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April 22, 2014

It’s Earth Day! Take a Look at Ten Earth Friendly Automobiles


Green_cars-Earth_day-Thinkstock-88012186Are you interested in electric cars? In honor of Earth Day, AskPatty has gathered up a roundup of ten eco-friendly cars that can help Earth-aware drivers reduce fuel costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our dependency on petroleum.

While many drivers are familiar with the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, there are now are many Earth-friendly choices for new car shoppers shopping in the electric car segment. Regardless of your reasons for wanting one, and no matter which electric car you choose, consumers have more choices than ever before. 

The ten cars included in this guide represent a variety of alternative-fuel vehicles available on the market right now. Take a look and learn about your eco-friendly automotive choices.

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April 21, 2014

Reminder: April is National Car Care Month

ASE-car-care-repair-016Because basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, every April is designated as National Car Care Month to encourage owners to give their cars some extra attention.

Results of community car care events held throughout the country in 2013 show that most consumers neglect simple maintenance of their cars, with seven out of 10 vehicles failing at least one component of the vehicle inspection process.

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April 20, 2014

Happy Easter from AskPatty!

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Did you know how the date for the celebration of Easter is identified each year? Easter is observed on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox! That's a useful bit of trivia sure to impress your friends.

If you're a pinner, take a look at our Easter-themed pinboard, featuring Easterly (is that a word?) Automotive goodies.  From bunny ears for your car to Peeps in Twinkie-mobiles, we hope this Easter-themed pinboard will brighten your Easter holiday.

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April 17, 2014

Simple Tips to Maintain the Resale Value of Your Car

Used-car-thinkstock-176672337x800Every automobile owner should have their vehicle's resale value in mind even before they attempt to sell it. Drivers can take several proactive steps to ensure that their vehicle maintains an acceptable resale value. Let's take a look at some ways to accomplish this without breaking the bank.

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April 16, 2014

Automotive Industry Goes Green: 2014 DC Auto Show

Ladies, the DC Auto Show isn’t about glamour as much as it’s about policy making and the future of the car industry. In honor of Earth Month, we've collected information from the DC auto show to share more about the greening of automotive.

NissanTaxi-11.2013-7_mediumFront page: For the 2014 Washington Auto Show, Nissan rented an Amtrak train car and ferried a group of journalists from Penn Station, NYC to Washington, D.C. Since the show took place during an epic East Coast snowstorm, the train was both a pleasant and efficient way to arrive. And it’s consistent with Nissan’s push into the future of environmental changes. That objective encompasses Nissan’s NV200 vehicles (the taxicab of the future and NYC’s official taxicab) as well as some new initiatives they are rolling out with FedEx.

The scoop: The Washington Auto Show is known as the “Public Policy Show.” It is unique on the global industry circuit because of its proximity to the U.S. Congress, international diplomatic corps and federal agencies.

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April 15, 2014

Coachella McDonald's Corvette Stingray Oasis Pool Party

Corvette_Coachella_Mcdonalds_PartyCelebrities stopped by the McDonald’s and Corvette Stingray Desert Pool Party at the Bootsy Bellows Estate on April 12, 2014 to celebrate the launch of McDonald’s Bacon Clubhouse Burger and the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Celebrities sampled the new Bacon Clubhouse Burger, rode shotgun for the Stingray Experience, and beat the heat pool-side in VIP cabanas.

Many famous faces who attended the party included one of my favorite Glee stars Dianna Agron who was spotted out with her new man Thomas Cocquere and Leonardo DiCaprio who smoked electronic cigarettes and chowed down on a Bacon Clubhouse Burger and fries in his private cabana.

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April 14, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for April 2014

We’re not fooling around here: AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners are involve in a diverse selection of activities, and are offering a great variety of special programs For April.

 

Take_the_car_care_surveyAskPatty 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?

 

All-girls-garage-bogi-latenier-velocity-show180 Degrees Automotive, Phoenix, Arizona
Bogi Lateiner is an ASE Certified Mechanic and is also the founder and owner of 180 Degrees Automotive, a full-service auto repair shop in central Phoenix. In addition to operating and managing 180 Degrees Automotive, Bogi teaches (and her shop offers) car-care classes for women. On top of all this, she recently entered her third season as one of the three-girl crew on the Velocity Channel’s ‘All Girls Garage’.

All Girls Garage season three has begun airing on Fridays at 8pm EST/PST on the Velocity channel.

 

Community-Tire-Pros-Auto-RepairCommunity Tire Pros & Auto Repair
Congratulations to Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair for earning the top award from Arizona's Small Business Development Center for the 2014 year. Every year, the Arizona Small Business Development Center honors successful small businesses throughout Arizona for the role they play to the state’s economy. As a top award winner, Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair was invited to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of the Arizona’s Small Business Development Center success awards ceremony on March 27 at the Arizona State Capitol complex. Eleven other small Arizona businesses were honored at the ceremony. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was on hand to make to congratulate award winners at the event.

Do you know how to change a tire? This YouTube video will help safely guide you through the steps of how to change a tire if you ever come face-to-face with a flat tire.

 

Croces_transmission_specialistsCroce's Transmission Specialists of Norwalk, Connecticut
Croce's is excited to be celebrating car care month once again with Free Vehicle Inspections. Croce’s is excited to announce a partnership with Make A Wish and will be donating a portion of April's proceeds to Make A Wish of Connecticut. Maryann has been a volunteer with Make A Wish for a few years now, and says she “finds it very rewarding and the wish kids inspirational.” Make a donation to the Croce "Make-a-Wish” fundraising page.

 

Lex-BrodiesLex Brodie's with Five Locations Serving You in Honolulu, Waipahu, Kalihi, Kaneohe, & Pearlridge, Hawaii
Lex Brodie’s service doesn’t stop once you’ve bought your tires. Until you‘ve worn out your Lex Brodie’s tires (or they have just gotten too old to service), Lex Brodie's will rotate, rebalance, and repair your tires at NO CHARGE! Lex Brodie’s will also check your brakes and wheel alignment at NO CHARGE! Lex Brodie’s also has a special initiative to fix potholes and warranty your car against damage. Check it out here!  

Lex Brodie's is proud to bring the worlds first bio-based, 100% full synthetic motor oil to Hawaii! G-OIL® provides superior performance during the maximum oil change interval recommended by vehicle manufacturers while meeting the requirements of the American Petroleum Institute (API) SM and previous API gasoline engine standards.

Lex Brodie's "Green To Go" Fleet Service Program is designed to help control the time and cost of maintenance and keep your company’s fleet working at optimal efficiency and rolling clean, green and safe.

 

Marlins_Auto_Diagnostics-taxtime_specialMarlin's Auto Diagnostics in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
It’s tax time, and if you’re like most consumers, we know you’ll use your refund for much needed products and services. Marlin’s Auto Diagnostics would like to remind you that we’re here to assist you in maintaining your vehcle so it is safe, reliable, and fun. Consider investing a portion of your tax refund in vehicle car and maintenance at Marlin’s Auto Diagnostics, and until May 19, 2014, we’ll take $25 off any invoice over $250.

 

Gattos_CFF_videoGatto's Tires, Six Convenient Locations in Brevard County, Florida
When Pam Gatto’s father Mike started his business in 1971 he had a very clear goal: to provide the best products and services and give the customer the most value for their money. That’s still the Gatto family goal. Over the years Gatto’s has expanded into seven locally owned and operated locations in Merritt Island, Cocoa, Melbourne, and Palm Bay, Forida, and company generously supports local sponsorships.

Gatto’s ASE-certified auto mechanics can handle a variety of automotive repairs like brake repairs, wheel alignments, exhaust system repairs, diagnostics, steering and suspension system repairs, preventive maintenance, differential system repairs, and transmission repairs; they also service diesel engine systems and hybrid vehicles. 

 

GLCU-financingGreat Lakes Credit Union -- 12 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin
Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is a full-service financial institution offering competitive auto loans nationwide.  Whether you're interested in developing a workable spending and savings plan, getting out of debt, understanding and improving your credit, buying a new car, looking for a mortgage, establishing kids accounts, exploring student loans or planning for your financial future, these educational tools can help.

 

Star-motors-light-it-up-blue-for-autismStar Motors in San Juan Capistrano, California 
Star Motors sponsors the “Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue” Campaign by donating $1 for every new “like” they get on the Star Motors Facebook page during the month of April. Help Star Motors shine a light on Autism! If you already like Star Motors, please share this opportunity with your friends and family. Feel free to make a donation to the cause as well by going straight to their Autism Speaks donation page here. Star Motors is committed to match each NEW LIKE, up to $500

 

Wish-i-mayWaukegan Tire of Grayslake, Park City, and Waukegan, Illinois
Waukegan Tire is taking part in Bcureful by helping to support Bcureful’s efforts to focus resources on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Help Waukegan Tire contribute to this all-volunteer organization as it aids in the development of a new TSC Center at Lurie Children’s Hospital and provides a gap in the funding needed for a critical research project at NYU Langone Medical Center. Help us help them! 

Please purchase tickets to the “Wish I May”3rd Annual Gala & Wine Dinner to benefit awareness and research for a cure of TSC. The event is being held on Global TSC Awareness Day: Thursday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m.

Waukegan Tires is excited to announce the Mrs. Alaska United States pageant has selected Bcureful as its official non-profit for 2015! The Mrs. Alaska United States pageant believes in giving back to the community through their "Pageant with a Purpose" campaign. Each year the pageant adopts a non-profit to support financially and through volunteerism. Mrs. Alaska United States 2014 Erica Chilla's son Ace has been diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and he is the reason she is passionate about raising awareness of TSC and funds for more research. Click here to make a donation to support Mrs. Alaska's platform and Bcureful's mission to accelerate research towards a cure of TSC while raising public awareness of the disease.

 

Schoen_place_autoSchoen Place Auto of East Rochester, New York
Spring has finally arrived! While you're doing your spring cleaning at home, let Schoen Place Auto inspect your car to make sure that your car is running perfectly when you need it most. Schoen Place Auto will perform a 45-point inspection on your car for free until May 15, 2014 (normally $49.99)!

 

After-hours-auto-repairAfter Hours Auto Repair of Wichita, Kansas
Since 2008, After Hours Auto Repair has provided motorists in the Wichita, KS 67213 area with a broad assortment of comprehensive auto repair services. Their goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get customers back on the road in no time. During April, After Hours Auto Repair is offering a Tax Special discounting 50% off any diagnostic charge (through April 30, 2014).

 

A-automotiveA-Automotive in Colville, Washington
A-Automotive Tire Pros started out in 1986 from the back of Dale's Pick-up truck traveling from home to home to repair customer’s vehicles. Nearly 30 years later, A-Automotive recently celebrated their grand opening and have joined the Tire Pros Franchise. Find more grand reopening specials here.

 

Crawford_buick_gmcCrawford Buick GMC of El Paso, Texas
On Female Friendly Thursdays, customers receive an additional 10% off any service or special. Schedule your appointment today for any Ask Patty Thursday! Can be combined with any other offer + 10% for Ask Patty Thursdays!

 

Active_green_rossActive Green + Ross Complete Tire & Auto Centers
Active Green + Ross is Ontario's premier chain of Complete Tire & Auto Centres from Windsor to Ottawa and from Barrie to The Greater Toronto Area, with over 70 locations in Ontario to serve you. AG+R has created a new blog to share tire helpful information with their customers.

 

Introducing AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Hybrid Repair Shops!

Your hybrid is a special car, but that doesn't mean that it should be difficult or expensive to maintain and repair your hybrid. We guarantee that your car will receive the care it needs to stay reliable and safe as the day you purchased it. These companys’ certified technicians will ensure your hybrid vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and also specialize in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.

Lloyds_Tire_Service-CFF_logoLloyd's Tire and Service of Santa Cruz, California
Lloyd’s Tire Service is now a complete and fully certified Hybrid Service Center, featuring everything from routine maintenance to diagnostics and repairs for hybrid and electric vehicles. Hybrid Care at Lloyd's is good for both your car and our planet. We proudly provide hybrid repairs to Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Los Gatos, and other surrounding Central California communities.

Wilhelm_automotive-CFF_LogoWilhelm Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona
In 1928, Joe Wilhelm and his father purchased Wilhelm Automotive Repair and made it the success that it is today. They have become the local Hybrid Shop and are now able to effectively and efficiently service hybrid vehicles and refurbish hybrid batteries. Wilhelm Automotive Repair's certified technicians will ensure your specific vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.

 

Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in March

 

April 11, 2014

Photo Gallery: Celebrities Support Safe Kids Worldwide To Help Reduce Childhood Injuries

Safe_Kids_Day-v482963723The Safe Kids Worldwide organization held its second annual West Coast Safe Kids Day on Saturday afternoon, April 5, 2014, at The Lot in West Hollywood, California, to raise awareness about preventable injuries, the number one killer amongst children in the United States. Almost a million children around the world die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. A similar event is being held on Saturday, April 12, at the Highline Stages in New York City. 

Special guests in attendance included: Drew Barrymore & Will KopelmanGiuliana & Bill RancicKendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskette, CiaraMalin Akerman, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Landry, Tom & Ashley ArnoldCocoa Brown (The Single Moms Club), Alysia Montaño (Track & Field Olympian), Leonor Varela (Chilean model and actress), Matthew Hatchette (Former NFL Player), Neal & Ruve McDonoughVanna WhiteBreckin MeyerGarcelle Beauvais (actress), Tina Charles (WNBA player), Eden Sassoon (Founder of EDEN and daughter of Vidal Sassoon), Abbie Schiller (The Mother Company, Founder), Ruby (Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show), Dr. Peter and Laurie WaldsteinKate Carr (President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide), and more.

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