It's a new year in the AskPatty nation, and it's time to take a look back at some of the awesome stuff our Certified Female Friendly retailers did to celebrate the holiday season. Peabody, set the wayback machine for December 2012!
Swamp's Performance continues to prove that it's a force to be reckoned with when it comes to treating women right. Aside from regular women's clinics, regular specials and promos, and a Courtesy Shuttle used to bring customers where ever they may
need to go if their car is in their shop, the Swamp's team outdid themselves this December with a mountainour Toy Drive.
The Akwesasne Mountain of Toys and Basket Drive is a fundraiser
that is held every year, this is the 6th year. Toys, pajamas and food
are given out to families in the community who are in need so that they
have Christmas presents, new Christmas pajamas and a good dinner. This
is the first year in which Swamp's has been involved with collecting
donations. We hope to fill our Courtesy Shuttle with donated items and
we will deliver to the Drive on December 14th. On December 12th, Hawk
from 101.5 The Fox was there promoting Free Brakes and Free Oil
Changes. There were give-a-ways,
deals and prizes all day. Casey even "went to jail" on the 14th as
well, and was locked up at the fire station until he coule be bailed out. Many business owners were held along with him. Bail
consisted of monetary donations, items or food.
Casey, free once again, is shown here handing a check to the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group, using funds collected from their Women's Clinic attendees. Their next clinic is scheduled for February 13.
Star Motors had an eventful December, as attested by the slew of events on their calendar for the month!
Holiday Customer Appreciation Days - Save between 10 and 20 percent off your ENTIRE BILL!
This annual event is our way of saying thank you for the support you
have shown us throughout the year. It's our most popular promotion, so
be sure to schedule your appointments in advance.
TWO-FOR-ONE! For two weeks only, buy one Elite Car Care Club at the regular price and get another one for FREE. That's $940 worth of automotive repair for only $120! Elite Car Care Clubs make great gifts
Marine Toys for Tots Annual Drive. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy (minimum $5 value) and receive a $25 Star Motors Gift Card for each toy you bring in (maximum 4 Gift Cards). TOYS MUST BE DROPPED OFF BY DECEMBER 14TH. Thank you to Kathleen Frame for donating 29 toys! Just for fun - be the first person to exceed Kathleen's donation and receive an extra $100 in Star Motors gift cards!
Purchase Star Motors Personalized Gift Certificates in any amount. Star Motors Gift Cards, Personalized Gift Certificates, Elite Car Care Clubs, and Autotex Pink Wiper Blades (benefitting breast cancer research) make fantastic holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!
The Star Art Gallery features artwork for sale from local artists. We are pleased to welcome our newest artists, Susan Jarecky andSteve Kell.
A portion of artwork sold in the Star Gallery is donated to various
charitable organizations. Stay tuned in the New Year for upcoming
community art and wine events at Star Motors
Holiday stress? Stop by Star Motors Thursday, December 13th from 7-8 pm and enjoy a presentation on stress management with Mari McShane, Certified Health Coach.
Also, Star Motors raised $335 in November with their Oil Changes for Sandy fundraiser! Way to go Star team!
Wine, Chocolate and Car Care do go well together especially when paired up by Schoen Place Auto.
Join the Schoen Place team on Thursday January 10, 2013 for an evening of wine,
chocolates, deserts and learn some basics every car owner should know
about car maintance and car buying techniques. Tour our shop and see how a car repair shop operates behind the scenes.
Owner Jerry Elman believes owning and maintaining a car does not
have to be stressful. He wants to prove it by personally hosting this
event and teaching the basics of car ownership.
While this event is free, the team are asking for voluntary $10 donations
to go to Safe Journey, a local organization dedicated to helping victims
of domestic violence and abuse.
Mills is proud to work with the US Marine Corps again for their Toys
For Tots annual Holiday toy drive on December 15, 2012. You are
encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the bins located inside
All donations will go directly to local families.
Nissan of Thousand Oaksheld a very successful Toys of Tots drive in December, and they also donated to the organization for every car sold in the month of December.
Technology is moving just as fast as the speed of light and
automotive telematics in vehicles is moving almost faster. Cars today
now come with all of the conveniences of one’s home from DVDs to
hands-free voice-activated Bluetooth paired phone service. Radar
detectors and their advances are no different and have finally started
to come into the age of the 21st century. ESCORT radar
is leading the charge of increased radar detector technology by
offering all of the latest connectivity accessories in one of their
newest products, the ESCORT SmartRadar.
The SmartRadar will make the perfect gift for those who love technologically but do not love getting speeding tickets.
- Radar/laser receiver with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology with
brackets and guides
- Mini display controller which mounts behind one’s rear view mirror
What’s It Does
- Can adjust laser sensitivity and even mute any X band which can
sometimes be caused by interferences such as grocery stoor doors.
- Includes anti-falsing software to eliminate excessive alerts
from erroneous X- and K-band sources, such as traffic flow-monitoring
- Can change the sound of the warning tones and alarms
- There are also multiple settings for driving including; highway, auto, Auto No X
- SmartRadar also includes seven user-selectable programmable features
so one may customize their detector to meet their needs. Display
Brightness, Power-On Indication, Power-On Sequence, Signal-Strength
Meter, AutoMute, Voice, and Bands.
The SmartRadar featues ESCORT Live, an iPhone application
for this unit. This feature provides linked access from ones iPhone and
sync’s with ESCORTs real-time ticket protection network, which warns you
of upcoming alerts received by other users in the area. It also
includes access to ESCORTs DEFENDER® Database, which warns the driver of
verified speed traps, speed cameras, and red light cameras. There are
also other GPS based features which sync with the iPhone , including
speed-limit data for over-speed alerts, live traffic data for driver’s
current location, and TrueLock™ to help eliminate false alerts. A
driver may also tag locations on the ESCORT Live iPhone map to show if
police are in the area (offering real-time information to other users)
or if certain X or K bands are false the radar will store this
information for future reference.
There is a software update available but I would not necessarily call
it easy. When I first attempted to load the software (onto my iPhone
from ESCORTs website) I was brought to a page where I could buy the
radar detector, not run the free/included application. So I went back to
the home page and started over. I re-hit the download button to
download ESCORT live. Needless to say after many hang-ups I was
finally able to download the application onto my phone.. This took over
In essence ESCORTs SmartRadar was pretty reliable although I did still
pick up a few false alerts. Although the ESCORT live feature is pretty
cool I found that it would be distracting if I were to be driving,
looking at the radar message, and my phone to see where the red light
cameras are, so opted to test the live iPhone program within the
confines of my home. However, the unit with its multiple adjustable
features and Bluetooth capability are proof that the radar detector
industry has come a long way.
The ESCORT Live program allows your phone to give info to other
live users to let them know if and where it has come across actual radar
or speed traps. The subscription for this service is $4.99/month or
ESCORT provides a one-Year Limited Warranty
and warrants the SmartRadar device against all defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year.
The product is made for; iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
but no word if the program is compatible with iPhone 5.
Established in 1970, the American International Automobile Dealers Association, (AIADA) is the only
association whose sole purpose is to represent America’s 10,000
international nameplate automobile franchises that sell and service: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari,
Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati,
Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls
Royce, Saab, Scion, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and
Volvo. These retailers
have a positive economic impact both nationally and in the local
communities they serve, providing more than 500,000 American jobs.
Currently AIADA is partnered with Federated Insurance to bring
attention to the growing and serious problem of distracted driving. Through
the partnership, Federated Insurance is offering a free copy of its
video, “In the Blink of an Eye,” to AIADA members. The video reveals the
devastating, real-life consequences of distracted driving. Dealers can
also request accompanying materials to increase awareness of the problem
among their employees and within their local communities.
Federated Insurance provides members with products for risk management resources, customer service,
financial strength, mutual structure, and association relationships.
Visit AIADA.org/federated-insurance to learn more. To view a
clip of the video, "In the Blink of an Eye", click here.
Welcome back, AskPatty shoppers! This week in the AskPatty Nation our Gift Garage series continues, and it's all about the kids - or the kids in all of us. These gifts are sure to delight and inspire the young racer, engineer, or auto enthusiast as well as the older ones. Let's get going!
Carrera Marvel - The Avengers "Hero Team Chase" Race Set: Here's a hobby that you may remember - slot car racing! Believe it or not, slot car racing's still alive and well. Introduce the classic racing hobby to your kids with this set from classic slot car maker Carrera. They'll love assembling the track and readying the cars - and the Marvel Avengers theme should really pique their interest! If this gift is a hit, this set is fully compatible with all the other Carrera slot car sets, so you can add cars and expand your track - the sky is the limit!
Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS - If you asked me "what is the one racing video game I need?" the answer would definitely be one of the amazing Mario Kart series. These go-kart racing games featuring characters from the Super Mario Brothers saga of games are innovative, addictive, and way too much fun. This year, the latest in the series is Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS handheld. For the first time, drivers explore new competitive kart possibilities,
such as soaring through the skies or plunging to the depths of the sea.
New courses, strategic new abilities and customizable karts bring the
racing excitement to new heights. This one's gonna be a hit!
Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle with Exclusive Amazon Holiday Bonus - And speaking of video games, if you're in the market for a new console, this is an unbeatable deal (and I should know, I just bought one myself!). The Xbox 360 holiday bundle comes with the console, a 250gb hard drive (that's a lot of storage!), a wireless controller, headset, a free month of Xbox LIVE Gold, a free month of Hulu Plus, a free month of Epix, the full game "Skyrim" as a downloadable install, AND the great auto racing game Forza Motorsport 4. The Amazon Bonus actually adds to this - giving you an a whopping 3 months of Xbox LIVE Gold, 5 free digital arcade games to download, and a $10 Amazon Instant Video credit. It's a huge bundle, don't let this one pass by.
ZOOBMobile Car Designer - Feed the brains of your budding engineers with this building kit. ZOOB is "The Moving, Mind-Building Modeling System" where the five basic shapes you use to build with connect to each other in a mind-blowing array of ways, allowing you to build amazingly complex structures. This kit contains pieces to build a wild assortment of cars - the only limit is your imagination! Adults, playing with this kit will make us jealous that we only had Erector sets as kids - though to be fair, I did love my Erector set!
LEGO Disney's Cars - Flo's V8 Café - And of course, if you're looking for building and creative expression, the only name you really need to know is LEGO. These guys consistently make incredible sets of imagination-expanding building blocks. This one is for fans of the Disney-PIXAR Cars series. It's a LEGO re-creation of Flo's V8 Café, but it's just one of many, many Cars-themed building sets. Let your imagination run wild!
We've shared our favorite things, and we've helped you deck your ride our for the holidays, now let's talk presents. If you, or your significant other, or both, have a passion for all things automotive here are some holiday gift ideas that are sure to please.
Drive in Luxury with these Audi Winter Driving Gloves - Nothing says driving in style like these Audi Leather TouchTec Winter Gloves. TouchTec is a patented, breakthrough technology that allows
you to keep these unisex winter gloves on while using any of your
touch-screen devices like your phones or navigation systems. These
gloves offer total comfort and warmth as well as maximum dexterity.
Genuine leather with cashmere lining, featuring an ebossed Audi rings logo, in a sweet Audi gift box.
Stay safe with this Winter Weather Travel Kit - You never know where the road may lead or what may happen, so don't be
caught unprepared. LifeLine First Aid--a leader in the field of
first-aid and disaster readiness products--has teamed up with AAA to
bring you a line of high quality Road Assistance Kits. Featuring both
first-aid and automotive emergency items, these practical all-in-one
kits can help protect you in the event of an automobile breakdown or
Turn up the tunes with a Kenwood HD Radio - Crank up the volume in HD with this
awesome new Kenwood HD radio. With features like Pandora support, USB
connectivity for your iPod or iPhone, and even realtime controls via
the Kenwood Android App or the included remote, this CD receiver and
radio will take your in-car listening experience to the next level.
Plus – Kenwood receivers are also available with Bluetooth, so you
can get the same hands-free technology of the speakerphone right in
Shine on with this Armor All Gift Set - Take some pride in your ride with this ultimate Car Lover's Gift Pack from Armor All. It included everything you'll need to get your shine on: Ultra Shine Butter
Smooth Wax, Ultra Shine Tire Foam Protectant, Ultra
Shine Wash & Wax, Armor All Original Protectant, Cleaning
Wipes, and even an air freshener for when you're done. If you're a perfectionist when it comes to a sparkling finish, this set is the gift for you.
Giving the big ticket gift? Don't forget the bow -Is this the year you go all-out and buy your special someone a new car? Don't forget to dress it up in style. This big red bow will give your gift that finishing touch.
Come back next week for our Kids Gift Garage, and until then, have a great weekend and stay safe out there, Ask Patty Nation!
Calistoga, California: Nissan’s fourth-generation Pathfinder is completely new—and different in ways that will appeal to more women and families. The SUV weighs less, has more room and gets better fuel efficiency than the model it replaces. What’s also appealing is some clever cargo features and technology capabilities that you can’t find anywhere else in the mid-sized SUV segment. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is available in 2WD and 4WD versions and starts at a base MSRP of $28,270, while top-of-the-line Platinum versions start at $40,770. Its competitors are the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot/Passport, Toyota Highlander/4Runner, and the Chevy Traverse/Trailblazer.
Nissan brought a group of automotive testers to the Solage Calistoga Hotel and Spa to cool our heels at night in quiet luxury, and spend our days motoring on the Calistoga Wine Trail, along twisty and scenic coastal routes. We also drove the 4WD version of the Pathfinder on the dirt track of a nearby ranch, and used the SUV to tow a trailer to assess its pulling prowess.
Just as many modern SUVs have evolved, the Pathfinder’s looks have changed to give it a more car-like, crossover appearance. The new model is lighter by some 500 pounds, more aerodynamic, and has changed from body-on-frame architecture to a unibody build; this makes it ride less like a truck and more like a minivan.
Pathfinder’s front end is distinguished by an attractive curved grille, dominated by a large Nissan badge and backed by a black honeycomb design; it stretches like a pair of wings across the entire front end. Large halogen headlamps wrap around to the sides. Optional fog lamps are mounted in the lower part of the grille.
The roofline slants downward from the shoulders to the tail end, giving the Pathfinder a more coupe-like stature despite its longer, three-row size. Character lines scoop out the middle section like a waist, and the rear liftback has an integrated spoiler. Standard wheels are 18-inch alloys, with bold 20-inch wheels available on the highest-end models.
Inside, Pathfinder is bigger than the previous generation version by 8.4 cubic feet overall, and there is ample room for seven passengers in the three rows of seats.
2. Reflective Christmas Light Bulb-shaped Magnets - No tree is complete without lights, right? While there are plenty of lighting options available at your local custom shop, these reflective magnets were innovative enough that we wanted to feature them here. They're shaped like classic, big, outdoor holiday lights, and their reflective nature will ensure they shine brightly for others on the road. Too cute!
5. Automotive Holiday Gifts - And of course no holiday would be complete without a special something for a special someone. Amazon's Automotive Gifts page makes your shopping easy with convenient breakdowns by price and category.
Stay tuned to the AskPatty Blog as the Gift Garage Cavalcade continues next week - with gifts for Him - and yet to come, Gifts for the Pets, and of course, Holiday Gifts for Her.
Each year I attend the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, which I fondly refer to as the Automotive Olympics! This is the most action packed and exciting automotive industry event of the year for me. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. The SEMA Show is not open to the public so I wanted to share a taste of the show and some cool products women 'Auto-Know-About' from an insiders view.
Of course I walked my feet clear out of my shoes each day and night attending a slew of award events, meetings and appearances, here are some highlights:
Tire Industry Industry Awards - Congratulations to Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, a second-generation family-owned and operated independent tire dealer with four retail locations in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, has been named the Winner of the 2012 Tire Review Top Shop Award.
Got a Sneak Look at Cooper Tire's Fuel Saving Touring Tire
The CS3, which replaces the Cooper Tire Lifeliner GLS is going to be one of the lightest tires in its class, which means more fuel efficiency,(coming in April 2013). Cooper’s innovation continues, in part, through two recently-awarded grants. The first, $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, will aid in the development of a lightweight, fuel-efficient tire with a 20% reduction in weight and a 30% reduction in rolling resistance compared to today’s passenger tires. The second grant, $6.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture,will aid in Cooper’s development of a domestic source of natural rubber through the guayule plant.
Did you know that the air inside your vehicle may be dirtier than the air outside? YUKKK. The FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin air filter is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda. These two powerhouse brands have joined forces to help absorb odors and freshen the air. Filters 98% of road dust and road pollen. Arm & Hammer® baking soda combined with carbon embedded into the filter assist in cleaning outside air flowing through the vehicle's ventilation system.
AutoTex PINK was founded by Wexco’s President, Paula Lombard. Paula wanted to create a product and a brand that was made by and for women. That is why with each sale of AutoTex PINK products, a donation will be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (US) or the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CN). Through these partnerships, AutoTex PINK hopes to support those affected by breast cancer by helping to increase awareness and contribute to the fight to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer!” AutoTex PINK is giving your car a voice; with either a classy pink ribbon on our traditional black wiper blades or with our AutoTex PINK Plus model, an all pink windshield wiper blade that proudly shows your support with each passing mile.Visit one of our AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly® locations to purchase AutoTexPink Wiper Blades.
MOM was there!
Motor Oil Matters (MOM) is the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) new program for licensing motor oil distributors and oil change locations.
MOM has one main goal: to make sure that consumers receive high-quality oil. This is accomplished by maintaining a secure chain-of-custody for motor oil from the marketer all the way to the vehicle. The MOM mark will help identify distributors and oil change locations committed to providing motor oil meeting the performance standard recommended by most vehicle and engine manufacturers.
MOM will help:
Educate consumers and the motor oil industry
Establish credibility within the motor oil industry
To mark the beginning of darker days and to shed some light on automotive lighting myths, SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting debuted the first video in its SYLVANIA “Truth Sleuths” series at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo 2012 (AAPEX). These webisodes take automotive lighting myths into the lab and out to the real world to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction.
The first video in the series explores what happens to a vehicle’s headlights over time – whether they dim with use or just burn out. Viewers are given a first-hand look at the differences between new headlights and worn headlights, both in the lab and on the road.
Watch The Sylvania Headlight “Truth Sleuths” Video
Keep Your Vehicle Looking Young with Simple Enhancements from 3M
There’s nothing like the look, and smell, of a shiny new car! Keep these essentials handy to keep your vehicle sparkling like new both inside and out. From products that clean and protect to those that improve paint imperfections, any car owner can give their vehicle a simple face-lift and keep it looking like a million bucks.
3M Auto Essentials (Restore, Tire, Scrub, Glass, & Wax) – new do-it-yourself line of car care products makes upkeep easier than ever. Includes All-Purpose Scrub, Tire Shine, Spray Wax, Leather & Vinyl Restore and Glass Cleaner to help owners keep their car in top condition for less.
3M Scratch Remover – improve simple damage such as light-to-medium scratches, swirl marks or paint imperfections. Contains no wax, and removes the scratches, doesn’t just fill them in. May be used by hand or with a machine.
3M Rubbing Compound -- if paint is in need of more care use Rubbing Compound first to safely removes fine scratches, water spots,oxidation and swirl marks. And then follow it up with 3M Scratch Remover to improve the look of your paint.
3M Synthetic Wax Protectant -- finally, protect paint with 3M Synthetic Wax Protectant to give your car the ultimate deep gloss finish and help guard the paint’s appearance. Use it with a white foam pad and an orbital sander or polisher to protect your car from the elements.
3M Microfiber Detail Cloth – for routine cleaning or repairing imperfections in paint, the Microfiber Detail Cloth is the perfect cloth to safely use on your vehicle’s surface.
The 3M Auto product line, and there is so much more for DIYers on 3M Auto products and how-to videos, visit www.3MAuto.com.
Eco Innovation from Universal Lubricants Oil FlexPak
Officials with the 2012 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) this week awarded Universal Lubricants®, the manufacturer and distributor of one the world’s most advanced motor oils, the 2012 New Packaging Award for Innovation for its ECO ULTRA® FlexPak™. The award was presented to Universal Lubricants during an AAPEX awards ceremony on Monday, October 29 in Las Vegas where the ECO ULTRA 1-quart FlexPak made its debut. Universal Lubricants®, the manufacturer and distributor of ECO ULTRA®, one the world’s most advanced motor oils, introduced the nation’s first retail motor oil packaged in a sustainable, flexible stand-up pouch. Compared to conventional hard plastic bottles, the new durable FlexPak™ offers consumers a faster, easier and cleaner way to change their oil, giving retailers a unique opportunity to bring customers an exciting, high-performance product in an environmentally responsible package.
One of only five manufacturers in the U.S. to collect and re-refine used oil, Universal Lubricants’ ECO ULTRA® Synthetic Blend Motor Oil is made from high-quality re-refined base stocks and blended with premium performance additives.
Clean Up with Craftsman® Remote Control Wet Dry Vac with Wall Mounting Kit
The Craftsman Remote Control Wet Dry Vac with Wall Mounting Kit features a convenient remote control on-off switch plus a wall mounting kit that makes it ideal for garage and workshop use.
The remote control on/off switch is located on the contour wand. This eliminates the need to walk back and forth between the cleaning task location and the vacuum tank in order to turn the vac on or off.
The wall mounting kit makes this vac ideally suited for dedicated use in the garage or workshop, where frequent project clean-up is required. Yet, this compact 5 gallon vac can also be detached from the wall mounting kit to allow for portable hand-carry cleaning around the home or jobsite when required.
This vac offers all the accessories you need for wet dry vac projects including a cartridge filter, foam sleeve for wet pick-up, dust collection bag, two extension wands, floor/squeegee nozzle, car nozzle, dust brush and air/noise diffuser.
Last but not least I even squeezed in an A-GNO (Automotive -Girls Night Out) with some of my wonderful women automotive expert friends and partners, Paula Lombard and Aimee (AutoTexPink), Shelia Beam (VehicleMD), Bogi Lateiner (180 Auto), Andra Fordin (Great Bear Auto), Jeanne Silver (CarStar & Collision Industry Foundation) and race car driver Erin Evernham!
DeVere who is a internationally recognized speaker, trainer, often quoted
industry pundit and spokesperson for the automotive industry on the
women's market. She has been featured by the New York Times, NPR, Wall
Street Journal, CNN, Fox Business, Forbes Women, Oprah Magazine and
Parenting Magazine to name a few. As CEO of AskPatty.com, she provides
automotive education to women consumers and an interactive online
Certified Female Friendly® certification training program for automotive
retailers on how to attract, sell, retain and market to women.
The dreaded week is upon us! Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and that means Black Friday chaos is right around the corner. Whether you're a deal-hunter waiting in line at midnight Thursday, or one who waits for Cyber Monday deals for cozier shopping, this year our goal is to provide you with the ultimate in holiday shopping inspiration with five weeks of gift garage posts. Each week we'll focus on a different theme of automotive gifts, and this week, to kick things off, we're showing you some of our favorite things on the web. Let's get shopping!
Autotex PINK Wiper Blades
No gift guide would be complete without these. These high-end wiper blades support breast cancer research, and are available in black and pink. True story: I just ordered my second set, and I'll never use another wiper blade again. The perfect gift for anyone who loves their car, and is devoted to the cause of breast cancer awareness.
We love recycling, and we love handbags! These bags are gorgeous, made of recycled seat belts, and are sure to be a hit anywhere you carry them. If you want a gift that really makes a splash, go Harveys.
Once again, we love recycling! Flat Tire Décor designs, develops, and markets unique and innovative products from tires that have reached the end of the road. But as you can see, these re-inspired tires still have plenty of mileage left in them. With a little creativity and concern for the environment, these tires are getting a shot at a repeat performance. Beautiful, and eco-friendly!
If you've ever been mystified by a Check Engine light or hesitant to take your car to the shop due to fear of "sticker shock," The CarMD® Vehicle Health System™ is for you! It's a consumer product
designed to provide the average driver with the tools and information to
monitor your vehicle’s health, catch hidden problems and diagnose
dashboard warning lights. While it uses professional quality tools and
information, it’s simple enough for anyone to use to find out what’s
wrong with your vehicle - and it even estimates what repairs will cost in your geographic
Amazon.com has a whole slew of Black Friday deals running all week long, so keep your eyes peeled there, but I wanted to point out one category in particular: their GPS sales. Find great deals on GPS units by Garmin, Magellan, TomTom, and more on their Black Friday deals page.
The Car Care Council Women’s Board is comprised of professional men and women from the automotive aftermarket who are dedicated to providing career leadership to women in the automotive aftermarket, providing car care information to female audiences and encouraging youngpeople to investigate opportunities in the automotive aftermarket. For more information, visit http://women.carcare.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organized by the Car Care Council Women’s Board, the annual awards and a reception are sponsored by a variety of aftermarket companies and organizations. The 2012 sponsors include: Robert Bosch LLC, SKF Automotive Division, Tenneco, The Timken Company, Automotive Communication Council (ACC), N.A. Williams Company, Maximum Marketing Services, Mobile Air ConditioningSociety (MACS), MOTOR Information Systems and Snap-on, Inc.
Jody DeVere CEO AskPatty.com was honored as the she was named the ninth annual Aftermarket Woman of the Year by the Car Care Council Women's Board.
Amy Mattinat, owner of Auto Craftsmen in Vermont and one of the top expert automotive women advisors for AskPatty.com was honored as The Car Care Council’s Female Service Shop Owner of the Year.
Andrea Schultz was selected as the first-ever Woman of Promise by the Car Care Council Women's Board.
Each year, the SEMA Businesswomen's Network (SBN) recognizes the top individuals for their contributions to women in industry. The winners of these awards were recognized at the 2012 SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast Powered by SBN.
Lauren Fix was the recipient of the “Woman of the Year “ Award from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Businesswomen’s Network and The Car Care Council’s “Automotive Communications Award” for public relations efforts. “This is such a great honor, said Lauren Fix, "I was so surprised to receive this honor from my peers. SEMA Business Womens Network has been an important part of my career and we are blessed to be among the best women in the business."
Karen Gietzen-Stewart Ford North America Advanced Planning and Innovation Manager accepted the award for Ford Motor Company, who was the recipient of the Athena Award for their support of the SEMA Mustang Build Powered By Women, better known as "High Gear," was unveiled at 2012 SEMA Show in the Ford booth. TheSBN launched the project to showcase 40 women designers and engineers of the automotive industry. With SEMA and Ford Motor Co. teaming up forthe build, an additional 40-plus SEMA member companies, donated products and services, which includes custom paint,customized wheels, a custom leather interior,high performance suspension, and a new supercharger autographed by industry legend Vic Edelbrock. More information can be found on http://www.SEMA.org/SEMAMustangBuild
Doug Evans, Executive Vice President, Performance Automotive Group for Source Interlink Media, LLC was recipeint of the Mentor of the Year Award which was created to acknowledge and honor an individual for their wisdom,encouragement, and willingness to "help others along" as a foundation for growth within and for our industry. "Advocating for women in the automotive industry is something I am dedicated to so to be recognized by this group of businesswomen is particularly gratifying," Evans said.
More Rocking Women!
Amy Faulk, founder of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). The SBN
will mark its 20th anniversary in 2013, and no conversation about
Rockin' Automotive Women would be complete without the inspirational Amy
Faulk, founder of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). Faulk grew up
around cars, starting her racing career in 1978 when her husband Kenny,
a mechanic and race car builder, fired his driver and put his wife in
the driver’s seat of the modified Volkswagon he’d built. Faulk went on
to become the first woman to win a national event in an alcohol
dragster. She was also the first woman to win an NHRA division
championship, one of the first to work in the performance auto-parts
industry and to be elected to the SEMA Board of Directors. She also
created the MPMC Media Trade Conference.
accomplishments include 1979 NHRA Super Stock World Champion, the 1980
Car Craft Magazine Driver of the Year, 2002 SEMA Hall of Fame, 2003 NHRA
Division 2 Sportsman Hall of Fame Award (first woman recipient), the
first recipient and the inspiration of the NHRA Appreciation Award, SEMA
Person of the Year and 2009 NHRA Hall of Fame Recipient.
1993, Faulk saw a need for a committee that fit the needs of women in
the industry, and the SBN was created. She is currently the CEO of
Hypertech and is still drag racing in the Stock Eliminator category,
striving to be the only person—male or female—to win national events in
The first and only all female team in Hot Rodders of Tomorrow. One of the biggest crowds at SEMA gathered to watch teams of young engine builders compete in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow challenge. The competition started Monday afternoon as 13 teams from around the country showed off their skills and teamwork.
The Gear Up Girls Event at the SEMA Show! — with Bogi Lateiner, Camee Edelbrock, Sara Morosan, Theresa Contreras, Christina Kwan, Jamie Apodaca Eriksen, Marla Moore, Julia Johnson, Luanne F Brown, Susan Roba Carpenter, JoAnn Bortles and Rose Kawasaki.
The Gear Up Girl Networking event is an incredible opportunity to connect with---and encourage female students who have an interest in working in our industry. I met the Heart Wrenchers women who started a club for the women enrolled in the Automotive Technology programs at Skyline College. Skyline's Auto Techprogram has had two female graduates in THE LAST TEN YEARS. They hope to change that! They now have eight outstanding women enrolled and they are well on their way to careers in the automotive industry.
Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenger: Alexis DeJoria began her first full season of Nitro Funny Car racing with Kalitta Motorsports in2012 after joining the team for four races late in the 2011 campaign. DeJoria qualified at three of the four Nitro races she entered in 2011. She also made it to the Finals in Bristol, TN earlier this year, an incredible feat for a rookie driver.DeJoria competed in Top Alcohol Funny Car competition for five seasons. She is one of just two women ever to win an NHRA Alcohol Funny Car event. She began drag racing in the Super Gas category and also campaigned a Super Comp dragster. Alexis' career best run is a 4.040 @ 313.66 mph at the 2012 Toyota Supernationals at Englishtown, New Jersey.