Auto shop offers a class for women

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tom’s Automotive Service will offer a free class next week to help women understand their vehicles better.
The class is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, at the shop on the corner of South Green and Magazine streets.
Jay Robertson of Tom’s said the class will teach women about car parts and manufacturer-recommended maintenance. In addition, Tom’s will serve refreshments and will give away prizes, such as free oil changes and other auto services.
Parts supplier ACDelco will do the presentation, along with Robertson and his crew. Robertson said they’ll discuss things like brake jobs and why you do them. Same thing for alignments. He’ll also demonstrate how to check your vehicle’s oil, how a car fender is painted and how the shop’s computer diagnostics system works.
The class isn’t hands-on, so women don’t have to wear anything special beyond comfortable shoes.
“It will be very clean,” Robertson said. “It’s all watching.”
The class isn’t geared at teaching women how to fix vehicles themselves. It’s geared, he said, at getting them more familiar with common maintenance tasks and why they should do them.
“Women make a lot of the decisions about where to get your car fixed and when,” Robertson said.
Often, he said, he’ll talk with a male customer about a vehicle repair and will be redirected to the man’s wife for the final decision, especially about the extent of the repair.
He said ACDelco has done similar presentations in Memphis and partnered with Tom’s to have one in Tupelo for National Car Care Month, which is in April.
Tom’s will have mechanics, painters and managers at the session so attendees can meet the people who do the work.
While the class is geared at women, Robertson said men are welcome if they want to attend. Participants do not need to RSVP. They should just show up April 21 at the shop.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com

Information
TOM’S AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES will have a free class for women April 21 to teach them about vehicle maintenance. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon.
The class isn’t hands-on, so special attire isn’t necessary.
The shop is at 317 Magazine St. Call (662) 842-7931 for more information. No RSVP is necessary.