Top Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

Top Valentine’s Day Gifts Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

So your partner loves cars almost as much as he or she loves you? You’re in luck! With Mama’s Used Cars’ Valentine’s Day gift ideas, you’ll be able to nurture your significant other’s passion for both!

  • Give her the ultimate racing thrill with an exotic car experience. Most performance enthusiasts dream of getting behind the wheel of a hot supercar and driving it to the limit like in the movies. Places like Cloud 9 Living can give her that unforgettable experience she’s always wanted.
  • Some people want to have fun and others want to better themselves. But why not both? There’s always the option of bringing your car lover to a performance driving school where he can not only indulge in his need for speed but also improve his skill!
  • Get her a new ride… just, you know, not the full-size kind. Even if they’re not drivable, car enthusiasts will always appreciate miniatures—or better yet, building one themselves.
  • If your partner is just as into tinkering with car as they are into driving them, get him some tools for his man-cave/garage! Heck, why not some car-themed decoration, too?

Tips for Cleaning Car Seats

Tips for Cleaning Car Seats

Tips for Cleaning Car Seats

Whether your car has leather or cloth car seats, it’s important to take time to keep them clean – not only so they continue to look good over the long term, but also to improve how they wear and to get rid of nasty bacteria.

Here are our tips for cleaning car seats:

Leather

  • Choose a microfiber, terrycloth, or cotton towel (the less lint the better).
  • Choose a cleaner designed specifically for leather, or use two parts water to one part vinegar or a gentle dish soap (like Dawn). Make sure whatever you use does not contain any harsh chemicals, as they can ruin the leather, stripping it of its protective coating and destroying the pigment.
  • Using the cloth and the solution, lightly scrub each part of the seat without soaking it to remove dirt and oils.
  • Finally, use a clean, unused cloth to wipe the seat down, and let the seat dry completely before applying conditioner.
  • Choose a leather-seat conditioner to condition and protect your seats. You can find this in the automotive section of your local store.
  • Use a clean sponge (a kitchen sponge works fine) and apply the conditioner liberally to all areas of the leather seats. Be sure to take time to fully rub the conditioner into the leather. The better it soaks in, the longer it will last.
  • Let your car sit overnight to soak in the conditioner, and wipe the seats down one more time before driving off in the morning.

Cloth

  • Choose a cleaner made for cloth upholstery. There are plenty of options at your local automotive store, or you can make a homemade solution that costs much less and works just as well. One simple recipe is to mix one part water with one part dishwashing liquid.
  • Mix the ingredients together well, and use a spray bottle to apply to all areas of your cloth upholstered seats.
  • Rub the fabric gently using a soft-bristled brush.
  • Rinse the fabric area using a clean rag and warm water, wiping each area thoroughly and rinsing the rag regularly.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to dry the seats as best you can, and allow the fabric to fully dry overnight.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we know that maintaining your car’s seats and interior materials is critical to your vehicle’s resale value. Keep your car looking (and smelling) like new with these simple tips!

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation – Photo Courtesy of ABC News 4 Charleston

South Carolina’s State Ports Authority voted to put aside $5 million in conservation funds. The funds will be used for the protection of the environment that is put at risk by the deepening of Charleston Harbor from 45 feet to 52 feet. Funding for the conservation of wetlands surrounding the Cooper River corridor was seen as a pact between business and environmental groups. During a speech at Silk Hope Plantation, Governor Nikki Haley told business and environment leaders, “Today is a day that we say yes to both conservation and business – they can be married together.”

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust currently holds 5,182 acres—6.5 miles—of land within the Cooper River corridor. In all, 56,000 acres are held and protected by conservation and historic preservation groups. The allotted funding will purchase a portion of the 15,000 acres that are not protected. Jim Newsome, the State Ports Authority chief executive officer, compared both the deepening of the harbor and the conservation plans equally. “Deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet will have a lasting impact on the competitiveness and economic development efforts in South Carolina, and likewise the conservation commitment announced today carries permanent significance to our region and state.”

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we’re proud of our community for its commitment to the environment.

Used Car Prices Remain Low Heading into 2015

Used Car Prices Remain Low Heading into 2015

Used Car Prices Remain Low Heading into 2015 – This 2013 Ford Edge is available at Mama’s Used Cars!

If your New Year’s Resolution was to get yourself or your family a new vehicle, then make sure to check out the used car market. As you know, you can buy a year-old model for a steep discount compared to how much the newest model would cost. Plus, used car prices continue to fall here in the early days of 2015. In fact, there were eight straight months of falling used car prices at the end of 2014, culminating in December, when prices were lower than ever.

You’ll find low prices especially in full-line automakers like Ford, Dodge, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Buick, and more. Our advice: maybe avoid the luxury brands right now. Obviously, the used models are still cheaper than the new models, but luxury car prices keep rising even while the rest of the used car market sees huge price drops.

To learn more about the used car market—and to check out some of these low prices we just mentioned, come see us here at Mama’s Used Cars and check out our inventory. We’re sure there is something for you here, no matter who you are and what your needs, and it’s a lot cheaper than usual—so come see us right away.

Toyota Prius is Best-Selling Used Car in Month of December

Toyota Prius is Best-Selling Used Car in Month of December

If you’re looking to get your hands on a nice used Toyota Prius this winter, make sure you get one while you still can. You see, the Toyota Prius was the best-selling used car this past December, selling faster than any other used car in the United Kingdom this Christmas season. Of course, the Prius is a hot ticket over here in the States as well, and will probably continue to be so into the new year.

So again, if you’re looking to save money on one of the older models of the archetypal hybrid, you’ll need to stay on your toes. You can come visit us here at Mama’s Used Cars for more information on the Prius, and check out our own selection. The demand for the Prius is not surprising; even with gas prices falling, extremely efficient cars like the Prius remain a valuable commodity.

In fact, those lower gas prices might even further people’s interest in the cars, as it’s just one more way to keep your fuel costs low and your efficiency high this holiday season, no matter how much travel you’ve got in front of you. The Prius really never had a bad year, so whatever model you find, you’ll be getting great value for your money. So come see us at Mama’s to learn more today!

The Five Best Car Comparison Sites on the Internet

The Five Best Car Comparison Sites on the Internet

When you’re shopping for a new car, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. Even if you narrow down the type of car you are looking for, it can be difficult to figure out what brand or model will best suit your needs. To make car shopping easier for you, we here at Mama’s Used Cars has put together a list of the five best car comparison sites. With these websites at your fingertips, you will be able to pick and choose the perfect vehicle for you and drive away happy!

Edmunds

If the internet was around during the age of the dinosaurs, we’re pretty sure Edmunds would have been around, too. This prestigious car comparison website is known as one of the best on the internet. Edmunds packs tons of information and reviews about a variety of brands and models onto its site. This allows consumers to compare and contrast up to four vehicles at once, giving you plenty of information to make a decision while you’re shopping.

CarComplaints.com

While it isn’t as much of a comparison site as the rest of these, CarComplaints.com offers more information on any make and model of vehicle than any other. It even includes common owner complaints and issues, recalls, crash tests, active investigations, and any vehicle Technical Service Bulletins. Through this website, you can get a feel of what it’s like to actually own the vehicle you’re interested in!

CarGurus

CarGurus is the website you go to if you’re looking for new and used car listings galore for vehicles around the country. Even though the site focuses mostly on helping you find a vehicle to buy, it also has tons of information, including test-drive experiences, comprehensive expert reviews, and customer reviews. This website even helps you compare the vehicle’s market worth with available listings around you, so you can find the perfect deal!

Kelley Blue Book

As one of the biggest mainstay websites in the vehicle research department, Kelley Blue Book is a practical encyclopedia for car shoppers. It combines a plethora of useful information, estimated values to sellers, pricing guides, and a comparison tool that lets you compare four vehicles side by side to create a comprehensive guide while you’re shopping for new vehicles.

TrueDelta

This savvy website combines car research with comparison, adding a dash of owner-submitted information to round off the car-shopping experience. TrueDelta has a massive database that covers almost everything, including real-life costs of repairs, reliability, mileage, and car prices. The information this site has is overwhelming, but in a good way—and it certainly makes car shopping easier.

Now that you know what the best car comparison sites are, make sure you stop in to Mama’s Used Cars today and see if your dream car is on our lot!

Affordable AWD Models are Easier to Find than You Think

Affordable AWD Models are Easier to Find than You Think

Even though we don’t get much snow during the wintertime, we here at Mama’s Used Cars recognize the importance of a vehicle’s handling and features like AWD. This relatively recent innovation is different than 4WD because it sends power to each individual wheel as it needs it, drastically increasing performance.

On the downside, AWD can get expensive – so we’ve put together a list of affordable AWD models using the NY Daily News as our guide:

First on our list is the 2001 Jeep Cherokee. This model was the envy of off-road enthusiasts everywhere. With a tall ride height and square body, this model features a famous inline six-cylinder engine and incredibly durability. The Cherokee has incredible handling thanks to its AWD, and won’t cost a fortune.

Number two on our list is the 2008 Honda CR-V. This model is newer than the Cherokee, and features a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that gets 25 mpg highway. Not only that but they’re affordable, reliable, and safe thanks to its innovative AWD system.

Last but not least, the 2012 Ford Escape. Whether you’re driving in dunes, near the mountains, or on the highway, the Escape has some of the best handling for the job thanks to its AWD system. Though they come standard with FWD, AWD models are available. Not only do they handle well, look great, and drive smoothly, the Escape is affordable as well.

Stop by to check out any of these models and their AWD systems and see what you’ve been missing.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z2 Concept Eats Dirt For Breakfast

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z2 Concept Eats Dirt For Breakfast

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z2 Concept Unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show

We’ve all waited long enough for the right-size truck to come out. We didn’t want a giant truck that was impossible to manipulate in parking lots and other tight urban spots. We also didn’t want a dinky truck that was only good for moving, if you were moving out of a one-room apartment the size of a closet.  Just like Goldilocks, we wanted a truck that was “just right.”

Well, it’s finally here: The 2014 Chevrolet Colorado. Top Speed puts it perfectly when they write that the Colorado (and it’s cousin the Canyon) are “easier to drive, while their powerful gasoline powertrains keep all the truck-style capabilities truck buyers demand.”

Enhancing what is already an extremely useful truck, Chevy has created an off-road concept, the Chevrolet Colorado Z2 Concept. The automaker starts by making this particular Colorado with a wider stance. Of course, it has huge tires ready to eat up sand and dirt. On the front and the rear axle, it’s got electronic locking differentials. They also bestowed it with a DuraMax turbodiesel. A mind-blowing package, indeed.

Though it’s only a concept for now, Top Speed thinks that “while few concept vehicles actually make it to production, this one might actually have a shot.”

Until then, stop by Mama’s Used Cars and check our awesome current truck models!

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Gets Five-Star Safety Rating

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Gets Five-Star Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded Hyundai’s 2015 Santa Fe Sport with a five-star safety rating. The vehicle scored perfectly in both the front and side crash tests, while snagging a still-incredible score of four in the rollover crash test.

Both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models of the safe 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport were given these ratings, making this Santa Fe Sport one of the safest vehicles of the year.

The list of safety equipment within the award-winning Santa Fe Sport “includes electronic stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes,” as well as seven airbags – including a driver’s knee airbag – to keep every passenger as protected as possible in the event of an accident.

As the number of driving deaths in the United States each year stays astronomically high, with over 30,000 deaths reported in 2012, car safety is as paramount as ever.

Caution and safety should always be the priority on the minds of drivers. Come check out any of our many safe vehicles at Mama’s Used Cars here in Charleston.

Keep Your Vehicle on the Road By Remembering These Habits to Avoid

Keep Your Vehicle on the Road By Remembering These Habits to Avoid

Your vehicle was crafted to serve you well and to last for a long time. However, sometimes we as drivers can shorten the vehicle’s lifespan by practicing bad habits. Here a few habits to avoid in order to keep your vehicle running for years to come.

  1. Keep up with routine maintenance. It is important to make sure your vehicle has the proper fluids and working parts for everyday use.
  2. Pay attention to the lights on your dashboard. If a maintenance light comes on, the wisest action is to quickly determine the source of the problem and fix it before it gets worse.
  3. Watch for operator error. When driving, be sure to smoothly accelerate and decelerate unless prevented by outside circumstances. Fast starts, abrupt stops, and shifting gears while in motion are harmful to your vehicle’s engine, transmission, and brake system. They will eventually take their toll.
  4. Check your tire tread depth. The depth of your tire tread should be no less than 1/16th of an inch. Anything less than that and your tires are not able to do their job of keeping your vehicle properly grounded on the road, which could cause an accident.

Taking care of your vehicle is probably the single most important advice we at Mama’s Used Cars can give our customers. While we enjoying seeing you when you stop by the dealership, we would much rather you stay safe on the road.