New York City’s car maintenance program has become a fixture on the road, but car owners in Brooklyn can be just as quick to get a car done as anywhere else in the nation.
Car maintenance classes are a common feature at Brooklyn’s car clubs, and they offer an alternative to paying to have your vehicle inspected.
And while car clubs in other cities such as Boston, Seattle and Miami may have a few of their memberships reserved for car maintenance as well, Brooklyn’s Car Maintenance Club, located at 46 East 44th Street, has been a fixture for more than 30 years.
Car owners, who pay $100 for the class, get to choose their car’s manufacturer and make the car themselves.
They then get to pick from a few types of parts that can be swapped out.
Car owners have the option of using a gas tank, a radiator or an air cleaner.
They can also use a trailer to tow the car to the shop, or a trailer for a rental car.
Car club members also get a set of maintenance tools to help them keep the car running.
There are even tools to replace the radiator if one breaks.
For car owners, that’s a good deal.
The Car Maintenance Program was launched in 1996 by the New York Department of Transportation and has since grown to serve more than 1.6 million New Yorkers, according to its website.
It started with a single car club, but since then, Car Maintenance Clubs in other areas have popped up.
The Bronx’s Car Clubs have long been popular, said Car Maintenance Association of New York president Joe McGovern.
In fact, McGovern said the Bronx’s car club has been around since the mid-1980s.
“If you have a car, you want to maintain it as good as it could be,” McGovern told NBC News.
“And if you can get a Car Maintenance class to do that, that can get you through a tough time.”
He said Car Clubs are a good way to keep cars running on their own terms.
Car clubs can help people find their passion and make a living in a financially challenging time, he said.
“They’re really a way for people to do their jobs and to earn money and be able to put food on the table,” McGov said.
“They’re the best way to do it.”