Protecting Your Vehicle in the Summer’s Heat

While we appreciate the hot summer sun at the beach and the water park and a number of other outdoor activities the season brings, we at Mama’s Used Cars are never excited to slide into a car that has been baking in the sun, especially if that vehicle has leather seating. Besides scorching your fanny, however, the sun can really do some damage to your car. Here are a few ways to protect your vehicle… and your bum.

  1. Cover up – The sun’s rays can cause your exterior paint to fade and your interior fabrics to crack or tear. We recommend you park in a covered spot like a garage or carport. If neither is available, consider using a car cover or at least a windshield protector to help reflect the sun and keep internal temperatures down.
  2. Wash often – Because the heat can cause your paint to chip, it’s important to regularly wash your vehicle. A thorough wash, hand dry, and wax will go a long way in protecting your car throughout the hot summer months.
  3. Dust off – Now that the outside of your vehicle is fit to impress, it’s time to take care of the inside. Wipe dust and grim from your dashboard and center console with a microfiber cloth, and use a conditioner to protect any leather surfaces. Keeping the interior clean and cool will limit the harsh effects of the sun’s UV rays.

With these simple tips, it will be a cinch for both you and your vehicle to enjoy some fun in the sun!

Protecting your vehicle

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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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

Road Trip Games for Children

Road Trip Games

If only family road trips were always this peaceful… (Photo courtesy emrank via Flickr)

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, it is time for parents to plan ways to keep their kids occupied during long travel including road trip games.

When Mama was a wee one, she did not have a fancy DVD-player to watch or Nintendo DS to play, so she resorted to some of the following road trip games. They do not require the latest technology, only a little wit and a keen eye. Continue reading

10 Cars for Older Drivers (Part 2)

With comfort being the most important factor for Mama and other older drivers, Kiplinger searched out the best medium-height cars that allow for a customizable drive through features like a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and adjustable-height driver’s seat. Mama also needs to see where she’s going, so many of the cars feature backup cameras and reverse sensors to help.

This is the second part of the list. You can read the first part here.

6)      Toyota Avalon – It’s like driving on a cloud. The Avalon offers a Driver Seat Memory option, large dash controls, navigation system, and backup monitor.

7)      Honda Odyssey EX-L – Not only can the Odyssey fit your grandkids comfortably, it has a low step-in height, push buttons for almost everything, a smooth ride, and high safety ratings.

8)      Chrysler 300C – This one takes Mama back to the good ol’ days. With a fantastic style and big, clean dashboard, I’m reminded of those long, sweet nights at the drive-in…..… where was I? Oh, yeah. The Chrysler 300C also offers heated seats, rearview camera, and adjustable pedals and steering wheel. Additional packages include forward collision warning and cross-path detection.

9)      Lexus RX 350 – Style, luxury, and comfort – all in one package. Adjustable by the touch of a button, the driver’s seat slides automatically to make entering and exiting hassle-free.

10)      Mercedes-Benz E350 – This car is comfort and safety wrapped in one luxurious package. It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick; it has a 14-way adjustable seat; and it has a standard Attention Assist system.

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

10 Cars for Older Drivers (Part 1)

Finding a car for you young whippersnappers in your 50s, 60s, and 70s can be a daunting task. The vehicle has to be perfect – not so small that you struggle to fit in it and not so big you either cannot control it or cannot get in it in the first place.

With comfort being the most important factor for Mama and other older drivers, Kiplinger searched out the best medium-height cars that allow for a customizable drive through features like a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and adjustable-height driver’s seat. Mama also needs to see where she’s going, so many of the cars feature backup cameras and reverse sensors to help us older drivers. Continue reading

White is the most popular car color worldwide

The most popular car colors for 2012 have been released by PPG Industries, the world’s leading manufacturer of transportation coatings. “White” topped the list globally with 22 percent of purchased vehicles being that color. This marks the second year in a row “white” has been ranked number one after beating out “silver” in 2010.

The rest of the worldwide rankings were silver in second with 20 percent, black with 19 percent, gray with 12 percent, red with nine percent, natural (beige or tan) with eight percent, blue with seven percent, and green with two percent. Color rankings differed by geographic location. In North America, the order was white (21 percent), black (19 percent), silver and gray (16 percent), red (10 percent), blue (eight percent), natural (seven percent), and green (three percent). Continue reading

Featured Used Car Specials

Check out the Pre-Owned Clearance at Mama’s Used Cars. Featured used models for this month include a 2009 Ford F-150, a 2008 Ford Expedition, 2009 Lexus IS, and a 2003 Mazda MPV. There are more special discounts on the below list of great used cars.  Please come in to Mama’s Used Cars or call 800-261-0069 for details. These offers end on 10/18.