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Lauren Fix's Guide to Loving Your Car: Everything You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Car and Get On with Your Life Paperback – June 10, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0312370794 ISBN-10: 0312370792 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312370792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312370794
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,413,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I always say you need the right tools to get the job done. I see Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car as the must-have tool for anyone who drives, owns, or is thinking about getting into a new vehicle.  Lauren does an excellent job at making the information relatable and enjoyable for the reader.”                             --Norma Vally, “The Toolbelt Diva” and author of Chix Can Fix

“In her guide to Loving Your Car, Lauren Fix finally reveals the wild details of her lifelong romance. She takes us all ten steps beyond automotive "common sense" - not just with great info but with compelling reasons to use it. You owe it to your wallet, wheels and safety to memorize every word.”
--Tom Corcoran, author of Shelby Mustang and the Alex Rutledge Mystery Series

“Full of powerful information distilled to quick facts on car ownership, Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car is remarkably helpful to veteran car buffs and first-time drivers alike. If knowledge is power, this book is supercharged horsepower in consumer information.”                                                                 --Steve Ford, The Car Guy® and co-host of the nationwide TV show Talk2DIY-Automotive

“Car Coach Lauren Fix is the only auto aficianado to be both passionate and self-aware about her industry. This book serves as the first of many ways for the women of America to unite with her, and learn the Fix way.  Fix instructs, amuses, pooh-poohs, and reflects...all in the best self-help car manual for ladies.”              --Richard Laermer, author, trendSpotting

“Lauren Fix's trailblazing book is  a roadmap to success for you and your automobile!  Finally, a remarkably comprehensive guide that will empower even the most inexperienced driver to confidently make well informed choices regarding their driving experience. Fix's passion gets ignited as she clears the road with this informative and entertaining masterpiece.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines, this is definitely a MUST READ.  Car Coach, Lauren Fix, has done it again!”                                                                   --David Pezzino, Professional Coach and founder of Success Within Reach, Inc.

“This book is the most comprehensive automotive guide I’ve ever read.  It’s an essential part of every car owner’s library. No matter the make of your car, throw away the owner’s manual and put Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car in the glove box.  It’s that good.”                                                                            --Marty Bernstein, contributing editor at American International Automobile Dealers Association

"Lauren is one of the few car people that I trust. She has done it all....wrenching, modifying, building, driving street and race cars. Being a hard charging racer on the track has enabled her to teach others advanced competitive driving techniques (I met Lauren at one of her driving schools). Moreover she has leveraged her vast experience into life changing presentations, motivating others to be all they can be. Lauren walks the talk."                                                                                        --Louis Betstadt, CFP, Senior Financial Advisor and Amateur Racer

About the Author

LAUREN FIX is a nationally recognized TV automotive expert and the host of "Talk 2 DIY Automotive," on the Do-It-Yourself Network. Lauren has been a guest numerous times on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CNN, The Early Show, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, to name just a few. She is the author of several automotive books and articles.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Gidwani on September 16, 2008
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Lauren's spent a life around cars and it shows in the book. She translates and educates about cars and car ownership but does it in a simple and straightforward way rarely seen anywhere else. The book is a very easy read (funny too) with great pictures and tips and made for just about any Car-IQ. Great resource; must-read for a new driver -- may inspire a lifetime of loving cars though...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Royal One on October 20, 2008
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This is a great gift book for anyone: brother, friend,spouse, teenager or a young adult getting a first car. We all have something to learn in this very well laid out and graphically organized book.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NYCatHeart on May 26, 2012
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I first learned of this book a few years ago on a morning talk show. Yes, I'm a guy, but know very little about cars (just not my thing), and thought this would be a good book to have since it was targeted to an audience (yes, mainly women) that really weren't that knowledgeable about cars. Thought perhaps I could pick up on a few things my dad had always tried to teach me! NOPE.

I finally ordered since I found it for next to nothing & it arrived today. I was actually excited to flip thru it & see what I could learn...thinking it would be an easy-to-understand, "relatable" sort of tone. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE MARKETED AS A DRIVERS ED COMPANION. It's full of THE MOST BASIC "drivers ed" type information. I was shocked. There's nothing about CARS (ie: HOW TO change oil, HOW TO check for fill-in-the-blank, HOW TO whatever else you could think of, especially in the line of maintenance.

There's an entire chapter dedicated to "What if" scenarios, most of which you should ALREADY KNOW before you ever drive in the first place (again, drivers ed info). "What if........"
-- I have a traffic accident?
-- I witness an accident?
-- My car catches on fire?
-- My gas pedal sticks while I'm driving?
-- I have to drive in extremely heavy traffic? (honestly?!)
-- and many many more of these ridiculous "what if's."

It also covers BASIC topics like:
-- Selecting your car
-- Paying for the car you buy
--Choosing the right insurance (including "can speeding tickets affect my rates" and "will having a child in college affect my rates?"

If you haven't figured out already, this book is insane. It's only suitable for a 14 year old drivers ed student or similar person. And if you STILL feel compelled to buy this, save yourself the money & ONLY buy it if you can find it practically free!! Just ridiculous.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By inland sailor on November 25, 2010
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This book has pretty much targeted a market of pretty ditzy people.
Some of it is so simple as to be slightly insulting.
If you are really young and don't know a thing about cars.......maybe you could benefit from this book.
Otherwise common sense would prevail and save you the cost of this book.

A few nuggets could be gleaned from this book but not enough to satisfy a frugal book buyer.
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