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Put the brakes on costly car maintenance - Daily Herald

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 6th, 2011 7:24pm

How much have you spent on car maintenance in the last year?  The average household is in for about $700 a year after all is said and done, according to Consumer Reports. ... Read More!


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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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Ladies, Share Your Car-Buying Stories!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 27th, 2008 7:41pm

Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine is exploring an article and is looking for women to share their car-buying stories (http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2008/04/women-shoppers.html) as part of their research. If you're a woman who has recently negotiated a great deal on a new or used car, they would love to hear your story! Did you buy online or walk in to dealership? How did you research your purchase? How ...


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Dealerships Keep Consumers Happy? Survey says.....

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 18th, 2007 5:19am

This article from Consumer Reports: Dealerships keep consumers happy...stated, "Contrary to stereotypes, car buyers are largely satisfied with their dealership experiences and feel they paid a fair price for their new or used vehicle, according to new findings from the Consumer Reports National Research Center. Still, some groups proved vulnerable to costly dealer sales tactics". Figures CR found ...


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Ask Patty Los Angeles Auto Show Blog Carnival: November 20, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 21st, 2007 3:15am

We want to interrupt our regularly scheduled Carnival to bring you an exclusive Los Angeles Auto Show carnival. We scoped and scanned the Los Angeles Convention Center to bring you the best of what was out there, from little commuter cars to large SUVs. More than a dozen concept and production vehicles made their global debuts while another 30 vehicles made their first appearances in North America. Sit back and relax for ...


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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: April 23

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 24th, 2007 7:49pm

It seems as if April Fools Day was just here yesterday, and now the end of the month is quickly approaching. So, before April slips away, let us take this opportunity to remind you about some not-so-foolish things. Like how important it is to wear your seatbelt and other ways you can improve your safety as well as the environment. Consumer Reports reminds us that driving can be dangerous and seatbelts are an ...


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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: April 23

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 23rd, 2007 7:00pm

It seems as if April Fools Day was just here yesterday, and now the end of the month is quickly approaching. So, before April slips away, let us take this opportunity to remind you about some not-so-foolish things. Like how important it is to wear your seatbelt and other ways you can improve your safety as well as the environment. Consumer Reports reminds us that driving can be dangerous and seatbelts are an ...


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Hybrid Cars And The Vanishing Tax Credit

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 14th, 2007 12:14am

Because of some obscure holiday onthe East Coast, Tax day has been extended from April 15 to April 17 this year. That gives me time to post this item I keep managing to overlook -- not because it's not a valid topic, but I guess I have such a mental block against taxes that I don't want to think about them, and I can't seem to write about them either. Consumer Reports posted a very informative item ...


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