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August 12, 2016

Consumer Survey: New Car Quality at High Standards

2__dtr___2016_terrainThe quality of new vehicles improved by 6 percent, the largest increase since 2009, according to the recent 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. And the good news for consumers is that more affordable non-premium brands had fewer problems than more expensive premium brands for the first time since 2006.

"Non-premium brands are adding a lot of new technology," said Renee Stephens, vice-president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power. And it is advanced technology, such as blind-spot monitoring, low-speed collision avoidance, navigation systems, voice recognition, and touchscreens, which can and have caused problems. However, in this case, the non-premium brands are delivering the technology in a way that's intuitive to use and with quality, she said.

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August 04, 2016

The Chrysler Moms Behind the 2017 Pacifica

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

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

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June 30, 2016

Enjoy a Safe Independence Day: Don't Drink and Drive on the Fourth of July — or Any Day

Penny_headstone-20110704145919Drinking and Driving Kills

According to the Center for Disease Control, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2014, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.

Of those, 64 percent involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. If you can’t do math in your head, that’s 6,391 deaths directly attributable to so much celebrating as to be over the national legal limit. Nearly 6,400 too many.

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May 22, 2016

AskPatty.com is Celebrating Our 10 Year Anniversary

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December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from AskPatty

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Merry Christmas from the AskPatty family!

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a new year of peace and happiness!

June 21, 2015

To My Dad for Father's Day

CarlMeadeNavyDear Dad,

You gave me so many gifts!

Your sturdy and reliable love.

Your sense of humor.

Your analytical problem solving mind.

Your love of cars and knowledge passed on.

Your adventurous spirit.

CarlMeadeTahoeYour love of nature.

Your dedication to family.

Your ability to keep your commitments.

Your love of Mom for 68 years.

Your love for God.

Your patriotism.

 

Thank you for all your gifts remembered and more.

Missing you this Father's Day!

Love your daughter Jody DeVere

 

 

 

May 07, 2015

Denise McCluggage, the First Lady of Racing, dies at 88

Denise_McCluggageIt is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Denise McCluggage, an American auto racing driver, journalist, author, and photographer, yesterday at the age of 88. McCluggage was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S., both in motorsports as well as in journalism, and she broke ground for the many female racers and journalists who have followed after her.

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February 09, 2015

Is Bruce Jenner Latest to Suffer from “Escalade Curse”?

2012 Escalade ESV PremiumHat tip to USAToday’s  Chris Woodyard for making the Escalade connection between celebrities Bruce Jenner, Justin Bieber, Tiger Woods, and Paris Hilton.

Aside from having fame and fortune in common, these celebrities also don’t have much luck when out and about in their Cadillac Escalades. 

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December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas From Everyone At AskPatty

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We Hope Your Holidays Will Be Filled With Joy And Laughter Through The New Year.

October 06, 2014

Irwindale Speedway holds one of the Biggest ALS Ice Bucket Challenges

Irwindale-Speedway-holds-one-of-Biggest-ALS-ChallengesBy Derek Handova

In September, the Irwindale Speedway held the largest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ever seen in the Greater Los Angeles area and one of the largest ever held in the United States, according to its press release (see the YouTube video below to catch some of the highlights). Thankfully, the number of these videos plastered across social media has finally started to taper off because I just couldn’t bear to watch another one of them—all those shivering people give me the willies! However, if you're gonna go out with one last image of an ice bucket challenge, then it may as well be this one.

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