Patrice Banks, a materials engineer and automotive mechanic/technician, has started the first Auto Shop for women that lets them get their nails done while their car gets fixed.
She started her auto shop the Girls Auto Clinic, to help women take the stress and anxiety out of going to get their car repaired.
Banks stated, “It’s no secret that women generally do not understand vehicles – how they operate or how to maintain them. Most women hate the automotive buying and repair process because we feel misunderstood, taken advantage of, and/or mistreated.”
Banks used to fear she was being taken advantage of when she visited the auto mechanic shop. That’s why she started the Girls Auto Clinic. Her goal is to empower women to feel comfortable asking questions about their vehicle repairs, and to provide an overall more pleasing experience when having your car repaired.
Women have immense purchasing power in the auto repair industry; but car repair shops aren’t known for catering to them. Banks is trying to change that. Her business model targets female customers.
While the women wait, they can take advantage of the beauty bar inside of the shop. Customers can get their hair done and their nails painted, all while their car is being repaired just steps away. This is not your traditional dirty auto repair shop. The waiting area is clean, comfortable, and smells amazing.
Her shop’s female mechanics, or “shecanics,” take the time to go over each step with their customers. They even educate customers by showing them how to properly maintain their vehicles and do important checks like testing their oil levels.
Banks also hosts free monthly workshops where she shares simple, straightforward lessons and tips on car maintenance.