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August 16, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Humidity Is Also A Killer


Heat is not the only concern; humidity can also severely affect pets.

"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

"Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."

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August 15, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Makes Latex an Automotive Fashion

Mercedes-Benz_SL-Latex_Obsession_with_an_icon-15C1139_66-sMercedes-Benz highlighted its the new SL roadster in a 2016 Fashion Campaign and Film shot by American photographer Jeff Bark. The promotional film features Russian supermodel Natasha Poly and latex works by Japanese designer Atsuko Kudo.

The campaign, Obsession with an Icon, puts the luxurious new SLs’ distinctive design in the spotlight, highlighting its sinuous lines and sensual curves in precise detail by wrapping the car in latex. The car is photographed alongside Natasha Poly, who wears matching body-hugging latex.

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August 12, 2016

What Happens to Your Car When it's Stolen by a Professional Thief?

Thief_stealing_car-iStock_64000917_SMALLSpeaking as one who knows: finding the remains of your chopped-up car at the junkyard sucks. The first car I bought right after graduating from college was stolen with only 32,000 miles on the odometer, and it broke my heart to see its skeleton at the police impound lot!

Have you ever wondered what might happen to your car if it were stolen?

Sadly many cars end up in chop shops, where the vehicle is stripped down to its components, which are then sold separately on the black market.

By selling individual parts, thieves can make two to four times the vehicle's actual worth (see visual below). 

Other vehicles are shipped overseas and sold illegally. Hundreds of thousands of stolen vehicles are transported across U.S. borders each year.

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August 10, 2016

We Welcome Kelly Williams to the AskPatty Team!

Kelly_Williams-headshot-sHi! I’m Kelly Williams from Canada and I’m excited to be joining the Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly team! You will soon be seeing blogs from me about all things automotive!

So who am I? Well I raced cars for 15 years and 10 of those were in the top stock car series in Canada, called CASCAR. I was also a pace car driver for the Champcar World Series (now Indy Car).

In addition to that I work numerous vehicle launches, am a driving coach, motivational public speaker, was a judge on Canada’s Worst Driver (season 1), and I teach women about taking care of their cars. Everything I do is automotive and I love every second of it.

I live about an hour outside of Toronto and I also ride a Honda CBR 600RR, which is unbelievably fast. In the winter months I go snowmobiling with my boyfriend and we can often do this right from my driveway.

So there’s me in a nutshell and -- oh by the way -- I’m a certified high school teacher and, no, I don’t say “eh.”  :)


TrueSavings: Great Savings on Sport Utility Vehicles

TrueSavings-Great_deals_on_SUVs_for_August-AskPatty_car_buying_serviceAugust is a Great Time to Buy a Utility Vehicle!

Back-to-school is just around the corner, and the end of summer is traditionally the best time to buy a new car because dealers are clearing space for incoming models.

Whether you want something large or small, if you’re shopping for a utility vehicle, this edition of True Savings offers something for every SUV shopper’s needs. TrueCar analysis shows potential savings ranging from 15.3% to 19.7% off Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”), while market average pricing on these five crossovers and SUVs demonstrates potential MSRP discounts of as much as $8,050.

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August 09, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Children and Pets are at the Greatest Risk


Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. According to, children are at great risk for heatstroke because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. When the internal body temperature reaches 104 degrees, children’s organs start to shut down. And when it reaches 107 degrees, the child can die. On average, a child dies every eight days from heatstroke in a vehicle. And a dog can die in a hot car in as little as ten minutes.

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August 04, 2016

The Chrysler Moms Behind the 2017 Pacifica

2017_Chrysler_Pacifica-_005PFvccuspi2fb73c8beg4e1rriv9d-AskPatty_Car_Buying_CenterWho knows a minivan better than a mom? Chrysler understands that. Fact is, many moms held key positions when developing the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. But, it came with a tall order.

The Pacifica had to break through the criticized "soccer mom" image, had to rival the outgoing Town & Country, and it had to entice SUV customers to go minivan.

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August 01, 2016

Women Enjoy New Sales Approaches With “Lexus Difference” And “Lexus Plus” Programs

AP-Women-Enjoy-New-Sales-Approaches-WithTreating customers like guests in their home has long been a goal for Lexus, and for more than 25 years, the Japanese luxury manufacturer has set a high bar for customer service.

AskPatty Chief Editor Brandy Schaffels was asked to participate in a panel discussion at the 2016 New York Auto Show to discuss the company’s new “Lexus Experience” sales program -- which targets women, millennials, and multicultural buyers -- educating dealers and providing them the tools to build deeper, longer-lasting relationships between their guests and sales and service associates.

Brandy participated on the panel alongside Peggy Turner, Lexus Vice President of Customer Service; Lauren Fix, The Car Coach™ and industry talking head; and Audra Fordin, certified auto mechanic and owner of the Great Bear Auto Repair Shop in New York. The discussion was moderated by Melanie Batenchuk, founder and editor of Be Car Chic. Highlights of the discussion can be found here at

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July 29, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Zion National Park, Utah


Located in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States, with massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Rising in Utah’s high plateau country, the Virgin River carves its way through Zion Canyon to the desert below. Zion's first people tracked mammoth, giant sloth, and camel almost 12,000 years ago; today, the park’s striking vertical topography -- rock towers, sandstone canyons, and sharp cliffs -- attracts about 3.6 million visitors each year. Zion National Park has three campgrounds, and several other private campgrounds are a short drive from the park.

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Read AskPatty's Complete list of 12 Great National Parks here


July 27, 2016

Please Don't Go after #Pokemon While Driving!

Drive_now_catch_pokemon_laterPokemon Go, released July 6, has captivated fans around the world to become the highest-grossing iphone app ever, claiming more than 21 million active U.S. users within the first two weeks of its launch.

Even though the smartphone gaming app is being lauded for motivating kids and families to exercise by getting them out of the house on their hunts for the animated characters, it's also drawing a lot of attention for the number of moving violations that are happening because of people playing while driving their car.

Already in the last few weeks, a woman playing Pokemon Go in a parking lot north of Toronto was nearly hit by a driver -- who was also playing the game while behind the wheel.

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