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.

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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.