Ask Patty tells us that, "80% of car buying decisions are influenced by women and 50% of car purchases are made by women.” But there are still plenty of women who don't feel entirely comfortable with the purchasing process because of a previous bad experience with a salesperson or dealership. Ask Patty is a gender-friendly TypePad blog where car-buying rookies can get their feet wet and their confidence up before they ever see a sticker price. Jody DeVere is the President of Ask Patty and has organized a collective of women with many years in the car industry to answer questions and give advice on topics well beyond just buying a vehicle. If you have questions about maintenance and repairs, want to read a review of a car, or just want to get reading recommendations, this is the place. Those with a serious interest in the automotive industry can read up on the California Car Buyers Bill of Rights or take the "Well Wheeled Woman Survey" to help Kim Tinkham research her book, Well Wheeled: Women Taking Control of Their Car Buying Experience. So, go ahead, Ask Patty.