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Thanksgiving Travel by Car Saves Money and Headaches

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 24th, 2009 12:11am

With gas prices dropping and airlines making drastic cuts to the number of flights they will offer over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Car Care Council suggests that driving may not only save you money, but will also save you from plenty of travel headaches. According to USA Today, "airlines will offer almost 3,000 fewer domestic flights a day during the Thanksgiving season, promising fewer choices, fuller planes and higher fares for ...


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Is the Auto Industry a Woman's Nation?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 29th, 2009 11:00pm

Equal pay, equal housework, and more government obligations to women workers were all on the table at Monday's Center for American Progress conference I attended on live blogger podcast through California First Lady Maria Shriver's report on women in the workforce and the launch of her A Women's Nation website at www.awomansnation.com. "For the first time in our history, half of all U.S. workers are women. Mothers are the primary ...


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What Does it Take to Be Green In the Auto Industry? Ask the LaFontaine family.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 9th, 2009 11:15pm

LaFontaine Automotive Group recently received a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for its brand-new Buick-GMC-Cadillac dealership, becoming the only "Green" dealership in Michigan, one of only two Gold-certified sites in the country, and the premiere auto dealership facility in the United States. The LaFontaine collection of dealerships are a family business, owned and operated for more than 25 ...


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Twin Sisters Jory and Julie Buy Twin Audis

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 19th, 2009 6:07pm

What are the odds of a pair of twin sisters buying exactly the same car at the same time for the same reasons? Well, that is exactly what happened, kind of freaky, huh? Behavior geneticists compare how alike one twin is with the other twin on whatever variable they are interested in; in my case this study is about two twin sisters named Jory and Julie and their car-buying behavior. During the M2W Conference in Chicago a few months ...


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Take Control of Your Car after College: Driving Tips for Women on the Move

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 10th, 2009 8:40am

Graduating from college brings on many new challenges. One thing young women don't take into consideration when moving away from home is car maintenance and driving conditions. Many of the women I know, including myself, relied on dads, brothers, boyfriends, or roommates to handle the maintenance of their cars or to drive during harsh conditions. But what happens after graduation when they are not there to help? Taking the time to ...


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Want to know what's happening at GM? Just Ask Fritz!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 28th, 2009 3:42am

As General Motors emerged from its bankruptcy,  the company stated it was committed to a clear and simple vision - to design, build and sell the best vehicles in the world. One step of that commitment is being demonstrated with a greater emphasis on corporate transparency to consumers and additional attention to unmatched customer service. As part of these efforts, General Motors has created a new website -- gmreinvention.com -- ...


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Check your Tire Pressure Once a Month - BlogHer09 Swag

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 22nd, 2009 6:32pm

At BlogHer09 AskPatty will be giving away mini tire pressure gauge key rings to remind us all to "Check your Tire Pressure One a Month." Keeping your tires inflated properly helps retain the fuel economy, save money on rising gas prices and is a big safety issue during summer travel. Under-inflated tires can contribute to blow-outs while driving on hot summer roads! A tire is a pneumatic system, which supports a vehicle’s load. ...


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Visually Impaired Man Unleashes His 'Inner Mustang' From Ford Mustang's Driver's Seat

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 7th, 2009 2:56am

With the warm Arizona wind pelting his forehead and his entire body vibrating from the mighty roar of the engine, Roger Keeney took a brand-new 2010 Ford Mustang convertible on an amazing ride, doing donuts on the pavement and amassing speeds of up to 90 mph.   This would be a thrill for anybody, but what makes this truly remarkable is the fact that Keeney has been blind for the past 20 years. Sixty-two-year-old Keeney, who ...


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A Reminder to Not Drive Drunk This Fourth of July

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 2nd, 2009 7:16pm

The Century Council sent me an innovative eCard for the July 4th holiday that reminds viewers to stay safe this Independence Day and not drive drunk.   Click below to start the video, or you can also view the eCard here at The Century Council.   I first learned about The Century Council and its efforts to stop underage drinking when we reported on the organization's support of Brandon Silveria and his ...


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Addressing Post-Bankruptcy Car Warranty Worries

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 15th, 2009 7:31pm

Many drivers of Chrysler and General Motors vehicles may be wondering about their recourse if they require warranty work, or if their car exhibits defects that may qualify it as a "lemon." There's plenty of good news here, but also some bad. For instance, according to a document released by the White House Press Office earlier this week, "GM will continue to honor consumer warranties." With Obama's announcement on Monday, the U.S. ...


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