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To Haggle or Not to Haggle? That is the Question for Car Dealers Today

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 26th, 2007 9:04pm

One Price - No Haggle may be coming to a showroom near you as the Web makes prices more transparent and dealers try to cater to women and Gen Y drivers Business Week magazine writes in its current issue, http://tinyurl.com/ywxpuh . It's one of the enduring oddities of American retailing: car dealers haggling over price with their customers. A major car dealer chain of stores headquartered in Oregon has announced ...


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Car Maintenance: Can You Really Do It Yourself Anymore?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 25th, 2007 6:07pm

For most of you, when you open your hood, all you see is a big plastic cover that keeps you from seeing anything pertinent related to your engine. Remember the days when you could see the spark plug wires, there was enough space to see around under the hood, and you thought you recognized a few things whether you knew how to fix them or not? Today, it’s not so easy. Opening the hood, you’re met with ...


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Do You Know the Difference Between Leasing and Buying?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 25th, 2007 6:05pm

When you’re in the market for a new car or truck one of the first decisions you face is whether to buy or lease. While buying or leasing each have their own advantages, there are important differences you should consider before going to the showroom. There isn’t a right answer to the question of which is better: buying or leasing. The decision to buy or to lease depends on your individual ...


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Car Care Guide Takes Mystery Out of Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 25th, 2007 6:02am

Motorists Can Order Free Guide Online A new Car Care Guide for motorists turns technical automotive jargon into easy-to-understand everyday language, taking the mystery out of vehicle maintenance and repair. The free guide, published by the Car Care Council, can be ordered on the council’s Web site at www.carcare.org. The guide, which fits easily in a glove box, explains the nine most ...


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Dog Days: Stay at a Posh Bed and Breakfast With Your Pet!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 25th, 2007 5:59am

Whooee! It’s been a while since I checked in with you all out there. I know you all missed my anecdotes about the two rascals in my life, Rigby and Roxy. When Jason and I travel, we prefer to bring the pups along, however there aren’t many places that allow dogs, let alone cater to them. Bed & Breakfasts are the ultimate in home-away-from-home comfort when traveling. But can you bring your pets with ...


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Chevron Unveils 'Courage' Car to Help in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 24th, 2007 12:27pm

Special Edition toy car supports Chevron's slate of activities aimed at supporting breast cancer awareness Chevron Global Marketing has introduced the newest addition to The Chevron Cars family, Courage "a plucky pink hot rod who accepts the challenges of the highway with a cool head and a warm heart," as the seventh special-edition Chevron Car created to help raise awareness and funds for breast ...


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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: October 23, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 24th, 2007 12:24pm

October is drawing to a close, and it's almost time for Halloween trick or treating! This week's carnival is full of fun car goodies, and that's no trick! Calling it a "peach of a ride to the apple orchard" Washington Post Staff Writer Warren Brown reviews the 2008 Saturn Vue XR. His daughters, Binta and Kafi, owners of foreign cars, wanted to drive and ride in the 2008 Saturn Vue XR ...


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The 3 Steps You MUST Take to Ensure you Purchase A Great Used Car and NOT a Lemon!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 23rd, 2007 2:01pm

      Step 1: Do Your Homework. Know what you’re looking for before you even pick up a paper, turn on the computer or step foot onto a car lot. Know what your budget is, how you’re going to pay for the vehicle and research the safety and reliability of various makes and models to figure out what you want. Step 2: The Preliminary Inspection. It’s imperative that ...


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Taking the Scare Out of Driving on Halloween

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 22nd, 2007 11:32pm

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 ...


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A Visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, the 'Smithsonian' of Automotive Museums

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 22nd, 2007 11:27pm

People may wonder why on earth a Mustang owner would be so interested in Chrysler and their products. The answer can be found simply byt taking a look at the vehicles they offer. Here we have a company who is leaps and bounds ahead of other automakers in terms of design, capability, and value for the money. It also doesn't hurt that they treat journalists very, very well. In September, I experienced ...


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