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February 13, 2013

AskPatty's Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Car Lovers

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Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? We've assembled a fun assortment of automotive-focused products sure to make your Valentine's Day fun and special -- and some of them even offer special discounts for AskPatty readers! Whether you're looking for Valentine's Day gifts for him or her, we've selected a variety of items that are perfect for the car lover you love to love. If you want to express your Valentine's Day love in an automotive way, there's something in here for everyone! Valentine's day is just around the corner, so shop now to get your gifts in time.

SiriusXM_TrueCar_Valentines-day-gift-guideListen to Love Songs Coast To Coast With Sirius XM Satellite Radio

I haven't listened to terrestrial radio since I bought my Ford Fiesta; once my free Sirius trial period was over, there was no way I could give up virtually commercial-free radio with clear coast-to-coast coverage when taking long road trips. XM and Sirius Satellite Radio are great gifts for car lovers, and even better for Valentine’s Day romance. The all-access radio package available at SiriusXM offers automotive and internet radio for $199 a year; for other plans or to purchase a SiriusXM internet radio, call 1-866-SHOP-XM1, or go online to upgrade a package.

Bondurant-Driving-School_TrueCar_Valentines-day-gift-guideGive The Ultimate Racing Thrill With An Exotic Car Experience or Racing School

Most performance enthusiasts yearn to get behind the wheel of an exotic supercar and drive it like the pros do in the movies. Here's a chance to get your car lover behind the wheel of a dream car on a real race track where he or she can push the car to its limits. Whether they want to take hot laps around a race course in an exotic Ferrari or Lamborghini; put the pedal down in an Audi R8, Corvette, or Porsche without worrying about a speeding ticket; or feel the adrenaline rush of driving a sprint cup style stock car, Cloud 9 Living offers you the chance to give someone something they've always wanted to do but would never buy for themselves.

Want to indulge his need for speed AND improve his driving skills? Consider a gift certificate to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. "Guys are done with the cologne and ties and the same stuff. Once you get him a Bondurant gift certificate, that is one gift he will remember his entire life,” says Pat Bondurant, president of the world-famous school, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this Valentine’s Day. Gift certificates are available in any dollar amount and are valid for one year from the date of purchase. The Bondurant School offers something for everyone, with classes varying in price and skill-set. The Bondurant Superkart School offers race-prepared karting classes starting at just $249. Students learn proper accelerating, braking, cornering and line technique in an adrenaline-packed 125 CC Shifter Kart that reaches speeds of up to 100 miles an hour in only 6 seconds! The Bondurant High Performance Driving School also offers  "experiences" throughout the year starting at $399. In vehicles such as the Camaro SS, Corvette Grand Sport, and Formula Mazda, students learn skills that can save their life while living out the dream of a race car driver. Bondurant classes span from one to four days as they intensify and extend on the Bondurant Method. All classes offer a personal experience with a one to three student to instructor ratio. 

Ridemakerz_TrueCar_Valentines-day-gift-guideHow About A Sweet New RIDE -- In Miniature, That Is! 

 

Ridemakerz is a toy car customizing experience where kids from 4 to 104 can custom build 1:18 scale cars and trucks... or "RIDEZ". You can "chooze" from classic car body styles like Camaro, Viper, Mustang and more to favorites such as Disney-Pixar's Lightning McQueen and Mater as well as Spiderman. Customize your Ridemakerz cars with interchangeable accessories, cruise freewheel or via radio-control, and you can even build your RIDE on a monster truck chassis.  RIDEZ start at $18. Order at Ridemakerz now through Sunday, February 28th and AskPatty shoppers can SAVE 20% off your online purchase of $50 or more. Enter coupon code 90383 at check out. 



Busted-knuckle-miracle-car-repair-logo-300x187Help Smooth Out Rough Edges

For guys who love to work on their cars, consider gifts for their garage or mancave. Busted Knuckle Garage offers a variety of fun and practical items for any car lover, but my personal favorite is the company's signature herbal skincare products. Busted Knuckle offers a variety of items, including Mechanic's Hand Salve, Mechanic's Muscle Easing Salve, Mechanic's Skin Moisturizer, Mechanic's Hand Salve/Lip Balm, Mechanic's Hand Cleaner, and Mechanic's Sun Block "Lube in a Tube" - all affordably priced from just a few bucks for littlest containers of lip balm/salve to $21.95 for a jug of skin moisturizer. The good folks at Busted Knuckle Garage have arranged a special 20% discount for AskPatty shoppers on the large 1.75-oz tin of Mechanic’s Hand-Salve/Lip Balm. Offering relief for dry hands that crack and split, the Mechanic's Hand Salve helps relieve symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to gasoline, oil, and solvents. And of course, it's great for abrasions and cuts. (And ladies, it also feels great on rough patches around your elbows, knees, and heels.) Just enter the promo code "BKG-GOODHANDS" at checkout to get 20% off. (Offer expires February 28, 2012.)

 Porsche-Drivers-Selection_TrueCar_Valentines-day-gift-guideSomething Special For The High-Performance Enthusiast

Driver's Selection by Porsche Design presents a range of Porsche-branded clothing and lifestyle accessories that share the same timeless elegance and sporty design as the Porsche vehicles do. This stylish range of products offers something for every occasion and every taste, as well as a variety of practical travel and leisure products -- and to make it even better, the Porsche shop is offering free shipping on all orders in February. Need a gift idea for her? A new Porsche purse/computer bag would be my choice, but if you're looking for something to brighten the office, then take your choice from an assortment of Porsche-styled office accessories including notepads, coasters, and mugs, and even car-shaped USB sticks and computer mice.

Would you Love to Buy a New Car?

If your budget allows you to give your sweetheart a new car for Valentine's Day, be sure to visit www.truecar.com to help you shop. TrueCar.com shows you what other people actually paid for a new car, giving you an idea what is a fair market price for almost any make and model, down to the options. To purchase your next new car with confidence, be sure to register with TrueCar to see upfront guaranteed savings from a TrueCar Certified Dealer, and to track additional savings, new incentives, price drops and special offers.

 

Brandy Schaffels
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