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Getting Personal: Car Buying 101 from Those In The Know

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 7th, 2014 11:35am

Kristen Hall-Geisler and Jody Devere know a thing or two about cars. Well-known, respected members of the car writing community, both offer education and advice to consumers as well as assistance to repair centers directly. With this in mind, the two ladies recently joined forces to share their opinions in interviews presented in partnership with “Compare The Market,” a UK-based comparison website helping consumers to make ...


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Halloween Safety for Drivers and Trick or Treaters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2008 3:19pm

Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians. Darting out into the street is one of the most common causes of pedestrian death among children.  As children scurry from house to house collecting treats, it is important to take the following precautions:      Visibility Decorate costumes, bags, and sacks with reflective tape and stickers. Use costumes that are light or bright ...


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Rebekah Mercadel Heating up Junior Dragsters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 25th, 2008 3:36pm

Rebekah Mercadel, or Beka to her friends, is a New Orleans native who now hangs her hat in Texas thanks to Hurricane Katrina. She is also a junior drag racer and pilots a Top Alcohol Jr. Dragster for Mercadel Motorsports. She is one of about 8,500 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) junior drag racers and one of a very few licensed minority top alcohol junior drivers in the country. With her dad and crew chief -- ...


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Shell Scores Another Point for Hydrogen

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 10th, 2008 3:28pm

AskPatty was present at the recent grand opening of the Shell Hydrogen station in Santa Monica. This marks the first public hydrogen fueling station at a conventional gas station in California, and is the third hydrogen station Shell has open to American consumers. (Shell also operates stations in New York, and Washington, D.C.) Officiating at the launch, City of Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl said, "I ...


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Gas Prices So High, Older Pumps Must Sell by Half-Gallons

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 27th, 2008 3:25pm

As the price of gas approached $4 a gallon last month, thousands of station owners across the nation were faced with another problem besides just the high price. According to an article in the New York Times, many stations, most of them independently owned, have older pumps that are unable to go above $3.99 per gallon. The solution? According to the article, one station owner in Queens had to price his gas by the ...


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Woman Calls Police To Free Herself From Her Locked Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 9th, 2008 2:48pm

Okay, maybe this is just too silly to be true, but a friend sent me this link today to tell me about a woman in Orem, Utah, whose car battery died, locking her inside her own car. Apparently, when police arrived, they found the woman sitting inside her car, unable to get herself out. "She couldn't hear the officers' instructions through the rolled-up windows," reports the article, "so she ...


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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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Gas Saving Tips for Summer Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 26th, 2008 7:00pm

Motorists traveling on summer road trips can't do much about the high gas prices, but they can pay less at the pump by making sure their vehicles get maximum fuel economy. According to the Car Care Council, fuel economy is directly related to vehicle care and driver behavior and both can have a significant impact on how much motorists pay at the pump. Dirty air filters can also waste gas and cause the engine to ...


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Five Steps to Driving a Greener Vehicle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 10th, 2008 6:47pm

It doesn't matter if the car you're driving is new or old, big or small. There are preventive maintenance steps every vehicle owner can take to make sure their car is as "green" or environmentally friendly as possible, according to the Car Care Council. By following five simple preventive maintenance steps, you can help protect the environment by improving gas mileage, which in turn saves money at the ...


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How Hybrid Vehicles Work

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 2nd, 2008 10:28pm

I've run several stories lately on hybrid vehicles -- comparing their costs against traditional gasoline engines and giving tips on how get the best fuel economy when driving them - and it occurred to me that it might be helpful to explain what makes these powertrains so different. An article I found at the Toyota press site helped quite a bit to explain how their hybrid vehicles combine gas engines and electric motors ...


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