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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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E85 Fuels The 2007 Auto Show Season

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 13th, 2007 9:32pm

This year’s trend in automobiles and concepts seems to lean toward the ethanol variety. According to www.E85fuel.com, E85 is the term for motor fuel blends of 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline. E85 is an alternative fuel as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy. Besides its superior performance characteristics, ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline; it is a completely renewable, domestic, ...


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Bentley Treats Clients to A Special Weekend

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 12th, 2007 11:51pm

It’s no secret that at Ask Patty we think women need more dealers out there who will cater to what they want in not only a vehicle, but in a sales and service relationship. And although the average gal might not have a limit high enough on her Visa to pick up a new Bentley, the ultra-luxury carmaker is still singing the right tune. Recently Bentley treated some of their clients to a spa weekend in Ojai ...


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Penske Toyota Proves Their Commitment to Women

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 12th, 2007 4:18pm

The Penske name means a lot of things. It means speed and racing in your blood. It means competition and Indy and SCCA. It most recently means Female Friendly. In 1958, Roger Penske drove his first official race in the SCCA National at Marlboro Motor Raceway in Maryland and in 1959, Penske won his first race at the SCCA Regional at Lime Rock, CT, driving an F-Modified Porsche RS. Many great feats were to follow for the ...


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AutoTrader.com Debuts New High-Tech Commercial

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 12th, 2007 4:16pm

AutoTrader.com, the ultimate automotive marketplace, announced the release of its new television ad, “Armada.” The ad will be placed in national media generating over a billion impressions and will also air on local networks. “Armada” captures the experience of a couple who are shopping for a car among the more than 3 million listed on AutoTrader.com. An armada of cars speeds through the ...


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Take A Test Drive Without Leaving Your House

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 11th, 2007 10:39pm

Imagine shopping for your next car, taking a shiny, new model for a test drive, having knowledgeable experts show you the features and get a price quote – all at your own pace – and without having to move an inch.  CARandDRIVER.com and ROADandTRACK.com’s “Virtual Test Drive” now brings all the fun of visiting a new car dealership - without the hassles.  Car-buyers can go online, ...


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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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