We all know used cars are a much better investment than buying something brand new. But you won’t just save money: a used car can come with some interesting features that just aren’t found in brand new cars. Here are a few unusual facts about used cars to enlighten you.
- Standard Table. The first and second generations of the much-loved Honda CR-V came with a standard flip-out picnic table. These SUVs date from 1997 through 2006. Since the table was detachable, you might not find them anymore, but it was still a cool feature.
- Cassette Player. CD players are slowly leaving new cars, but it might be surprising to know that the last car with an available cassette player was the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria. Also, the 2010 Lexus SC430 came with a standard tape deck.
- Play a Game. In model year 2003-2007 Saab 9-3 SS models, you can play a game of Pong on the Tech II system. It is hidden under the Airbag/SRS System submenu.
- Supercars Tested with V8. While the McLaren F1 was still in development, engineers needed to test its gearbox with a powerful engine. They chose a Chevrolet V8 that delivered the same levels of torque the production car would.
We all love a good vacation—but if you’re short on funds or just want to stay closer to home, here are five great stops for spectacular one-tank road trips in South Carolina. We’ve mapped out a varied trip that starts at Hunting Island State Park and takes you through the beautiful Sumter National Forest.
- Hunting Island State Park. For just $2, you can get a tour of the beautiful lighthouse. This is South Carolina’s most-visited State Park.
- Old Sheldon Church. First built in the mid-1700s, the remains of this Greek revival style church are still breathtaking. Catch a glimpse of the ruins in Yemassee.
- UFO Welcome Center. Stop in Bowman to help welcome visitors from another planet. You’ll love all the comments you will get on the selfie that you’ll post later.
- Sumter National Forest. Take in a hike, see local wildlife, and go mountain biking all at Sumter National Forest.
- Whiteford’s Giant Burger. Before you head back home to Charleston, drive through Laurens and fill up at the iconic Whiteford’s Giant Burger. This restaurant has been serving the area since 1957.
According to Google Maps, this trip is 220 miles one-way. So depending on what you drive, you may have to fill up on the way home.