Find the Safest Used Cars on the Market Here at Mama’s

Safest Used Cars

Safe Drivers Are Happy Drivers

One of the great advantages of shopping for a used car is saving tons of money on a great vehicle. But just because a vehicle sports a cheaper price tag doesn’t mean it’s going to be a death trap. Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we strive to fill our inventory with the safest used cars on the market—and sell those great vehicles to you at affordable prices.

The safest used vehicles tend to be mid-size and full-size vehicles, which gives even more credence to the SUV and crossover boom of the last few years. According to a safety study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, vehicles like the Honda Odyssey, Subaru Legacy, and Toyota Highlander all scored a death rate of zero. You can’t get much safer than that.

If you’re looking for a more upscale vehicle, the Audi A4, Volvo XC90, and Mercedes-Benz GL class also recorded death rates of zero. “The rise in the number of vehicles with zero driver deaths shows what’s possible,” said David Zuby, the IIHS executive vice president. Come see us at Mama’s Used Cars and find your next car, a car that will keep you and everyone around you safe for years to come.

Safest Cars for Teenagers

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Safest used cars for teen drivers are found at Mama’s Used Cars!

Top Five Safest Cars for Teenage Drivers

When you purchase your teenager’s first car, not only do you want to ensure that your vehicle is reliable, but you also want to ensure your child will remain safe out on the road. To make the choice of vehicle easier for you, Mama’s Used Cars has compiled a list of the safest cars for teenage drivers. The cars on our list combine the ability to handle well in emergency maneuvers with a variety of safety features that are sure to keep your teenager safer than any other vehicle.

2009-2012 Chevrolet Malibu

The Chevrolet Malibu is comfortable, quiet, and offers a simple, yet sophisticated interior that is sure to appeal to drivers of any age. Responsive handling and precise steering makes it easy to stay in control of the car, while the straightforward controls ensure your teens won’t be distracted when fiddling with the radio.

2009-2011 Ford Focus

Not only does the Focus offer a compact size, but it is also fun to drive. The vehicle offers both a good view down the road and amazing, hands-free connectivity options. It also gets a respectful 29 mpg combined, making it easy for your teenager to afford gas!

2010-2012 Ford Fusion

If you are looking for a roomy interior with simple controls, the Fusion is your number one pick. It offers responsive handling and Sync Bluetooth connectivity with voice commands. This means your teen won’t have to take his or her hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.

2006-2014 Hyundai Sonata

Comfort, silence, and luxury are the three words that come to mind with the Hyundai Sonata. Not only does the Sonata have a soft ride, but it also offers soft seats and straightforward controls. If you are looking to spoil your teen without going too overboard, the Sonata is your top choice!

2010-2011 Kia Soul

Funky styling, fuel efficiency, and a fun-to-drive ride are all aspects of the Kia Soul that make it the perfect car for a teenager. The safety features are abundant, as well, with Kia’s UVO connection system enabling hands-free calling and the upright driving position offering a clear view of the road.

If you are interested in checking out the top five safest cars for teenage drivers, don’t hesitate to stop in to Mama’s Used Cars today!

Great Used Luxury Car Options under $30,000

If you’re starting to think about purchasing your next vehicle, whether it’s a reward for finishing the first half of a great year or you’re looking to upgrade your family’s ride, don’t overlook the used car market. While the new car market has finally picked up the pace this year, the used car market has simply been on fire for a long time now. So, when you start looking around for that new vehicle, make sure to come check out our inventory here at Mama’s Used Cars.

It’s’ not like our lineup is full of clunkers, either. The Street recently released a list of great used luxury car options, many of which are available here at Mama’s and all of which are currently priced at under $30,000. Jason Notte explains some of the advantages of buying a used luxury car: “The price is a fairly obvious lure, but so is the lack of upfront costs for a new vehicle. With the price of a new luxury car depreciating 35% to 40% in the first three years, picking up a pre-owned model lessens the blow a bit by shifting the majority of a vehicle’s depleted value onto the original owner.”

In other words, it’s simply a great time to come check out these used luxury cars here at Mama’s. Whether you’re looking for something a bit bigger like a luxury crossover or simply looking for a sexy and stylish sedan, we know we’ve got exactly what you need here in our inventory, so come visit us today.

Great Used Luxury Car

Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Family Cars of 2013

2013 Ford Fusion Titanium

2013 Ford Fusion Titanium

Every year, the automotive experts at Kelley Blue Book share the cars that they believe are the best for families. We like to share that list with our customers. Like KBB, we want to help your family find the car that comes with something for everyone, including the top safety, comfort and technology features. They also provide the most space and the best value.

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Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Family Cars of 2013

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Every year, the automotive experts at Kelley Blue Book share the cars that they believe are the best for families. We like to share that list with our customers. Like KBB, we want to help your family find the car that comes with something for everyone, including the top safety, comfort and technology features. They also provide the most space and the best value.

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Edmunds Chooses 15 Best Used Cars

The staff at Edmunds, an automotive data tracking and testing service, have compiled a list of 15 best bets for used cars. This isn’t just a beauty contest.  The selections were based on criteria including reliability, safety value and, yes, availability. It wouldn’t help to pick a product consumers can’t find.  The list was limited to vehicles now between two and seven years old.

2008 Ford Explorer XLTThe list includes a total of 11 different brands, but four marques appear twice, Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota.  (Nissan is there twice, as well, if you include both the Nissan and Infiniti brands).  The editors’ picks:

  • Compact Sedan: 2005-2010 Hyundai Elantra
  • Midsize Sedan: 2005-2010 Nissan Altima
  • Large Sedan: 2006-2010 Hyundai Azera
  • Coupe: 2005-2010 BMW 3 Series
  • Convertible: 2005-2010 Mazda Miata
  • Wagon: 2005-2010 Pontiac Vibe
  • Compact SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Honda CR-V
  • Midsize SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Ford Explorer
  • Large SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Minivan/Van: 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey
  • Compact Truck: 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
  • Large Truck: 2005-2010 Ford F-150
  • Luxury: 2005-2010 Infiniti G35/G37
  • Hybrid: 2005-2010 Toyota Prius
  • Sport Compact: 2005-2010 Subaru Impreza WRX

Consumer Reports List 10 Best Cars for Teens

As another school year winds down, many young drivers want a car so they can get to and from a summer job and drive around their friends; others might want a car when they head off to college. To ensure your teenager’s safety and your peace of mind, be sure you choose the right vehicle.

Put your inexperienced driver behind the wheel of the safest, most reliable car you can afford. Consumer Reports urges you to choose a vehicle equipped with ABS, electronic stability control (ESC), and curtain air bags. The car should perform well in government and insurance-industry crash tests, as well as in our dynamic tests, which include accident avoidance, braking, and handling. Plus, it shouldn’t be overly powerful.

The models listed below are readily available with the recommended safety equipment and have performed well in safety-related tests. All are Consumer Reports recommended vehicles, meaning that they scored well in our testing and have had average or better reliability. They also have sufficient acceleration to merge onto busy highways, good brakes, and scored well in emergency handling.

Chevrolet Malibu (4-cyl., 2008 or later)
Ford Focus sedan (2009-2011)
Honda Accord (4-cyl., 2008 or later)
Hyundai Sonata (4-cyl., 2006 or later)
Kia Optima (non-turbo, 2010 or later)
Mazda3 i Touring (2009 or later)
Nissan Altima (4-cyl., 2010 or later)
Subaru Impreza (non-turbo, 2009 or later)
Toyota Corolla (2010 or later)
Volkswagen Jetta (2007-2010)

Last Call at Mama’s Used Cars

Mama’s Used Cars and Palmetto Ford are offering Memorial Day specials along with an exclusive “Last Call” sale.  This is a chance to receive great deals on used cars before they are sent to auctions.  Our featured specials include the 2010 Ford Fusion, 2009 Ford F-150, 2007 Honda Accord, and 2005 Jeep Liberty.  There are more discounts on used cars to check out also.  Please come in to Mama’s Used Cars or call 800-528-9019 for details. These offers end on 6/31.  Feel free to join us at Palmetto Ford on Memorial Day for a cookout!

10 Most Popular Used Cars

Here are the top 10 most popular used cars.  These results are based on Cars.com tracked e-mail requests to dealers and private sellers.

1. Honda AccordFord has been building F-series pickup trucks for a half-century. The four-door Crew Cab came out in 2000. <a href="http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?rd=30&mkNm=Ford&aff=chitrib&zc=60601&stkTyp=U&prMn=0&mdNm=F150" target="_new">Ford F-150 trucks for sale</a>
2. Honda Civic
3. Ford F-150
4. Ford Mustang
5. Toyota Camry
6. Toyota Carolla
7. Jeep Grand Cherokee
8. Jeep Wrangler
9. Nissan Altima
10. Chevrolet Tahoe

Click the links to see if Mama’s Used Cars has the particular model in stock. If not, then the link will automatically take you to the other vehicles of the same make that Mama’s does have in stock.

Spring Sales Event at Mama’s Used Cars

There is no better time to purchase a car than spring.  The weather is perfect for one of these sports cars.  Find great deals on the following used vehicles at Mama’s Used Cars.

More information can be found by visiting Mama’s webpage, Palmetto Ford’s Webpage or contact:

Bruce Bilsback, VP of Sales
brucebilsback1@palmettoford.com
888-261-0069