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Vehicle servicing: Fondation PSA and Solidarauto join forces to raise awareness among disadvantaged families

  • The second-biggest item of expenditure for French households, cars are vital for 86% of them for professional reasons
  • Fondation PSA and Solidarauto are launching the “my car, my budget, my safety” project
  • It will feature 30 informative workshops, led by car repair professionals

Press release of February 20, 2020

Patrick Kosman, Deputy Chair of the Solidarauto Federation and Karine Hillaireau General Delegate of Fondation PSA
Patrick Kosman, Deputy Chair of the Solidarauto Federation and Karine Hillaireau General Delegate of Fondation PSA

PROJECT

"My car, my budget, my security"

With the experience acquired over the past 8 years in supporting community garages, Fondation PSA has made the following observation: people in precarious situations do not regularly maintain their vehicle, due to lack of means and information. In its 2019 technical control report, the Central Technical Body (OTC) specifies that the number of technical controls is down 3.57% compared to 2018 while the old rolling stock is increasing.

It turns out that people in precarious situations, in fact, completely escape the prevention campaigns organized by traditional commercial networks for vehicle maintenance. These already fragile audiences are then faced with inevitable and urgent repairs, the cost of which they cannot absorb. For them, the lack of mobility can quickly have serious social and financial consequences.

This is why, in 2020, Fondation PSA and the Solidarauto Federation, created and supported by Secours Catholique Caritas France, co-built a prevention program to inform and encourage the most vulnerable people to maintain their vehicles.

Map of the Solidarauto network of social garages
Map of the Solidarauto network of social garages

The Solidarauto social garages, located in Tours, Rouen, and Besançon will organize, from March 2020, educational workshops led by professionals in car repair. These workshops will take place in location with many visitors passing through, in participating garages or even at social advisers.

These workshops will present drivers with the 10 check points to be carried out on vehicles, they will show the impact of wear on certain auto parts such as brake pads, discs, muffler, universal joint, etc. This will also be an opportunity to make these motorists aware of the risks they run and which they make run up to their passengers as well as to other road users.

The purpose of these workshops is to demonstrate that regular maintenance of their vehicle, in solidarity garages, will allow these audiences to preserve their safety and mobility at a lower cost.