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.

When to Sell Your Used Car

When to Sell Your Used Car

It’s that time of year again—carmakers are rolling out their brand new models and it’s making you wonder if it’s time for you to finally sell your old car. If you’re having difficulty deciding on when to sell your used car, we have some tips for you that are sure to make it a bit easier in the long run! You should sell your used car…

Before your car hits a significant mileage amount. The amount of mileage that your car has can greatly affect the price you will get when you sell. For some odd reason, a car with 195,000 miles sells for more than a car with 200,001.

If your car is more than one generation behind the current model. Every few years, models are completely redesigned as they enter a new generation. If your car’s model is about to come out with a second new design, it’s likely that your style will begin to look really old in comparison. Try and sell your car before a new style comes out.

After a decade has passed since it was new. Remember when you first bought your 2000 model and it felt brand new? Now, it probably feels decrepit compared to the current models that are full of cutting-edge technologies and luxurious features. While it’s a great idea to hold onto your car as long as possible, selling it after the 10-year-mark is usually the best idea if you want to get a decent amount of money for your vehicle.

If you take these tips on when to sell your used car into consideration, it’s likely you will get the best deal possible. To get a great trade-in deal or to purchase your next used car, make sure you stop in to Mama’s Used Cars today!

BMW X5 and X6 Engineering Dominated the LA Auto Show

BMW X5 and X6 Engineering Dominated the LA Auto Show

Check out this BMW available at Mama’s Used Cars now!

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we can’t get enough of the new BMWs that premiered at the LA Auto Show this year. Demonstrating BMW’s diverse design and engineering, the BMW X5 and X6 were the highlights of the show.

The BMW X5 and X6 engineering is phenomenal, incorporating innovative new technologies and features everywhere on the models. Both feature an M TwinPower Turbo V8 which generates over 575 hp and incredible torque. Both models also come standard with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, which carries them from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds flat.

BMW commented by saying: “Unfazed by any weather or road conditions, thrillingly dynamic on the race track – the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are purpose-designed for exceptional driving experiences.”

Both the X5 and X6 feature the iconic BMW split grille, sharp lines on the headlights, and subtly flared fenders. Dynamic steering radically improves steering and the torsion-stiff body optimizes the revolutionary suspension.

Mama’s Used Cars has a great selection of used BMWs on our lot now so you can experience top notch technology for yourself.

Come Get Your Next Used Vehicle from Us before Christmas

Come Get Your Next Used Vehicle from Us before Christmas

If you’re daydreaming about what to do with that upcoming holiday bonus, here at Mama’s Used Cars we’ve got a great idea for you: bring it here and get yourself a great deal on your next used vehicle! We promise we aren’t just pandering; it really is a great time of year to buy a used car.

You don’t just have to take our word for it, either: An article on CBS News detailed why right now is a great time to buy a used car. “The last quarter of 2014 will be a great time to get a good deal on a used car,” the article quoted senior analyst Michelle Krebs of AutoTrader.com as saying. Used compact cars, midsize sedans, and even crossover vehicles will all be some of the most affordable and valuable segments to look into this winter.

We have many cars in each of those segments here at Mama’s, and we’re simply dying for a chance to show you our entire inventory. Come see us to find the perfect deal on your next used car, truck, or SUV today.

Tips for Trick or Treat Safety

If you’ve got kids, odds are they’ll be going out trick-or-treating tonight. To them, it can be one of the best nights of the year, but to parents, having one’s kids roaming the streets during nighttime can rightly be worrisome. So we’ve got a few trick or treat safety tips for you and your family to help put your mind at ease.

First, plan a route together. Trick or treating can take your kids several streets away from home and it’s a good idea for both you and them to know exactly where they’re going. Also remember that while teenagers may want to be out on their own, children aged 12 and under should not be out at night by themselves, and we strongly recommend adult supervision.

Second, take a look at their costume. Make sure they are wearing comfortable shoes and not wearing a mask that could potentially obstruct their breathing or vision. Non-toxic makeup is a good way to get around wearing a mask if they really want something on their face. You should also consider the length of their costume—it shouldn’t be too long, or else it’ll drag on the floor and potentially get caught on something and cause an accident.

Finally, check the candy when everyone is home. Toss out any that isn’t in its original wrapper or looks as though it has been opened.

And that’s it! Happy and safe Halloween from Mama’s Used Cars!

Tips for Trick or Treat Safety

What You Should Look For When Shopping for a Pickup Truck

What You Should Look For When Shopping for a Pickup Truck

Get this 4-door 2010 Ford F-150 XLT at Mama’s Used Cars!

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we have a fantastic selection of used pickup trucks! How do you know which pickup is best suited for you and your family, though? Cars.com recently put together a list of “Five Things Families Should Look for in Pickup Trucks” and we have listed them for you below.

1. Four Doors

Make sure the pickup truck you’re looking to purchase has four doors so your family isn’t fighting over who can squeeze into the backseat the quickest. Four doors will make both you and your kids’ lives much easier, and more comfortable.

2. Running Boards

Running boards may be on the best inventions of the 21st century. Unless you’re a giant, pickup trucks are generally difficult to step into, especially for younger children. Avoid bruised shins and scraped knees and choose a pickup truck with running boards so everyone can easily get in and out of the truck.

3. Storage

With a large family, it’s important to have as much cargo room as possible. There’s always room for an extra cooler, kid, tent, or whatever else you need in a pickup truck.

4. Seating Options

A lot of family friendly vehicles say they can seat up to so many people with maximum comfort, but we all know it’s just not true. However, in a full size pickup truck you can actually sit comfortably with a lot of space. If the truck has a front bench seat you are able to seat 6 people, without one you can seat 5 very comfortably. The back seat of a truck has the ability to fit three full size child safety seats, so you can rest assured that your children and other passengers will be comfortable.

5. Comfort, Convenience, & Safety Features

As mentioned above, pickup trucks offer maximum comfort because of a wider frame and larger interior. In addition, pickup trucks offer easy to use features and come with the high safety ratings.

If you’re looking for a family friendly vehicle, look no further than a full size pickup truck. Check out our great selection here at Mama’s Used Cars!

Tesla Considers Certified Used Car Program

Tesla Considers Certified Used Car Program

When you think of Tesla, the first thought you have is probably not, “They have some great used cars!” Even though the California-based car company is famous for their advanced electric-vehicles that put many other vehicles to shame, Tesla has recently guaranteed consumers that they will buy back its electric vehicles from owners who want to get rid of them after three years of ownership. With these vehicle buybacks beginning in spring of 2016, Tesla is looking to create a certified used car program.

Tesla made this buyback promise in the spring of 2013, stating that they would buy back three-year-old Model S vehicles for at least 43% of the car’s sticker prices. Elon Musk, Tesla’s Chief, even stated that he would personally pay the cash for the cars himself if the company did not do so. With these used-vehicle sales, Tesla could see an even greater profit than it has before, though they won’t be allowed to sell direct-to-consumers, due to many state laws.

What do you think of Tesla’s blooming used car program? Share your thoughts with Mama’s Used Cars below!