GMC Sierra HD Trucks Are Made for Working

There are many reasons to buy a GMC Sierra HD pickup, and one of those many reasons is for its excellent working capabilities. The GMC Sierra HD pickup was made for working in tough conditions on hard jobs. The GMC Sierra is perfect for jobs like plowing and hauling. Up north where snow falls more regularly than here in the south, the GMC Sierra pickup is often used for plowing in the snow. In fact, the GMC Sierra offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive plowing preparation packages. One of the key features of the Sierra’s plowing package is the flexibility of an adjustable torsion bar front suspension. The Sierra is the only vehicle that offers the torsion bar as part of its prep package.
“For plow operators, our torsion bar independent front suspension is a major differentiator,” said Sierra ride and handling engineer Chris Bither. “Our competitors’ beam axles can’t match it for traction on uneven surfaces and axle hop reduction.”
The engineers who designed the Sierra HD pickup knew how important it would be to businesses needing work vehicles so they set out to make just that. They especially kept the front axle loads in mind when designing the vehicles, knowing that the Sierra would need to handle all kinds of front axle loads. The torsion bars are also made for busy businesses, with the engineers having kept convenience as well as function in mind when designing them. The bars can easily be adjusted in a snap, using only a single wrench and just a couple minutes of time. This allows the driver to provide proper wheel alignment when as much as 1,000 pounds of weight is added to the front end of the vehicle.
The truck is also designed with three inch wide asymmetric leaf springs at the rear of the vehicle. This is to help the Sierra get the best possible traction and support heavy rear loads. This is ideal for those needing to use the vehicle for salt spreading, as the heavy equipment can easily be supported by the rear.
The four wheel drive Sierra HD  pickups are all available with the plow preparation package. The package comes with a back-up power source with emergency work lights on the roof, an extra strength 160-amp alternator, a high-flow front bumper, a forward and a trailer brake wiring harness, a skid plate, and the high capacity air cleaner which includes an auxiliary transmission oil cooler. And the truck even with all of the modifications is still covered under the standard GMC warranty. The GMC Sierra HD pickup is the only light duty pickup that offers a plow prep package!
“Even the smaller details of Sierra were designed with plowing in mind,” added Bither, “Our optional 17- and 18-inch all-terrain tires were developed for excellent snow traction.”
And the engineers who developed the Sierra and made sure it could handle important work duties also made sure to include many of the standard handling and comfort features that customers have grown to know and love.

“Our new trucks hold a plow and sander with very little sag at the wheels,” said Andy Ryder, a small business owner of JAMS Lawn Care in Bangor, Maine, who remains loyal to the Sierra HD pickups in his business.  “But Sierra’s seat comfort, ride, and handling are what keep us happy. And the power and performance when plowing is awesome.”
If you are interested in how we can help your business with a new Sierra HD pickup please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!

What to Do If You Are In an Accident

Getting in an accident can be a very scary thing, especially if it is your very first one. Even the most careful of drivers can’t always avoid the occasional fender bender. And even if you are a really good driver there’s no guarantee that all the other drivers on the road are just as careful as you are. Even in an accident when no one gets hurt it can still be nerve wracking and many people don’t know what the first step is for getting things cleared up and moving on.

Before we address exactly what to do when the accident occurs it is important to think about what we can do ahead of time to be prepared for an accident. One way to do this is to keep an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle. Many people don’t do this because they assume they will never be in an accident since they are a good driver, but it can happen to anyone. In the accident preparedness kit drivers should be sure to have a disposable camera or other camera for taking pictures of the damage to turn in to the insurance company. They should also carry a pen and pad of paper to take notes such as taking down the other driver’s information. The other things that should be included in the preparedness kit would be vehicle information and medical information. You should always have your vehicle registration with you when you are driving your vehicle. Even if you are not going to be in an accident there is always the chance that you will be pulled over or that you will run through a license and registration check. The other important thing to have on hand is your vehicle insurance card. You will need the information on the card such as your insurance policy number when you talk to an officer or the other driver. Keeping a list of allergies and other pertinent medical information in the vehicle could also be very important. If you are in an accident and are injured, it could be very useful to the hospital staff to have this information without having to ask you for it or call around asking your family for the information.

Once you have actually been hit the first thing to do is to stay calm. Many people’s first reactions when they are involved in an accident is to panic. Sometimes you may not even realize that you’ve been hit right away. After you calm down you should signal to the other driver for both of you to move off the main road in order to allow traffic flow to continue as normal. If you cause a congestion of traffic, especially in an intersection, you could cause others who do not see you in time to have further accidents. If you or the other driver are injured and you believe it would be dangerous to move then don’t move! Hurting yourself further could result in more serious injuries. And if the vehicle is damaged so that it cannot be moved then be sure to put on your hazard lights and remain buckled inside the vehicle for your safety until help arrives. When you have determined that you either can or cannot move the vehicle or yourself, then call for help from the police and an ambulance if anyone is injured.

If there are no serious injuries and you can move your vehicle off the road then you should get out of your vehicle and speak with the other driver. It is important that you exchange information so that insurance companies can contact the other driver. You should do this while waiting for the police to arrive, although the police may have a form available for you that is specifically for exchanging information with the other driver. When you exchange information you’ll want to be sure that you include your names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and license plate numbers. Also it is important to write down the name of the insured if it is different from the name of the driver. A written description of each vehicle may be necessary, including make, model, year, and VIN number. Be sure to write down the location of the vehicle and your statement on the chain of events.

The next step is to document the damage. This is where the disposable camera comes in handy. It is important to take pictures as well as a written description of the damage that has occurred so that you can file a claim with yours or the other insurance company. If there were any witnesses try to get them to give their information and a statement. Their testimony can help if the other driver disputes your version of events.

Be sure you file an accident report. It depends on your location as to whether or not a police officer will be dispatched to your accident. Many states and cities do not dispatch emergency services unless there are injuries involved in the accident. Even if no officer will be dispatched, you still need to file an accident report. You can do that as your local police station or at the DMV. The police report can help your insurance company to speed up the claims process.

Finally it is time to call the insurance companies and file your claim. Sometimes people may choose not to involve the insurance company and will choose to cover the cost of damages themselves, especially if the damages are minor. This is usually a bad idea however, because it can cause someone who was not at fault to have to pay out of pocket for damages. If the other party is liable their insurance company should reimburse you for any damages to your vehicle and any costs associated with the accident such as medical bills and rental vehicles. Always file your claim as soon as possible so that the claim is on record before you call for a tow or call for a rental vehicle. This way you will be able to know what your insurance company covers and what you should be reimbursed for if the accident was your fault or no fault.

Accidents can be really nerve wracking and tend to leave people a little shaken up. That’s why its always comforting to know that you have a safe and sturdy vehicle to keep you from being damaged as much as possible in the event of an accident. GMC and Buick vehicles were all designed with safety in mind, and are all well prepared to provide the driver and all the passengers the best possible outcome in the event of an accident. OnStar is also a great tool for those involved in an accident. It can help you if you are panicking after the accident occurs so that you can get the help you need when you may not have the wherewithal to call for help. If you would like more information on how we can help you find an excellent and safe vehicle, or repair a Buick or GMC vehicle that has been involved in an accident, please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!

New Technology in Carbon Fibers May Soon be Ready for Cars

GM has been working hard to develop new technologies in the automotive industry. Recently GM has developed new technologies in brakes, powertrain, Z-link suspension, and they are even working on developing the next generation in the small block engine. And now the most recent new development in GM engineering comes from a partnership with Teijin Limited which is a company that is making strides in the carbon fiber and composites industry. Together GM and Teijin will work to create a new carbon fiber composite technology that can be mass marketed for use in high volume GM vehicles.

Teijin has developed a very advanced technology in the world of carbon fibers which has led to this co-development pact. Teijin developed what is known as CFRTP, carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic technology. This technology is a quick and efficient way of developing carbon fibers which means it may now be able to be used in the development of mainstream vehicles.

Teijin currently works with very specialized and custom automotives, designing carbon fiber systems for these vehicles. But working only with custom made vehicles is limiting for the company, and this new pact may allow them to spread out their portfolio to develop something much more useful on a widespread scale.

“Our relationship with Teijin provides the opportunity to revolutionize the way carbon fiber is used in the automotive industry,” said GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky. “This technology holds the potential to be an industry game changer and demonstrates GM’s long-standing commitment to innovation.”

Part of the development of this new technology for widespread use involves Teijin building new facilities near GM’s facilities which will bring new jobs in the automotive industry to America. Teijin plans to build a new facility in the northern U.S. early next year, which it will call the Teijin Composites Application Center.

The reason that this is such a great new development in the world of automotives is because of the fact that carbon fiber is ten times stronger than regular grade steel and is actually only one fourth of the same weight as steel. This means the development of light weight and still sturdy and hefty vehicles. This can bring about vast benefits to American consumers by providing them with the strength and durability that comes with high weight vehicles without the cars actually being very heavy. The lighter weight the vehicle actually is then the better fuel economy for the driver

Not only does the new carbon fiber technology produce this amazing material, but the main reason it may be able to be utilized in the manufacturing of cars is because of the fact that the material can be produced in under a minute using Teijin’s patented technology. All other methods currently available for the manufacture of carbon fiber vehicles take much more time to create.

The use of this new technology can also help GM to meet standards of fuel economy and environmental protection that are growing stricter and stricter as more and more awareness about the environment is being developed.

“Teijin’s innovative CFRTP technology, which promises to realize revolutionarily lighter automotive body structures, will play an important role in GM’s initiative to bring carbon fiber components into mainstream vehicles,” said Norio Kamei, senior managing director of Teijin. “We believe our visionary relationship with GM will lead the way in increased usage of green composites in the automotive industry.”

Hopefully this new technology can be brought to the market sooner rather than later, but we’ll just have to see. GM and Teijin have said that they will announce the release of the new technology when they are closer to having it ready. In the meantime, if you would like more information on how we can help you with a new vehicle, please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908 for more information!

Jessica Harmon, Staff Writer, CCP Web Design

GM Develops New High Tech Brakes

GM has endeavored to create a new chemical makeup for the components of their brakes in order to hopefully fix the problems associated with rusty brake rotors. These problems should soon be a thing of the past with this new technology that is set to perhaps double the life of the typical brake rotor, in effect saving customers a lot of money over the course of the life of their vehicles.

The new technology in question was developed by GM engineers in recent years and has helped with the process that corrodes brakes, something which normally requires the replacement of the vehicle’s rotors. This new technology is actually a process by which the brakes can be made corrosion proof by super heating the rotors. The oven that the rotors are placed in is made large and filled with nitrogen which causes the atoms of nitrogen to attach themselves to the rotors which hardens and strengthens them.

GM engineers have named this new technology Ferritic Nitro-Carburizing which they abbreviated with the letters FNC. This new process will soon be used as a standard treatment for parts of the vehicle’s powertrain, and has already been used on many powertrain parts on the market today.

GM has been studying the effectiveness of this process since 2008. In the cars that were tested, warranty claims on the brakes went down by seventy percent! Recently GM also asked consumers what bothers them most about their cars. Forty percent of vehicle owners in the study listed corrosion as one of their top three problems. Brake parts were also listed as one of the top concerns for many vehicle owners.

The technical expert on this project, Jim Webster, saw that oxidation that was caused by environmental factors used to be a huge problem for many vehicle owners, which is why he and his team decided to work on this project. GM discovered that the majority of vehicles in the U.S. are regularly exposed to many oxidizing elements like acid rain, intense sunlight, snow, ice, and salt.

FNC also does not affect the braking performance of the vehicles that it is placed in. In fact, FNC actually improves the performance of most vehicles’ brakes because it makes sure there is no rust built up on the brakes which lessens the friction on the brakes. FNC rotors also allow less brake dust to build up in the rotors.

GM expects FNC to be a key component to the majority of its vehicles by the 2016 model year. Right now it is available in both the Buick LaCrosse and the Buick Regal.

“Rotors aren’t a cheap thing to replace,” said Jim Webster. “So doubling the average life expectancy of the brake rotors from 40,000 to 80,000 miles is something we think our customers will appreciate.”

GM is the leader of the new FNC technology. It is the only automaker right now that has engineered the proper way to use FNC on brake rotors and has several patents on the process in the works. This is just one more technology on the growing list that marks GM as the leader in automotive innovations according to the U.S. Patent Board.

“GM engineers are pushing forward with innovative technologies that meet the demanding needs of our customers,” said John Calabrese, vice president of Global Vehicle Engineering.

If you would like more information about getting a new FNC treated vehicle please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!

Check Out Our “Dog Days of Summer” Pet Celebration Day Pictures!

Dog Days of Summer Pet Celebration
Dog Days of Summer Pet Celebration on June 4th Was Fun!
Customers Enjoyed the Pet Celebration with Their Dog
Customers Enjoyed the Pet Celebration with Their Dog

We had a great time at the “Dog Days of Summer” Pet Celebration Day on Saturday, June 4! The event ran from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks in Matthews, NC. Customers who registered at our event will receive a free custom-sized harness for their dog, on behalf of Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks. Thank you to those who came to the celebration kick-off event!

WBTV Weatherman, Eric Thomas, with Kim McCorkle, and Officers Capotosta & Brown
WBTV Weatherman, Eric Thomas, with Kim McCorkle, and Officers Capotosta & Brown
Many people showed up and met Eric Thomas, the popular Meteorologist for WBTV in Charlotte, NC. Don’t miss out on the video link below from the WBTV News on that day. Eric gave us a great show. It’s hilarious!

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Kristen Stone From K-9 HangOut
Kristen Stone From K-9 HangOut Giving Training Tips to a Customer and Their Pet

Customers also got free tips and giveaways from our dog trainers Doris Anderson of K-9 Bootcamp, Kristen Stone of K-9 Hangout & John Holland of Dogmatic Training. Special “pooch guests” gave a great performance on the agility course.

Kristen Stone with K-9 Hangout & John Holland with Dogmatic Training
Kristen Stone with K-9 Hangout & John Holland with Dogmatic Training

Officer Darrell Brown with Liberty, the Police Bomb Dog
Officer Darrell Brown with Liberty, the Police Bomb Dog

Officers Peter Capotosta and Darrell Brown were also there to talk about their special Police dogs. They have worked together on with the Police dogs for about 20 years on the force, and even went to the Police Academy together. A few years ago, Scott McCorkle sponsored their current bomb dog. They named the dog Liberty in his company’s honor, and she is a very impressive German Shepherd, indeed. I know I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side!

Doris Anderson from K-9 Bootcamp
Doris Anderson from K-9 Bootcamp Showing Off "Yukon's" Tricks

Pet owners also need to restrain pets with safety harnesses to keep them from being harmed as easily. Sudden stops and especially vehicle accidents can kill your pet too. Harnesses can be used to restrain them but not make them uncomfortable. Make sure that you find a pet safety harness that is approved for vehicle use. You don’t want your special pal to be hurt or killed. Please take this advice!

Many impressive vehicles can found at any of the Charlotte, Matthews or Monroe, Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks locations. For more information, visit, or call us at 888-306-1908.

Don’t forget to Post Your Pet’s Photo on our Facebook Page for a Chance at $500 Cash! Click Here to Enter!

CCP Staff Writer: Kimberly Brouillette, 6/14/11

Demo Vehicles On Sale Right Now! Hurry for Best Selection!

Liberty Buick GMC Trucks Demo Cars Available!
Liberty Buick GMC Trucks Demo Cars Available! Hurry for best selection!

Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks is offering several excellent condition “demo” cars at amazing prizes! Check out the available stock in Charlotte, Matthews & Monroe, NC at our dealership.These are excellent deals but there are not many on the lot. Each of these gently-used vehicles has had quality care and excellent maintenance through Liberty’s service department. Hurry in for best selection on these special cars! Click here for more information. You can also visit or call us at 888-306-1908 for more information.

CCP Staff Writer – Kimberly Brouillette, 6/1/11

Chance to Win $500 for the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks’ “Dog Days of Summer” Celebration!

2011 "Dog Days of Summer" Pet Celebration
"Dog Days of Summer" Pet Celebration on June 4, 2011 from 10AM-2PM

Enter your pet in the contest to

WIN $500 CASH! It’s easy!

Register your pet in the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks “Co-Pilot Pal” Contest.

From May – September, 2011, we invite you to join Liberty Buick GMC Trucks of Charlotte, Matthews & Monroe, NC for the first “Dog Days of Summer” Celebration!

  • Simply take a photo of your pet (dog, cat, bird, hamster or other creature) in, or on, your vehicle.
  • Go to the Liberty Buick GMC Truck’s Facebook page, and share your photo on the page to enter.
  • All entries will be considered, however they must meet the criteria.

Don’t Miss the “Dog Days of Summer” Kick-off Event!

Where: Liberty Buick GMC Trucks, 9028 E Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC

When: Saturday, June 4, 2011

What Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Event Features:

  • Charlotte’s Favorite Weatherman, WBTV’s Eric Thomas from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Free Pet Training Instruction
  • Dog Demonstrations by “That’ll Do Again,” a pet rescue organization from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Free Hot “Dogs” & Sodas
  • A Free Dog Harness with Test Drive
  • Pet experts will be on the lot to give you free training tips. Free pet harnesses will be given to those who bring their pet and take a test drive. No purchase is required. (See entry rules for details.) Come by and have a great time at Liberty Buick GMC Truck’s first “Dog Days of Summer” Pet Celebration. Good luck!

    “Dog Days of Summer” Photo Entry Rules:

    1. Please do not put your pet in danger in order to take photos.

    2. The animal in your photo must be registered to your family.

    3. Any type of pet can be photographed, as long as it will fit in the vehicle. (We will accept elephants that can pull a GMC Truck.)

    4. Employees of Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks are not eligible.

    Submitting: All submissions for the “Dog Days of Summer” contest must be entered by sharing your photo on the Liberty Buick GMC Truck’s Facebook page.

    Entry Deadline: Contest entries will be accepted through the close of business 5 PM EST on September 14, 2011. On September 15, 2011, the winner will be posted at 12:00 Noon EST on the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks’ web site, and the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks Facebook page.

    Entries: One entry per household, please.

    Prizes: One lucky “Co-Pilot Pal” will win $500 in cash from Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks at 12 Noon on September 15, 2011. The winner will also have their photo posted on the web site and Facebook page. All eligible entries will be included in a raffle. The winner will be picked by Donna Moffett Accountants, LLC.

    Publication and Display: Submission of an entry constitutes agreement to allow photographs to be reproduced, published and/or exhibited for promotional purposes by the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks and CCP Web Design Studios. Entrants grant the right to publish their name, city and state in print or other media in connection with the photo contest. By submitting any photo, contestants hereby certify that the photo is his/her original work and has never been copyrighted, or, if copyrighted, that he/she is the sole copyright owner. Contestants understand that it will be published on the Internet and in promotional materials. No photo entry will be published in any manner contrary to the purpose in which it was submitted.

    CCP Staff Writer – Kimberly Brouillette, 5/18/2011


    Great Sierra Savings! Up to $10,000 Off List Price

    2011 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Truck

    Save up to $10,000 off of the list price on new GMC Sierra trucks at Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC! These impressive trucks may be found at any of the Charlotte, Matthews or Monroe Liberty Buick GMC dealer locations.

    The GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck is available in 2WD and 4×4 truck. You can also choose from regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab body styles, with a variety of V8 engines on tap. The Sierra 1500 pickup truck is capable of towing up to 10,700 lbs or hauling a payload up to 1,909 lbs.*

    The GMC Sierra 2500HD pickup truck is ready to tackle almost anything! This GMC model is also offered in regular-cab, extended-cab, and crew-cab body styles, and is available as a 2WD truck or a 4×4 truck. A variety of V8 engines are available, including a remarkably powerful Duramax diesel. Sierra 2500HD pickup trucks are able to tow up to 15,800 lbs or haul a payload up to 3,924 lbs.*

    In addition, the 2011 GMC Sierra is available with the luxurious Denali package. This includes many enhancements, including a four-bar chrome grille, door/door handle chrome accents, and new polished, 18- and 20-inch, forged-aluminum wheels. Inside, the superior Bose audio system, power-adjustable pedals, 12-way power seats, and brushed aluminum trim make their own statement. Optional features are available, such as  heated steering wheel, as well as, heated/cooled seats.

    Decide what you need in order to choose the right GMC Sierra truck for you. Ask yourself what your job requires, and the GMC Sierra truck has an answer. Create your perfect GMC Sierra pickup truck, and save up to $10,000 off of list price! 

    With all of the possibilities available, it’s no wonder that families, commuters, and contractors alike all make the GMC Sierra 1500 their pickup truck of choice. For more information on the powerful 2011 GMC Sierra truck, visit, download the 2011 GMC Sierra brochure here, or call 888-306-1908. 

    *Depends on the configuration and whether a 2WD or 4WD drivetrain is selected.

    CCP Web Design Staff Writer: Kimberly Brouillette, 4/25/11