How to Get Ready for Road Trips

The summer months are here, with children being released from school for summer break, families gearing up to take vacations, and friends preparing for summer road trips. If you’ll be hitting the road this summer for long hours in the hot weather, you will want to make sure you and your vehicle are prepared. Here’s a guide on how to get ready for road trips.

  • Perform all routine maintenance before setting out: Before setting out on your road trip adventure, you will want to get an oil change and make sure you have appropriate fluid levels across the board. Coolant will keep your air conditioning running, and windshield wiper fluid will keep your visibility up.
  • Check your tires: Although a seemingly simple part of your vehicle, tires are incredibly important. They influence efficiency, traction, and control and overall handling. Check that your tires aren’t too worn, check their pressure, and have them rotated if you have to take your car in for an oil change.
  • Have a plan: To maximize everyone’s safety and comfort on the road, make sure you have a driving plan, maps to keep you on track, and entertainment options. If you rely on GPS navigation on your smartphone, have a charging cable and perhaps a phone mount for your windshield for convenient and safe navigation. Download your favorite playlists and podcasts or bring your favorite CDs to jam out to during the long drive.
  • Be prepared for setbacks and/or emergencies: It’s our worst nightmare: your car breaking down away from home. Just in case, keep your cell phone charged if you need to call for help and set up accommodations for the night, have extra water in the car, and be prepared to improvise if necessary.

Above all, if you need a new car to take that road trip with, stop in to Mama’s Used Cars—we’re sure to have something you will like.Ready for Road Trips

Top Five Best Used Cars For Road Trips

It’s summer, and for many of us, that means it’s time for a nice family vacation. If you are looking for a used car before you can go, though, these are the best used cars for road trips.

 

Toyota Camry

As a mid-size sedan, the Toyota Camry is small enough to get excellent fuel economy while also being big enough to accommodate the whole family and their cargo. Even older models of the Toyota Camry get an EPA-estimated highway mpg over 30, so you won’t have to fuel up as often on long trips.

 

Honda Accord

Honda is a popular choice for any driver looking for a reliable used car, but out of all of them we had to choose the Accord. With the Honda Accord, drivers get everyday comfort as well as fun, engaging performance. It also has the added bonus of excellent fuel economy.

 

Chevrolet Impala

While its full-size sedan design means that the Chevrolet Impala doesn’t get as much mileage as the other options on the list, it also means that the Impala is safe and accommodating. Industry critics describe the Impala’s ride as “luxurious,” so you’ll be traveling in style.

 

Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata offers a value-packed vehicle with generous trunk space for its segment. It’s also affordable and provides an efficient, sporty drive, with a comfortable and accommodating second row.

 

Ford Fusion

For those lovers of the Blue Oval, the Ford Fusion provides a versatile and practical family sedan that’s safe, economical, and fun to drive, due to its low starting price tag, good trunk space, and good performance.

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If you find that you are still undecided, of course, you can always just come down to Mama’s Used Cars, and we will help you find something to your liking.

Looking for Something to Do in Charleston? Visit the Hunley Submarine

This great city of Charleston offers so much to do at all times of the year, from great restaurants and bars to theatres, parks, and recreation right on the water. If you are looking for something new to do in Charleston, consider taking a tour of the Hunley Submarine.

The Hunley is located at 1250 Supply Street at the Old Charleston Navy Base in North Charleston, South Carolina. That’s just a 20-minute drive from Mama’s Used Cars at 1627 Savannah Highway in Charleston.

But what is the Hunley Submarine? We don’t want to give away all the excitement of the tour, so we will be brief. The Hunley was a Confederate submarine from the Civil War that successfully attacked and sank the USS Housatonic right off the coast of Charleston. This was monumental not just for the Civil War but for world history in general, as it marked the first time that a submarine sank an enemy ship.

But what happened next is still unknown. For some reason, the submarine—and the crew of eight—disappeared. The sub was discovered underwater in 1995 by Clive Cussler and brought to the surface in 2000. Scientists have worked to discover the mysterious sinking of the Hunley, but to solve it yourself, you’ll have to visit the lab. You can plan your tour on the Hunley’s website.

How to Get the Most for Your Money When Shopping for a Used Car

At Mama’s Used Cars, we make it our goal to create a stress-free, honest, and fun shopping experience for drivers looking to buy used. We want you as our customer to get the best value from your purchase. This is why we’re offering a handful of tips on how to make the most of your money when shopping for a used car.

Most for Your Money When Shopping for a Used Car | Mama's Used Cars

Think Outside the Box

Each segment of vehicles has its own popular pick, like the Ford F-150 for trucks or the Honda Accord for sedans. These are popular options, which often make them expensive options, too. To save more money, consider buying a less popular (but not necessarily less reliable) vehicle.

Think Outside the Hybrid Box

The same rule can be applied to buyers who are looking specifically for a hybrid option. The Toyota Prius is the go-to hybrid car, but there are a handful of other reliable, impressive hybrids out there available for less.

Buy Older

If you want a luxury car but feel like it’s out of your price range, that’s okay! You can adjust the age of a used car to find a price tag that fits your budget. For instance, a seven-year-old Mercedes might be as accessible to you as a four-year-old Toyota.

One of the great benefits of buying used is that it gives you so many more options than buying new. Remember to explore these options to find the best deal for you and visit Mama’s Used Cars today!

Museum Mile Month in Charleston

This January, come out to downtown Charleston with your family to Museum Mile and enjoy access to over ten museums and sites for one low price. With the purchase of a Museum Mile Pass, you will have to opportunity to explore Charleston’s history and culture through its exceptional museums. Here are a few highlights from the list of participating sites.

Gibbes Museum of Art – The Gibbes Museum of Art features an incredible collection of American art and highlights the history of Charleston, past and present. The museum dates back to 1905 and will surely transport you as you peruse its collection.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – The Children’s Museum offers a fun, interactive experience to children that will allow them to explore new environments and use their imagination and playfulness for an engaging afternoon.

Bunting Natural History Gallery (The Charleston Museum) – The Bunting Natural History Gallery offers a remarkable collection of fossils and mounted animals. Visitors of all ages will learn about the geological history of the region and the changes that have occurred over time.

Purchasing a pass for the Museum Mile Month presents opportunities that you will not want to miss. We at Mama’s Used Cars hope you take advantage of this deal!

Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston: Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, and here at Mama’s Used Cars we can’t wait for the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston event. There are a number of family-friendly activities during this annual holiday event. Capturing the spirit of the season, the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston is truly great for everyone.

Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston

Location

According to the event website, the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston event is held throughout the month of December. It’s located in Marion Square, which is at the corner of King, Calhoun, and Meeting Streets. This is also the location of the city’s holiday tree, and there is a special stage for entertainment. Great for both kids and adults, this is one event you should be sure to visit.

Holiday Symbols

Included at the square is a 60-foot holiday tree with magnificent lighting. There’s a Chanukah menorah, and Kwanzaa kinara as well. And, according to the event website, “each of these cultural symbols will be lighted at the appropriate times during the holiday season.”

Activities

You’ll find a number of things to do at the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston. On Saturday and Sunday nights you can find fresh baked goods, arts and crafts, and other holiday gift items. There will also be bands, floats, parades, and more. Plan your visit today.

Best Cars that Retain their Value

Buying a car is a major investment. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind how much you’ll be able to get out of your vehicle when it comes time to sell it. Here are some cars that retain their value exceptionally well, making them great options for smart buyers looking to get the most out of their purchase.

Subcompact: Honda Fit

Don’t let its size fool you; the Honda Fit boasts a comfortable and surprisingly spacious cabin, excellent fuel efficiency, and a huge variety of impressive features. Because it’s such a desirable subcompact, the Honda Fit retains its value very well, making it a smart option for drivers looking for something on the smaller side.

Compact: Subaru WRX

Simply put, the Subaru WRX is an absolute blast to drive. Standard all-wheel drive, a sporty turbocharged engine, and agile handling will have you making excuses to get out on the road as much as possible. And when it comes time to buy a new car, you can count on the Subaru WRX to hold its value.

Midsize: Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a constant bestseller, and for good reason. Dependable, versatile, and fun, the Camry is the perfect choice for those looking for a midsize car that can do it all.

When shopping for a used car, remember you’re investing in the cars future value as well. Stop by Mama’s Used Cars today to find the vehicle that’s perfect for you!

Spring Driving Tips

While spring is a beautiful time of year with flowers and trees in bloom, it comes with a few dangers as well. Here are some spring driving tips to help you along the way.

  • Potholes. Every spring, the potholes of winter make their appearance. The bigger they are, they worse they can affect your car. Drive around potholes, if possible, so you don’t knock your car out of alignment.
  • Tires. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Fully inflated tires can help decrease damage caused by potholes.
  • Puddles. Spring is one of the wettest times of the year due to the rain. This leads to slick road conditions. When the roads are wet, leave more following distance between you and the car ahead of you. In addition, try to avoid driving through large puddles. They could be hiding large potholes and the water could cause you to hydroplane or hamper your braking power.
  • Pedestrians. Warmer temperatures will bring more people out on the road. Be on the lookout for pedestrians as well as motorcyclists and bicyclists.
  • Animals. Along with people, animals become more active in the spring. Watch for animals crossing the roads. Be especially alert at dawn and dusk.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we want everyone to travel safely this spring.

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A Guide to Choosing a Used Car

So, you’ve made the wise choice and decided to purchase a used car. However, since this will be one of the biggest purchases of your life, you want to make sure it’s a good one. Here are a few suggestions on choosing a used car.

  1. Create a budget. Keep track of all your expenses so you know how much of a car payment you can afford. Don’t forget items like insurance, fuel, and maintenance costs.
  2. Make a list of models. Decide what your preferred makes and models are. If your top choice is a something like a Honda Accord, consider competing brands, like a Ford Fusion, and you can still get a great car and potentially save thousands.
  3. Check market value. Use online tools like KBB.com or Edmunds.com to research used car prices to know what the model is worth.
  4. Take a thorough test drive. Don’t just drive around the block. Check every aspect of the car you can, including heating and air conditioning, the sound system, engine noises, brake power, transmission shifting, and technology.
  5. Check its history. Get a vehicle history report to check for any accidents, see how many owners it has had, etc.
  6. Get it inspected. Hire a mechanic you trust to inspect the car for you to check for any mechanical issues.
  7. Negotiate a price. With all of the information you’ve gathered on the car, you should have a good idea of what it is worth. Give a reasonable offer and show your research.
  8. Drive away. Once you’ve made the deal and signed the paperwork, enjoy the fruits of your hard work while driving away in your new car.

Come see our excellent selection of used cars here at Mama’s Used Cars.

Guide to choosing a used car

 

Best Used Cars

Finding the right used car isn’t easy but some vehicles are designed to last much longer than others. Get more for your money with this quick list of the best used cars on the market right now. We’re happy to help you find your dream car here at Mama’s Used Cars!

Best Used Cars - The Ford F-150

Best Used Cars – The Ford F-150

  1. Ford F-150 – Boasting a reputation for reliability, the Ford F-150 is a great choice for drivers in search of affordable capability. The popular pickup is the best-selling vehicle on the planet, making models from 2006 to 2010 easy to find. That also means there are more options to choose from.
  2. Ford Flex – The Ford Flex has long served as the go-to family SUV in the industry. The affordable model offered plenty of interior space and seating for family and friends. The design didn’t change between 2009 and 2012 and Ford’s engineering is second to none, making the Ford Flex a top choice.
  3. Toyota Prius – The fuel-efficient hybrid has made a name for itself when it comes to long-lasting reliability. The brand itself has a reputation for innovative engineering. The Prius offers high fuel economy and a spacious interior that’s perfect for drivers of all ages.
  4. Ford Fusion – A family favorite, the Ford Fusion is a mid-size sedan with a spacious interior and the latest technologies year after year. Premium materials and an upscale design make it one of the most popular models on the market.
  5. Chevrolet Equinox – Featuring enough seating for family, friends, and then some, the Chevrolet Equinox has seen a lot of love among drivers of all ages over the years. Even older models tend to feature upscale interiors and a design built to last.