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.

Forbes Selects Charleston as a Great Urban Weekend Escape

Charleston, South Carolina Destination

In a recent article, Forbes confirmed what those of us who live here in Charleston already know: Charleston is one of the best destinations in the country. As part of a series on “Great Urban Weekend Escapes,” Forbes contributor Larry Olmstead urges readers to spend a long weekend in South Carolina’s oldest city, writing that “everyone seems to be in love with Charleston these days, and in recent years the city has been awash in awards and accolades.”

Those awards include being named the Number One US City by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for three consecutive years, and readers of Travel + Leisure for two straight. What makes our city so great? In short, great Southern cuisine, beautiful beaches, elite hotels and gold courses, traditional historic charm and fantastic people.

South Carolina, of course, is also your destination for great deals at Mama’s Used Cars. Forbes notes that Charleston has also been repeatedly ranked as America’s friendliest city, something you are sure to agree with when you come check out the friendly service offered here at Mama’s.

Ford Heavy Duty Trucks Take On Ram

Ford Heavy Duty at Mama's Used Cars

Competition is the lifeblood of our American economy, and it’s hard to find a market that is more competitive than the auto industry. The recent heavy-duty truck battle between Ford and Ram is one instance that certainly comes to mind.

When customers come to shop for a truck at Mama’s Used Cars, they usually want something that can reliably tow a lot of weight. Previously, Ford had claimed that its F-450 could tow up to 31,200 pounds, which is 1,200 more than the Ram 3500. However, Ram criticized Ford for using internal towing standards rather than the SAE J2807 standards.

Ford listened and came back with the new numbers—or rather, the same numbers. Even under the J2807 standards, the F-450 maximum tow rating still stood at 31,200 pounds. We’re actually really impressed. In addition, Ford said that it would henceforth revise the way it calculates payload by using base curb weight rather than minimum curb weight.

Ultimately, because of their efforts to get to the top, customers are getting the best out of truck makers. The system works!

Used Car Market has Remained Hearty

Used Car Market has Remained Hearty

“Very few people realize used car sales are probably three times bigger than the new car industry sales” said Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises.

The used car market has remained hearty over the last five years due to the tight supply of pre-owned vehicles. It is difficult to find models manufactured in 2010 because during the recession, automakers built fewer vehicles, along with there being an extremely low demand for new cars.

“We are going to have so many cars coming to the marketplace and I think people will find better deals,” Schwartz said. “That will fuel [a] strong pre-owned car market, I believe, for the next four or five years” she says. This is a solid prediction considering models from 2011 and 2012 are already popping up at dealerships.

“While sales of used vehicles have long outpaced new vehicle sales, demand is increasingly being driven by people who want certified pre-owned models. These vehicles have been inspected by dealers, often have fewer miles and usually come with a warranty that extends for several years” reports Yahoo News. Read more here. Get a great deal today at Mama’s Used Cars!

Three Awesome Reliable Used Cars, Trucks, And SUVs For Under $10,000


Reliable Used Cars

The average age of vehicles on the road today are 11.4 years old, thus making the used car market highly successful and profitable. While it may be tempting to splurge on a shiny new car, there are plenty of reliable used cars around 10 years old that you can buy for under $10,000. Here is a list of 3 small to mid-sized vehicles from 2005 that fit the bill.

The Honda Civic is a prime choice, whether buying new or used. It gets up to 35-mpg on the highway and stacks up with the same fuel efficiency of modern hybrid models. You can snag your own for around $7,500.

With the Toyota Camry’s safety and great mileage they are currently the world’s best-selling car, the fifth generation has been just as big of a hit. Getting up to 26-mpg highway, models in good condition can go for around $9,000.

Last but not least, the Mazda6 Wagon is a sporty midsize car that is incredibly spacious, attractive, and fun to drive. Getting about 25-mpg on the highway, this versatile midsized car can be found listed for around $7,000.

Check out our available Honda, Toyota, and Mazda models at today!

Choosing the Perfect Used Car for Your Teenager

Starting the search for the perfect used car for your teenager can be a daunting task. After all, there are so many factors to think about. Price. Safety. Reliability. Fuel efficiency. Where should you begin? Well, if you’d like our humble opinion here at Mama’s Used Cars, you should begin simply by making a list. Write down all the things you want out of a used car—and then start narrowing down your search based on all those factors.

A recent Consumer Reportssurvey might be helpful here. The survey results advised against buying a teenager an older, larger vehicle, for two reasons: the more people in the vehicle, the more likely a crash and, plus, those older vehicles are just generally not as safe as today’s advanced models. Look especially for vehicles that feature Electronic Stability Control, anti-lock brakes, and an extensive system of protective airbags.

The survey also suggested that parents shy away from sports cars and pickups. But don’t worry—even with all those restrictions, there’s still plenty of great cars for teens to choose from here at Mama’s. Come see us today, bring your teen, and we’ll find a great first car for your son or daughter today. They’ll tell the story to their own kids someday in the future, perhaps while explaining why a hovercar isn’t a good choice for a first car.

Perfect Used Car

New Plan for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication System

Vehicle to Vehicle Communication System coming soon!

Auto shoppers are always looking for new features and technology in their vehicles to make them safer.  Those following trends of the market will be happy to hear about the new vehicle-to-vehicle communication system (V2V) currently under development.

US auto safety regulators have spent more than a decade researching car-to-car communications. Now, they have revealed their new plan requiring cars to have V2V systems that will warn drivers of danger.

The system will provide cars with more information than cameras and sensors ever could, like if drivers don’t have enough time to make a left turn or if another car is about to run a red light.

Although the system will cost $341 to $350 per vehicle to install, the technology could save thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes each year.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Safety is our top priority, and V2V technology represents the next great advance in saving lives. This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping avoid crashes altogether.”

That sounds like music to our ears at Mama’s Used Cars.

IIHS Lists Best Used Cars for Teens

Best Used Cars for Teens

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States is automobile accidents. With this in mind, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a list of what it considers the best used cars for teens in regards to safety.

While many parents try to find the least expensive car they can for their teen, this can lead to gaps in safety. Newer cars are built better and have more reliable safety features.

“A teenager’s first car is more than just a financial decision,” says IIHS President Adrian Lund, in the report. “These lists of recommended used vehicles can help consumers factor in safety, in addition to affordability.”

The IIHS put its recommendations into two lists, used cars starting under $20,000 and used cars starting under $10,000. The prices are taken from Kelley Blue Book with the following considerations: vehicle in good condition, typical mileage, and private party purchase in Arlington, Virginia.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we have many of the recommended vehicles, including the 2012 Toyota Camry, 2011 Kia Optima, 2008 Toyota Highlander, 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, and more. Come visit us today and we’ll help you find the perfect used car for your teen driver.

The Truth about Gas-Saving Myths

When it comes to saving gas, every last person seem to have an opinion. The truth is, some of the common ‘gas-saving’ tips we’ve learned to cherish, just don’t make a difference. Here is our list of things you can stop worrying about, today.

  1. Buy a smaller car. To be fair, this used to be true, but today’s efficient, and even electric and hybrid SUVs, makes it is possible for a big vehicle to be more efficient than a smaller one. Bigger really can be better.
  2. Manual transmissions are more efficient. Again, this may have been true at one time, but improvements to automatic transmission design and construction mean the fuel use is now often about the same.
  3. Higher grade fuel goes further. This is not necessarily true – unless your car specifically designed to use high-grade gas, you’re wasting money on the premium fuel.
  4. Topping off your tank. In reality, the gas nozzle automatically shuts off when your tank is full, so any additional gas you try to add may be drawn into a vapor recovery system and back into the station’s storage tanks.
  5. Keep the tank half full. Some people think that never letting the gas level drop below half a tank will prevent evaporation inside the tank. The truth is that cars today are designed to keep fuel vapors in the tank, so that they can be burned by the engine.

Many of us continue to do some of things out of habit, or just don’t know any different. The truth is, you don’t have to panic if your fuel tank drops to a quarter of a tank. Check out for even more gas-saving myths de-bunked.

Stop by Mama’s Used Cars to see our selection of fuel efficient cars, and stop sweating it at the pump!

 Gas-saving myths

Ed Begley’s Toyota RAV4 EV Up for Sale on eBay

Ed Begley, Jr.’s list of roles is a lengthy one. You might know him from is Emmy-nominated character on St. Elsewhere or maybe as one of the dead drummers in This Is Spinal Tap. Maybe you’ve even seen him on Arrested Development, Six Feet Under, or the ever-popular cult-favorite, Battlestar Galactica. He’s also known for his work off-screen as an environmental activist. The list goes on and on and has grown to include yet another role—eBay user.

Over the past several decades, Begley has worked to help improve our environment. He’s got his own line up environmentally friendly cleaning products and is even in a long-standing rivalry with Bill Nye—yes, that Bill Nye—to see who can have the lowest carbon footprint. Because of this, Begley’s been driving a Toyota RAV4 EV around since 2002—a car that is now up for auction on eBay.

With 119,000 miles on it and a battery that was replaced in 2011, Ed Begley’s Toyota should have a good amount of gusto left in it. The car is white with a charcoal interior with a bit of wear and tear, but nothing that isn’t normal for a car with over 100,000 miles on it. Begley has even offered to autograph the cabin’s ceiling for you and you will be able to meet with him in person!

Currently, the bids have reached $13,655 for the car, which originally sold for $42,000. Talk about a great deal!

For more information, check out Begley’s eBay page.

Ed Begley’s Toyota

Toyota RAV4 EV