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Vehicles Checked Show Consumer Neglect - Is this You?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 1st, 2007 3:58pm

Results of vehicle check-up events during Car Care Aware Fairs across the country in April and October 2006 revealed that nearly nine out of 10 vehicles need service or parts, underscoring the huge untapped DIY and DIFM sales opportunities for the automotive aftermarket, the Car Care Council reported today. The unsatisfactory condition of vehicles also reinforces the continued need for consumer education about the ...


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When a Split Second Counts

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 28th, 2007 8:28pm

CCNS - Picture yourself driving 500 miles at more than 200 miles an hour, under the most stressful conditions, never knowing what you might have to avoid in the next fraction of a second. That goes with the territory in the NASCAR racing circuit. Compare this to your own driving. How much time would you need to deal with a road emergency? At 60 miles an hour, that’s 66 feet per second, you’ve already gone about ...


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Are Toxins Lurking in Your Car Interior?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 28th, 2007 8:26pm

I’m a born skeptic. What do you expect? I’m originally from the Show-Me state. We don’t believe what we’re told. We must be shown. So when I heard about interior car toxins and a product that claims to reduce them, I had to do my own research. Last year, the Ecology Center released a study about car interior toxins. Besides carbon monoxide emissions, I wasn’t sure what they meant by that. But ...


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Tips on How To Refinance Your Used Car Loan

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 27th, 2007 8:46pm

Save Money With Used Car Refinance When interest rates go down, you might think about refinancing your home loan. Did you know you can also refinance your used car loan. Refinancing your used car loan can save you money. Used Car Loan Refinance: How Much Can it Save? Some car lenders have finance rates as high as 18%. By simply refinancing your high interest rate used car loan, you can save thousands of dollars over ...


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GM and UAW Reach Tentative Agreement On New National Labor Contract

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 26th, 2007 4:15pm

Company to strengthen U.S. manufacturing presence with significant future investments, parties also agree to create independent retiree health care trust General Motors sent out a release this morning saying the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new national labor contract, covering approximately 74,000 represented employees. The agreement is subject to UAW member ratification. Hopefully this ...


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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: September 25, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 26th, 2007 6:41am

Welcome back to this week's blog carnival of female friendly car items from all around the world. Last week we focused on wacky cars. This week, we've got a broader potpourri of women's automotive news. Enjoy! During meetings with vendors and site organizers years ago, Josephine Alcazar often felt invisible. Although she was the co-owner of Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions, she wasn't ...


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UAW Strikes Against General Motors

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 25th, 2007 9:49pm

The United Auto Workers Union and General Motors have failed to reach an agreement in contract negotiations, and as a result, the UAW began a labor strike on Monday. The strike affects 73,000 American workers, and through an ongoing ripple effect, as many as 100,000 additional Canadian workers. The action also impacts suppliers that sell parts to General Motors. Union officials said their only choice was to strike ...


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Parking Meters Kick Out Cars to go Green

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 25th, 2007 7:00pm

Conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective, PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks. Parking spaces scattered across US cities September 22, 2007 were occupied by potted trees, expanses of sod, and lawn furniture in an effort to ...


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How I became a Used Car Expert for Women

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 25th, 2007 2:22pm

......without taking any automotive classes. I did not start out in the automotive industry. I did not have a father with a repair shop. My father was a salesman who preferred spending time at the golf course to doing any work around the house. I had gone to college for a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. I learned in a side class that cooking was my passion! I had a fun, successful cooking and catering ...


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GM 2008 Collection is Coming up Roses with a Focus on Energy Diversity

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 24th, 2007 6:06am

I had a blast attending the General Motors 2008 Collection event this week with the ever passionate Bob Lutz, GM Vice Chairman and Susan Docherty, General Motors Western Region General Manager who I recently interviewed on AskPatty.com, they spoke about their excitement surrounding the GM brand revitalization that is currently underway. This event was a rare opportunity for me to test drive the many GM 2008 models before the ...


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