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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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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the CarMD Vehicle Health Index

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 3rd, 2020 12:00am

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the CarMD Vehicle Health Index CarMD has spent a decade reporting on check engine light-related problems, repairs and associated costs. Having built the most comprehensive and dynamic database of failures and repairs related to vehicle on-board diagnostic systems, CarMD is uniquely qualified to provide unbiased data on repair costs and trends. CarMD distributes this Index each April during Car Care Awareness Month to remind vehicle owners about the importance of ...


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How to Prepare to Sell Your Car: 3 Easy Tips

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

How to Prepare to Sell Your Car: 3 Easy Tips There are so many factors you have to consider when you’re preparing to sell your car. Sometimes it can be hard to keep everything straight. But selling your car is a big deal, and it’s important to get prepared beforehand. This quick guide will walk you through three quick tips that can help make this process as simple as possible. Let’s get started. #3 - Preparing to Sell Your Car? Start with Your Paperwork When ...


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Insurance Institute releases list of Top Safety Pick vehicles

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 19th, 2020 12:00am

Insurance Institute releases list of Top Safety Pick vehicles The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its list of 2020 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ vehicles.   The latest findings show 64 cars and SUVs qualified for a safety award. The organization uses criteria to determine how safe the vehicles are based on protection of people inside the vehicle and pedestrians. The institute evaluates vehicles in six areas, measuring how they stand up in a crash. The study also ...


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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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Patty Says: Prevent Vehicle Theft with this info from NHTSA!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 11th, 2018 8:00am

Patty Says: Prevent Vehicle Theft with this info from NHTSA! What would you do if the vehicle you count on every day to get you from point A to point B was suddenly stolen?  For more than 750,000 drivers every year, this is their reality.  This month is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, and the NHTSA has put together some great resources on simple steps you can take to prevent your car from being stolen. First of all, the NHTSA has put together an awesome infographic which ...


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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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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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What Is It Like to Be in a Car When the Airbag Deploys? My Airbag Story.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 25th, 2017 8:00am

What Is It Like to Be in a Car When the Airbag Deploys?  My Airbag Story. Have you ever been in a car crash and the airbags deployed?  I asked my car insurance lady this and she absolutely shuddered and said she hoped she never experienced it. I thought I would share my own personal experience with you. I was 26 at the time, and I was driving home after having what I thought was a really great meeting regarding potential sponsorship on my racecar. I was heading north, doing the speed limit and at ...


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