Giving back to the community is something that feel is extremely important!
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How we are Involved
Art and auto repair? It seems like an unlikely mix, but at Bimmer Rescue, it’s the norm. Bimmer Rescue, the go-to auto repair shop for Richmond, Short Pump, The West End, and The Fan District drivers, is part of something called the community art wall. At this event, we bring two seemingly different professions, auto mechanics, and artists, together for a night of fun and camaraderie. For the community art wall, we offer local and upcoming artists a chance to use our auto repair shop for their opening.
HOW WE DO IT
We transform our facility into an art gallery, bring in a food truck, and send out invitations for auto mechanics, customers, and artists alike. It is an entirely family-friendly event, and the art pieces are for sale.
We support Brakes for Breasts because they are researching a cure to breast cancer! We were one of 131 shops that raised $125,867.37 last November!
40+ years ago every other high schooler worked at a gas station and just about everyone tinkered with their cars in their driveway. Nowadays it is not so; Cars are too complicated for most DIY work, the equipment needed to work on them is too expensive and people don't have as much time to devote to learning about cars. This has caused a great shortage of people wanting to become technicians and is harming our industry. Working on todays vehicles can be financially and personally rewarding and does not require a 4 year degree so we play our part to educate youth.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics women make up 20.9% of all employees at auto dealers in 2016. Women make up less than 1% of technicians actually fixing the cars. This sad statistic shows that our industry as a whole has not been welcoming to women and we are paying the price. There is a shortage of qualified, experienced master technicians that could be easily fixed if more women started working on cars. Times have changed, you do not need brawn to fix a car, brains are more important, so we've made it our responsibility to show young women that they can work on cars if they want to!