What to Do When Caught in Severe Weather in Your Car

severe weather in your car

Despite what the evening forecast is, weather can be an unpredictable factor in some climates. Rain can quickly turn to snow and vice versa, causing two incredibly different driving situations. Sometimes things can go from bad to worse and severe weather can strike unexpectedly. Here’s what to do if you get caught in severe weather in your car from us here at Mama’s Used Cars.

  • Stay in a Safe Place: In the event of a thunderstorm drivers should stay in your vehicle and don’t get out for anything. Those not in or near a vehicle or building should head for lower ground. Avoid sitting or standing near metallic objects and, if in a group, spread out.
  • Protect Yourself: If one is caught in a tornado, stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls and take care to protect your head. Many buildings have predesignated shelter areas. If you’re on the road, head to a ditch and cover your head and neck with your hands.
  • Beware of Water: Flash floods can come from seemingly nowhere which makes them much more dangerous. If there’s a flash flood warning or it’s raining, avoid going near water sources. Drivers should avoid attempting to ford more than a foot of water, depending on their vehicle. If water rises over the road and the vehicle can no longer move, exit and head to high ground.

Remember, if you have damage to your car after being in dangerous weather, come to Mama’s at Palmetto Ford Lincoln and we’ll fix you up!

Weather Tips: Dealing With Flooding And Your Car

Dealing With Flooding

Flood waters can severely damage almost every part of a vehicle but it might not be too late to salvage it. If your car has been covered any higher than halfway up the wheels, it’s time to take a damage assessment. Not sure what to do first? Don’t worry! Here’s what to do if you’re dealing with flooding from us here at Mama’s Used Cars.

  1. Don’t Be Curious – Generally speaking, curiosity is a good thing but it isn’t something you want to let take the wheel when performing a damage assessment of your drowned vehicle. Avoid starting your car as any lingering water could damage the engine beyond repair.
  2. Call Your Insurance – Flood damage is usually covered by comprehensive insurance which is something most drivers have. Don’t wait too long to call or you could find yourself waiting days or weeks for an adjuster.
  3. Consider a New Car – A flood-damaged car can experience problems down the road so if the adjuster brings up the possibility of totaling the car, it might be worth considering. If the flood waters ruined the interior or you’re having problems with the electrical system, odds are it isn’t worth fixing. At best, some flood-damaged cars could be cleaned and sold with a salvage title.

If you have lasting damage to your vehicle, give Mama’s a call and we’ll see what we can do for you!

West Coast Classic Car Auction Sales Higher Than Ever, Breaking Records

West Coast Classic Car Auction

Love for classic cars is stronger than ever, with a long list of gorgeous, classic models selling for record amounts at West Coast classic car auctions, particularly in Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel. In fact, about $340 million was spent at these auctions in August alone.

Gooding & Company, one of the nation’s leading car auction companies, reportedly sold up to $129,789,000 in luxury, classic cars, with a variety of model types driving up that number. Specifically, Ferrari vehicles were a huge seller.

A 1959 250 GT Competizione was purchased for just over $18 million, a 1960 250 GT short wheel base Berlinetta was purchased for $13.5 million, and a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM was purchased for about $5 and a half million.

Additionally, Bonhams sold more than $33 million in classic cars, with a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Gran Prix Racer model selling for $4 million; and RM-Sotheby’s made $117.9 million, selling more than 80 percent of their cars.

In fact, RM-Sotheby’s was proud to announce a new record: a 1955 Jaguar D-Type that won the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans was sold for nearly $22 million, the highest auction record ever for a British automobile.

Lastly, more auction companies, such as Mecum and Russo and Steele, reported more impressive classic car auction sales – $50 million and $10 million, respectively.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we may not have that award-winning Jaguar, but we our large selection of models is sure to include a vehicle that you will love! Contact us or visit us anytime for more information.

Check Out the Hottest Event in Town, the Fall Y’all Country Concert

Fall Y'all Country Concert

If you are a fan of country music, then you absolutely must check out the upcoming Fall Y’all Country Concert, an event that will be remembered for years to come. With a stellar lineup and benefiting a good cause, it’s on track to be the festival of the year.

Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Trent Harmon, Lanco, and Runaway June will be performing, providing a diverse mix of the some of the latest and greatest country music stars, sure to please.

The Fall Y’all Country Concert is being presented by New Country Kickin’ 92.5, the area’s top choice for the latest country music. Plus, proceeds from the event will benefit the Palmetto Goodwill, so you know that your money will be going to a good cause.

The show itself will begin Wednesday October 12th, at 7:30 p.m., but you will want to get there early for a good seat and to buy any snacks and merchandise before the lines get too long. You won’t want to miss a single artist from the excellent line-up.

For more information or to buy tickets, head to the official website. And while you are in the area, consider stopping by to visit us, here at Mama’s Used Cars, where we’ll keep you posted on all the area’s best events and opportunities.

US Road Trips for Classic Cars

Road trips for classic cars

Most of us lack the time, money, or resolve to weather a US road trip, but it doesn’t stop people from romanticizing the notion anyway. If you’re up to the task, you might consider taking your classic car on any one of these epic road trips across the United States. Are you brave enough to set out on the open road with nothing but you and your set of wheels?

St. Augustine, Florida: Looking for a laid-back, artsy beach vibe? Head for this cool, historic town near Jacksonville’s beaches.

Palmetto Springs, Georgia: Spend your vacation inside at Serenbe, a self-sustaining farm and inn with onsite restaurants.

The Appalachian Forests in NC: The nearby area around Asheville is known for its craft beer, but the main draw is the stunning, scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains.

Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee: Between an antique fall, a farm store, and funky live music, this little country town just south of Nashville offers a charming atmosphere and culture.

Middleburg, Virginia: Get a taste of New England-esque romance with rolling green pastures, grazing horses, and historical architecture.

Tell us how your US road trip goes. With this many road trips for classic cars to enjoy, you’re sure to have a great time on the open road.

Classic Car Shows to Visit In South Carolina

 

Mclassic car showsaybe you want to show off your ride. Maybe you love classic cars, but don’t own one yet. Maybe you just want to socialize with like-minded people. Either way, classic car shows are the place to be for drivers who love their classic cars. If you’re in the Lowcountry South Carolina area and don’t know where to start, check out one—or all!—of these three classic car shows.

Crowfieldfest

Coming up first on September 24th, this annual festival features a car show as well as Taste of Crowfield and other activities. Children’s events will be provided to keep them busy as you peruse the other cars and maybe even show off your own.

Summerville Dream Machines Open Auto Show

This October 1st show has a new location for the 2016 festivities. One of the most popular car shows in Lowcountry, you’re sure to see many beautiful machines. It’s family-friendly, too, so you can take the kids.

Knights of Columbus Annual Fall Car Show

On October 8th, the Knights of Columbus Show features a competition in which vehicles will be awarded trophies for the top 40. You must be pre-registered by October 1st to participate!

There are many other classic car shows, as well as more casual weekly cruise-ins for enthusiasts. Explore your options, and maybe you’ll even make some new friends.

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.