Ford SUV Sales Start Strong in 2016

Ford SUV sales

The year has only just begun and Ford SUV sales are already up. In fact, January was the strongest year start for SUVs since 2004. In addition, with the popularity of the Ford Transit, van sales have their best start in 31 years.

“For Ford, overall transaction prices were up $1,800 in January – almost three times more than the overall industry average – driven largely by strong customer demand, especially for our SUVs and F-Series pickups,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, in a statement.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, while we don’t sell new cars, we have a large inventory of pre-owned Ford vehicles that is constantly changing. Many of these cars, trucks, and SUVs come certified pre-owned, which means you’ll get a warranty and a lot of peace of mind with your purchase.

If you’re looking for one of the best SUVs, crossovers, or pickups on the market, then Ford is a great choice. If you’re looking for a specific model, year, or specific features, let us know what you need, and we’ll help you find it.

We’re excited to see such a great start to 2016 and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

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!


Ed Begley’s Toyota RAV4 EV Up for Sale on eBay

Ed Begley, Jr.’s list of roles is a lengthy one. You might know him from is Emmy-nominated character on St. Elsewhere or maybe as one of the dead drummers in This Is Spinal Tap. Maybe you’ve even seen him on Arrested Development, Six Feet Under, or the ever-popular cult-favorite, Battlestar Galactica. He’s also known for his work off-screen as an environmental activist. The list goes on and on and has grown to include yet another role—eBay user.

Over the past several decades, Begley has worked to help improve our environment. He’s got his own line up environmentally friendly cleaning products and is even in a long-standing rivalry with Bill Nye—yes, that Bill Nye—to see who can have the lowest carbon footprint. Because of this, Begley’s been driving a Toyota RAV4 EV around since 2002—a car that is now up for auction on eBay.

With 119,000 miles on it and a battery that was replaced in 2011, Ed Begley’s Toyota should have a good amount of gusto left in it. The car is white with a charcoal interior with a bit of wear and tear, but nothing that isn’t normal for a car with over 100,000 miles on it. Begley has even offered to autograph the cabin’s ceiling for you and you will be able to meet with him in person!

Currently, the bids have reached $13,655 for the car, which originally sold for $42,000. Talk about a great deal!

For more information, check out Begley’s eBay page.

Ed Begley’s Toyota

Toyota RAV4 EV

The Cars with the Best Value

2012 Toyota Prius

2012 Toyota Prius

An expert independent automotive organization released its list of cars that offer the best value. For the first time in four years, the Honda Fit is no longer at the top of the list.

The organization chose the Toyota Prius as the car with the best value because it offers reliability, low cost of ownership and popularity. The editors also liked the great driving experience, fuel economy and interior design. Continue reading

Used Ford Expedition Overview

The Ford Expedition is a rugged full-size SUV that offers comfortable seating for up to nine passengers, powerful towing capability and generous performance. Quality used Ford Expeditions are now available from Mama’s Used Cars at their Charleston dealership.

The latest Ford Expedition models continue the long-standing tradition of rugged work-horse SUVs that also offer premium comfort and a quiet ride inside the cabin. Lots of seating and cargo options make the Ford Expedition a good bet for transporting both family and heavy equipment. The second-row seats will fold flat into the floor, and optional power-folding third row seats also move out of the way to provide even more space.

The agile steering on a used Ford Expedition provides a smooth ride and an easy drive, with reviewers often hailing the Expedition as having the handling dynamics of a large car. The power of the current Ford Expedition is provided by a 5.4-liter V8 engine that can put out 310 horsepower and pull 365 lbs-feet of torque. The Ford Expedition is an ideal SUV for everyday family driving and heavy-duty towing.