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In case you missed it, here is the video of the $1.7 million Bugatti Veyron getting pulled out of a salt water marsh in Texas. While the car looks pretty intact, the salt will cause corrosion. Plus water likely went into the engine causing it to hyrdolock. The driver claims there was a low flying bird he was trying to avoid.

A GM/EBay deal went live on August 11th With over 225 California Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealers scheduled to post over 20,000 new vehicles on Ebay, GM is hoping that Ebay's 12 million monthly visits will boost sales via its special GM-branded portal and help move remaining 2008 and 2009 model year vehicles from its inventory.  With Ebay's "Buy it now and Best offer" sales formats, GM is making a measured bet on the new channel, and I'm sure other manufacturers will  be watching closely for signs of success. This offer runs from August 11th thru September 8th.  If you're in the market for a new car, it may be worth checking out.

We hear a lot of stories and get a lot of questions from drivers all over the country who are looking to save money by performing a repair themselves on their car.  We've heard everything from changing oil, to brake work, to replacing an intake manifold or fixing a check engine light that's just turned on. At RepairPal, we have spent a lot of time working with master technicians and with auto repair shop owners.  Getting to know the industry intimately is the best way that we can provide consumers with the information and advice that they need, when they need it.  One thing we learned immediately is that modern cars can be tough to fix, and even simple jobs can require specialized tools or special knowledge.  When it gets into emission control, which is what lights up that Check Engine Light or Service Engine Soon light, things can get extremely complicated, involving potentially dozens of computers and sensors.

A news story broke in California last week that Jerry Brown, California's Attorney General, and district attorneys in two counties are filing suit against the owner of 22 Midas repair shops, accusing him of defrauding his customers by luring them into shops with cheap brake job specials and then aggressively selling them services.  The suit apparently alleges that these additional services were not needed, and the claims in the suit are $222 million!! We hate hearing about this sort of incident because of the damage it does to the reputation of honest players in auto repair and also how it adds to the angst of customers needing help with service and repair.

Welcome to the sun-drenched Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia, home to world-class vintners and a vibrant wine community, oh and a very pricey Italian BBQ! Thanks to Morgan, hope you weren't renting this for the weekend!

I had fun watching Kasey Kahne bring home a win for Richard Petty a couple Sundays ago at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.  Kahne led the final 34 laps in his number 9 Dodge, and my son and I got some good video from our seats that I thought I'd post. Kahne drives for Richard Petty Motorsports, and as most know, Richard Petty is the all-time leading Nascar winner with 200 wins and seven championships.  Petty hadn't been to victory lane since April of 2009, when John Andretti won in Martinsville.

If you've visited Walt Disney World lately you may have seen the “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show” . Set in a Mediterranean village, a “spy thriller” is filmed live with explosions, jumps, spins and death defying stunts. The “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show” is based on the popular “Stunt Show Spectacular” enjoyed by visitors to Disneyland Paris. Check it out!

My jaw hit the floor when I saw a FD (1994) Mazda RX7 with the Z06 LS7, so I cannot imagine what a featherweight Miata with that kind of horsepower is like! The short wheelbase and sharp handling characteristics of the Miata would make this a fantastic track weapon with the reliability of factory stock parts.  Because these are factory engines, you could theoretically pass all of the California emissions requirements and run as clean, or cleane,r than the original engine.

When GM announced it will end the Pontiac Brand that GM started in 1927 as part of a restructuring that will close 13 plans and half of its dealerships at a cost of 21,000 factory jobs, my son and I were shocked. My love of Pontiac started with a 3-hour ride on a Greyhound bus with $300 in my pocket to buy my first Pontiac (a 1966 LeMans 326 V8 with a 4 speed).  Since then, I've always owned at least one Pontiac.  My son currently drives a 1974 Trans Am to high school, and he loves his car.  Everywhere he goes in that car people stop and stare.  Someone is always asking him if it is for sale.

We were saddened to hear from one of our users this morning that the Blass Bros Garage is Catawissa, Pennsylvania, was destroyed by fire last night.  The remarkable level of service provided by Blass Bros is apparent in the message we received from their customers. Blass Bros is featured in RepairPal's shop directory, and was the only repair shop serving the Catawissa community.  Our thoughts are with the owners and their families, and we wish them a very speedy recovery.