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April Car Care Event 2012

NATA Members Step Up to Perform Free Vehicle Inspections throughout Oregon in April

March 22, 2012

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Results of vehicle inspections held at community car care events across the country during Car Care Months in April and October 2011 reveal that 84 percent of vehicles need service or parts, the highest percentage in five years, according to the Car Care Council. The unsatisfactory condition of vehicles reflects the current economic climate and reinforces the continued need for consumer education about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair. Northwest Automotive Trades Association has teamed up with the Car Care Council to celebrate April Car Care Month in 2012, offering free vehicle inspections toOregon's motoring public. "In the spirit of consumer education, and driver safety, NATA members are ready, willing and able to step up and participate in the 'no-sell,' free vehicle inspection events throughout our state," said Barbara Crest, NATA's executive director.

The Gr8nw Autocare Group, with the aid of Sunset Auto Parts is coordinating two of these Car Care events. One event will be held atHillsboroHigh School,3285 SE Rood Bridge Road and the other will be atScappooseMiddle School,52265 S. Columbia River Hwy. Both events will be held April 21st and run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event atHillsboroHigh School will match the seasoned automotive technicians of the Gr8nw Autocare Group withHillsboroHigh school automotive program students to perform the vehicle inspections. The high school just completed a successful drive to fund the automotive program and instructor in the upcoming school year, with contributions and donations from students atSt. HelensHigh School, among others.

High school automotive programs, like the one at Hillsboro High, are imperative to the nation's future supply of skilled automotive technicians. The student's exposure to the field of automotive repair in high school will help guide them in their future career choices. The Gr8nw Autocare Group is considering setting up a scholarship with 2 of the local colleges to help defray some of the education costs of future technicians in this area.

“During an uncertain economy, some motorists think they will save money by putting off needed vehicle maintenance,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “What they don’t realize is that neglecting routine maintenance can end up costing a lot more in the long run. These results demonstrate the importance of consumer education as the lack of proper vehicle maintenance can greatly impact highway safety, air quality, cost operation, and vehicle performance and dependability.”

An analysis of vehicle inspection forms, submitted by volunteers who conducted a record number of car care events in 2011, found the following problem areas:

Many of the businesses and groups planning inspection events for National Car Care Month in April have posted them on the new event finder on the council’s website. For more information on finding a local event, visit www.carcare.org or www.aboutnata.org

Northwest Automotive Trades Association is a not-for-profit member aftermarket association founded in 1917. The NATA Code of Ethics seeks to uphold the high standards of our profession while providing high quality repairs and services to the motoring public in Oregon and southwest Washington.

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The day was a rare beauty.

A great big THANK YOU to all the technicians, shop owners, high school students and their instructor for giving up their sunny saturday to help the motoring public increase their car care awareness.

We inspected 36 cars this time and expect to do double that next April.

The High School students were instrumental during the inspections. The stepped up and filled every niche from hanging banners and ballons, setting up tents and then performing the inspections.

I have to give kudo's to their instructor, Mr. Glen Campbell for bringing us such wonderful students to work with.

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