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!
For as long as anyone can remember, mouthwatering barbeque has drawn foodies from afar to the Southeast and, likewise, satisfied the savory cravings of Southerners. In recent years, homegrown appetites have been infused with outside flavors and cuisine, creating startling diverse and dynamic food scenes across the Southeast’s cities and town. For those with an adventurous palette, there is no better time to live in the region as new influences have only bolstered the Southeast’s reputation as a mecca for great food. Let American Car Center celebrate and guide you to the Southeast’s top food town and their mostly wallet-friendly tastiest restaurants. Share your top spots and special finds with us at one of our more than sixty of convenient stores across eight states.
In this collection, Nashville, Tennessee tops state rival Memphis and its BBQ nachos. Infamous for sizzling hot chicken and other Southern-fried delicacies of Arnold’s Country Kitchen, the Music City has broadened its foodscape. House of Kabobs serves up delicious kabobs, kofta, and gyros.
Oxford, Mississippi is a charming and laid-back college town with serious foodie credentials. Old souls meet late-night at Ajax Diner then at Big Bad Breakfast for massive, flakey biscuits in the morning after or head to Handy Andy Grocery for pit-smoked BBQ. For distinctly local Southern dining, head to City Grocery and the century-old Taylor Grocery & Restaurant for renowned catfish and homegrown folklore.
Birmingham, Alabama, of fried green tomatoes fame, represents the culinary landscape of the Deep South. Yet, these days, the Magic City’s restaurants have something on the menu for everyone, from Cafe Dupont and Roots & Revelry to Chez Fonfon, a date-night worthy burger joint and Post Office Pie for wood-fired pizzas and small batch beer to and Miss Myra’s and Saw’s for tender barbecue. At Pizitz Food Hall diners can sample Middle Eastern, Asian and Ethiopian dishes. EastWest is the city’s home of budget-friendly casual fusion.
Winter Park, Florida, near Orlando, is a small center that has captured the essence of mid- and northern Florida’s restaurant scene. Shrimp and grits top the menu at The Ravenous Pig. At Luma, you’ll find amazing burgers and seafood ravioli. Cocina 214 adds pizazz to Tex-Mex.
The food scene in Atlanta, Georgia is sprawling, diverse and delicious. When in the Big Peach, start at esteemed Empire State South and then El Super Pan Latino Sandwiches & Bar. You’ll find phenomenal seasonal Southern cuisine at Miller Union, or you can chow down on big, buttery biscuits at Home Grown. Krog Street Market houses edgy eateries such as Ticonderoga Club and La Oaxaquena Taqueria.
Charleston, South Carolina is considered the Southeast’s top food town, effortlessly bridging Southern hospitality and innovative modern food. Still, the casual eats of contemporary country resto Butcher & Bee, Bertha’s Restaurant for soulful fried chicken and slow-smoked pork at Rodney Scott’s BBQ draw crowds. At breakfast, the honey-soaked chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp and grits of Early Bird Diner make morning mouths water.
Beyond the authentic Shirley Mae’s for fried chicken and Bambi Bar for old Kentucky roadhouse grit and zesty burgers, Louisville, Kentucky taste-makers are blending experiences at Holy Grale, Against the Grain and the restaurants of Ed Lee (Whiskey Dry, 610 Magnolia and MilkWood.) The Silver Dollar and Garage Bar have a menu of Southern staples in a funky setting. For dressed-up but quirky, head to Proof on Main inside the boutique 21c Museum Hotel.
The Southeast is home to many delicious, interesting and innovative restaurants catering to a diverse set of knowledgeable twenty-first-century foodies wanting not only great tasting cuisine but an inspiring or conceptually new dining experience. Across the region, ambitious chefs and restaurateurs are breathing new life into their respective culinary scene. It is a wonderful time for Southern foodies to discover worthy restaurants, be they old and trusted or new and exciting.
Just as great eateries dot the landscape of the Southeast, so too do the friendly locations of American Car Center. Come on by and show us your foodie photos and we will guide you through our impressive selection of pre-owned, late model cars, truck, and SUVs. Every stellar vehicle comes complete with a superior limited 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. Don’t delay – The King of Credit Wants to Approve you Today!
Atlanta is a great city of the Southeast and the capital of Georgia, a city and region filled with immense cultural and historical significance. The Atlanta area is a modern hub of eclectic activity underpinned by a diverse and nimble economy. American Car Center is delighted to have expanded into Metro Atlanta with three convenient locations – including Chamblee and Conyers – and three more to come to make your vehicle selection experience incredibly smooth, simple and rewarding. American Car Center has been enriched and enchanted by Atlanta, let us share our discoveries. As a lively community of millions, the Atlanta area has something for everyone beyond famous soft drinks and cable news, from low-key jazz to riveting college sports, from the High Art Museum to vibrant street art on display throughout the city.
For the History Buff
Originally founded as the terminus of the Western & Atlantic Railroad line in 1837, Atlanta played an important part of the Civil War and was an organizing center of the Civil Rights Movement. The Atlanta History Center chronicles the city’s past and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site explores his life and times. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum surveys the contributions of Georgia’s humble Nobel laureate.
Six Flags over Georgia has whole-family excitement, including, thrilling rides and live entertainment. Georgia Aquarium, the world’s second largest, is also ideal for a family outing. Piedmont Park is a nature lover’s dream; home to an array of bike trails, Lake Clara Meed, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, festivals, and more. Hike Stone Mountain or travel to its top on Summit Skyride and then visit our new Stone Mountain store so that we may see your snaps of the gorgeous vistas.
Festivals & Food
Atlanta’s top festivals include the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Arts Festival and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Atlanta is now a city for foodies beyond the still delicious fried chicken, barbecue, peach cobbler, and sweet tea. The Krog Street Market is a flourishing collection of world-class good eats in a vintage 1920’s warehouse in the heart of Inman Park.
Sometimes called Hollywood of The South, Atlanta is a hotspot of film and television production from likes of Tyler Perry to Clint Eastwood. Celebrities are often spotted in and around Atlanta’s distinctive neighborhoods, such as artsy multicultural Castleberry, counterculture Little Five Points, carefree East Atlanta and trendy Buckhead. They, too, may be attempting to visit every last Atlanta street with “Peach” in its name. We counted more than 70!
Atlanta is more than ever the economic engine and cultural heartbeat of the Southeast. American Car Center encourages everyone to re-discover and explore this bustling city. From Conyers to Marietta, Lawrenceville to Riverdale, The A has so much on offer. We are delighted to provide Metro Atlanta’s hard-working residents a dynamic and straight-forward automotive shopping experience of unparalleled ease and simplicity. American Car Center will have six modern stores situated conveniently throughout the Atlanta area to get you into the ride of your dreams right away! All our exceptional late model vehicles feature an outstanding warranty up to 36,000 miles or three years, oil changes included.
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American Car Center is dedicated to seeing its hard-working and loyal customers in safe and reliable vehicles. A quick and easy measure to ensure just this is a check of your vehicle’s gas cap. Replacing a damaged or missing fuel cap greatly increases road safety and fuel economy.
Modern automotive fuel systems require a complete seal of the gas tank. The total seal prevents dangerous vapors from escaping into the atmosphere. An improperly functioning gas cap may even actuate the dashboard’s Check Engine indicator. The threaded, slight turn-and-click cap design is meant to signal a proper seal.
A cracked or worn gas cap is a malfunctioning gas cap that requires replacing. A cracked cap or missing seal permits fuel evaporation, costing motorists money.
Purchasing a replacement gas cap is simple; visit your local automotive parts retailer with your vehicle’s make and model year to receive the matching O.E.M. part.
Installing your new fuel cap is a snap, or rather, a click.
Visit American Car Center today for assistance or to find the perfect late-model and low-mileage vehicle for you. Our more than 45 amazing stores have an extensive selection of outstanding cars, trucks and SUVs, each with a limited warranty to 3 years or 30,000 miles and oil changes, too. We make it easy for the hard-working people of the Southeast to drive a high-quality vehicle no matter their credit history. The King of Credit wants to approve you today!
There is no better time to be a basketball fan than in March when everything is on the line and anything is possible. Come celebrate all the sick moves, crunch-time plays, and captivating tournament runs at American Car Center and drive away in a sweet ride that even the best ballers will admire.
Going to watch your team or the local court for a little one-on-one? Drive and arrive in all-star style with the late-model and low-mileage vehicle made for you. Don’t wait for the clock to run low – take the easy dish from American Car Center today.
All 50-plus amazing stores feature a deep, star-studded line-up of cars and SUVs, each with a limited warranty to 3 years or 30,000 miles, with oil changes, too. We’ll beat the buzzer to ensure that the best hardwood fans in the world quickly and easily drive away in a standout vehicle no matter their credit history. Get on your kicks, grab your rock and make the fast break for American Car Center. You can even show us your patented fadeaway jumper. The King of Credit wants to approve you today!
With winter upon us, American Car Center is asking you to be our safety partner by doing your best to keep yourself safe on wintery roads this season. With some planning, you can remain collision free and enjoy the best of your destination. Previously, we summarized preparing your vehicle for snow and ice, now let’s discuss essential driving guidelines for winter road safety.
Wear comfortable clothes as bulky clothing can restrict your movement, making it harder to check your blind spot. Heavy or wet boots may also hinder proper pedal control.
Check the weather forecast and road conditions often so you know what to expect before leaving for your destination.
Keep a full tank of gas to help to reduce moisture in the fuel system and to add extra weight.
Clear ice and snow from your vehicle, including the roof and lights. Flying ice and snow is dangerous for others on the road. Wait for foggy windows to clear before proceeding.
Slow down and drive according to the road conditions around you. Give yourself extra time to arrive safely.
Pay attention to the road surface; asphalt should appear grey-white in winter. If it looks black and shiny it could be covered in ice. Shaded areas, bridges, and overpasses freeze sooner than other sections of roadway.
Give extra space because stopping on icy roads requires greater distance on which other drivers may be unfamiliar or unpredictable.
Look out for pedestrians and cyclists whose own visibly may be lessened by the elements.
Keep well back of snowplows and never pass one in operation for sightlines and visibility around them is very poor.
Avoid cruise control on slippery roads as it reduces reaction time and vehicle control.
Steer gently and avoid quick acceleration and hard braking especially on curves in the road. Sudden moves may lessen your control. When driving uphill try to maintain a constant speed as momentum is helpful.
Should you skid, release your brakes and steer in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to steer too far as your vehicle could spin.
Getting about in winter requires patience and composure but following some simple road-tested principles should allow you to get the most out of the frosty time of year. Partner with American Car Center to travel safely this winter – don’t delay, come right away to drive away from one of our convenient locations an outstanding winter-ready car or SUV with a 3-year/30,000-mile limited warranty, oil changes included. The King of Credit wants to approve you today!
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
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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!
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A special greeting for the Holidays from American Car Center to express to you our sincere appreciation for your business and loyalty this year past. We are very thankful and extend our warmest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.
Over the last year, American Car Center has opened many incredible new locations across the Southeast to better serve you. Our focus and passion are to ensure hard-working Americans have a great and reliable vehicle for a brighter future of their own making. We are grateful for your business – it is what has made our progress possible – and, at this time of year, American Car Center hopes that you, and those you love, will enjoy the spirit of the season, find pleasure and joy in life’s simple blessings and beauty in the quiet moments.
American Car Center genuinely thanks you for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. Come see us soon in 2019 so that we may once again find for you that excellent pre-driven, late model and low-mileage vehicle with a limited 36,000-mile/3-year warranty, oil changes included, you have come to expect from any of our more than 40 convenient locations. Remember, with The King of Credit, No Credit is No Problem!
Late-model cars and SUVs don’t require extensive winterization routines, still, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your vehicle runs well this winter.
Check the battery. Cold weather is tough on your vehicle’s battery. Check and clean up areas of corrosion on connections and posts. Consider running a battery load test on batteries more than five years old.
Change the windshield wiper blades and refill your wiper fluid. Working windshield wipers and a solid supply of wiper fluid help ensure clear sightlines. Replace frayed or worn wipers and top up your wiper fluid tank with a lower-freezing temperature fluid.
Examine the four-wheel drive. Working correctly, Four-wheel drive can provide better traction when driving on snowy and icy roads. Have it examined by a mechanic before winter weather sets in to ensure the system engages smoothly and that transmission and gear fluids are at their correct level.
Verify the anti-freeze mixture. The ratio of antifreeze to water in your radiator should be about 1:1 to prevent the coolant in your radiator from freezing. To check the composition of your radiator fluid, pick-up an inexpensive anti-freeze tester at an auto parts store.
Stock emergency supplies. You never know when you’ll need them, so be prepared by having your vehicle ready with emergency supplies, such as a blanket, new flashlight batteries and booster cables.
Adjust engine oil viscosity. In the winter, your engine will run more effectively with a thinner engine oil. Check your owner’s manual for information on proper viscosity levels for colder temperatures.
Visit American Car Center today for a vehicle to exceed your expectations this winter. American Car Center has a vast network of locations across the Southeast; one is sure to be conveniently near you! A terrific selection of previously owned late-model SUVs and cars, with up to a three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty, await you. At American Car Center, the King of Credit wants to approve you today!