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Choosing the Right Repair Shop

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 28th, 2007 4:04am

Choosing the right repair shop or technician can be tough, and more than a little nerve wracking. We tried to take the guesswork out for you by bringing you these ten tips on repair shop shopping from the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Routine car care and maintenance is the best way to prevent little problems from becoming big headaches. Additionally, a well maintained vehicle will get better gas mileage, ...


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Drive safe - Make Sure Your Vehicle’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System is Working Properly

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 26th, 2007 8:59pm

Reprinted from CarCare.org Your car’s TPMS can save lives and fuel - but it needs to be maintained. If your vehicle was made after 2002, chances are pretty good that it has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Mandated by the Federal Government as a standard safety feature on all 2008 cars, vans, or light trucks, millions of TPMS equipped cars are already rolling on US roads. This system constantly monitors your ...


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Jiffy Lube's Peace Offering?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 25th, 2007 4:28pm

Jiffy Lube Service Centers are offering free “Summer Special” tire pressure checks. Sounds like Jiffy Lube is trying to win the hearts and minds of women everywhere. Hmmm, it's certainly hard to turn down anything that's offered for free, so it's probably worth the trip. Plus, who trusts those nasty tire pressure gauges at the gas station anyway? If it means I can save a few bucks on gas, then ...


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Seat Belt Safety - Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 25th, 2007 3:02pm

by Daytona Dayton It was 7:10AM this morning when I rushed out of the house into the car with my three teens trailing right behind me.  Today we needed to get to school early as my graduating senior had to present his Senior project and needed to unload the trunk filled with props and displays.  I knew that we would be late due to a road construction detour, and sure enough, a human stop sign gave us the signal ...


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12 Steps to Getting Better Gas Mileage!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 24th, 2007 9:12pm

by Amy Mattinat There are a number of things you can do to ease the money coming out of your wallet to pay for gasoline to power your car. The easiest and most effective way to save money on gas is to park it. Hide the keys from yourself and walk or ride a bike. If you need to go a greater distance try carpooling. This will cut your fuel costs in half and you don’t have the expense of maintaining a car. If you live in ...


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NPR’s Talk of the Nation Talks Up Ask Patty and Fuel Economy

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 24th, 2007 5:57pm

Ask Patty appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” last November to discuss women’s buying power! You can listen to that show here! Now Ask patty is at it again! One of our expert women, Amy Mattinat of Auto Craftsmen, will be a guest on the show today at 2pm EST! The show topic is gas prices and fuel economy – a very timely topic with gas prices inching toward ...


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American Idol Declares Sparks A Winner

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 24th, 2007 4:13pm

Jordin Sparks, that fresh-faced sweetie, was crowned queen of Idol last night as Lewis looked on, but who are we kidding? Did anyone think Blake Lewis would take the cake after Tuesday’s performance? He should stick to the Ford videos. For those, he exhibits the right kind of charisma and personality, and we loved the top 2 video, which was a great look back at all the fun of the other Ford videos, all to the ...


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This Memorial Day Teens Can Turn To Web For Safe Driving Tips To Survive 'Deadliest Driving Season'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 23rd, 2007 6:23pm

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the beginning of summer days of fun, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA), it also kicks off the deadliest driving season of the year. On average, 269 more people die in traffic fatalities each month during the summer than in any other season of the year. Of the 25 deadliest days on American roads over the past five years, 20 of them fell during the ...


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2007 Dodge Nitro SLT 4x4 - The New Face of Dodge

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 22nd, 2007 11:13pm

by Michelle Wingard They say first impressions are everything. For me, that first impression occurred on November 12, 2004, (long before the birth of the Nitro) when I watched in horror as a Jeep Liberty broadsided a Ford Escort that had ignored a stop sign. The Escort was a mangled mess, one which required its passengers to be removed from the vehicle by firefighters toting those scary jaws of life. The Liberty, on the ...


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Mom's Biggest Driving Mistakes

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 22nd, 2007 11:12pm

I stumbled across this post by Emily Bloch from parenting.com and it reminded me so much of my very own life as a mother of two. Emily says "Let's face it: In our constantly rushed and sleep-deprived state, we moms often don't drive as safely as we should." She's not kidding here. I remember driving to work one morning, and coming out of my exhausted stupor just in time to realize I had driven ...


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