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October 20, 2014

Test Drive a Buick to Raise Funds for High School Extracurriculars

BuickDriveForStudentsWV04-sBy Derek Handova

It’s back to school time. Learning is in full swing on campus when the bell rings. And after hours, there’s a full slate of extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, with the state of educational backing in many districts, only the essentials get funded. Many programs could be at risk. That’s why outside resources are vitally important. In that spirit this last September, Buick started a full-scale initiative to help local high schools across the country raise money for after-class programs.

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October 17, 2014

Here’s a New Way to Steal Cars: Stolen IDs

Car_thief-thinkstock-470758427-wsForget hot-wiring. As new technology makes it harder to steal cars the old-fashioned way, today’s thieves are using more sophisticated “white-collar” methods to get their hands on a set of wheels, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  

The NICB and its law enforcement partners report a growing number of these cases which, in legal terms, constitute financial fraud. Therefore, these stolen vehicles are not counted as auto thefts -- which may partially account for the steady decline in auto theft crime statistics over the past two decades.

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October 15, 2014

Ladies, Start Your Engines! It's “Dream Car Week” On The Price Is Right

Price_is_right_logoEvery day this week, contestants on "The Price is Right" compete for the chance to win luxury cars. Over the course of the week more than $500,000 worth of cars is up for grabs.

Luxury vehicles featured include the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport SE, Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, Tesla Model S, and Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.

Click Here To Watch Dream Car Week Episodes Online

Hosted by Drew Carey and broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, this year's “The Price is Right” Dream Car Week will also feature special guest models Matthew Atkinson and Hunter King from “The Young And The Restless” and Karla Mosley from “The Bold And The Beautiful.”

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October 13, 2014

OnStar Shares Camping Hacks to Enhance Your Outdoor Adventures

OnStar_Camping_hack-introA scholarly fellow once said camping is 90-percent preparation; the rest depends on how well you deal with ghost stories, bug bites, and eating beef jerky for three days in a row. I'm not much of a camper, so I expect I'd be the one complaining about being dirty and cold.

However, OnStar is all about helping you be prepared and connecting you to the right people, so they teamed up with camping expert Perry Keydel to share camping tricks and tips for your next outdoor adventure.

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October 10, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for October 2014

Breast_cancer_awareness-thinkstock-181808472-sThe biggest news of October is Breast Cancer Awareness, with a variety of awareness programs happening all month long. It's also the time of year that we promote national Car Care, Columbus Day (October 13), Boss's Day (October 16), Teen Driver Safety week (October 20-27), and don't forget about Halloween. On top of these October themes, AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners are involved in a diverse selection of activities, and are offering a great variety of special female friendly programs for October.

 

Fall_season_driving_Safety_tips-thinkstock-188100262-sFall Season Driving Safety Tips from Cooper Tire

October has arrived, the kids are back in school, and the summer season is changing into fall. As the days get shorter and we change our focus from carefree vacations to the cooler season ahead, itÆs also important to recognize that our focus on the road must change as well.

With many travelers preparing to hit the road for fall vacations, Cooper Tire is helping to keep drivers safe and giving you up to $70 back by taking advantage of its Fall Reward Event. 

 

Chicks_Cars_Cupcakes_logoGreat Lakes Credit Union Hosts 3rd Annual "Cars, Chicks and Cupcakes"

Ladies, get ready to attend this upscale, fun-filled event to learn about all aspects of the retail automotive market, along with gourmet cupcakes, a little bit of fashion, raffles, swag bags... AND MORE! The third annual event, being hosted by Great Lakes Credit Union, will be held at the Gurnee Mills Telemundo Entertainment Stage, in Gurnee, Illinois, on Saturday October 25th, 2014, from 2pm to 4pm.

 

Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-go_PINK_-leadValvoline Instant Oil Change Hosts PINK OUT Day

For the third year in a row, as a part of their month-long promotion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores nationwide participated in a "Pink Out" day on October 2nd. In addition to selling the AutoTex PINK blades -- available in pink or black, metal, frameless, or uni-blade variants -- all month long, these select VIOC stores were decked out in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer!  "Pink Out Day is a visual event for a very visual product." The product, of course, is AutoTex PINK Wiper Blades, and they will be taking automotive retailers nationwide by storm this October. The goal of these wipers is to "Wipe Out Breast Cancer," and they're following through on that promise by donating 20% of every blade sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

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AskPatty Partners Participate in "Brakes for Breasts"

Can you imagine a vaccine that would create a world free of breast cancer? WE CAN! Many AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly partners, including Hi-Tech Car Care; 1st Choice Automotive; AutoCraftsmen of Montpelier, Vermont;  Star Motors of San Juan Capistrano, California; Bridgetown Automotive; First Choice Automotive; Caton Auto Clinic; Star Automotive of Grant's Pass, Oregon;  Wilhelm Automotive; Hi-Tech Car Care of Phoenix, Arizona;  180 Degrees Automotive of Phoenix, Arizona; Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair of Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona and many more shops across the US are supporting #BreastCancerAwareness in October by participating in the Free Brakes for Breasts program.

Every October, the ôBrakes for Breastsö program kicks off and runs through the entire month. During that time, clients receive FREE brake pads or shoes (good quality Raybestos up to $109.00 value). Customers pay only for the labor and any other ancillary parts that are necessary to complete the job.

Participating repair shops then donate 10% of the brake job cost to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund. 100% of our proceeds go directly to research. Dr. Vincent Tuohy has created a vaccine that has proven effective in laboratory animals, and has great promise for eliminating breast cancer from our world! For more information, go to BrakesForBreasts.org

To find a participating "Brakes for Breasts" location click here: http://brakesforbreasts.wordpress.com/participating-locations/

Some shops are adding to the event with their own promotion, for instance, if a customer refers a friend to participate in Brakes for Breasts at 180 Degrees Automotive in Phoenix, Arizona, you both get entered to win $700 raffle basket!

 

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:

 

Schumacher_chevroletSchumacher Chevrolet and Gearhart Chevrolet of New Jersey

During the month of October, Chevrolet has pledged to donate $10 for every test drive to "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer." Schumacher Chevrolet is inviting everyone to stop by Schumacher Chevrolet for a test drive to help support this worthy cause! 

 Schumacher is also joining forces with Gearhart Chevrolet  to contribute to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society with their walk on October 19th in Parsippany. The team name is Pink Chevy Classics and details can be found here.

 

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 Wayne's Automotive of Aiken, South Carolina

Wayne's Automotive & Towing Center has been a longtime supporter of women learning the basics of car care with the center's biannual "Heels on Wheels" clinic being its latest effort. Held on October 4th, the event featured Wayne's pink tow truck and participants learned how to check critical fluids including oil, coolant, and transmission fluids, how to change a tire, and what technicians look for during a typical inspection. Wayne's is also running an advertising campaign this month that states for every call our pink truck makes, we donate 1$ for every call to the "Best Chance Network" which offers low-income free mammograms. The automotive center donates $1 to the Best Chance Network, which is affiliated with The National Breast Cancer Foundation, every time a customer requests the Wayne's Pink Tow Truck for towing services and will donate $1,889 that was collected over the year.

 

MC_tireM & C Tire of Kalispell, Montana

M & C Tire is selling AutoTex Pink windshield wipers and giving a set away with each set of new tires purchased while supplies last through the month of october.  On October 3rd, the whole crew wore "save a sister" (in partnership with Kalispell Regional Med Center) pink t-shirts to participate in "turn the flathead pink" to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

 

Convoy_auto_repairConvoy Auto Repair of San Diego, California

Convoy Auto Repair is selling AutoTex Pink windshield wipers and will install them for free during the month of October. Winter is coming so get your new wiper blades now

 

 

FMC_repair_Dress_for_the_CauseFMC Repair of Stoney Creek, Ontario (Canada)

FMC Truck, Auto and Marine Repair are hosting "Dress for the Cause" event to benefit Breast Cancer Society of Canada October 24th. The event will host a barbecue, and give customers a chance to meet their staff and tour their facility.

 

 

Scheirle_automotive-goes-pink-for-breast-cancer-awarenessSchierl Tire & Service Centers of Central Wisconsin

The Team Schierl & Mada office staff went PINK to show their support of the Team Schierl & Mada PINK GAME FOR CANCER with the UWSP Pointer football team! The special football game was held Saturday, September 27th at Community Stadium at Goerke Field, Stevens Point and raised more than $50,000. The 2014 Pink Game for Cancer fundraising efforts benefit the Joanne A. Suomi Memorial Fund, the Breast Cancer Family Foundation, and the Circle of Friends Foundation. We are excited to support each of these organizations!

 

Meade-lexus-10000-facebook-fansMeade Lexus of Southfield and Utica, Michigan

Meade Lexus recently reached 10,000 fans on Facebook. Congratulations for this giant milestone!! 

Meade Lexus really knows how to use social media to raise awareness of their company, and even awarded a car to a Leap4Lexus winner in a contest that was promoted on Facebook.

 

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O'Daniel Automart of Fort Wayne, Indiana

O'Daniel Automart has gone pink for October with AutoTex Pink wiper blades, giving 20% of all sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. O'Daniel is also hosting a Jeep Jam event on Saturday, October 11, which is raising funds to donate to our Military. Held Edgewaters Park from 6am to 8pm, the event starts the day with two special off-road courses for Jeeps, and culminates in a live performance by American Idol finalist Josh Gracin complete with fireworks.

 

GLCU-FlatKirby-ContestGreat Lakes Credit Union of North Chicago, Illinois

This week, Great Lakes Credit Union was thrilled to present a check for $1,000 to the winner of our #FlatKirbyContest, AJ Katzenmaier Elementary School in North Chicago, Illinois!! They received over 400 votes, winning the contest and the $1,000 prize! Congratulations to the families, students, and staff of AJK! Thank you to everyone who voted and participated! Find out more about our Flat Kirby Contest here

 

Performance-automotive-flyvinesPerformance Automotive Services, Inc., of Winston-Salem, NC

In honor of Breast Cancer awareness month Performance Automotive has teamed up with Flyvines to offer pink bracelets, and with each sale we are giving back to Casting for Recovery! All bracelets include pink fly line with other assorted colors mixed in to keep it fun. Available now on www.mavenfly.com  #mavenfly

 

Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in September. 

October 09, 2014

Great Lakes Credit Union Hosts 3rd Annual "Cars, Chicks and Cupcakes©"

Chicks_Cars_Cupcakes_logoLadies, get ready to attend this upscale, fun-filled event to learn about all aspects of the retail automotive market, along with gourmet cupcakes, a little bit of fashion, raffles, swag bags... AND MORE!

The third annual event, being hosted by Great Lakes Credit Union, will be held at the Gurnee Mills Telemundo Entertainment Stage, in Gurnee, Illinois, on Saturday October 25th, 2014, from 2pm to 4pm. GLCU will host a panel of female automotive experts, who will speak about:

• Navigating the Dealership
• How to Get the Best Financing Deal
• What to Know About Tire Care, Car Maintenance and Collision Repair, and 
• Keeping Your Car Insurance Rates Down for Yourself and your Teen Driver

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October 08, 2014

2014 October Breast Cancer Awareness: How do Ford and General Motors Show Support?

Breast_cancer_awareness-thinkstock-134127959-sLast week, we shared news about how Valvoline stores nationwide have gone pink in October to help wipe out cancer with the sales of AutoTex Pink windshield wipers. This week, we’re focusing on ways that both Ford and General Motors are showing their support of Breast Cancer Awareness programs. 

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October 06, 2014

Irwindale Speedway holds one of the Biggest ALS Ice Bucket Challenges

Irwindale-Speedway-holds-one-of-Biggest-ALS-ChallengesBy Derek Handova

In September, the Irwindale Speedway held the largest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ever seen in the Greater Los Angeles area and one of the largest ever held in the United States, according to its press release (see the YouTube video below to catch some of the highlights). Thankfully, the number of these videos plastered across social media has finally started to taper off because I just couldn’t bear to watch another one of them—all those shivering people give me the willies! However, if you're gonna go out with one last image of an ice bucket challenge, then it may as well be this one.

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