15610 Richmond Hwy. Woodbridge, VA 22191 571-285-3277

Winter Driving - It's No Joke

Cold Weather And Snow Are Just Around The Corner

As the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall, it's important to remember some basic winter driving safety tips. By following these simple guidelines, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for everyone involved.


Depending on where you live, winter driving conditions can vary greatly. In some areas, snow and ice are a regular occurrence, while in others, it's more of a rare event. No matter what the conditions are like in your area, it's always important to be prepared for the worst.

Before setting out on a winter drive, make sure your car is in good working condition. This means having a full tank of gas, making sure all your lights are working, and having snow tires or chains if conditions are particularly bad. It's also a good idea to let someone know your planned route and expected arrival time, just in case you run into trouble along the way.


When driving in winter conditions, take your time and don't be afraid to give yourself extra space between you and the car in front of you. It takes longer to stop on slippery roads, so you need to give yourself plenty of time to brake. And if you do start to skid, resist the urge to panic. Instead, focus on steering into the direction of the skid until you regain control.


If you haven't driven in snow before then you should consider having someone take you to a safe location to practice. Once you feel confident behind the wheel, then you can start venturing out on your own. Just remember to take things slow and be extra cautious until you get used to the conditions.


Before the winter driving season begins, check your used car carefully. Inspect the tires for tread depth and add all-weather tires when needed. Be sure your car has snow scrapers, a shovel, and kitty litter or rock salt in case you need extra traction.

Are you confident in your car's ability to drive in snow? Check with our knowledgeable sales staff to find a reliable car that will help you brave the winter roads in style. Stop by today and take a test drive!


Is An SUV Right For You


SUVs are one of the most versatile vehicles on the market. They offer great family legroom and more storage for gear than a regular car making them ideal for family vacations.

What Are The Different Types Of SUVs

If you're in the market for an SUV, first, consider what size will best suit your needs. There are small SUVs (also called crossovers), midsize SUVs, and large SUVs.

  • Smaller SUVs offer better fuel economy and easier maneuverability, while large SUVs can accommodate more people and gear.

  • Crossovers are based on a car chassis, so they have unibody construction and usually offer better fuel economy than truck-based SUVs. They also tend to be smaller and more maneuverable than truck-based SUVs.

  • Midsize SUVs offer a happy medium between crossovers and large SUVs. They're big enough to comfortably seat up to eight people, but not so large that they're difficult to park or maneuver.

  • Large SUVs are the largest and most expensive SUVs on the market. They offer the most passenger and cargo space, but can be difficult to park and maneuver. They also tend to have poorer fuel


Next, decide what kind of features you're looking for in a SUV. Do you need four-wheel drive for off-roading or bad weather? Would you like a third row of seating to fit more passengers? Do you need a lot of cargo space for hauling gear?


Ready to start shopping for an SUV? Check out our inventory of new and used SUVs. We've got a wide selection of makes and models to choose from. If you're unsure of what SUV is right for you, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help. Stop by today and take a test drive!



Why Should You Buy From Koons Automotive


Did you know that used cars and trucks are a great option when looking to purchase a vehicle? Whether you are looking for an upgrade, a second or third vehicle, a vehicle for your child or just looking to add to your garage.......Often people hesitate when they are unsure where to purchase. Let us share why Koons of Woodbridge and pre-owned vehicles go hand in hand and are the perfect match:
Location:
What better place to purchase your used car near Woodbridge than Koons Automotive. Koons is actually just a 5-minute drive from downtown and right off of Hwy 95, you can navigate to our location with ease. Our other dealerships are located at 174 Cambridge St. Fredericksburg, VA and 401 James Madison Hwy 22701 Culpeper, VA. Take some time to come and see us at all three of our locations. Since they are very close in distance your options are unlimited.
Selection:
In today’s world, we’re aware that variety, quality, and price are very important components when choosing a local car dealership. That’s why we have over six hundred used vehicles to choose from. Maybe you’re looking for a dark cherry red Chevy Camaro or maybe a white, crisp and clean GMC Acadia, we have it waiting just for you. If you view each of our locations, you'll find a rainbow of vehicles.
Price:
An assortment of vehicles in addition to the right price point is what helps Koons stand out above our competition. The standard cost of a used vehicle with us is well below the national average. Talk about savings! We wonder how our competitors feel about this?! You can rest assured that you’ll get the best price Koons is able to offer. We work with 60+ lenders and cater to all credit and income levels! 
Come visit us! We’re the best place to buy used cars anywhere in Virginia! Also, be sure to like our Facebook page for all of the latest news, deals and more.

Holiday Driving Tips

Holiday Driving Tips
1. Plan your route- Use the navigation system that so many of our newer vehicles have to offer you!
2. Leave early- A lot of cars will be out on the road this holiday weekend!
3. Pay attention! Put away your distractions! This means putting your cell phone down.
4. Look out for drunk drivers (and don’t be one yourself!).
5.Control your temper! Road rage doesn’t have a good outcome for anyone.

Five Ways to Prepare for a Road Trip

Five Ways to Prepare For a Road Trip.
1. Clean your car before and during your trip.
Go ahead, leave the napkins and gum wrappers under your seat. Don't sweat the dog hair in the back bed ... but you'll be sorry. A few days into your trip, when the old gum wrappers are joined by new fast food wrappers when dog hair starts sticking to your luggage and your gear, you'll rue the day you failed to Stop by Koons Automotive to get your car detailed before your trip!
2. Check your vehicle.
About a week before you leave for a long road trip, have Koons Automotive check your car's fluid levels, brakes, tires and anything else that could cause problems. Be sure your spare tire is fully inflated and that you have jumper cables and extra wiper fluid on hand.
3. Have a loose plan.
Delays are the one thing that you can count on when driving significant distances. If you overschedule your road trip, know that things aren't always going to go your way.
4. Get off the highways
Unless you have a specific destination and a strict schedule, there is little point in hitting the roads to see the country if you don't spend some time on the back roads.
5. Have your documents
If you are traveling without current documentation of license, registration or insurance, you could be in for a world of hurt if you are pulled over for any reason. Stop by Koons Automotive and our on-site insurance reps from Next Level Insurance can make sure you are covered for anything that might occur.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Seven Fathers Day Gift Ideas For The Car Dad:
Clean Car
Give the gift of a clean car to your father for Father's Day. Stop by Koons Automotive and let us professionally detail the vehicle for you.
Dash Cam
Dash cams are still rising in popularity in the U.S. as more affordable options come out each year. Check them out if your father is the type to worry about crazy drivers.
Oil or Coolant Change
Stop by Koons Automotive and have your busy Dads vehicle serviced.
Car Cleaning Kit
While not altogether creative, this gift is still thoughtful for dads who like the inside-out shine of a new car. The most popular car cleaning kits will come with microfiber cloths or mitts, quality car soaps, wax, gloss, tire shine, and more.
Tire Inflator (Portable Air Compressor)
A portable air compressor or tire inflator stored in the trunk can pump up a tire without the need to search the car for quarters as if it were an old couch cushion.
Tailgating Gear
a new tailgater’s set of grilling utensils, a grill, and a cooler could make any dad feel special.
Buy Him a Car or Truck
Maybe your dad bought you your first car? 
Now it’s your turn to return the favor; show your dad that he means something special to you by surprising him with a new vehicle in the driveway on Sunday morning!

Good Choices For Graduates

Whether marking the passage from high school to college or starting out in life with student loans, the last thing recent graduates need is to become saddled with a big automotive expenditure. So for the sake of teen drivers and their parents – along with virtually anyone on a tight budget who’s looking for a decent and inexpensive used car or truck – we combed through crash test and owner-reported performance data for vehicles from the 2012 model year to come up with a list of a dozen affordable five-year-old vehicles that come highly recommended in terms of both safety and reliability. 
Each of the five-year-old models on our list are solid choices for novice and under-funded young drivers with great levels of performance and utility. Here they are in no particular order:
Volkswagon Jetta
Volkswagon Golf
Chrysler 200
Chevrolet Malibu
Ford Fusion
Hyundai Sonata
Subaru Legacy
Buick LaCrosse

Subaru Outback
Honda Element 
Volvo S80
Subaru Forester

SIX CARING GIFTS FOR THE CAR MOM

Car detailing is a great gift – even a do-it-yourself one. A clean car is like a clean house – or a clean pair of underwear – as a mom, you just feel better about yourself being in them.

Music- a family-friendly playlist of music is an effective way to bring a family together – it is really hard to tune out a car full of people singing.

Car Lashes – for the fun mom who wants a fun car.

Family Car Stickers – for the super proud mom.

Car First Aid Kit- for the practical mom.

Fluid Checks- for the mom that doesn't know much about car maintenance. You could help her avoid costly repairs by having the oil changed and the coolant and other fluids checked.

April is National Car Care Month

Each spring vehicle maintenance is a trending topic across the country because April is National Car Care Month. Automotive technology has advanced at warp speed in recent years. But no matter how complex our cars have become, they still need regular service to keep them running safely and efficiently and at full power. That means carefully maintaining motor oil and other fluids, items such as hoses and filters and tires. These are some basic assessments you can make that are universal to just about every car, and that could help you prevent costly and time-consuming repairs down the road. As a suggestion, your regular oil change interval is a good time to give your car some additional attention:

Check all fluid levels (engine oil, transmission, coolant, brakes, differential, windshield washer) and top off as needed with the correct fluids – and look for evidence of leaks
Check tire condition and air pressures – uneven wear could indicate wheel misalignment
Check the battery for corrosion and loose cables
Check all lights for proper operation
Check wiper condition and operation
Check the condition of belts and hoses
Check the engine air filter
Check the fuel lines and filter (if visible/accessible)
Check the cabin air filter
Inspect the brakes (pads and rotors, shoes and drums, brake lines)
Inspect suspension and steering components
Inspect the chassis and lubricate as needed
Inspect ignition components (wires, plugs, coil packs, etc.)
Check the exhaust for holes and leaks, and loose hangers. If all of this seems too much then feel free to drop your car off at our service department for a complete check up.

How To Choose The Perfect Family Car

Determining the best family car depends largely on what kind of family you have. For example, if you and yours are the outdoorsy types, an SUV may be the best way to go. Urbanites might benefit from a minivan or sedan. Those in between, well, that's what crossover SUVs are for. The good news is that the days when station wagons were the only choice for families are long gone. The market has responded to these different circumstances with a plethora of shapes and styles to suit virtually any need.

Comfort plays a key role in any car, and it goes double for a family car. After all, if you, your spouse and your kids aren't comfortable, it's going to be a long, long drive to Grandma's, no matter how nifty the features may be.

Virtually every car on our lot boasts very good crash test scores. More importantly, active safety systems are becoming commonplace on more and more vehicles, and at more reasonable prices. That means things like collision and blind-spot alerts, backup cameras, lane-keeping assists, and other computerized systems are an important consideration. In fact, it's gotten to the point where if features like backup cameras and blind-spot alerts aren't standard, we're a little surprised.

While not every family needs to carry baby seats everywhere, how well they fit is an important consideration for many buyers. After all, they're mandatory for smaller kids, and frankly, what kind of parent wouldn't use one anyhow, regardless of the law?

Rear-Seat Entertainment is an interesting category, as some on staff think that stand-alone rear-seat entertainment systems will soon go by the wayside as more cars adopt 4G LTE and wireless hotspot options. Still, there's something to be said for plugging in your family's Wii on a long road trip, and the inclusion of a built-in rear-seat screen is still an advantage.

Choosing a vehicle is a personal choice but be sure to bring your family along to the dealership for insights and opinions. You'll want them to try out the car in which they'll spend hours over the next few years. Maybe it's the one that will become their first car. :)

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