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December 19, 2014

10 Tips to Solve Foggy Lighting This Holiday Season

Headlights_in_fog-thinkstock-178590828-sDriving in heavy fog, even for the experienced driver can be a daunting experience. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an average of 31,385 crashes, resulting in 11,812 persons injured and 511 deaths, occur each year – all due to fog. Given the dangerous circumstances of driving in fog, it's important to keep as safe as is possible and this can be achieved by installing high-quality fog lights and using them properly.

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December 18, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Great Automotive Gifts for Guys

Christmas_gift_man_car-thinkstock-100118082In this installment of our holiday shopping guides, we're focusing on great gifts for the car-loving guy in your life. Father, son, brother, husband, boyfriend, or buddy: no matter whether he wants to drive them or wrench on them -- if your guy loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for him.

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December 17, 2014

Women’s Automotive Association International Names Spirit of Leadership Honorees

WAAI_Spirit_of_leadership-invite-2015Six accomplished industry women have been chosen to receive the esteemed 2015 Spirit of Leadership Award. Established in 1999, the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award is presented annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community, and family.

These women have dedicated their life to their profession and to giving back to others; and they serve as mentors and are role models to us all. Sustained superior performance, community involvement, influence and support of other women within the automotive industry are just some of the qualities these women possess. A Spirit of Leadership award is given for three automotive business sectors: 1) manufacturer, 2) dealership, and 3) supplier.

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AskPatty’s Holiday Gift Guides: 10 Tools Every Home Mechanic Should Have

Woman_with_tools-thinkstock-151019253Taking your car to a professional mechanic can end up costing you hundreds of dollars and eat away at your savings. Most people don’t realize that it can be easy to do simple repairs and car maintenance yourself, saving time and money -- as long as you’ve got the right tools.

With Christmas just around the corner, this is the perfect time to stock the toolbox of the mechanic you love, or even your own toolbox! The tool man Chris Duke, Automotive Improvement Expert, shares advice about ten tools should be in the toolbox of every home mechanic.

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December 16, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Ten Great Automotive Gifts for Gals

Christmas_car_thinkstock-500409181-sIt’s that time of year again when we rack our brains trying to find the perfect gift for those special people on our list. To help you in your quest for the ultimate gifts, AskPatty will be sharing gift guides for the rest of the week to help you find the right gift for the car lovers in your world.

Today, we’re starting with ten great gifts for your special car girl. Whether you want to gift her with fun and decorative car accessories, car themed gifts, or practical items she can keep in her car, these ten suggestions make great holiday gifts for the special girls on your list.

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December 12, 2014

5 Tips to Bring Home a Fresh Holiday Tree

Cars-to-Bring-Home-A-Christmas-Tree-Thinkstock_87795586No matter which winter celebration you enjoy -- or what you call that conifer that so often adorns homes during this time of year -- the lots are open on every corner, which means you’re likely to be bringing one of them home for the holidays.

According to Wikipedia, the American origins of the Christmas Tree vary, but ever since German settlers first introduced them to the U.S. in the early 1800s, the evergreen spruce, pine, or fir (three of the most popular holiday choices) have come to symbolize the spirit of the season. 

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December 11, 2014

6 Mobile Apps That Could Save Your Life

Apps_that_can_save_your_life-mobile-device-Thinkstock-80608334When you think about being a safer driver, mobile apps are probably not the first thing that come to mind, are they? Every day, it seems we hear about another tragic accident caused by someone using their phone while they should have been watching the road.

So you might be surprised to learn that there are several great phone apps whose sole purpose is to help you be a better, safer driver. Some are particularly helpful for teen drivers, but all of them are useful for anyone seeking to be safer behind the wheel.

If you’ll be spending much time on the road this holiday season, you might want to investigate whether any of these six mobile apps could be helpful for you along the way!

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December 08, 2014

Buy a Car at Your Kitchen Table with “Shop-Click-Drive”

General_motors-shop_click_drive-logoImagine selecting your car online, and taking delivery of the vehicle in your own driveway, while completing the paperwork at your kitchen table that weekend. Could buying a new car get any easier than this?

The option is now available nationwide thanks to General Motors’s “Shop-Click-Drive,” an online service that allows buyers to choose a specific vehicle, get estimated pricing, review available incentives, learn about financing and insurance products, get information about their trade-in, and apply for financing, all online. General Motors reports that consumers have purchased or leased more than 13,000 new vehicles in the last year using the “Shop-Click-Drive” service, which combines the convenience of the Internet with personal customer service, and is now offered by 1,665 U.S. dealers in all 50 states.

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