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March 24, 2014

Ladies: Do You Know What Your Car Needs? Discussing The Importance Of Following A Regular Maintenance Schedule

ASE_Womens_Consumer_Confidence__woman_With_Technician-077This month, AskPatty spent some time with Tony Molla, the Vice President of Communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to discuss the topic of general car maintenance and helping women drivers to better know what your car needs.

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March 03, 2014

Does Your Car Smell Funny? Here's What It Can Mean

Car_Care_Council-6_Warning_Smells-Infographic_small-lead2When it comes down to finding trouble in your car, sometimes it's best to trust your nose. While most of us enjoy that “new car smell,” there are other specific odors that motorists should never ignore.

Use this easy-to-understand infographic from the Car Care Council to identify six car smells that could mean trouble for your vehicle. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners be car care aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown, says the Car Care Council.

“Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

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February 19, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for February 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners Offer These Special Offers For February:

Harris_GarageHarris Garage of Hayes, Virginia
Get your oil changed at Harris Garage and $5 will be donated to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society! This full-service auto repair center in Hayes, Virginia, has been operating since the 1940s, providing customers with superior service and quality repairs to ensure their vehicle is always running smoothly. Find out more here. Offer good during the month of February.

Ricks_performance_cff_logoRick's Performance of Pleasonton, California
Get your car in shape this winter at Rick's Performance! Check out their winter special: Even though it feels like Springtime, come take advantage of our Winter Special! Offer includes an oil change, 40-point vehicle inspection, tire rotation, top off fluids, and a free tire gauge! Offer good until March 15, 2014

Schoen_place_auto-CFF_logoSchoen Place Auto of East Rochester, New York
Visit Schoen Place Auto to take advantage of their Fuel Saver Special today to get the best MPG you can! #Rochester #NewYork (expires 3/15) We've bundled these services to give you some GREAT SAVINGS and to help you get MORE MILES for your DOLLARS! Tire rotation, Motor Vac service (the ultimate air & fuel system cleaning), and replace Air Filter. Only $169.99! (Normally $240) Cannot be combined with any other offer. One coupon per person per visit, please. Offer expires 3/15/2014.


AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners In The News:

Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-BurbankValvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-middle_riverAutoTex PINK and Valvoline Instant Oil Change are still supporting Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness month is October, but breast cancer doesn't go away the other 11 months of the year, so why should we pretend otherwise?  AutoTex PINK understands this, and some of our AskPatty clients sell these high-end blades – available in pink or black, metal, frameless, or uni-blade variants – that benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation year-round.

Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-MidlandValvoline Instant Oil Change Centers sponsored a nationwide "Pink-Out Day" in October, with retail shops across the country going pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. And, at the end of the month Henley Enterprises (makers of AutoTex PINK wiper blades) and Valvoline Instant Oil Change made an additional 5% donation from sales of AutoTex PINK wiper blades to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-Toledo CrewFor a list of all participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations with AutoTex PINK wiper blades, visit

Judith_Schumaker-Ally_Hero_AdAutomobile Dealer Judith Schumacher-Tilton, Owner of Gearhart Chevrolet and Schumacher Chevrolet, Featured in Ally Dealer Hero Campaign
Judith was recognized for her community outreach through Give the Kids Hope Foundation, a charitable foundation that supports Camp Hope to provide arts and recreation programs to disadvantaged children in northern New Jersey. Find out more about the award here at PRWEB.

Community_Tire_GardenCommunity Tire Garden of Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona
Community Tire Garden is focused on providing a neighborhood salsa garden and educating about the love of Mother nature and all she has to offer in the "Joy of Gardening!"  We will do everything we can to meet your expectations, with education, on-site cooking Chefs, seasonal events, creative recycled Tire art, fun kid projects & to create a learning experience of planting & harvesting to benefit the community & its volunteers.... With a variety of offerings to choose from in the garden, we're sure you'll be happy working with us and watching us GROW!

Ricks_Performance-Girl_Scouts_Car_Care_Badge-Tire_Jack1Girl Scouts Car Care Badge Clinic at Rick's Performance of Pleasonton, California
Rick’s Performance hosted a free car care clinic for the local teenage Girl Scout troop on February 9. Throughout the clinic the Girl Scouts acquired an understanding for proper car maintenance and car safety through hands on demonstrations. The hands-on demonstrations included how to use a car jack in conjunction with replacing a flat tire, as well as assessing tire wear and Ricks_Performance-Girl_Scouts_Car_Care_Badge-Tire_pressure2checking for proper tire pressure.  More hands-on work included identifying the vital under hood fluids and checking the car’s oil level. Lastly, the Girl Scouts participated in changing worn wiper blades.
The Girl Scouts demonstrated their strength as they manually jacked up the car in need of a tire replacement. Cheers and a sense of accomplishment followed after the girls individually completed the process of changing a flat tire.  
Ricks_Performance-Girl_Scouts_Car_Care_Badge-checking_oil3The Girl Scouts then learned what is underneath the hood of the car as each of them hunched under the hood to check the oil on the dipstick. They examined the unfamiliarity of the car’s different parts, while getting their hands dirty with a little grease and oil. Near the end of the event the Rick’s Performance team enlightened the Girl Scouts of women’s influence in the automotive industry. And the dynamic career options available in the industry. Furthermore, the current Green Car movement was discussed along with gas mileage tips and alternative energy cars.
The participating Girl Scouts earned a Car Care Badge after attending the clinic. Along with this tangible badge the girls obtained a new sense of empowerment and confidence about car maintenance and safety.  


Introducing AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Hybrid Repair Shops!

Your hybrid is a special car, but that doesn't mean that it should be difficult or expensive to maintain and repair your hybrid. We guarantee that your car will receive the care it needs to stay reliable and safe as the day you purchased it. These companys’ certified technicians will ensure your hybrid vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.

Lloyds_Tire_Service-CFF_logoLloyd's Tire and Service of Santa Cruz, California
Lloyd’s Tire Service is now a complete and fully certified Hybrid Service Center, featuring everything from routine maintenance to diagnostics and repairs for hybrid and electric vehicles. Hybrid Care at Lloyd's is good for both your car and our planet. We proudly provide hybrid repairs to Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Los Gatos, and other surrounding Central California communities.

Wilhelm_automotive-CFF_LogoWilhelm Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona
In 1928, Joe Wilhelm and his father purchased Wilhelm Automotive Repair and made it the success that it is today. They have become the local Hybrid Shop and are now able to effectively and efficiently service hybrid vehicles and refurbish hybrid batteries. Wilhelm Automotive Repair's certified technicians will ensure your specific vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.


Welcome These Businesses to the AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Family:

Sayville_ford-CFF_logoSayville Ford of Sayville, New York
Sayville Ford has been family owned and operated for three generations — over 50 years! Not only are we the largest independent Ford dealership in the New York region but Sayville Ford’s focus on complete customer satisfaction has earned us the reputation as a leader in the automotive industry.

Auto_seekers_VA_CFF-logoAuto Seekers VA of Locust Grove, Virginia
Let Auto Seekers VA treat you to a friction free buying experience for your next quality auto, truck, or motorcycle. Our advisors do not work on commission and you won't be passed around to a group of managers. Our vehicles are Certified Pre-owned and we offer Guaranteed FINANCING. Each vehicle is test driven personally by Eddie Daniel, the owner, to meet his high standards. Asset protection products are available.

Yellowstone_Country-CFF_logoYellowstone Country Motors of Livingston, Montana
We've been selling vehicles for 17 years and we can truly say that Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep have the best vehicles on the market. -ith the all new Ram truck you can get the best ride, the best features, AND the best diesel in the market! They also get the best mileage, have the best towing, and are best priced!! Come see for yourself and drive one today!

Wigder_Chevrolet-CFF_logoWigder Chevrolet of Livingston, New Jersey
Our lease and financing professionals can help get you into the new or used car you need! The Chevrolet service center at Wigder Chevrolet is operated by the most trusted and experienced technicians in Livingston.

Meineke_Car_Care_of_Burnsville-cff_logoMeineke Car Care of Burnsville, Minnesota
Since our first Houston, Texas, location got up and running in 1972, we’ve worked to create a network of friendly, locally-owned shops led by true car care pros. Today, we’ve got a line-up of over 900 shops from coast-to-coast all working hard to accomplish the same goal: helping you drive a little smarter.

Hillside_Auto_repair-CFF_logoHillside Auto Repair of Torrance, California
At Hillside Auto Repair, we provide quality auto maintenance and repair in a clean and friendly environment. We respect our customers and treat them as if they are our friends or family. We employ state-of-the-art equipment and methods, have highly trained ASE certified technicians, and use top quality parts.

Tuffy_Tire_and_service_Center-CFF_LogoTuffy Auto Service Center of Yorkville, Illinois
We offer complete car care service from routine dealer recommended maintenance to complete diagnostics and full service auto repair. We know that our reputation is built "one customer at a time" and we appreciate your business.


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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July 26, 2013

Off-Road Adventure: Selling My Mom's 1982 Datsun 280ZX

280ZXMy 87-year-old Mom has owned her 1982 280ZX Datsun 2+2 hatchback for 31 years with only 105,000 original miles and kept it in almost perfect condition. When she decided to sell it recently, she was hardly driving it anymore because my parents mostly drive a Toyota Avalon. Parting with the one and only car she bought on her own that symbolized her independence was a tough decision! She said it was like parting with an old friend.

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July 08, 2013

Urgent Hot Weather Automotive Safety Tips

Hot-weather-automotive-overheat-indicatorAccording to The Weather Channel, above-average temperatures are expected this summer for the majority of the lower 48 states, and especially the western states. These might seem like no-brainers, but following are some urgent automotive tips to keep in mind when temperatures start to climb.

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June 26, 2013

Top Ten Driving Tips from America's Most Undistracted Driver

Irv-gordon-driving-tips-49603Multi-million-miler Irv Gordon says patience, awareness, and proper maintenance are keys to safe driving. And he should know: The first three things Irv did 47 years ago after purchasing a shiny red 1966 Volvo P1800 were to adjust his seat, check the mirrors, and buckle up. After driving that very car more than 2.99 million miles, the Long Island native still abides by these rules.

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April 22, 2013

Go Green on Earth Day with Car Care and Fuel-Saving Tips from AskPatty


It's a bonus! Earth Day and Car Care Awareness Month, all rolled into one multimedia post.

In this video, Jody DeVere, CEO of, joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to shine some light on what's really going on under your hood. When it comes to car care, DeVere says that the biggest mistake people make is "really not understanding what your car needs." To combat this, she says, "Crack open that dusty manual that's usually in the glove box of your car and understand the basic needs of your car and the intervals that those should be done. And then do it to the letter of the law. That's going to prevent a lot of costly, long-term, expensive problems." Click here to watch the  Easy Does It Segment on Yahoo!Shine.

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November 26, 2012

Chicks and Cars Carnival of the Automotive Aftermarket SEMA 2012

SEMA_PINK_BUS_2012Each year I attend the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, which I fondly refer to as the Automotive Olympics! This is the most action packed and exciting automotive industry event of the year for me. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. The SEMA Show is not open to the public so I wanted to share a taste of the show and some cool products women 'Auto-Know-About' from an insiders view.

Of course I walked my feet clear out of my shoes each day and night attending a slew of award events, meetings and appearances, here are some highlights:

Tire Industry Industry Awards - Congratulations to Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, a second-generation family-owned and operated independent tire dealer with four retail locations in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, has been named the Winner of the 2012 Tire Review Top Shop Award.

Spent time with many associations and automotive industry publications we support, Automobile Oil Change Association, SBN, Car Care Council Women's Board, Tire Industry Association, ASA, VehicleMD Magazine, Tire Review Magazine and two new partners, Mike Gibbons VP of of mobile marketing master-minds Kukui and Ken Halle CEO of ASA Automotive Systems.

CooperTireGot a Sneak Look at Cooper Tire's Fuel Saving Touring Tire

The CS3, which replaces the Cooper Tire Lifeliner GLS is going to be one of the lightest tires in its class, which means more fuel efficiency,(coming in April 2013). Cooper’s innovation continues, in part, through two recently-awarded grants. The first, $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, will aid in the development of a lightweight, fuel-efficient tire with a 20% reduction in weight and a 30% reduction in rolling resistance compared to today’s passenger tires. The second grant, $6.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture,will aid in Cooper’s development of a domestic source of natural rubber through the guayule plant. 

Fram_FreshBreeze_FilterLearned About theFRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter

Did you know that the air inside your vehicle may be dirtier than the air outside? YUKKK. The FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin air filter is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda. These two powerhouse brands have joined forces to help absorb odors and freshen the air. Filters 98% of road dust and road pollen. Arm & Hammer® baking soda combined with carbon embedded into the filter assist in cleaning outside air flowing through the vehicle's ventilation system.

Love AutoTexPink Wiper Blades - Great Holiday Gift Idea!

AutoTexPink_Charities_LearnMore1AutoTex PINK was founded by Wexco’s President, Paula Lombard. Paula wanted to create a product and a brand that was made by and for women. That is why with each sale of AutoTex PINK products, a donation will be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (US) or the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CN). Through these partnerships, AutoTex PINK hopes to support those affected by breast cancer by helping to increase awareness and contribute to the fight to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer!” AutoTex PINK is giving your car a voice; with either a classy pink ribbon on our traditional black wiper blades or with our AutoTex PINK Plus model, an all pink windshield wiper blade that proudly shows your support with each passing mile.Visit one of our Certified Female Friendly® locations to purchase AutoTexPink Wiper Blades.

MOMMOM was there!

Motor Oil Matters (MOM) is the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) new program for licensing motor oil distributors and oil change locations.

MOM has one main goal: to make sure that consumers receive high-quality oil. This is accomplished by maintaining a secure chain-of-custody for motor oil from the marketer all the way to the vehicle. The MOM mark will help identify distributors and oil change locations committed to providing motor oil meeting the performance standard recommended by most vehicle and engine manufacturers.

MOM will help:

  • Educate consumers and the motor oil industry
  • Establish credibility within the motor oil industry
  • Identify quality products

Visit MOM for more info:

Cool Informative Sylvania Headlight “Truth Sleuths”

To mark the beginning of darker days and to shed some light on automotive lighting myths, SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting debuted the first video in its SYLVANIA “Truth Sleuths” series at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo 2012 (AAPEX). These webisodes take automotive lighting myths into the lab and out to the real world to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction.

The first video in the series explores what happens to a vehicle’s headlights over time – whether they dim with use or just burn out. Viewers are given a first-hand look at the differences between new headlights and worn headlights, both in the lab and on the road.

Watch The Sylvania Headlight “Truth Sleuths” Video

Keep Your Vehicle Looking Young with Simple Enhancements from 3M

3M Auto Essentials familyThere’s nothing like the look, and smell, of a shiny new car! Keep these essentials handy to keep your vehicle sparkling like new both inside and out. From products that clean and protect to those that improve paint imperfections, any car owner can give their vehicle a simple face-lift and keep it looking like a million bucks.

  • 3M Auto Essentials (Restore, Tire, Scrub, Glass, & Wax) – new do-it-yourself line of car care products makes upkeep easier than ever. Includes All-Purpose Scrub, Tire Shine, Spray Wax, Leather & Vinyl Restore and Glass Cleaner to help owners keep their car in top condition for less.
  • 3M Scratch Remover – improve simple damage such as light-to-medium scratches, swirl marks or paint imperfections. Contains no wax, and removes the scratches, doesn’t just fill them in.  May be used by hand or with a machine.
  • 3M Rubbing Compound -- if paint is in need of more care use Rubbing Compound first to safely removes fine scratches, water spots,oxidation and swirl marks.  And then follow it up with 3M Scratch Remover to improve the look of your paint.
  • 3M Synthetic Wax Protectant  -- finally, protect paint with 3M Synthetic Wax Protectant to give your car the ultimate deep gloss finish and help guard the paint’s appearance. Use it with a white foam pad and an orbital sander or polisher to protect your car from the elements.
  • 3M Microfiber Detail Cloth – for routine cleaning or repairing imperfections in paint, the Microfiber Detail Cloth is the perfect cloth to safely use on your vehicle’s surface. 

The 3M Auto product line, and there is so much more for DIYers on 3M Auto products and how-to videos, visit

Eco Innovation from Universal Lubricants Oil FlexPak

Universal_Eco_Ultra_FlexpakOfficials with the 2012 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) this week awarded Universal Lubricants®, the manufacturer and distributor of one the world’s most advanced motor oils, the 2012 New Packaging Award for Innovation for its ECO ULTRA® FlexPak™. The award was presented to Universal Lubricants during an AAPEX awards ceremony on
Monday, October 29 in Las Vegas where the ECO ULTRA 1-quart FlexPak made its debut. Universal Lubricants®, the manufacturer and distributor of ECO ULTRA®, one the world’s most advanced motor oils, introduced the nation’s first retail motor oil packaged in a sustainable, flexible stand-up pouch.  Compared to conventional hard plastic bottles, the new durable FlexPak™ offers consumers a faster, easier and cleaner way to change their oil, giving retailers a unique opportunity to bring customers an exciting, high-performance product in an environmentally responsible package.

One of only five manufacturers in the U.S. to collect and re-refine used oil, Universal Lubricants’ ECO ULTRA® Synthetic Blend Motor Oil is made from high-quality re-refined base stocks and blended with premium performance additives.

To purchase ECO ULTRA® oil in FlexPaks Visit:

Clean Up with Craftsman® Remote Control Wet Dry Vac with Wall Mounting Kit

Wet-Dry Vac w RemoteThe Craftsman Remote Control Wet Dry Vac with Wall Mounting Kit features a convenient remote control on-off switch plus a wall mounting kit that makes it ideal for garage and workshop use.

The remote control on/off switch is located on the contour wand.  This eliminates the need to walk back and forth between the cleaning task location and the vacuum tank in order to turn the vac on or off.

The wall mounting kit makes this vac ideally suited for dedicated use in the garage or workshop, where frequent project clean-up is required.  Yet, this compact 5 gallon vac can also be detached from the wall mounting kit to allow for portable hand-carry cleaning around the home or jobsite when required.

This vac offers all the accessories you need for wet dry vac projects including a cartridge filter, foam sleeve for wet pick-up, dust collection bag, two extension wands, floor/squeegee nozzle, car nozzle, dust brush and air/noise diffuser.

To Purchase visit and at Sears stores nationwide.

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Last but not least I even squeezed in an A-GNO (Automotive -Girls Night Out) with some of my wonderful women automotive expert friends and partners, Paula Lombard and Aimee (AutoTexPink), Shelia Beam (VehicleMD), Bogi Lateiner (180 Auto), Andra Fordin (Great Bear Auto), Jeanne Silver (CarStar & Collision Industry Foundation) and race car driver Erin Evernham!

By Jody DeVere who is a internationally recognized speaker, trainer, often quoted industry pundit and spokesperson for the automotive industry on the women's market. She has been featured by the New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox Business, Forbes Women, Oprah Magazine and Parenting Magazine to name a few. As CEO of, she provides automotive education to women consumers and an interactive online Certified Female Friendly® certification training program for automotive retailers on how to attract, sell, retain and market to women.

November 20, 2012

Easy Do-It-Yourself Car Maintenance to Save Money

Woman-checking-oill-400x333Maintaining your car is an essential part of ownership. Failure to maintain it properly will result in some serious problems – high costs for repairs or even the need to replace major components (like your engine or transmission), for instance. While you can certainly benefit from letting a mechanic or dealership take care of your maintenance steps, there are plenty of things you can do on your own to save time, money and hassle. What should you know about these steps?

Wiper Blade Replacement

Good wipers are essential to staying safe on the road while it’s raining. Of course they’re often overlooked – it’s easy to forget that your wipers are worn out when you don’t actually need to use them. You don’t need to head to a shop to have these replaced. Buy a set of replacement blades at the auto parts store, undo the clip, pull off the old blade (assembly, not just the rubber) and slide the new one in place. As a note, it’s easier to replace the entire wiper than just the rubber blade.

Air Filter

Your air filter is an integral part of the engine and ensures the engine gets the air necessary for combustion while preventing dust and other contaminants from getting in. Replacing your air filters is pretty simple – just undo the housing, remove the old one and install the new filter. Opening the housing will be the trickiest part of the entire process (will vary based on model, but usually requires no more than undoing a handful of clips).

Engine Oil

If you’ve got a spare few minutes and don’t mind getting under your car, you can change your oil and oil filter on your own. Make sure you have the right type and quantity of oil and the right filter for the engine, then take off the oil filler cap. Slide under your car with a wrench that will fit the drain plug. Remove the plug (after putting a catch pan in place), and let the old oil drain out. Remove the filter and replace it with a new one (lube the new gasket first). Put the drain plug back in the pan and refill the oil.

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