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ACC is in the Southeast

Great Summertime Destinations of the Southeast

The Southeast boasts many amazing locations and attractions surprisingly close to home for a sensational summer getaway! Let’s discover a few.

The Gulf Coast – Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Panama City Beach, Florida, are beach towns popular with families for their natural white sand beaches, casual charm, water sports, camping, and more. The region is anchored at each end, respectively, by the vibrancy of Tampa Bay and the cultural richness of New Orleans.

Washington, D.C. – For history buffs and families, the District of Columbia is a traditional and everlasting summer destination. The nation’s capital has dozens of free things to do, including 17 Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, daytime fun at the Capital Riverfront’s Yards Park, and evening strolls of monuments and memorials, and many more outdoor activities. Diverse neighborhoods, markets, restaurants, and entertainment are yours to explore.

Music Highway, Tennessee – The I-40 corridor runs between Nashville and Memphis, two cities pivotal to the development of American popular music. Nashville, nicknamed the Music City, is home to Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Bluebird Café. In Memphis, you can witness the monumental size and slowness of the Mississippi River, visit the National Civil Rights Museum, and walk along the historic quarter-mile Beale Street, billed Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock and Roll. Both Nashville and Memphis are famous for Southern cuisine and BBQ.

The Ozark Mountains – Branson, Missouri, is a popular entertainment destination celebrating country music and Ozark culture. Bentonville, Arkansas, draws visitors from across the country to the Crystal Bridges Museum of National Art. Clean air, sparkling lakes and rivers, national forests, and historic sites appeal to lovers of the outdoors.

Orlando, Florida – This Florida hub is America’s top leisure travel destination year after year for good reason. It is the world’s amusement park capital, home to the largest and best-known theme parks on the planet. Disney parks include the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach, and Typhon Lagoon. Movie-themed Universal Orlando has three parks, including its newest, Volcano Bay water park. SeaWorld offers its own kind of water thrills: up-close animal experiences, plus rollercoasters!

Atlanta, Georgia – The capital of Georgia is filled with immense cultural and historical significance, great food, and fun. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site chronicles his life and the civil rights movement. Six Flags over Georgia, the Georgia Aquarium, and Stone Mountain provide whole-family entertainment and outdoor fun. For foodies, a visit to the Krog Street Market is a must-do. 

The Southeast is filled with incredible yet affordable destinations perfect for endless summertime excitement. American Car Center hopes your summer escape is interesting, fun, and relaxing.

Before you go, visit a convenient American Car Center location for a huge inventory of great late model and low-mileage vehicles, each with a fantastic limited warranty, oil changes included. Rely on us to help you find a terrific vehicle simply and quickly so that you can make the most out of your summertime travel adventure.

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Have a Safe Summer Getaway!

American Car Center Guide to a Safe Summer Getaway!

More than ever, now is the time for a safe summer getaway to enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors and discover the timeless beauty of the peaks, valleys, nooks, and corners of the place we call home, the majestic Southeast. American Car Center has some ideas for fun and exploration.

The country’s largest cavern network is deep below the rugged hills of south-central Kentucky. Mammoth Cave National Park encompasses the most visitor-friendly part of the massive cave system. There are more than 400 miles of explored caverns here and Mammoth is known for vast caverns, some several stories high. Fans of hiking and climbing will love the rocky, forested landscape above the caverns which is great for exploring and camping.

On the Southeast Atlantic coast, between Charleston and Savannah, are five Georgia wildlife refuges; watery, thinly populated views of forest and marshland. The refuges are full of wildlife, especially migratory birds and waterfowl. Numerous campgrounds and affordable simple lodgings help to keep costs low. Public beaches are also plentiful.

The spine of the Appalachian Mountains runs along the Virginia-West Virginia border, protecting thousands of square miles of pristine, thinly populated forest land. The natural beauty is stunning and there are many places to explore. The area features the Monongahela, George Washington, and Jefferson National Forests, with Shenandoah National Park nearby. Convenient and affordable, these emerald gems are almost unbeatable for hiking and camping.

Near Gatlinburg, Mississippi, is one of the best-kept secrets of the Smokey Mountains. Nestled in the rolling hills, Place of a Thousand Drips is a waterfall named for the many rocks over which the water must cascade, seemingly leaving it forever dripping. Over an age, the water has carved several paths into the stone, creating the illusion of several small waterfalls. Visitors drive along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail to find the site

The great beach towns of the Gulf Coast are popular with families in summer for their natural white sand beaches and casual charm. The adjoining towns of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama combine for 32 miles of dazzling beaches, water sports, and other outdoor activities and camping areas for a family stay. On the Florida side, Panama City Beach boasts 27 miles of beach, ideal for long walks and people watching from the pier. In addition, hiking, biking, and kayaking are on hand.

If summer driving is more to your speed, you can cruise the Natchez Trace. The 444-mile parkway follows a historical route used by Native Americans and settlers from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. A great deal of the land along the Trace is protected, making for an idyllic drive through lush and rolling hills. If a staycation is what you want, be sure to take advantage of activities in regional parks. Those with a curious bent may want to consider walking tours of landmarks and sites in Southeast’s picturesque and history-filled cities. Richmond, Virginia, Savannah, Nashville, and Delray Beach, Florida, amongst others, are interesting and very walkable.

American Car Center hopes you make lasting memories of your getaway this summer. See us before you go! There is a location convenient to you, stocked with great late-model and low-mileage vehicles, with a limited warranty and oil changes for up to 3 years. We will quickly help you find a vehicle to take you to the place where you want to be.    

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The Great American Car Center Summer Road Trip

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

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.