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July 29, 2015

Taking the 2015 Lexus NX 300h on a Texas Road Trip

Scenic Lake TravisBy Jo Ann Holt

I recently drove from Dallas to beautiful Lake Travis, west of Austin, for a return visit to some of my favorite people and scenery.  Spring rains in Texas brought the lake back up to where it should be, and it’s great to see sail boats, motor boats, and personal watercrafters out enjoying the bright, sunny weather.  

Like most Texas “lakes,” Travis is a man-made reservoir. It stretches 65 miles, and was formed in 1942 with the construction of Mansfield Dam on the Colorado River.  The only natural lake in Texas is Caddo Lake in East Texas, but that’s another story for another road trip.

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AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 11: Do Join a Club!

If you're a member of an organization that offers an auto buying program -- like Costco, Consumer Reports, USAA, or American Express, or even your insurance company -- use it!

These affinity groups work with a network of dealers who provide incentives and offer exceptional guaranteed pricing and service if the car is purchased through that group. These pre-negotiated discount programs have been arranged to help group members save hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars off the purchase price: check to see if you belong to any and let their buying power reduce your purchase price!


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July 28, 2015

Who wants to win a Ford Mustang GT customized by Chip Foose?

Win_a_ford_mustang_modified_by_chip_fooseWe all know the Ford Mustang GT is an awesome car: In stock form, the 2015 Mustang GT comes from the factory with a powerful 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, race-ready Recaro seats, and stylish aluminum wheels. It's a high-performance car that's got a lot of swagger.

Car customizer Chip Foose, the host of the "Overhaulin' series on TLC and Velocity TV, has taken that car and added his own personal touches, including a Bama Supercharger system powered by a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger, Magnaflow Competition cat-back exhaust, a Vogtland Sport lowering springs kit, Foose custom wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires, and special exterior design styling to create an amazing prize car that boasts stylish looks and a whopping 800 horsepower! How awesome is that?

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July 27, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 10: Don't Base Your Purchase On Monthly Payments!

Instead, consider the total purchase price after sales tax, and then evaluate the monthly cost.

Once you know your total price, financing the car should cost about $20 a month for 60 months for every $1000 financed (for buyers with good credit), so keep that in mind when you’re looking at the bottom line. Most car pricing services also offer pricing estimators to help you know ahead of time what it will cost to finance your purchase. If you have quotes from other dealers, use them as leverage in your current negotiation. Having a target transaction price in mind before you visit the dealership is important, and where your advance research will help the most.


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July 24, 2015

Ten Simple Tips To Prevent Your Car From Being Burglarized

Prevent_car_burglaries-iStock_000020243692-LjupcoThe car of one of my neighbors was burglarized recently, and the thieves stole a nice car stereo and back-seat DVD entertainment system. According to a report at,  $1.25 billion in personal items and accessories are stolen from vehicles in about 1.8 million thefts each year.

My neighbor had -- stupidly -- left his car unlocked. Did he have an alarm? Yep, but it wasn't activated, either. He mistakenly thought, because we live in a small, gated neighborhood, that his car was safe. Law enforcement officials say that finding unlocked cars is still the number one way thieves are getting in. Luckily, this form of theft can be easily prevented with a little common sense.

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AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 9: Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It!

When that happens, the balance of your old loan will be rolled into the new car's loan amount, combining the debt of two cars into one, larger, loan.

Save discussions about trade-ins until the end of your negotiation process. The price of the car should not be determined by the vehicle you have to trade in, so consider that a separate transaction. Only after you settle on a purchase price should you start negotiating the terms of a potential trade. Price your car ahead of time using services like,, or, so you have a good idea of what it should be worth ahead of time. Remember, if you don't like the trade-in value you're offered for your car, you might get more for it by selling it yourself or taking it to CarMax.


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July 23, 2015

MINI Put Cameras Onto Puppies! You’ll Giggle At What Happens Next!

Mini_Put_Cameras_onto_Puppies-frontseatBecause we know you need a cuteness fix, here’s a great puppy cam experience you’ll want to share with your dog-loving friends.

Mini strapped cameras to the backs of four different dogs – Cooper, Turbo, Ziggy and Zaggy -- to give prospective MINI owners a dog’s eye tour of a MINI Cooper, offering an especially cute way to explore the iconic little car. Visitors to k9showroom.miniusa.comcan watch a variety of rotating external and internal views and also follow a link to see dogs that are available for adoption. Puppy fans can also “tweet a treat” and watch as one of the adorable furballs sniffs out treats that drop from a treat booth.

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July 22, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 8: Do find a Certified Female Friendly Dealer!

Once you have a vehicle in mind, go to the Zip Code Search on the AskPatty.Com® site for an AskPatty.Com Certified Female Friendly® dealership near you.

Once you find a location, check out their company web site. Most dealerships have a listing of their new and used vehicle inventories so you can do some searching for the car you are seeking to purchase. All new car dealerships have their own web site, so searching on the Internet by the name of the dealership or by product brand name you are researching should be easy.


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