Archive for May, 2010

Riding in the Lincoln MKZ

Thursday, May 27th, 2010



Lincoln, the car of old folks.  Lincoln conjures up images of big boat Town Cars and people with gray and blue hair behind the wheel. 

The new MKZ was built to break that stereotype.  The MZK is built on the award winning Ford Fusion platform. 


The leather interior in the tested car came in black with red piping and was a great color combination.  The vehicle also came with Ford’s SYNC system as well as heated and cooled seats.

The ride was very comfortable and handling was tight, but the most surprising thing was the torque of this Lincoln.  Although it only has 263 horsepower compared to the Cadillac CTS which has 304, the Lincoln “feels” faster.  This car has that great “throw you back into the seats” feel. I was very surprised when I stepped on the throttle of what this Lincoln would do. 


The Lincoln MKZ starts at $34,225 which is not bad for an entry level luxury car.  Give it a try and you might enjoy this one.

Lake Wheeler car show in Raleigh

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

The annual car show on Lake Wheeler is always a great event.  The early storms may have scared some folks off this year because attendance was slightly down this year, but it was still a great show.  There were some fantastic cars out there, and I met some great car folks!!!!!! 


Thank you to all that I had the opportunity to speak with today, and I look forward to seeing you all again.


When this show rolls around next year, don’t miss it!

Raleigh NC Area

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Yesterday was the Small Business Expo in Apex, NC.  It was a great day and there was lots of foot traffic.  Thanks to all who came out and I had a great time speaking with so many great people.  There were so many of you that had fantastic questions.

Remember, if anyone ever has any type of automotive related question, drop me a line and I will do the best I can to help you out.

I look forward to the questions!!!!



Small Business Expo in Apex NC

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

If you are in the Apex NC area, NC Auto Appraisal will be at the Small Business Expo in the WakeMed building on May 19th.  It is free to the public.  Feel free to stop by and say Hi!  This is a big event. It is so big, that the location had to be moved to the WakeMed building on Apex Peakway from it’s old location.


I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.  Let me know you read this on the site.

Review of the 2010 Camaro

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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The big General is trying to bail themselves out of bankruptcy, but to really succeed, they are going to need some serious products that can compete with the likes of Hyundai and Ford.  Yes, Hyundai and Ford. The 2011 Mustang is set to compete with the Camaro, and the Hyundai Genesis has an optional engine with over 300hp.

My recent time behind the wheel of a V-6 Camaro proved to be surprising.  I remember my time driving the last generation Camaro’s in the 90’s, and all I can think about is the poor ride that they provided.

When you first get into this complete redesign, the initial feeling is that of claustrophopia.  The roofline is very low which can inhibit your sight lines and there are some blind spots that can affect you.

The interior is fairly basic and is typical of the new GM platform.  The seats are very comfortable, but do not expect to use the backseat for anything more than a backpack or some groceries because people will not fit back there.

The new Camaro is backed by the 3.6 liter V-6 with 304 horsepower.  Once you start driving that feeling of claustrophobia subsides immediately.  This car is amazingly comfortable.  I was just taking a nice leisurely cruise when I looked down and saw that the speedometer was reading 60.  You really have to watch yourself, because you do want to “go” in this car.   It was surprisingly tight in the turns and the seats provide adequate bolstering to hold you in place.

Go out and give this one a try, you might just end up really liking it.

Thank you Bull City Street Rod Association

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Last night I spoke to the members of the Bull City Street Rod club to discuss the needs for an appraisal on street rods and what diminished value appraisals are.


I want to thank the club for their hospitality, and the great food.


Thank you Chris for the invitation and thank you Ted for allowing me in your home.


I hope to meet with you guys again soon!!!!!!!

I want to know your thoughts!

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010


Where do you see the future of the car hobby going.  I have had many interesting discussions with many people, and there are many different ideas as to the direction of our hobby?


Will it be imports only?


Will musclecars and rods remain popular?


Will they be more interested in today’s cars and how can they be restored with all of the modern technology, ie airbags?


I want to hear from you.