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So You Want to Buy a New Car?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 27th, 2008 10:05am

CNN found that 75% of people surveyed would rather go to the dentist than a car dealership. Most people do however love driving their new car off the dealership lot. Emotions run high when buying a new car. Never be afraid to walk away from a car deal if it doesn't feel right. On the other hand, if your questions have been answered and the deal feels right, take a deep breath, buy your car, and enjoy the drive ...


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12 Steps to Getting Better Gas Mileage!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 26th, 2008 9:55am

There are a number of things you can do to ease the money coming out of your wallet to pay for gasoline to power your car. The easiest and most effective way to save money on gas is to park it. Hide the keys from yourself and walk or ride a bike. If you need to go a greater distance try carpooling. This will cut your fuel costs in half and you don’t have the expense of maintaining a car. If you live in a larger ...


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Israel -- The First Electric Car Nation?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 25th, 2008 9:51am

On Jan. 21, 2008 Renault-Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn announced in Jerusalem that they will begin producing a customized electric car for the Israeli market in 2011. The idea is the brainchild of former SAP executive Shah Agassi's, who formed a venture specifically for this project, name Project Better Place, based in Palo Alto, California. The five passenger Renault Megane will serve as ...


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Snow Means Fun Fun Fun!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 25th, 2008 9:42am

I like snow as much as the next person, which is about this much (holding fingers only an inch apart). The reason being that snow basically brings with it wet socks, wet floor mats, too many layers, red noses, and the harsh reality of needing a vehicle that can handle the winter weather. There are many different things you can do to make driving in snow and winter conditions safer. You can invest in good winter tires - ...


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'Driving Independence' Focus of 2nd Annual Disability Matters Awards Hosted by General Motors

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 21st, 2008 9:16pm

Registration is now open for the second annual Disabilities Matters Conference; its theme will be centered on 'Driving Independence.' The national meeting will feature three panel discussions on how a variety of work/life, diversity, and marketing initiatives can help increase the personal independence of individuals with special needs both in life and work. The conference will take place on July 22, 2008, at ...


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Mary Barra to Lead General Motors Global Manufacturing Engineering

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 21st, 2008 10:16am

General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner recently announced that Mary Barra, currently executive director, vehicle manufacturing engineering, was appointed GM vice president, global manufacturing engineering, effective February 1. In her new position, Mary reports to Gary Cowger, GM group vice president, global manufacturing and labor relations. She will succeed Jim Wiemels, who will retire April 1 after 43 years of ...


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Pontiac Empowers United Spinal Association with Motorability Car Culture Island in Second Life

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 20th, 2008 10:04am

Pontiac's Motorati Island is getting a second life by making a very generous donation of the very successful seven-region car culture island in Second Life to United Spinal Association. The newly named Motorabilty Island aims to continue catering to the car culture community in Second Life with a twist, by providing an opportunity to empower the 10,000 United Spinal Association members to join Second Life and ...


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Pontiac Empowers United Spinal Association with Car Culture Island in Second Life

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 20th, 2008 9:59am

Pontiac Donates Motorati Island in Second Life to United Spinal Association On behalf of United Spinal Association's board of directors, its 10,000 members we are truly grateful to Pontiac and General Motors for the generosity of this wonderful gift to of virtual car culture recreation and will continue ...


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How Big is Too Big? Supersized Hummer Poses Parking Problems

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 19th, 2008 10:28am

The delivery guy drove the 2008 Hummer H2 up the ramp into my parking structure without any problems at all. I watched as he slowly drove under the bar that indicated the height limitation and I could see that he went safely underneath with inches to spare. Imagine my surprise upon exiting down the ramp, when we felt the roof of the humongous Hummer drag against the pole. And as if that wasn’t enough, when ...


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Perspective: A woman in a car guy's world

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 19th, 2008 9:48am

AskPatty President Jody sent me a link to this column recently and asked me to comment on it. I had no idea what I would say. My first thought was "Well, I don't really know much about advertising. I have no idea what it's like to be a woman in the advertising industry." Background: In her column " 'Mad Men' and Irate Women" Nina DiSesa said "While watching Mad Men last year, I ...


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