Embrace History on the 40th Fall Tour of Homes in Charleston

40th Fall Tour of Homes

Not an actual house on the tour, although we wish it was.

The 40th Fall Tour of Homes takes place this October and if you’ve been to this event before, you already know what you’re missing out on. The Preservation Society has arranged plenty of opportunities for locals and visitors alike to take a tour of historical homes. From self-paced walking tours to lunch lectures, there’s something for everyone and we here at Mama’s Used Cars have the details!

Take to the streets on October 27th for the Tradd Street Tour. This tour reflects Charleston’s architecture from the city’s oldest houses to several 20th century models. The street also runs from the Cooper River to the Ashley River, the only street to do so, making it a popular spot both back then and in the present day.

Taking place on October 29th, the Battery Tour gives visitors a closer look at the early houses built at the time the city was first expanding. Several of the houses were built a few years prior to the American Civil War and survived their front-row seat. Having survived fierce weather, military occupation, and artillery strikes, these homes offered a close-up of history in the making.

Closing out the fall event is the South of Broad Tour. Showcasing some of the city’s most significant properties, ranging from the 1700s to the late 1900s, the properties are perfect for history and architectural lovers alike. Adapted for a modern day style, the homes show how southerners lived for ages. Effectively a trip back in time, the South of Broad Tour takes place on October 30th.

Come to a Classic American Cruise-In at Sonic This Labor Day

Classic American Cruise-In

No matter where you’re from, there’s nothing quite like a classic American cruise-in to lift your spirits! Open to visitors of all ages and backgrounds, the event is designed to bring together automobile enthusiasts and performance junkies alike. Here’s everything you need to know about the classic American cruise-in from us here at Mama’s Used Cars.

Taking place on the first Saturday of each month at the Sonic in Goose Creek, the American cruise-in is open to imports and American-made models of all years and makes. Falling on Labor Day this year, there’s bound to see some spectacular goodies that show up!

The event, sponsored by Lowcountry Muscle Car, holds a “Feature” night where Mustangs, Camaros, trucks, and other various models take the front 13 spaces. Space is limited so the event runs on a first-come-first-serve basis. Make sure to arrive early!

September 3rd, Labor Day, happens to be “Chevelle Night” which means, you guessed it, Chevrolet Chevelles! Originally produced from 1963 to 1977, the Chevelle has long been on the production line but its style has inspired dozens in the modern automotive market. In 1969, the Chevelle was advertised as “America’s most popular mid-size car,” giving it a status few models can compete with.

Unusual Facts about Used Cars

unusual facts about used cars

We all know used cars are a much better investment than buying something brand new. But you won’t just save money: a used car can come with some interesting features that just aren’t found in brand new cars. Here are a few unusual facts about used cars to enlighten you.

  • Standard Table. The first and second generations of the much-loved Honda CR-V came with a standard flip-out picnic table. These SUVs date from 1997 through 2006. Since the table was detachable, you might not find them anymore, but it was still a cool feature.
  • Cassette Player. CD players are slowly leaving new cars, but it might be surprising to know that the last car with an available cassette player was the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria. Also, the 2010 Lexus SC430 came with a standard tape deck.
  • Play a Game. In model year 2003-2007 Saab 9-3 SS models, you can play a game of Pong on the Tech II system. It is hidden under the Airbag/SRS System submenu.
  • Supercars Tested with V8. While the McLaren F1 was still in development, engineers needed to test its gearbox with a powerful engine. They chose a Chevrolet V8 that delivered the same levels of torque the production car would.

Save Some Cash with Five One-Tank Road Trips in South Carolina

road trips in South Carolina

We all love a good vacation—but if you’re short on funds or just want to stay closer to home, here are five great stops for spectacular one-tank road trips in South Carolina. We’ve mapped out a varied trip that starts at Hunting Island State Park and takes you through the beautiful Sumter National Forest.

  1. Hunting Island State Park. For just $2, you can get a tour of the beautiful lighthouse. This is South Carolina’s most-visited State Park.
  2. Old Sheldon Church. First built in the mid-1700s, the remains of this Greek revival style church are still breathtaking. Catch a glimpse of the ruins in Yemassee.
  3. UFO Welcome Center. Stop in Bowman to help welcome visitors from another planet. You’ll love all the comments you will get on the selfie that you’ll post later.
  4. Sumter National Forest. Take in a hike, see local wildlife, and go mountain biking all at Sumter National Forest.
  5. Whiteford’s Giant Burger. Before you head back home to Charleston, drive through Laurens and fill up at the iconic Whiteford’s Giant Burger. This restaurant has been serving the area since 1957.

According to Google Maps, this trip is 220 miles one-way. So depending on what you drive, you may have to fill up on the way home.

Top Reasons to Live in the South: From Warm Weather to Sweet Tea

top reasons to live in the South

Living in the South is great, especially because of the friendly atmosphere, warm climate, historic landmarks, and the great food. Whether you are thinking about moving or you simply want to visit, we’ve put together a list of the top reasons to live in the South.

For starters, the South has a truly laid-back atmosphere in most locations. According to the Frisky, one of the best things about the South is the porch-sitting tradition, something everyone should experience. As the epitome of relaxation, sitting on a porch is a great way to pass the day.

Fine dining is all around, as well as excellent drinks. Naturally, we’re talking about sweet tea. Northerners might like to be a little more conservative with the sugar, but there is nothing quite like a true Southern sweet tea on a hot afternoon—just be sure to sip it slowly.

One identifying factor for most Southerners is the phrase “y’all,” something you will quickly learn to adopt if you visit the South. No one knows quite how it started, but this iconic phrase has been a dead giveaway for Southerners who go on vacation in the North. For most, “y’all” is a truly charming contraction.

Finally, one of the best things about the South is the weather—and yes, we’re talking about the humidity. Although some people hate the muggy weather, nothing keeps your skin looking nicer than truly humid weather. Plus, warm weather is definitely preferable to spending the winter in icy climates.

Grab a Bite to Eat: Top Restaurants in Charleston, SC

top restaurants in Charleston, SC

Charleston is known for its scenic views and historic landmarks, as well as its incredible fine dining. In fact, the area is home to some of the best restaurants on the East Coast. We’ve put together a list of top restaurants in Charleston, SC to help you explore some of the best places to eat in the area.

According to Trip Advisor, the number one hot spot is Halls Chophouse. Named a Traveler’s Choice Winner, this restaurant has unparalleled surf and turf, top-shelf liquor, and excellent service. If you are looking for a treat, stop by Halls.

For something truly refined, check out the Charleston Grill. Plates cost roughly $30 to $40 each, but it is worth every penny. You can excellent seafood and superb wine—just be sure to wear a nice outfit. Whether you are celebrating and anniversary or you simply feel like being classy, check out the Charleston Grill.

The Oyster House on Market is one restaurant you won’t forget. For visitors coming to Charleston for the first time, this place is great. You can get excellent seafood casserole, hush puppies, sea bass, and, naturally, the best oysters around. For seafood lovers, this place is a must.

Other places to check out in Charleston include 167 Raw, Cru Café, Circa 1886, and the Peninsula Grill among others.

Popularity of Used Cars is Higher than Ever

popularity of used cars

Used cars are poised to sell better than ever in 2016, largely because consumers are realizing just how affordable a used car can be. The popularity of used cars is likely on the rise due to multiple factors, from less spending money to brand exclusivity among other things.

According to Edmunds, one major factor is that since 2015, brands have been significantly increasing the cost of their new cars. Buying a used car lets you save up to 30% of the initial cost, even if a model is only a year or two old. Demand drives cost up—waiting a little while means less demand and less overall cost.

“The market is flush with off-lease vehicles that are coming back to dealerships,” reads the Used Vehicle Market Report. “Most former rentals are concentrated within the segments of midsize car, compact car, subcompact car and larger car and are often distinctly different in terms of content and mileage from off-lease or consumer trade-ins,” the report said. “Based on the influx of this inventory and the expectation of low gas prices, Edmunds predicts that average prices will continue to fall for these segments.”

The growth of car-rental agencies and leasing is also making used cars more available. Such agencies get rid of cars after a few years, flooding the market with affordable used cars. Plus, most people have less cash than normal due to hard economic times, making financing easier for used vehicle buyers. These are just some of the reasons you might also consider buying a used car today.

Find the Right Mother’s Day Automotive Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day automotive gift ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner on May 8, making now one of the last chance’s you will have to find mom the right gift. Although you might think automotive gifts are better suited for Father’s Day, there are plenty of Mother’s Day automotive gift ideas out there that any mom would love to have.

According to Autozone, you can’t go wrong with electronics. Does your mom love listening to music in the car? Consider buying her a new stereo system. A range of brands are available on the market, with features like AUX/USB inputs to allow your mom to plug in her own music from her iPod or iPhone.

Talking on the cell phone and driving can be dangerous—that’s why you should consider buying mom a Bluetooth headset. These great gifts are compact and easy to install, letting you mom talk on the phone with a hands-free device. Bluetooth connectivity is only available on certain new cars; however, you can also install a Bluetooth system if you wish.

Getting stranded with a dead battery is the worst. That’s why a jump starter pack is a great gift. Your mom can simple hook this device up to her car and get going in no time. Although this gift will only be used once in a blue moon, she’ll be glad she has it when she needs it.

The Best Music Venues in Charleston

music venues in Charleston SCIf you are a live music fan and you just happen to live in Charleston, you must consider yourself the luckiest person in the world. There are so many great music venues in Charleston, each providing a stage for a diverse array of artists. Here are some of our favorites…

Silver Dollar – 478 King St.

Featuring a strong college bar vibe, people here love live music. The Silver Dollar hosts live shows almost every night of the week.

Music Farm – 32 Ann St.

This is a great middle-of-the-road venue; that is, not too big and not too small. Great sound with a nice bar, you can see such diverse acts as Waka Flocka and Cracker.

Charleston Music Hall – 37 John St.

Everything from screening music documentaries to featuring brilliant music artists like Aaron Neville and Gregg Allman, the Charleston Music Hall is a wonderful venue. It features fantastic sound and acoustics.

Circular Congregational Church – 150 Meeting St.

The church features an astounding musical production called From Gospel to Gershwin. It pulls together elements from jazz, gospel, Gershwin, Gullah, spirituals, Civil War songs—all of the music that defined the area over the years.

5 Ways to Determine Which Vehicle Is Right For You

what kind of vehicle should I buy

As you go on your next car-buying adventure, you may realize that you are unsure of what kind of vehicle to choose from. We’ll try to help out by giving you some of the advantages and disadvantages of each major kind of vehicle.

Sedans: Like most kinds of vehicles, sedans have a huge spectrum. But most of them are going to focus on sizable interior space, comfort, efficiency and technology. Obviously, they make great family vehicles.

Coupes: These two-door vehicles are designed for driving. They typically feature bigger or at least faster engines than sedans. Coupes usually sit somewhere between sedans and sports cars.

Trucks: We all know the obvious benefits of trucks—there’s a huge bed to put stuff in! But trucks are also made for towing. This means they have large engines and strong brake systems. This doesn’t mean trucks have to be austere. Many are just as comfortable and tech-savvy as sedans.

SUV/Crossovers: These kinds of vehicles usually offer all of the trappings of a sedan with more interior space and often times a bigger engine. Crossovers are the most popular kinds of vehicles on the road.

Compact/Subcompact: Just as you might think, the focus with compact and subcompact vehicles is efficiency. They are smaller in stature and feature smaller engines that many times allow hybrid-like fuel economy numbers.

Deciding what kind of vehicle you want can really help you narrow down your vehicle search!