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National Car Care Month moves to April

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National Car Care Month has been moved from October to April because "recent consumer reasearch shows that springtime resonates better with motorists," says Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council.

"Warmer weather and visions of the family auto vacation inspire consumers to work on their vehicle or take it to a service facility," White says.

During April, many repair facilities and automotive parts stores will join businesses, civic groups, local radio stations and others to sponsor free vehicle inspections.

These events, called Vehicle Check Lanes, will be held in parking lots at shopping malls, schools, businesses and other highly visible locations.

The inspections will include volunteers checking fluid levels, tires, lights and other system components. After the inspection is completed, the volunteers review any discrepancies with the motorist and provide information about proper maintenance and repair. The goal of these check lanes is to help motorists learn how to "Be Car Care Aware."

Car Care Council statistics show that 77% of the vehicles brought to the check lanes are in need of some type of repair or maintenance.

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