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from the publisher Welcome to the July issue. July is full of exciting possibilities for fun in the sun, starting with Independence Day parades, picnics, and stirring fireworks displays. Perhaps no American holiday is as significant as this one, when we celebrate the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. It proclaimed to the world our separation from Great Britain and our sovereignty as a nation. The Declaration states, “We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” No document, quite so eloquent and, at the same time, revolutionary, has since been written; yet we had to earn its proclamations with a long, bloody war. Perhaps today, we continue to earn these rights with personal acts of kindness, tolerance, and patriotism. Take advantage of all the July events. Enjoy those vacations at the beach or the mountains, spend time on the lake, attend an outdoor concert, or grill out with friends and family. Summer comes but once a year – enjoy it! Thank you for reading the July issue of Iredell Living Magazine.

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FEATURES 12 • COVER STORY Iredell Health System Everyone’s Emergency Department 18 • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Pet Pilgrimage Crematory & Memorials Honoring Your Pet As Family 25 • ON THE ROAD AGAIN...

AMERICANS AND THEIR AUTOMOBILES! 20 • The Love of Classic Cars 22 • UTI NASCAR Technical Institute Preparing Students for a Career in the Automotive Field

WHAT’S COOKING?! 11 • Cranberry Strata

IN THIS ISSUE 8 • July Events

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“Iredell treats you like family.” Imagine not being able to breathe while having a conversation. What if daily tasks were exhausting? For Joyce Miller, that was reality. Thanks to Iredell Health System’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program, she’s now back doing the things she loves without a struggle. We were there for Joyce when she needed us, and we’ll be there for you and your family too. This is your health — don’t settle for anything but the best.

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Davidson’s Concerts On the Green Davidson Public Library stage Downtown Davidson on the corner of Main Street and Concord Road. Coolers and picnics are welcome. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Bring a lounge chair and enjoy the fun! 6–8PM.

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July 11, 18, 25 LangTree Live 401 LangTree Road, Mooresville Bring a lounge chair and enjoy the fun. Bands start at 7PM July 11: Colby Dobbs (Pop, Soul, Funk, Jazz) July 18: Tom Petty Tribute Band July 25: Trial By Fire (Journey Tribute) www.langtreelkn.com

July 13, 27 Citizens Bank Summer Concerts Bicentennial Park • Corner of Indiana & Main Streets, Mooresville • Bring a lounge chair or blanket. Block Party on the 8th at 5PM. Band starts at 7PM. July 13: Ride That Train (Classic Rock) July 27: Random Reaction (Country & Rock) www.mooresvillepark.com/concerts 8

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July 4: Da Throwback Band (70s Showband) concertsonthegreen.com

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July 27 Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series Ramsey Creek Park 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius Bring a lounge chair or blanket. View the movie from land or from your boat! Children’s activities begin at 6:30PM. Movie begins at approximately 8:30PM. Concessions available during movie. July 27: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Rated PG) www.cornelius.org

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cups crusty French bread crumbs 1 package (18 ounces) cream cheese ½ cup dried cranberries 6 eggs 2 ¼ cups milk ¹/³ cup maple syrup, plus additional, for serving (optional) ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg Directions In a greased, 2-quart rectangular baking dish, arrange about 4 cups of bread pieces. Cut cream cheese into 8-10 slices and arrange over bread chunks.

Sprinkle cranberries over bread chunks, and top with remaining bread pieces. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk and maple syrup. Pour over the bread in the baking dish. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or nutmeg. With the back of a spoon or spatula, lightly press down to saturate bread with egg mixture. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.

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on the cover

Everyone’s Emergency Department By Kristie Darling | Photos by Lisa Crates Photography

Imagine a typical day at the park. Kids are playing on the jungle gym, skateboarders zip past your picnic, ducks make lazy circles on the lake. The peace and quiet is interrupted by a child’s frantic crying, and everyone rushes to her side. There’s blood and more tears. Who thought this sunny day could turn into an emergency? No one knows exactly what to do, but they do know it’s serious. Someone calls 911, and the little girl’s family soon finds itself at Iredell Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, very concerned and understandably, a bit frightened. “Even when you first enter our Emergency Department, we immediately begin to assess what’s going on and what you need first,” Dr. Bryan Beaver explained. “Our emergency team’s top priority is to rule out any life-threatening conditions.” Dr. Beaver is the medical director of Iredell Memorial’s Emergency Department. He 12

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On the cover–Rhonda Ruppe, Iredell’s Emergency Department director and Tameka Waiters, Emergency Department clerk Opposite page Emergency Department and general hospital entrance Left–Dr. Bryan Beaver, ED medical director; Dr. Jennifer Beatty, ED assistant medical director; and Dr. Jonathan Bringoff are just a few of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Emergency Medicine providers. Below–Dr. Bryan Beaver and Rhonda Ruppe lead the emergency department teams. Check-in at the Emergency Department leads a team of board-certified emergency medicine physicians and providers alongside Rhonda Ruppe, Iredell’s Emergency Department director, who oversees a highly trained, professional staff of registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, and support staff. Together, hospital staff and emergency specialists collaborate to provide anyone entering the emergency department with compassionate, expert healthcare. In the case of our injured child, a thorough examination is done, treatment is given, and the parents are told all they need to know for continued care at home. Perhaps they’ll get a prescription. At-home care, referrals to specialists, and follow-up instructions will be thoroughly explained. This scenario is typical, and each year, thousands of patients with minor or serious conditions are cared for at Iredell’s Emergency Department. “Our goal in the Emergency Department for a minor situation is to have a patient in and out in about an hour, from the time they enter our doors for treatment until the time they are discharged,” said Rhonda. While patients are treated based on severity, and patients brought in by EMS are typically seen first, those waiting are still undergoing some form of evaluation and/ or treatment. “Even if you are waiting, you are being cared for by our medical staff. Our teams of RNs, physicians, and support staff are dedicated to achieving a positive outcome for everyone IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2019

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Photos, left:

• Patients receive compassionate care from clinical professionals who are experts in emergency medicine. • Treatment begins on arrival at triage. Kyle Haynes, RN, and Anita Hoyt, PA, discuss patient treatment plans. • Iredell brings healthcare professionals closer to patients through advanced pharmacy technology.

Opposite page EMS personnel enter Iredell’s Emergency Department through a special entrance In an effort to combat the opioid crisis, Iredell has partnered with the Drug-Alcohol Coalition and local law enforcement to provide a medication drop box. as quickly as possible. Prompt, attentive, and compassionate care is given to each and every person who arrives, on their own or by ambulance.” Have a question about what to expect next, or want to know when you can expect to be seen? Just ask. “Staff is always available to answer your questions,” Rhonda said. AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME Emergency room visits can be life-saving. “If it hadn’t been for the keen attention I got in the ER at Iredell—if I’d just been treated for the nosebleed—I might not be here today,” Ken Powers shared. Ken’s wife insisted he go to the emergency room after a fall. “I passed out and broke my nose. In the ER, I passed out again, and immediately that triggered tests and a search for the cause. Turned out, I had an aortic aneurysm that the doctor said, ‘could go anytime.’ An ambulance ride to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for open-heart surgery and several months of follow-up with Iredell’s excellent rehab therapy team, and I’m good to go,” he said. “Every day I’m grateful that the emergency room staff were on their toes. They do an excellent job under stressful circumstances, and, you can tell they’re trained to take care of anything that presents itself, no matter what.” As in most hospital emergency departments, Iredell’s providers are contracted by an outside group. Iredell Memorial partners with Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Our partnership with Wake Forest Baptist adds a level of excellence and quality of care that benefits everyone. We’re able to incorporate new innovations, team training, and critical information faster and more effectively through this 14

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relationship with Wake Forest Baptist,” said Dr. Beaver, adding that while the providers play a crucial role in the care of every patient, the staff of the Emergency Department are exceptionally skilled and extremely capable. “Iredell is one of the strongest emergency teams I’ve ever seen.” COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLBEING The Emergency Department employs just over 100 employees, and there are about 1,600 people working throughout the entire Health System. The department aims to treat the whole person. They strive to make sure all their patients’ needs are met, even outside the healthcare arena. Providers, hospital and emergency room employees partner extensively with each other and with agencies throughout the communities they serve in Iredell, Davie, and Alexander counties. One example of community-wide collaboration is seen with efforts made to combat the opioid epidemic. “Communities everywhere are impacted by the opioid crisis and other public health concerns, and we take those issues very seriously,” Dr. Beaver shared. “We work with the Drug & Alcohol Coalition, the Sheriff’s Department, our school systems, and other agencies to help find solutions

to these health issues,” Rhonda said. “It’s just one of the many important ways we work to improve the health of the people we serve. Together, we’re saving lives.” IN OUR COMMUNITY “This is our community’s hospital,” Rhonda told me as she shared Iredell Health System’s story and the critical care that’s provided every day in the hospital’s Emergency Department. “People might not realize this is truly their hospital, the only nonprofit hospital in Iredell County. We’re locally owned and managed—no corporation is calling the shots. The hospital’s profits remain here in our community and are used to further improve and update medical technology and our highly trained staff. Our buildings and facilities are owned by the citizens of Iredell County. Decisions are made locally by people you know. Our trustees—more than 100 dedicated community leaders—our board of directors, and our staff are your neighbors…they’re intimately invested in your health and wellbeing. This is what drives our commitment to you and your family.” WHAT IS IREDELL HEALTH SYSTEM? What started in 1954 as a small, 100-bed hospital has become a comprehensive

health system spanning multiple cities and counties. The hospital now has 247 beds, but the services provided in the care of so many people every day extends far beyond the walls of Iredell Memorial. The number of people and families reached by all of IHS’s programs and service lines is vastly more, including through Corporate Wellness, Home Health, a Wound Care Center, Women’s and Children’s Services, and Skilled Nursing, among others, as well as extensive medical departments. There are Iredell Physician Network offices and clinics in Harmony, Hickory, Mocksville, Mooresville, Taylorsville, and Troutman. In any situation, emergency or not, the community can rest assured that anyone using services provided by Iredell Health System will receive compassionate, expert care. It’s a difference that Ken Powers says will keep him coming back to Iredell any time he has a healthcare need. “The people there are exceptional.” Learn more about Iredell Health System by visiting

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Left–Pet Pilgrimage Support Standing–Andrew Fuller, Michael Cook, vice president of operations; H. Mike Cook, owner; Leslie Reid, director; Randall Cruse, Shaun Cruse. Seated–Denise Dumford, Kylie Anderson, Marie Pauley. Dogs: Harley, Luna, Jack, Angus. Not pictured–Arthur Helms, Susan Humphrey and Megan Shalvoy

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fully equipped vehicle with a gurney, as well as a special angel blanket to wrap around your beloved pet.

Leslie Reid, director of Pet Pilgrimage, has put her heart and soul into the facility. Leslie has created a cozy place that reflects a love of animals. Whether you choose to gather friends and family for an intimate memorial service or spend final moments alone with your pet, Pet Pilgrimage is a comforting environment where you and Pet Pilgrimage is North Carolina’s only full-service pet funeral home offering the same services for pets as a traditional funeral home offers for family can honor your faithful companion in your own special way. people. Pet Pilgrimage staff is on call 24-hours a day, since the time of passing is unpredictable. The Pet Pilgrimage care givers’ compassion for pets and families shows in their dedication and the way they inFull-service at the pet funeral home includes pet cremation, memorial teract with clients. “Everyone grieves the loss of their pet services, and pet memorial keepsakes. Assistance with pet transportadifferently,” Leslie said. “We provide a setting that allows tion from your home or veterinary clinic to their facility is especially the grieving process to begin comfortably and peacefully helpful, and exceptional care is taken with each pet. When pet transportation is needed, a dedicated Pet Pilgrimage staff member arrives in a any time of the day or night.” It can be very difficult to lose a beloved pet. Pet Pilgrimage, a division of Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory, offers compassionate personal service and support at the most difficult time in a pet parent’s relationship with their companion—saying goodbye.

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Leslie also holds a pet loss grief support group the second Tuesday of every month to help families work through the pain of losing a pet. “It’s important for people to recognize their feelings and be with others who are experiencing the same kind of grief,” Leslie said.

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After assisting more than 500 families outside of Iredell County over the past few years, Pet Pilgrimage recently opened a 2nd location in Denver. “The families we have served in the Hickory area haven’t thought twice about driving to our Mooresville location,” Leslie said. “But we want to make sure we are as convenient as possible for families who need our services.”

pawprint set in ceramic clay, fur clippings, and remembrance wildflower seeds. Many other keepsakes, including personalized jewelry, are also available. Pet Pilgrimage gives back to the community through annual events open to the public. On August 10, they will host the 2019 Fur Ball Casino Night to benefit “Catering to Cats & Dogs,” an animal rescue and advocacy group. Another upcoming event is the annual Pet Life Celebration, September 8. This year, they will be honoring K-9 units as a way to remember Officer Jordan Sheldon.

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The Love of Classic Cars Article and photos by JC Summerford going to lose value. They’re not going to make any more of them.”

As a salesman for AP Vintage Motors, Tim Bolton relates to the memories expressed by so many of his customers. “Either their parents had one, or they had one,” he says. “People are looking for a car that means something for them.” He fondly recalls his first car, a ’71 VW Super Beetle. “I grew up around classic cars,” he adds. “I’ve always just had a love for them.” “We deal in the world of wants, not needs. This is not something that you need,” co-owner Matt Trubowicz says. “But it’s probably something that you’ve been thinking about for a long time. I like to tell people that I’m selling them appreciating assets. These cars are not 20

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Matt and co-owner Alex Prister started buying, restoring and selling cars about a decade ago in Colorado. Seeking a change of scenery, Alex drove through North Carolina and pronounced it “car country.” “He thought Statesville was a really cool town,” Matt explains. “It’s got that old school, Americana feel.” Alex loved the historic 10,000 square foot building on Mission Street near downtown. It had been a car dealership, Scarborough Chevrolet, in 1947. The two friends opened AP Vintage Motors there in 2013. AP sells about 15-20 classic and exotic cars per month, mostly on consignment. Matt’s favorites are vintage 4x4s, like Jeeps and Broncos, which are also their best sellers. Sellers reach potential customers on AP’s website, without dealing with the hassle of test drives. Customers can perform a

virtual walk-around of each car, examine defects, or listen to the engine. AP’s representatives answer questions on Facetime or Skype, as people around the globe shop from their living rooms. “They’ll ask to see this or that, so we can get the camera right up there, and let them see what they want to see,” Matt explains. The AP team welcomes people to come by in person to check out the cars. One of their best customers, now 80, has restored more than 300 cars himself since retiring at age 63. One of his cars, a baby-blue ‘56 Chevy BelAir, is racked in the warehouse, awaiting a new owner. Classic car enthusiasts are often fanatics about the smallest details. Tim recalls that a man came in to look at a ‘72 C-10 pickup truck. “This guy said, ‘Know how you can tell this is a ‘72? There’s a screw hole underneath the smoking window. That’s the only year they did that.’ And this guy knew that.”


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campus for recruitment interviews on a regular basis, offering tuition reimbursements, signing and relocation bonuses. An average course takes about 14 months to complete. Students complete a core curriculum and then branch out into areas of personal interest.

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Preparing Students for a Career in the Automotive Field By JC Summerford Remember when you simply unlocked your car door with a metal key and opened it? As you approach a modernday car, it recognizes you, unlocks the door, and by the time your seat, temperature, mirrors, and music have adjusted automatically, more than a dozen computers are involved. As cars become more complex, those who work on them have evolved along with them. Several hundred of these specialized technicians graduate every year from NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville. NTI grads can choose a number of automotive-related fields, from diagnostic technician to fleet manager to NASCAR mechanic. “NASCAR employers are looking for people who are passionate, competitive, highly professional,” empha22

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sizes Arlyn Davis, the school’s director of employment. “You’re talking about teams that have sponsors paying them 20-30 million dollars a year, and you’re representing those large companies, so professionalism is a big deal to the racing industry.” Only a few will wind up on a racing pit crew, however. NTI, a division of Universal Technical Institute based in Arizona, also offers career paths to car dealerships and manufacturing facilities. Since 1965, UTI has graduated more than 200,000 people from its 13 campuses. They’re looking for a steady job, a career change, or a transition from military service. Four of every five graduates get jobs in the industry. In fact, they are in heavy demand. Potential employers meet students on

The CNC elective—computer numerical control—teaches students how to create metal parts by programming robotic cutting machines. Instructor Craig Hibden, an automotive machinist by trade, has been at UTI since 2004. “Machinists are wired a little bit differently,” Craig admits. “We’re OCD. We’re always chasing perfection. Just that I can take something off a paper and make it into a 3D piece of work still amazes me.” CNC Students typically get a job in manufacturing, but they could make parts for cars, airplanes, boats, or even medical implements. “They can be an operator, a machine setup technician, a programmer, they could start their own CNC shop,” Craig says. “It’s just how far are they going to go on their own?” Student Dylan Jones likes the hands-on nature of the CNC labs and the encouragement he gets from his instructors. “I went to a university before this, but I didn’t fit in,” he says. “Here, I’ve learned so much in just two and a half weeks. Really, the opportunities are endless.” Elvira Villa is one of 19 female NTI students. A single mom of a six-year-old son, she’s always loved working with machines. “When I first came here I was nervous. I didn’t honestly know what to expect, or exactly what my goal was,” she says. “They showed me around, and I saw the machines. I was so excited! I said, ‘Oh, do I get to play with them?’” Elvira’s goal is to produce parts for the automotive or truck industry. She works 12-hour shifts at her old job, but always makes it to class on time. It’s hard, but she believes she’s on the right path. “As a mom you


have to be sure that every step you make is the right one. I decided this is something I’m going to be in all the way. I’m going to work hard, for my son.” Today’s dealership technicians must be sophisticated digital diagnosticians. NTI partners with 30 transportation brands such as Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Infiniti, and Ford to make sure students learn the exact skills they need. The companies help design the curriculum and provide their latest vehicles for students to work on. Ford Factory TTL (technical training leader) Jay Scion has worked in the automotive industry for 35 years, first in NASCAR, then at dealerships before signing on at UTI. “There is a huge demand right now for automotive technicians,” Jay says. “As fast as they can get through this building, we put them in positions. We certify them so when they go out to the dealerships, they’re immediately capable of working on a modern-day car.”

Instructor Craig Hibden with students Dylan Jones and Elvira Villa in the CNC (machining) area Photo by JC Summerford

When Spencer Provance first enrolled at NTI, he was convinced he wanted to work for NASCAR but changed his mind after a few weeks. “It’s fastpaced. I’ve already learned maybe double what I learned in the core classes, and they’re only going to be advancing from here,” Spencer says. Some students are gunning to up their game and get into an even more demanding program, such as BMW, Mercedes, or Porsche. Those dealerships select only a few, who must pass rigorous tests to get in. Twenty-year-old Hunter Sauza had an interview with Porsche on the day we visited. “It’s a big step in the right direction for me,” Hunter says. “They’re so prestigious. It’s an honor to go try and prove yourself and take on the challenge.”

Instructor Jay Scion with student Spencer Provance Photo by JC Summerford

Hunter has taken more than 18 courses in the past year. One invaluable lesson he learned was that a professional attitude, reliability, and appearance are as important as technical knowledge. “Porsche is really image-based. They strive to be the best. They’re looking for a specific kind of person with the right attitude, who is eager and wants to learn. The biggest challenge is just knowing everything all at once about these engineering marvels.” Photo by Blair Bunting IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2019

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On the Road Again...

Advice from Local Professionals Since the early 1900s when Henry Ford fathered the mass-production of automobiles, Americans have been in love with their vehicles. These machines not only allow us the freedom to travel but have come to represent style, comfort, and in some cases, prestige. The decision to purchase a vehicle is a major investment that requires many considerations like size, reliability, safety, cost of purchase, cost of maintenance, and functionality based on what it will be used for. With so many options available, we asked the experts to give us advice on buying our next form of transportation. Accidents happen, and we need to protect our investment. Some of our local body shops share sound advice for restoring our vehicles to maintain resale value and get us safely back on the road again. Check out the following pages before heading out on your next summer road trip. You may decide that the trip would be much more enjoyable when taken in the comfort and style of a new automobile!

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ADVICE FROM CAROLINA LUXURY IMPORTS How do I make sure a used car is in good shape? A CARFAX is very informative. It gives you a history of the vehicle and whether or not it has been involved in any accidents requiring repairs. We offer a CARFAX on every vehicle. A warranty is available on every vehicle that we sell once it has passed our multi-point inspection. A test drive can help, and you can also have a pre-purchase inspection done.

Should I consider a used car or a new one? Your average new car loses 15% the second you drive off the car lot. Buying a pre-owned vehicle is simply the smartest decision when looking to save money and reduce the chance of serious negative equity.

What is the best way to test drive a car? A test drive is important. You get the feel of the car, both in how it drives and its comfort. We recommend that you call or email the store directly to make sure the vehicle is available.

How do I know I’m getting a good buy on a used car? The Internet makes the car market really competitive. Many websites, such as Auto Trader and CarGurus, allow to you to compare prices and gauge whether the car is above market value or below. These websites offer resources and excellent services to help you get the best deal for you and your family. To assist you in accessing these resources and

make buying from us easy, we advertise on CarGurus, Auto Trader, Cars For Sale, and CARFAX. This helps customers feel confident and educated when making the right choice on their next vehicle. What do you offer that helps customers buy a used car from you? At Carolina Luxury Imports, we offer a CARFAX on every vehicle listed on our website. We have multiple options for financing and can always offer the most competitive interest rates. We have a very large selection of warranties that can be customized to the client’s needs. Customers are more than welcome to have a pre-purchase inspection done. Finally, we recommend that you check our reviews.

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ADVICE FROM LAKE NORMAN CHRYSLER What is the best time of year to buy a car? It used to be that October was the best month and the last day of each month was the best day, but with the strength of the internet now every day is the same. 365 days a year our sales team will make sure that shoppers receive the best value on their automotive purchase. Should I buy this year’s latest or last year’s model? Buying decisions should be made based upon the customer needs and the features and benefits of the model not the year. Should I consider a used car or a new one? There are benefits to both a new and used car. One thing to look for in a used car is a pre-owned certification which increases your warranties and gives you peace of mind.

Can you give us some tips for buying a car? • Start by selecting an automotive dealer that has positive online customer reviews and ties to the community...know who you will be buying your car from. • Extensive research can be done online. Check out the manufacturer’s website for features and benefits, and the dealer’s website for current inventory. • Know your financing options. Dealership finance directors are available at the time of purchase to explain those options and work with a variety of banks. • Negotiating with a dealer/owner can be done at a dealership where the dealer/ owner is available. This does not happen often. The beauty of the internet is that consumers can be comfortable walking into the dealership because the negotiating has already taken place. Dealers list prices based upon the market conditions.

• Most dealer websites have a tool that allows consumers to estimate their current vehicle’s trade-in value based upon condition and market demand. • Assistance with securing insurance can be done at the dealership at time of purchase if it has not been handled in advance by buyer. Customers may want to contact their current agent before making their new auto purchase. • Over 90% of consumers research vehicles online before heading out to their dealership of choice. This cuts down impulse buying. • When considering add-ons and warranties at the dealership, ask questions and answer questions––the experts can help you make decisions based upon your needs and how you will be using your new vehicle. Will you be driving long distances? Are you hauling a boat? • Test drive any vehicle you are considering to make sure it’s a good fit for you.

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ADVICE FROM RANDY MARION What is the best time of year (or month) to buy a car? Some dealerships may save their best deals for the end of the year. However, at Randy Marion, we concentrate on volume. We want to sell the most, and that means that we strive to ensure every vehicle has a great price, every day. So, it’s always a great time to buy a vehicle. Keeping an eye on manufacturer rebates and financing is crucial. Our staff works hard to keep customers informed and up to date on all manufacturer incentives. Should I buy this year’s latest or last year’s model? Every person’s situation is different. It really depends on the individual’s personal financial situation and their personal preference. What are your future plans?

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Do you plan to trade vehicles often, or drive it till the wheels fall off? Our sales staff is trained to help people work through these details. Should I consider a used car or a new one? Price matters. Often a used vehicle can be cheaper in price than a similar new vehicle. But once again, it depends on the person, and every person’s situation is different. Today, a manufacturer’s rebates, pre-paid maintenance plans, or financing incentives can often add a great value to a new car. So often, purchasing a new car over a used car is better in the long run. Can you give us some tips for buying a car? It is easy to buy a car today. Use the

Internet. Do your research. Information is readily available on the Internet. The research you do is your negotiating tool. The national average a car customer spends researching a vehicle is 14 to 17 hours before coming into the dealership. The typical buyer visits 1.3 dealerships on average. What’s the best way to test drive a car? The typical buyer keeps a vehicle 3 to 5 years, so it is very important to take your time when shopping. If buying a used car, how do I make sure it’s in good shape? One of the best ways is to ask for a copy of the service repair order when the dealer inspected the vehicle.


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New Member Spotlight Rick & Beth Davis are happy to be new members of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce. Rick has lived in Statesville since 1956; Beth joined the community in 1998. Rick has been teaching and influencing youth and the community for the last 40 years with his martial arts. Beth has been teaching fitness and health for the last 10 years and volunteers to help serve children involved with her favorite charity, Rainbow Kids. Both are committed to serving the needs of the community when it comes to helping others. Rick, Beth and their three children enjoy outdoor living and are passionate about health. Their family looks forward to serving you and Statesville for many years to come. 121 North Center Street, Suite 101 • Statesville, NC 28677 www.statesvillechamber.org • (704) 873-2892

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