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May 20, 2016

Car Deals and Discounts for 2016 College Graduates


A new car can be an important part of leaving school to set off on a professional path.

Getting the degree was undoubtedly expensive, so to assist recent graduates as they ease onto a new road, many manufacturers offer special incentives – such as cash rebates, low down payments, and flexible leasing – and financing offers that may include relaxed credit requirements, discounted percentage rates, no requirements for a co-signer, waived security deposits (on leases), and even deferred payments on their new car purchases.

Program offers and requirements vary by manufacturer, so here’s a list of currently available programs to help 2016 graduates find their fit:

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Make a Plan


Make sure you have a safe plan for Prom night

Know where you are and where you’re planning to go, and be sure to discuss your plans with your friends and parents ahead of time so you all get to your destination safely. Know your route so you don’t get lost on dark and unfamiliar roads, and be sure to contact your parents if your plans change. And remember to charge your cell phone and have it with you -- and even your spare battery, just in case you need it.

Teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Even worse, according to, the fatal crash rate of 16-year olds is nearly twice as high at night, while 58 percent of teen nighttime crashes happen between 9pm and midnight.

Ensure your special event is nothing but a smooth ride!

Get all nine #Prom Driving Safety Tips here at AskPatty!


May 19, 2016

The 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles: American Women Drive to Record Results in the Sahara Desert

2016_ralleye_aicha_des_gazelles-03-23-Gazelles-1Get Your 4WD On!

by Sue Mead

It’s not uncommon for a family member or friend to donate a kidney or give medical support to loved ones in a time of need, but a different matter entirely to donate your vehicle’s air compressor in the middle of a competition!

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What is the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles?

2016_ralleye_aicha_des_gazelles-04-02-Gazelles-Final-Gallery-1by Sue Mead

The 26th-annual edition of the legendary off-road event began with a prologue day March 23, 2016, in Erfoud, Morocco, and officially concluded 10 days later with a prize-giving ceremony in the coastal city of Essaouira. There were six scored legs of off-road competition, including two marathon legs, that sent teams out on their own for two days at a time overnight alone in the desert in improvised camps, without mechanical support.

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Sears Auto Center Wants to Keep “Women on the Move”


Car Care Tips Every Woman Driver Should Know

Here at AskPatty, we receive thousands of auto-related questions from women looking for advice from our expert panel. 

Follow Sears Auto on Facebook Follow Sears Auto on Google plus Follow Sears Auto on Instagram Follow Sears Auto on Linked in Follow Sears Auto on Twitter Follow Sears Auto on You Tube Of these, about 85% are women with questions about car care – so it's clear that this is something women want to know about!

This spring we're teaming up with Sears Auto Center to present a free Car Care Clinic to keep “Women on the Move”, so we're kicking things off with some great must-know car care tips.  If you're looking for a little Car Care 101, read on – if you want to learn even more, get to a Sears Auto Center Car Care Clinic on May 21! 

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May 18, 2016

To Lease or Not to Lease

160518 TC to lease or not to leaseThe decision to buy or lease can be a biggie.

A lease is a long-term rental, a car you’ll have to give back to the dealer at some point. A purchase is, well, yours for the long haul. Often your choice will come down to price.

If you want a nicer car but aren’t in the position to make high payments, a lease is the way to go. If you feel the value of ownership outweighs higher monthly payments, a purchase is the right fit.

Of course, if it were as simple as that the guide would just end here. Good thing we’ve also got incentives, monthly payments, insurance, and customization to cover, so watch for those in future posts.

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Wear Your Seatbelt!


Insist that everyone wears a seatbelt even if it means a few clothing wrinkles.

Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, according to In addition to jewelry or flowers, seatbelts are the perfect formal accessory – a little wrinkle in your dress, tux, or graduation gown is hardly worth not buckling up for. Buckling your seatbelt can save your life and keep you from getting seriously injured.

May and June are peak season for attending Proms and graduation parties, but don't let a fun celebration turn into a tragic teen statistic.

Get all nine #Prom Driving Safety Tips here at AskPatty!


May 17, 2016

Everything You Want to Know About the 2017 Kia Sportage

10914_2017_Sportage_SX_Turbo_AWD“We are always reinventing ourselves. Like Apple and Starbucks, we have to come out with new products and services,” Michael Sprague, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors America said to us at the recent launch of 2017 Kia Sportage in San Diego, California.

From marketing blitzes that include the notorious Kia Soul hamsters to dancing Yo Gabba Gabba life-sized characters from a children’s show, Kia has continuously incorporated an element of surprise and fun. Since Kia began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 1994, it has grown far beyond what was expected of this once-small Korean company.

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May 16, 2016

A Mom's Practical Guide to #TeenDriver Safety

Back_to_school-teen_driver-iStock_000008379470As the mother of two boys (now 22 and 13), I dreaded the days approaching my first son's landmark 16th birthday and the all-important driver's license that would come with it.

Knowing that, each year, thousands of teen drivers and passengers are killed and more than 150,000 are injured in car crashes made me concerned about his safety on the road. The leading cause of death among teenagers is teen driving!

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Don’t Drink/Do Drugs and Drive!


Drinking is responsible for over 4,500 deaths each year among young drivers.

Drinking before the age of 21 is illegal in every state, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age. This goes for using drugs and other illegal substances as well. Be smart: Don't get into the car with a driver who's been drinking, and pay careful attention to other drivers out late at night. Each year in the U.S., more than 10,000 people are killed and 350,000 are injured due to drunk driving.

Keep an eye on your date/driver to make sure they do not drink any alcohol or take any drugs. And, even if you don’t intend to catch a buzz, be safe about what you do drink: Don’t accept drinks from someone you do not know, and if you leave your drink unattended, discard it and get a new one.

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