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50 posts categorized "Weblogs"

July 24, 2014

Happy 10th Anniversary, BlogHer!

Please join the AskPatty.com team and CEO Jody DeVere in wishing BlogHer a very happy 10th Anniversary!  For the past decade, BlogHer has been a phenomenal media company working to connect and showcase women bloggers from across the 'net.  They're always a dream to work with and we want to wish them all the best in the next decade - and the next!  Congrats, BlogHer!

Happy10thBlogHer

April 15, 2013

Twitter Party Time Again!

FRAM Fresh Breeze Twitter Party



Have a Breath of Fresh Air with FRAM!

Spring has arrived, but are you breathing as easily as you should be? We spend an average of 18 hours a week behind the wheel, and air inside your car can be up to six times dirtier than the air outside! Join experts from FRAM and AskPatty as we talk allergens, pollutants, and filtration education at a #FRAMFreshBreeze Party! Register, come party with us, and walk away with a great Spring picnic basket full of FRAM goodies!  Sign up, use hashtag #FRAMFreshBreeze, and party it up Fresh Breeze style!

FRAM's Breath of Fresh Air Picnic Prizes Include:
  • Picnic basket
  • Blanket
  • A FRAM® Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter
  • Other great FRAM Products
  • ...more great prizes - find out at the party!
Tuesday, April 16
5 p.m. PST / 8p.m. EST

Click here to register for free!

April 03, 2013

Attention Twitter Partiers: Double the fun and prizes in April with AskPatty!

It's Twitter Party time again!  Join the AskPatty team for TWO exciting Twitter parties this month!  Both will be full of the fun, educational automotive content you always get from AskPatty, covering two different topics and offering two great prize sets!  Take a look...



Spring Cleaning with 3M


Spring Cleaning is a Breeze with 3M Auto!

The experts at 3M Auto are partnering with AskPatty to bring the message of Spring Cleaning with 3M to the masses! Join us for a Twitter Party like no other and learn all about ways to make your car a clean, inviting sanctuary on the road with the help of 3M Auto Essentials, a series of easy-to-use, inexpensive detailing solutions that can be used in the comfort of your own garage - available in-store in select Advance Auto Parts beginning April 1st!

What are you waiting for? Registered participants get a chance to win some great car care products, so let 3M and Ask Patty make your auto springtime fresh.


Grand Prize Package:
  • Auto Essentials All-Purpose Scrub
  • Auto Essentials Tire
  • Auto Essentials Leather & Vinyl Restore
  • Auto Essentials Glass
  • Auto Essentials Spray Wax
  • Bondo® Body Filler Single Use
  • Headlight Restoration Kit - No Tools Required
  • Scratch Removal System
  • Paint Restoration System
  • Leather & Vinyl Repair Kit
Other prizes include:
  • Auto Essentials All-Purpose Scrub
  • Auto Essentials Tire
  • Auto Essentials Leather & Vinyl Restore
  • Auto Essentials Glass
  • Auto Essentials Spray Wax
  • ...and more!
Wednesday, April 10
5 p.m. PST / 8p.m. EST
Sign Up Here!



FRAM Fresh Breeze Twitter Party


Have a Breath of Fresh Air with FRAM!

Spring has arrived, but are you breathing as easily as you should be? We spend an average of 18 hours a week behind the wheel, and air inside your car can be up to six times dirtier than the air outside! Join experts from FRAM and AskPatty as we talk allergens, pollutants, and filtration education at a #FRAMFreshBreeze Party! Register, come party with us, and walk away with a great Spring picnic basket full of FRAM goodies!  Sign up, use hashtag #FRAMFreshBreeze, and party it up Fresh Breeze style!

FRAM's Breath of Fresh Air Picnic Basket Includes:
  • Picnic basket
  • Blanket
  • A FRAM® Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter
  • Other great FRAM Products
  • ...lots more prizes TBA!
Tuesday, April 16
5 p.m. PST / 8p.m. EST
Sign Up Here!

March 12, 2013

2013 Toyota RAV4: Large Update for a Big Player in the Small-Sized Segment by Sue Mead

2013ToyotaRAV4001Carefree, Arizona: For the 2013 model year Toyota is giving RAV4 customers a little less and a little more for their money. The “more” category includes a complete interior and exterior redesign, a new engine, new six-speed transmission, and new all-wheel-drive system. Under the “less” heading, Toyota has filed its V6 motor, which was previously available as an option on this compact SUV, as well as removed the optional 3rd-row seat. The 2013 RAV4 starts at $24,145, including destination. The 4th generation RAV4 is significantly more refined and distinct from the first models that came to market in 1994 as ’95 editions with little competition; since Toyota has sold 1.7 million RAV4s in 150 countries and says some 80 percent are still on the road. The latest edition now joins 45 crossovers, including its direct competitors, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Chevy Equinox. Toyota’s California design team penned the new model for the U.S.; it gets 8 standard airbags (including driver side knee airbag, front passenger seat cushion airbag and side airbags for front and second row) and a standard backup camera, as well as optional goodies like Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and a height-adjustable power liftgate.

2013ToyotaRAV4008Outside, the all-new RAV4 has the profile of an Olympic cyclist, with a low front bumper shape that wraps up from below like handlebars and a roofline that slopes steeply back from the A-pillar like a hunched-over speed racer. Glistening headlamps have an asymmetrical shape that slants inward toward the nose, which features a V-shaped grille that emphasizes this “cute ute’s” more aerodynamic look. The rear of the ute, which features an integrated spoiler with LED lights, has a bulbous shape that belies the cargo space inside. We’re thrilled that a liftgate replaces the swinging rear door of previous model years which also held the spare tire; standard steel wheels are 17 inches, with 17- and 18-inch alloys available on higher-end trim lines. The spare is now tucked under the cargo floor.

Continue reading "2013 Toyota RAV4: Large Update for a Big Player in the Small-Sized Segment by Sue Mead" »

February 20, 2013

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show: The Windy City’s Annual Show is Top for Consumers

CAS_2013_LOGO_330Auto shows have a personality and the Chicago Auto Show is described by automakers and autowriters as a “down-home” show—and they love it! There’s even an event sponsored by all the automakers for the press and other early attendees called “Sweet Home Chicago”! But, don’t let its slower pace and more comfortable setting make you think it’s small. In fact, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and this year’s show marked the 105th annual event, which makes it the longest-running and one of the best-attended shows in the world. Sponsored by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association dealers, the show is held at the McCormick Place Convention Complex where the enormous amount of space on hand brings an ease for car makers to offer free concerts and set up experiential test tracks. There’s also a ‘social media day’ now held annually that draws a wide variety of presenters and consumers to come together to evaluate and promote this new landscape and its effect on the automotive industry. AskPatty.com was one of the presenters this year, helping to showcase the exciting and rapidly-growing arena of Marketing to Women.

But, at the end of the day, an auto show is really about new sheet metal and the introductions of new models soon to hit the streets along with the unveiling of concept vehicles that are experiments in design and technology and are meant to take the temperature of the audience, plus help automakers make decisions about whether to move forward with a particular model or technology. There were a number of both-new models that will be in dealerships soon and a few hot concepts. My personal favorites were the 2014 Toyota Tundra, the 2014 Ram Promaster, the 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO and Nissan NV200, and the Kia Crossover CUT Concept.

Continue reading "The 2013 Chicago Auto Show: The Windy City’s Annual Show is Top for Consumers" »

February 04, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500: The General’s Next-Generation Pickups

IMG_0331General Motors says that today’s pickup truck buyers don’t just use their trucks from 9-5, but also from 5-9, too! They want trucks that have the DNA or core technology of toughness for work, carrying payload, and hauling trailers, but also comfort and room for taking their kids to ball games and ferrying their family around town, as well as connectivity and good gas mileage. Listening to their customers, who are also buying more extended cab models, GM has just taken the wraps off of its next generation Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 that have been updated and renovated for 2014.

Scheduled to go on sale later this year, the stablemates have a refreshed exterior, a completely redesigned interior and upgraded powertrains for more power—but also improved fuel economy. We took a ‘first look’ at the new models recently in Detroit; pricing has not been announced. While General Motors played it safe with this model year update, and kept some familiar exterior design cues and, in some areas made modest changes, there are also some significant improvements, particularly with some technology features – the improvements offer a welcome change and are clearly a sign of many new and good things to come from The General.

Continue reading "2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500: The General’s Next-Generation Pickups" »

January 28, 2013

The 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show: Automakers Keep the Sport in Sport Utes

IMG_0277Although southern California is celebrated as a sports car mecca, sport utility vehicles of every size and type were among the biggest hits at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. More than 40 different brands parked their new models and concept renditions on the ‘red carpet’ at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as 50 new vehicles made their premier entrance or global debut. The LAIAS is among the most significant shows in annual big-city show season in the U.S. and the home of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Dealers Association (GLANCDA), the umbrella organization for local and regional dealers. The LAIAS is followed by 2013 auto shows in Detroit (January), Chicago (February), New York (April) and other cities across the nation.

Continue reading "The 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show: Automakers Keep the Sport in Sport Utes" »

January 16, 2013

The 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show: RACY CARS ARE THE STARS in The City of Angels

LogoIt was a cornucopia of cars that glistened and twirled at this year’s 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show (stay tuned for our “trucks’ piece that follows soon!). Hundreds of models from 42 brands were parked under the bright lights of the Los Angeles Convention Center, 50 of which took the runway and shed their nighties to make a global debut, kicking off the annual big-city-auto-show season in the U.S. Upcoming are auto shows in Detroit, Chicago, New York and other cities across the nation.

Continue reading "The 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show: RACY CARS ARE THE STARS in The City of Angels " »

December 26, 2012

Cash in your gift cards for ESCORT Radar's SmartRadar detector

Smart-radarTechnology 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.

What’s Included                                                                                                                                

- 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 systems.

- 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.

X036SMRTRDi-o_mapThe SmartRadar featues ESCORT Live, an iPhone application specifically 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.

Software Updates                                                         

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 an hour. 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 $49.99/year.

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.

 

December 17, 2012

AIADA Joins Federated Insurance to Combat Distracted Driving

Aiada logoEstablished 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.

 

Distracted drivingCurrently 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.

 

FederatedFederated 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