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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (Feb. 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054362
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,006 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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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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This was a pretty decent book! I agree with reviewers that this book could definitely be useful for anyone, not just women. I especially enjoyed the illustrated explanations of different internal components of the vehicle (alternator, engine, drive shaft, etc.). I'm sure this book will come in handy often. Definitely a great book to get for someone who is getting their first vehicle.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa02b6ef4) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a40a44) out of 5 stars It's not just for women! March 3 2013
By Robb Walters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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
HASH(0xa6a40a98) out of 5 stars Perfect For Young Women Starting To Drive Nov. 4 2014
By Persephone Eyebright - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a40d74) out of 5 stars Purchased for my college-aged daughter, even her roommates bought extra copies! June 9 2013
By Ed G. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a40c6c) out of 5 stars Great book for anyone who wants to understand cars March 31 2013
By Rod Schenker - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a40e58) out of 5 stars Now if my daughter will only READ it! March 2 2014
By Michigan Engineer - Published on Amazon.com
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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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