A: Good News Auto is a regular retail mechanic shop dedicated to vehicle education and providing financial assistance for vehicle repairs. We recognize balancing vehicles and money is a challenge for customers. We believe there are two things we can offer to help our customers with this balancing act. The first is to offer vehicle education opportunities. The second is to offer financial assistance when repair costs are overwhelming.
We use a portion of our profits to offer vehicle education workshops to the general public. We also offer "Learn to Earn" Matched Savings opportunities and safety repair grants to qualified customers.
Q: How do I access the JumpStart Fund? A: There are two ways to access our JumpStart Fund:
The first is our "Learn to Earn" Matched Savings for their vehicle maintenance or repairs. This gives customers the opportunity to learn about their vehicles and earn money towards their repairs.
The second is an opportunity for our customers to pay for a safety related repair bill on a sliding scale. The sliding scale takes into consideration income, circumstances and the size of the estimate for the repair. This is a way to assist customers in paying for critical or safety related vehicle repairs. Click here to learn more about requirements for this opportunity.
There is an application process to access the JumpStart Fund. It is the same for Matched Savings and the safety repair grant. The JumpStart Fund is operated in partnership with Good News Auto and all work is performed by licensed technicians.
Q: Why is there an application process for the JumpStart Fund?
A:Similarly to applying for credit or assistance through any organization we need information to make a decision regarding how we can help. The application process helps us to make an informed decision and make the best use of our resources.
Q: Why do I need to bring my vehicle in for diagnosis or inspection and why is there a cost attached?
A: Often customers are not sure what is wrong with their vehicle or there may be more wrong then they are aware of. When we look at the vehicle we ensure that we know all of the safety issues and are able to consider all of these for a JumpStart applicant. The cost is attached because our mechanics still need to get paid at the end of the day and the cost covers their time. The cost of the diagnosis or inspection may be credited back after qualifications are met.
Q: Who can apply for the JumpStart Fund? A: Anyone can apply for our JumpStart Fund. We recognize that everyone comes upon unexpected "detours" in their travels and we want to assist where we can. Customers must be able to demonstrate ability to care for their car on a regular basis (i.e. the ability to afford preventative maintenance and non safety repairs), as well as need (employment, medical, etc.) for a safe and affordable vehicle. People applying for help with a safety related repair bill must be employed or be referred by a community agency. Q: Is there an income cut off for applying for the JumpStart Fund?
A: There is no income cut off for the JumpStart Fund. Each customer's application is considered on individual basis.