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Flexible Car Sharing Now Available to College Students Across the U.S.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 31st, 2007 6:08pm

Did you know that, even if you don't own a car, you can still obtain reliable transportation on an hourly or daily basis, without the hassle of actually having to deal with a rental car company? Thanks to a service called "Flexcar" members can reserve and drive any of these cars whenever and wherever they need to, without filling out complicated paperwork or paying for insurance, gas, or repairs. ...


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Tips for Back-to-School Bus Safety

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 29th, 2007 10:59pm

School is finally back in session. My older boy begins high school on Friday, though the younger one doesn’t begin until after Labor day. I drive my kids to school, but, according to the Michigan State Police, for 23 million other students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. If your kids ride a school bus, it’s important to know that the greatest risk for them is not riding ...


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Safety Tips For New Drivers Headed Back To School

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 29th, 2007 7:00pm

Is your teen driving to school for the very first time this year? As a parent you probably feel proud, relieved, and a maybe even little concerned, especially upon learning that the first six months of unsupervised driving are the most dangerous for new teen drivers. So what's the best advice parents can give their teens as they give them the keys to the car and watch them head out the door? "Don't drive ...


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What Does This Check Engine Light Really Mean!?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 28th, 2007 6:39pm

by Kim Walker One of the most hated phrases by our customers is the dreaded "check engine light" (CEL).  It causes such pain and uncertainty.  The check engine light may come on if anything, yes - anything, is not working 100% under the hood of your car.  Can you imagine just how numerous the actions are that take place under the hood of your car?     * Shouldn't this light ...


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Ask Patty CarBlabber Blog Carnival: August 28th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 28th, 2007 6:38pm

It's a different kind of carnival this week! The Parent Network asked its members to blab about their cars in a fun blog blast, saying "Do you love your car? Do you hate it? Has it been there for you through good times and bad, or has it left you in the dust - or worse, in a ditch? Shower it with virtual hugs and kisses, reminisce about the day you first met, or give it a piece of your mind!" Well, ...


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Connectivity a "Must Have" for Model Year '08 Autos

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 28th, 2007 6:37pm

Automakers preparing cars for the '08 model year have turned to technology to stay competitive. Bluetooth connections for hands-free phone operation, navigation, and support for digital music devices will be available as standard or optional equipment on the majority of '08 models. A survey of 100 upcoming 2008 models shows nearly 70% of the models for sale in North America will offer a voice-activated ...


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Hey, It's Brake Safety Awareness Week!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 27th, 2007 11:31pm

In case you didn't already know, the Motorist Assurance Program has declared this (MAP) Brake Safety Awareness Week. "Taking care of your brakes is a critical part of keeping your vehicle safe," remarked Joe Cirelli, senior vice president of service at Pep Boys. "As we head into the fall season, now is an ideal time to seek a thorough brake inspection." The Pep Boys -- Manny, Moe & Jack -- ...


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CarBlabber Featured Car Review: Nells' 1988 Ford Crown Victoria

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 24th, 2007 8:28pm

CarBlabber Review by Nells - Member since August 16, 2007 I bought my 1998 Ford Crown Victoria on April 6, 2000.It had 23,490 miles on it.Now it has about 86,000. This particular Vic has the Handling & Performance Package.This gave you rear air "springs", dual exhaust, 16" BBS-style alloys, and a few other handling items. My car is loaded with everything but leather and CD player. I don't ...


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Families Travel Farther, Spend More, and Take Shorter Vacations

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 23rd, 2007 9:55pm

According to a Best Western International Poll, Fido is more popular in the back seat than Grandma on vacation! Today's family vacations are shorter yet more elaborate and expensive, involving journeys to farther -- particularly exotic -- locations than what most people remember from their childhood, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive commissioned by Best Western International. In addition, travelers ...


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August Podcast: Alternative Fuels, Hybrids, and Efficient Vehicles Oh My!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 23rd, 2007 9:51pm

Cristin Lindsay is the Senior Director of the Automotive X-Prize. The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE is to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change. The multi-million-dollar Automotive X PRIZE purse will be awarded to the teams that win a stage race for clean, production-capable ...


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