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What is Your Check Engine Light Telling You?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 13th, 2007 4:35pm

One of the most vital components to a properly functioning vehicle is the ‘Check Engine’ light. It alerts the driver to a variety of potential problems based on the vehicle’s onboard diagnostic system. When the ‘Check Engine’ light comes on, it means that some system in your vehicle, including ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating at peak performance, ...


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Fox News and Consumer Lawyer, Eric Siedel, Give High Marks to Ask Patty!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 12th, 2007 11:02pm

Most women love to shop, but shopping for a car can be downright intimidating, and statistics show women enjoy it less than men. That’s no secret to us here at Ask Patty, but the rest of the country is finding out as well! Our CEO, Peter Martin, was filmed for a TV spot on Fox Channel 13 in Tampa Bay recently. He was there visiting Bill Currie Ford and was able to speak to the Fox news team about the importance ...


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Why Are Women Different? - Podcast Womanar with Marti Barletta of TrendSight

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 12th, 2007 6:17pm

    Click here to listen to our new Ask Patty Womanar Podcast: Why Are Women Different? Marti Barletta, CEO and Founder of The TrendSight Group, a consultancy specializing in marketing to women, will offer information and tips on how to market and sell to women correctly and successfully. She will bring you insight into the woman's mind during the sales ...


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Buyer Beware! Are you Buying a Flood Damaged Vehicle?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 12th, 2007 5:13pm

    by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®         www.laurenfix.com     Hurricane sufferers of Katrina and Rita who have already been displaced from their homes and lives, are now being further victimized by swindlers who are looking to take advantage of them, especially women, by an illegal car selling scam that involves flood damaged cars. The scam involves selling ...


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4C’s of Winter Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 12th, 2007 5:26am

Check: • Lights - Headlights, taillights, turn signals, reverse lights and horn. Antifreeze/ Coolant - Check level and if it’s still good with simple test strips. • Tire Wear - Not just if the no tread but also any sign of uneven wear. It may me an a suspension or alignment problem. • Tire Pressure - Check for the proper pressures in your owners manual or door placard (not the numbers ...


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Meet Some New Female Friendly Dealers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 10th, 2007 7:10pm

by Ask Patty Staff Wouldn't it be great if you could walk into a dealership as a woman and have a pleasurable buying experience? We certainly think so! And because it's so important to Ask Patty, we make sure there are dealerships in your area that are certified as "female friendly"! You can use our dealer search on Ask Patty to find one in your area. Let's meet some of our newly certified dealers ...


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Ford Takes Away the Honors in Safety

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 10th, 2007 9:11am

The Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX sport utility vehicles earned a "top safety pick" grade today from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which also raised its crash ratings on the Ford Fusion. According to the Detroit Free Press article, in a series of tests sponsored by Ford, the institute awarded both vehicles "good" scores in front- and side-impact crash tests, as well as "good" ...


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Cars and Babies Oh My! Having Your Baby In A Car!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 9th, 2007 4:19pm

Will your child grow up to be a car lover? If you give birth to them in a car, that might be a start. Apparently a lot of families start in cars (and I mean in that in many ways). From conception to birth, cars seem to be a popular pick for baby-minded folks. We found some great stories about car kids that we thought we’d share with you! We’d like to introduce you to these road warriors: Erin, Edward, Oliver, ...


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Behind the Scenes at NADA: Tracy Shields Jones Named 2007 Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 9th, 2007 12:41pm

Ask Patty was behind the scenes playing sleuth at National Automobile Dealers Association, bringing you all the news from the dealer side. During the conference, Tracy Shields Jones, president of Century Automotive Group, was named the 2007 Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year. Shields Jones is a third-generation dealer who as a child would watch her grandfather and father and say, “I want to be just like ...


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Breaking News: Ashley Force Announces She Will Drive Funny Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 8th, 2007 10:35pm

The L.A. Times just broke the story about Ashley Force joining the ranks of her father, John Force, in the professional Funny Car world. The speeches had been made, the sponsors introduced, the one-on-one interviews completed. When the conference call was finally over, John Force, a 14-time funny car champion in National Hot Rod Assn. drag racing, could take a deep breath. And then came a casual question: "Is ...


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