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Selling Your Car: Getting the Most from a Private-Party Sale, part 2 of 5

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 27th, 2007 3:52am

by Heather Conary When you buy your next car, you might think about trading your older one in to a dealership. While this is convenient, and may be the best option for you, it can be more lucrative to sell your car as a private party. Using the same process and techniques that dealerships use to sell cars, you can make sure you get top dollar for your investment! In Part 1, we talked about how to get your car in tip-top selling ...


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Robert E. Petersen dies at 80 years old.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 25th, 2007 4:50am

I first came to work for Mr. Petersen as a baby, fresh out of college. I missed finals to report to work at “Guns and Ammo” Magazine in May of 1986, and didn’t have a clue then that I would call Petersen Publishing my home (even though it was sold and changed names several times) for nearly 18 years. Mr. Petersen died Friday March 23, 2007, of complications from neuroendocrine cancer at St. John's Health ...


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Who Has the Next Big Car Product Idea? Tell Oprah!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 23rd, 2007 7:56pm

        Do you have an original product or invention you want the world to know about? You could be sitting on a gold mine! The Oprah Winfrey Show is teaming up with QVC for Oprah's Search for the Next Big Idea. Maybe you can think of a cool car accessory or product... like a magic eraser type product that works on car interior without leaving marks... or maybe a way to open your hatch or ...


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It's Time for the 21st Century Tune-up

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 23rd, 2007 5:05pm

Reprinted from CarCare.org Times are changing...cars are changing. One of the biggest changes in today's automotive industry is the perception of a "tune-up." Ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of a tune-up and chances are there'll be 10 different answers. The classic "tune-up" was once the heart of the automotive business and contrary to some beliefs, today's modern vehicles still ...


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The Importance Of A Clean Vehicle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 23rd, 2007 1:57am

by Debbie Lee President Professionals Car Care I had a friend send me an email saying her granddaughter was overseas and moving back to the U.S. but needed to sell her car before she returned. She asked me to email her some tips on prepping her car to sell. It reminded me that it is just plain old good practice for all of us to keep our vehicles clean and detailed inside and out. So here are a few friendly reminders and ...


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OnStar Partners With CDC To Help Car Wreck Victims

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 22nd, 2007 5:36am

General Motors Corporations's OnStar service shared a release  today announcing it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) to help emergency responders treat crash victims. OnStar's real-time crash data -- vehicle speed, impact points and airbag deployment - collected through its Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN) system is currently used to help EMTs, ...


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Consumer Reports Owns Up To Car-Seat Crash Test Boo-Boo

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 22nd, 2007 5:35am

The non-profit organization goofed when it reported erroneous child-seat crash data, and here's how. A report in the February 2007 issue of Consumer Reports attracted wide public attention because it said 10 of the 12 seats tested provided poor protection. Some seats even twisted on their bases or flew apart during testing, according to their story. Parents everywhere were horrified to discover that the car ...


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Auto Insurance Policies and Definitions

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 22nd, 2007 5:32am

What am I Paying for When I Buy Auto Insurance? Ask anyone you know the definition of automobile insurance, and chances are they will give you a simple answer like, "Paying for coverage in case you get in an accident."   But if you ask the same person just what that coverage includes, you might find their responses either incomplete or inaccurate.  Most understand a premium is what you pay per ...


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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: March 20

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 20th, 2007 3:39pm

St. Patrick's Day is over, and the official colors of March are now green and pink. We've got info on cars, dogs, women; and even more blogs on cars, dogs, and women. How can anybody go wrong with a combo like that? In an era of organic dog treats and canine acupuncture, pet owners are increasingly mulling what's best for their pooches when they shop for cars. Safety, as well as concerns about fabric and ...


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Selling Your Car Part I: Getting the Most from a Private-Party Sale

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 19th, 2007 4:11pm

by Heather Conary When you buy your next car, you might think about trading your older one in to a dealership. While this is convenient, and may be the best option for you, it can be more lucrative to sell your car as a private party.  Using the same process and techniques that dealerships use to sell cars, you can make sure you get top dollar for your investment! Getting Your Car in Shape Before you get ready ...


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