Here’s How to Deal With Flood Damage

Not all car problems are created equal, and perhaps the most frustrating car problem of all is dealing with the aftermath of a flood. Flooding can occur in any number of unexpected scenarios, from a heavy rain to a hurricane.

 

Here is a step-by-step of what to do if your vehicle should become flooded:

  1. Take stock of all potential damage. Look at how deep the floodwaters are in comparison to your car. Note what type of water it is: saltwater will be more damaging to your vehicle than freshwater.
  2. Do NOT start your car. If you ignite your engine after it’s been flooded, you will only cause more damage.
  3. Act fast. No matter what type of water you’re dealing with, corrosion can occur before you know it. Start drying out your vehicle immediately. If you need to move your car out of the flooded area, contact a towing company to have it moved. Note that before you tow, you may need to drain your oil and transmission fluid, depending on the severity of the flood.
  4. Lift the hood. Here is where you’ll find all the clues to determine how severe the flooding was. Check the dipstick for water droplets. Remove any cylinders with water contact and check for corrosion.
  5. Clean out the cabin of your vehicle. You will want to remove as much moisture as you can as quickly as possible. Use a wet vacuum to remove standing water and rags to absorb all water that has soaked into fabric seating or carpeting. If you can, remove the seats, cushions, and mats for extensive drying.
  6. Check the fuel. There may be water inside the fuel tank. You will likely need to flush out all old fuel and replace it with fresh gasoline.

Schedule an appointment with Trent Cadillac’s service department for comprehensive repairs, and your trusty ride will be back up-to-snuff in no time.

Explore the Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace
One Historic City

Tyron Palace In The State’s First Capital

Living in New Bern means you’re living in one of the most historic cities in the United States. The city is the home to Tryon Palace, which was North Carolina’s first permanent state capital. This beautiful palace and grounds once housed colonial governors and boasts more than 14 acres of gardens. Listed as one of New Bern’s most popular attractions, the Tryon Palace is set to host a number of events during the next few months. Here are a couple that we strongly recommend that you attend.

Spring Garden Lovers’ Weekend

Taking place on Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, Spring Garden Lovers’ Weekend is a weekend that truly lets you enjoy the wonders of spring. During this weekend, admission to the gardens will be free, so bring a loved one along to stroll through the luscious grounds, see the spring flowers, and enjoy the tulips in bloom.

Spring Heritage Plant Sale

During the same weekend as the Spring Garden Lovers’ Weekend, you can enjoy the Spring Heritage Plant Sale. Located on the Daves House Lawn, the plant sale will display various perennials, annuals, herbs, trees, and shrubs that you can purchase for your own garden. These plants have been reared with great love and care, grown locally in our greenhouse or by local growers. All proceeds will go to benefit the Tryon Palace.

If you need a vehicle to get you to the Tryon Palace in style, then be sure to stop by Trent Cadillac New Bern, NC.

Cadillac XT4 Unveiled at New York International Auto Show

Cadillac XT4
Cadillac Luxury Crossover SUV

Meet The Cadillac XT4

The first-ever Cadillac XT4 is here and arrives to impress. The XT4 is one of the most highly-anticipated models to be released by the automaker in quite some time, and its style and specs match the interest of many of Trent Cadillac’s customers. You may have caught a glimpse of this vehicle while watching the Oscars, as Cadillac ran various ads during the awards show including one that showcased the sleek exterior of the XT4. Cadillac unveiled the vehicle in full on March 28th at the New York International Auto Show.

Luxury Compact Crossover SUV

The XT4 is a luxury compact crossover SUV that offers incredible power, design, and technology. Despite its compact size, the XT4 is big on features. It will come equipped with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed transmission, offering 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Although fuel efficiency ratings have yet to be confirmed, it’s expected to get a respectable 30 mpg on the highway, achieving the perfect balance of power and efficiency. To harness the power of the XT4, you’ll sit back in its upscale interior that features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and comfortable seats—in fact, the fronts seats have an available massage function and the rear seats boast best-in-class rear legroom.

Cadillac Infotainment System

The XT4 is also smartly equipped, offering a Cadillac User Experience infotainment system and available wireless charging. What’s more, the XT4 will offer available advanced safety features besides its standard Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist, such as Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Here at Trent Cadillac in New Bern, NC, we can’t wait until the all-new Cadillac XT4 arrives on our dealership’s lot.  

Valentine’s Day Activities: Things to Do in New Bern, NC

Valentine’s Day is nearing, which means many businesses in the area are preparing for a surge in customers. Whether you’re getting flowers and chocolates or trying to find a romantic restaurant, there are a number of places to visit in New Bern. That’s why we at Trent Cadillac have created a list of spots to visit and things to do on Valentine’s Day.

According to WITN, you should stop at Occasions to Celebrate. Whether you’re looking for presents for a special someone or you just want to let others know that you care, you can find most of what you need at this retailer. As Scott Price, the co-owner of Occasions to Celebrate, says, “Roses, stuffed animals, and balloons. We do a lot with all three of those categories and chocolates.”

There are also tons of restaurants in the area. We won’t list them all, but there are some to consider if you’re looking for fine-dining. Bay Leaf is great for those who love Indian food, while Morgan’s Tavern is a classic steakhouse. Bakers Kitchen has vegetarian options for those who have dietary restrictions, while La Rosa has classic Italian that’s perfect for any date night.

Looking for Valentine’s Day activities? If your date loves games, you should consider Room Escape Games. Boat tours can be romantic for many, though it may be a bit chilly this time of year, and the Bear City Fudge Company is great for those with a sweet tooth. These are just some of the many things you can do during Valentine’s Day this year.

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