Car Maintenance 101: How to Take Care of Used Cars in 3 Easy Steps

If you plan on purchasing a used car from a Greensboro, NC dealership soon, you want to make sure you understand how you can keep the car always in good running condition. What does it mean to take good care of your vehicle? Having problems fixed without delay. Proper care and maintenance assure vehicle reliability, which could save you big expenses in the future. With care, it is still possible to reach well over two hundred thousand miles on your odometer without needing an extensive engine overhaul.Continue reading

Great Tips on How to Make Your Visit to Used Car Dealerships Count

Now more than ever, Greensboro, NC car buyers are lucky to have so many options in terms of car types and financing. Getting and choosing the vehicle you want does not have to become a nightmarish experience. Just keep in mind that you, as a customer, along with the lender of your choice, each have the responsibility to make the purchase of a car as smooth sailing as possible.Continue reading

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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.

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.

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.

LOOK OUT UBER HERE COMES THE GOLF CART

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.

Research to Get the Best Deal On a Car

Buick Enclave new carIf there is one thing that will help you get the best deal when shopping for a new or used car is Research.  In fact it’s all about the research.   The question is what research do you need? Before you ever go to look at cars you want to decide what type of car is going to fit your lifestyle and what type of car is going to fit your budget. When it comes to cost, you need to think about insurance cost for the particular car you have chosen. What about fuel cost for the year? What good is having a car you can’t afford to drive?

More Research

Once you have decided on the type of car you want, the next step in the research game is financing. Before you ever go to look for a car you need to know what you can afford and who will give you the best lending rates. Of course, cash gives you more leverage in negotiation if you have that option. Once you know how much money is available and who has the best rates, you can then consider what the dealership has in financing. If they offer a better rate then of course go with them. Having a better credit rating usually means you will have a better interest rate to select from.2011 camaro used car

And More Research

Another area that research will be of benefit for you in purchasing a car is discovering the actual true market value of the vehicle. Sites like Edmonds.com and Kelly Blue book can provide you with an idea of what the car maybe selling for in your area. You may pay a little more at the dealership than you would from “for sale by owner”, but you will not get the peace of mind that comes with purchasing a pre-certified car.

While we would love to be your New or Used car dealer we invite you to shop around. If you decide to purchase a New or Used Car from us, we beleive you will find excellent service and a low pressured atmosphere that is designed to make your car buying experience a happy one!

 Buying a car isn’t exactly what most would describe as a pleasant experience. You tempt yourself with the thought of driving a shiny new set of wheels, then comes the reality of the annoying haggle. What’s worse than the haggling is that many buyersFour Tips For Getting a Good Deal On a New Car

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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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