We often hear from customers how frustrated they are because their vehicle “always seems to be costing money!” Money they don’t have or, had hoped to spend on something more fun.
Preventative maintenance will save you money!
A good way to help keep your vehicle operating affordably and safely is by following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.
There are certain things that will effect all tires the same way. If you are able to recognize common signs of problems with your tires you will be able to fix the problem. This iwll save you money, stress and keep your family safe.
Several years ago, Sherwood Park Alliance Church started their Car Care Ministry. The purpose was to assist people in financial difficulty with repairing their vehicles. It was a community endeavor: the abour, parts and shop space were all donated and the ministry ran twice a year for about 10 years. In 2012 organizers began to see an opportunity.
To create a community mechanic shop where more people and their vehicles could access repairs, learn about their vehicle and receive a boost when they need it. Everyone has needed a “jumpstart” and waited in a parking lot or on the side of the road until someone with jumper cables came by to give their vehicle a boost. This picture is the foundation of our business. A locally owned mechanic shop supported by our community and in turn, giving back to our community.
Our JumpStart Fund has been created because sometimes crisis just happens. No matter how well you care for your car sometimes it just isn’t enough. That’s when we can help. This is our way of giving people in our community a jumpstart!
Our JumpStart Fund is funded through Good News Auto’s profits, customer donations and Sherwood Park Alliance’s continuing support. The whole community working together to make a difference for our community.
Have Jumpstart related questions? We’ve compiled a list of our most common questions to get you started on your Car Care journey.
Good News Auto is a regular retail mechanic shop dedicated to vehicle education and providing financial assistance for vehicle repairs. We recognize balancing vehicles and money is a challenge for customers. We believe there are two things we can offer to help our customers with this balancing act. The first is to offer learning opportunities with our Car Care workshops.
The second is to offer financial assistance when repair costs are overwhelming. This is where our JumpStart Fund comes in. We offer “Learn to Earn” Matched Savings opportunities and safety repair grants to qualified customers.
There are two ways to access our JumpStart Fund:
The first is our “Learn to Earn” Matched Savings for their vehicle maintenance or repairs. This gives customers the opportunity to LEARN about their vehicles and EARN money towards their repairs.
The second is an opportunity for our customers to pay for a safety related repair bill on a sliding scale. The sliding scale takes into consideration income, circumstances and the size of the estimate for the repair. This is a way to assist customers in paying for critical or safety related vehicle repairs. The qualification for this grant is completion of our Car Care workshops or employment.
There is an application process to access the JumpStart Fund. It is the same for Matched Savings and the safety repair grant.
The JumpStart Fund is operated in partnership with Good News Auto and all work is performed by licensed technicians.
Similarly to applying for credit or assistance through any organization we need information to make a decision regarding how we can help. The application process helps us to make an informed decision and make the best use of our resources.
Often customers are not sure what is wrong with their vehicle or there may be more wrong then they are aware of. When we look at the vehicle we ensure that we know all of the safety issues and are able to consider all of these for a JumpStart applicant. The cost is attached because our mechanics still need to get paid at the end of the day and the cost covers their time. The cost of the diagnosis or inspection may be credited back after qualifications are met.
Anyone can apply for our JumpStart Fund. We recognize that everyone comes upon unexpected “detours” in their travels and we want to assist where we can. Customers must be able to demonstrate ability to care for their car on a regular basis (i.e. the ability to afford preventative maintenance and non safety repairs), as well as need (employment, medical, etc.) for a safe and affordable vehicle. People applying for help with a safety related repair bill must be employed or have completed our Car Care workshops.
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