Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston: Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, and here at Mama’s Used Cars we can’t wait for the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston event. There are a number of family-friendly activities during this annual holiday event. Capturing the spirit of the season, the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston is truly great for everyone.

Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston

Location

According to the event website, the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston event is held throughout the month of December. It’s located in Marion Square, which is at the corner of King, Calhoun, and Meeting Streets. This is also the location of the city’s holiday tree, and there is a special stage for entertainment. Great for both kids and adults, this is one event you should be sure to visit.

Holiday Symbols

Included at the square is a 60-foot holiday tree with magnificent lighting. There’s a Chanukah menorah, and Kwanzaa kinara as well. And, according to the event website, “each of these cultural symbols will be lighted at the appropriate times during the holiday season.”

Activities

You’ll find a number of things to do at the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston. On Saturday and Sunday nights you can find fresh baked goods, arts and crafts, and other holiday gift items. There will also be bands, floats, parades, and more. Plan your visit today.

Best Cars that Retain their Value

Buying a car is a major investment. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind how much you’ll be able to get out of your vehicle when it comes time to sell it. Here are some cars that retain their value exceptionally well, making them great options for smart buyers looking to get the most out of their purchase.

Subcompact: Honda Fit

Don’t let its size fool you; the Honda Fit boasts a comfortable and surprisingly spacious cabin, excellent fuel efficiency, and a huge variety of impressive features. Because it’s such a desirable subcompact, the Honda Fit retains its value very well, making it a smart option for drivers looking for something on the smaller side.

Compact: Subaru WRX

Simply put, the Subaru WRX is an absolute blast to drive. Standard all-wheel drive, a sporty turbocharged engine, and agile handling will have you making excuses to get out on the road as much as possible. And when it comes time to buy a new car, you can count on the Subaru WRX to hold its value.

Midsize: Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a constant bestseller, and for good reason. Dependable, versatile, and fun, the Camry is the perfect choice for those looking for a midsize car that can do it all.

When shopping for a used car, remember you’re investing in the cars future value as well. Stop by Mama’s Used Cars today to find the vehicle that’s perfect for you!

Spring Driving Tips

While spring is a beautiful time of year with flowers and trees in bloom, it comes with a few dangers as well. Here are some spring driving tips to help you along the way.

  • Potholes. Every spring, the potholes of winter make their appearance. The bigger they are, they worse they can affect your car. Drive around potholes, if possible, so you don’t knock your car out of alignment.
  • Tires. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Fully inflated tires can help decrease damage caused by potholes.
  • Puddles. Spring is one of the wettest times of the year due to the rain. This leads to slick road conditions. When the roads are wet, leave more following distance between you and the car ahead of you. In addition, try to avoid driving through large puddles. They could be hiding large potholes and the water could cause you to hydroplane or hamper your braking power.
  • Pedestrians. Warmer temperatures will bring more people out on the road. Be on the lookout for pedestrians as well as motorcyclists and bicyclists.
  • Animals. Along with people, animals become more active in the spring. Watch for animals crossing the roads. Be especially alert at dawn and dusk.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we want everyone to travel safely this spring.

Spring driving, wet tire

A Guide to Choosing a Used Car

So, you’ve made the wise choice and decided to purchase a used car. However, since this will be one of the biggest purchases of your life, you want to make sure it’s a good one. Here are a few suggestions on choosing a used car.

  1. Create a budget. Keep track of all your expenses so you know how much of a car payment you can afford. Don’t forget items like insurance, fuel, and maintenance costs.
  2. Make a list of models. Decide what your preferred makes and models are. If your top choice is a something like a Honda Accord, consider competing brands, like a Ford Fusion, and you can still get a great car and potentially save thousands.
  3. Check market value. Use online tools like KBB.com or Edmunds.com to research used car prices to know what the model is worth.
  4. Take a thorough test drive. Don’t just drive around the block. Check every aspect of the car you can, including heating and air conditioning, the sound system, engine noises, brake power, transmission shifting, and technology.
  5. Check its history. Get a vehicle history report to check for any accidents, see how many owners it has had, etc.
  6. Get it inspected. Hire a mechanic you trust to inspect the car for you to check for any mechanical issues.
  7. Negotiate a price. With all of the information you’ve gathered on the car, you should have a good idea of what it is worth. Give a reasonable offer and show your research.
  8. Drive away. Once you’ve made the deal and signed the paperwork, enjoy the fruits of your hard work while driving away in your new car.

Come see our excellent selection of used cars here at Mama’s Used Cars.

Guide to choosing a used car

 

Best Used Cars

Finding the right used car isn’t easy but some vehicles are designed to last much longer than others. Get more for your money with this quick list of the best used cars on the market right now. We’re happy to help you find your dream car here at Mama’s Used Cars!

Best Used Cars - The Ford F-150

Best Used Cars – The Ford F-150

  1. Ford F-150 – Boasting a reputation for reliability, the Ford F-150 is a great choice for drivers in search of affordable capability. The popular pickup is the best-selling vehicle on the planet, making models from 2006 to 2010 easy to find. That also means there are more options to choose from.
  2. Ford Flex – The Ford Flex has long served as the go-to family SUV in the industry. The affordable model offered plenty of interior space and seating for family and friends. The design didn’t change between 2009 and 2012 and Ford’s engineering is second to none, making the Ford Flex a top choice.
  3. Toyota Prius – The fuel-efficient hybrid has made a name for itself when it comes to long-lasting reliability. The brand itself has a reputation for innovative engineering. The Prius offers high fuel economy and a spacious interior that’s perfect for drivers of all ages.
  4. Ford Fusion – A family favorite, the Ford Fusion is a mid-size sedan with a spacious interior and the latest technologies year after year. Premium materials and an upscale design make it one of the most popular models on the market.
  5. Chevrolet Equinox – Featuring enough seating for family, friends, and then some, the Chevrolet Equinox has seen a lot of love among drivers of all ages over the years. Even older models tend to feature upscale interiors and a design built to last.

Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

Spring is just around the corner which means strawberries will soon be in bloom. That means it’s almost time for the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival in Mt. Pleasant near Charleston! The festival brings the community together and attracts visitors from around the state for a time of fun-filled, strawberry-themed event. There will be three different areas for attractions so be sure to stop by them all!

The Family Attractions area will feature plenty of fun-filled shows suitable for children and adults alike. The K-9’s In Flight will return to the festival for another year, acrobatic stunts in tow. Giant inflatables, the Velcro Wall, All American Petting Zoo, and more will fill out the area, ensuring kids have a great time!

Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

Amusements of America will present the second area of Festival Rides for another year as well. The area will feature all kinds of rides suitable for kids of all ages. From thrilling to kiddie, there’s a ride for everyone. Best of all, the rides will run throughout the event, day and night.

Finally, the U-Pick fields will make up the third area. Tractor rides will be available for attendees who want to pick their own strawberries. Prices are by the pound.

Taking place April 20th through the 23rd, the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival is one spring event you won’t want to miss!

We here at Mama’s Used Cars hope to see you at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival this April!

St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations originally began as a religious feast day, but have quickly become a full-on celebration of Irish culture. Communities around the United States, including Charleston, South Carolina, put on an event that attracts visitors from around the state. The feast day has a long, interesting history and there’s nothing quite like a St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston.

St. Patrick, born to a Roman-British army officer, was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Ireland. He spent several years in prison before receiving a message from God. Shortly after, he escaped and made a journey to France where he joined a monastery. After 12 years in training, he returned to Ireland to convert the population, establish monasteries and schools, and preach to the masses.

Four-leaf clovers on the forest floor

St. Patrick’s Day

Judging by the widespread celebration of Irish culture, St. Patrick was successful in his efforts. While the legends surrounding the saint, who was likely born around the year 400, continue to grow, so do the celebrations of Irish culture.

The St. Patrick’s Parade and Block Party brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Three stages of live music, street vending, local vendors, and a Kid’s Zone make Charleston a great place to celebrate Irish culture with the masses.

We here at Mama’s Used Cars hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Charleston Wine and Food Festival 2017

A gathering of some of the best chefs and wineries is usually something you see on television. The Charleston Wine and Food Festival brings the best of the best to a tasting unlike any other in the area. Stop by this year to chat with some of the most regarded purveyors in the country.

The festival takes place from March 1st through the 5th in Marion Square and throughout Charleston. Experience exclusive dinners, fancy wine tasting, seminars, workshops, and more.

The festival is designed to bring the region’s homegrown-style flavor to top chefs, winemakers, artisans, and enthusiasts from around the world. Now in its 12th year, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is scheduled to feature more than 100 events with over 300 chefs and 150 wine professionals.

The Culinary Village, the center of it all, will host three days of cooking demonstrations, special guests, and tasting. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the best, including culinary celebrities like Sean Brock and Andrea Immer Robinson.

There’s no other wine and food festival like the one found in Charleston in the entirety of the United States. This is one event you don’t want to miss!

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we love a good wine and food festival!

How to Increase Your Trade-In Value

If you’re in the market for a new car, odds are you’re also looking at trading in your old model as a down payment. That’s an excellent idea but it’s best to make sure you’re getting the most possible out of your trade-in vehicle. There are a few steps you can take to pay less for your next car. Here are a few ways to increase your trade-in value from us here at Mama’s Used Cars!

Increase Your Trade-In Value

  • Tires – It’s no secret that car dealerships want to knock a few bucks off the trade-in value of your vehicle and tires are an excellent excuse to do so. Don’t give the sales staff that opportunity when you’ve reached that point. Keep your tires properly inflated or get a new set, assuming you can find some cheap.

Increase Your Trade-In Value

  • Clean – Make sure to clean the car inside and out before you head to the dealership. A spotless interior and polished exterior ensure that you’ll get the most possible out of your trade-in vehicle.

Increase Your Trade-In Value

  • Document – There are few better ways to prove a car has been properly maintained than documentation! Gather the service records, receipts, and any other documents that show how well you’ve taken care of the vehicle. It could make a major difference in how much you pay for your next vehicle!

Car Care for First-Time Owners

Car Care for First-Time Owners

There’s a lot that goes into owning a vehicle, ranging from general care to keeping an eye on every part of the vehicle for defects, damages, and more. That can be a bit overwhelming, especially for first-time car owners. Fortunately, here’s everything you need to know about car care for first-time owners from us here at Mama’s Used Cars.

  • Washing – Skipping a weekly wash and wax can be enticing but it could be devastating to your car. Washing and waxing the paint helps preserve its pristine look from common road hazards like grime, salt, and bugs. Most waxes only last a few weeks to a month so be sure to wash your vehicle often!
  • Owner’s Manual – Often referred to as a guide to your vehicle, the owner’s manual will be able to answer almost any question you have about your car. If you don’t have a manual, odds are you can find it online for free. Make sure to mark the page with the service schedule for easy access later on!
  • Flat Tire – Despite the rise in roadside assistance, knowing how to change a flat tire could save you time and money. Spend some time in the garage or driveway making sure you know how to remove and replace a tire. You’ll thank yourself later on!