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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781580054362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054362
  • ASIN: 1580054366
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Essential Car Care for Women is a great tool to have as it explains virtually everything the everyday driver might come across on the road. It's a must-have addition to your emergency car care kit."
Danica Patrick, IndyCar Series winner and NASCAR driver

"Explanations of automobile systems are concise and clear. The emphasis is on the important bits—what owners should do to keep their vehicle in good condition and when to turn it over to a professional. Emergency fixes and how to buy a new or used car round out this nifty manual. VERDICT This is a good update for Julie Sussman & Stephanie Glakas-Tenet’s Dare To Repair Your Car. As it lacks an overwhelming amount of mechanical instruction, this book proves useful and approachable. It will appeal to high school to adult audiences, male or female, though guys may be leery of the pink cover. Very strongly recommended."—Library Journal, starred review

About the Author

Jamie Little is the NASCAR pit reporter for ESPN/ABC. She hosts a variety of TV and live events, and is well known on the NASCAR, Indy, and motocross scenes. She lives in Las Vegas.

Danielle McCormick is a self-taught car expert and the author of the best-selling U.K. title Essential Car Care for Girls. She lives in Campbell, California.

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Must read for every female (and male) car driver/owner.
Deltareviewer
This book is really all you need to understand how cars work; definitely enough to ask your mechanic good questions until you understand what he's telling you.
Rod Schenker
He thought the book was well written and would recommend it for the average woman.
Susan Campbell

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rod Schenker on March 31, 2013
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At first I thought it was a little sexist to have a car book 'for women' but realized it's just a great intro to car engines, transmissions, brakes, etc., that doesn't assume the reader knows any jargon to begin with. (Okay there is a lot of pink and purple in the graphics -- which apart from that are excellent!) Most women just didn't spend their childhood hanging out with dad in the garage. This book is really all you need to understand how cars work; definitely enough to ask your mechanic good questions until you understand what he's telling you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robb Walters on March 3, 2013
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Although it's a little embarrasing to admit as a man, I don't really know much about cars and car maintenence. I've occasionally been lucky enough to have a friend or relative help me out, but more often I take it to a mechanic and wished for the best. I've never been armed with the information needed to make informed decisions and, most of all, know what's really required (vs. when I'm being taken advantage of).

This book solved that.

Now, while I may not start doing all of my own maintenence, I do feel confident about what work is reasonable (and around what price), what services are rip-offs and, most importantly, I know that I'm not going to line the auto shop's pockets with money due to my ignorance.

Do yourself a favor, ladies or guys, and get this book so you can stop getting ripped off!!! When I read it, I recognized the times I had been gullable and was suckered. It makes me mad still, but it won't happen again!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deltareviewer VINE VOICE on May 24, 2013
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This is a great introduction to car care. The information is basic and focused on women so that they can make sure their cars are well maintained. Understand how your car works, knowing the language of the car industry, general maintenance, buying and selling a car, how to drive in inclement weather and so much more. Must read for every female (and male) car driver/owner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed G on June 9, 2013
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When I sent this to my daughter at her college, her three roommates (all car owners) initially derided it as sexist, "a car book for us stupid girls who know nothing about mechanical stuff...right!"

Later than evening, as my daughter was reading it in their common room she noted out-loud some points about automobiles about which she was unaware. Soon the other three were over her shoulder reading the notes and looking at the diagrams. Two of them ordered it from Amazon that night. A few days later, a guy friend of my daughter--who is quite knowledgeable about autos--kidded her about it when he saw it in the car. She recited a few facts from the book that he didn't know. He asked if he could borrow it--just "to look".

Bottom line: this is an intelligent book for women who need to know about automobiles but are not particularly interested in doing the intricate repairs or upgrades themselves, just the basic care. But it describes all the processes well so they can make good decisions when discussing issues with a mechanic or car repair center. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Engineer on March 2, 2014
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I got this book for my daughter, who is clueless when she goes to a mechanic and sometimes gets taken advantage of I suspect. Frankly, I'm a little turned-off by the title of the book, as it seems sexist. Car care is car care...for men or women. Do women get electric cars and men get gasoline cars or something?
Looking through the book myself though, it's good information for, well, anyone :)
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This book is well-written, informative, and has plenty of pictures and illustrations to help explain things. I only wish it was a little longer or maybe had a more detailed follow-up book. It covers a lot for an introduction, but I do wish it had a list of things to check before a road trip. There was also a little too much pink for me and I felt as though the amount of jewelry on the women while they were caring for their cars was unsafe.
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By NJ Grandmother on June 20, 2014
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Everything in book was a great help to my daughter!
I would tell every women to buy the book! It the best book out there to learn about cars!!!
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I have a good mechanic. I did not think I should know anything about car care. Also, I have no interest in automobiles. Then the local library purchased this book and I wanted to get my own copy. The things I should know are all in there.
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