Build it and they will come.
That’s a fitting motto for Marana resident Beverly Hall, who with the assistance of Rick Furrier – son of tire shop businessman Jack Furrier – started a car care clinic years ago to help women, particularly those who are single or widowed, become better educated on vehicle maintenance.
The idea came about after Hall’s husband of 34 years passed away, leaving the widow feeling vulnerable in several ways, one of which was in car maintenance.
She decided to help others who may be in a similar position, and now the program has ballooned to the point its participants are requesting more advanced classes.
“The growth has been absolutely astronomical,” said Hall, who saw 85 participants in the most recent clinic.
The upcoming clinic, taking place Oct. 8, is designed to basic maintenance tips, tips to avoid spending too much on repairs, how to find a good repair facility and much more.
Hall said she couldn’t be happier with the results to date.
“I can’t tell you how many widows, with tears in their eyes, have thanked me, and told me when their husband died they didn’t know anything about cars, and now they have confidence,” she said.
Since its inception, Hall says the clinic has done what it is designed to do, which in part is to ensure women are not taken advantage of when having their vehicle serviced at a mechanic shop.
In one instance, a car clinic participant was told she needed a new air filter, but thanks to her education at Hall’s clinics, she recognized the shop had removed her three-month-old filter and in its place, installed a worn filter to deceive her.
“You wouldn’t believe what people try to get away with,” said Hall. “They think they can get away with it particularly with women and widows.”
This program has given her and others the chance to fight back.
“It feels awesome to be a part of this clinic,” said Hall, who just as readily passes credit on to Furrier for his role. “One woman said, ‘Your husband must be so proud of you.’ That made me feel so good.”
Car Care Clinic
The next car care clinic will be held on Oct. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11575 N. First Avenue. The event is free, but reservations are required by calling 748-1700, extension 7101.