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2008 Safety Scholars Video Contest For Teens Now Accepting Entries

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 3rd, 2008 2:41pm

It's time for teenagers to fire up their video cameras and get their creative juices flowing. The 2008 Safety Scholars Video Contest, presented by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, has begun start accepting student-made, safety-themed videos once again. As a continuation of its extremely successful annual campaign, the company is again turning to America's teens to offer creative media solutions ...


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Women Calling More of the Shots on Repairs

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 2nd, 2008 3:05pm

Not only are women becoming more influential in choosing which type of car to buy, they are now taking making more of the maintenance and repair decisions - traditionally made by the male population. A recent study by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association showed that nearly 9 out of 10 female motorists are somewhat involved in the decision-making process for their household's vehicle maintenance ...


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Considering Downsizing to Save Fuel? Consumer Reports Suggests it Might be Better to Wait

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 2nd, 2008 2:39pm

We've been watching gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon for over a month now, and at last (in my neighborhood, at least), the price of regular unleaded finally jumped all the way up over to $4.50. It's enough to make a commuter cry. An increase of a dollar a gallon in the last year means each tank is costing $15 to $20 more, or $60 to $80 per month if you fill up weekly. Sales of trucks and SUVs have ...


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AskPatty is Fired up About Marketing to Women

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 2nd, 2008 2:35pm

Here at AskPatty, we're well aware of the purchasing power we women hold in our purses. With women controlling over 85% of all consumer purchasing across every brand category, understanding why women buy is vital to a brand's success. We know that women spend more than five trillion dollars annually, that our input is integral to the purchase of 65% of all cars, 92% of vacations, and 61% of all electronics ...


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My Weekend with Audi and the Girls

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 1st, 2008 2:37pm

Last month, Audi invited me to join them and a group of women and a few male journalists for a weekend of fun, networking and the best part: to test drive the Audi A4 for a long country drive through wine country in Northern California and at Infineon Raceway. The weekend included a stay at the St Regis in San Francisco, Yoga lessons, wine tasting, and a visit to Solage, a top-rated spa and a chaffered tour of Napa Valley ...


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Toyota Announces $5 Million Grant To National Park Support Organizations

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 1st, 2008 2:36pm

We've run several articles lately about the many contributions that Toyota has made to environmental concerns. Well, here's another: Toyota has promised to make a $5 million contribution to support five National Parks as well as a National Park Foundation that works to enhance environmental leadership and educational programs at parks around the country. Toyota also will donate 23 vehicles to the National Parks. ...


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Product Review - Bluetooth-Enabled Handsfree Cellphone Devices

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 30th, 2008 4:20pm

Product Review: Bluetooth-Enabled Handsfree Cellphone Devices If you live in California or Washington, you know that as of July 1 you must go handsfree when using your cellphone while driving your car. On July 1, 2008, these two states become the fourth and fifth states to enact laws that ban the use of any hand-held mobile device while driving. When it goes into effect, the California law will also prohibit ...


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How far are you willing to go for all-around economy?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 30th, 2008 2:26pm

A subject has come up in discussions with my colleague Rich Truesdell: He asks "Is the prospect of $5.00/gallon gas causing people to lose their sense of reality?" Apparently people are buying 13-year-old Geo Metros for more than they cost new, just because they get great gas mileage. Do you remember the Metro? Basically a rebadged, domestic version of the Suzuki Swift, the little tiny econobox was powered by ...


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Women Car Buyers - Declare Your Independence

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 30th, 2008 2:15pm

Women Car Buyers - Declare Your Independence Women spend $300 billion annually on used car sales, maintenance, repairs and service. 51% of women over 18 are single and are shopping for a car with out a man in tow. Long gone are the days when the only decision women were expected to make about a new car was which color to choose. Women are now the fastest growing segment of new car buyers and, thanks to the Internet, are ...


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Caution: Hands-Free Cell-Phone Laws Ahead!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 27th, 2008 2:36pm

On July 1, 2008, California and Washington will be the fourth and fifth states to enact a law that bans the use of any hand-held mobile device while driving your car. Other states prohibiting handheld mobile phone use are Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York. When it goes into effect on July 1, 2008, the California law will also prohibit ALL cell-phone use -- including hands-free devices ...


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