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

Mama’s Tips: Least Expensive 2012 Vehicles to Insure

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Buying a car is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being a car owner. Most people forget that the cost of car insurance will vary with each vehicle. Over the next few weeks, we will present the most and least expensive 2012 and 2013 vehicles to insure. Continue reading

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

General Maintenance Schedule

Proper maintenance of vehicles must occur at certain intervals of time.  Many people do not know when to have their car serviced or what needs adjusted.  This is a general maintenance schedule that will help your vehicle run longer and hold value.  Always refer to the owner’s manual for specific maintenance needs of your vehicle.

10 Valuable Used Cars

Shopping for a used car can be a stressful and uncertain process.  Consumers obviously want the best car for their money.  Here are ten 2008 models that are able to hold their value being sold at better prices than their respective competition.

Ford Taurus

  • Top ranking for reliability from J.D. Power and Associates
  • V6 engine that generates 263 horsepower
  • Optional all-wheel-drive

Hyundai Accent

  • Ranks high for reliability
  • Choice of sedan or hatchback
  • 27 mpg city / 33 highway

Buick LaCrosse

  • Low long term ownership costs
  • 3.8- liter V6 that produces 200 hp or 5.3- liter V8 that produces 300 horsepower
  • Comfortable, smooth ride

Hyundai Elantra

  • Top scores for reliability after three years of ownership
  • Standard 5-speed transmission

Cadillac DTS

  • 4.6- liter V8 engine that produces 275-295 hp
  • High scores in reliability with latest safety features
  • Highly comfortable ride

Mitsubishi Galant

  • Appealing design
  • 160-hp four cylinder engine or 258-hp V6

Chevrolet TrailBlazer

  • Ability to tow or handle trails
  • V6 or V8 options

Cadillac SRX

  • V6 or V8 option
  • Seats up to 7 passengers

Dodge Durango

  • Incredible room
  • Impressive towing capability
  • Option of V6 or V8

Chevrolet Equinox

  • V6 options
  • Back seat that slides up or back for more legroom or cargo space

Hyundai Sonata

  • Four cylinder or V6 options
  • Available array of features