Protecting Your Vehicle in the Summer’s Heat

While we appreciate the hot summer sun at the beach and the water park and a number of other outdoor activities the season brings, we at Mama’s Used Cars are never excited to slide into a car that has been baking in the sun, especially if that vehicle has leather seating. Besides scorching your fanny, however, the sun can really do some damage to your car. Here are a few ways to protect your vehicle… and your bum.

  1. Cover up – The sun’s rays can cause your exterior paint to fade and your interior fabrics to crack or tear. We recommend you park in a covered spot like a garage or carport. If neither is available, consider using a car cover or at least a windshield protector to help reflect the sun and keep internal temperatures down.
  2. Wash often – Because the heat can cause your paint to chip, it’s important to regularly wash your vehicle. A thorough wash, hand dry, and wax will go a long way in protecting your car throughout the hot summer months.
  3. Dust off – Now that the outside of your vehicle is fit to impress, it’s time to take care of the inside. Wipe dust and grim from your dashboard and center console with a microfiber cloth, and use a conditioner to protect any leather surfaces. Keeping the interior clean and cool will limit the harsh effects of the sun’s UV rays.

With these simple tips, it will be a cinch for both you and your vehicle to enjoy some fun in the sun!

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Swedish Man Wants You to Buy His Volvo

When it comes to buying a used car, you want something that is reliable. And, if a car has travelled over 300,000 miles, it sure fits the bill. Now, most of us are not in the market for a car with that many miles, but if you happen to be in Sweden and have about $1,100, you might want to buy this 1993 Volvo 245GL just because of this amazing video.

With amazing features like “both an inside and an outside,” “two pieces of black roof sticks,” “spinsy winsies,” “decorative plate scab,” and a haunted backseat the video says you’ll be perceived as “rich and cuddly.” What’s not to love?

Despite the video being hilarious and masterfully made, owner Christoffer Castor, says it only took two hours to shoot with a few of his friends. However, even with all the attention it’s received, he has yet to sell the car.

Maybe Volvo will buy it back like Nissan did for Luke Aker after he produced an amazing ad for his 1996 Maxima.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we can’t offer you something as amazing as this 1993 Volvo, but we do have a great inventory of quality used cars. Come visit us and we’ll help you find the perfect car for you.

CarHistortyUSA.com Introduces Used Car Value Guide

When you’re searching for a used car to purchase, it can be frustrating not fully knowing just how much the car you’re buying will cost in the future. To help you feel better about your new car purchase, CarHistoryUSA.com has released a guide that will help people understand their used cars long-term value.

Based on statistical trends of used car values over the past two decades, this used car value guide allows potential car buyers to better understand whether their used car will still be worth money in the future. All you need to do is to search for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car you’re looking to buy, pay $1, and you will receive a plethora of information. Some of this information includes a vehicle’s history, previous owner information, accident check, and much more.

So if you’re looking to purchase a new car, make sure you check out the used car value guide or come into Mama’s Used Cars! We’ll be happy to help you.

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Get Ready to Purchase Your Next Used Vehicle This Summer

If you’re one of the millions of parents who has a son or daughter graduating from high school this month, we feel for you here at Mama’s Used Cars. Allow us to offer one piece of advice: bring some tissues to the ceremony, because it will be one of the most emotional experiences of your life. Don’t let that emotion drive your decision of which used car to buy for your new grad, however!

Fortunately for you, Digital Trendsrecently posted an article that featured 9 essential questions to ask before you buy a used car, and we’re here to summarize their findings for you. The first thing you need to know is why the car is for sale. Check carefully for red flags; you don’t want to send your son or daughter off to college in a lemon! It’s hard to make lemonade out of those, no matter what people say.

Also make sure to check how many miles are currently on the vehicle; you’re looking for a car with longevity, not trying to adopt a dying legend. Never buy a used car without doing a background check—another way to avoid hidden red flags—and always take it for a test drive before making a decision. If the car passes all these tests, you’re ready to haggle over price. Bring your son or daughter along and show them how it’s done; college is great, but nothing beats real world experience, after all!

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Black Book Now Provides Cars.com’s Used Vehicle Values

Black Book now provides Cars.com’s used vehicle values when car shopping

Black Book now provides Cars.com’s used vehicle values when car shopping

Cars.com is saying goodbye to Kelley Blue Book, and hello to Black Book for their used car values. Black Book is well-known for their wholesale used-vehicle values, and had originally provided Cars.com’s used car values up until 2005, when they were replaced by Kelley Blue Book. Turns out, Cars.com wants them back.

“Look at the combined audiences of both of our brands: Black Book having significant exposure on the dealers’ Web sites as well as the OEM sites, as well as the footprint, reach and breadth Cars.com has and its large audience. When you combine two strong national brands, ultimately consumers are the ones to benefit from it,” Jared Kalfus, vice president of data licensing at Black Book said to autonews.com.

We recognize that Cars.com and other online sites are how many consumers begin their online search for a used car. It’s how our customers define what they want and research fair values for their trade-in’s and used car purchases. The fact is, online sites and major retailers can’t give its customers the kind of service and value that Mama’s Used Cars offers.

If you’ve done your research (or if you haven’t) and are ready for a friendly, low pressure used car sales experience, stop by Mama’s Used Cars, we can’t wait to see you!