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Recently your website was mentioned in an A/P article by DeeAnn Durbin. It said that in an effort to appeal to women, auto mfgrs. are offering cooking demos, male models and tours. Are they serious? I am female, in my mid 60,s and have some disposable income for a somewhat higher end new car. I want to shop for this car myself but am too intimidated. What if these mfgrs. offered classes in choosing a dealership, how to purchase a vehicle, or a basic class in understanding mechanic lingo. I think the cooking class/male model idea is very patronizing and condescending and in reality I am unwelcomed at a dealership on my own. Thanks for listening. Carol

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Colleen McGee, Driving Instructor at Americas Driving School Hi Carol. I agree auto dealerships and mechanic shops should try to help women AND men become more knowledgeable about the vehicle they have or will buy.. The best thing you can do is be prepared and do thorough research about the dealership, the car you want and the best way to finance it BEFORE you go to the dealership. Bringing someone who knows about buying cars helps a lot. AskPatty.com is a good place to start.

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