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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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AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 5: Do Bring Your Kids!

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Let your kids help with the test drive: Can they open the doors to get in and out of the back seat easily? Can they operate the controls to get in and out of the third row (if the vehicle has it)?

If you have small children, bring their car seats with you so you can make sure they attach easily and safely. Bring the stroller or other large items you normally carry to ensure it all fits into the trunk. If you're actually planning to buy at that time, be sure to also bring activities and snacks to keep them occupied while you're going through the purchase process.

 

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July 13, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 4: Don't Rush Your New Car Purchase!

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To save time, do your shopping during the week. It will probably be faster to get through the sales process on a slow weekday than on a busy weekend.

Keep a poker face, and don't let your excitement over a specific vehicle make you a victim. Be prepared to walk away. There is no such thing as “now or never,” and it's likely you can find a similar car on another dealer’s lot. If you don’t think you’re being treated well, you can ask for a different sales person. If that doesn't work, you can always find another dealer. Have a reasonable bottom line: the dealership needs to cover its costs and pay the salesperson’s commission, but if you feel they’re not being fair to you, you can most certainly find another car on another lot on another day.

 

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July 10, 2015

The Worldwide Greening of General Motors

The_Worldwide_Greening_of_General_Motors-1_gm_shipping_crates_reused__garden_beds"We're developing a culture of sustainability along with creating customers for life," Mary Alice Kurtz told me recently at a meeting with top General Motors environmental executives.

An engineer who has worked at GM for 30 years, Kurtz is one of three execs in charge of the company's worldwide environmental programs. This all-female "green team" shares a passion for turning GM into a green company, and saving the company green dollars in the bargain.

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AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 3: Do Know How Much You Can Afford!

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Don't shop for a luxury car if you're living on a small-car budget.

The rule of thumb when buying a new car is to put about 20 percent down, try not to borrow for more than five years (60 months), and keep your monthly payment lower than 10 percent of your income. Don't forget to factor in such things as fuel costs and annual maintenance. If you know your average commute, you can figure out in advance what you are likely to spend on gas by comparing your mileage to the EPA Fuel Economy Estimates on the window sticker. Check websites like KBB.com to learn costs of ownership you won't be surprised down the road.

 

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