A Guide to Choosing a Used Car

So, you’ve made the wise choice and decided to purchase a used car. However, since this will be one of the biggest purchases of your life, you want to make sure it’s a good one. Here are a few suggestions on choosing a used car.

  1. Create a budget. Keep track of all your expenses so you know how much of a car payment you can afford. Don’t forget items like insurance, fuel, and maintenance costs.
  2. Make a list of models. Decide what your preferred makes and models are. If your top choice is a something like a Honda Accord, consider competing brands, like a Ford Fusion, and you can still get a great car and potentially save thousands.
  3. Check market value. Use online tools like KBB.com or Edmunds.com to research used car prices to know what the model is worth.
  4. Take a thorough test drive. Don’t just drive around the block. Check every aspect of the car you can, including heating and air conditioning, the sound system, engine noises, brake power, transmission shifting, and technology.
  5. Check its history. Get a vehicle history report to check for any accidents, see how many owners it has had, etc.
  6. Get it inspected. Hire a mechanic you trust to inspect the car for you to check for any mechanical issues.
  7. Negotiate a price. With all of the information you’ve gathered on the car, you should have a good idea of what it is worth. Give a reasonable offer and show your research.
  8. Drive away. Once you’ve made the deal and signed the paperwork, enjoy the fruits of your hard work while driving away in your new car.

Come see our excellent selection of used cars here at Mama’s Used Cars.

Guide to choosing a used car

 

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

Swedish Man Wants You to Buy His Volvo

When it comes to buying a used car, you want something that is reliable. And, if a car has travelled over 300,000 miles, it sure fits the bill. Now, most of us are not in the market for a car with that many miles, but if you happen to be in Sweden and have about $1,100, you might want to buy this 1993 Volvo 245GL just because of this amazing video.

With amazing features like “both an inside and an outside,” “two pieces of black roof sticks,” “spinsy winsies,” “decorative plate scab,” and a haunted backseat the video says you’ll be perceived as “rich and cuddly.” What’s not to love?

Despite the video being hilarious and masterfully made, owner Christoffer Castor, says it only took two hours to shoot with a few of his friends. However, even with all the attention it’s received, he has yet to sell the car.

Maybe Volvo will buy it back like Nissan did for Luke Aker after he produced an amazing ad for his 1996 Maxima.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we can’t offer you something as amazing as this 1993 Volvo, but we do have a great inventory of quality used cars. Come visit us and we’ll help you find the perfect car for you.

CarHistortyUSA.com Introduces Used Car Value Guide

When you’re searching for a used car to purchase, it can be frustrating not fully knowing just how much the car you’re buying will cost in the future. To help you feel better about your new car purchase, CarHistoryUSA.com has released a guide that will help people understand their used cars long-term value.

Based on statistical trends of used car values over the past two decades, this used car value guide allows potential car buyers to better understand whether their used car will still be worth money in the future. All you need to do is to search for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car you’re looking to buy, pay $1, and you will receive a plethora of information. Some of this information includes a vehicle’s history, previous owner information, accident check, and much more.

So if you’re looking to purchase a new car, make sure you check out the used car value guide or come into Mama’s Used Cars! We’ll be happy to help you.

Used Car Value Guide

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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Top 10 Most Dependable Crossover SUVs

J.D. Power and Associates recently released the results of its annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which determines the most dependable vehicles on the market. In the study, researchers survey owners of vehicles that are three years old, in this case those from the 2010 model year, and ask what problems the vehicle has had among other questions. The vehicles with the least amount of reported problems are then awarded for dependability.

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Top 10 researched new and used cars in 2012

2012 Honda Civic Coupe

According to a leading car research organization, the Honda Civic was the mos researched used car in 2012.

A leading car research company has released its annual list of the Top 10 Most Researched New and Used Cars. SUVs and sedans dominated the lists for 2012 as did foreign automakers like Honda and Toyota.

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CarMD shares top ten most reliable cars

2010 Toyota Corolla

Each year, CarMD studies the reliability of cars by looking at “check engine” problems, repairs and other related costs. CarMD then compiles the data in what it calls the CarMD Vehicle Health Index. This data shows consumers car maintenance and repair trends and patterns as well as the most reliable cars on sale in the past 10 years. Continue reading

AAA expects travel to increase this Thanksgiving

Turkey-day TravelTravel group AAA is estimating travel volume over this week’s Thanksgiving holiday will be up for the fourth year in a row.

AAA figures 43.6 million Americans will make the trip to Mama’s house for their annual helping of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Those 43.6 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more over the weekend. AAA estimated 43.3 million traveled last year. This will mark the fourth year in a row that Turkey-day travel will increase, after plunging by 25 percent in 2008. Continue reading