Auto Technician Certification Group Recognizes April as National Car Care Month

Release date: 3/28/2017

Preventive Maintenance Pays Dividends, Notes ASE

Leesburg, Virginia, March 28, 2017 - The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the group that tests and certifies automotive technicians, joins others in the industry in recognizing April as National Car Care Month. 

“April is the perfect time for car owners to take their vehicles in for servicing,” says ASE President Tim Zilke. “You can undo the wear-and-tear of winter driving while getting the family car ready for the summer months ahead.”

ASE notes that vehicle owners who keep on top of maintenance and service schedules can extend the life of their vehicles, will see better gasoline mileage, and should rest easier, knowing that they have lessened the odds of a mechanical breakdown. Additionally, a well-maintained car can command a higher resale or trade-in price.  “There’s no downside to routine car care,” adds Zilke.

For help in choosing a repair shop, ASE suggests consumers do their homework by asking friends and co-workers for recommendations, as well as consulting local consumer groups. They also suggest looking for a neat, well organized facility, with vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to their own and modern equipment in the service bays. Once inside, ASE notes that car owners should look for signs of professionalism such as civic, community, or customer service awards. Additionally, consumers should look for evidence of qualified technicians:  trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work, and ASE Certification of the technicians. Full details on how to select a repair facility plus other tips for consumers can be found at www.ase.com/drivers, ASE’s new webpage for drivers.

National Car Care Month was created to educate vehicle owners about the importance of routine maintenance and preventive car care. Visit www.carcare.org for more info.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. ASE Certified technicians wear blue and white ASE shoulder insignia and display credentials listing their exact area(s) of certification. Their employers often display the blue and white ASE sign. Visit www.ase.com for more information.

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