Choosing the Perfect Used Car for Your Teenager

Starting the search for the perfect used car for your teenager can be a daunting task. After all, there are so many factors to think about. Price. Safety. Reliability. Fuel efficiency. Where should you begin? Well, if you’d like our humble opinion here at Mama’s Used Cars, you should begin simply by making a list. Write down all the things you want out of a used car—and then start narrowing down your search based on all those factors.

A recent Consumer Reportssurvey might be helpful here. The survey results advised against buying a teenager an older, larger vehicle, for two reasons: the more people in the vehicle, the more likely a crash and, plus, those older vehicles are just generally not as safe as today’s advanced models. Look especially for vehicles that feature Electronic Stability Control, anti-lock brakes, and an extensive system of protective airbags.

The survey also suggested that parents shy away from sports cars and pickups. But don’t worry—even with all those restrictions, there’s still plenty of great cars for teens to choose from here at Mama’s. Come see us today, bring your teen, and we’ll find a great first car for your son or daughter today. They’ll tell the story to their own kids someday in the future, perhaps while explaining why a hovercar isn’t a good choice for a first car.

Perfect Used Car

Forbes Selects Charleston as a Great Urban Weekend Escape

In a recent article, Forbes confirmed what those of us who live here in Charleston already know: Charleston is one of the best destinations in the country. As part of a series on “Great Urban Weekend Escapes,” Forbes contributor Larry Olmstead urges readers to spend a long weekend in South Carolina’s oldest city, writing that “everyone seems to be in love with Charleston these days, and in recent years the city has been awash in awards and accolades.”

Those awards include being named the Number One US City by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for three consecutive years, and readers of Travel + Leisure for two straight. What makes our city so great? In short, great Southern cuisine, beautiful beaches, elite hotels and gold courses, traditional historic charm and fantastic people.

South Carolina, of course, is also your destination for great deals at Mama’s Used Cars. Forbes notes that Charleston has also been repeatedly ranked as America’s friendliest city, something you are sure to agree with when you come check out the friendly service offered here at Mama’s.

Charleston, South Carolina Destination

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

Best Used Cars Deals Available in July

If you’re shopping for a new car, whether it’s used or not, it’s always important to see what types of deals you can get. For the month of July, multiple brands have great low interest rate financing incentives on certified pre-owned vehicles, so make sure you check out theses great used car deals for July.

This month, BMW is offering 1.9% financing on all 2011 and 2012 CPO models, an offer that expires on the last day of July. Buick and Chevrolet are both offering 0% financing, with Buick’s financing available on CPO Buick LaCrosse and Enclave models and Chevrolet’s deal available on CPO Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, Volt, and 2014 Impala models.

For those looking for a Japanese model car, Toyota offers 2.9% financing for up to 60 months on many CPO models, while the German Volkswagen brand is giving customers 0.9% financing for up to 60 months on CPO CC models or 1.99% for 60 months on all other CPO models.

For a comprehensive list on the best used cars deals in July, click here or stop by Mama’s Used Cars today to see for yourself!

Sirius XM Radio Turns to Used Car Market for New Sales

It’s likely that when you hear the words “Sirius XM Radio,” you automatically think “car radio” and there’s a good reason why. Currently, the company has contracts with nearly all major carmakers, including Ford, General Motors, and Toyota. While Sirius XM currently has a 70% growth metric in the new car market, it’s slowed down a bit in the last few years, causing the company to search for a new market—and they’ve found it in used cars.

Companies like CarMax and Vehix, which sell used cars, say that the used car market currently has only 30% of satellite radio penetration, making it the perfect market for Sirius XM. The satellite radio provider has used this new market to deploy a variety of initiatives, such as a two-week free subscription, pre-owned vehicle program and Service Lane, to encourage users to subscribe to the company.

Earlier this month, Sirius XM Radio even announced that its services will now be available to auto dealers through a Reynolds ERA Dealership Management System via the Reynolds Certificate Interface Program. This means that a greater number of dealers will be authorized to provide its services, allowing the company to boost their growth through the used car market.

If you’re looking for a new used car, make sure you stop into Mama’s Used Cars today and see if we have the right one for you.

Sirius XM Radio

Sirius XM Radio makes getting stuck in traffic much more bearable! Stop in today and see which vehicles we can equip with Sirius XM!

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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Car ownership decreases among millennials

According to a study by U.S. Pirg and reported by the New York Times this week, the country’s young people are giving up car ownership in exchange for public transportation and bicycles. Experts consider it the end of the Driving Boom or the 60-plus years of steady increases in per-capita driving in the United States.

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Best 2013 Car Interiors Named

WardsAuto-logoWardsAuto World magazine has released its 2013 list of the 10 Best Interiors, so if you’re looking for a vehicle that offers a great driving experience, take note.

The editors at WardsAuto graded nearly 50 new and upgraded 2013 and 2013 vehicles in a variety of categories in determining the 10 best. The categories included safety, comfort, value, technology and materials. Overall, the editors noted stylish design, a blend of classic and new technology, and durability as common aspects to the cars on the list.

“This year’s batch of winners really drives home the point that interiors are a vital part of the battle for consumers’ hearts and minds,” WardsAuto world Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter said in a statement. “It wasn’t uncommon all that long ago for auto makers to view interiors as the best place to take cost out of a vehicle. They eventually figured out that’s a big mistake, because people spend a lot more time looking at the inside of their car than the outside.”

Here is the list of the 10 Best Interiors as chosen by WardsAuto:

  • Acura RDX
  • Cadillac XTS
  • Chevrolet Spark
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Kia Forte
  • Lexus GS 450h
  • Mazda6
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn
  • Toyota Avalon