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Essential Car Care for Women [Paperback]

Jamie Little , Danielle McCormick
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Book Description

Feb. 26 2013
Despite the many advances women have made since the internal combustion engine was invented, there is still one widely held belief that won't seem to go away: that when it comes to cars, women should just leave it to the men. In 'Essential Car Care for Women,' ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little and Discovery Channel Turbo Expert" Danielle McCormick team up to dispel this myth once and for all-and to offer the indispensable, hard-won advice women need to buy, sell, and care for their cars with confidence.

With this handy guide, women will learn how to save themselves money by performing basic-but essential-maintenance tasks on their own. Little and McCormick explain what an alternator, regulator, distributor, and timing belt are; how to change a tire, recharge a flat battery, check the oil, and assess tire pressure; what to do when a car breaks down or when an accident occurs; how to buy a car without being taken advantage of; and more. Straightforward and easy to follow-and including simple step-by-step diagrams and pictures to help along the way- 'Essential Car Care for Women' is the ultimate handbook to everything a woman should know about her set of wheels.

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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

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad title good book June 6 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I think the title is a bit sexist as I know a lot of men who are automotive idiots that could really benefit from this book. Still a good read for anyone. It should say car care for beginners but I guess they are trying to have a catchy title.

I have worked on cars and all kinds of equipment for years and I found it to have excellent descriptions of how the thing actually works. It fills the gap a lot of books leave by providing the basics of how the car mechanically functions.

Then again I am bit old school when it comes to cars as I think (gasp) that someone driving a 1500kg piece of hurtling steel and glass down the road at 100km/hr should have some clue as to how it works.

This book also goes a long way to arming yourself when you have to make the dreaded visit to the shop when you car needs work. If you read this book you will quickly know when someone is really trying to rip you off.

Good book for anyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just for women! March 3 2013
By Robb Walters - Published on
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!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone who wants to understand cars March 31 2013
By Rod Schenker - Published on
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my college-aged daughter, even her roommates bought extra copies! June 9 2013
By Ed G - Published on
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Car Care May 24 2013
By Deltareviewer - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! June 20 2014
By NJ Grandmother - Published on
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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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