such as the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, is one of the top tourist destinations of the planet. Universal Orlando is another major attraction offering the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In Orlando, American Car Center is nicely located in West Colonial on West Colonial Drive.w