A woman underneath a car might not be a familiar site in your local mechanic shop, but the truth is – this is America! In 2011! Women can be whatever they set their hearts on, be it reality housewife or a Hemi-specialized car mechanic. Female car mechanics do exist, and even though they aren’t a staple feature yet, studies have shown that women who need car repairs done would feel more comfortable taking their vehicles to a female mechanic. Perhaps that’s because of the fear of being price gouged, or maybe it’s simply because women would feel more comfortable asking 101 remedial questions of another chick. Continue reading
The Chevy Cruze Eco
As a single woman who is currently in the market to buy a car, this post is near-and-dear to my heart. I’ve been doing fairly extensive research of late, and to be honest, up until about a month ago, I wouldn’t have given a Chevy a second look. Unless I was thinking of buying a truck for my farm.
All that changed, however, when I went to South by Southwest and was able to snag a ride in a Chevy Cruze with the Catch a Chevy promotion. The driver began to give us a run down on the features that the Cruze offers, but it was the 42 MPG on the Eco that really piqued my interest.
This is the second post in my car maintenance series about the kind of routine work you can expect to have to do on any car. Knowing the what and how will help you know when the work needs to be done, instead of relying on your friendly shirtless mechanic to inform you. Because, seriously, do you want to be peeling off the bills for repairs you know nothing about? Continue reading
There’s a feeling of dread that a woman gets before walking into a mechanic shop. It’s the same feeling she might have before entering a football stadium locker room or a 3-day trout-fishing tournament – trepidation. The distinct feeling that she’s about to get taken for a ride, and not in her freshly repaired vehicle.
Don’t let this happen to you. Here are a few tips to help you brush up on your game before you enter the arena. Continue reading
I’m a commuter and a road-tripper, so I spend a lot of time in my car throughout the month. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this, because there is nothing so American as our love-affair with cars and the open road. That’s how Route 66, with it’s giant balls of twine and biggest frying pans, became such a beloved piece of Americana. Continue reading
Have you ever heard someone refer to a car as a “chick car?” I always find that language hilarious, because what characteristics make a car a “chick car?” Although I wouldn’t hesitate to dump a can of tacky pink paint on an old Dodge Challenger, it’s not like these cars have flower appliques or come with matching handbags. However, that’s what the ridiculous moniker “chick car” seems to imply. Continue reading
Let’s just say you’re in the car-buying market for a vehicle that can schlep more than a few people around. And let’s just say that maybe some of those people are little, like kid size, but you are the last person in the world to hitch up your mom jeans and buy a mini-van. No big, here in the new millennium, we have all kinds of cross-overs in various price ranges that have the resume of a mini-van, with the body of a hot rod. Allow me to introduce you to 5 of the Brad Pitt’s of mini-van alternatives: Continue reading
You know how sometimes, when you go in to get the oil in your car changed, you get that sinking feeling that you are going to be confronted with 1285 different attempts to get you to spend more coin? Sometimes these attempts are even illustrated by a disgustingly filthy filter of some sort in waved in your face. Continue reading