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11 posts from November 2013

November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Greetings from AskPatty!

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At this time of Thanksgiving, we take a moment to appreciate our deep thanks for our freedoms, families, and friends, the influence of which touches every aspect of our lives.

 

The entire AskPatty family wishes you and yours a happy Thanksgiving, and reminds you to buckle up and drive safely during your travels on this holiday.

November 26, 2013

Nissan Takes a New Path for Families with the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid

2014_Nissan_Pathfinder_hybrid-frontview_0657By Sue Mead

Nissan went after families when remaking the Pathfinder last year. This somewhat trucky SUV morphed into a kinder, gentler crossover with an uplevel interior that can carry seven passengers and, at the same time, tote up to 16 cubic feet of cargo; there’s even way more room when you have fewer riders.

What could be better? Nissan realized that many women with children are also looking for the better fuel economy, so has now expanded its Pathfinder lineup, adding the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid to the list of 14 available models that include both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (4WD) versions.

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November 25, 2013

Safety Tips: What To Do If You Hit A Deer

Thinkstock-deer-car-177328201-sIt’s that time of year: late fall and early winter are the peak times to beware of deer in the roadway, and we know you don’t want to hit one.

Deer are abundant in the fall and winter because it's both hunting and mating seasons when deer are more likely to roam outside their normal territory. Pay attention to "deer crossing" signs--they’re usually installed in areas where deer are already known to be abundant. Scan down the road and off to each side and pay particular attention at dusk and dawn, when such animals as deer, elk, and moose usually venture out to eat. If you’re driving at night, watch for pairs of small glowing lights on the side of the road that could be animal eyeballs reflecting the light from your headlights. 

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November 18, 2013

Ladies Get Revved up: It’s Dream Car Week on “The Price is Right.”

The-Price-is-Right-Dream-Car-WeekStarting today (Monday, November 18, 2013), contestants on “The Price is Right” will have the chance to win an exotic dream car each day of the week.

The luxury vehicles include a Porsche 911 Carrera, a Mercedes-Benz SL 550 convertible, a BMW 640i convertible, a Jaguar XK touring convertible, and an Audi R8 V8 Coupe Quattro, for a combined value of more than $500,000. In addition, contestants will have the opportunity to win more than a million dollars in cash and prizes.  

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November 15, 2013

AskPatty Affiliates Receive Kudos at SEMA!

Sema-logoCongratulations to these AskPatty partners and affiliates who received a variety of awesome recognitions at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show last week. AskPatty is proud to be associated with these excellent people!

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November 13, 2013

Does Your Car Smell Funny? Here’s What Those Odors Could Mean

AskPatty-Car_Care_Council-6_Warning_Smells-Infographic_smal-leadThe nose knows when something isn’t quite right: the Car Care Council shared this educational infographic which easily outlines six car smells that could mean trouble for your vehicle to help drivers sniff out when something may be wrong with their car.

We all love basking in that “new car smell,” but there are other odors we should never ignore. Identifying these suspicious smells early on can help car owners avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown, says the Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council provides tips like these as part of its free “Be Car Care Aware” education campaign to consumers to help reinforce the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance, and repair.

“When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it. Instead bring your vehicle to a professional service technician that you trust to get an informed opinion on the nature of the odor,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

 

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November 11, 2013

AskPatty Honors our Veterans with Thanks and Gratitude

Veteran's-Day-thinkstock-95260841_sIt’s Veterans Day in the United States, Remembrance Day in Canada and British Commonwealth Nations, and Armistice Day in other parts of the world; today is the day we show our gratitude to those men and women who have served our countries in defense of our rights and safety.

The holiday is celebrated each year on November 11 to mark the anniversary of the ending of World War I. It was in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, that major hostilities of World War I were formally ended and the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

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November 08, 2013

Toyota Joins “Tanked” to create Unique SpongeBob Highlander

2013_SEMA_SpongeBob_Highlander_tanked_001-sideviewOne of the many automotive highlights from this week’s SEMA Show is this special-edition Toyota Highlander, modified by Animal Planet’s “Tanked” team to contain a SpongeBob Squarepants-themed aquarium.

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November 05, 2013

Green Facts About Ford’s Environmentally Friendly F-150 Pickup Truck

2014_Ford_F150_sustainable-pickup-truckMost people don’t think that a truck can be tough and green. However, the 2014 Ford F-150 is proving everyone wrong when it comes to reducing the truck’s environmental impact.

Ford now uses several sustainable materials -- including rice hulls, and many others -- inside the vehicle to make it more ecofriendly.

“Fuel economy is a top priority when it comes to Ford’s environmental impact,” says Carrie Majeske, Ford product sustainability manager. “But we also recognize the tremendous impact that can be made by using sustainable materials inside our cars, utilities, and trucks.”

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November 01, 2013

Daylight Saving Time Ends: Don’t forget to turn back the clock in your car

Daylight_savings_time-thinkstock_97770321_sAs the saying goes: "Spring forward, Fall back." And so this weekend, we’ll all be setting our clocks back before bed on Saturday night to get an extra hour of sleep. And while you’re running around resetting your clocks, don’t forget to also reset the clock in your car!

Many don’t know why we do it. Some states (like Arizona and Hawaii) don’t do it at all. But twice a year, most of the United States resets their clocks -- an hour forward in Spring, an hour back in the Fall -- in a practice known as Daylight Saving Time.

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