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Excuse Me, But Do You Carpool?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 5th, 2008 1:35pm

We found a video about adult carpools at sheknows.com, where they introduce it by saying: "With gas prices going through the roof, state agencies, private companies, and online sites are hyping the idea of carpools for commuters. And research shows it might be just the ticket for lowering bills and raising employee morale." It made me remember my own ridesharing experiences, when I had been fortunate enough ...


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2007 Honda Element Wins First-Ever DogCar of the Year Award

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 4th, 2008 2:01pm

With market research showing that more households have pets than have children, the folks who designed DogCar.com know they're not alone in considering the needs of their dogs when shopping for a car. Created by "Good Morning America" veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and his writing partner, the syndicated columnist, book author, and PetConnection.com blogger Gina Spadafori, the pair decided to start reviewing ...


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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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Explorer America Concept Presents Ford's Sustainable Strategy

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 3rd, 2008 1:52pm

To help explain its vehicle sustainability strategy, Ford created the Explorer America concept for the 2008 North American International Auto Show. The Ford Explorer America concept showcases a new kind of utility for the vehicle customers have known and loved for years: even better fuel efficiency. "Customers are smart. They value vehicles - the more efficient, the better," said Jim Farley, Ford group ...


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General Motors Green Cadillac Provoq Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 2nd, 2008 1:43pm

Cadillac unveiled a new vision for the future of luxury transportation with the innovative Provoq fuel cell concept during the CES Show in Vegas in January a hydrogen fuel cell crossover vehicle that continues GM’s commitment to displace petroleum through advanced technology. The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept is the latest example of GM’s groundbreaking E-Flex propulsion system, combining the ...


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Be Green with AskPatty.com

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 2nd, 2008 12:26am

At AskPatty.com, we recognize our responsibility to the world around us and are continually striving to reduce our environmental impact, both through the products we promote and through our own on-site processes. The vehicles we promote: Utilize hybrid gasoline/electric powerplants, or Are powered by clean-burning natural gas, or Produce the lowest emissions possible, thanks to PZEV and ULEV ...


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Sneak Peek -- Suzuki Reveals the First Official Image of its Upcoming Midsize Pickup Truck

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 31st, 2008 1:22pm

With the Chicago Auto Show just around the corner, American Suzuki Motors has let loose a sneak peek of the midsize pickup truck they intend to reveal on Wednesday. (Wanna see the rest of the truck? Be sure you click below to read the complete story.) We've been looking forward to seeing the production version of this midsize truck ever since we first heard whispers about it during the recent holiday season. It ...


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GM Asks The World -- 'What's Next?'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 30th, 2008 1:39pm

What should power the world's vehicles in 20 years? How can personal transportation become more sustainable in an age of increasing global competition for resources? What role will the automotive industry play in developing markets? Decisions on issues like these will largely shape transportation in the 21st century. To speed the process, GM will mark its 100th anniversary by launching a global dialogue through an ...


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Overcoming All Odds, Lalah Saddigh is the 'Iranian Schumacher'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 28th, 2008 6:37pm

Lalah Saddigh is the toughest thing on wheels in the Islamic world. She trains in the western Teheran in efforts to become the best rally driver in the world. Saddigh is proud of her nickname the "Iranian Schumacher", and after five years of driving on the rally circuit she has earned it. A year ago, she was granted permission to compete against men. It came with great success: Saddigh has beat out her ...


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The Last Living Driver of a Regular-Sized Car in the 'Burbs

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 24th, 2008 6:18pm

My car is developing an auto-inferiority complex from being constantly squeezed between hulking behemoths in the parking lots of our little corner of suburbia. Which leads me to ask: am I the only one still driving a regular-sized (e.g. not a SUV, mini-van, or maxi-sized four-wheel-drive) vehicle these days? Okay. You have three or more kids, and each of those kids has friends and sporting equipment and band ...


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