If you’re like me, bad car karma has a tendency to follow you everywhere you go. Once you’ve found the time and money to repair that leaky oil pan or replace your balding tires, it’s likely a new problem — like faulty brakes or a cracked windshield — will surface soon after.
Scott Welsh, owner of Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma, is in the business of helping people fix their rigs and knows all too well how painful expensive vehicle repairs can be on the average person’s pocketbook. And, as bad fortune would have it, it’s typically the most necessary repairs that are the most expensive.
In an effort to throw something back to the same community that has helped Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma earn its place among the top auto service centers in the country, Welsh is saying thank you by offering up to $1,000 in free auto services to the winner of Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma’s “Repair My Ride” video contest.
In addition to qualifying for a chance to win up to $1,000 in car repairs, each contestant who submits a video will receive a $10 gift card to Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma — just for entering.
“I’m hoping we get some really fun and creative entries that we can share with the community on social media,” Welsh says.
Contestants can nominate themselves or create a video on behalf of someone else.
“There are people who volunteer their time and drive their wheels into the ground,” Welsh says. “Those are the kind of people we want to help.”
“Repair My Ride” has a much further-reaching goal than meets the eye. In addition to helping one lucky driver earn up to $1,000 in free auto services, Welsh is also going to spread the wealth by matching each video entry with a donation to two local charities.
Over the years, Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma has made contributions to local organizations like Metro Parks, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the Forgotten Children’s Fund, Pierce County Santa Cops and the Rainbow Center, but this year, Welsh wanted to do something different.
For every entry received, Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma will donate $10 each to DreamMissions and the Tacoma Rescue Mission. By entering Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma’s “Repair My Ride” contest, entrants are not only giving themselves the opportunity to win up to $1,000 in free auto services, they’re also helping put dinner on the table or a roof over the head of underprivileged people living across the community and the globe.
“Tacoma is my home, and I think we do a lot for the community,” Welsh says, “but this is an opportunity for us to do something different.”
Welsh says that each $10 contribution that Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma makes will go toward improving the lives of underprivileged individuals both at home and abroad.
Since 1912, the Tacoma Rescue Mission has helped to provide emergency services to homeless and hurting individuals and families across the community. The non-profit relies on monetary donations from community members and businesses in order to provide food, shelter and addiction recovery services to hurting men, women and families across Tacoma.
Through Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma’s generous contributions, the Tacoma Rescue Mission will be able to put more meals on the table for our community’s most disadvantaged and underprivileged residents.
Similarly, Tacoma-based non-profit DreamMissions also helps provide food and necessities to those in need. But, in addition to offering those services locally, DreamMissions also takes its resources across the globe, helping children in more than 100 third world countries and other underdeveloped corners of the world so that they have access to the most basic human necessities.
Dr. Jeff Stewart, DreamMissions founder, says the donations DreamMissions will receive through this promotion will go toward providing food, personal care products and even education for some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
Working hard to vet the authenticity of charities worldwide, DreamMissions investigates orphanages across the globe to ensure that the dollars and items it donates go straight to the children in need. By taking the time and care to verify the legitimacy of these organizations, Dr. Stewart says 100 percent of the money and items donated go directly toward helping the kids — nothing is skimmed off the top.
And Dr. Stewart is bringing the donations full circle by donating his own time as a “Repair My Ride” judge. Dr. Stewart says he’s excited about this promotion and what it means for the community. Not only is it helping to support two important local non-profits, but it’s also going to make a big difference in the life of one lucky winner. “When Scott expressed to me what he wanted to do for the community, I was all in.”
In addition to the far-reaching good that the “Repair My Ride” video contest extends both at home and abroad, Welsh says the contest is also about having fun. “The entries will be judged by three members from the community. Once the winner has been determined, we will present the winner with a big check,” Welsh says. “It’s going to be like the Super Bowl.
Individuals interested in entering the “Repair My Ride” video contest can submit their entries online now through May 31. Contest rules and restrictions can be found online at repairmyride.org. Contest winner will be announced June 17. For more information about the “Repair My Ride” video contest, visit Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma online.