Captivating Auto Shops Offer Special Features for Ladies -- and their Kids!
Nobody relishes the idea of spending hours at the mechanic, in a dirty waiting room sipping stale coffee, and reading last-week’s crumpled newspaper.
Many auto shops and dealerships recognize this, and have taken steps to make their waiting area much more pleasant to their patrons, offering such niceties as designer coffees, comfortable couches, and satellite-equipped HDTV televisions. Some dealerships have even gone so far as to add wireless internet access (http://www.socalmom.net/travelblog/2008/03/good-feng-shui.html) for those who bring their own laptops, or computer terminals for those who are compelled to check their email while their car receives its maintenance and repairs.
Other operators understand the need to cater to their growing female audience, by offering specific days of the week when ladies can be pampered while waiting for their car, with such niceties as manicures (http://askpatty.typepad.com/ask_patty_/2007/03/free_manicures_.html), massages, and other luxuries. This is a growing trend, and we love hearing about female-friendly locations that offer specific “Ladies Day” (http://femalefriendlydealer.askpatty.com/about.php?d=DMD_Honda_of_Frisco) activities for their female clientele.
Well, some dealerships and repair shops have gone even further, improving their waiting areas, not just for the adults and ladies, but for their customers’ offspring as well. AutoInc.com Online has recognized this Maryland-area repair shop for its excellent children’s area. AutoInc.com (http://www.autoinc.org/photo_kids.htm) was happy to declare British American Auto Care as having the “Best Kids’ Play Area,” saying its “children’s area is an inviting place for kids to hang out. The colorful play area – with a half-wall –allows visibility while still keeping youngsters contained from roaming to a potentially busy, entryway/exit door.”
This is just one of AutoInc.’s monthly shop photo contests being held throughout 2008 to recognize shops for their efforts to improve the image of the automotive service industry. Each month, they’ve got a new theme, and invite ASA member shops to submit photos of their favorite shop for consideration. Upcoming themes include Best Men’s Room (May 1 Deadline), Best Ladies’ Room (June 2 Deadline), and Best Bay Area (July 1 Deadline).
Official rules can be found here: http://www.autoinc.org/contestrules.htm The winning photo for each category will be selected by the AutoInc. staff and will be published in future issues of the magazine.
Have you got a favorite shop or dealership? Does it offer some service that makes it especially compelling to take your car there? Give kudos to your favorite shop here and tell us why you find it so fabulous -- or if you’re especially pleased with its ladies room, you can even send a photo of it to photocontest@ASAshop.org.