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Women in the car business; their time has come!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 17th, 2008 1:18pm

America may not be ready for a woman president, but a woman car salesperson or even a General Manager? Sure, why not! Car dealerships are finally catching up with the rest of the world in recognizing the equal footing afforded to women in today’s society and, most importantly to my dealer clients; the family car buying decision. I am not suggesting that there isn’t still a “macho” ceiling that needs to be torn ...


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SEMA Show 2008 Highlights from AskPatty.com

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 13th, 2008 12:25am

Last week, I spent time at the SEMA Show. Founded in 1963, the Specialty Equipment Market Association is a lobbying group and professional organization made-up of some 7,000 companies worldwide, which manufacture performance and appearance products for a near-$40 billion automotive aftermarket: consumers wanting to personalize their cars and trucks.Their annual exhibition in Las Vegas draws about 100,000 participants from around the ...


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The NASCAR Experience Part Three - Married to a Man that Goes 200 MPH

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 6th, 2008 9:31pm

I got a rare opportunity to interview the wife of Sam Hornish Jr., who drives the No. 77 Mobil 1  Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The former Crystal Liechty attended Archbold High School in Archbold, Ohio, along with Sam, her high school sweetheart, and the two were married on June 5, 2004, in Indianapolis, a week after the Indy 500. They recently moved closer to Penske Racing near Charlotte, North Carolina from ...


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Car Sales and Politics - A Perfect Combination for Election Day

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 4th, 2008 7:58pm

In the final hours of Election Day, the candidates are battling for every vote. U.S. News and World Report says  "They might be able to save some time by checking out the kind of cars voters are driving...what people drive tends to show how they vote."  For example, pickup truck drivers are 3.5 times more likely to be Republicans than Democrats. What does your car say about your own political preferences?Regardless of whether ...


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Halloween Safety for Drivers and Trick or Treaters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2008 3:19pm

Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians. Darting out into the street is one of the most common causes of pedestrian death among children.  As children scurry from house to house collecting treats, it is important to take the following precautions:      Visibility Decorate costumes, bags, and sacks with reflective tape and stickers. Use costumes that are light or bright ...


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Taking the Scare Out of Driving on Halloween

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 30th, 2008 11:44pm

Driving on Halloween can be frightening for motorists, especially when little "ghouls" and "goblins" - out after dark and full of excitement - forget road safety rules or wear costumes or masks that limit their vision. To help ensure safety on a night reserved for fun, the Car Care Council reminds motorists to drive slowly, be extra careful when entering or exiting driveways or alleyways, and make sure the vehicle's brake system works ...


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Good News! Gas Prices are Falling, Putting Money in Your Purse

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 29th, 2008 4:11pm

Gas prices have tumbled 30% from their record high in July and are poised to fall further. But economists say that cheaper gas won't be enough to revive a struggling economy.No one doubts that lower prices are putting extra dollars back into consumers' pockets. With the average price of gas costing about $2.86 a gallon, or $1.25 a gallon less nationwide than it did at the peak in July, that translates into nearly $500 million a day in ...


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Chevrolet Supports the Maria Shriver WeEmpower Women's Conference

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 24th, 2008 12:25am

An estimated 14,000 women gathered at the nonprofit, nonpartisan conference held in the Long Beach Arena in Southern California yesterday. The event, which began 22 years ago as a government initiative for female small business owners and working professionals, has grown into the largest woman's forum of its kind in the United States.California First Lady Maria Shriver shaped this year's conference theme, "Be who you are. Feel it. ...


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Safety Reminder: Teen Safety Week Urges Young Drivers to Concentrate on Driving Basics

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 22nd, 2008 1:03am

With fall season here, and students settling back to the classroom focusing on readin', writin' and 'rithmatic, here's another reminder to also concentrate behind the wheel when driving a car or truck. As part of this week's National Teen Driver Safety Week activities, Ford is expanding Driving Skills for Life,  the company's award-winning driver's education program. The program launched in 2003 and has trained about 332,000 young ...


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The NASCAR Experience Part One - What Does it Feel Like to go 175 MPH?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 17th, 2008 3:18am

Last weekend I was invited to a NASCAR extravaganza weekend event by Mobil 1 Official NASCAR Sponsor to get up close and personal with NASCAR, Mobile 1, Penske Racing and Sam Hornish driver of the #77 Sprint cup car at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The agenda included a ride-along with Sam Hornish Jr. in the #77 sprint cup car on the track and they definitely saved the best for last.Well, first I  needed ...


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