It’s April 1st and you know what that means – it’s April Fools’ Day! But there’s no foolin’ around when it comes to car care, and the month of April is National Car Care Month.
What is National Car Care Month?
National Car Care Month is a time to get to know the benefits of performing good routine vehicle maintenance. Taking an active role in car care is really the most significant way to avoid costly repairs down the road.
According to Rich White, who is the Executive Director of the National Car Care Council, a non-profit agency and the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign:
“Each year, community car care events routinely identify that consumers are not taking proper care of their vehicles. Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line, either in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value.”
Last year, the results of community car care events held around the country revealed that motorists’ vehicles were in a sad state of neglect, with eight out of 10 vehicles failing at least one component of the vehicle inspection process. Results showed that even with an estimated 20 percent more vehicles inspected in 2009, the overall failure rate remained unchanged from 2008 and 2007.
Not good news at all.
So what can you do? Well, in partnership with the National Car Care Council, volunteers and shops in many areas across the country conduct events throughout the month of April to encourage motorists to take charge and learn more about routine vehicle maintenance by hosting free vehicle check-up events. To find out if an event is being held near you, visit the Event Finder on the National Car Care Council’s web site, CarCare.org.
If there’s not an event in your area, the National Car Care Council offers an easy to read and incredibly handy service schedule, which can help you keep track of When, What and How. This is really a great guide and I encourage everyone to give it a look by clicking here (note: this is PDF).
The National Car Care Council also has a Women’s Board, which awards scholarships to female students who are pursuing an education which will prepare them for a career in the automotive aftermarket industry. The Women’s Board also offers an informative how-to guide for those interested in hosting a Women’s Car Care Clinic. To learn more about either of these opportunities, click here to visit CareCare.org/Women’s Board.
Remember: The vehicle check-up events hosted this month by the National Car Care Council are free, so take advantage of them while you can – and learn good vehicle maintenance habits that will last a lifetime!
image courtesy: National Car Care Council