Charleston Wine and Food Festival 2017

A gathering of some of the best chefs and wineries is usually something you see on television. The Charleston Wine and Food Festival brings the best of the best to a tasting unlike any other in the area. Stop by this year to chat with some of the most regarded purveyors in the country.

The festival takes place from March 1st through the 5th in Marion Square and throughout Charleston. Experience exclusive dinners, fancy wine tasting, seminars, workshops, and more.

The festival is designed to bring the region’s homegrown-style flavor to top chefs, winemakers, artisans, and enthusiasts from around the world. Now in its 12th year, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is scheduled to feature more than 100 events with over 300 chefs and 150 wine professionals.

The Culinary Village, the center of it all, will host three days of cooking demonstrations, special guests, and tasting. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the best, including culinary celebrities like Sean Brock and Andrea Immer Robinson.

There’s no other wine and food festival like the one found in Charleston in the entirety of the United States. This is one event you don’t want to miss!

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we love a good wine and food festival!

How to Increase Your Trade-In Value

If you’re in the market for a new car, odds are you’re also looking at trading in your old model as a down payment. That’s an excellent idea but it’s best to make sure you’re getting the most possible out of your trade-in vehicle. There are a few steps you can take to pay less for your next car. Here are a few ways to increase your trade-in value from us here at Mama’s Used Cars!

Increase Your Trade-In Value

  • Tires – It’s no secret that car dealerships want to knock a few bucks off the trade-in value of your vehicle and tires are an excellent excuse to do so. Don’t give the sales staff that opportunity when you’ve reached that point. Keep your tires properly inflated or get a new set, assuming you can find some cheap.

Increase Your Trade-In Value

  • Clean – Make sure to clean the car inside and out before you head to the dealership. A spotless interior and polished exterior ensure that you’ll get the most possible out of your trade-in vehicle.

Increase Your Trade-In Value

  • Document – There are few better ways to prove a car has been properly maintained than documentation! Gather the service records, receipts, and any other documents that show how well you’ve taken care of the vehicle. It could make a major difference in how much you pay for your next vehicle!

Car Care for First-Time Owners

Car Care for First-Time Owners

There’s a lot that goes into owning a vehicle, ranging from general care to keeping an eye on every part of the vehicle for defects, damages, and more. That can be a bit overwhelming, especially for first-time car owners. Fortunately, here’s everything you need to know about car care for first-time owners from us here at Mama’s Used Cars.

  • Washing – Skipping a weekly wash and wax can be enticing but it could be devastating to your car. Washing and waxing the paint helps preserve its pristine look from common road hazards like grime, salt, and bugs. Most waxes only last a few weeks to a month so be sure to wash your vehicle often!
  • Owner’s Manual – Often referred to as a guide to your vehicle, the owner’s manual will be able to answer almost any question you have about your car. If you don’t have a manual, odds are you can find it online for free. Make sure to mark the page with the service schedule for easy access later on!
  • Flat Tire – Despite the rise in roadside assistance, knowing how to change a flat tire could save you time and money. Spend some time in the garage or driveway making sure you know how to remove and replace a tire. You’ll thank yourself later on!

Things to Do in Charleston This Christmastime

Looking for some thematic events to get you into the holiday spirit? Look no further than these top-notch things to do in Charleston this Christmastime.

 

The Holiday Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights Charleston

Going strong for 27 year and many more to come, this festival has been recognized worldwide as one of the best of its kind. Visit the James Island County Park, park your car and enjoy a stroll like no other. For three miles you can take in an amazing site of over 700 beautiful and unique light displays. You can also enjoy sand sculptures, a Victorian carousel and a treat from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe.

 

Groovy Kinda Christmas

Music Performance Charleston Christmas

Get the friends together for a night out. Live entertainment at the 34 West Theatre will have you singing along to Christmas classics and the best of the 1960s. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

 

Holiday Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl Charleston Christmastime

This annual tour brings together holiday spirit and holiday spirits in one neat package. A two and a half hour tour will stop at four historic pubs and taverns in Charleston. Each stop allows participants a chance to taste local craft beers or holiday concoctions along with hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats. Learn about Charleston history along the way as a tour guide tells tales of pirates, patriots and everything in between.

Did You Know: Christmas is a Good Time to Purchase Used Vehicles

close up of father and daughter with gift boxThe month of December isn’t just ideal for snagging deals on candy canes and snow shovels. Christmastime is actually one of the best times to purchase used vehicles. If the thought of replacing your current car has been on the back-burner, you may want to push it to the top of the list. Buy a used car now versus in the spring, and you could save some serious cash.

This is all according to a study done by the automotive website CarGurus. The demand for cars is lower during the holiday season. The lots are cold and most people are preoccupied with baking cookies, sipping eggnog and wrapping gifts. Thanks to this detail, the price drop. According to the study by CarGurus, car prices hit their lowest average between Thanksgiving and the first week in January. Come the New Year and the era of resolutions, prices rise apace.

So, if a new-to-you car lies in your near future, your smartest move is to buy now. And shop used. Used cars are already a great deal because of the amount of value you can get at a much lower price than new. Add to that the fact that prices are lower than ever this month, and you’ve got a deal even the Grinch couldn’t refuse.

What to Do When Caught in Severe Weather in Your Car

severe weather in your car

Despite what the evening forecast is, weather can be an unpredictable factor in some climates. Rain can quickly turn to snow and vice versa, causing two incredibly different driving situations. Sometimes things can go from bad to worse and severe weather can strike unexpectedly. Here’s what to do if you get caught in severe weather in your car from us here at Mama’s Used Cars.

  • Stay in a Safe Place: In the event of a thunderstorm drivers should stay in your vehicle and don’t get out for anything. Those not in or near a vehicle or building should head for lower ground. Avoid sitting or standing near metallic objects and, if in a group, spread out.
  • Protect Yourself: If one is caught in a tornado, stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls and take care to protect your head. Many buildings have predesignated shelter areas. If you’re on the road, head to a ditch and cover your head and neck with your hands.
  • Beware of Water: Flash floods can come from seemingly nowhere which makes them much more dangerous. If there’s a flash flood warning or it’s raining, avoid going near water sources. Drivers should avoid attempting to ford more than a foot of water, depending on their vehicle. If water rises over the road and the vehicle can no longer move, exit and head to high ground.

Remember, if you have damage to your car after being in dangerous weather, come to Mama’s at Palmetto Ford Lincoln and we’ll fix you up!

Weather Tips: Dealing With Flooding And Your Car

Dealing With Flooding

Flood waters can severely damage almost every part of a vehicle but it might not be too late to salvage it. If your car has been covered any higher than halfway up the wheels, it’s time to take a damage assessment. Not sure what to do first? Don’t worry! Here’s what to do if you’re dealing with flooding from us here at Mama’s Used Cars.

  1. Don’t Be Curious – Generally speaking, curiosity is a good thing but it isn’t something you want to let take the wheel when performing a damage assessment of your drowned vehicle. Avoid starting your car as any lingering water could damage the engine beyond repair.
  2. Call Your Insurance – Flood damage is usually covered by comprehensive insurance which is something most drivers have. Don’t wait too long to call or you could find yourself waiting days or weeks for an adjuster.
  3. Consider a New Car – A flood-damaged car can experience problems down the road so if the adjuster brings up the possibility of totaling the car, it might be worth considering. If the flood waters ruined the interior or you’re having problems with the electrical system, odds are it isn’t worth fixing. At best, some flood-damaged cars could be cleaned and sold with a salvage title.

If you have lasting damage to your vehicle, give Mama’s a call and we’ll see what we can do for you!

West Coast Classic Car Auction Sales Higher Than Ever, Breaking Records

West Coast Classic Car Auction

Love for classic cars is stronger than ever, with a long list of gorgeous, classic models selling for record amounts at West Coast classic car auctions, particularly in Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel. In fact, about $340 million was spent at these auctions in August alone.

Gooding & Company, one of the nation’s leading car auction companies, reportedly sold up to $129,789,000 in luxury, classic cars, with a variety of model types driving up that number. Specifically, Ferrari vehicles were a huge seller.

A 1959 250 GT Competizione was purchased for just over $18 million, a 1960 250 GT short wheel base Berlinetta was purchased for $13.5 million, and a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM was purchased for about $5 and a half million.

Additionally, Bonhams sold more than $33 million in classic cars, with a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Gran Prix Racer model selling for $4 million; and RM-Sotheby’s made $117.9 million, selling more than 80 percent of their cars.

In fact, RM-Sotheby’s was proud to announce a new record: a 1955 Jaguar D-Type that won the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans was sold for nearly $22 million, the highest auction record ever for a British automobile.

Lastly, more auction companies, such as Mecum and Russo and Steele, reported more impressive classic car auction sales – $50 million and $10 million, respectively.

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we may not have that award-winning Jaguar, but we our large selection of models is sure to include a vehicle that you will love! Contact us or visit us anytime for more information.

Check Out the Hottest Event in Town, the Fall Y’all Country Concert

Fall Y'all Country Concert

If you are a fan of country music, then you absolutely must check out the upcoming Fall Y’all Country Concert, an event that will be remembered for years to come. With a stellar lineup and benefiting a good cause, it’s on track to be the festival of the year.

Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Trent Harmon, Lanco, and Runaway June will be performing, providing a diverse mix of the some of the latest and greatest country music stars, sure to please.

The Fall Y’all Country Concert is being presented by New Country Kickin’ 92.5, the area’s top choice for the latest country music. Plus, proceeds from the event will benefit the Palmetto Goodwill, so you know that your money will be going to a good cause.

The show itself will begin Wednesday October 12th, at 7:30 p.m., but you will want to get there early for a good seat and to buy any snacks and merchandise before the lines get too long. You won’t want to miss a single artist from the excellent line-up.

For more information or to buy tickets, head to the official website. And while you are in the area, consider stopping by to visit us, here at Mama’s Used Cars, where we’ll keep you posted on all the area’s best events and opportunities.

US Road Trips for Classic Cars

Road trips for classic cars

Most of us lack the time, money, or resolve to weather a US road trip, but it doesn’t stop people from romanticizing the notion anyway. If you’re up to the task, you might consider taking your classic car on any one of these epic road trips across the United States. Are you brave enough to set out on the open road with nothing but you and your set of wheels?

St. Augustine, Florida: Looking for a laid-back, artsy beach vibe? Head for this cool, historic town near Jacksonville’s beaches.

Palmetto Springs, Georgia: Spend your vacation inside at Serenbe, a self-sustaining farm and inn with onsite restaurants.

The Appalachian Forests in NC: The nearby area around Asheville is known for its craft beer, but the main draw is the stunning, scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains.

Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee: Between an antique fall, a farm store, and funky live music, this little country town just south of Nashville offers a charming atmosphere and culture.

Middleburg, Virginia: Get a taste of New England-esque romance with rolling green pastures, grazing horses, and historical architecture.

Tell us how your US road trip goes. With this many road trips for classic cars to enjoy, you’re sure to have a great time on the open road.