NCTCOG Partners with Local Auto Shops for Free Clinics


 North Texans can learn basic car care tips throughout April

Contact: Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284
Jason Brown (817) 704-2514

Arlington, Texas) – Spring is here, and as temperatures warm up, many people are thinking about getting their cars in shape for the hot North Texas summer.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is partnering with auto repair shops across the Dallas-Fort Worth area to sponsor free Car Care Clinics during National Car Care Month, recognized each April. Clinics will be held in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Parker and Tarrant counties through April 25.

North Texans who attend a clinic will learn what the check-engine light means, how to monitor fluid levels and other basic maintenance lessons that could help prolong their vehicles’ lives and aid the environment. Many clinics will provide free vehicle checkups. While supplies last, attendees will receive a complimentary vehicle emergency kit, which includes jumper cables, an LED flashlight, basic first aid kit, and manual for basic car troubleshooting and guidance. To find a clinic scheduled near you visit

Proper vehicle maintenance may not only save motorists money on expensive repairs in the future; it can also lead to air quality improvements by reducing emissions and improving fuel economy. Efficiently operating vehicles are especially important to Dallas-Fort Worth as it heads into the peak of ozone season. Ten area counties are in nonattainment for the pollutant ozone, and are working to meet the federal standard, and vehicle emissions are a primary contributor to the formation of ozone pollution.

“Car Care Clinics are a great opportunity for people to learn how their cars work and understand the importance of keeping them maintained,” said Jason Brown, NCTCOG air quality operations manager. “Through this key partnership, we are able to provide a service to the entire region
that will help residents understand the connection between taking care of their car and improving the air we breathe.”

Car Care Month is a nationwide effort sponsored by the Car Care Council that aims to provide information about ways to prolong vehicle life, obtain better gas mileage and minimize emissions.

This is the third time NCTCOG has partnered with local auto repair shops for free clinics. The first round was in October 2013, as part of Fall Car Care Month. Last April, the partnership was renewed at repair shops across the region.

Scheduled Car Care Clinics




Rick’s Automotive & Wrecker Service

6 p.m. April 7

1110 N. Main St.
Cleburne, TX 76033

The Auto Shop

10 a.m. April 11

2560 E. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75074

Oakland Auto Repair

11 a.m. April 11

1228 Oakland Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76103

Christian Brothers

11 a.m. April 14

156 W Interstate Highway 20
Weatherford, TX 76086

Express Car Service

11 a.m. April 18

240 E. Ovilla Road
Red Oak, TX 75154

Heller Automotive

Noon April 18

3104 S. Rigsbee Drive
Plano, TX 75074


4 p.m. April 21

2401 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, TX 75062

Kwik Kar Auto Repair &
Service Center -- Matlock

6:30 p.m. April 23

5333 Matlock Road
Arlington, TX 76018

Barebones Auto Repair

10 a.m. April 25

3826 Market Street
Denton, TX 76209

Starkey’s Service Center

2 p.m. April 25

918 W. Davis
Dallas, TX 75208



About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:

NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit

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