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Sherice Bellefeuille

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Sherice grew up in a family that is deeply engrained in the automotive business world. Her grandfather worked for Firestone Complete Auto Care for forty years and her mother has worked in a variety of different dealerships in different capacities for thirty years. Because of her mother's close connections in the dealer world, she was also drawn in to working in the business office with her mother at a very young age and ever since then, she has worked in the automotive world.

Sherice graduated from Smith College with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Economics. Her attendance at this all women's college, gave her insight into the societal imbalance that women face. Because of her love of the automotive world and her pride in being a woman, she decided to return to the automotive industry to help empower women in a male-dominated industry.

Her first automotive related position out of college was as a Field Claims Adjuster for Infinity Insurance. There she learned how to estimate the damages on a car and to help people through a difficult time. Her next position was with Firestone Complete Auto Care as a Service Advisor and Sales Consultant. There she learned the importance of car maintenance and how it greatly impacts the safety of your vehicle. After her position with Firestone, she moved back into the dealer world where she could fully embrace her automotive passion.

At LAX Hyundai, and later Puente Hills Hyundai, she began working in the Service Department as Cashier and Service Advisor and quickly moved on to other departments within the dealership. She moved into the business office and continued working there until she decided that it was no longer the right fit for her. At that point, she turned to the sales department where she responded to leads online and over the phone, was in charge of online marketing, and assisted the General Manager in month end reporting. There, in the sales department, is where she encountered the Certified Female Friendly program.

Once she went through the certification process, she absolutely loved what the program was working toward changing. What they do for dealerships and automotive businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada is a necessary service in today's economy and to service women's needs. She realized that to work towards her goal of creating balance for women in a male dominated industry, that she needed to work with a company whose goal was to change it.

She is now currently a Service Advisor with a large dealer group in Southern California and is also working with AskPatty as a Project Manager and Marketing Consultant. These two positions help her work towards her personal goal of educating automotive businesses on the wants and needs of women.

Sherice Bellefeuille recently answered these important automotive questions:

Hi Patty, I was searching for some jewelry for my wife Kathy and saw a couple of Porsche jewelry pieces. One was a 911 and another was the numbers "911". Do you sell these or know who does? Thanks, Jim Read Answers

I drive a 2007 Mazda 3 GS 4-door sedan with 85,000km (appx. 52,800 miles) on it. When I went in for a routine oil change, my Mazda dealership told me I needed the front left lower control arm to be replaced, as well as the rear trailing arm bushings (among other things, totalling over $1600+tax). Mazda told me one of the rear bushings was "completely out", and the other one was "halfway out". I took it to another mechanic who first told me that the front bushings were "a bit worn" but not cracked or torn. As I was leaving and getting a quote for the #3 engine mount, he recommended that I have both front lower control arms replaced and that they should be done in the next month or so. He did however tell me that the dealership was wrong about the rear trailing arm bushings and they were just fine. I don't feel anything wrong with my car. There are no strange noises, she handles just fine, no issues going over bumps, steering is normal, no strange tire wear, and I have been taken advantage of by both the dealership and other mechanics in the past. If I truly needed the front lower control arms replaced, shouldn't I feel a difference in my car's performance? Also Mazda said just the 'left' front lower control arm needed replacing, while this second mechanic said both control arms need replacing. Needless to say, I am frustrated and confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! -Ren Read Answers

I just ordered a set of headlamps for my Hyundai Accent. Can I replace them myself, or should I see a mechanic? Read Answers

My car wont start and I was told by a mechanic that my car has weak electrical contact. He was looking at the distributor and the cables that go into the engine. How can I fix the poor electrical contact? Read Answers

What are the most important questions to ask a private car owner before buying their car? Read Answers

When I get into my 2003 Mitsubishi Galant my A/C, radio, windshield wipers and headlights work. Then when stop, get out then and get back in, it will not start. I went to auto body shop and they said was alternator and replaced it, but friday it did it again! I just don't know what is wrong. Read Answers

About how much should I expect to pay to get a radiator replaced, and get a tune up? Read Answers

I have a 2002 Honda Accord Ex, 2.3 liter engine. I have 190,000 on the transmission but never change or had the transmission flushed as of yet. I am not sure if i should just do a drain and refill or a complete transmission flush. What you do you recommend i do? Read Answers

My 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was purchase Mid January of 2013 with 8 miles. I currently have about 8,300 miles. My airconditioner unit sometimes blows air but it is not very cold. Other times, the air is very cold. Unfortunately, it has been difficult getting the car to blow non-cold air when I took it in to the dealer. Can you suggest the best approach when going back to the dealer with this issue? Otherwise, they will continue to give me the answer, "we can't find anything wrong with it as it is blowing cold air". TIA Pat Read Answers

My sisters 1998 Hond Accord is overheating. recently the radiator exploded. the radiator was replaced and its still overheating can you help and recommend a good repair mechanic in the NYC area preferably Queens, NY Read Answers

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