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GM and Toyota Receive U.S. Automotive Loyalty Awards

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 17th, 2007 11:37pm

R. L. Polk & Co., the provider of automotive consumer loyalty and other data, presented the 11th Annual Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards at the 2007 Automotive News World Congress. Winning the Overall Manufacturer award for the seventh consecutive year, General Motors also secured five additional awards. GM customer loyalty increased by at least 3 percentage points in each winning category. Toyota scored more than 3 ...


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Text Messaging, Cell Phones and Accidents

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 17th, 2007 11:35pm

In the United States over 224 million people used cell phones as of October 2006, compared with approximately 4.3 million in 1990, according to the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. Increased reliance on cell phones has led to a rise in the number of people who use the devices while driving. There are two dangers associated with driving and cell-phone use. First, drivers must take their eyes ...


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Look Before You Lease

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 17th, 2007 11:06pm

To lease or to buy? That's the choice you face when mulling over makes and models and deciding which car deal best meets your needs. Leasing a car is not the same as buying one. When you buy, you own the car. When you lease, you pay to drive someone else's vehicle. Leasing can involve lower monthly payments than a loan. However, at lease end, you will have no ownership or equity in the car. Many dealers and other ...


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Jill Lajdziak, Rita Case, Cynthia Fergusson and Susan Givens to Receive Spirit of Leadership Award During NADA 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 17th, 2007 3:02pm

Women's Automotive Association International to honor four accomplished women at annual fundraiser luncheon. Detroit, MI January 3, 2007-- The Women's Automotive Association International (WAAI) will present its 12th annual Spirit of Leadership awards at a fundraiser luncheon to be held during the 2007 NADA convention in February. The annual luncheon is scheduled to be held in Ballroom D at the Las Vegas ...


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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: January 16th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 16th, 2007 7:33pm

This week we are back on track with our normal blog carnival, where we take the very best out there in the automotive blogosphere and we put it all together for your enjoyment here at Ask Patty! Thank you to all of our contributers this week and last week. We have a new contributer: Craig from AutoFix! Welcome! This week we will cover some of the highlights form the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, as well as ...


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Safety Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 15th, 2007 10:57pm

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared (get tips for winterizing your car here), and that you know how to handle road conditions. It's ...


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Financing A Vehicle And Knowing About Insurance And Warranties

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 15th, 2007 4:47pm

Click here to listen to our new Ask Patty Womanar Podcast: Financing A Vehicle And Knowing About Insurance And Warranties Jenny Trostel, President and Owner of Saab of Baltimore (a Female Friendly dealer), will give you tips on financing a vehicle, leasing a vehicle, new car warranties and gap insurance. She will give you pointers on the steps you should take to know what vehicle price is best for you and how to ...


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Interview With Aretta Sevastakis of Female Friendly Crown Eurocars

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 15th, 2007 4:46pm

It’s been a while since our last Ask Patty interview, but we are back again with a great interview with Aretta Sevastakis from Crown Eurocars Mercedes Benz in St. Petersburg, Florida. Aretta has won the Customer Satisfaction Award for the fourth year in a row! Congrats Aretta! Crown Eurocars is a new Ask Patty Female Friendly dealership as well! ASKPATTY: Can you tell us a little bit about your job with Crown ...


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The Fabulous Fashionistas of The Auto World

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 15th, 2007 7:32am

Throughout the Detroit Auto show, the women of the automotive world stepped out in style. From the GM Style Event and the Urban Wheel Awards to the Charity Preview and the auto show itself, the women of the industry were outshining some of the cars! The Charity Preview kicked off and the locals were shining bright. Some of the attendees included the Detroit mayor and the heads of all of the manufacturers. Tuxedos and formal ...


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Smog Check Prep

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 14th, 2007 2:31am

A smog check is a test done on the exhaust system of a motor vehicle to determine how many pollutants, and of which type, the vehicle is emitting. The smog check also includes an assessment of other parts of the vehicle to make sure that they are in working order, especially those parts which pertain to emissions control. In the United States, most states have smog ...


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