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November 22, 2017

The Rebelle Rally is calling…make 2018 the year you #JoinTheRebelle

RebelleRally StartLineThe Rebelle Rally is calling…make 2018 the year you #JoinTheRebelle. Meet Charlene Bower of the Ladies Off-Road Network and one of the 2016 winners of the Rebele Rally on November 3oth during the LA Auto Show media days and Emily Miller, the Founder of the Rebelle Rally on December 1, 2017 during the #LAAUTOSHOW in the Girl's Pit Stop booth. The booth is located in "THE GARAGE" AFTERMARKET, Powered by Prestone. The Garage at the LA Auto Show is where car culture lives and the LA Auto Show is co-promoting our booth and the events taking place their as the place for women to visit during the show.

Purchase LA Auto Show Tickets Here.

The second annual Rebelle Rally 2017, took place October 12th - 21st, starting from near Squaw Valley CA to Glamis CA over 7 days. The Rebelle is headed up by Emily Miller, a seasoned off-road trainer, Baja 1000 and Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles podium winner mentored by off-road racing legend, Rod Hall

It is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States. Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 7 days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass, and road book.

Title Sponsor of the Rebelle Rally 2017: Hoehn Adventures - Through an evolving series of racing events across the world, we seek to inspire those who love the power of challenge and the joy of pushing the boundaries.

VEHICLE CLASSES - ( These are daily drivers with limited aftermarket upgrades)

» 4×4 – 4-wheel drive vehicles that have a two-speed transfer case (low range)
» Examples – Pickup trucks & SUVs with 4WD including Toyota Tacoma 4×4, Chevy Colorado, Land Rover / Range Rover, etc.
» Crossover – Unibody construction with all-wheel drive (no low range)
» Examples – Subaru Forrester/Outback, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4, etc.
Note: There is a "Bone Stock" clarification for vehicles with no aftermarket upgrades.

RebelleRallyGroup1Quotes from the 2017 Rebelle RallyCompetitors:

Thuy Davis and Tracey Ristow Team #156 - Team Dandelion Adventures

Thuy, "The Rebelle Rally is a journey that cannot be described with words, it can only be experienced. It will place a mirror in front of you and it's up to you to acknowledge it or avoid it."

Tracey, "The rally itself is the cherry on top, the real prize is meeting so many amazing women!"

Tiffany Lauer Walker Team #154 - Road Less Traveled

"A dream only imagined that became a reality!"

Meli Bell Team #204 - Team Hoehn Adventures, AKA “The Goldie Girls”

"When you complete the Rebelle, you understand it is about so much more than driving and navigating, the way that "To Break in A Glove" is not only about baseball!"

Andrea Shaffer Team #126 - Team Sugar High

"The rally is so much more than a competition, it becomes a family."

Marty Lawrence Team #206 Team BLTN

"Know your vehicle. Know your partner."

Limited registration to only 50 teams for 2018!  Our mission is to provide a world-class event and competition and only 50 coveted spots are up for grabs.  Once the spots are filled, we will close registration, even if it is prior to the September 10th, 2018 deadline.

Join the Rebelle - REGISTER ONLINE NOW - 
Early registration pricing, returning Rebelle pricing, and installments available.

Photo by Paolo Baraldi Photographer.

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January 19, 2012

OUTRAGED: A Story by Tammy Darvish

Outraged_Banner_160x600We always like to let you know when one of the Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly retailers does something cool, and this is one of those times.  Tamara Darvish is a vice president of DARCARS Automotive Group, a privately owned group of 34 franchises in the Washington Metro area, and she's written something pretty amazing.  It's called OUTRAGED:  How Detroit and the Wall Street Car Czars Killed the American Dream, and it's a story about how the auto industry's collapse in 2008 and the subsequent bailouts may have saved auto manufacturers, but ultimately spelled doom for many smaller dealerships across the country.  Check it out:

The “taking out” of America’s hometown car dealers is perhaps the most misunderstood or little-known story of the decade, certainly of the last few years. The collapse of the “Detroit Two” automakers (General Motors and Chrysler; Ford is the third component that makes up the so-called “Big Three,” or “Detroit Three” automakers), and a temporary government group designed to rescue them set the stage for the events that transpired. The automakers saw new life. But a good portion of “Main-Street” car dealers were left to hang out to dry. Main Street and Highway 61 are used as metaphors for the rejected dealers, many of whose businesses were located on Main Streets or along highways in rural, small and midsize towns, as consultants pointed out. And dealers, as portrayed here, represent entrepreneurs everywhere, as symbols of the American dream.

Pretty heavy stuff -  but important stuff!  2008 and the resulting chaos was tough for everybody, but the best thing we can do now is learn from those mistakes so we don't repeat them again.  Ever.  Thanks to Tammy for penning this torrid tale, and contratulations to you from the whole Ask Patty team.  We hope it's a hit for you!

You can learn more about Tammy and her book at, and the book's available for purchase at Barnes & Noble and Amazon - plus, it's available on the Kindle.  Go get it!


Kaeli Gardner
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February 08, 2011

Toyota's Jim Lentz at NADA and the Importance of Women

Nada_2011 Last weekend at the NADA conference in San Francisco, Jim Lentz, President and COO of Toyota Motor Sales USA delivered a keynote speech on the state of the industry.  In it he said that 2011 marks a new beginning for the industry, giving dealers a call to action to rise above the oft-mentioned economic downturn of a few years past, saying to strive for gradual improvements this year and next; he spoke of the importance of 'Generation Y' as a target audience, the benefits of reaching the hispanic community, and, of course, the importance of the woman comsumer in the auto industry.  Here's that particular segment, where he calls for auto dealers to take the radical stance of actually listening to women, and quotes someone familiar to the readership - AskPatty's own Jody DeVere.  Head past the jump that segment of his address.

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October 01, 2009

Penske Backs Out; General Motors to Stop Saturn's Orbit


In a shocking last-minute decision made just a day before contracts were to be finalized, the Penske Automotive Group has announced that it has ended its discussions with General Motors to acquire the Saturn automobile brand. This very disappointing news comes after months of efforts by hundreds of dedicated employees and Saturn retailers who tried to make a new Penske-run Saturn a reality.

Sadly, as a result of Penske's decision, General Motors will be winding down the Saturn brand and dealership network, in accordance with the wind-down agreements that Saturn dealers recently signed with GM.

Penske's announcement explained that their decision was not based on interactions with General Motors or Saturn retailers; rather it was because of the inability to source new products beyond what it had asked GM to build on contract.

According to Penske, "Since announcing its discussions with GM on June 5, 2009, the company has been in the due diligence process to determine the feasibility of developing an independent distribution model for Saturn-branded products and service parts in the United States, including the sourcing of vehicles from GM and other potential suppliers. The company had negotiated a definitive agreement with GM to source vehicles on a contract-manufactured basis for a period of time. After this period, the company would have been required to source vehicles from another third party under a similar contract-manufacturing agreement."

That manufacturer was Renault-Nissan, the Detroit Free Press reported, quoting a statement from a Renault spokeswoman who said  "Renault has been in contact with Penske to supply cars, parts, and technology to Saturn through an OEM agreement. The conditions for an agreement have not been found."

The announcement is a tragic blow to the industry. According to a report at, "Penske the man and organization is held in high regard, and this deal was considered the best chance for the future of the brand. The plan had been for General Motors to continue to supply vehicles through 2011, after which time Penske would source products from another automaker. This arrangement promised to shake up the century-old business model and provide unique opportunities. For instance, a Penske-run Saturn could have potentially drawn vehicles from multiple automakers, thereby giving Saturn great market flexibility, while limiting the potential liabilities associated with manufacturing that nearly toppled GM and Chrysler."

In a press release issued by General Motors yesterday, company President & CEO Fritz Henderson said this "disappointing news comes at a time when we'd hoped for a successful launch of the Saturn brand into a new chapter. We will be working closely with our dealers to ensure Saturn customers are cared for as we transition them to other GM dealers in the months ahead. I'd also like to thank every GM employee and Saturn retailer who worked so hard to try to make this new beginning happen for Saturn."

Terms of the wind-down process will be determined and communicated shortly. Saturn customers and owners will continue to be able to purchase and have their vehicles serviced at Saturn retailers during this process, and once the wind-down is complete, Saturn owners will still be able to have their vehicles serviced at other General Motors dealerships. According to the Detroit Free Press, the end of the Saturn brand could cost as many as 13,000 jobs at dealerships nationwide and General Motors.

Saturn was founded nearly 30 years ago by General Motors, and was promoted as a "different kind of car company," known at first for its bouncy dentless plastic door panels and then better appreciated for its hassle-free 'no haggle' pricing. Owners of the vehicles have proven to be quite loyal to their brand, as evidenced by their vocal community at

I'm sad to see this brand go.

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July 23, 2009

Want to know what's happening at GM? Just Ask Fritz!

NewGMCompany05 As General Motors emerged from its bankruptcy,  the company stated it was committed to a clear and simple vision - to design, build and sell the best vehicles in the world. One step of that commitment is being demonstrated with a greater emphasis on corporate transparency to consumers and additional attention to unmatched customer service.

As part of these efforts, General Motors has created a new website -- -- where the company shares current news, corporate blogs, flickr photos, live twitterfeed, and chat sessions to provide as much information as possible about the current status of the new company.

One feature on  is "Tell Fritz," a video blog in which site visitors can submit a question, comment, or concern about the new GM to CEO Fritz Henderson. He'll read them and respond to as many as possible each week. The questions and content will change each day, as Henderson addresses the subject matter submitted by readers in an effort to keep us all apprised about the priorities of the company.

This video is the first in the series which just went live this week; in it Henderson explains the "Tell Fritz" feature. Stay tuned after he answers, as this video continues on to other topics.

Check it out, and check back often. If you're interested in what's happening with the new General Motors, this site is the best place to get information.

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July 13, 2009

Out of Bankruptcy in a Flash, the New General Motors Shares its Plan for Future Success

Fritz_Henderson_NewGMCompany_s Emerging from bankruptcy just 40 days after filing, the new General Motors Company began operations on Friday touting a new corporate structure, a stronger balance sheet, and a renewed commitment to make the customer the center of everything the new GM does.

This emergence "marks a new beginning for General Motors, one that will allow every employee, including me, to get back to the business of designing, building, and selling great cars and trucks and serving the needs of our customers," said Fritz Henderson (left), president and CEO, in his public address made Friday morning.  "We are deeply appreciative for the support we have received during this historic transformation, and we will work hard to repay this trust by building a successful new General Motors."

"One thing we have learned from the last 100 days is that GM can move quickly and decisively," said Henderson.  "Today, we take the intensity, decisiveness and speed of the past several months and transfer it from the triage of the bankruptcy process to the creation and operation of a new General Motors.

The new General Motors is committed to a clear and simple vision - to design, build and sell the best vehicles in the world. "A successful auto company needs to focus on both the cost and the revenue sides of the business," said Henderson.  "Success on the revenue side means building the stylish, high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles that customers want - and getting them to market fast."

As part of its reinvention, the new GM has is focusing its resources on four core brands - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC - and is creating a stronger, more effective dealer network. The company will trim the number of GM dealers in the U.S. from 6,000 this spring to approximately 3,600 by the end of next year, and reduce the number of U.S. nameplates from 48 to 34 by 2010. Additionally, General Motors will end its regional operating structure and remove layers of management - reducing the number of U.S. executives by 35 percent and overall U.S. salaried employment by 20 percent by the end of this year - in an effort to flatten the organization and speed decision-making (not to mention, cut costs).

Charging_the_Chevy_Volt As part of its plan, GM is aggressively developing a full range of energy-saving technologies, including advanced internal combustion engines, biofuels, fuel cells, and hybrids.  The company will be leading its alternate-fuel segment with the production of its extended-range electric vehicles, the Chevy Volt, currently undergoing road testing and scheduled to launch in 2010.  The new GM is also taking steps to make advanced battery development a core competency, and expects to make additional announcements on this subject later this summer. In fact, the company has been touting its new green-ness so highly that some blogs such as LeftLaneNews, Bloomberg, and others have even speculated it might re-color its log to a brighter shade of green. However, Henderson denied knowledge of any such redesign during his address.

Bob-Lutz_s Additionally, Henderson shared the news that the company would be  'unretiring' Bob Lutz to fill an important position in the new GM as vice chairman responsible for all creative elements of products and customer relationships. "He has a proven track record of unleashing creativity in the design and development of GM cars and trucks.  This new role allows him to take that passion a step further, applying it to other parts of GM that connect directly with customers," said Henderson. The iconic auto-persona will team with Tom Stephens, vice chairman, product development; and Ed Welburn, vice president of design; to guide all creative aspects of corporate design.

Finally, in a move that got many journalists talking, Henderson announced that the company is "working on new ways to make car buying more convenient for our customers, including an innovative new partnership with eBay in California to revolutionize how people buy vehicles online." Henderson said customers "will be able to bid on actual vehicles just like they do in an eBay auction, including the option of choosing a predetermined 'buy it now' price." Can you imagine a more female friendly way to shop than from the comfort and privacy of your own desktop?

"Business as usual is over at GM," promised Henderson.  "Today starts a new era for General Motors and everyone associated with the company.  Going forward, the new General Motors is fully committed to listening to customers, responding to consumer and market trends, and empowering the people closest to the customer to make the decisions.  Our goal is to build more of the cars, trucks, and crossovers that customers want, and to get them to market faster than ever before."

"To our current customers, we appreciate the confidence that you have placed in us, and going forward, we'll offer you nothing less than great cars, trucks, and crossovers, with unmatched customer service.  To those who have supported us through this challenging time, we are deeply grateful," said Henderson.  "And to those who have never tried a GM vehicle - or who have tried one and been disappointed - we look forward to the chance to win your business and earn your trust."

It sounds like an awesome plan. We certainly do wish the best for General Motors and all its employees as they enact this drastic new structure move towards a better corporate future.

Have you got additional questions about how these changes at GM could affect you? Then read more about it at Consumer Reports. The blog includes information on what brands and models are still available, how to get parts and service for GM cars, what to do with GM warranties, how to sell a GM car, whether or not it's a good idea to buy a GM vehicle now, and what to do if you have a claim against GM.

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June 04, 2009

Addressing Post-Bankruptcy Car Warranty Worries

Lemon Many drivers of Chrysler and General Motors vehicles may be wondering about their recourse if they require warranty work, or if their car exhibits defects that may qualify it as a "lemon."

There's plenty of good news here, but also some bad.

For instance, according to a document released by the White House Press Office earlier this week, "GM will continue to honor consumer warranties." With Obama's announcement on Monday, the U.S. Treasury made its Warranty Support Program available to GM and $361 million was funded to a special program available to provide security for the orderly payment of warranties for cars sold during this restructuring period. And don't forget that President Obama created a "Warrantee Commitment Program"  in March specifically to provide backing for Chrysler and GM vehicle warranties and assure consumers that their new-car warranty would remain valid through its term.

So that's good news!

More good news: The U.S. Court overseeing General Motor's bankruptcy approved GM's request to continue honoring vehicle warranties, including GM's participation in the Better Business Bureau's Auto Line program for consumers that need help with any warranty-related dispute with the manufacturer.

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June 02, 2009

General Motors announces bankruptcy, promising a new and better future

090601_GM_logo_s It was not much of a surprise yesterday when General Motors revealed the details of its bankruptcy plans; many in the automotive industry were wondering WHEN, not IF, GM would have to resort to such drastic measures. According to "GM's bankruptcy filing is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the largest for an industrial company. The company said it has $172.81 billion in debt and $82.29 billion in assets."

As part of yesterday's announcement, General Motors CEO and President Fritz Henderson promised, "Today marks the beginning of what will be a New GM dedicated to building on only the very best of our recent progress in fuel efficiency, world-class quality, green technology development and outstanding design."

2010_Chevrolet_Camaro_front_action In a nutshell, General Motors is using the bankruptcy process to split into two companies: a leaner "New GM" which will focus on four core brands (Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC) and an "old GM" which will include the pieces of the company that GM will sell or close out. According to the Wall Street Journal  "GM intends to accomplish the split through a Section 363 sale, which would transfer the 'New GM' assets to an entity owned by the U.S. and Canadian governments, the United Auto Workers union and the company's unsecured creditors."

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May 19, 2009

Cash For Clunkers - Is It Green or Green Backs?

Old_car_flickr.com_photos_kb35_2289942750 The term "Cash for Clunkers" might sound familiar to you - it's a hot topic in the news and across the automotive blogs right now. Details: Two bills are currently under consideration in the House and Senate, each of them offering their own set of pros and cons. Unfortunately, as much as people are discussing them, nobody can decide on which is better or whether either one of them is actually any good at all.

Either one could be considered to be a bit like a government stimulus plan to get car buyers back to buying new cars. Both offer incentives towards the purchase of a new car when the shopper turns in an older model, but the value of the incentive is determined by the fuel economy of the new car.

As explained at, the bill being supported by Democratic Ohio Representative Betty Sutton, offers an incentive for the trade-in of any car from model year 2000 or earlier, without any restriction on fuel economy. Car buyers will receive $4,000 if they purchase a new domestic vehicle car that gets a minimum mileage of 27 mpg or $5,000 if it gets 30 mpg. (With all the numbers being bandied about, I'm not exactly clear on whether this is a combined city/highway figure, or if it is based entirely on highway economy. As we know there can be quite a bit of difference between the two.) The crux of this bill is that the new car must be manufactured in the United States, imports can qualify, but only if they're built here in the U.S., which would exclude the highly-touted 50-plus-mpg Toyota Prius hybrid, which is built in Japan.

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