Neil Young’s Buick Sells for $400,000

Neil Young is perhaps one of the greatest singer-songwriters from the 1970s and is known for hits like “Cinnamon Girl,” “Old Man,” and “Ohio.” He also worked extensively with the bands Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield.

In addition to his musical endeavors, he also has an impressive collection of classic cars. Recently, Neil Young’s Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible from 1953 was sold at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles for $400,000. This beautiful red convertible included a steering wheel hub that says, “Customized for Neil Young,” and was in impeccable, restored condition.

Along with this classic car, more than 230 of Young’s model trains were put up for auction. Altogether, the Lionel trains fetched almost $300,000. Young has said that he started collecting model trains to help connect with his son Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy. A portion of the proceeds from this auction will go towards the Bridge School in California, which was co-founded by Young’s ex-wife Pegi Young in 1986 for severely disabled children.

Neil Young’s BuickWe at Rivard Buick GMC would love to take a drive in that beautiful red Buick Roadmaster Skylark. If you are looking for your own Buick convertible, come test drive the sophisticated Buick Cascada, available now at Rivard Buick GMC.

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January Events in Tampa

Just because the holiday season is over, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything left to celebrate. There is still plenty of fun to be had, especially here in Florida. Here are some January events in Tampa you should add to your calendar.

  • Rock the Park. On January 4th at Curtis Hixon Park, get ready to rock with a free concert from 6:30-9:30pm.
  • Three Kings Celebration. If you aren’t quite ready to give up on the holidays yet, head to the Three Kings Celebration at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. It runs from January 1st through the 6th.
  • Dali & Schiaparelli. Catch a glimpse of some fantastic haute couture inspired by the relationship and artistic endeavors of Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli. The showcase will run at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg through January 14th.
  • Gateways to the Caribbean. This exhibit explores the connection between Florida and Cuba that has existed for over 500 years. It will be open through January 28th at the Tampa Bay History Center.January events in Tampa

Which of these January events in Tampa are you most excited to attend? If you need a new ride for 2018, come pay us a visit at Rivard Buick GMC.

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2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Is the Second Buick to Feature Luxury Trim

2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir

2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir will be the second vehicle in the Buick lineup to offer the Avenir trim, after the Enclave, which Buick announced would carry the Avenir trim earlier this year. Originally described as a new luxury sub-brand for Buick, the Avenir name has transformed into a luxury trim that will slowly be rolled out across the Buick lineup.

The LaCrosse Avenir has the same shape and largely the same styling as lower LaCrosse trim levels, but its Avenir-exclusive upper and lower front grilles set it apart, as well as standard 19-inch wheels or available 20-inch wheels and Avenir badging.

Inside, the Avenir offers brown or black leather seating, standard Navigation, a panoramic moonroof, and more. All-wheel drive is available, as are driver assist features, and variable dampers for a softer ride.

These features are in addition to all the features that come on lower trims of the LaCrosse, like convenient wireless charging, heated front seats, Quiet Tuning™, and more.

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir will be available early next year. Pricing has not yet been announced. To hear more about the LaCrosse Avenir or the Enclave Avenir when they arrive, give us a call today at Rivard Buick GMC.

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You Have to Visit These Christmas Events in Tampa, Florida

Christmas Events in Tampa

Christmas Events in Tampa

Because it’s such a hot tourist spot, there’s always plenty to do here in Tampa, Florida—especially during the holidays! If you’re looking for a curated list of events to do this holiday season, you’re in luck! Here are some of the Christmas events in Tampa we’re looking forward to the most.

If you’re a fan of the arts, you’ll definitely want to check out Art on the House, where you can find tons of dazzling art exhibits every Friday from 4pm to 8pm until December 29th. You might also like a trip to Stageworks Theater to see the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, but make it quick—the last performance is on December 22nd!

For something more Christmas-themed, take a Christmas Lights Limo Tour around the city from now until December 29th. You can even customize the tour with particular destinations you’re interested in. Or, stroll through Christmas Town in Busch Gardens, which will be up through December 31st.

One unique event taking place on December 30th is Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets in Concert, a showing of the film that will feature the Florida Orchestra playing the gorgeous soundtrack by John Williams along with the film. If you’re a fan of music, Harry Potter, or both, this shouldn’t be missed.

There will be plenty of New Years celebrations going on around Tampa, so check out this list for more. From the staff at Rivard Buick GMC, we’re wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

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Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane and Cut Down on Stress When Weather Gets Ugly

Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane

Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane

When a hurricane is approaching the area where you live, it’s extremely important to prepare for unpredictable conditions and potential hazards. While taking steps to protect your home, though, don’t neglect your vehicle. In the event of an emergency, follow these tips from Rivard Buick GMC and prepare your car for a hurricane.

Fill gas tank and charge battery

In the aftermath of a hurricane, things like fuel and batteries can be extremely scarce. Before the weather turns ugly, fill you gas tank completely and make sure you’re battery is fully charged. A road ready car can be a major help if you need to evacuate.

Check oil, wipers, and tires

The last thing you want if help is temporarily unavailable is to break down and get stranded. If a major storm is approaching, check your oil, windshield wipers, and tires and make sure everything is in working order.

Pack emergency supplies

During hurricane season, keep a bag of essentials stowed in your car in case you need to unexpectedly evacuate. Be sure to pack water, food, clothes, flashlights, and a cellphone charger.

 

An approaching hurricane can cause serious stress and danger, but you’ll be more prepared if you take the time and ready your car with these simple tips from Rivard Buick GMC.

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GMC’s Brand Expansion Promises Exciting New Models

GMC’s Brand Expansion

GMC’s Brand Expansion

GMC has no trouble selling its signature SUVs and pickups—selling an impressive 700,000 vehicles each year in 12 countries—but the brand is looking to extend its popularity by introducing updated looks and luxury to their model lineup. What does GMC’s brand expansion mean for drivers, though?

If you’re already a diehard GMC enthusiast, you can expect more of the quality you love with more options than before. And if you’re on the fence about GMC, you can be sure the brand is committed to rolling out new vehicles that are perfect for drivers from all walks of life.

Already, GMC has rolled out an all-new Terrain compact SUV that features contemporary styling, real aluminum trim, advanced technology features, and an innovative new shifter design. This new SUV gives a look into GMC’s goal of distinguishing itself from the competition through bold looks and expert engineering.

For years, GMC has advertised under it’s signature “Professional Grade” slogan, but the brand hopes to demonstrate it’s interest in developing new, modern vehicles for today’s drivers with a new “Like a Pro” campaign.

Whether you’d never even dream of buying anything other than a GMC or simply curious about what GMC has going on, the idea of new models featuring entirely fresh ideas is a lot to be excited about. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC today to take a test drive and learn more about what GMC is doing to bring real innovation to real drivers.

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The All-New 2018 Buick Regal GS Breathes Life into the Sedan Segment

2018 Buick Regal GS

2018 Buick Regal GS

If the words “Buick sedan” conjure up an image up a hulking four-door with bench seating and outdated styling, you clearly haven’t been paying attention to what Buick has been doing.

The release of the all-new 2018 Buick Regal GS will forever change your notion of what a Buick is. With an updated and strikingly elegant exterior, luxurious and sporty interior, and plenty of raw power under the hood, the 2018 Buick Regal GS is a game-changer in the sedan category.

At the heart of the 2018 Buick Regal GS is an impressive 3.6-liter, naturally aspirated V6 engine generating 310 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine you’ll find under the hood of the unapologetically muscular Chevrolet Camaro. Pair this with a nine-speed transmission and an active twin-clutch AWD system, and the idea behind the all-new Regal GS is clear: to make a luxury sedan that is an absolute thrill to drive.

Inside and out, the 2018 Buick Regal GS exudes luxury and refinement. A restyled front end make for a sleeker, more angular and sporty look than previous models while premium appointments such as heated, ventilated, and bolstered sport seats offer an exhilarating driving experience.

With a price tag considerably lower than luxury offerings from competing automakers, the 2018 Buick Regal GS is a standout vehicle. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC to learn more or take a test drive of any of our models.

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Tailgating Tips for the Best Football Season Ever

Tailgating Tips

Tailgating Tips

The wait is finally over: football season has arrived again. What better way to celebrate the best time of year than with the best tailgating party ever? Pack up the cooler, load the grill into the truck, gather your friends, check out these tailgating tips, and prepare to have the time of your life!

Show up Early and Mark Your Spot

You’re not the only one who’s excited that it’s tailgating time. Show up early to make sure you snag the perfect spot in the stadium lot, and once you do, decorate your area with your team colors so your friends know where the party’s at.

Get Organized

Bring along a few common household items to improve your tailgating experience. A pop-up hamper and a trash bag turn into the perfect mobile trash can, and a toolbox transforms into a grill tool organizer. Get creative!

Turn Your Cooler into a Food Warmer

Coolers are just for keeping drinks cold, right? Wrong! Heat some bricks in your oven, wrap them in aluminum foil, and place them on top of some towels in a cooler to make the perfect food warmer for all your favorite tailgating fare.

Find the Perfect Truck

Tailgating without the proper vehicle can make game day a dud. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC today and find out what makes the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 the perfect tailgating pickup.

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Enclave Is the Most Googled Vehicle

Buick Enclave- The Most Googled Vehicle

Buick Enclave Is the Most Googled Vehicle

Ever wondered what the most Googled vehicle might be? Well, so did Gold Eagle, a company that makes car maintenance products. In order to satiate its curiosities, the company teamed with marketing agency Digital Third Coast who helped collect Google data. The agency looked at which vehicles were most often searched by state, then took a look at the national search volume.

The results? Our beloved Buick Enclave, a favorite here at Rivard Buick GMC, was the number-one searched vehicle in Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Buick Enclave is also the most Googled vehicle in the entire country over all.

We have to wonder whether Gold Eagle was surprised by this finding, but we sure weren’t. After all, SUVs are some of the most popular vehicles out there, and the mid-size Buick Enclave is a luxurious and sophisticated version.

Other states had their eyes on different types of vehicles. Big states like Alaska and Montana had their hearts set on big, heavy-duty pickup trucks. Only two of the states, Washington and California, had frequent searches for electric and hybrid vehicles. It’s hard to say how the Google search patterns will develop with time, but for now, we’re proud that the Buick Enclave is considered by so many to be a worth search.

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Fall Festivals Near Tampa, Florida

Festivals Near Tampa

Festivals Near Tampa

At Rivard Buick GMC, we love everything about living in the sunshine state—the sunny weather, the sunny people, and the fact that there’s always something to do. If you’re visiting the area, or just looking for something new to try, take a look at this list of upcoming festivals near Tampa this fall.

 

Clearwater Super Boat National Championship & Festival

It turns out that you can get your need for speed satiated with more than just a high-powered GMC vehicle. The Clearwater Super Boat National Championship will welcome thousands of visitors who will gather in Saint Petersburg, Florida for one of the biggest boat races in the state. Join the crowd from September 29th to October 1st, and take part in the parade and other live entertainment, too.

 

Suncoast Food & Wine Fest

Later this fall, head an hour south to Sarasota, Florida, where you can taste some of the finest local wines and foods while contributing to a worthy cause. The Suncoast Food & Wine Fest takes place on November 11, 2017 from 1-4pm. Tickets are $75 and proceeds go toward local charities in the Sarasota and Manatee counties.

 

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2017

From October 6-14, 2017, our very own Tampa will host its 28th annual International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Get your tickets now to join in on a week-long showcase of films that are made for, by, or about the LGBT community.

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