Honda Kicks-Off National Car Care Month With Free Vehicle Inspections

Dealers Nationwide Host Car Care Clinics

1/3/2001 6:16:44 AM

Almost 900 Honda dealerships nationwide will provide free Honda vehicle inspections on Saturday, October 7th during Honda's Customer Appreciation Day, to kick-off National Car Care Month.

National Car Care Month is a nationwide effort by businesses, civic groups and others to focus motorists' attention on the need to maintain and repair their cars. It is generally celebrated in October because it is an ideal time for motorists to get their cars ready before winter strikes. However, good maintenance and repair should be practiced regularly throughout the year. National Car Care Month began as a state-wide program -- in Ohio -- promoted by that state's Department of Energy.

"Honda developed its Car Care Clinic because proper vehicle maintenance not only improves performance and safety, but it also saves customer's on future repair bills," explained John Petas, Honda's senior vice president of auto service operations. "In addition to the year-round benefits of proper maintenance, we believe October is the ideal time for owners to prepare their vehicles for winter."

To help customers maintain dependable vehicles and prepare them for winter, participating dealers will offer free 30-minute, 40-point inspections. Honda-trained technicians will perform the inspections and Honda owners will receive detailed, written reports on their vehicle's condition and expert advice on future care and maintenance.

Many dealerships also are offering Honda owners free oil-change coupons, car washes, refreshments, raffles, entertainment and a wide variety of family-oriented activities.

Last year, over 32,000 people at more than 750 dealerships nationwide participated in Honda Car Care Clinics and that number is expected to increase by 40 percent in 2000. In addition to year-round benefits gained from proper maintenance, Honda believes October is the ideal time for motorists to prepare their vehicles for winter weather.

Participating dealerships can be located through Honda's website at