Last Call at Mama’s Used Cars

Mama’s Used Cars and Palmetto Ford are offering Memorial Day specials along with an exclusive “Last Call” sale.  This is a chance to receive great deals on used cars before they are sent to auctions.  Our featured specials include the 2010 Ford Fusion, 2009 Ford F-150, 2007 Honda Accord, and 2005 Jeep Liberty.  There are more discounts on used cars to check out also.  Please come in to Mama’s Used Cars or call 800-528-9019 for details. These offers end on 6/31.  Feel free to join us at Palmetto Ford on Memorial Day for a cookout!

Video Review of the Used Honda Accord

Here is a video review of the 2003-2007 Honda Accord. This has been a very popular and reliable vehicle over the years. These cars provide smooth performance with very good handling. These used Accords are very stylish in both the exterior and interior. The Accord also received top scores in crash testing by the IIHS. Lastly, these model year cars are very fuel efficient receiving 26 mpg city / 34 highway (4 cyl) and 21 mpg city / 30 highway (V6).

Fuel Saving Tips

With rising fuel prices, here are some tips to help you save money at the pump.  These tips are courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Drive Sensibly

frustrated driverAggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.

Fuel Economy Benefit: 5–33%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.19–$1.28/gallon

Observe the Speed Limit

Graph showing MPG VS speed MPG decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mphWhile each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.

You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.31 per gallon for gas.

Observing the speed limit is also safer.

Fuel Economy Benefit: 7–23%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.27–$0.89/gallon

Remove Excess Weight

Excess items in trunkAvoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.

Fuel Economy Benefit: 1–2%/100 lbs
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.04–$0.08/gallon

Avoid Excessive Idling

'Stop Idling' SignIdling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner (AC) use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes a few seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle. Turning your engine on and off excessively, however, may increase starter wear.

Fuel Cost Savings: $0.01–$0.03/min. (AC off)
$0.02–$0.04/min. (AC on)

Use Cruise Control

cruise controlUsing cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Use Overdrive Gears

When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.

Note: Cost savings are based on an assumed fuel price of $3.87/gallon.

Spring Maintenance Tips

Winter and early spring months can be tough on a vehicle.  It is important to properly inspect the car to make sure all components are working properly.  This will help prepare the vehicle for the warm summer months ahead.

1. Check Brakes

Brakes are one of the most used (and often abused) components. A thin layer of the brake pad disintegrates every time the brakes are applied. It’s vital to replace pads or shoes before drums or rotors become damaged. Check pads, shoes, drums, rotors, calipers, fittings, brake hardware and parking brake to prevent problems.

2. Check Tires

A smooth and safe ride starts when the rubber meets the road. Check air pressure on all tires, including the spare, as improper tire pressure leads to premature wear and a decrease in fuel mileage. The entire surface of the tire, both tread and sidewall, should be inspected for uneven or irregular wear. Excessive edge wear, center wear and shoulder wear may be signs that other maintenance is required.

3. Check Wiper Blades

Be prepared for spring showers and summer storms. Properly functioning wiper blades increase visibility in all conditions.

4. Check Headlamps, Tail lamps, Turn signals and Hazard Lights

Properly functioning headlamps and tail lamps play an important role in safe driving, especially at nighttime, or in rainy or foggy conditions. Inspect and test all exterior lamps and lights, including turn signals and hazard lights to ensure they are in proper working order and alignment.

5. Check Air Filter

The air filter is one of the unsung heroes of a vehicle, as it protects the engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow within the engine hinders performance and can lead to greater fuel consumption. Replacing a dirty air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance and longer life.

6. Check Oil

Oil is the lifeblood of the engine. Engine oil level should be checked often, with the oil being changed and replenished regularly. Low or dirty oil may have dire consequences on how the engine and its components perform, especially under the extreme heat and conditions of summer driving.

7. Check All Fluid Levels

With the increase in miles driven during warm-weather months, vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked often and changed at factory-recommended intervals to make sure they’re fresh and filled. Dirty fluids and low fluids may affect the performance of a vehicle and can lead to breakdowns if not properly monitored and filled.

8. Check Engine Belts, Hoses and Fuel Filter

Belts and hoses under the hood play an important part in the proper function and performance of the engine. Prevent breakdowns or serious engine damage by replacing belts and hoses at recommended intervals. Checking and replacing the fuel filter is also key to ensuring that the engine is running at its optimal level and maximizes fuel economy.

9. Check Battery

Following a winter full of cold-morning starts, definitely check the battery. Having reserve power to run the air conditioning and other vehicle accessories in the summer is priceless. When checking the battery, be sure to look for corroded terminals, and inspect for a bulging or cracked case.

10. Check Shocks & Struts

Following the traditional cold-weather pothole season, shocks and struts should be checked. Shocks and struts are vital to a smooth ride and may also affect a number of related parts on your vehicle.