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CarMD Releases 10th Annual State Ranking of Car Repair Costs

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 27th, 2020 8:00am

CarMD Releases 10th Annual State Ranking of Car Repair Costs IRVINE, Calif., July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CarMD.com Corporation today released its 10th annual state ranking of check engine light-related car repair costs, which finds in 2019 Vermont had the lowest average repair cost ($342.14) while California drivers incurred the highest average repair cost ($414.24). Rounding out the five most affordable states for car repair over the past year were Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. After ...


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At Home During COVID 19: Keep Maintaining Your Vehicle Even If It Sits Idle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 15th, 2020 12:00am

At Home During COVID 19: Keep Maintaining Your Vehicle Even If It Sits Idle With a majority of vehicle owners living in areas of the country that have stay-at-home orders, many vehicles may be sitting idle for days or weeks at a time. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends starting your car at least once a week and keeping up with routine auto care to help prevent potential maintenance issues. “Just as it is recommended that people stay active during this time of social distancing, your car should ...


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Your Car's Top 5 New Years Resolutions

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 14th, 2020 3:00am

Your Car's Top 5 New Years Resolutions We're nearly two weeks into 2020, how are those New Years Resolutions going?  Hopefully the diet hasn't completely fallen apart yet, but here at AskPatty we always think about vehicle fitness in addition to physical health.  As we head into the new year, don't forget to take great care of your car as well as yourself - here are our top 5 new years resolutions for your vehicle. 1. Don't Put Off Regular ...


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April is National Car Care Month! Tips from AskPatty.com

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 6th, 2018 5:00am

April is National Car Care Month!  Tips from AskPatty.com April is the Car Care Council's National Car Care Month!  Every year in April (and again in October) CarCare.org and AskPatty.com remind all of our readers of the importance of regular vehicle maintenance. Car care month inspection lanes can be found at nearly any auto service facility, and are a part of the auto aftermarket's ongoing public awareness efforfts.  Every year during National Car Care month, volunteers ...


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5 tips to Pay for Car Repairs Even Without an Emergency Fund

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 16th, 2018 8:00am

5 tips to Pay for Car Repairs Even Without an Emergency Fund By Lidia Staron, Guest Contributor Every car owner sooner or later faces the inevitable – having their car repaired. Unfortunately, not everyone is prepared enough for the cost, which ranges from $500 to $2,000. In fact, only 39% of Americans have enough savings to cover an emergency. Gladly, anyone can have their car fixed without getting buried in debts. Here’s how:   1. Checking the Insurance Policy All cars ...


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How to fix leaky vehicles without breaking the bank

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 13th, 2018 8:00am

How to fix leaky vehicles without breaking the bank Drivers expect to experience a few bumps in the road as their vehicles age. While certain issues, such as worn shocks or engine troubles, are best left to the professionals, drivers can address many other issues that commonly affect aging vehicles on their own. Fluid leaks are one of the more routine problems that plague older vehicles. While leaks are not necessarily a sign of doom and gloom, they tend to distress vehicle owners and ...


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Make a Resolution You'll Actually Keep in 2017 - and Don't Forget Your Car!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 2nd, 2017 8:00am

Make a Resolution You'll Actually Keep in 2017 - and Don't Forget Your Car! If you're like almost half of all adults, you have a New Year's resolution - however, once the ball drops and the fireworks are all shot, our commitment to our resolutions seems to waver a little. A week into the new year, just 77 percent of us are still holding to our promises, and after six months, that number drops to just 40 percent, according to University of Pennsylvania research.   This new year, we invite you to ...


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Getting My Car Ready for Winter Storage

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2016 6:00am

Getting My Car Ready for Winter Storage Yikes! As much as I don’t like to think about it, winter is just around the corner. Right now, many of us are enjoying the beautiful fall weather and watching the leaves change colour. I will enjoy this as well, but in the back of my mind, I’m also thinking about the things I need to do to get ready for winter. I need to put my gardens to bed by pulling out and trimming back lots of plants, pile firewood since ...


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The AskPatty.com, Inc Guide for Thousand Oaks Drivers: Serpentine Belt System Wear

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 23rd, 2015 5:51pm

The primary job of the serpentine belt is to provide essential traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the ...


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Your Vehicle is NOT Maintenance Free, Thousand Oaks Car Owners

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 9th, 2015 11:06am

A generation ago, Thousand Oaks auto owners seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle’s preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Having your car in to your Thousand Oaks shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed. For example, almost everyone in Thousand Oaks used to take ...


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