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July 27, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 10: Don't Base Your Purchase On Monthly Payments!

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Instead, consider the total purchase price after sales tax, and then evaluate the monthly cost.

Once you know your total price, financing the car should cost about $20 a month for 60 months for every $1000 financed (for buyers with good credit), so keep that in mind when you’re looking at the bottom line. Most car pricing services also offer pricing estimators to help you know ahead of time what it will cost to finance your purchase. If you have quotes from other dealers, use them as leverage in your current negotiation. Having a target transaction price in mind before you visit the dealership is important, and where your advance research will help the most.

 

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July 24, 2015

Ten Simple Tips To Prevent Your Car From Being Burglarized

Prevent_car_burglaries-iStock_000020243692-LjupcoThe car of one of my neighbors was burglarized recently, and the thieves stole a nice car stereo and back-seat DVD entertainment system. According to a report at CNN.com,  $1.25 billion in personal items and accessories are stolen from vehicles in about 1.8 million thefts each year.

My neighbor had -- stupidly -- left his car unlocked. Did he have an alarm? Yep, but it wasn't activated, either. He mistakenly thought, because we live in a small, gated neighborhood, that his car was safe. Law enforcement officials say that finding unlocked cars is still the number one way thieves are getting in. Luckily, this form of theft can be easily prevented with a little common sense.

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AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 9: Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It!

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When that happens, the balance of your old loan will be rolled into the new car's loan amount, combining the debt of two cars into one, larger, loan.

Save discussions about trade-ins until the end of your negotiation process. The price of the car should not be determined by the vehicle you have to trade in, so consider that a separate transaction. Only after you settle on a purchase price should you start negotiating the terms of a potential trade. Price your car ahead of time using services like KBB.com, Clearbook.com, or CarMax.com, so you have a good idea of what it should be worth ahead of time. Remember, if you don't like the trade-in value you're offered for your car, you might get more for it by selling it yourself or taking it to CarMax.

 

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July 23, 2015

MINI Put Cameras Onto Puppies! You’ll Giggle At What Happens Next!

Mini_Put_Cameras_onto_Puppies-frontseatBecause we know you need a cuteness fix, here’s a great puppy cam experience you’ll want to share with your dog-loving friends.

Mini strapped cameras to the backs of four different dogs – Cooper, Turbo, Ziggy and Zaggy -- to give prospective MINI owners a dog’s eye tour of a MINI Cooper, offering an especially cute way to explore the iconic little car. Visitors to k9showroom.miniusa.comcan watch a variety of rotating external and internal views and also follow a link to see dogs that are available for adoption. Puppy fans can also “tweet a treat” and watch as one of the adorable furballs sniffs out treats that drop from a treat booth.

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July 22, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 8: Do find a Certified Female Friendly Dealer!

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Once you have a vehicle in mind, go to the Zip Code Search on the AskPatty.Com® site for an AskPatty.Com Certified Female Friendly® dealership near you.

Once you find a location, check out their company web site. Most dealerships have a listing of their new and used vehicle inventories so you can do some searching for the car you are seeking to purchase. All new car dealerships have their own web site, so searching on the Internet by the name of the dealership or by product brand name you are researching should be easy.

 

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July 21, 2015

2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label -- a Perfect Recovery Vehicle

2015_Lincoln_MKC-exteriorWhen Lincoln offered to loan me a Black Label MKC, I wasn’t expecting its delivery to be delayed due to an emergency case of appendicitis. Thankfully, they didn’t cancel the loan, and it became one of the things I was most looking forward to upon my discharge from the hospital.

Let’s face it: I love my little Ford Fiesta, but I didn’t think it would be very easy to get in and out of its low seat, and I wasn’t sure how easily I’d be able to shift its manual transmission, with three fresh laparoscopic incisions in my abdomen. The 2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label would be a welcome treat after three days in the hospital.

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July 20, 2015

AskPatty.com Relaunches Certified Female Friendly® Program with Renewed Focus on Consulting, Support for Brands, New Dealer Division

AskPattyLogoNewColorsHiRezAskPatty.com Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to get advice on car purchases, preventative maintenance and repairs, and other automotive related topics, has announced a new phase in the ongoing evolution of its Certified Female Friendly® Program, aimed at assisting automotive retailers in attracting and retaining women customers.

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Industry Veteran Cherie Watters Returns to AskPatty.com as Head of Dealer Division

Cherie_Watters_headshotContinuing the overhaul of the AskPatty.com programs, Cherie Watters, former President of Sales and Marketing, returns to the company as Head of AskPatty.com's new Dealer Division.

“The kind of service that will work for the independent shop or tire dealer will not work in the dealer world. Dealers are very unique,” explains Jody DeVere. “Part of our renewed focus on giving our clients the support they need is moving our dealers into their own category, so that they're treated differently from start to finish. We really take our work in the dealer world very seriously.”

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