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Pro Auto provides free repairs for five years

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TIMES HERALD | SARAH STORTZ The Pro Auto staff and family adovocates from New Opportunities smiling for a group photo as seen on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Last year, a family drove to Chicago to see their relatives for the first time in a few years during the holidays.

They were unable to go due to their car being too unsafe for the road. However, with the generosity provided by a local car dealership, they were able to make the drive without any worries.

Pro Auto Sales and Service has now gone five years offering its annual Family Service Day, where they work with New Opportunities to identify families in-need of free car repairs.

Knowing how often families travel during the holidays, the team has their Family Service Day the weekend before Thanksgiving to help ease the stress of their clients.

Albina Tigges, a family advocate from New Opportunities, said the holidays are often very costly for the families they work with.

“With transportation being a high need and a high priority, they don’t have the monetary funds to cover all the things that come with the holidays,” Tigges said. “With the help of Pro Auto, they’re able to put back a little bit of this money for the holiday expenses.”

Pro Auto’s two service technicians, Kelly Bauer and Jeremy Brown, will often focus on oil changes, tires, brakes, and lights, making sure the vehicle is safe enough to drive.

This year, Pro Auto helped fix eights cars for their designated families.

Kennedy Thomsen, the marketing and sales representative for Pro Auto, said they try to limit the number of cars so the technicians can give them a thorough inspection.

“We try to schedule them out, give or take, an hour for each [vehicle] and just be thorough, making sure tires are good, brakes are good, belts are good, the major safety stuff, just because that allows the guys to really look over it and feel comfortable looking over it, not having to feel like they’re rushed through the vehicles,” Thomsen said.

Their sponsors for this year’s Service Day were Al’s Corner Oil Co., Arnold Motor Supply, Brincks Exteriors, Commercial Savings Bank, Industrial Bearing Supply Co., Carroll Trusses, Kanne Realty & Insurance Station, Johnston Autostores, Kitt Plumbing & Heating, Western Iowa Pumping, and Tigges Overhead Door.

When he started his business, Owner Bobby Molak said his primary goal was to provide quality pre-owned vehicles as well as quality automotive service.

“We are all very caring people, and we just want to help other people where we can help them,” Molak said. “That’s always been the goal.”

Molak said he acknowledges the great work provided by his staff during Family Service Day.

“This whole process would not be possible without the employees that we have that work with us,” Molak said. “They’re all like family.”

Thomsen shared the same sentiment.

“We’re very lucky in that department, having the guys in the shop that we do,” she said.

Now in their fifth year of Family Service Day, Molak said he hopes to continue the tradition for years to come.

“I think the initial goal was to get our feet wet and to do it first and see what the response was,” Molak said. “The responses have been overwhelming, quite honestly, and so I hope to do it forever.”

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