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!

Fall Road Trip Destinations

Fall Road Trips

October is one of our favorite months at Mama’s Used Cars, and for a very good reason. October means fall, and fall means wind blowing through colorful leaves, cool temperatures, pumpkin-flavored drinks, and maybe even a road trip to some of the most beautiful places the country has to offer.

But where to go on a fall road trip when you’re from South Carolina? Most people don’t equate the mid-Atlantic region with premium foliage viewing, but most people would be wrong. At 6,684 feet, Mt. Mitchell is the highest mountain in the eastern USA, and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest makes for excellent viewing.

Another great opportunity for a leafy road trip is a drive through waterfall country on US Route 276, or anywhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway that stretches from Virginia to North Carolina.

Finally, there’s Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Gambrill and Cunningham Falls state parks in Maryland, and Sideling Hill on Interstate 68. Though if you’re willing to drive much further, the whole country has many more sights to offer!

It’s October in Charleston and There’s So Much to Do!

It’s October in Charleston and There’s So Much to Do!

Just because the summer is coming to an end in Charleston doesn’t mean that the city is going to sleep, too. There are still plenty of events throughout the month of October that you can look forward to!

Charleston is known for its arts and music, and autumn is a time of rebirth and exhibition for the local art scene. The Colour of Music festival is an ongoing event celebrates black classical musicians. Twenty performances will be held at multiple locations in Charleston, starting October 17th.

If you would like to have fun while giving back to the community, Middleton Place also has a charity event for breast cancer research this year during their Fall Wine Strolls. A portion of all Wednesday proceeds will be donated. It lasts until the 29th of October.

Last, there’s the fall festival , which lasts the whole month of October. Games, activities, events and more will be featured during the festival. The highlights are, of course, the pumpkin patch and the two Chick-Fil-A corn mazes.

Mama’s Used Cars is excited for all the wonderful things going on in Charleston this fall, but the best thing of all will be the great deals on fantastic vehicles that we will be hosting all month!

Best Deal on Longest-Lasting Used Cars

The Ford Taurus was listed as one of the longest lasting used cars according to Forbes

For some people, the most valuable aspect of a car is how much it costs and its durability.  More than what it looks like, how fast it is or its fuel efficiency, the most pressing question in the minds of such consumers is: how much is it and how long will it last?

Using data from iSeeCars.com, Forbes has put together a list of the longest-lasting used cars that sell below market value.  Statisticians from iSeeCars.com analyzed 30 million used car ads over a year period and found which models between 1981 and 2010 had over 200,000 miles on them.  They then checked this data against data showing which vehicles were selling consistently 10% below their market value.

Coming in third place was the Toyota Camry (no surprise to see this extremely popular midsize sedan on the list).  The Nissan Maxima came in second place, while first place honors went to the Ford Taurus.

Of course, you can find those and other great used cars at Mama’s Used Cars!

Great Used Luxury Car Options under $30,000

Great Used Luxury Cars available at Mama's Used Cars - 2010 LINCOLN MKX

This 2010 LINCOLN MKX is available for $25,900 at Mama’s Used Cars!

If you’re starting to think about purchasing your next vehicle, whether it’s a reward for finishing the first half of a great year or you’re looking to upgrade your family’s ride, don’t overlook the used car market. While the new car market has finally picked up the pace this year, the used car market has simply been on fire for a long time now. So, when you start looking around for that new vehicle, make sure to come check out our inventory here at Mama’s Used Cars.

It’s’ not like our lineup is full of clunkers, either. The Street recently released a list of great used luxury car options, many of which are available here at Mama’s and all of which are currently priced at under $30,000. Jason Notte explains some of the advantages of buying a used luxury car: “The price is a fairly obvious lure, but so is the lack of upfront costs for a new vehicle. With the price of a new luxury car depreciating 35% to 40% in the first three years, picking up a pre-owned model lessens the blow a bit by shifting the majority of a vehicle’s depleted value onto the original owner.”

In other words, it’s simply a great time to come check out these used luxury cars here at Mama’s. Whether you’re looking for something a bit bigger like a luxury crossover or simply looking for a sexy and stylish sedan, we know we’ve got exactly what you need here in our inventory, so come visit us today.