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April 27, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Go Waterless


Whether you drive a shiny new hybrid or a dependable old clunker, consider #DrivingDirty.

This is important, especially if you live in drought-ridden California: Between the gallons of water you use to soap up your sponges and the fresh water flowing unrestricted from your garden hose, washing your car at home can use between 80 and 140 gallons of water.

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April 26, 2016

Pack Mentality: Tips for Traveling with a Pet


Millions of Americans recognize that dogs are wonderful companions and bring their furry friend along on their travels. Michael Morgan of Seattle is one of them, and he has a very simple rule when it comes to travel: If his dog Myles, a 25-pound Puggle, isn’t welcome, neither is he.

Morgan is among the 62 percent of Americans who own at least one pet, according to the Humane Society of the United States, and thanks to the collective $50 billion they spend annually on their four-legged family members, destinations once off limits now welcome well-behaved pets.

In fact, a study performed by AAA and Best Western International revealed more than half of U.S. dog and cat owners said they take their cats and dogs when they travel. So whether you’re planning a scenic fall color tour, a holiday sojourn to relatives, or a summer road trip, Chevrolet is sharing these tips to make your travels more pet-friendly.

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Do You Need A New Vehicle: Have You Really Thought This Out?

Woman_with_car_keys-90278446We have read and heard a lot recently about the “how tos” of selecting, buying, and financing a vehicle, and can enjoy the developing awareness on how women can make the best of visiting a dealership and avoid being taken advantage of in transactions.

From our beginning, AskPatty has considered this information as vital to the education and assistance of women buying vehicles, as well as the dealerships with which they deal.

But there are even more basic thoughts about procuring a vehicle that we tend to gloss over in our excitement to get a vehicle. These fall under the categories of “Why.”  If you're considering buying a vehicle, either new or used, then here are some questions that we strongly suggest you study and approach honestly:

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April 25, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Park Green


Park in the shade or a garage whenever you can.

The cooler you can keep your car while it's parked, the less fuel you need to use to run the air conditioning to cool it off when you start driving again. Parking in a garage also decreases the energy needed to warm up on cold winter mornings. If you can't park in the shade, consider using an electric or solar car fan, or a reflective windshield shade to help keep your car's interior more comfortable.

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April 22, 2016

#ToyotaGiving and VH1 Help Music Education Get a Second Spin

Toyota-VH1-save_the_musicLast fall Toyota and VH1 Save The Music Foundation brought music education to LaPlace Elementary, a New Orleans area school. This year they will do the same for another deserving school.

Launching at Stagecoach in Indio, California on April 29, and continuing at five additional events across the United States, Toyota will have an interactive activation running throughout the festival season. Festival stops include Stagecoach, Country 500, Sasquatch, Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. (The complete schedule including dates can be found at the end of this article.)

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AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Properly Recycle and Dispose of Car Parts and Fluids


Motor oil, batteries, and tires should all be recycled.

Most repair shops engage in proper recycling and disposal of toxic fluids and products such as used oil, car tires, and batteries. If you take the DIY approach, be sure you do, too! Check out the Environmental Protection Agency recycling website for helpful information about disposing of car waste -- like used oil, batteries, and tires -- properly.

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April 21, 2016

Spring Maintenance Tips

Spring_maintenance_tipsWhen you put away the winter coats and salt bags, it’s also time to prepare your vehicle for spring, summer, and fall.

April is National Car Care Month, so now's the time to spend a little time and money on some simple maintenance jobs, and it will save you big money and hassle all year.

Check your tires: Even if your car has a tire-pressure monitor, it is a good idea to check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated tires, even a few pounds that won’t trigger your dashboard monitor, will cause premature wear and harm fuel economy.

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April Showers No Match for Buick’s New Cascada Convertible

Buick_Cascada_Water_TestingIt's been said "April showers bring May flowers." We all love flowers in the garden, but convertible owners don't want it to rain inside their car.

How does Buick ensure the 2016 Cascada convertible will stay dry when April showers come calling? By making it rain on the assembly line, assuring cloudbursts will be no match for Cascada's convertible top.

Specialized water test booths, located at the end of Cascada’s assembly line,  allow freshly built cars to roll off the line and into testing. Each booth has at least 124 individual nozzles, which will quickly immerse the Cascada in a miniature rainstorm for 10 minutes.

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April 20, 2016

Your New Car Buying Guide

New_car_buyers_guideThere’s a lot more to buying a new car than deciding on the color, style, make, model, and price.

So you found a car you love? Great! Buying your new car should be fun. It’s all the stuff that comes before and after that decision that can often gum up the works.

Question Everything:

When you’re buying a new car, absolutely ask tons of questions. Not sure which questions to ask? You probably know at least one “car person” who understands everything there is to know about cars and car buying. Social scientist Malcolm Gladwell calls this someone the Maven—the person who has info on a wide array of products, who saves coupons, who wants to share knowledge with others. Try to identify some mavens in your life and ring ‘em up.

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AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Reduce Air Conditioner Use / Close Windows


Cranking up the air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by as much as 13% to 21%.

If the weather’s nice, you might be tempted to roll down the windows instead, but this can decrease your vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency when traveling at highway speeds. If you're toodling through town, roll them down; if you're flying on the freeway, the Consumer Energy Center recommends you use the flow-through ventilation instead of rolling down the windows.

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