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July 20, 2016

5 Great Apps to Improve Your Car IQ

5GreatAppstoImproveYourCarIQCar technology has come a long way.

Phone apps are stepping up their game, providing even more benefits for commuters. 

Whether you’re cruising in a new Maserati or your beloved beater, here are five apps that can help you drive smarter.

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June 17, 2016

AskPatty’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

Fathers_day_gift_guideDo these holidays sneak up on you the same way they sneak up on us? One day it’s Mother's Day, and it seems like the next day, it’s Father’s Day.

Don’t fret if you’ve let your Father’s Day gift-shopping lapse till the last minute! Here are a few ideas that are perfect gifts for your favorite car guy.

Whether you’re looking for something fun for his man cave, or something more personal, we’ve got a great assortment of ideas here.

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May 22, 2016 is Celebrating Our 10 Year Anniversary


May 19, 2016

Sears Auto Center Wants to Keep “Women on the Move”


Car Care Tips Every Woman Driver Should Know

Here at AskPatty, we receive thousands of auto-related questions from women looking for advice from our expert panel. 

Follow Sears Auto on Facebook Follow Sears Auto on Google plus Follow Sears Auto on Instagram Follow Sears Auto on Linked in Follow Sears Auto on Twitter Follow Sears Auto on You Tube Of these, about 85% are women with questions about car care – so it's clear that this is something women want to know about!

This spring we're teaming up with Sears Auto Center to present a free Car Care Clinic to keep “Women on the Move”, so we're kicking things off with some great must-know car care tips.  If you're looking for a little Car Care 101, read on – if you want to learn even more, get to a Sears Auto Center Car Care Clinic on May 21! 

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March 21, 2016

Today's Pickup Beds are the Focus of Design Innovation

Pickup_truck_bed-2015-Chevrolet-ColoradoZ71-018-cargoThe key characteristic separating a pickup from other vehicles is the cargo box, yet, in the past it typically hasn't been the focus of design innovation. Times are changing, and that giant storage bin behind the cab is being transformed into a much more useful space.

Improved storage options are among bed-improvement list-toppers. The realization that many owners use their pickups more for personal use than for heavy hauling has resulted in the advent of clever integrated bed storage areas. These bins allow the owner to stow smaller items that need to be protected from thieves and the weather.

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February 15, 2016

Nissan "Winter Warriors" Are Ready For Any Snow Adventure

If your winter adventures include fantastic romps through deep snow, Nissan would like you to take a look at three concept vehicles debuted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show made especially for navigating snowfall, ice, and deep drifts. Such conditions would challenge even the most capable all-wheel-drive vehicles, but Nissan boasts these three aggressive concepts could take you anywhere you want to go.

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February 05, 2016

The Latest Driver Safety Technologies

Car_technology-iStock_000045322586-cosmin4000Every day, we're getting closer and closer to self-driving cars. In fact, a number of models are already on the market that are more than capable of driving hundreds of miles on the Interstate with almost no input from a human being.

Currently, they're required by law to disengage if the driver doesn't touch the steering wheel every so often, but the capability is here right now.

Meanwhile, the features that enable this capability are being marketed independently as the following driver safety technologies.

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January 14, 2016

Hyundai’s New Virtual Owners Manual Means No Glovebox Fumbling

1_hyundai_virtual_guideTo get car information into the hands of drivers faster and more easily, Hyundai has reinvented the owner's manual using Augmented Reality for the Hyundai Virtual Guide app.

Augmented Reality overlays a smartphone's or tablet's camera image with words and links to learn about what is shown on the screen.

Instead of fumbling through an owner's manual book, a car owner points a camera at the dash, instrument cluster, or engine to discover its functions and how it works.

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January 07, 2016

Today's Technology: Making Cars Fun, Smart, Social

Ipad-technology-iStock_000075165377-ponsulakAutomakers spend years planning innovative technology for future car models. I frequently attend industry conferences to gain insight into what car buyers can expect down the road.

At the Telematics West Coast conference held in San Diego, automakers, analysts, suppliers, service providers and innovators discussed car tech issues of connectivity, infotainment, apps and innovation in future vehicles.


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January 06, 2016

Are Boomers Embracing New Vehicle Technologies, Including Self-Driving Cars?

Car_technology-iStock_000063962599-welcomiaAs car manufacturers continue to introduce new vehicle technologies, it's important that all drivers learn how they work and how to use them effectively.

This is especially true for mature drivers as many technologies such as blind-spot warnings and reverse back-up cameras can enhance driving safety and the driving experience as we age.

Vehicles today have many more features than they did 10, 20 or 50 years ago. But when it comes to going high-tech behind the wheel, are older drivers willing to adopt them? In this attached video at YouTube, Jodi Olshevski, a leading gerontologist from The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence, and Joseph Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab, discuss findings from their Vehicle Technology Adoption Among Mature Drivers study and talk about how new technologies can benefit older drivers.

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