Unusual Facts about Used Cars

unusual facts about used cars

We all know used cars are a much better investment than buying something brand new. But you won’t just save money: a used car can come with some interesting features that just aren’t found in brand new cars. Here are a few unusual facts about used cars to enlighten you.

  • Standard Table. The first and second generations of the much-loved Honda CR-V came with a standard flip-out picnic table. These SUVs date from 1997 through 2006. Since the table was detachable, you might not find them anymore, but it was still a cool feature.
  • Cassette Player. CD players are slowly leaving new cars, but it might be surprising to know that the last car with an available cassette player was the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria. Also, the 2010 Lexus SC430 came with a standard tape deck.
  • Play a Game. In model year 2003-2007 Saab 9-3 SS models, you can play a game of Pong on the Tech II system. It is hidden under the Airbag/SRS System submenu.
  • Supercars Tested with V8. While the McLaren F1 was still in development, engineers needed to test its gearbox with a powerful engine. They chose a Chevrolet V8 that delivered the same levels of torque the production car would.

Popularity of Used Cars is Higher than Ever

popularity of used cars

Used cars are poised to sell better than ever in 2016, largely because consumers are realizing just how affordable a used car can be. The popularity of used cars is likely on the rise due to multiple factors, from less spending money to brand exclusivity among other things.

According to Edmunds, one major factor is that since 2015, brands have been significantly increasing the cost of their new cars. Buying a used car lets you save up to 30% of the initial cost, even if a model is only a year or two old. Demand drives cost up—waiting a little while means less demand and less overall cost.

“The market is flush with off-lease vehicles that are coming back to dealerships,” reads the Used Vehicle Market Report. “Most former rentals are concentrated within the segments of midsize car, compact car, subcompact car and larger car and are often distinctly different in terms of content and mileage from off-lease or consumer trade-ins,” the report said. “Based on the influx of this inventory and the expectation of low gas prices, Edmunds predicts that average prices will continue to fall for these segments.”

The growth of car-rental agencies and leasing is also making used cars more available. Such agencies get rid of cars after a few years, flooding the market with affordable used cars. Plus, most people have less cash than normal due to hard economic times, making financing easier for used vehicle buyers. These are just some of the reasons you might also consider buying a used car today.

Benefits of Buying a Used Car

buying a used car

Buying a used car can be fun, we promise! Just read on to find out. 

Buying a brand new car might seem like a great idea, but don’t discount the benefits of buying a used car—often, if you get something from the last few years, used cars are very similar to new cars but with some cool perks.

First off, used cars are, overall, cheaper. They have a lower initial cost, lower monthly payments, lower car insurance, sales tax, registration fees. If you’re on a tight budget, used cars are the best way to go. Plus, if you want to sell your car again down the line, you get a better return on your investment—the value of a car depreciates the most in its first three years.

And sure, you won’t get the very latest technology on a used car, but not everyone needs that. A lot of slightly older cars will still have cool features like navigation systems. Plus, newer used cars in good condition are often put through a certification process by dealerships, so if you get a certified pre-owned car you’ll end up with something like new but cheaper and with some handy warranties.

Buying used is the right choice for a lot of people, so definitely think about it! Then head down to Mama’s Used Cars to pick out your favorite!

 

December Car Sales Make it the Best Month to Buy

December Car Sales

2015 is drawing to a close as we move into the last month of the year, and people are in the midst of spending lots of money on a variety of different things in preparation for holiday festivities. However, the end of the year is also a great time to buy cars, as dealerships are knocking down prices to clear the outgoing models from their lots and in the hopes of fitting in as many sales as possible before the New Year begins. December car sales make right now one of the best times of the year to buy a new car.

The year-end sales rush causes many manufacturers to dramatically slash sticker prices by the thousands with the intent of clearing inventory of outdated products and ushering in the new. 2016 models that have already launched may also see impressive deals as dealerships try to attract buyers to updated models. However, demand around this time of year also falls drastically, so even used car dealerships will offer great deals in an attempt to bolster sales as fewer people are looking for new vehicles during the holiday season.

Though December car sales may attract you, keep in mind, too, that dealerships operate on what is known as the US Sales Reporting Calendar. This calendar, unlike the public one, ends on January 4th as opposed to New Year’s, so buyers may find even better deals during the first few days of January when car dealerships are fitting in a few extra sales before the Sales Reporting Calendar ends.

What are the Best Used Cars for New Drivers?

Best used cars for new drivers

Getting your first car is always a milestone in a teenager’s life, and many of them dream of getting something ‘cool’ like a convertible or some sort of luxurious muscle car. However, not only is that typically not practical for the family’s budget, but parents are often concerned about the safety of their first-time drivers. Young drivers simply don’t have the experience and knowledge to be defensive on the road, and as a result, they can get into more accidents. That’s why the IIHS put together a list of best used cars for new drivers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published a similar list last year, but the 2015 year’s list of safe, used vehicles has grown by more than 50 percent, reflecting an increase in availability of safety features such as electronic stability control and more airbags. However, despite the recommendation of large, older sedans, the IIHS warns parents they should still consider spending a bit more money in the interest of investing in better safety features.

Cars on the list include the Ford Taurus, Volvo S80, Chevy Malibu, Kia Optima, Buick Encore, GMC Terrain, Chevy Traverse, and many, many more. The best used cars for new drivers span a wide array of classes, sizes, and model years, and the list is worth a look for parents looking to get the safest vehicles for their teenagers.

The Best Driving Apps: Spice Up Your Commute

best driving apps

Is your commute starting to grind a bit? Need to mix things up? Here are a few of the best driving apps that can make your commute better, or at least temporarily bearable.

Noisli

  • For iOS, this app allows you to enjoy different kinds of ambient sounds. Imagine listening to the hustle and bustle of a coffee shop in your car while enjoying your morning coffee. Okay. That does seem a little depressing. Try the sound of rain or white noise or mix and match them (rain in a coffee shop near the beach?).

Audible

  • Designed for both iOS and Android systems, Audible is like Spotify except for books. The app has over 180,000 books available for streaming. It has lots of cool features, such as if the narration is too fast, you can actually adjust the pace.

Overcast

  • Do you enjoy podcasts? According to Buzzfeed, Overcast features “access to the entire podcast library.” You can download podcasts and listen to them offline (handy if your cell connection is spotty along your route).

Spotify or Apple Music

  • If you don’t subscribe to one of these music streaming services yet, you are truly missing out. Music streaming makes it so easy to discover new music and what better way to spend your commute?

Brian Kent Goes on Countrywide Road Trip with his Nissan LEAF

countrywide road trip

Brian Kent, a Nissan LEAF owner determined to bring to light the use of carbon in the U.S., is celebrating National Drive Electric Week early by going on a countrywide road trip with his Nissan LEAF. Beginning August 24th, he set off behind the wheel of his EV from Albion, NY, on a journey that will take him across all 48 contiguous US. states—we wonder how close he’ll get to Mama’s Used Cars!

Kent will plant a tree in each state, which is why he’s calling his adventure the Negative Carbon US Road Trip: in 40 years, the 48 trees he plants should absorb about 10 times more CO2 than his LEAF will produce on the 26,000-mile journey. The trees will be planted at some of the 485 sites owned by Kampgrounds of America, which is sponsoring the adventure.

“Not everyone can or needs to drive across the country,” said Kent, “but most Americans drive less than 40 miles per day, and an EV costs the equivalent of less than a dollar-per-gallon of gasoline to drive, so these cars are ideal for most Americans and we need them for our environment and our children’s future.”

You can get your own Eco-Friendly vehicle at Mama’s Used Cars. Drop by today at 1627 Savannah Highway in Charleston, SC!

2016 Honda Pilot Earns 2015 Top Safety Pick+ Rating from IIHS

2015 Top Safety Pick+

The 2016 Honda Pilot has earned a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), once again showing that Honda knows exactly what it’s doing when it comes to automotive safety. Then again, we already knew that from all the Hondas that have come and gone through the years at Mama’s Used Cars.

The mid-size family SUV earned the highest possible score of “Good” in all categories, including side, roof strength, head restraint, moderate overlap front, and the tricky small overlap front crashworthiness evaluations.

The optional Honda Sensing suite is what allowed the Pilot to earn that extra + rating, rated “superior” by the IIHS. It combines a windshield-mounted camera and radar behind the grille to provide collision mitigation braking, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and forward collision warning.

“The Pilot demonstrates Honda’s commitment to achieving the highest levels of safety performance,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund. “The Pilot’s crashworthiness ratings set a high standard, and its optional front crash prevention system will help drivers avoid some kinds of crashes to begin with.”

If you’re looking for any other Top Safety Pick+ car options, come down to Mama’s Used Cars today. We’ll find you the best vehicle for the best price, that will fit your lifestyle!

 

Helpful Tips for Buying a Pickup Truck

tips for buying a pickup truck

Thinking about a pickup truck for your next vehicle? There are a lot of good reasons to get one but you should find out what kind of truck works best with your lifestyle. Here are a few tips for buying a pickup truck.

Before you start looking at options, you should decide what you are willing to pay first. Edmunds.com recommends that your monthly payment be no more than 20% of your monthly income.

What are you going to use the truck for? This question will go furthest in helping you decide what to get.

Is it for work, recreation, or both? If it’s for work, you might to forego some of the interior amenities to get a bigger engine and more towing capacity. If it’s for recreation, you might want to consider a larger cab for your family and more creature comforts like a quality stereo.

This question will also help you decide what bed size to get. Most trucks come with two size beds. Those using a truck for work are more apt to get a longer bed. But if you are just going to use the bed to store kayaks and bicycles, then you might want to go for a shorter bed.

In the past, buying a truck almost always meant sacrificing fuel economy. That’s not so much the case anymore with the advent of so many fuel saving technologies. But you still want decide what’s important: power or efficiency. If it’s equal, find a truck that strikes that balance for you.

When you are thinking about buying a truck, it’s all about finding out what’s important for you and seeing what’s out there, so come in to Mama’s Used Cars to get your own!

Flying Car Companies Release Plans for 2017

Flying car

A flying car may be your next vehicle! Sure, it may take a few years, and a few hundred thousand dollars, but it’s a FLYING CAR!

Sometime in the distant future, we’ll have flying cars. Well, maybe not that distant. In fact, several new companies have recently released details about plans to produce, sell, and deliver several flying cars within the next few years, some as early as 2017. The future is finally here.

So, like the Jetsons, right? The flying cars companies like Terrafugia, AeroMobil, Moller International, and PAL-V are developing are basically small engine planes with foldable wings. Nonetheless, they work as both cars and planes, assuming you can find an airstrip nearby.

What are the advantages to having a flying car? Aside from being able to say you have a flying car, there aren’t many pros to owning one of these cars, unless you fly everyday of course. According to CNN, the regulations and red tape involved in these vehicles are the biggest hurdles, especially because they have to pass both FAA and automotive safety regulations.

How do I get my hands on one? Right now, companies like AeroMobil are only targeting the wealthy, with the cheapest flying cars coming in around $300,000. Whether you like it or not, flying car companies may always remain a thing of the future.

Since it may be awhile before you can get your flying car, maybe you should stop by Mama’s used cars to try out our more “grounded” models!