Taking a Road Trip on a Budget

Budget Road Trip | Charleston, SC

The sunshine, vacation time, and open roads of summer are right around the corner. A well-planned road trip can introduce you to new regions and bring your friends and family close like nothing else can, but without planning, road trips are overly tiring and painfully expensive. Save money and avoid stress with these tips on planning this summer’s road trip on a budget.

Plan the Route

This step is unavoidable, but you shouldn’t underestimate its importance. Don’t just think up the sights you want to see – if you go the extra mile and use Google Maps or Rand McNally to plan out where you will drive, stay, and shop in advance, your road trip will run more smoothly and cost far less.

Fuel Expenses

Once you’ve figured out all the where’s of your trip you can move on to calculating the how much. Create a good estimate for your daily mileage. Multiply your car’s average miles per gallon by the size of the tank – this is how far a full tank will go. Use this number to see how many times you will likely need to buy gas on your trip, and by using the GasBuddy app, you can easily find the cheapest gas prices in any area.

When driving, boost your fuel economy by maintaining a consistent speed, and try to remain at about 60 miles per hour. For every five mph above 60, you waste an additional 26 cents per gallon on gas. Spend your money smarter with a low and consistent speed.

Food, Lodging, and Entertainment

Sometimes, a little creativity can boost the fun of your trip and help you stay faithful to your budget. Consider camping at a State Park rather than a motel – there is more to learn and explore and they are often less expensive. Do your food shopping at grocery stores along the way and bring along a small grill to cook dinners for your friends and family. Finally, make sure to research affordable entertainment in the areas you’ll see. Official state or city tourism websites are great resources that highlight dozens of free events every day of the week.

Are you ready to hit the road? Contact us at Mama’s Used Cars to find the vehicle perfect for your next drive.

Maintenance Tips For Used Cars

Maintenance Tips | Charleston, SC

With advancements in material quality and design, modern vehicles last far longer than they used to, which makes buying a used car more desirable than ever. Maximize your pre-owned vehicle’s lifetime and value by following these maintenance tips for used cars.

Keep to the Service Schedule

The manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule is designed to help your vehicle run at its best for as long as possible. Pay attention to all service recommendations.

Change the Timing Belt on Time

One of the most important milestones for your engine is 100,000 miles. If you want it to last, change the timing belt when you reach this point. Some engine styles can be damaged beyond repair if the belt breaks while in operation.

Do-It-Yourself Repairs

There are plenty of resources online with helpful how-to instructions on completing many service tasks yourself. Checking the tire pressure, replacing wiper blades, and even interior upholstery care are easy to train yourself on.

Tend to Scratches and Dings

It is common for your car’s exterior to accumulate a few scratches and dents over the years. Seek help from our trained technicians to help ensure a bigger problem doesn’t have a chance to develop.

Visit Mama’s Used Cars for all your car maintenance needs.