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I highly recommend getting a copy of Mike McCarey's Cakenology Vol 1: Car Cakes DVD.  He walks you through all the planning, baking, and decorating steps of making a carved car cake.  He even gives you the recipes he uses.   Best of luck!!
I have used edible chalk before and it works well on fondant:   http://www.abesmarket.com/edible-veggie-sidewalk-chalk-the-original.html?utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=5016&utm_source=google&mr:trackingCode=8AB9BB9F-7BF5-E211-B773-BC305BF933C0&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=36364712125&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:filter=18283950120&gclid=CNbZrfSahr4CFUQF7Aod-BcAZg
I just posted a mini tutorial on making these ruffle roses this morning.  They stuck to buttercream just fine for me, but my buttercream doesn't crust, so your mileage may vary.   http://cupadeecakes.blogspot.com/2014/04/ruffle-ribbon-rose-tutorial.html  
Someone mentioned dry ice, if you decide to use it, please make sure you do so safely.  Dry ice is meant to be used in a well ventilated area.   http://www.dryiceinfo.com/safe.htm
Humming bird bodies are probably more about the texture than looking like feathers, and even the wings aren't terribly feathery looking.  Having said that, do you have access to wafer paper?  It might make really good hummingbird wings.  I know this isn't the best answer, but I wanted to try to help with your dilemma.  
Summers in GA get really hot and humid too.  Even though I prefer buttercream, I recommend fondant for outdoor summer weddings.  I warn them about the buttercream melting, the possibility of insects flying and sticking into the icing, and the food safety issues (although there's so much sugar in there that's really the least of my concerns). If they decide to ignore my professional recommendation, I pull out a hot weather rider to tack on to my contract that they sign...
+1 here for charging exactly the same price for all the reasons already mentioned above.
Assuming you have access to the sedan now, go ahead and figure out the flattest part of the car.  Do the seats fold down flat, or can you slide the passenger seat way back and sit the cake in the floorboard?  If not, use towels, shelf liner, plywood, or whatever you need to turn the back seat into a solid, level surface.  Don't be afraid to get the cake board or some dummies out there for a "dry fitting".   Once that's done, just make sure you support each tier of the...
Kickbacks are not unheard of for venues.  In my area, there are 3 types of venues:   1)  The ones that recommend you for free because they like you and/or know you do great work   2)  The ones that recommend you because you pay an annual fee to be on their "preferred vendors" list.  This is sometimes hidden as an advertisement fee for some type of bridal book.   3)  The ones that recommend you for a percentage kickback.   I tried the percentage kickback with one...
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