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October 13, 2016

Sunshine Visits AutoSkinz for Protective Window Tinting

Autoskinz_logoAfter a discussion early this summer with 3M about the value of protective automotive window films, I decided it was a good time to get the windows tinted on my Ford Fiesta, Sunshine, so the 3M representative scheduled an appointment for me to visit AutoSkinz in Santa Clarita.

Upon my arrival, I was met by Shonna Wilkinson, who owns and runs the business alongside her husband, Greg. The pair has been in the business together since 2014 -- and it truly is a family business, because their nine-year-old son Cody spends a lot of time there too! He's so familiar with the business that he sometimes even mans (boys?) the front desk to greet customers!

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Another Way to Protect Your Car's Passengers: Window Tinting

Window_tinting-iStock_47033532-RobertsGalleriesEver since I became a mother more than 20 years ago, I've recognized the value of having tinted windows. Once you start driving around with kids in the car, the importance of keeping the sun off their little faces becomes pretty much a no-brainer.

I've lived in the San Fernando Valley for 30 years now. Aside from places like Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; and Orlando, Florida; the valley ranks pretty high as a Hellhole between June and August when the summer sun blazes at its hottest. It doesn't take long for a car's interior to climb to oven-like temperatures, and when you're toting a baby around, that heat can be more than inconvenient: It can be downright dangerous, especially to small children whose little bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s.

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October 12, 2016

Inaugural 2016 Rebelle Rally Launches Thursday, October 13th in Lake Tahoe

Rebelle_Rally_logoOn Thursday, October 13th, the inaugural Rebelle Rally presented by Hoehn Adventures will launch on the shores of iconic Lake Tahoe. More than 75 women from 19 states and four countries will become the first competitors to take part in the women’s 10-day off-road navigation rally raid. And our very own Jody DeVere will also be attending the event as media on behalf of AskPatty!

If you’ve ever seen our annual coverage of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, then you're already familiar with this type of racing event. The Rebelle Rally is not a race for speed but an event based on traditional compass, map, and roadbook navigation. GPS devices and cell phones will be sealed and prohibited from team use until the event concludes as navigators and drivers traverse the stunning Nevada and California terrain in stock four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. The route covers primarily land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and takes place on legal dirt roads, trails, and OHV areas. The participants will also travel through two National Parks.

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October Doesn't Have to be Scary: Getting a Flat Tire


A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of drivers on the road today have experienced a flat tire, and the majority of Americans (68 percent) indicated that changing a tire on the side of a busy road is the biggest safety hazard of a flat tire.

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October 11, 2016

How Often Do I Need to Change My Oil?

Woman_checking_oil-iStock_46051112-kasto80Most drivers have grown up with the traditionally advertised oil change recommendation of 3,000 miles, but if you've bought a new car within the last ten years that interval may no longer be necessary.

In fact, if you’re driving a car that’s less than five years old, you may only need to change your oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. Some models don't require an oil change more frequently than every 15,000 miles; synthetic oil can help your engine last longer, and may even allow car owners to go up to 20,000 miles between changes. If you're changing your oil too frequently you’re simply wasting money and oil.

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October 10, 2016

A Lesson on #CrushingIt With Lisa Copeland

Lisa_Copeland_headshotHappy birthday to Lisa Copeland! We're so thankful to call this amazing woman a friend to AskPatty. A pioneer in the field of automotive marketing and management for more 25 years, Lisa is also a sought-after speaker and a prolific writer.

Until just about six months ago, Lisa was the managing partner of Fiat of Austin, an award-winning Texas dealership that has been the all-time number one Fiat retailer in North America since the brand returned to the U.S. in 2011. But earlier this year, Lisa turned in her keys to the dealership to write a book, speak around the world, and to help businesswoman and men "FEAR.LESS" through programs she has developed at

And, as if that wasn't enough, Lisa has also taken on a new role as Chief Marketing Officer for "Empowering a Billion Women" (, a financial literacy company that's working in 72 countries around the world to give women technology, education, and a powerful network to succeed as leaders and entrepreneurs.

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AskPatty says Goodbye to our Dear Friend, Holly Reich

Holly_Reich-facebook_photo_by_Holly-13698162_10154381440883675_1828193575124161601_o It was a shocking moment on Thursday morning, when I received an email from my friend Connie Keane at MotorMatters that said “Our friend Holly is dying today. I'm so sick over it.” I was devastated. I knew that Holly had been fighting cancer in the last year, but I had no idea it had become so dire. I also didn’t know that this was the fifth time in 20 years that Holly had faced this horrible disease.

Holly Reich was a fellow automotive journalist. I have been reading and editing her content for nearly a decade, but in the last few years, we became much better friends. It is because of this friendship that I have struggled with publishing this tribute to her; I just can't bear to say goodbye to this lovely woman.

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Contest: Win a @Ford #Raptor and #Mustang GT!

AmericanMuscle_contest-Ford_Mustang-Ford_raptor-sWho doesn't love a contest? And any contest is automatically awesome when the prize is not just one, but two vehicles (a racecar and a truck to tow it to the track), and doesn't require a purchase to enter or win?

American Muscle is giving away the ultimate $100,000 prize package including an 850+ horsepower supercharged 2015 Ford Mustang GT; a custom aluminum tilt racing trailer; a brand-new, unreleased 2017 Ford Raptor; an extra set of drag wheels/tires; and all of the tools and gear you'll need for a day on the track.

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October Doesn't Have to be Scary: Selling a USED Car


Have you decided that it’s time to part ways with your beloved (or not so beloved) used car?

Perhaps you're ready to get into something better or maybe you’re moving and you just can’t take it with you. Whatever your reason, there are a few things you’ll want to know as you’re getting ready to sell your car.

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October 07, 2016

How Heel-And-Toe Downshifting Helped Me Find My Inspiration

KW-finding_my_inspiration_with_JoanWe all have someone who inspires us in life, or at least, I hope everyone does. Someone who inspires us makes us want to be a better person or makes us hope that we can be like them when we get older.

One of the jobs I have -- in addition to teaching women about taking care of their cars -- is coaching new and experienced drivers in their Porsches at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) in Bowmanville, Ontario. Located about one hour east of Toronto, his track is a “bucket list” track for many people to experience and it’s one that I spend probably 30 days a year at, which is a lot considering we have winter almost five months of the year. Mosport is steeped in history as it used to hold Formula One races in the 1960’s; it’s fast, has 10 turns, and has many elevation changes. Not for the faint of heart.

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