Summer Travel: Getting the Best Gas Mileage

 

Best gas mileage

Have you noticed that your mileage is quickly getting worse? Better read our tips on how to fix it!

There are other ways to save money on a road trip aside from shortening your trip and heading home early. You can modify the way you drive to get more bang for your buck. We at Mama’s Used Cars thought that we would share some of our tips for getting the best gas mileage as you plan to hit the road this summer.

Before You Go

  • Before you head out on your next adventure, it is important to make sure your vehicle is prepared. Keeping up with routine maintenance such as oil changes, replacing the air filter, checking tire pressure, etc. are important in getting the most efficiency out of your vehicle, no matter what model year it is.
  • Also, when you fill up your tank before setting out on your trip, choose the coolest time of day. Gas is most dense when it is cooler, so your savings can be immediate.

During Your Trip

  • When driving, it is important to stick to the speed limit. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of interrupting your trip with a speeding ticket, but it will also reduce the amount of time you spend starting and stopping. According to the experts at com, the closer to the set speed limit you travel, the more likely you are to sail through green lights rather than constantly stop at red lights.
  • Speaking of starting and stopping, using cruise control on the highway takes away the need to continually press on the gas pedal and helps to improve efficiency.
  • Though we all like the feel of the wind in our hair, rolling up your windows will reduce added resistance to your vehicle and increase your gas mileage by up to 10%.

We hope you find these tips helpful in increasing your vehicle’s efficiency during your summer traveling. Do you have any other tips to add? We would love to hear them in the comments below.

April is National Car Care Month!

Car Care Month!

Car Care Month!

 

We are well into April, and that means spring has arrived, the weather is calling for picnics and long walks, and summer is just around the corner. April is also National Car Care month, and serves as a good reminder that our cars need a little TLC, too. This month, take time to get your car caught up on routine service, make necessary repairs, and get your car ready for the hot summer months.

According to the Car Care Council, vehicle inspections held at community Car Care Month events in 2014 revealed that a whopping 84% of vehicles required service or parts – that’s up 5% from 2013.

“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. These results show that the majority of vehicle owners could save money by being proactive in the maintenance of their second largest investment,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

This month, make an appointment with a trusted technician or check your car out yourself. Either way, things that should be checked include:

  • Belts and hoses
  • Filters
  • Windshield wipers
  • Tires
  • Fluids
  • Lights
  • Alignment
  • Battery

“Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs to make sure it is ready for the upcoming spring and summer travel season,” said White. “Following a routine maintenance program, like the free personalized schedule and e-mail reminder service the Car Care Council offers, can help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.”

To find a Car Care event near you, visit carcare.org.

If you’re in need of a dependable used car, stop by Mama’s Used Cars today!

End of Winter Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Spring

As winter slowly draws to an end, it may feel like the harshest months of the year for cars are behind us. The unfortunate reality is that all of the snow and ice from winter beats up vehicles over time, so it’s important to conduct a bit of pre-spring maintenance. Here are a few end of winter maintenance tips for your car:

  • Check all fluids, especially those that were used frequently to combat harsh conditions, such as windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze.
  • Inspect both the brake system and the exhaust system, both of which can become worn down over time.
  • Schedule an all-over check-up. It’s important to this frequently, but especially after a particularly tough winter.
  • Make sure all lights are clear and free of winter-gunk, to maintain visibility on the road.

Get these important steps out of the way, and help ensure a safe and enjoyable spring for you and your car.

Winter Maintenance Tips

Keep Your Vehicle on the Road By Remembering These Habits to Avoid

Keep Your Vehicle on the Road By Remembering These Habits to Avoid

Your vehicle was crafted to serve you well and to last for a long time. However, sometimes we as drivers can shorten the vehicle’s lifespan by practicing bad habits. Here a few habits to avoid in order to keep your vehicle running for years to come.

  1. Keep up with routine maintenance. It is important to make sure your vehicle has the proper fluids and working parts for everyday use.
  2. Pay attention to the lights on your dashboard. If a maintenance light comes on, the wisest action is to quickly determine the source of the problem and fix it before it gets worse.
  3. Watch for operator error. When driving, be sure to smoothly accelerate and decelerate unless prevented by outside circumstances. Fast starts, abrupt stops, and shifting gears while in motion are harmful to your vehicle’s engine, transmission, and brake system. They will eventually take their toll.
  4. Check your tire tread depth. The depth of your tire tread should be no less than 1/16th of an inch. Anything less than that and your tires are not able to do their job of keeping your vehicle properly grounded on the road, which could cause an accident.

Taking care of your vehicle is probably the single most important advice we at Mama’s Used Cars can give our customers. While we enjoying seeing you when you stop by the dealership, we would much rather you stay safe on the road.

Preventative Maintenance for your Vehicle

Regular service appointments prevent vehicle breakdowns and ensure the car lasts longer.

Scheduling your car for regular preventative maintenance or “service” appointments can be likened to going to the dentist. Just as it is recommended to go to the dentist every six months for a checkup, the same care should be given to your vehicle.

Service appointments allow a certified technician to evaluate your car for current problems and to prevent future ones. During a preventative maintenance service, a technician goes through a checklist found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual and takes care of services like oil changes and tire rotations. These checks prevent breakdowns and make the vehicle last longer. Continue reading

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.

Big Tire Event at Quick Lane Mt. Pleasant

Here are the newest service specials going on at Quick Lane Mt. Pleasant.   As a member of the Palmetto Ford family, Along with Mama’s Used Cars, Quick Lane services all makes and models. Come in today to receive $100 rebate with a purchase of four tires of selected brands.  Check out the other offers for complete brake service or The Works Fuel Saver Package, including an oil change, tire rotation, and various inspections.

General Maintenance Schedule

Proper maintenance of vehicles must occur at certain intervals of time.  Many people do not know when to have their car serviced or what needs adjusted.  This is a general maintenance schedule that will help your vehicle run longer and hold value.  Always refer to the owner’s manual for specific maintenance needs of your vehicle.

Car Maintenance Tips

Depending on the age and durability of the vehicle, used cars need a certain level of maintenance in order to receive the highest efficiency from it.  Here are several car maintenance tips that will keep your used car running up to par.

Wheels and tires

  • Rotate tires every 5,000 miles
  • Clean brake dust off regularly with a damp sponge and cold water
  • Check tire pressure frequently to optimize fuel economy, handling and comfort
  • Check tread depth and replace bald tires to prevent possible accidents

Engine

  • Check the belts
    • Get timing belt and accessory drive belt checked every 25,000 miles
    • Preferably replacing it every 50,000 miles
  • Check oil level
    • Engine problems can arise if oil level is too high or to low
    • Pull out dipstick and wipe it clean
    • Enter it back into the tube, pull it back out and compare the line of oil to the high and low markings on the dipstick
  • Check Coolant level
    • Check level relative to the low and high markings on the reservoir.
    • Reservoir is usually a white/transparent bottle on one side of the engine or check the manual if applicable

Fuel

  • Try and fuel the car with the recommended fuel.  If regular is recommended, then use regular.  If premium is recommended for the car, it may be more expensive to fill up, but may save the vehicle problems in the long run

Lights

  • Do not touch glass when changing headlight bulbs.  Traces of oil and dust may get on glass.  When in use, the glass gets hotter than the rest of the bulb.  The traces may cause the bulb to crack