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What You Should Look For On A Test Drive

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 29th, 2007 2:23am

So you've done all the research and you know what type of car you want or maybe even the exact model, but you haven't tried it out. Don't you dare pluck down that cash before you take a test drive! Ask Patty has put together some tips for you to take with you to the car lot. Jot down these questions or print them out and make sure you skim through them before driving off into the sunset. Make sure to check ...


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Mazda CX-9 Named SEAMO 2008 Family Car of the Year

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 27th, 2007 2:29pm

The South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO) recently honored the 2008 Mazda CX-9 with the inaugural “Family Car of the Year Award” during the group’s sixth annual media ride and drive event, held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. “We are honored to receive this inaugural award from journalists in the southeast,” says Dave Sweet, group manager, Product Strategies, Mazda ...


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Crossing over to the auto world. It can be a girl thing!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 27th, 2007 9:20am

Our culture is littered with phrases such as "Boys will be boys" and "It's a girl thing," but what do those sayings actually mean? It's not uncommon to encounter hostility when attempting to disprove the innateness of gender, since gender has become so entwined in the social fabric of our society. When someone oversteps the boundaries of "acceptable" gendered behavior, the response ...


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November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month -- Dealing with Drivers with Dementia

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 25th, 2007 6:04pm

Life is filled with difficult decisions. That is especially true when dealing with a devastating illness like Alzheimer's disease or dementia. T.K. Anderson has more on how family members can find help in knowing when to transition their loved one from driver to passenger. People suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia are driving an average of ten months longer than their caregivers think is safe. ...


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Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Named 2008 Green Car of the Year

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 23rd, 2007 10:18am

First full-size hybrid SUV promises 30 percent fuel efficiency increase over standard model By Green Car Journal Editors The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid - the first General Motors vehicle to use the company's all-new two-mode hybrid system, and the first full-size hybrid SUV- was presented the Green Car Journal's 2008 Green Car of the Year(R) award at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. "This is a ...


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Honda Debuts All-New FCX Clarity Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 23rd, 2007 9:16am

Nearly every manufacturer at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show made some kind of statement regarding their intent to reduce reliance on petroleum-based fuels. After showing various iterations of this concept over the last several seasons of auto shows, Honda finally revealed its production FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, announcing plans to begin limited retail marketing of the vehicle ...


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Flex-Fuel Ford F-150 Presents Turkeys for Presidential Pardoning

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 22nd, 2007 4:50pm

In a White House tradition that dates back to President Harry S. Truman in 1947, two turkeys were given Thanksgiving pardons by President George W. Bush Tuesday. According to the Detroit Free Press, the turkeys were chauffeured to the White House in the back of a black flex-fuel Ford F-150 pickup truck for the event, which is sponsored by the National Turkey Federation and the Walt Disney Company. The F-150 then ...


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3 New Gas Saving Tips for Thanksgiving - When Every Penny Counts

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 22nd, 2007 2:58pm

Some great gas saving tips to help you save some cash on your Thanksgiving holiday drive: TIP #1: Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not ...


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Ask Patty Los Angeles Auto Show Blog Carnival: November 20, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 21st, 2007 3:15am

We want to interrupt our regularly scheduled Carnival to bring you an exclusive Los Angeles Auto Show carnival. We scoped and scanned the Los Angeles Convention Center to bring you the best of what was out there, from little commuter cars to large SUVs. More than a dozen concept and production vehicles made their global debuts while another 30 vehicles made their first appearances in North America. Sit back and relax for ...


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Chevrolet's Got The Beat: Global Online Poll Winner to Enter Production

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 20th, 2007 9:14am

A vehicle based on the Chevrolet Beat concept (which made its debut at AskPatty in our New York Auto Show Coverage as well as across auto shows around the globe and the Internet earlier this year) will go into global production, Chevrolet announced at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. An online poll that attracted more than 1.86 million voters helped influence the decision to take the cute little concept to final ...


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