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May 26, 2015

Cargazzmic Experience at Heels and Wheels 2015

1HeelsandWheels_2015What happens when you get a bunch of awesome women media, journalist, bloggers, PR Peeps, and carmakers together for a ride and drive? A Cargazzmic Experience!


The 4th annual #HeelsandWheels2015 event hosted at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, California this year was educational, entertaining, zany and OHHH what a driving experience. My driving partner Brandy Schaffels, Chief Editor here at, and I drove 13 cars (and 1 truck) totaling $667,430 and 4,293 horsepower per Mary Lowry of CarsandMe.


Big thanks to Buick's Kristin Rubi; Dodge's Kristin Starnes; GMC's Kelly Wysocki; Infiniti's Aileen Clarke; Jaguar & Land Rover's Halie Schmidt; Kia's Amy Corsinita; Lexus's Leigh Anne Sessions; Mazda's Carley Hummel; Mitsubishi's Laura Conrad; Nissan's Paige Presley; and Volkswagen's Jessica Anderson and Jeannine Ginivan for the opportunity to drive a little and dream a little!


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April 28, 2015

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for April 2015

April_showers_Bring_May_flowers-iStock_000025448598_SmallApril showers bring May flowers, and an abundance of Certified Female Friendly activities from our CFF partners.

What activities does your shop have to share? Here are some examples of programs several Certified Female Friendly Dealers are participating in during April and May. Please share your activities with us so we can promote them here in our monthly Certified Female Friendly carnival!


Great_Lakes_Credit_UnionGreat Lakes Credit Union of North Chicago, Illinois
Getting the best deal on automobile financing isn't as easy as accepting the first offer you are presented with. To make sure you get the lowest possible interest rate, good dealer incentives, and a monthly payment that works well for you, you will have to do a little legwork. The effort can save you thousands of dollars. Let GLCU help you get the best auto financing you can find! 


Croces_TransmissionCroce's Transmission Specialists of Norwalk, Connecticut
At Croce’s Transmission, we’ve been transmission specialists since 1999. With over 40 years of experience, our transmission experts can perform the most difficult and complicated of transmission and auto repairs and services. Croce's Transmission can help you with your transmission concerns, maintenance, repair, rebuild, or replacement on automatics and standards and is currently offering $20 off transmission maintenance service. They also host special car care events for ladies only! Find out more by signing up for their weekly newsletter tips here. 


Schoen_Place_autoSchoen Place Auto of East Rochester, New York
Schoen Place Auto is participating in the Rochester Women's Networking event at 5:30 on May 12th. Spend an evening networking and touring the shop, get a new view on car care as Jerry displays cars up on the lift. Have a car enthusiast in your life? Bring them along to get a first-hand experience of what Shoen Place Auto has to offer. Free for members! Click here to register for the event.


Sayville_ford_pre_construction_saleSayville Ford of Sayville, New York
Sayville Ford has been family owned and operated for three generations — over 50 years! The largest independent Ford dealership in the New York region is building a two-floor showroom, and is preparing for the remodel with a pre-construction "Dream Big" sale event featuring great offers on many Ford models.


AutoAid_Auto_repair_and CollisionAutoAid Auto Repair and Collision Center of Van Nuys, California
Did you know that by spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump? AutoAid has posted an informative blog on how keeping up with your maintenance can improve your fuel economy. Check it out here! 

TIA_women_to_watchCommunity Tire Pros & Auto Repair of Phoenix, Arizona
Community Tire Pros' Pat Fleischmann one of Tire Business's "Women to Watch in the Tire Industry"!
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is recognizing the achievements of 18 women tire industry executives in the Spring 2015 issue of its quarterly magazine, Today’s Tire Industry. The 12-page article, “Women to Watch in the Tire Industry,” highlights the achievements of the a number of women executives, including Pat Fleischmann. This is the first year TIA has run a feature on women in the tire industry, and it based the article on a large number of nominations from the industry, the association said. The feature is not connected with advertising or any promotional contest.
“The tire industry has always been noted as being a man’s world,” said TIA President Freda-Pratt Boyer. “This magazine showcases the success stories of many women in the industry and highlights the vital roles that they play." Congratulations to Pat for receiving this honor!


January 14, 2015

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for January 2015

Cff_lead_new_car-2015-thinkstock-527342777Father Time has booted out 2014 and we celebrate the arrival of Baby New Year and a brand new edition of our monthly Certified Female Friendly Blog Carnival.

Here's some examples of programs several Certified Female Friendly Dealers participated in during December. Please share your activities with us so we can promote them here in our monthly Certified Female Friendly carnival. 

6a00d8341c4f3653ef01b7c72241f8970b-300wiWomen’s Automotive Association International Names Spirit of Leadership Honorees
Six accomplished industry women have been chosen to receive the esteemed 2015 Spirit of Leadership Award. Established in 1999, the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award is presented annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community, and family. 
The women will be honored at the 16th Annual Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at a.Muse Gallery in San Francisco, where attendees will be treated to a guest appearance and exhibit by Nicola Woods, master of classic automobile paintings. The reception is being held in conjunction with the 2015 NADA Convention. A portion of the event proceeds will be contributed to the WAAI International Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance to qualified students pursuing careers in the automotive industry.

Certified Female Friendly Programs and Activities to Share

ConvoyAutoRepairConvoy Auto Repair of San Diego, California
Looking for road trip ideas? Convoy shared a blog post on great day trips near San Diego


Schoen_place_autoSchoen Place Auto of East Rochester, New York
If you don't already have one, Schoen Place will help you create an Emergency Kit for your car.

GLCUGreat Lakes Credit Union of North Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes Credit Union participated in a "Secret Santa for Seniors" to collect goods for residents in the local nursing homes to help them have Happy Holidays! 


Active Green + Ross of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

There's no shortage of cole winter weather in Ontario, so Active Green + Ross has teamed up with Car Care Canada to share a winter survival guide with cold-weather car-care tips, as well as tips on staying safe while driving during the winter. 



AutoAid of Van Nuys, California
If you've got young car fans at home, you'll want to check out their blog on the children's toy that teaches car repair.

CrawfordBuickGMCCrawford Buick GMC of El Paso, Texas
There's plenty to do around El Paso, so Crawford Buick GMC made a list of things to do during the Holiday Season.

Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in November.

November 14, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for November 2014

AskPatty_CFF_carnival-thanksgiving-thinkstock-134435609November has lots of stuff going on! It's the month we raise awareness of Child Safety Protection and Drowsy Driving Prevention, and attend SEMA and AAPEX in Las Vegas early in the month, and the Connected Car Expo and Los Angeles Auto Show later in the month. It's a good time to enjoy football tailgating and prepare our cars for Winter before it gets too cold.

Let's not forget "Go for a Ride" day on November 22, and Thanksgiving on the 27th. "Movember" also brings facial hair beneath the noses of the men we know and love as they commit to growing and supporting moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men's health. We'll also be ushering in the holiday season and gift guides at month's end.

Please join us as we give support to these important movements during November. 


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October 10, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for October 2014

Breast_cancer_awareness-thinkstock-181808472-sThe biggest news of October is Breast Cancer Awareness, with a variety of awareness programs happening all month long. It's also the time of year that we promote national Car Care, Columbus Day (October 13), Boss's Day (October 16), Teen Driver Safety week (October 20-27), and don't forget about Halloween. On top of these October themes, AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners are involved in a diverse selection of activities, and are offering a great variety of special female friendly programs for October.


Fall_season_driving_Safety_tips-thinkstock-188100262-sFall Season Driving Safety Tips from Cooper Tire

October has arrived, the kids are back in school, and the summer season is changing into fall. As the days get shorter and we change our focus from carefree vacations to the cooler season ahead, itÆs also important to recognize that our focus on the road must change as well.

With many travelers preparing to hit the road for fall vacations, Cooper Tire is helping to keep drivers safe and giving you up to $70 back by taking advantage of its Fall Reward Event. 


Chicks_Cars_Cupcakes_logoGreat Lakes Credit Union Hosts 3rd Annual "Cars, Chicks and Cupcakes"

Ladies, get ready to attend this upscale, fun-filled event to learn about all aspects of the retail automotive market, along with gourmet cupcakes, a little bit of fashion, raffles, swag bags... AND MORE! The third annual event, being hosted by Great Lakes Credit Union, will be held at the Gurnee Mills Telemundo Entertainment Stage, in Gurnee, Illinois, on Saturday October 25th, 2014, from 2pm to 4pm.


Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-go_PINK_-leadValvoline Instant Oil Change Hosts PINK OUT Day

For the third year in a row, as a part of their month-long promotion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores nationwide participated in a "Pink Out" day on October 2nd. In addition to selling the AutoTex PINK blades -- available in pink or black, metal, frameless, or uni-blade variants -- all month long, these select VIOC stores were decked out in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer!  "Pink Out Day is a visual event for a very visual product." The product, of course, is AutoTex PINK Wiper Blades, and they will be taking automotive retailers nationwide by storm this October. The goal of these wipers is to "Wipe Out Breast Cancer," and they're following through on that promise by donating 20% of every blade sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.



AskPatty Partners Participate in "Brakes for Breasts"

Can you imagine a vaccine that would create a world free of breast cancer? WE CAN! Many Certified Female Friendly partners, including Hi-Tech Car Care; 1st Choice Automotive; AutoCraftsmen of Montpelier, Vermont;  Star Motors of San Juan Capistrano, California; Bridgetown Automotive; First Choice Automotive; Caton Auto Clinic; Star Automotive of Grant's Pass, Oregon;  Wilhelm Automotive; Hi-Tech Car Care of Phoenix, Arizona;  180 Degrees Automotive of Phoenix, Arizona; Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair of Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona and many more shops across the US are supporting #BreastCancerAwareness in October by participating in the Free Brakes for Breasts program.

Every October, the ôBrakes for Breastsö program kicks off and runs through the entire month. During that time, clients receive FREE brake pads or shoes (good quality Raybestos up to $109.00 value). Customers pay only for the labor and any other ancillary parts that are necessary to complete the job.

Participating repair shops then donate 10% of the brake job cost to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund. 100% of our proceeds go directly to research. Dr. Vincent Tuohy has created a vaccine that has proven effective in laboratory animals, and has great promise for eliminating breast cancer from our world! For more information, go to

To find a participating "Brakes for Breasts" location click here:

Some shops are adding to the event with their own promotion, for instance, if a customer refers a friend to participate in Brakes for Breasts at 180 Degrees Automotive in Phoenix, Arizona, you both get entered to win $700 raffle basket!


AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:


Schumacher_chevroletSchumacher Chevrolet and Gearhart Chevrolet of New Jersey

During the month of October, Chevrolet has pledged to donate $10 for every test drive to "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer." Schumacher Chevrolet is inviting everyone to stop by Schumacher Chevrolet for a test drive to help support this worthy cause! 

 Schumacher is also joining forces with Gearhart Chevrolet  to contribute to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society with their walk on October 19th in Parsippany. The team name is Pink Chevy Classics and details can be found here.



 Wayne's Automotive of Aiken, South Carolina

Wayne's Automotive & Towing Center has been a longtime supporter of women learning the basics of car care with the center's biannual "Heels on Wheels" clinic being its latest effort. Held on October 4th, the event featured Wayne's pink tow truck and participants learned how to check critical fluids including oil, coolant, and transmission fluids, how to change a tire, and what technicians look for during a typical inspection. Wayne's is also running an advertising campaign this month that states for every call our pink truck makes, we donate 1$ for every call to the "Best Chance Network" which offers low-income free mammograms. The automotive center donates $1 to the Best Chance Network, which is affiliated with The National Breast Cancer Foundation, every time a customer requests the Wayne's Pink Tow Truck for towing services and will donate $1,889 that was collected over the year.


MC_tireM & C Tire of Kalispell, Montana

M & C Tire is selling AutoTex Pink windshield wipers and giving a set away with each set of new tires purchased while supplies last through the month of october.  On October 3rd, the whole crew wore "save a sister" (in partnership with Kalispell Regional Med Center) pink t-shirts to participate in "turn the flathead pink" to help raise awareness about breast cancer.


Convoy_auto_repairConvoy Auto Repair of San Diego, California

Convoy Auto Repair is selling AutoTex Pink windshield wipers and will install them for free during the month of October. Winter is coming so get your new wiper blades now



FMC_repair_Dress_for_the_CauseFMC Repair of Stoney Creek, Ontario (Canada)

FMC Truck, Auto and Marine Repair are hosting "Dress for the Cause" event to benefit Breast Cancer Society of Canada October 24th. The event will host a barbecue, and give customers a chance to meet their staff and tour their facility.



Scheirle_automotive-goes-pink-for-breast-cancer-awarenessSchierl Tire & Service Centers of Central Wisconsin

The Team Schierl & Mada office staff went PINK to show their support of the Team Schierl & Mada PINK GAME FOR CANCER with the UWSP Pointer football team! The special football game was held Saturday, September 27th at Community Stadium at Goerke Field, Stevens Point and raised more than $50,000. The 2014 Pink Game for Cancer fundraising efforts benefit the Joanne A. Suomi Memorial Fund, the Breast Cancer Family Foundation, and the Circle of Friends Foundation. We are excited to support each of these organizations!


Meade-lexus-10000-facebook-fansMeade Lexus of Southfield and Utica, Michigan

Meade Lexus recently reached 10,000 fans on Facebook. Congratulations for this giant milestone!! 

Meade Lexus really knows how to use social media to raise awareness of their company, and even awarded a car to a Leap4Lexus winner in a contest that was promoted on Facebook.



O'Daniel Automart of Fort Wayne, Indiana

O'Daniel Automart has gone pink for October with AutoTex Pink wiper blades, giving 20% of all sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. O'Daniel is also hosting a Jeep Jam event on Saturday, October 11, which is raising funds to donate to our Military. Held Edgewaters Park from 6am to 8pm, the event starts the day with two special off-road courses for Jeeps, and culminates in a live performance by American Idol finalist Josh Gracin complete with fireworks.


GLCU-FlatKirby-ContestGreat Lakes Credit Union of North Chicago, Illinois

This week, Great Lakes Credit Union was thrilled to present a check for $1,000 to the winner of our #FlatKirbyContest, AJ Katzenmaier Elementary School in North Chicago, Illinois!! They received over 400 votes, winning the contest and the $1,000 prize! Congratulations to the families, students, and staff of AJK! Thank you to everyone who voted and participated! Find out more about our Flat Kirby Contest here


Performance-automotive-flyvinesPerformance Automotive Services, Inc., of Winston-Salem, NC

In honor of Breast Cancer awareness month Performance Automotive has teamed up with Flyvines to offer pink bracelets, and with each sale we are giving back to Casting for Recovery! All bracelets include pink fly line with other assorted colors mixed in to keep it fun. Available now on  #mavenfly


Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in September. 

September 12, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for September 2014

So much is happening in September! The kids have gone back to school and football and tailgating season is underway. We’ll be celebrating National Drive Electric Week from September 15 to 21 and Child Passenger Safety Week from September 14 to 20, 2014. On top of these September themes, AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners are involved in a diverse selection of activities, and are offering a great variety of special female friendly programs for September.


AutoTexPINK_windshield_wiper_bladesAutoTexPink Wiper Blades: Just in time to help WIPE OUT Breast Cancer in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Even though October Breast Cancer Awareness month is next month, AutoTexPink reminds everybody that breast cancer happens every day. AutoTexPink is committed to partnering with our customers to raise breast cancer awareness and increase breast cancer support for important research and education efforts.

Car Dealers, Part Warehouses, Tire Dealers, Collision Centers, Quick Lubes and auto repair shops can become an AutoTex PINK Wiper Blade Distributor. From every purchase, 10 percent goes to the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation (in USA) and to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (in Canada).


Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-BurbankValvoline Instant Oil Change Hosts PINK OUT Day
As a part of their month-long promotion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores nationwide will be participating in a “Pink Out” day on October 2nd. “Pink Out Day is a visual event for a very visual product.” The product, of course, is AutoTex PINK Wiper Blades, and they will be taking automotive retailers nationwide by storm this October. The goal of these wipers is to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer,” and they're following through on that promise by donating 20% of every blade sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Sign up here to get started!


GLFCU_CCC_SaveTheDate2014Great Lakes Credit Union to host their 3rd annual "Cars, Chicks and Cupcakes."

"Ladies only" are invited to attend this upscale, fun-filled event being held at the Gurnee Mills Telemundo Entertainment Stage on Saturday October 25th from 2pm to 4pm to learn about all aspects of the retail automotive market, along with a little bit of fashion, raffles, swag bags...AND MORE!

GLCU will host a panel of female automotive experts, who will speak about:

• Navigating the Dealership
• How to Get the Best Financing Deal
• What to Know About Tire Care
• Car Maintenance and Collision Repair, and
• Keeping Your Car Insurance Rates Down for Yourself and your Teen Driver.

Don’t wait, seats are limited!


Auto Dealer LiveJody DeVere CEO AskPatty Featured on AutoDealerLive Radio

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AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:



A & H Automotive of Delray Beach, Florida

Routine brake inspections are essential to safe driving and maintaining your vehicle. A&H Automotive has shared an infographic sharing eight signs to help you know when you need a brake inspection; If you're experiencing  drag, puling, hard pedal action, brake light on the dash, vibration, noise, low-pedal response, or grabbing when braking you should have your brakes checked. 





Aero_auto_repairAero Auto Repair of San Diego, California

It’s always a little scary when the Check Engine Light appears on a vehicle’s dash. Most of the time, the gas cap simply needs to be tightened. But when that doesn’t make the light go out, what do you do next? Aero Auto Repair is offering a free Check Engine Light Scan to help concerned customers.


Hillside_AutoP_Repair_2014votedbest-mastheadHillside Auto Repair of Torrance, California

Hillside Auto Repair has been voted as the BEST Independent Auto Repair in the South Bay by the Daily Breeze for the second year in a row! "Today’s cars are built to last 200,000 miles plus and will do so if properly maintained,” said owner Dave Carney, “and finding the right shop that you can trust is part of the equation to a well maintained car.”  Hillside Auto Repair specializes in preventive maintenance on all makes and models of cars.  And now, Hillside Auto Repair specialized service for hybrid vehicles.


TPS Customer Appreciation Flyer



TPS Tire & Auto of Brunswick, Ohio

TPS Tire & Auto is celebrating their annual customer appreciation day on September 20th, featuring free food and great prizes, a car show with race cars and military vehicles, how to demonstrations and free vehicle inspections, a car care clinic, and much more!! Don't miss it!



Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in August.



August 13, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for August 2014

YOKOHAMA_ADVAN_SPORT_ASYokohama Tires Promises the Ultimate Drive
Yokohama ADVAN Sport A/SWhat is a tire to a driver? Is it the trusty co-pilot? The fraction of a second between a fender and a bender? The buddy who won’t change the radio station on you? In Yokohama’s new microsite,, the company takes a strong visual approach by putting all of the focus on the tire and celebrating the many things a tire is to a driver.


AskPatty In the News: attends Car Care Council Women's Board Summer Meeting's CEO Jody DeVere and several of our automotive experts attended the summer meeting in San Diego for the Car Care Council Women's Board.  Other special AskPatty affiliates included Amy Mattinat, owner AutoCraftsman and President of the Car Care Council Women's Board, Paula Lombard of AutoTexPink Wiper Blades, Bogi Latenier who stars in the Velocity cable TV show All Girls Garage and is owner of 180Auto, and Certified Female Friendly shop owner Maryann Croce of Croce's Transmission Specialists.
The Car Care Council Women’s Board is comprised of auto care professionals dedicated to providing opportunities, education and career leadership to women in the auto care industry. 


Jody_DeVere_Headshot_photoJody DeVere CEO Featured in Automotive News Article: 
Fine-tuning the pitch to women: Cadillac, Nissan and Others Are Talking Differently to Women -- and Portraying Them Differently As Well
A study by Greenfield Online for Arnold’s Women’s Insight Team shows that three quarters of women feel misunderstood by carmakers. Jody DeVere, CEO of, a Web site that provides automotive advice for women, said that while some automakers are “making wonderful progress” in reaching women, “others are still in the dark ages,” overlooking segments such as baby boomer women, a group she says has the strongest purchasing power but is nonetheless underrepresented in advertising.


AskPatty_and_ASE_ask_how_Well_Do_You_Know_your_carAskPatty and ASE Ask: "How Well Do You Know Your Car?" Survey
AskPatty is partnering with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to create a Customer Confidence Index, and we’d like your answers on a few simple questions.
Won’t you please take our quick and easy survey?

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:

Wade_BryantWade Bryant's Auto Repair and Service Center of Bend, Oregon
Congratulations to Wade Bryant's for celebrating 30 years in business!
Wade's is a family owned, full service, AAA approved, automotive repair and maintenance facility serving the Central Oregon area since 1984 with consistent, quality and friendly service. Visit Wade Bryant's for all of your maintenance and repair needs, for all makes and models of import and domestic cars, trucks and SUVs. We are a friendly, clean and efficient shop. We understand that sometimes car repair can be stressful and we do everything possible to make customers feel welcome, comfortable, and satisfied with their service experience.


Westside_Tire_and_service-10373483_690079034394888_6151172970934191592_nWest Side Tire & Service of Youngstown, Ohio
West Side Tire & Service is doing a back-to-school donation event to help get supplies for the schools for the kids that can't afford them. They're collecting school supplies all month long and will be donating them to local schools.
West Side Tire and Service, Inc. (WST) was born out of a passion for the American automobile when founded in the spring of 1978 by the Rogenski brothers, Bernard, Richard and James. The combination of fast, expert service and large selection of tires and parts quickly earned the Rogenski’s a reputation for providing high quality, honest car care.
WST is an industry leading tire retailer that specializes in more than just mounting and balancing tires. Their ASE certified technicians provide services that include brakes, alignments, engine diagnostics, replacement shocks/struts, oil changes, preventative maintenance and much, much more, with three locations in the Youngstown area.


Campus_Automotive-Christmas_in_july-10245421_810773782288844_5400064736440401816_nCampus Automotive of Blacksburg, Virginia
Campus Automotive participated in the first annual "Christmas in July" community event with their local Chamber of Commerce. The event featured more than 30 vendors presenting activities, workshops, demonstrations, story time, wine tastings, dancing, and other fun activities.
Since 1979, Campus Automotive has been providing top quality auto repair, maintenance and towing services to our wonderful customers in Blacksburg, VA and the surrounding local communities. We are a family owned and operated full-service auto repair shop, and are completely committed to providing friendly, high quality automotive services at fair prices!
All of our auto repairs come with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty, so you can be confident bringing your vehicle to Campus Automotive. In addition, we offer free Wi-Fi in our waiting area and a free shuttle service to get you where you need to go.


Walks_service_center-10489825_899187013430393_828263953416353137_nWalk's Service Center of State College, Pennsylvania
The friendly staff of Walk's Service Center participated in the 2014 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts by helping out as part of the Green grounds crew.
Walk’s has been serving the Centre County area for more than 30 years, as the premier auto repair & maintenance, auto body collision & repair, and towing service center in State College, Pennsylvania. We are locally owned and operated and truly dedicated to presenting our customers with a refreshingly convenient, reliable and pleasant auto repair experience. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and diagnostic equipment to handle auto repair and maintenance services on all makes and models of cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs.
For your convenience, we offer free WI-FI in our comfortable waiting area. We conduct our business with honesty and integrity, while providing friendly and professional service.
Walk's is endorsed and certified by both AAA and NAPA Auto Care Center programs as a preferred auto repair and service facility.


Auto_aid_and_rescueAutoAid Repair Center of Van Nuys, California
EncinoMom Magazine created an awesome video promoting Jack Bulko and his son David, and their Female Friendly & AAA Approved car repair shop serving Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Located in Van Nuys, California, Auto Aid is a one-stop shop for car repair and maintenance, fleet service, and smog checks. AutoAid Repair Center has been family owned and operated since its inception in 1979.


Wilhem-Automotive-Service-CentersWilhem Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona 
In its annual ranking of top automotive repair facilities, Motor Age magazine has recognized Wilhelm Automotive as one of the top ten best shops in the country. Wilhelm Auto was the only shop in Arizona among the top ten.
Motor Age, a monthly trade journal supporting independent automotive service providers by providing professional information, made the announcement of their fourth annual Top Shop winners this week. According to Motor Age, Wilhelm ‘demonstrated strengths in marketing, technology in the repair bays, customer relations and community service, among other attributes.
“We are thrilled to be nationally recognized for the values we uphold in our business every day. For 81 years, our customers and team members have been the heart and soul of our company, and we constantly strive to be the absolute best automotive repair shop in Arizona. We are especially proud that we have accomplished this as a family business for three generations,” said Chris Garman, Wilhelm Automotive General Manager.
The Top Shop selection process included the review of a thorough application that included a company profile, visual tour and information about Wilhelm Auto’s history, mission, employee philosophy, customer service and community service, among other areas. Wilhelm ranked seventh among the other repair shops from around the nation.


The_Hybrid_ShopThe Hybrid Shop (THS) Welcomes Female Customers as a Newly Certified Female Friendly® Auto Repair Facility
The Hybrid Shop (THS), a growing international network of dealers committed to providing expert care for hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs), has become an AskPatty Certified Female Friendly® Auto Repair Facility. THS has made a commitment to provide an experience that is what women need from an auto repair shop. THS also launched a female-focused micro-site,, that provides the tools and resources requested most by women.



Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in July.

July 11, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for July 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:

Cooper_tire_rebateCooper Tire Asks Is it Time To Change Your Tires?

Those round rubber shoes at each corner of your car help to keep your car safely on the road. In fact, tires are the only part of your vehicle connecting you to the road, so it's super important you know that they are at an adequate tread depth to safely stop your car when you need them to. AskPatty is partnering with Cooper Tire to create additional awareness of tire maintenance and safety, and to help promote The Cooper Tire national Summer Event, which offers a Visa prepaid card to consumers who buy select Cooper Tires before July 15.


Children-of-valerie-fundSchumacher Chevrolet of Little Falls, NJ
Gearhart Chevrolet of Denville, NJ
Wigder Chevrolet of Livingston, NJ
Schumacher Chevrolet, Gearhart Chevrolet, and Wigder Chevrolet have joined forces to donate money to the Children of the Valerie Fund for every car sold through August 30th. Participants can take a test drive to earn an entry into a sweepstakes for which the grand prize giveaway is a new car! The Valerie Fund provides medical care, counseling, and other services to more than 4000 children with cancer and blood disorders each year.

Ricks_Performance_street_fairRick's Performance of Pleasonton, CA
Rick's Performance recently joined the downtown Pleasonton Wednesday Night street fair, where a wide variety of businesses and community organizations who will have booths set up market their products and services as well as provide information. At his booth, Rick shared products and gave visitors an opportunity to spin for free and discounted services. 


Westside_Tire_and_ServiceWestside Tire & Service of Youngstown, OH
Westside Tire & Service celebrated a customer appreciation day in which they served food, played games, and gave away gift baskets, gift certificates, tickets to Indian's games, and much more.



Nedauers_fathers_dayNeubauer's Auto Repair of Ellicott City, Maryland
Neubauer's Auto Repair's sponsored a Father's Day drawing providing an opportunity for Dad's who visited the shop in June to win a $50 gift card.



Tps_tell_a_jokeTPS Tire & Service of Brunswick, OH

International Joke Day was July first, but TPS Tire and Service is running a promotion for the entire month of July giving customers a percentage off the labor on their bill if you tell them a good joke! Discounts vary based on the amount of your repair, but savings can range from 5 to 20 percent. Find out more here.


Waynes_automotive_centerWayne's Automotive of Aiken, SC
Earlier this month, Wayne's Automotive Services hosted a booth at the Aiken Chamber Appreciation Cookout, sharing AskPatty-branded goodies. During the remainder of July, they're also inviting customers to share their #CarRoadTrip Stories on their Facebook Page. 



Sayville_Ford_Summer_SpectacularSayville Ford of Sayville, NY
Sayville Ford is taking part in Ford's national Summer Spectacular Giveaway where people who enter could win one of 6 Ford cars!


Sullivans_new_signSullivan's Tire Pros of Seaside, CA

Congratulations to Sullivan's Tire Pros, who just updated their website and hoisted new signage.



AskPatty welcomes the following new Female Friendly Partners:

Just_Right_Auto_RepairJust Right Auto Repair of Greenville, SC

Just Right Auto Repair is a full-service automotive repair shop serving Greenville, SC, and the Upstate. Just Right Auto exists because the automotive repair industry needs good, honest, and reliable mechanics. Owner Bill Bower went into business in order to challenge the automotive industry’s “black eye” in customer service. Just Right assures our customers we will never manipulate you or try to pressure you into a service you don’t need. Our goal is to explain what’s going on with your vehicle, and give you the information you need to make an informed decision about the next step.

McLean_Auto_RepairMcLean Auto Repair of Elgin, IL
McLean Auto Repair has been providing quality auto repair and maintenance services in Elgin, Illinois since 1970. We are family owned and operated and strive to provide honest service and complete customer care. Our dedication to providing all around quality service has earned us several awards. McLean Auto Repair is home of the prestigious Chicago NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year Award for 2007 and 2008. We were also the Amoco Golden Mechanic Runners-Up in 2007.

HappyWalletAutoRepairHappy Wallet Quality Auto Repair of Naples, FL
Our doors at Happy Wallet Quality Auto Repair first opened in 2011, and our owner is a 30-year experienced ASE Master Certified Auto Tech. Our commitment to ethics and honesty means we will provide thorough safety inspections and suggest only necessary automotive repairs and tire sales to customers from Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, and other surrounding Florida areas.


Welcome back to these AskPatty Partners who have renewed their contracts:

Meade_LexusMeade Lexus of Southfield and Utica, MI

Meade Lexus was one of the first Lexus dealerships in the country starting in 1989. The Meade family is dedicated to serving customer's automotive needs in the Detroit metropolitan market! We offer everything you expect from a full-service dealership including Lexus sales, leasing, service, and parts, as well as new Lexus loaner vehicles, our own coffee bar, wireless Internet, and a luxurious customer lounge.

Croces_transmission_serviceCroce's Transmission of Norwalk, CT
My name is Tony Croce. My wife Maryann and I are the owners of Croce's and we provide automotive repairs and automotive maintenance to the towns surrounding Norwalk. Your safety & satisfaction are important to us. Because I have over 35 years of technical & diagnostic transmission & auto repair experience, you'll get the correct diagnosis and the right repair. We chose to use our name, so you know with whom you are placing your trust. We treat your vehicle as if it were our own. It's that simple.

Wade_BryantWade Bryants Auto Repair

We are a family owned, full service, AAA approved, automotive repair and maintenance facility serving the Central Oregon area since 1984 with consistent, quality and friendly service. Our Professionalism sets us apart from the rest. Visit us for all of your maintenance and repair needs. For all makes and models of import and domestic cars, trucks and SUVs. We are a friendly, clean and efficient shop. We understand that sometimes car repair can be stressful and we do everything possible to make customers feel welcome, comfortable and satisfied with their service experience. 


Introducing AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Hybrid Repair Shops!

Your hybrid is a special car, but that doesn't mean that it should be difficult or expensive to maintain and repair your hybrid. We guarantee that your car will receive the care it needs to stay reliable and safe as the day you purchased it. These companys’ certified technicians will ensure your hybrid vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and also specialize in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.

Lloyds_Tire_Service-CFF_logoLloyd's Tire and Service of Santa Cruz, California
Lloyd’s Tire Service is now a complete and fully certified Hybrid Service Center, featuring everything from routine maintenance to diagnostics and repairs for hybrid and electric vehicles. Hybrid Care at Lloyd's is good for both your car and our planet. We proudly provide hybrid repairs to Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Los Gatos, and other surrounding Central California communities.

Wilhelm_automotive-CFF_LogoWilhelm Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona
In 1928, Joe Wilhelm and his father purchased Wilhelm Automotive Repair and made it the success that it is today. They have become the local Hybrid Shop and are now able to effectively and efficiently service hybrid vehicles and refurbish hybrid batteries. Wilhelm Automotive Repair's certified technicians will ensure your specific vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.




Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in June.


June 13, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for June 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:

Aspen_Auto_Clinic_CentennialAspen Auto Clinic of Centennial, Colorado

Congratulations to Aspen Auto Clinic! Aspen Auto Clinic has won the Colorado Independent Best Mechanic Award for the ninth year in a row, thanks to their unparalleled integrity in the automotive maintenance and repair industry.

Aspen Auto Repair now has branches in six different locations, all with a better business bureau A+ rating. As the most rapidly expanding auto repair businesses in Colorado, they have made a strong impression on both customers and the media. A spokesperson for Aspen Auto Clinic explained, “We are very grateful to the Colorado Independent for their continuing support of our work and our mission, and we thank the Colorado Gazette for their recognition as well. We understand that the automotive maintenance and repair industry has not upheld the highest standards that we both expect and deliver, and we are pleased that our commitment to these values has resulted in an unbeatable service.”


Community_Tire_and_Automotive_Service_SpecialistsCommunity Tire Pros & Auto Repair of Phoenix, Arizona 

Pat and Howard Fleischmann, Owners of Community Tire, received this terrific (but anonymous) letter of recommendation recently, and it's so heartfelt that we wanted to share it with all our AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners. 

“To the family of teams at Community Tire Pros; 
What amazing accomplishments!! I'm a self employed hairstylist, When clients ask me where to go for tires or car repair, there's no other place I would send them. I overhear people talk about their bad experiences, so I hand them an AskPatty booklet. I know that my clients, even if they're strangers, are going to get the best care with Community Tire Pros. I feel they offer the Best Service in the industry.
 Thank you for taking great care of the people I send to your family of teams.”

How awesome is that? CEO Jody DeVere to Join NCM OnDemand as Thought Leader, Expands Certified Female Friendly Training

Jody DeVere, entrepreneur, spokesperson, and CEO of Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to get advice on automotive issues, is pleased to announce that she will be joining retail automotive management training and consulting company, NCM® Associates, to make the AskPatty Certified Female Friendly training more accessible to a large segment of automotive professionals, as an NCM OnDemand Thought Leader, offering insight on female-focused marketing best practices in addition to the company's automotive management training.

Visitors to NCM OnDemand at will be able to purchase access to the Certified Female Friendly training program via NCM's easy to use virtual training marketplace, as well as get insight and advice directly from Marketing to Women leader Jody Devere in NCM OnDemand's Thought Leaders section. “We are extremely pleased that we are now able to provide NCM clients with Jody DeVere’s expertise and insight through NCM OnDemand,” said NCM President and CEO, Paul Faletti, Jr.

“We're a company that thrives on educating the automotive marketplace about the changing face of the woman consumer,” continues DeVere. “Online training is something that has always been a part of our Certified Female Friendly marketing program, but the honor of serving as a Thought Leader for NCM OnDemand has enabled us to expand the reach of our training program to an entirely new audience.”


AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners are Offering These Special Programs For June:


Schierl_Tire_and_Service_WestonSchierl Tire & Service Centers of Central Wisconsin 

Schierl Tire is participating in a golf classic for to benefit the Circle of Friends Foundation and Team Schierl Companies Charitable Giving Fund.

Circle of Friends is a non-profit foundation that is designed to increase self-esteem and self-confidence in children who have been impacted with cancer and other chronic blood diseases.  The Foundation hosts children from multiple US cities on a trip each year in conjunction with their medical support teams to interact with others with similar medical conditions. Circle of Friends was founded by former Green Bay Packer, Bill Schroeder along with Jerry Wunsch, a veteran of the Wisconsin Badgers and Seattle Seahawks. For more information visit
The Charitable Giving Fund is a donor-advised fund directed by Team Schierl Companies. The fund was created to allow TSC and the Schierl family to play a more active role in directing where the charitable funds they raise are donated. For more information, please visit
Last year's Golf Classic was attended by over 150 golfers who participated in the fundraising event by paying a golf entry fee and bidding on donated items in both a silent and live auction. Over $71,000 was raised.

Team Schierl is also a proud sponsor of Walk for Wags on June 22, 2014. This  family-friendly festival featuring food, frolic, and fun with our furry friends benefits the Humane Society of Portage County. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with the 1.5-mile walk starting at 11 a.m. A pet fashion and costume contest will be held at 12:30. Ask friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to pledge money to help you raise money to register for the walk and win prizes. The Walk will be held rain or shine and you can walk with or without a pet.
Sign-up is easy: visit and print the brochure and registration/pledge form, register at the Humane Society Shelter at 3200 Iber Lane in Plover, or just show up at Pfiffner Pioneer Park on the day of the Walk. Save $5 - call 715-344-6012 to register in advance. Join us on Sunday, June 22nd for a fun day of activities for the entire family.


Performance_automotive_services_winston-salem_ncPerformance Automotive Services, Inc. of Winston, North Carolina 

Performance Automotive recently participated in the 8th annual Saddles & Spokes Bike Ride to Benefit Hoof and Paw Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center.

Therapeutic Riding has been used since the early 1950's in Europe as a tool for improving the lives of individuals with physical disabilities. Individuals with almost any cognitive, physical and/or emotional disability can benefit from a safe and supervised interaction with equines.

Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem.


Harris-garage-logoHarris Garage of Hayes, Virginia 

Harris Garage is a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repairs center that has been performing high quality and guaranteed automotive repairs in the Hayes area since 1940.

Harris Garage ran an Operation Homefront Fundraiser donation event that raised $490 during the month of May!



Wilhelm automotiveWilhem Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona 

Wilhelm Automotive has entered into a two-year sponsorship deal with the Arizona-based SC Del Sol soccer club to provide their practice gear. “Being involved with a big club like SC del Sol is an honor. It is a first-class soccer club with a reputation for excellence. It is the type of organization that we are excited to be associated with.”

Wilhelm Automotive is a family owned and operated award winning automotive repair and maintenance business that has been serving the Phoenix, Arizona, market since 1928.

Have you seen their June Special? Just in time for your upcoming vacation, Wilhelm Automotive is offering a $49.95 Road Trip package that includes an oil change and A/C check, as well as a 60-point Car Health Care Check to make sure your car is ready for travel.


Express-auto-serviceExpress Auto Service of Fredericksburg, Virginia 

Express Auto Service sponsored a Father's Day-themed cutest baby photo contest on Facebook.  The winning Dad gets a year's worth of free oil changes!!! (up to a $175 value) Express Auto Service has done several of these social contests and always has great participation! Check it out here!


GLCUGreat Lakes Credit Union of Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is a full-service financial institution offering competitive auto loans nationwide. For June, GLCU (Great Lakes Credit Union) participated in National Safety Month with a Child Safety Fair that included fingerprinting ID Toolkits, information on cyber bullying, car seat checkups and much more. Find out more about the event here.


TPS_Tire_Auto_Service_Brunswick_OHTPS Tire and Service Center of Brunswick Ohio 

TPS Tire & Auto recently participated in the Strongsville Duck Race! The free community event featured food, games, face painting, animals, and TPS's very own military trucks for the kids to play on! Find out more about the event here.


Community_Tire_and_Automotive_Service_SpecialistsCommunity Tire Pros & Auto Repair of Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona

Community Tire Pros' Pat and Howard Fleischmann honored PetSmart with the Howard/Pat Fleischmann Spirit Award at the recent Phoenix PRIDE 2014 gala! Find out more about the event here.


Meineke_carcare_centerMeineke Car Care Centers of Williamsburg, Virginia

Did you know that old tires are a prime breeding ground for mosquitos? On Saturday, June 14, Meineke Car Care Centers are joining with Marion County Public Health for Tire Amnesty Day to help control the local mosquito population by allowing drivers to drop off up to six used tires for free disposal. Find out more about the event here. 


ODaniel-Automart-FtWayne-INO'Daniel Automart of Fort Wayne, Indiana

Since opening our doors, O'Daniel Automart has kept a firm commitment to our customers. We offer a wide selection of vehicles and hope to make the car buying process as quick and hassle free as possible. O'Daniel Mazda recently sponsored a "Mother's in May" essay contest that featured some awesome prizes. Find out more about the event here.  



Star Motors of San Juan Capistrano, California

Who loves a clean, sparkling car? Star Motors has a Spring Cleaning Detail Special for $159 that includes a thorough car wash inside and out, including exterior paint wash and protectant, wheels, tires, rubber as well as windows, ashtrays, upholstery, carpets and floormats. Learn more about the Spring Cleaning Special here.


Autoaid_ugly_tieAutoAid and Rescue of Van Nuys, California

AutoAid and Rescue Repair Center, family owned and operated since its inception in 1979, is hosting an ugly tie contest for Father's Day where people can win a $25 visa giftcard. View the contest at Facebook.

AutoAid is a AAA approved full service automotive repair garage and collision and auto body center servicing your Domestic, Import and Light Truck vehicles.


Wheelz_on_timeWheelz On Time of  Chicago, Illinois

Wheelz On Time is a unique company offering consumers the OPTION of buying or renting and takes  great pride in being the first and only rent-to-own tire dealer in Chicagoland! In addition to being the premier dealer for alternate tire financing, Wheelz On Time is “the Brand that cares” –not just about helping you get the tires you need, but more importantly, we care about your safety. Wheelz On Time is celebrating a Grand Reopening on Saturday, June 14 with snacks, goodies, and a special live broadcast from special guest WYCA -- The New Rejoice 102 with Darryll King. Wheelz on Time is also offering a chance to win a free set of four tires from among those who “like” them on Facebook.



Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in May.


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