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October 03, 2014

Women Auto Know: October is Car Care Month

Stockfresh_1122941_woman_repairing_engine-sNot only is October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also Car Care Month. As a woman having worked in the automotive industry for more than 25 years I'm aware of the importance of regular maintenance to my car's longevity, as well as my own routine health exams.

Planning ahead for October Car Care Month, I'd like to remind you of the importance of regular maintenance on your vehicle. If you want to get the most mileage out of your car, along with the best fuel-efficiency, and avoid costly repairs down the line, then you should schedule regular inspections and maintenance.

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October 01, 2014

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Service Centers go PINK for October

Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-go_PINK_-leadValvoline Instant Oil Change’s largest franchisee, Henley Enterprises, Inc., has partnered with AutoTex PINK for the third year, to raise funds and increase awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. during the month of October.

Although AutoTex Pink wipers are regularly available at all 200 participating VIOC locations in 12 states across the country, as well as other AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Retail Outlets, a select few VIOC locations will be showcasing their support in an extra special way for VIOC’s second annual “Pink Out Day” on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

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September 29, 2014

Cupholder Counts from Toyota on National Coffee Day

Toyota_National_coffee_DayWhat comes from beans and offers an aroma more addictive than new car smell? Yes, coffee. It’s National Coffee Day, and Toyota is honoring this pleasing beverage by celebrating the king of all coffee cup holders – the car.

What’s the level of “caffeination” one can achieve?

Well, if you're driving (or shopping for) a Toyota, here are your options:

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September 26, 2014

September is National Preparedness Month: Is Your Car Ready if Disaster Hits?

Holiday_Travel_Tips-driving_snow-TrueCar_pricing-Thinkstock_140452175Whether it’s an earthquake, flood, riots, or the proverbial “Zombie Apocalypse,” would your car be ready if you had to leave at a moment’s notice? If you were stranded in your car in a freak snowstorm, would you be prepared?  September is National Preparedness Month, and besides making sure your home is properly stocked for emergencies, AskPatty joins with The Car Care Council to remind drivers about the importance of having a well-stocked emergency kit in the car.

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September 24, 2014

Have You Ever Participated in a Riddle Road Rally?

THE_SEXTANT_GROUP-10TH_ANNUAL_ROAD_RALLY-funcarA contest of precision, road rally participants receive a series of instructions filled with riddles and puzzles that lead drivers and navigators on a specific route. The course is planned to be completed in a set time, and the goal is to finish in as close to that precise time and mileage as possible.

The “riddle rally” is not your typical race – it involves solving clues to decipher a route, driven at legal speeds on public roads. Smart phones and GPS can be dangerous tools!  The RR is deliberately designed so that the info found on a GPS or smart phone can be extremely misleading.

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September 22, 2014

“The Light Shift” Ad Campaign To Illuminate Night Workers Launches At Sylvania 300 Race Event

Sylvania-The-light-shiftYou may call it the graveyard shift, third shift, or night shift, but the folks at Sylvania Automotive Lighting call it “The Light Shift.” Because people with different professions and hobbies share the road every night, expecting to arrive safely at their destination, Sylvania Automotive Lighting has created a new advertising campaign to 'shine a light' on those travelers and the important role headlights play in their travel.

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September 19, 2014

Nissan Celebrates ‘National Drive Electric Week’ With More Than 60,000 U.S. Leaf Owners

2014_drive_electric_week-ATL-4To celebrate National Drive Electric Week, held this year from September 15 to 21, Nissan is the exclusive automotive sponsor for more than 130 grassroots events scheduled for markets across the U.S. and abroad.

National Drive Electric Week, formerly National Plug In Day, started in 2011 as a series of local events aimed at spreading the word about plug-in vehicles. The annual event, which is organized by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, attracted more than 35,000 participants at nearly 100 local gatherings in 2013.

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September 17, 2014

When It Is Safe For A Child To Use A Seatbelt? 9 Out Of 10 Are Doing It Wrong!

National_Child_Passenger_Safety_Week-NHTSA_photoAs part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Worldwide has released a new study that finds an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough. 

The study’s shocking results reveal nine out of ten parents move their child from booster seat to seat belt before their child is big enough to be safety protected by the belts.

The report, “Buckle Up: Booster Seats,” funded in part by a $2 million grant from the General Motors Foundation, is based on a national online survey of 1,000 parents of children ages 4 to 10. The study found seven in ten parents don’t know that a child should be at least 57-inches tall (4-feet 9-inches)  to ride in a car without a booster seat.

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September 15, 2014

Great Tips to Get Your Car Tailgate Ready for the Big Game

Apw_tailgating_tipsFootball season is here! Don't know what kind of football fan you are, but an estimated $35 billion is spent on tailgating annually, according to I'm not even a huge fan, but even I recently spent an entire Saturday with the big screen TV continuously tuned to college football games. 

Football fans are serious about their tailgating fun. A recent study by The Tailgating Institute revealed that 42% of tailgaters spend more than $500 a season on food and other supplies, and the majority of that food is prepared right at the stadium.

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September 12, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for September 2014

So much is happening in September! The kids have gone back to school and football and tailgating season is underway. We’ll be celebrating National Drive Electric Week from September 15 to 21 and Child Passenger Safety Week from September 14 to 20, 2014. On top of these September themes, AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners are involved in a diverse selection of activities, and are offering a great variety of special female friendly programs for September.


AutoTexPINK_windshield_wiper_bladesAutoTexPink Wiper Blades: Just in time to help WIPE OUT Breast Cancer in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Even though October Breast Cancer Awareness month is next month, AutoTexPink reminds everybody that breast cancer happens every day. AutoTexPink is committed to partnering with our customers to raise breast cancer awareness and increase breast cancer support for important research and education efforts.

Car Dealers, Part Warehouses, Tire Dealers, Collision Centers, Quick Lubes and auto repair shops can become an AutoTex PINK Wiper Blade Distributor. From every purchase, 10 percent goes to the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation (in USA) and to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (in Canada).


Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-BurbankValvoline Instant Oil Change Hosts PINK OUT Day
As a part of their month-long promotion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores nationwide will be participating in a “Pink Out” day on October 2nd. “Pink Out Day is a visual event for a very visual product.” The product, of course, is AutoTex PINK Wiper Blades, and they will be taking automotive retailers nationwide by storm this October. The goal of these wipers is to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer,” and they're following through on that promise by donating 20% of every blade sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Sign up here to get started!


GLFCU_CCC_SaveTheDate2014Great Lakes Credit Union to host their 3rd annual "Cars, Chicks and Cupcakes."

"Ladies only" are invited to attend this upscale, fun-filled event being held at the Gurnee Mills Telemundo Entertainment Stage on Saturday October 25th from 2pm to 4pm to learn about all aspects of the retail automotive market, along with a little bit of fashion, raffles, swag bags...AND MORE!

GLCU will host a panel of female automotive experts, who will speak about:

• Navigating the Dealership
• How to Get the Best Financing Deal
• What to Know About Tire Care
• Car Maintenance and Collision Repair, and
• Keeping Your Car Insurance Rates Down for Yourself and your Teen Driver.

Don’t wait, seats are limited!


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AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:



A & H Automotive of Delray Beach, Florida

Routine brake inspections are essential to safe driving and maintaining your vehicle. A&H Automotive has shared an infographic sharing eight signs to help you know when you need a brake inspection; If you're experiencing  drag, puling, hard pedal action, brake light on the dash, vibration, noise, low-pedal response, or grabbing when braking you should have your brakes checked. 





Aero_auto_repairAero Auto Repair of San Diego, California

It’s always a little scary when the Check Engine Light appears on a vehicle’s dash. Most of the time, the gas cap simply needs to be tightened. But when that doesn’t make the light go out, what do you do next? Aero Auto Repair is offering a free Check Engine Light Scan to help concerned customers.


Hillside_AutoP_Repair_2014votedbest-mastheadHillside Auto Repair of Torrance, California

Hillside Auto Repair has been voted as the BEST Independent Auto Repair in the South Bay by the Daily Breeze for the second year in a row! "Today’s cars are built to last 200,000 miles plus and will do so if properly maintained,” said owner Dave Carney, “and finding the right shop that you can trust is part of the equation to a well maintained car.”  Hillside Auto Repair specializes in preventive maintenance on all makes and models of cars.  And now, Hillside Auto Repair specialized service for hybrid vehicles.


TPS Customer Appreciation Flyer



TPS Tire & Auto of Brunswick, Ohio

TPS Tire & Auto is celebrating their annual customer appreciation day on September 20th, featuring free food and great prizes, a car show with race cars and military vehicles, how to demonstrations and free vehicle inspections, a car care clinic, and much more!! Don't miss it!



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