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July 21, 2014

Get your Jollies with this Late-Fifties Fiat

1959-Fiat-Jolly-front-viewThere’s much to love about this adorable little car! Called the “Jolly,” and created in the late Fifties and early Sixties off the Fiat 500 and 600, this cute little convertible was originally modified by the Italian design house Ghia to be a luxury vehicle for wealthy Europeans and for export into the United States market.

It’s widely said that the Fiat 500 of 1957 was Italy’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle. This modified little Fiat beach buggy may have been marketed worldwide as the Jolly, but it was best known in Europe as “La Spiaggina” -- a word loosely translated as something like "beach-ette." According to the MicroCarMuseum, the name “Jolly” also means "joker" in Italian, but also transates to something light, fun, funny and pretty in other languages.

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July 16, 2014

Car Shopping: When Is A “Deal” Too Good To Be True?

Used-car-dealer-thinkstock-76686162x1200So, you’re shopping for a used car: Whether you’re browsing prices online, or watching the advertisements in the newspaper, we know that vehicle cost is always an important part of your research.

New or used, many shoppers suspect that car dealers may publish prices that are insanely low as a way to get shoppers to come in and take a look at what’s on the lot. They’re called “loss leaders” and by the time consumers get to the dealership, the car has already been sold, or it’s an unappealing model that nobody really wants to buy anyhow. And then the dealer tries to upsell the shoppers into another car on the floor, or attempts to negotiate a sale of the inenxpensive car with expensive loan terms.

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July 14, 2014

Don’t Get Too Friendly with the Cab Driver And 5 Other Taxi Safety Tips

Mobile-device-Thinkstock-78427556Opting for a taxi instead of driving or walking is often the safest and most convenient option for getting around in a city. If you’re drinking alcohol, worried about parking or alone in an unfamiliar place, it’s almost always in your best interest to cab it.

Though hopping in a taxi is much safer than some other alternatives, it’s not entirely without risk. To mitigate those risks, it’s wise to keep these crucial tips in mind so that your trip is safe and sound.


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July 11, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for July 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:

Cooper_tire_rebateCooper Tire Asks Is it Time To Change Your Tires?

Those round rubber shoes at each corner of your car help to keep your car safely on the road. In fact, tires are the only part of your vehicle connecting you to the road, so it's super important you know that they are at an adequate tread depth to safely stop your car when you need them to. AskPatty is partnering with Cooper Tire to create additional awareness of tire maintenance and safety, and to help promote The Cooper Tire national Summer Event, which offers a Visa prepaid card to consumers who buy select Cooper Tires before July 15.


Children-of-valerie-fundSchumacher Chevrolet of Little Falls, NJ
Gearhart Chevrolet of Denville, NJ
Wigder Chevrolet of Livingston, NJ
Schumacher Chevrolet, Gearhart Chevrolet, and Wigder Chevrolet have joined forces to donate money to the Children of the Valerie Fund for every car sold through August 30th. Participants can take a test drive to earn an entry into a sweepstakes for which the grand prize giveaway is a new car! The Valerie Fund provides medical care, counseling, and other services to more than 4000 children with cancer and blood disorders each year.

Ricks_Performance_street_fairRick's Performance of Pleasonton, CA
Rick's Performance recently joined the downtown Pleasonton Wednesday Night street fair, where a wide variety of businesses and community organizations who will have booths set up market their products and services as well as provide information. At his booth, Rick shared products and gave visitors an opportunity to spin for free and discounted services. 


Westside_Tire_and_ServiceWestside Tire & Service of Youngstown, OH
Westside Tire & Service celebrated a customer appreciation day in which they served food, played games, and gave away gift baskets, gift certificates, tickets to Indian's games, and much more.



Nedauers_fathers_dayNeubauer's Auto Repair of Ellicott City, Maryland
Neubauer's Auto Repair's sponsored a Father's Day drawing providing an opportunity for Dad's who visited the shop in June to win a $50 gift card.



Tps_tell_a_jokeTPS Tire & Service of Brunswick, OH

International Joke Day was July first, but TPS Tire and Service is running a promotion for the entire month of July giving customers a percentage off the labor on their bill if you tell them a good joke! Discounts vary based on the amount of your repair, but savings can range from 5 to 20 percent. Find out more here.


Waynes_automotive_centerWayne's Automotive of Aiken, SC
Earlier this month, Wayne's Automotive Services hosted a booth at the Aiken Chamber Appreciation Cookout, sharing AskPatty-branded goodies. During the remainder of July, they're also inviting customers to share their #CarRoadTrip Stories on their Facebook Page. 



Sayville_Ford_Summer_SpectacularSayville Ford of Sayville, NY
Sayville Ford is taking part in Ford's national Summer Spectacular Giveaway where people who enter could win one of 6 Ford cars!


Sullivans_new_signSullivan's Tire Pros of Seaside, CA

Congratulations to Sullivan's Tire Pros, who just updated their website and hoisted new signage.



AskPatty welcomes the following new Female Friendly Partners:

Just_Right_Auto_RepairJust Right Auto Repair of Greenville, SC

Just Right Auto Repair is a full-service automotive repair shop serving Greenville, SC, and the Upstate. Just Right Auto exists because the automotive repair industry needs good, honest, and reliable mechanics. Owner Bill Bower went into business in order to challenge the automotive industry’s “black eye” in customer service. Just Right assures our customers we will never manipulate you or try to pressure you into a service you don’t need. Our goal is to explain what’s going on with your vehicle, and give you the information you need to make an informed decision about the next step.

McLean_Auto_RepairMcLean Auto Repair of Elgin, IL
McLean Auto Repair has been providing quality auto repair and maintenance services in Elgin, Illinois since 1970. We are family owned and operated and strive to provide honest service and complete customer care. Our dedication to providing all around quality service has earned us several awards. McLean Auto Repair is home of the prestigious Chicago NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year Award for 2007 and 2008. We were also the Amoco Golden Mechanic Runners-Up in 2007.

HappyWalletAutoRepairHappy Wallet Quality Auto Repair of Naples, FL
Our doors at Happy Wallet Quality Auto Repair first opened in 2011, and our owner is a 30-year experienced ASE Master Certified Auto Tech. Our commitment to ethics and honesty means we will provide thorough safety inspections and suggest only necessary automotive repairs and tire sales to customers from Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, and other surrounding Florida areas.


Welcome back to these AskPatty Partners who have renewed their contracts:

Meade_LexusMeade Lexus of Southfield and Utica, MI

Meade Lexus was one of the first Lexus dealerships in the country starting in 1989. The Meade family is dedicated to serving customer's automotive needs in the Detroit metropolitan market! We offer everything you expect from a full-service dealership including Lexus sales, leasing, service, and parts, as well as new Lexus loaner vehicles, our own coffee bar, wireless Internet, and a luxurious customer lounge.

Croces_transmission_serviceCroce's Transmission of Norwalk, CT
My name is Tony Croce. My wife Maryann and I are the owners of Croce's and we provide automotive repairs and automotive maintenance to the towns surrounding Norwalk. Your safety & satisfaction are important to us. Because I have over 35 years of technical & diagnostic transmission & auto repair experience, you'll get the correct diagnosis and the right repair. We chose to use our name, so you know with whom you are placing your trust. We treat your vehicle as if it were our own. It's that simple.

Wade_BryantWade Bryants Auto Repair

We are 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. Our Professionalism sets us apart from the rest. Visit us 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. 


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 June.


July 09, 2014

The Male Vs. Female Driver: How Does Your Sex Affect Your Auto Insurance Rates?

Woman-driver-thinkstock-169280608-6x4There are a number of factors that can play a role in the price of your insurance. One of the most hotly debated of these factors is whether you are male or female, something that can have a huge bearing on the cost of your insurance costs.

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July 07, 2014

Do You Know What These Dashboard Safety Icons Mean?

Dashboard_light_collectionAsk a driver how to control the air conditioning in their vehicle and it’s a safe bet you'll get an answer. Ask that same driver to identify life-saving dashboard warning signals and the chance of a clear answer drops significantly.

According to a recent survey conducted by Schrader International, a manufacturer of sensing and valve solutions, only four out of every ten drivers were unable to identify key dashboard warning icons.

Now that summer is here and our road trip vacations are underway, it is more important than ever for drivers to be familiar with their vehicle and the systems put in place to warn them of potential danger. When viewing dashboard icons -- and depending on the car you drive, you can see a lot of them -- here are a few things to keep in mind.

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July 03, 2014

AskPatty Offers Tips to Help You to Celebrate a Safe Fourth of July

Happy_fourth_of_july_from_askpattyAccording to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, drunk driving crashes have accounted for about 40% of the traffic fatalities during the July 4th holiday over the last five years, making it one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roadways.

Unfortunately, according to NHTSA, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.

Want to better educate yourself on how your blood alcohol concentration is determined? B4UDrink is an interactive program developed by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) that educates the user about how alcohol consumption affects an individual's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). You can find out about your more here at their “virtual bar.”

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June 30, 2014

Mitsubishi’s "First Ride" Program Highlights Car Seat and Automotive Safety

Mitsubishi_first_ride_montero_NYIAS-IMG_7562Every day, thousands of newborns around the nation leave hospitals and head home for the first time, making it a once-in-a-lifetime story to tell. While the law requires parents to have a suitable child safety seat, most people don’t think about the safety of the actual car driving them home.

Inspired by the real stories of New Yorkers going home with their newborns in taxis (an experience that does not legally require child safety seats), Mitsubishi launched its #FirstRide program in New York by giving three babies their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest small SUVs, the 2014 Outlander, as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” program, which focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

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