Welcome back to the Ask Patty blog carnival! We’ve been kicking off the
start of the holiday season with some posts about cool car gifts. Watch
for our Gift Garage post every Monday. This week we are touching on
some trends in the industry as well as some light-hearted topics (who
doesn’t want to see VW Bugs painted all crazy?). Strap on your racing
helmets and let’s go!
According to Dealer Communications, the Consumer Guide’s “Best Buys” all hail from the East. The annual list is designed to make car buying easier for consumers, the publication says. It represents the best overall values in 17 categories and includes a total of 81 vehicles. The Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, BMW 3-Series, Mazda 3, Chevrolet Corvette, Honda Pilot, Dodge Charger, and Toyota Tacoma among this year's "Best Buy" winners.
Dealer Communications also talked about that six-letter word: credit. Much has been made about how the balance is shifting in favor of consumers as more and more car shoppers make the Internet their first stop, only entering your store after arming themselves with information. Maybe, but many still aren’t as savvy about first assessing their own credit-worthiness. Do you know your credit score? You can always check at Free Credit Report.
Ah, Girl Scouts. You get to hang with your elementary school buds, help the community and learn to work as a team. Most people only remember them for their awesomely delicious cookies (Tagalongs are the BEST!). Well get this! The Girls Scouts of America can now earn their first-ever automotive merit badge, the "Car Care Badge." The clinic, where they learn about oil changes and maintenance, is hosted by General Motors. Check out the full story on Edmund’s Driving Woman blog.
No one says it better about women and what they want and how they want to be marketed to, than Lizard Dreams. She rants about many things that aren’t marketed well to women, and cars is just the beginning.
Who wouldn’t love a pink car? Well, I, for one, would hate driving a pink car. But a pink retro car toy for my daughter? You bet your pink boots she’s getting one! What a great way to share in the automotive passion with your little girl? Who likes those ugly, clunky, G.I. Joe-esque car toys anyhow?
You always here the domestic versus foreign automaker debate: “Foreign is more dependable,” but “Support our domestic products.” Besides the fact that anymore a Toyota is more domestic than a Ford, the Big Three still seem to be struggling, and the trend has been around since 2004. The Industrial News Room has all the technical dirt if you are interested in diving in.
And then there is the Pierceland Herald
here to slap the face of The Industrial News Room. According the
Herald, Ford‘s new Fusion model earned high marks from both Consumer
Reports testers and consumers who rated its reliability, the magazine
said in its 2007 new car preview, showing that U.S. automakers may be
making strides in initial quality. Take that Audi!
So, when will it stop? Already the cereal boxes, juice drinks and after-school specials are crammed with advertising. But car advertising at a kid’s gym? Say what? According to Dealers Edge, My Gym Enterprises Inc., a chain of gyms around the country for children between three months old and 13 years old, is in talks with at least three car makers to pick an auto sponsor that could advertise in the gym and incorporate miniature vehicles into classes. I can see it now… “And first gear and second. Now third and fourth!”
Popgadget has a great post on Beetle Art. Not the creepy, crawly kind – the cute, hippie kind. The VW kind. It seems like Bugs are the quintessential happy car. Every Bug owner I’ve ever met has been extremely happy with not only their car, but with life. A 1979 Beetle was my first car… I wish I still had it to this day. It made me so happy! Of course it wasn’t painted like some of these babies!
Also form Popgadget is the heating car blanket! (Applause) Warm on its own but better plugged in! This simple yet ingenious cover includes a 5 ½ foot cord that plugs into a cigarette lighter for powered warmth. At 40” x 58,” this comfy cover is big enough for two. Aw, anyone up for snuggle time?
Senator Barbara Boxer of California will soon take over as chairwoman
of the U.S. Senate Environmental Public Works Committee. Major policy
shifts on global warming, air quality and toxic waste are expected as
she is one of the most liberal members of the Senate. AutoBlogGreen chats about how that could change our emissions laws.
With all of the options, prices and decision one has to consider when buying a new car, it can make your head spin, and for many women, it's an adventure they don't want to undertake alone. It may make some women feel more comfortable to have a man with them, but it isn't necessary. To get a fair price, the experts said women just need to do some research and follow a few tips.
And because we just LOVE Halloween over here, we couldn’t resist showing this car-lovin’ pumpkin!
That’s all for this week folks! For next week, make sure you submit your stories or email them to Breanne at Breanne@askpatty.com.