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July 29, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 11: Do Join a Club!

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If you're a member of an organization that offers an auto buying program -- like Costco, Consumer Reports, USAA, or American Express, or even your insurance company -- use it!

These affinity groups work with a network of dealers who provide incentives and offer exceptional guaranteed pricing and service if the car is purchased through that group. These pre-negotiated discount programs have been arranged to help group members save hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars off the purchase price: check to see if you belong to any and let their buying power reduce your purchase price!

 

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July 27, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 10: Don't Base Your Purchase On Monthly Payments!

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Instead, consider the total purchase price after sales tax, and then evaluate the monthly cost.

Once you know your total price, financing the car should cost about $20 a month for 60 months for every $1000 financed (for buyers with good credit), so keep that in mind when you’re looking at the bottom line. Most car pricing services also offer pricing estimators to help you know ahead of time what it will cost to finance your purchase. If you have quotes from other dealers, use them as leverage in your current negotiation. Having a target transaction price in mind before you visit the dealership is important, and where your advance research will help the most.

 

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July 24, 2015

Ten Simple Tips To Prevent Your Car From Being Burglarized

Prevent_car_burglaries-iStock_000020243692-LjupcoThe car of one of my neighbors was burglarized recently, and the thieves stole a nice car stereo and back-seat DVD entertainment system. According to a report at CNN.com,  $1.25 billion in personal items and accessories are stolen from vehicles in about 1.8 million thefts each year.

My neighbor had -- stupidly -- left his car unlocked. Did he have an alarm? Yep, but it wasn't activated, either. He mistakenly thought, because we live in a small, gated neighborhood, that his car was safe. Law enforcement officials say that finding unlocked cars is still the number one way thieves are getting in. Luckily, this form of theft can be easily prevented with a little common sense.

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AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 9: Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It!

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When that happens, the balance of your old loan will be rolled into the new car's loan amount, combining the debt of two cars into one, larger, loan.

Save discussions about trade-ins until the end of your negotiation process. The price of the car should not be determined by the vehicle you have to trade in, so consider that a separate transaction. Only after you settle on a purchase price should you start negotiating the terms of a potential trade. Price your car ahead of time using services like KBB.com, Clearbook.com, or CarMax.com, so you have a good idea of what it should be worth ahead of time. Remember, if you don't like the trade-in value you're offered for your car, you might get more for it by selling it yourself or taking it to CarMax.

 

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July 22, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 8: Do find a Certified Female Friendly Dealer!

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Once you have a vehicle in mind, go to the Zip Code Search on the AskPatty.Com® site for an AskPatty.Com Certified Female Friendly® dealership near you.

Once you find a location, check out their company web site. Most dealerships have a listing of their new and used vehicle inventories so you can do some searching for the car you are seeking to purchase. All new car dealerships have their own web site, so searching on the Internet by the name of the dealership or by product brand name you are researching should be easy.

 

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July 20, 2015

AskPatty.com Relaunches Certified Female Friendly® Program with Renewed Focus on Consulting, Support for Brands, New Dealer Division

AskPattyLogoNewColorsHiRezAskPatty.com Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to get advice on car purchases, preventative maintenance and repairs, and other automotive related topics, has announced a new phase in the ongoing evolution of its Certified Female Friendly® Program, aimed at assisting automotive retailers in attracting and retaining women customers.

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July 19, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 7: Do Check Your Credit Rating And Financing Options In Advance!

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Don't be surprised by high rates when you reach the financing department.

Before you walk onto a dealership lot and fall in love with a shiny new car, it’s important to know your credit score; otherwise, you risk the potential heartbreak of being told you don’t quality to finance your gorgeous new ride. If you're a member of a credit union or other financial institution, you can even get pre-approved for a vehicle loan, and use that to negotiate better rates at the dealership.

 

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July 17, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 6: Do Contact Your Insurance Agent Ahead Of Time.

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Check with your agent to learn the insurance rates of the vehicles you're shopping for before you actually buy.

It might seem backwards to check with your insurance agent before you actually purchase a new car, but if you knew the premiums were going to be sky-high for a certain vehicle, would you be inclined to choose a different model or trim level? For example, would it affect your purchase if you were to discover a significant difference in the premium between the two- and four-door versions of a specific model, or that one trim level might cost less to insure than another?

 

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July 16, 2015

Women in Automotive Adds Three Speakers to August Conference in Orlando

Women_in_automotive_conference_logoThree new speakers have been added to the inaugural Women in Automotive Conference,  set for Tuesday-Thursday, August 18-20, 2015, at the Ballroom at Church Street in downtown Orlando, Florida.

The three-day conference includes speakers, breakout sessions, workshops and booth displays – all centered on the goal of educating and inspiring women in all areas of the automotive industry.

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July 15, 2015

4 Key Shopping Skills Every Woman Needs When Buying New Car

Key_shoppings_skills_for_women-istock_illustration_by_maystraWhile many women love to shop, most dread the actual process of selecting, shopping and buying a car. After all, while shopping can be fun, spending hours negotiating the price, then spending more time in financing and finalizing the new car purchase is about as enjoyable as having a tooth pulled.

  Preparing for the negotiating process can help ease the process, saving the savvy woman both her time and money. Here are my four key shopping skills for placing the keys to a new car in your hands.

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