This Saturday, November 28, 2020, marks the tenth anniversary of Small Business Saturday®. First observed in 2010, American Express supports small businesses during the holiday shopping season – and, now, throughout the year – to keep local communities strong. The automotive service and repair industry is no exception. Auto repair and service businesses play a critical role in their communities. And, they have done so since the advent of the automobile over 100 years ago. When a search for ‘auto repair near me’ leads you to Openbay, you will connect with a local auto repair business delivering the highest quality auto care and going the extra mile to support their community.
Openbay recently surveyed the top automotive service professionals on Openbay marketplace on how they support their local communities. Here are the top 6 ways automotive service businesses on Openbay keep their local community strong.
1 – Giving Back to Those Who Serve
Local automotive service leaders make car care more affordable for those who serve their community. Clients include those in law enforcement, healthcare, active and former military service, and more.
For example, Joseph Jingho, Owner of Jhingo Auto Werks in Hyattsville, MD offers discounts on services to vehicle owners serving the community. This includes customers in the medical, education, law enforcement, and rescue fields. Jerry Coia, Owner of Jerry’s Auto Repair in Philadelphia, PA shares his business has “been here since 1968, and we offer special prices for city and health workers, and local schools.”
2 – Helping Others in Need
Local automotive service businesses help those in need. They generously donate to their local communities by supporting local charities and organizations. In addition, they donate their own time and services to those who need it most.
Bill Baxter, Owner and Manager of ProTech Autocare in Cincinnati, OH leads his automotive service business’s charitable work: “Each holiday we run a “Fill The Bus” event. We place a school bus we own out in front of our shop with a banner on it. Then, we collect toys and food items from now through the Christmas season. We donate the toys to a local church and to the Ronald McDonald Foundation. And, we donate all of the food items to the local church that has a food pantry that disperses the food with the help of St. Vincent DePaul. We did a similar drive when Covid was at its peak in our area, and a lot of people were out of work. We collected over 1,000 pounds of food donations and one of our vendors awarded us a $1,000 check to support our cause.”
Another example is from Johnny Cinque, Owner of Johnny’s Auto Repair in Philadelphia, PA. He generously makes auto repair more affordable for local families who may be experiencing financial constraints.
3 – Taking Extra Steps to Keep Clients Safe and Healthy
Local automotive service businesses take extra steps to keeping the local community healthy and safe, especially now. This recent article shares 6 best practices implemented by automotive service centers on Openbay during Covid-19.
Derek Tinder, Owner of AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care of Walnut Creek, ensures his team takes extra steps to keep clients safe during the pandemic. They “provide the assurance to our customers that their cars are properly repaired and well-maintained.”
4 – Doing Business with Other Local Businesses
Another way automotive business leaders create a strong local economy is by advertising with local businesses. These leaders also feature other local businesses to their own clients.
Hector Duarte, Owner of H.A.D Automotive makes it a priority for his business to “support local small businesses in our neighborhood. This is in addition to providing reliable, quality service and repairs at reasonable prices.”
5 – Training the Next Generation of Automotive Service Professionals
Automotive service businesses invest in the future and make time to train the next generation automotive service professionals.
One example is from Bob Chandler, Service Director of Colonial Ford of Marlboro in Marlborough, MA. He shares that his team is proud to “promote local events and support our local trade schools.”
6 – Delivering Quality Automotive Service and Repair ‘Near Me’ Every Time
Finally, local automotive service businesses deliver the highest-quality automotive repair and maintenance service to keep clients satisfied and the community moving.
As Greg Vap, Owner of Meineke Car Care Center in Overland Park, KS states: “We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality essential services to keep our community vehicles on the road.”
From Austin, TX to Zephyrhills, FL, Openbay marketplace features thousands of qualified automotive service professionals who deliver quality car maintenance and repair services and support their local communities. Click here to get started.