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Check Engine Light - Don't Ignore me!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 24th, 2008 7:40pm

What is Your Car's "Check Engine" Light Telling You? One of the most vital components to a properly functioning vehicle is the 'Check Engine' light. It alerts the driver to a variety of potential problems based on the vehicle's onboard diagnostic system, and can seem like one of the most mysterious lights on your dashboard. When the 'Check Engine' light comes on, it means that some ...


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Demographics of Hybrid Vehicle Owners

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 10th, 2008 10:15pm

According to a recent study by Acxiom, a business intelligence and data mining firm, North American hybrid vehicle owners are likely to be: higher income, live on the coast, and tech-savvy. OK, that seems quite obvious... With the average premium on a hybrid around $6000 (less after tax rebate if it applies), owning a hybrid is an environmental statement for folks with the cash to spare. Plus, with its different ...


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How Not to Get Ripped Off on Auto Repairs!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 4th, 2008 1:32pm

Most common cons: Scams of disreputable service centers contain one or both of two elements: (1) Charging you for work that was never done, or (2) Convincing you of the need for unnecessary and often overpriced repairs. Here are four different types of scams you could run into and ways to avoid them: Unnecessary replacement of parts. If the mechanic says your car needs a replacement part, ask to be shown which part ...


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Hate the Thought of Dealing with an Auto Repair Center?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 29th, 2008 11:05am

Hate the Thought of Dealing with an Auto Repair Center? Love or hate your auto repair center? I came across a great article in the Automotive Management Institute Instructor Blog and thought I would share some this and get your thoughts on what level of customer service you are looking for at an auto repair center? Share your good, bad and mediocre experiences at automotive service facilities and suggestions to make your ...


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Drunk Driver Kiefer Sutherland Goes to Jail for 48 Days

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 17th, 2007 7:00pm

There wasn't a counter-terrorist agent powerful enough or a White House operative with enough strings to pull Kiefer Sutherland out of jail after he was recently sentenced to serve 48 days in jail for his second drunken-driving arrest in three years. Kiefer immediately reported to a lockup in Glendale City Jail, saying "I'm very disappointed in myself for the poor judgment I exhibited recently, and ...


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Be Prepared for an Accident with the Buttoned Up Collision Kit

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 3rd, 2007 10:09am

Accidents. No one wants to be in one, but it always happens when you are least prepared and on the day you cleaned out your car and left your pens and proof of insurance on your kitchen table. So what if you just had a little accident kit that stowed away nicely in your glove compartment and was at arm's reach when you needed it? Let us introduce you to Get Buttoned Up, the hottest little organization site on the ...


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Emergency Car Repairs – How To Be Prepared During the Holidays

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 28th, 2007 3:47pm

We’ve all been there. Stranded on the side of the road, alone or with a car full of kids (not sure which is more hazardous), and unsure of what this little vehicular setback is going to cost you. Aside from anticipating the steep tow truck fees, you start to see repair receipts fall in front of your eyes. Yikes! I remember the first time I truly broke down in a car. I was driving home from work in ...


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If It Looks Like A Flat, Feels Like A Flat, And Sounds Like A Flat, Guess What…!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 1st, 2007 8:36am

A flat tire shouldn’t be reason for panic. “In schools where drivers’ education isn’t available,” observes one educator, “tire changing ought to be included in home economics.” The Car Care Council suggests that motorists who are unprepared to deal with a flat tire are faced not only with added expense and inconvenience; they also are more vulnerable to foul weather and ...


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AskPatty at 'Women in the Driver's Seat: An Automotive Career Forum for Women'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2007 3:29am

Join City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and AskPatty.com's Jody DeVere for a Discussion on Careers in the Auto Industry; Plus Enjoy a Morning of Informative Safety Workshops and Special Events Saturday, November 3, 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM To break down stereotype and encourage women entering, or re-entering, the workforce to look at careers in the retail automotive industry, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association ...


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Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento becomes a female friendly dealer certified by AskPatty.com

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 26th, 2007 3:41am

"When it comes to the purchase of new vehicles, women are in the driver's seat -- both as buyers and influencers." says James Crowley, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento, California. That's where our dealership's Mission Statement and AskPatty.com certification come in. The Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento dealership lives by its mission statement that: "Our culture guarantees a world class ...


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