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22 posts from October 2011

October 18, 2011

BlogHer: Women car buyers who read auto blogs more excited, confident, and informed.

BlogherThe gals at BlogHer - a cross-platform media network of female bloggers, and dear friends of Ask Patty - announced the results of their "Put Her in the Driver's Seat" survey at the JD Power & Associates 2011 Automotive Internet Roundtable in Las Vegas.  "Driver's Seat" was designed to explore how women feel and where they turn for advice when shopping for cars, and we are happy to say we're not surprised to hear their results.  The survey revealed a significant positive impact on female buyers who used blogs and social media - and a preference for blogs and official product information sources versus traditional media and social networks.

THAT, Ask Patty Nation, is EXACTLY why we are here.

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October 17, 2011

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly® Blog Carnival - October Edition

AskpattypinkAs you may have heard (once or twice, if you follow the blog) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and things are looking just rosy all over the Ask Patty Nation as our Certified Female Friendly shops and dealers think pink and support worthy causes such as Komen for the Cure, AutoTex PINK, and more.  Read on...



Community tireCommunity Tire Pros & Auto Repair, with 5 locations in Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona, will be focused on Car Care Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October.  Customers visiting the stores can earn a gift-with-purchase, such as a co-branded Computer bag - limited to the first 12 per store, with other items given out such as side pouches, Key Chain emergency whistles, Cancer Information packets, etc.  They have also been busy remodeling locations and are planning the Grand Re-opening for Nov. 3rd & 4th, with the celebration of "Customer/Vendor Appreciation Day!"  Visit their website for more information and updates:

ShockleyShockley Honda, in Frederick, Maryland, is showing their PINK in support of Breast Cancer awareness month.  Bring in a bra or a donation to Shockley Honda during the month, and receive $50.00 off any repair over $250.00  Visit their website to print the coupon and read more about their outstanding Sales and Service Departments:

AmericantireAmerican Tire & Auto Care of Old Bridge, New Jersey, along with their sister locations serving all of Central New Jersey, will be donating $1.00 for every Omni Tire sold during the month of October.  In support of The Breast Cancer Research Fund (, American Tire & Auto has partnered with Radar for the Mobilizing Hope campaign.  Radar will be donating a minimum of $250,000.00 from Omni Tire sales across the country.  Visit American Tire & Auto Care's website to print your coupon or to read more about the cause:

NewhopeHope Peterson, certified technician and owner of New Hope Auto & Truck in Pinellas Park, Florida, continues to provide her customers, and the community, and invaluable service by hosting Free Car Care Clinics. The Clinics are designed to be informational and hands on. The class will cover general vehicle maintenance, keeping maintenance logs, reviewing each participants car and following hand-outs provided the National Car Care Council.  Click on her website for more clinic dates and information:

BillsBill's Auto Care in Batavia, New York, has received the AAA Top Shop Award for an impressive 4th year in a row!   Since 2008, when AAA surveyed clients about their service experiences they were greeted with an overwhelming 99.1% satisfaction rating, with 100% saying they would recommend Bill's Auto Care to their friends for service.  Congratulations t Bill's Auto on their 2011 award.

SteventoyotaSteven Toyota Scion of Harrisonburg, Virginia is getting ready for our first "Pink Friday"!! We can't wait to see all our employees dressed in PINK!! Plus we are having our HUGE Bake Sale in our service department from 9-4pm! We will have cupcakes & treats from Cocolicious, The Cupcake Company, Custom Cakes by Sharon, Buttercream Dreams, LLC and the Steven Toyota Scion KIA staff!!! All proceeds go to the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure! Stop by, get a cupcake and donate to a great cause!

SchoenSchoen Place Auto is holding a bike drive for R Community Bikes.  The drive will be held in the Schoen Place Auto parking lot,and volunteers will be here to help unload bikes from cars.  They will accept bike donationsanytime during business hours. So people who can not make it for the formal bike drive can stop inanytime before or after the event.R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairsused bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester, NY’s most needychildren and adults.

PumpellyPumpelly Tire held a Pink Celebration on October 4 at the Lake Charles Country Club.  At the event they collected donations and brought in local Breast Cancer Survivors to join us.


LancasterJon Lancaster Toyota Scion and C&D Auto Care are among the many clients who are doing donation drives this October for Komen for the Cure this month.


AutoTexPINK_Object...and let's not forget the many CFF locations who support Breast Cancer research in the US and Canada every day by selling AutoTex PINK wiper blades at their locations.  Find a location near you on our AutoTex PINK showcase page, and get yourself a set today!

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October 14, 2011

NBCAM: How the auto industry thinks pink

Pink-ribbonWe're all thinking pink in the Ask Patty Nation this month, and we're happy to see that we're not alone.  Across the auto industry, the movers and shakers are all showing their support, too.  The TrueCar Blog reports some of the highlights:

Even though one in every eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, breast cancer is more than a disease and more than a statistic. A diagnosis of breast cancer affects more than just the women with the disease, it affects their families and everyone around them. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TrueCar is taking the opportunity to share how three automotive manufacturers  — Chevrolet,Fiat, and Ford — are working to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Head past the jump for the highlights.

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October 12, 2011

Infographic: Who's Wearing the Pants?

The Rise of Women in LeadershipIn a fitting follow-up to yesterday's post, the fine folks at Educational Leadership have created an infographic on the rise of women in leadership.  I know it seems like this is my favorite subject (and it's pretty close, truth be told) but I like to think I'm not alone here in the Ask Patty Nation.  Statistics like this are exactly why I am doing what I do here at Ask Patty - helping connect women to car advice, informing and entertaining about relevant automotive and female focused topics, and helping car dealers, service professionals, tire retailers, quick lubes, and body shops become better prepared to serve the new leaders of today - women!

Head past the jump to see the infographic.

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October 11, 2011

What a difference a century or so makes...

Revoltedwoman-400x622 Those of you who read the blog reasonably often will know that from time to time I'll write a post that has more to do with women than with automotive advice.  This is one of those posts.  

Fellow blogger and webcomic artist David Malki (creator of the splendid Wondermark comic, if you're not aware of it you should be!) frequently writes about 19th century tidbits he finds which deal with entertaining (and true) topics, often espousing quaint or antiquated notions.  This one, however, really captured my interest.  Once I'd read the whole thing, I just had to share it here. 

It's a book review for an 1894 tome called "The Revolted Woman," by one Charles George Harper.  You can read the book in its entirety on Google books if you really want to, or allow me to save you hundreds of pages of misogyny and give you the "happy ending."  Here we go... 

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October 10, 2011

Dirty Oil? Maybe Your Engine Air Filter's To Blame

Carairfilter Dirty oil? Maybe your engine air filter’s to blame.

Wait a minute. The author meant to say, ‘oil filter’ you’re probably telling yourself. No, we really meant ‘engine air filter.’ If your car’s engine air filter is torn or clogged, your engine is probably running on dirty oil.

Think about it. A vehicle ingests about 10,000 gallons of air to burn a single gallon of fuel. And if you add to it all the contaminants that the air along roads and highways contains – soot, dust, debris, leaves, straw, tiny bits of rubber – imagine the amount of dirt that can enter the engine compartment each time you take your vehicle out.

“Dirt found alongside roads is of the worst kind,” said Chuck Kerrigan, Director of Marketing for Purolator, manufacturer and supplier of automotive filters to the North American aftermarket. ( “It’s abrasive and full of grit and when a large quantity of unfiltered roadside air enters the engine compartment, besides contaminating the oil, it has the greater potential to damage critical engine components like valves, piston rings and cylinder walls,” Kerrigan said.

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October 07, 2011

Ford Goes Nuts - Coconuts, that is.

COCONUT Ford is going nuts - or at least, their parts are.  Soon their molded plastic parts will utilize coconut fiber for reinforcement.  It seems like every new announcement from Ford is something I'd never even have thought of - using recycled carpet in engine covers, for instance - and this one is no different.  Completely out of left field, and completely brilliant.  Together with Scotts Miracle-Gro, who uses coconut fiber as a carrier for soils in its products, they've found a way to integrate this material into their plastics, reducing the need for petroleum and giving your car a tropical scent... okay, I made up the tropical scent part.

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October 06, 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation Partnering with Creators of Chuggington on Nationwide Traffic Safety Campaign for Kids

300px-Chuggington_charactersjpg Well, I guess it's confession time.  Until I heard about this safety campaign, I had never heard of Chuggington, so I looked it up.  If you're in a similar situation, allow me to enlighten you - Chuggington is a computer-animated tv show for kids, which is about some young locomotives and their adventures learning to be full grown engines.  In other words, a more modern version of Thomas the Tank Engine, it seems.  

At any rate - the Chuggington creators have teamed up with the US Department of Transportation to help the well known characters bring a message of car safety to kids.  The campaign is aimed to children 2 to 7, and includes a public service announcement featuring characters from the show, a kid-focused safety pledge and downloadable tips and activities for parents and caregivers to use with children.

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October 05, 2011

Does a Red Car Mean Higher Premiums? Debunking Top Five Auto Insurance Myths

Insurance myths Did you hear about alligators living in the sewers of New York City? How about the dangers of consuming soda and Pop Rocks? Of course, you know these ridiculous urban legends are completely untrue.

But consider this: If those alligators were tooling around town in a brand new red convertible, would they be paying higher premiums for their auto insurance? No, but many people may think otherwise.

You’re not alone if you thought that was true, as many people have preconceived notions about auto insurance that don’t match up with the facts. While these “myths” don’t stir up primal fears, they can prevent you from making smart buying decisions—or even from getting the discounts you deserve. So let’s debunk the top five now:

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October 04, 2011

Fight Like a Girl, go PINK PLUS


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