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NAIAS Ask Patty Preview Days

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 4th, 2007 3:02pm

Ask Patty will be attending the press preview days for the the Detroit show next week which is marking its 100th anniversary this year under the sponsorship of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. It draws the chief executives of all major automakers, as well as about 2,100 representatives of supplier companies. This year, automakers plan to unveil 50 or more new vehicles in Detroit, in addition to smaller numbers at ...


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High School Students Can Earn Scholarships and Prizes in AAA's Geography Contest

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 4th, 2007 3:00pm

Ask Patty came across this cool contest for high school students, be sure to enter by January 8th 2007! Some of the questions are pretty tough. If you are driving due west from Dodge City, which state will you first come to? In what state is the world-famous Waimea Canyon? What is the Loire Valley famous for? Answers to questions like these could earn area high school students a chance for a $20,000 ...


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Protect Your Paint From Winter's Ravages

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 4th, 2007 2:57pm

Most people are familiar with the benefits of protecting a vehicle's engine and interior parts from harsh winter conditions, but what about the paint? Sand, salt and other road debris can wreak havoc on paint. People are investing more money than ever before on new vehicles and often keeping them longer, and at the same time paint materials and labor costs continue to rise. Scientists at 3M developed a unique ...


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Starting The New Year Off Right: 2007’s Safest Vehicles

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 3rd, 2007 6:00pm

We’ve been surrounded by family and friends these past few months, with the holidays bringing us some extra vacation time to spend together. We get a lot of questions about car safety at Ask Patty and often you want to know just what are the safest vehicles available. Well, CNN Mo ney did the testing for us! They pulled together the vehicles that scored the best in side-, front- and rear-impact tests performed by ...


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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 3rd, 2007 3:43pm

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 Hilton February 3, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "The four women we are honoring this year are an ...


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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: January 2nd

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 2nd, 2007 5:19pm

Welcome to 2007! We want to kick off this new year with a new carnival full of helpful tips and newsworthy articles out in the automotive world! We have some new year’s resolutions for you and your car, as well as some anecdotal stories about haggling and buying cars. And who knew liquid coal could be a viable energy source for cars?! Columnist Kate Thayer recounts her experiences buying cars, first as a young ...


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There’s FINANCING, And Then There’s SPECIAL FINANCING

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 2nd, 2007 5:10pm

by Christina Briggs Special financing? Whatever is that? Well, it is how it sounds. Special financing is financing set up for individuals with ‘special’ credit. Special financing means higher interest rates, pre-set prices by the banks on vehicles, fees paid by the dealer, and sometimes required down payments. That’s what special financing means to the banks and the dealership. But what does it mean ...


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The Real View On Statistics

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 1st, 2007 7:40pm

by Candie Leigh White, Author of The Green Pea If it’s true that the ebb and flow of societal energy runs concurrent with world affairs then it makes sense that the automotive industry is exhibiting the same double-talk as our politicians. Should we be in Iraq?  Should we consider the voice of our women who comprise over 51% of the buying public?  Hmm. A true dilemma. It makes me scream. ...


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Average Joan’s guide to Kicking The Tires

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 1st, 2007 7:39pm

Most people do not know what to look for is a used car.  That’s okay, you don’t have to be an expert to come across as one. With the following tips, you will feel like a regular pro and won’t feel disadvantaged when walking onto a car lot. Take this small checklist with you to remind you what to look for. Tires - Tire treads wear evenly. If the tread on one of the tires is worse than the others, ...


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Drive along with the new Fox television action adventure

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 1st, 2007 12:00pm

"The next time you're cut off by crazed drivers on your way to work, give them a little slack. They could be racing for their lives." (Or so says the official DRIVE text on the www.fox.com/drive/ microsite. I spent four hours watching the season premiere of DRIVE tonight... once live, and then again on video tape because I suffered so many interruptions the first time, it was impossible to follow ...


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