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How far are you willing to go for all-around economy?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 30th, 2008 2:26pm

A subject has come up in discussions with my colleague Rich Truesdell: He asks "Is the prospect of $5.00/gallon gas causing people to lose their sense of reality?" Apparently people are buying 13-year-old Geo Metros for more than they cost new, just because they get great gas mileage. Do you remember the Metro? Basically a rebadged, domestic version of the Suzuki Swift, the little tiny econobox was powered by ...


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Caution: Hands-Free Cell-Phone Laws Ahead!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 27th, 2008 2:36pm

On July 1, 2008, California and Washington will be the fourth and fifth states to enact a law that bans the use of any hand-held mobile device while driving your car. Other states prohibiting handheld mobile phone use are Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York. When it goes into effect on July 1, 2008, the California law will also prohibit ALL cell-phone use -- including hands-free devices ...


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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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2008 Chevy Malibu Makes the Grade

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 25th, 2008 6:56pm

When Chevrolet set out to redesign the Malibu, the automaker established a huge goal for the languishing vehicle: According to General Motors Vehicle Line Executive Dave Whittaker, "we were challenged to raise the bar on ourselves and create a world-class car that could rival the imports." This was an enormous goal, especially considering that many of the buyers Chevrolet was seeking to woo haden't stepped ...


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Great Customer Service Means More Sales

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 23rd, 2008 6:55pm

I’ve so far purchased two cars in my lifetime – my 2005 Acura RSX as my daily driver, and my husband’s 2007 Mazda3s. The two buying experiences were vastly different. My Acura was purchased at the dealership that could get the right price and color for me at the time. I wasn’t picky at the time about customer service – I wanted that electric blue color, and only this one particular ...


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AskPatty case study in on 'The She Spot: Why Women Are the Market for Changing the World -- And How to Reach Them'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 18th, 2008 5:57pm

June 18, 2008How will Barack Obama ensure he wins the coveted women's vote this election? How can activists, politicians, and cause organizations effectively tap the female market to help stop global warming, end the war in Iraq, raise money for the PTA or fight childhood obesity?In the new book "The She Spot: Why Women Are the Market for Changing the World -- And How to Reach Them," Lisa Witter and Lisa Chen show politicians, ...


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Meet Andrea Hans - AskPatty.com Women in Motorsports Interview

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 17th, 2008 6:54pm

Andrea Hans, Team Full Throttle’s NASCAR Driver Development racer, is trying to get the most she can out of her first season in a Legends car. At a race in Indiana a few weeks ago, she was fast as she’s been all season before a broken rear end sidelined her following practice. “It’s a setback,” Hans said. “We were encouraged because in practice I was keeping up with the faster cars ...


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Shopping for a 'Green Car'?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 16th, 2008 6:51pm

Green-minded Los Angeles shoppers searching for an eco-friendly vehicle can save time - and gas - simply by browsing the convenient inventory of cars in San Fernando Valley's Galpin Motors Network. Thanks to a collection of earth-friendly dealerships representing Ford, Honda, Mercury, Mazda, and Saturn, Galpin offers a complete assortment of high-efficiency, low-emissions vehicle choices, from sporty coupes ...


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Toyota Promises Three-Year $1.4 Million Sponsorship of MillionTreesNYC

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 16th, 2008 6:50pm

MillionTreesNYC -- a public-private partnership between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to plant and care for one million new trees in New York City by 2017 -- recently announced that Toyota has become a supporter in its mission to improve New York City's environment. In a three-year $1.4-million sponsorship with MillionTreesNYC, Toyota will support tree ...


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Women Car Buyers - Declare Their Independence

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 16th, 2008 1:55pm

(PRWEB) June 16, 2008 -- Women car shoppers spend $300 billion annually on purchasing new and used cars, trucks, car maintenance, repairs and service. 51 % of women over 18 are single and may in the car buying market now.     Women Car Buyers - Declare Their Independence Long gone are the days when the only decision women were expected to make about a new car was which ...


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