The program was developed by ASA Northwest to improve vehicle and driving safety during the fall and winter months. Member shops volunteer to provide free vehicle inspections and are often assisted by local automotive technology students. Vehicle owners can also have faulty exterior bulbs and headlamps replaced or charged at no cost, with the exception of unusual or exotic installations.
On Oct. 6, ASA Northwest’s Pierce County Chapter held its Annual Lights-On event at the South Hill parking lot behind Sears and Red Robin.
According to Pierce County Chapter President Dan DeBusk, “We had a great turnout this year and no rain. About 30 volunteers came out to join us, including students from both Clover Park Technical College and Green River College, along with ASA shops.
“We could not have been so successful with this event without the help and sponsorship from Seattle Automotive Distributing for providing all the lights needed to help the public. We would like to thank LKQ Corporation for the sponsorship of our breakfast and lunch for the volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this event so successful.”
The association’s Whatcom Chapter also held its Lights-On event on Oct. 6 in the Bellingham High School parking lot with around 30 people volunteering from eight shops, seven students from Bellingham Technical College, their instructor, two allied members and two representatives from Bellingham NAPA Auto Parts who supplied the bulbs.
Whatcom Chapter representative Pete Harksell stated, “We had a wonderful day of sunshine with lots of help. We had vehicles lining up at 8:30 a.m., and we inspected the 105 vehicles that came through our lines between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with 73 of them needing bulbs. We replaced about 135 bulbs.
“All in all, it was a good day [with] good food, lots of help and lots of cars. Wes Anderson provided lunch, and Wynns/WesMar supplied donuts and coffee for us along with gift cards for our students from BTC. April from AutoZone helped direct traffic, assisted in our advertising, arranged for a coat drop-off through the fire department and also donated gift cards to the students. Andy Jewell Insurance sponsored the radio show, 'In The Shop,' who were onsite for the first hour of our event, and Unifirst provided the shop coats. Thank you to all who helped.”
For more information about ASA Northwest, visit asanorthwest.com.