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April 21, 2014

Reminder: April is National Car Care Month

ASE-car-care-repair-016Because basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, every April is designated as National Car Care Month to encourage owners to give their cars some extra attention.

Results of community car care events held throughout the country in 2013 show that most consumers neglect simple maintenance of their cars, with seven out of 10 vehicles failing at least one component of the vehicle inspection process.

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April 17, 2014

Simple Tips to Maintain the Resale Value of Your Car

Used-car-thinkstock-176672337x800Every automobile owner should have their vehicle's resale value in mind even before they attempt to sell it. Drivers can take several proactive steps to ensure that their vehicle maintains an acceptable resale value. Let's take a look at some ways to accomplish this without breaking the bank.

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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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December 09, 2013

Win $50 in CarCare.org's Winter Car Care Twitter Contest

Car-Care-Council-Winter-Twitter-Contest-2013Is your car ready for winter? Get prepared for safe winter driving and you could win $50 gas money for the holidays, courtesy of our pals at CarCare.org!

If you're a Twitter fanatic, all you have to do to win is log in and share winter car care tips:

To be eligible to win:

  • Tweet or Re-tweet one of our winter car care tips or winter car care images
  • Make sure to tag @CarCareCouncil and use #CarCare in your tweet!

The contest is open to individuals (not businesses) following the Car Care Council on Twitter and living in the United States. You do not have to be a new follower to participate. One eligible tweet is one entry and one entry per day will be accepted. Tweets will be accepted until 12:00am PST on December 19th, 2013 and the winner will be selected and announced on Friday, December 20th, 2013. The winner will be messaged directly for their mailing address.

For more details, visit http://www.carcare.org/2013/12/winter-twitter-contest/

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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October 11, 2013

AskPatty’s Amy Mattinat New President Of Car Care Council Women's Board

Amy_MattinatAsk Patty is so excited to share the news that Amy Mattinat has been elected the new president the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Her appointment becomes effective following the Women's Board reception on Tuesday, November 5, at AAPEX in Las Vegas.

Amy has been a long-time contributor to AskPatty, and is a member of the AskPatty Women’s Automotive Speaker’s Bureau. Amy is president of Auto Craftsmen, an independent auto repair sales and service center in Montpelier, Vermont. In addition to managing the business, Amy writes a monthly car care newsletter and a magazine column called “Under the Hood.” She also is the author of “How to Buy a Great Used Car” and teaches women car care clinics on a regular basis. She has been a part of the auto care industry for more than 18 years.

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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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May 24, 2013

Is Your Vehicle Safe for Memorial Day Travel?

The Car Care Council says Be Car Care AwareWith the Memorial Day Holiday weekend upon us and the summer vacation season fast approaching, we at AskPatty know there is no better time to “Be Car Care Aware” about your vehicle.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 13,000 Americans are killed during the summer travel season between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. A portion of these deaths can be directly attributed to unperformed vehicle maintenance as each year neglected maintenance leads to over 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries, and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage.

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