Meet Breanne and Sapphire!
By Breanne Boyle - eMarketing Manager - AskPatty.com
Cars have somehow always been a part of my life. My grandfather built custom T-bucket hot rods and my father has owned every cool old car imaginable, so from the day I was born I was destined to be around automotive. Even my brother builds cars and works in the industry.
I started out working for Primedia, one of the largest publishers of automotive magazines, where I spent time working on Import Tuner, European Car, Automobile and Motor Trend. I learned an immense amount about cars and aftermarket parts and repairs. And it really deepened my already-ingrained enthusiasm for cars. Working with brands like Motor Trend allowed me opportunities to manage marketing programs and special projects.
Along the way, I discovered Ask Patty. I was working as a freelance writer for the above magazines and wanted to add AskPatty.com to my list. After a few phone calls with Jody DeVere, Ask Patty’s President, I decided I wanted to be more involved with such a great tool for women. So I accepted a position as eMarketing Manager with Ask Patty and here I am!
Besides working for a living with cars, I have had my own experiences with car buying, car repairs, etc. And they haven’t always been easy. My first car was a 1979 VW Beetle convertible. I bought it in high school with babysitting money for roughly $2000. I guess I babysat a lot! My dad and I fixed it up and had it running in enough time for me to sell it and move away to college in Ohio. An old Bug with a cloth top wasn’t going to fare well in the Midwest winters. Instead I bought a used Oldsmobile 'boat of a car' and took that back with me.
Above right is my current ride 'Sapphire', an Acura RSX Type -S. Read more about why I bought her.
I remember my first experience with doing car maintenance on my own. I took that Oldsmobile to a large chain to have the oil changed and when I drove it home my car was smoking like a chimney and smelled burned. I had no idea what to do. The response I got from the mechanics was patronizing at best. Luckily I found a small shop who was willing to explain the mistakes they made and helped me go back to them and get it straightened out. Where was Ask Patty when I needed her?
I bought my very first brand new car, a 2005 Acura RSX-S in December of 2004. My first car! I had arrived! I learned a lot from that experience. I did tons of research online via Edmunds and Motor Trend. I found out what the invoice price for my chosen vehicle was, and how much others were paying around the country.
Once I was sure about what I wanted to spend and all the options I wanted (I highly suggest you know what options you want Before you go into the dealer because they will usually try to push you into more), I started pitting dealerships against each other until someone came low enough for me. I bought the car for $300 over invoice, lower than the Edmunds.com average.
I also did some research into car insurance prices before I knew what make and model I wanted. I found out that there are certain models that have a higher premium for seemingly odd reasons. You should try to find that out before you purchase. You may find that the car you wanted has a hefty insurance price tag and that may sway your decision. It did for me.
So I am happy to be working as eMarketing Manager with Ask Patty and look forward to hearing from all you consumer and dealership women out there!
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