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What You Need to Know About Flood Damaged cars

With all the floods that have hit around the country lately it won’t be long before flood damaged cars will hit the market. Should you consider buying a flood damaged car if you can get a great deal? Our advice is to stay clear of cars that have been damaged in a flood. Here are some reasons why from our friends at Carfax

Flooding can seriously damage a car. Electrical and computer systems are particularly vulnerable, and this can affect the lights, windshield wipers and locks. It can also cause airbags and anti-lock braking systems to malfunction.

This can lead to serious safety issues, particularly if you are involved in a crash.

If you unwittingly buy a car which has been previously flooded you may lose out financially too, owing to large, unexpected repair bills and a low resale value.
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So not only do you risk of buying a car with electrical and computer problems which can be hard to diagnosis and fix, you also put yourself and others at risk from safety issues that will only be revealed in a crash.

So how can you tell if a car has been damaged in a flood. First off, it is against the law in North Carolina to sale a car that has been in a flood without revealing it to the potential buyer. Now that we have the legal issue out of the way, here are some signs to look for when you are considering the purchase of a vehicle.

Tell-tale Signs of Flooding

    • A musty odor in the interior, which can sometimes be covered with a strong air-freshener
    • Upholstery or carpeting which doesn’t match, is loose, new or stained
    • Damp carpets
    • Rust around doors, inside the hood and trunk latches, pedals or under the dashboard
    • Mud or silt in the glove compartment or under seats
    • Brittle wires under the dashboard
    • Fog or moisture beads in the interior or exterior lights or instrument panel

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The North Carolina Attorney Genrals office states that a flood damaged car must be disclosed in writing before the car is sold.  The punishment for selling a car without this disclosure is a class 2 misdemeanor with a $5000.00 fine per violation.Here is some additional information to look out for from the North Carolina’s Attorney General’s Office regarding flood damaged cars.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, it’s illegal for a car to be sold without the seller disclosing it’s been damaged due to flood water. The office also released the following tips for consumers.

  • Ask to see the title of any used car. Check the date and place of transfer to see if the vehicle comes from a state that recently experienced flooding. Keep in mind that the title will only indicate flood damage if the insurance company officially totaled the car. Also, consider checking a vehicle’s history with a service such as CARFAX.
  • Ask the seller directly whether or not the car has been damaged in any way, including by water or storms.
  • Have the car examined by an independent mechanic of your choice before you buy it.

You can read the full report from Fox News

Never would we sale or advise anyone to buy a car that has been in a flood damage or has had flood damage. At Vestal Buick GMC we do a thorough inspection of every car. We want our cars to be safe and in top running condition before we offer them for sale to the public. We offer a nice selection of used and new cars at Vestal Buick GMC. You can check the Carfax on each vehicle to make sure that you are getting the best car for your money. Come by and see us and check out our New or Used Car Selection. We think you will be glad you did.

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Synthetic Gas – Is It Our Future?

synthetic fuelI found this interesting article about researchers at Audi, who have managed to create a synthetic gasoline. Audi in partnership with a French firm called Global Bioenergies have produced a synthetic fuel you may be able to run in your engine. It is called “E-Benzin” and according to Car and Driver it has no sulfur or benzene contaminants, making it a clean burning fuel. The two companies have already produced synthetic natural gas and synthetic diesel and have now developed a synthetic gasoline. Rather than moving away from the combustible engine Audi has been working on a clean burning fuel that can be used fuel these type of engines. Researchers report that they are working on modifying the fuel, so that it is made from nothing but water, hydrogen, sunlight and carbon dioxide. While you probably won’t see this at the pump any time soon, Audi and Global Bioenergies plan to build a plant in Germany to begin producing larger quantities of the synthetic fuel by 2016.

Researchers at Audi have managed to do something that at first blush sounds impossible, or at least, highly illogical: They’ve created a small batch of synthetic gasoline without using any petroleum whatsoever. And they’re working to tweak the process so they can create the fuel using nothing but water, hydrogen, sunlight, and carbon dioxide. Audi’sAudi Makes Synthetic Gasoline Using Zero Petroleum

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The Cost of Owning A Car

GMC Acaida Vestal Buick GMCHave you ever considered the annual cost of owning a car? For many people, they only think of the expense of the car but there are many factors that contribute to the price of car ownership. Even if you buy a new car, you still have to consider the cost of maintenance on the vehicle. For example, the oil must be changed every 3000 miles, according to most manufacturers recommendations. There is also the cost of fuel for the car. While gas prices have come down, they presently seem to be going back up. Who knows what they will be in the future? Still when you consider the annual price of car ownership there are many factors that have to be considered.

According to AAA the cost of owning and operating a car for a 12-month period has declined by 2%. Two of the big declines in the price of car ownership is the decrease in fuel costs, down 13% according to AAA. The other is the reduction in finance charges. Finance charges are down 21%.   This really makes it a great for car buyers.  If you are in the market for a new car or a used car, low finance charges and interest rates make this an excellent time to buy. Both Buick and GMC are offering spring incentives to help with customers in a new car. Check out all our New Car Incentives by clicking the link.

Annual Cost to Own and Operate a Vehicle Falls to $8,698, Finds AAA | AAA NewsRoom In the United States, a driver can expect to spend 58 cents for each mile driven, nearly $725 per month, to cover the fixed and variable costs associated with owning and operating a car in 2015. Compared to last years study, the average cost of regular unleaded fuel fell nearly 13 percent to $2.855 per gallon. This decline, coupled with improvements in vehicle fuel economy, resulted in an average 11.21 cents-per-mile fuel cost.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

There seems to be a lot of people online talking about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. What’s all the fuss about? Well for one thing, it is to be the weight of the car, 200 pounds lighter than the 2015 model. Next of course, comes the speed of the car. According to GM the Camaro will go from 0 to 60 in less than six seconds. How much less than six seconds will be interesting to find out considering that the Camaro’s nemesis, the Ford Mustang, can also go from 0 to 60 in less than six seconds. According to Car and Driver the Ecoboost Mustang went from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Will the turbocharged 2016 Camaro be able to do the same? We would sure like to find out. Another interesting new feature of the 2016 Camaro is that it now sits on the recently new GM’s Alpha architecture. Not familiar with the Alpha architecture? It is the same platform that the Cadillac ATS and CTS use that is getting great reviews. If you want to know more about the 2016 Camaro check out Car and Drivers Article below.  Check out the following link if you are looking for a used Camaro in Kernersville NC.

By: Anthony Vestal


2016 Chevrolet Camaro Official Photos and Info – News – Car and Driver

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2016-chevrolet-camaro-official-photos-and-info-news2016 Chevrolet Camaro Official Photos and Info – News – Car and Driver The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has arrived, and it looks trim and tonedand thirsty for Ford Mustang blood. Theres simply no way to avoid the Mustang when you discuss the Camaro, just as theres no denying that the Ford largely overshadowed the Chevy for five decades. Consider that the first 1967 Camaro was a two-year-late response to the Blue Ovals original pony.

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By: Anthony Vestal

downtownNow there is a new way to get around in downtown Winston Salem, it is called a golf cart.  What makes this really special is that the service is free.  Free service?  Come on, we all know nothing is really free.  However this service really is free for those that ride.  So how do they make their money?  They are presently making their money through paid advertisements that adorn the top and sides of the golf carts.  Of course, a tip for the driver is much appreciated but the service is free.  The rides are being provide by a company called Camel City Caravans and according to the owner Kirsten Hinsley, business is booming.  The service is becoming so popular that they are planning on adding an additional cart in a few weeks.  So move over Uber, here comes Camel City Caravans. Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to try out their services in the near future.


Golf carts used to get around downtown Winston-Salem | myfox8.com Getting around downtown has many options from horse and carriage to now golf carts. We were trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between different sections of downtown, said Kirsten Hinsley, owner of Camel City Caravans. Im still not sure its real; its happening and its going we are just so busy. Hinsley and her husband Ried came up with the idea and approached city leaders last year which passed an ordnance allowing golf carts on downtown streets as a taxi service.

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Technology – Making Life Easy or Hard?

By: Anthony Vestal

We look to technology to solve our problems  but along with the solution; at times, there seems to come more problems. Police are asking for the public to be on guard regarding these thefts but how are you going to be on guard against someone who doesn’t look suspicious? The solution seems to be, according to the police, lock your doors at the car manually without using the key fob. Whenever you send a signal to lock your car that signal is broadcast publicly.  Anyone with the technical know how can grab the signal duplicate it and they have access to your valuables.  It is interesting to note that many universities are studying different methods of hacking similar to what must be used in these thefts.

The vehicles targeted are GMC SUV’s with a model year between 2003 and 2009. Three new car thefts at the University Park Mall are following a similar pattern to the ones from December. “Someone is using some kind of technology to intercept the signal New technology likely the cause of car thefts at University Park Mall

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2016 Buick LaCrosse Offers Various Changes

By: Anthony Vestal

2015-Buick-LaCrosse-Vestal-Buick-GMCBelieve it or not we are only 4 months in to 2015 and we are already talking about the 2016 Buick LaCrosse.  Rumors are that the 2016 Buick LaCrosse will make it’s debut in late Autumn or early 2016.  While there may not be a whole lot of changes to the 2016 Buick LaCrosse, there will be various changes that the consumers are sure to enjoy.  Some are saying that this will be a luxurious high performance vehicle that is sure to give competitors a real run for their money.  Speculators are saying that it will be a big headache for some competing auto makers, like BMW and their 7 Series, Lexus LS and the Mercedes-Bens S-Class.  I will definitely keep my eyes open for the Buick 2016 LaCrosse and what it has to offer.   If you are interested in the exact changes that are going to be made to the 2016 LaCrosse see the curated article below.  If you can’t wait on the 2016 LaCrosse we have 2015’s looking for a new home.  Just follow the link to 2015 Buick LaCrosse.

2016 Buick LaCrosse Changes, Updates And More | GM Authority

2016 Buick LaCrosse Changes, Updates And More | GM Authority The second-generation Buick LaCrosse made its debut in 2010 as a 2010 model year vehicle. Five years and one mid-cycle refresh later, the large Super Epsilon-platformed sedan has aged graciously, and is selling relatively well. The Tri-Shield is giving the 2016 LaCrosse a some updates…

…the FWD 1SV Equipment Group, which was slipstreamed into the 2015 LaCrosse, is officially added to the new features list of the 2016 LaCrosse. Additionally, the 3.6L V6 LFX engine is now standard on the 1SB and 1SL models, while the 2.4L eAssist I4 LUK remains available. On the in-vehicle technology front, the 2016 Buick LaCrosse adds GM’s next-gen infotainment systems with a new screen appearance.

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Car Guide Survival

By: Anthony Vestal



When it comes to buying a new or used car it can be a “jungle out there”  but it really doesn’t have to be.  There is so much information readily available to the consumer online that if you do your research car buying can be simple, quick and efficient.  Today, you can even buy your car online.  Our Goal at Vestal Buick GMC is to make care buying as simple and as low pressure as possible.  Below you will find some car buying tips from Consumer Reports that we hope you can use.

Survival Guide to Buying a New Car | Consumer Reports

For more specific guidance, read through the articles on our new-car buying guide. Every automaker lets you configure a car on its website, and most let you search their dealers inventory. Its also vital that you test drive any models you are considering before you get deep into the process; cars can feel very different when driven back to back, and less obvious things, such as seat comfort, visibility, and dash controls, can make a big difference.

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Find The Right Car With These Tips

By: Anthony Vestal

2013 Chevrolet sonic sedan

Certified preowned Chevrolet Sonic Sedan Vestal Buick GMC

Are you having difficulty buying a new car? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one having problems. Many people around the world go through the same painful process when they have to buy a vehicle. Luckily, you have an advantage. You have this article, which has car shopping tips that will make the buying process easier.

Any time you are thinking about purchasing a car, and you first need to know the real value of the car.  Next, search online for the MRSP and compare it with the other offers you find in your area. Be sure to check at many different sites first of all.

When you are going to buy a car, you need to know ahead of time which features are essential for you in the car. Have a clear picture of what you want so that you can search for the right price as well as the right car for your needs.

Ask the car dealer to show you a vehicle history report. The vehicle history report can tell you if the vehicle you are looking at has been in an accident or if it has been recalled in the past. It can also show you what repairs have been done and when they were done so that you know precisely what you are buying.

Before you go in to look at a new car, make sure you have thoroughly researched the proper trade in value of your car. In fact, why not try to sell it yourself first before you buy. Either way, you will get more from your vehicle if you know what it is worth.

Whenever shopping for a used car, it would be wise to stick with certified pre-owned vehicles as this significantly reduces the likelihood that you’ll end up with a car that is in poor condition. Just make sure that the certification if offered by the car manufacturer rather than the dealer.


For some, its one of the best parts of buying a car. Youre ready to sell, and youre afraid the years of use will have buyers turning up their noses at your vehicle, and not just because of the price. So how can you maximize your cars appeal?

You’ll drive your new car for many years to come, so selecting features that you’ll enjoy is your main concern. Not all options, however, improve the resale value of your vehicle. Options that won’t have a positive impact on resale value include appearance packages like pinstripes, special paint or unique graphics; custom wheels and tires; satellite radio; vehicle telematics devices such as factory-installed navigation systems, and auto-dimming mirrors.

AAA: How to maximize the resale value of your car

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