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August 17, 2016

Choosing Your Next Car Color -- Could It Affect Resale Value?

2011-ford-fiesta-selx590When I was anticipating buying my Ford Fiesta in 2011, I had a hard time deciding between a cute girlie magenta hue, or a bright metallic shade called “Blaze Yellow.”

Six years later, both colors are uncommon on the road, but I especially appreciate having chosen my car’s eye-searing shade of yellow because makes it easy to find in any parking lot.

Turns out, that color yellow has additional value!

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August 16, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Humidity Is Also A Killer

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Heat is not the only concern; humidity can also severely affect pets.

"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

"Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."

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August 15, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Makes Latex an Automotive Fashion

Mercedes-Benz_SL-Latex_Obsession_with_an_icon-15C1139_66-sMercedes-Benz highlighted its the new SL roadster in a 2016 Fashion Campaign and Film shot by American photographer Jeff Bark. The promotional film features Russian supermodel Natasha Poly and latex works by Japanese designer Atsuko Kudo.

The campaign, Obsession with an Icon, puts the luxurious new SLs’ distinctive design in the spotlight, highlighting its sinuous lines and sensual curves in precise detail by wrapping the car in latex. The car is photographed alongside Natasha Poly, who wears matching body-hugging latex.

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August 12, 2016

What Happens to Your Car When it's Stolen by a Professional Thief?

Thief_stealing_car-iStock_64000917_SMALLSpeaking as one who knows: finding the remains of your chopped-up car at the junkyard sucks. The first car I bought right after graduating from college was stolen with only 32,000 miles on the odometer, and it broke my heart to see its skeleton at the police impound lot!

Have you ever wondered what might happen to your car if it were stolen?

Sadly many cars end up in chop shops, where the vehicle is stripped down to its components, which are then sold separately on the black market.

By selling individual parts, thieves can make two to four times the vehicle's actual worth (see visual below). 

Other vehicles are shipped overseas and sold illegally. Hundreds of thousands of stolen vehicles are transported across U.S. borders each year.

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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 11, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Avoid Heatstroke-Related Injury And Death

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Never leave your child or pet alone in a car, not even for a minute.

And, because a vacant car can look like a playground, make sure to keep your car is always locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own, and be sure to teach kids that trunks are for transporting cargo and are not safe places to play.

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August 10, 2016

We Welcome Kelly Williams to the AskPatty Team!

Kelly_Williams-headshot-sHi! I’m Kelly Williams from Canada and I’m excited to be joining the Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly team! You will soon be seeing blogs from me about all things automotive!

So who am I? Well I raced cars for 15 years and 10 of those were in the top stock car series in Canada, called CASCAR. I was also a pace car driver for the Champcar World Series (now Indy Car).

In addition to that I work numerous vehicle launches, am a driving coach, motivational public speaker, was a judge on Canada’s Worst Driver (season 1), and I teach women about taking care of their cars. Everything I do is automotive and I love every second of it.

I live about an hour outside of Toronto and I also ride a Honda CBR 600RR, which is unbelievably fast. In the winter months I go snowmobiling with my boyfriend and we can often do this right from my driveway.

So there’s me in a nutshell and -- oh by the way -- I’m a certified high school teacher and, no, I don’t say “eh.”  :)

 

TrueSavings: Great Savings on Sport Utility Vehicles

TrueSavings-Great_deals_on_SUVs_for_August-AskPatty_car_buying_serviceAugust is a Great Time to Buy a Utility Vehicle!

Back-to-school is just around the corner, and the end of summer is traditionally the best time to buy a new car because dealers are clearing space for incoming models.

Whether you want something large or small, if you’re shopping for a utility vehicle, this edition of True Savings offers something for every SUV shopper’s needs. TrueCar analysis shows potential savings ranging from 15.3% to 19.7% off Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”), while market average pricing on these five crossovers and SUVs demonstrates potential MSRP discounts of as much as $8,050.

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August 09, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Children and Pets are at the Greatest Risk

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Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. According to SafeKids.org, children are at great risk for heatstroke because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. When the internal body temperature reaches 104 degrees, children’s organs start to shut down. And when it reaches 107 degrees, the child can die. On average, a child dies every eight days from heatstroke in a vehicle. And a dog can die in a hot car in as little as ten minutes.

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August 05, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Even Cool Cars Get Hot Fast

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Leaving a child or animal unattended in a vehicle can lead to heatstroke and can kill in just minutes. It happens quickly: it can take only ten minutes to raise a car's temperature by more than 20 degrees. Even on a cloudy day, and even at an outside temperature of just 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees; imagine how quickly it can happen on a hot summer day. That’s why it’s so important to never leave your child or pet alone in a car, not even for a minute.

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