Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

First Time Car Shopper

Your first car purchase is a rite of passage, and you’ll be thankful for the purchase every time you get behind the wheel. To help you navigate the exciting car-buying process, here are some tips for first-time car buyers.

  • Set your budget: One of the first steps you should take when thinking about buying a new vehicle is setting a budget. Determining what monthly payment you can afford will help you narrow down which vehicles are in your price range.
  • Make a must-have list: Spend some time thinking about what your transportation needs are and what your must-have features are. Secondly, make a list of things you’d like to have but don’t necessarily need.
  • Do your research: Before you head to the dealership, you should spend some time researching your options. You should narrow your search down to a couple of vehicle segments, or to a particular automaker.
  • Take a test drive: There’s no better way to determine if you like a vehicle than taking it for a test drive. Locate a few reputable dealers nearby and spend an afternoon taking a few vehicles for test drives.
  • Explore your financing options: Before purchasing a new vehicle, spend some time exploring your financing options. Get auto loan quotes from a few different sources, such as from your bank, credit union, and/or insurance company.

If you have any more questions about purchasing your first vehicle, contact us at Atzenhoffer. Or stop by to browse our current inventory of vehicles. We’ll help match you with the right one to suit your budget and lifestyle.

Top Beaches to Visit Near Victoria, Texas This Summer

Chilling By The Beach | Victoria, TX

Victoria, Texas hosts a myriad of beautiful beaches nearby in its home along the Gulf of Mexico. Here are some of our favorite oceanside destinations to explore near this city.

Port Lavaca – 27 miles

Closest to Victoria is Port Lavaca, which has the largest and deepest bay in all of Texas. It offers a variety of fishing opportunities such as drift, kayak, and blue water offshore fishing.

Rockport – 40 miles

Rockport is home to the only Blue Wave Beach in the Lone Star State. This type of beach is unique in that it is exceptionally clean and has procedures set in place to protect the health of both people and the environment. With a free boat launch, windsurfing launch, and spacious children’s playground, this site is a pleasant destination for visitors of all ages.

Port O’Connor – 48 miles

Sport fishing is king in Port O’Connor, TX. If you’re seeking a deep-sea adventure on the Gulf of Mexico, rent one of the many charter boats available.

Aransas Pass – 76 miles

Sometimes called “saltwater heaven”, Aransas Pass is home to a spectrum of fish varieties. This bay is known for cooling off visitors with perpetual sea breezes.

Freeport – 121 miles

Although the longest trip from Victoria, Freeport’s beach offers a 3.5-mile expanse of sunbathing territory. For a relaxing day on a clean, litter-free beach, plan a day trip to this reputable location.

Contact us at Atzenhoffer if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from these prime beach sites.

Where to Celebrate Independence Day near Victoria, Texas

4th of July Holiday Party

Summer is here and for many people the highlight of the season is the 4th of July. If you are looking for fun ways to celebrate Independence Day near Victoria, Texas, we have some great suggestions.

Point Comfort Fireworks

If you want an earlier fireworks show, Point Comfort will have their fireworks on June 29th. If it rains, they will be moved to July 6th. On June 28th, they will host their annual BBQ cook off and washer throw competition.

2019 Star Spangled Bay Bash

Head to Port Lavaca on July 4th, for the 2nd Annual Star Spangled Bay Bash. This event is free to the public and will feature live music, delicious food, and local vendors. The fun begins at 3 p.m. at the Bayfront Peninsula Park. End the night with a spectacular fireworks display starting around 9 p.m.

Port O’Connor Fireworks Display

On July 6th, Port O’Connor will host its annual fireworks display at King Fisher Beach. There will be a party beforehand with food and vendors available starting at 10 a.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

POCVFD BBQ and Silent Auction

Each year, the Port O’Connor Volunteer Fire Department hosts a fund-raising BBQ and silent auction. This year’s even will be held on Saturday, July 6th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We here at Atzenhoffer hope you have an incredible Independence Day.

Victoria Memorial Weekend Bash at DeLeon Plaza

Car Show | Victoria, TX

The Victoria Memorial Weekend Bash is coming to DeLeon Plaza in Downtown Victoria, Texas, on May 25 and 26. The event will feature more than 25 artists from the Tejano music scene and tons of other activities and events.

Some of the artists you can expect to see are AJ Castillo, Miklo, Magallie Montiel, and special guest DJ Johnny Chanklas. The Memorial Weekend Bash is truly a celebration of Mexican culture, with not just Mexican musicians but authentic cuisine from local restaurants and even an El Grito Contest hosted by the festival.

You can also check out the Super Car Show on Sunday or even enter your own classic car or truck. At the end of the show, winners of first, second, and third Best of Show will be announced and prizes awarded, so if you’ve got a classic car, call today!

Don’t forget about Gary Conrad, master hypnotist, who will also be featured at the Memorial Weekend Bash, along with other performers, artists, and artisans.

It costs just $10 for a one-day general admission ticket or $15 for both days. You can even get VIP passes, either the Platinum two-day for $75 or a one-day pass for $50, but there are only 100 of these tickets available, so get them while you still can!

Here at Atzenhoffer, we are excited for this annual event and hope to see you there.

Five Spring Maintenance Tips

Washing car | Victoria, TX

While winter in Texas is never that bad, it is nice that spring has finally arrived. With the warmer outdoor temperatures, it is time to start checking things off of your to-do list. This includes taking care of your car. Here are five spring maintenance tips to get you started.

  1. Check your tires. Give your tires a thorough inspection. This should include checking the tread depth, looking for uneven wear, and checking the air pressure.
  2. Change your oil. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended maintenance schedule. If you are due for a change, give your car some fresh oil and a new filter.
  3. Get new wiper blades. You should replace your windshield wiper blades every six to 12 months, especially if they are leaving streaks or stuttering across your window. Don’t forget the rear blade, if you have one.
  4. Check your lights. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled properly. When you can’t signal your intentions to other drivers, it could end badly.
  5. Clean your car. Time to wash away with the winter. Start with the top and work your way down your car. Use a two-bucket method (one for soapy water, one for dirty water). Don’t forget to give the undercarriage a good rinse.

If your vehicle is in need of more thorough spring maintenance, bring it to our expert team of technicians at Atzenhoffer.