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!
Kelley Blue Book Names Honda as Most Trusted & Best Overall Brand
Honda has again been named the Most Trusted Brand and Best Overall Brand in Kelley Blue Book’s 2014 Brand Image Award study, reflecting Honda’s commitment both to its customers and to persistent vehicle quality.
This is the third consecutive year Honda earns the Most Trusted Brand award and the second consecutive year it is named the Best Overall Brand.
The study, which is based on data from more than 12,000 new-vehicle purchases, offers insight into the motivations behind shopper’s purchase decisions as well as the effects of brand/model familiarity and loyalty.
“Our experience has indicated that consumers continue to both respect Honda vehicles and be enthusiastic about them,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Honda’s reputation for quality, reliability and fun-to-drive continues to resonate with buyers of all ages.”
With both awards in hand, Honda proves once more that quality and reliability are their main priority. Just take a look at some of our used Hondas at Mama’s Used Cars!
Make this summer road trip one to remember!
Ahh… The Spring season is upon us, and pretty soon you’ll be packing up the kiddos and heading out for your summer road trip adventure. As you begin crafting your plans, consider these tips for preparation.
Where will you go? Before you choose your destination, take some time to research lesser-known attractions either in your area or across the country. As you determine your route, websites like Roadtrippers.com can help you find roads dotted with fascinating stops along the way.
When will you leave? As long as you don’t mind driving in the dark, choose to begin your trip at an odd time of day. Leaving very early or very late will allow you cover more ground more quickly than if you were to share the road with commuters on their way to work. If possible, we at Mama’s Used Cars recommend you avoid traveling during holidays like Memorial Day weekend, July 4th, and Labor Day weekend.
What will you bring? Leisurely road trips are more about the journey than the destination, so it’s essential to be prepared to enjoy the car ride. Family and friends, fun activities, and food are the three most important things to bring with you, though not necessarily in that order.
Of course, don’t forget to stop by Mama’s for a maintenance check before you set out on your merry way!
If you thought that dog barking outside for a couple minutes until its pet parent let it inside was annoying, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Check out this viral video of a dog left alone inside a car who was fed up with her slowpoke guardian taking too much time in an art gallery and reportedly climbed into the front seat and honked the horn for 15 to 20 minutes.
The dog, named Fern, is an 18-month-old Boxer living with her guardians, Graham Haddow and his wife, in Dundee, Scotland. Haddow had left for only a short time when Fern clambered into the front and began to lay on the horn. It wasn’t long before onlookers whipped out their cell phones and circled around the car to take pictures and videos.
When Haddow returned from the art shop and saw people surrounding his car, he was incredibly concerned. But when he realized everyone was laughing and that his dog was just putting on a show, he felt a lot better, although he has now determined to block the front seat from Fern the next time they go on an outing together.
Has your dog ever honked your horn or done anything else silly in your car? Share your story with Mama’s Used Cars by leaving a comment below!
When you hear about the Le Mans 24 Hours, you imagine finely tuned race cars speeding around the track reaching triple-digit speeds. But, what about the 24 Hours of LeMons? It just might be the craziest, most fun race you’ve never heard of.
Photo Courtesy Road & Track
Recently Road & Track magazine challenged Madrid-based artist Daniela Guglielmetti to sketch each hour of the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona—in real-time. Her results were remarkable.
From our food preparations to our mobile devices, everything is automatic and aggressively efficient. But now, we are able to take our ingenuity for autonomous devices and harness that intellect into the automotive industry. We have GPS to tell us where we’re going and how to get there, now we can have someone else drive.
You read that correctly. There now exists a car made of Legos that doesn’t use gas, doesn’t use electricity, and doesn’t even use water. Nope, all it needs is the good, old air we breathe. And it wasn’t made by Ford or General Motors and not even by Toyota. It was made by some twenty-year-old in Romania with a big dream (and some help from 40 financial backers in Australia).
Fabian Oefner features exploding cars in photography exhibit
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé (Image: Fabian Oefner via Wired)
Swiss artist Fabian Oefner recently undertook an amazing photography project that shows what appears to be exploding cars. The series, which Oefner calls Disintegrating, is on display at the M.A.D. Gallery.
Invisible Bicycle Helmet Lets You Feel the Wind in Your Hair
Yes, you read the title correctly – an invisible bicycle helmet. Two Swedish women have spent the better part of a decade designing this innovative technology. We don’t want to spoil the surprise as to how it works, so we want you to watch this video first.