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Hi - I am a "petite" woman (5'1") getting ready to purchase my first car. It is really important for me to be able to adjust my seat so I can sit high and have a clear view. I had my heart set on a Prius and test drove it yesterday but did not have a clear view either front or aft and the Prius offers no ways to adjust the seat higher (only to move the ...
I searched for a good deal everyday for 2 months in the heat until I settled on one. I had arranged my own fin. and took my father in law so I could actually get some service. Ok, I signed a buyer agreement in order to take the car home. It was midnight by the time they talked me out of my own fin. It was only a grand they would be getting and I was so ...
Dear Patty, I live in BC Canada, and I am experiencing some problems with leasing problems with Audi. Here is part of the letter I wrote to them, I am wondering if you can give me some advise? Am I treated this way because I am a female? Just to let you know my financial background to help you understand the situation. I own a house and a vehicle. ...
My daughter Stephanie (age 17, high school senior) has recently published "This Girl's First Car: Teenage Girls Guide To Safe Car Care & Easy Maintenance Tips" Ths is her very first book, and it is listed on amazon.com and teendriving.com, and she has also had a number of interviews with local media. Would you consider reviewing it for inclusion on ...
Car is an Olds Alero, 2001, with 78,000 miles. I took my car in for a free 24-point check. The mechanic called and said: 1. Battery needs to be replaced. (Battery in car is original.) 2. Coolant is only good to -20 degrees; needs partial draining and replacing. I said it was good to -34 in Nov.05; he said it deteriorates or maybe someone added water to ...
I am considering a career in auto sales. I have been doing automotive marketing and promotional work for the past year earning about 60K. I am talking my local BMW, Acura and Toyota Dealerships and considering taking a sales position. They all seem very eager to hire me. Either because of my background or personality or because I am a woman or maybe ...
Hi, My name is April Jackson. I am an undergraduate student who will be buying her first automobile soon. I do not want to buy a car that is unreliable,expensive, or imperfect for me. Can you please advise me on a affordable dealership for first time buyers? If so, what would be a good car to save my pennies for. Thanks for this site. It was just what ...

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