The number of vehicle check-up events held during National Car Care Month in April has doubled in 2014, according to the nonprofit Car Care Council.
The council attributes a portion of the overall increase in National Car Care Month interest to the recent harsh winter weather and the need to address postponed service and repairs.
“During the winter months, many motorists put off needed vehicle maintenance,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
“Many organizations realize that community car care events are a unique opportunity for them to educate motorists about their vehicles’ condition and how postponing routine vehicle maintenance can greatly impact safety, dependability, performance, air quality and operation cost.”
The Car Care Council’s website featured more than a thousand vehicle check-up events held nationwide by repair shops and auto parts stores, as well as vocational schools and other auto care industry organizations.
The free inspections held during these events provide an opportunity for technicians to talk one-on-one with motorists in a fun, non-threatening environment.
An analysis of vehicle inspection forms, submitted by volunteers who conducted car care events last year, found that eight out of 10 vehicles need service or parts. The top problem areas were identified as engine oil and fluids, air filters, brakes, battery cables, belts and hoses.
The Car Care Council offers many free tools on its website to help consumers drive smart, save money and be car care aware, including the 60-page Car Care Guide and a custom service schedule and email reminder service.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information, visit www.carcare.org.