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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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General Motors announces bankruptcy, promising a new and better future

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 3rd, 2009 4:40pm

It was not much of a surprise yesterday when General Motors revealed the details of its bankruptcy plans; many in the automotive industry were wondering WHEN, not IF, GM would have to resort to such drastic measures. According to News.Yahoo.com "GM's bankruptcy filing is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the largest for an industrial company. The company said it has $172.81 billion in debt and $82.29 billion in assets." As part ...


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Cash For Clunkers - Is It Green or Green Backs?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 27th, 2009 1:06am

The term "Cash for Clunkers" might sound familiar to you - it's a hot topic in the news and across the automotive blogs right now. Details: Two bills are currently under consideration in the House and Senate, each of them offering their own set of pros and cons. Unfortunately, as much as people are discussing them, nobody can decide on which is better or whether either one of them is actually any good at all. Either one could be ...


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We Minivan Moms Can Be Pretty High-Tech

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 15th, 2009 12:50am

I am a high-tech Mom and here's the proof: I purchased my first CD burner in 1997 and used it to create holiday music mixes I gave to friends at Christmas.  I was one of the first people I knew to sign up for broadband internet in 1998. I opted for a DVD drive in my 1999 Blue Apple PowerMac G3, and used it to watch movies on my beautiful GIANT egg-shaped 21-inch Apple Studio Display. I joined Twitter 526 days before Oprah and ...


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Honda to Offer Dog-Friendly Element Model

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 29th, 2009 11:46pm

Responding to public demand, Honda demonstrated an especially dog-friendly version of its Element SUV at the recent New York Auto Show. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Inc., more than a third of all households own at least one dog with an estimated total U.S. dog population of 74.8 million. Pet purchases and related products and services comprised an estimated total market value of more than $43 ...


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Traveling in the Family Way: 2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 8th, 2009 1:00am

At last, a sport/utility vehicle that drives like a sports carIf you've avoided stepping up to an SUV because you don't want to sacrifice the performance and handling of a smaller car, then the Cayenne GTS is for you. In so many sport/utility vehicle reviews, I've described their handling as "comfortable," "manageable," or "stoutly." At last I've found a family hauler that handles like a Porsche, because, well, it IS a Porsche. The ...


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First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 23rd, 2009 8:39pm

The rebirth of a classic musclecarAt last, the highly anticipated Chevrolet Camaro is within our reach. Since its concept debut three years ago at the Detroit Auto Show, the new Camaro has been one of the most talked about and highly publicized vehicles to come to market, and it won't be much longer before it finally arrives in a dealership near you. It doesn't matter if you're a mom or a motorhead, the classic ponycar evokes an ...


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Best Ways to be Pampered in your Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 12th, 2009 3:59am

Some of the BlogHer women were discussing recently whether we tend to be the ones who get spoiled, or whether we are the ones who do the actual spoiling. So the question was asked "Is it better to be spoiled than to spoil others?" It got me to thinking about ways to be spoiled while in the car. At AskPatty, we often have opportunities to evaluate vehicles with a large assortment of special features and options, and have come across ...


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AskPatty's Female-Friendly Car Care Videos

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 22nd, 2009 8:46am

AskPatty's President Jody DeVere recently filmed a series of videos to be featured at capessa.com in which she offers female-friendly car advice every woman should know about keeping their car in reliable working order. AskPatty's Female Friendly Car Care Videos can now be viewed at YouTube.com These female-friendy videos offer excellent technical and safety information to help women properly maintain their cars, to be better ...


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