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How Not to Get Ripped Off on Auto Repairs!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 11th, 2007 7:15pm

Most common cons: Scams of disreputable service centers contain one or both of two elements: (1) Charging you for work that was never done, or (2) Convincing you of the need for unnecessary and often overpriced repairs. Here are four different types of scams you could run into and ways to avoid them: * Unnecessary replacement of parts. If the mechanic says your car needs a replacement part, ask to be ...


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Designers Win at Detroit Auto Show 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 11th, 2007 4:26pm

It's the designers that are the stars of the Detroit Auto Show this year. I was given the opportunity to interview many GM designers this week, men and women working in the GM  design center headed up by long time GM employee Bob Lutz and Warren Welburn. Bob Lutz is responsible for bringing back GM's focus on design and setting loose the creativity of his team of about 500 designers and project managers to ...


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Deborah Coleman honored with the Urban Wheels 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 10th, 2007 11:16pm

Held each year in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show, the Urban Wheel Awards, which drew about 2,500 people last night, is designed to connect the multicultural community with the auto industry. Hosted by Randi Payton, president and CEO of On Wheels Inc. and his lovely wife Karen Payton, the event is sponsored by each auto manufacturer and proceeds from the awards benefit the Edward Davis ...


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Interview With Julie March of Cool Mom Picks

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 10th, 2007 11:14pm

Joining me and the many bloggers at the Detroit Auto Show this week was Julie March of www.coolmompicks.com. This was Julie's first experience at an auto show, and I was interested in her background and just listening to her pure and non-jaded view on the Detroit Auto Show and the automotive industry as it related to women car buyers in general. Julie is a hip young mom living in Colorado who met her husband serving ...


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Some Detroit Auto Show Tidbits

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 10th, 2007 3:58pm

The show is still rocking on and we thought we would drop you some of the news that is happening here in Detroit. Our intrepid reporter, Jody DeVere, sends along these snippets: Dodge Avenges the Stratus Dodge is rolling out the new midsize Avenger, which will replace the Stratus. Eric Ridenour, Chrysler chief operating officer, says, “The all-new 2008 Dodge Avenger is for buyers who need the ...


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Hyundai Gives Hope To Young Children Battling Cancer

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 9th, 2007 9:09pm

With the goal of one day finding a cure for all childhood cancers, the Hyundai Dealers Association and Hyundai Motor America have renewed their alliance with CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation by pledging to contribute funds and raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. The 2006 national “Hope On Wheels” tour officially took to the road on March 29th from Children’s Hospital of ...


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Live From The Detroit Auto Show: 2008 Cadillac CTS Gets A Touch of Class From Women!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 9th, 2007 6:30pm

Inspired by the Cadillac Sixteen concept, the new CTS embodies design reach and precision. It is a production-intent vehicle. A new powertrain lineup features six-speed transmissions (manual and automatic) and the addition of the advanced 3.6-liter Direct Injection engine delivering approx. 300-hp with good fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The CTS is the next proof point in Cadillac’s ongoing renaissance. Check ...


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Chevrolet Malibu World Premiere

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 9th, 2007 6:29pm

The Chevy Malibu was released today and it looks great. It is a direct competitor to the Camry and once again, the interior is impeccable and rich looking. When people originally saw this vehicle, most of them assumed it was a much more expensive vehicle... but it MSRPs at around 20k. It also has a five-star crash rating and a sunroof that rivals a convertible. This vehicle is for the younger couple who wants to drive a nice ...


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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Detroit Auto Show: January 9th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 9th, 2007 6:22pm

We want to interrupt our regularly scheduled Carnival to bring you an exclusive North American International Auto Show carnival. We scoped and scanned the Detroit Auto Show floor to bring you the best of what was out there, from little commuter cars to large SUVs. Sit back and relax for the ride! Pontiac G6 GP Pontiac has plans to race in the Grand American Sports Car Series and this is the vehicle they plan to use. ...


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Live From the Detroit Auto Show: Dinner With A Life Saver

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 8th, 2007 10:41pm

Last night I took a tour of the GM OnStar command center here in Michigan and had dinner with President Chet Huber and the executive team behind the OnStar success story. Chet and his team are passionate about their OnStar on board integrated wireless technology birthed well before popular in 1995 and has grown to 5 million subscribers. The dedication to continue to develop this technology to help save lives and assist GM ...


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