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September 01, 2014

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Where Will Your Travels Take You?

Road_trip-thinkstock-464324775-sNearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the Labor Day holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close and children head back to school.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans have journeyed 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.

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August 26, 2014

AskPatty Celebrates “National Dog Day” with Car Tips for Dog Lovers

Road_trip_dog-thinkstock-179046481-1200x600If you’re one of those who travels with your pooch, we know you’ve got your canine’s comfort in mind when you’re shopping for a car. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Association, more than 56 million American households own a dog, and these furry family members factor in when it’s time to put a new car into the driveway.

In a recent survey of AutoTrader.com visitors who have a dog, 75 percent take them in the car once per month or more, and 53 percent take their dog in the car at least once a week.

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August 25, 2014

A New Breed of Sexy Girl Hamsters Introduces the All-New 2015 Kia Soul EV

9207_KIA_MOTORS_ICONIC_HAMSTERS_TURN_SCIENCE_LAB_INTO_HOTBED_OF_INNOVATION_INScheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of this year, the all-electric, zero-emissions Soul EV is the centerpiece of Kia’s Clean Mobility program and the brand’s first-ever mass-marketed electric vehicle.

Since bursting on the scene in 2009 as “a new way to roll,” the funky Soul urban passenger vehicle – and an accompanying trio of music-loving hamsters – has become a genuine phenomenon, with U.S. sales of the iconic people mover increasing every year.

Now, with “geek chic” newly added to the dictionary, the latest installment of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) award-winning ad campaign finds the hamsters inhabiting a high-tech, high-energy laboratory and unleashing their inner mad scientists to create the most innovative and eco-friendly Soul yet -- and a herd of sexy female hamsters as well. BUT: Are these Kia Girl Hamsters just way too sexy? We want your opinion!

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August 22, 2014

Helpful Tips for That Last Family Road Trip Before Labor Day

Road_trip-thinkstock-475680679-1200x600Before the back-to-school rush, many families will be making the most of one last summer vacation. In fact, the overall national average of a gallon of gas has dropped 13 cents in the past week, and according to a report from Edmunds.com, about 40 percent of Americans plan to take one last leisure trip before Labor Day, a holiday weekend when some analysts believe gas prices will be at their lowest nationwide.

Whether it’s a road trip across the state, a trip to drop off a student at college, a picnic in the park, or vacation to a tropical island, it's important to be prepared for the last outing of the summer.

AskPatty has been receiving emails all sumer long about foods and products that would be perfect to take along in the car for family road trips. (I'm not kidding, I get e-newsletters several times a week from Skymall.com!) Whether you're looking for something to feed the kids on a lunch break or something to help keep them occupied and comfortable along the way, we've learned about it this summer, and are sharing it with you here. We've even got a few items for traveling pets as well.

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August 20, 2014

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

Fuel efficient carsYou don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology. Thanks to Toyota for sharing this animated infographic that shows all the ways driving a Toyota Prius has benefitted the environment.

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August 18, 2014

Good Practices for Today's Drivers

ASE_Womens_Consumer_Confidence__woman_With_Technician-077Driving is a daily task for most of us, and staying safe on the road is important. Your car is also likely one of your largest investments, so taking care of it should just be common sense.

However, when you spend so much time in your car, it can be easy to overlook even the most basic safety and maintenance issues. These are great habits to get into so that your car will serve you well for years to come, and yet overlooking these simple tasks are some of the most common mistakes drivers make.

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August 15, 2014

Breastfeeding Moms: Have You Ever Pumped in the Car?

Baby oh baby the places ive pumpedAugust is National Breastfeeding Month, and AskPatty recently interviewed Y.N. Farkus to discuss her humorous book “Baby Oh Baby The Places I’ve Pumped.”

You knew that once you had a child nothing would ever be the same. But in your wildest dreams, did you ever imagine strapping on a breast pump in a car or trying to sneak bottles of pumped milk through airport security? I did!

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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, iamyokohama.com, 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:

Womens_car_care_board_meeting-10505147_10202240339105366_1441619724734977381_oAskPatty.com attends Car Care Council Women's Board Summer Meeting
AskPatty.com'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 AskPatty.com 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 AskPatty.com, 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, http://femalefriendlydealer.askpatty.com/?d=The_Hybrid_Shop, 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.

August 11, 2014

Bret Michaels shares his “Endless Love” for Nissan Vans

Nissan_ToughLove_Bret_FoldedArms-sI confess: I wanted to hate the concept when I received the press release from Nissan announcing their new advertising campaign featuring iconic American rock and reality star Bret Michaels serenading various Nissan vans as he joins company technicians during vehicle durability testing.

Filmed on location in 110° weather at Nissan’s Arizona Testing Center, a 3,050-acre facility in Stanfield, Arizona, Nissan said the video “gives a tough new spin to the classic ‘80s love song ‘Endless Love’ – complete with fire, smoke and an instrument panel-mounted Bret Michaels bobble head doll,” as a way to bring awareness to the more than 6,600 harsh durability tests endured by Nissan’s NV Cargo, NV Passenger, and NV200 Compact vans.  I don’t have much personal interest in Bret Michaels or Nissan’s commercial vans, so I didn’t immediately rush to watch the video, which is posted on YouTube. (The song is also available for download at Nissan’s promotional microsite NissanToughLove.com. )

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August 08, 2014

Dealing with an Oil Drip

Fresh_oil_leak-20140801_161542I discovered a messy puddle of oil under my car last week.

This is where I confess that -- even though I’ve spent nearly 30 years in the automotive industry -- I didn’t know what to do next.

It’s okay: You can laugh and point at the “car girl” who doesn’t know how to repair her own car. I know about these things in theory. I know how to check my oil level and tire pressure and could jump a battery or change a tire if I had to, but when it comes to real life, I rely on mechanics (and Auto Club) for the practical application of most of my car’s care.

So, when I saw the brown splashes beneath my beloved 2011 Ford Fiesta -- which has just passed its fourth birthday and has barely 45,000 miles on the odometer -- I kinda panicked. I’m a writer, not a mechanic, and I’m okay with that.

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