Originally published: September/October 2017

Winter is coming. Are you ready?

How confident are you that your car is ready for the upcoming winter months? Do your tires have sufficient tread to allow you to safely stop on ice or climb that mountain pass? Are your wipers in good condition to clear the snow from your windshield? Are all your fluids at the proper levels to keep your engine running smoothly?

Get answers to all of these questions from someone you trust, as AAA Colorado has teamed up with Denver7 to offer comprehensive, 20-point vehicle safety inspections performed by AAA Colorado Roadside Technicians at the 1st Annual Car Care Fair.

This community event, timed nicely with October Car Care Month, takes place on Sat., Oct. 7, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Southlands Shopping Center in Aurora, and is open to AAA Members and the public, to help prepare their vehicles with a pre-winter checkup and safety check. The cost will be $10 per vehicle for AAA members at the event, and $5 for AAA members who pre-register online. Non-members will pay $15 at the event, and $10 if they pre-register online.

While you’re waiting, browse the AAA Discounts & Rewards partner booths who will offer fun giveaways. Meet some of Denver7’s TV personalities. Kids and parents, alike, will enjoy the touch-a-truck event. Plus, enjoy live music, sample free food, and much more.

To learn more, and purchase tickets, visit AAA.com/CarCareFair.

20-Point Inspection

–listed alphabetically

  1. Air Filter
  2. Backup lights
  3. Battery cables/clamps/terminals inspection
  4. Battery charge testing
  5. Brake fluid
  6. Brake lights
  7. Coolant
  8. Engine oil
  9. Headlights
  10. Horn
  11. License plate light
  12. Mirrors
  13. Power steering
  14. Tail lights/park lights
  15. Tire pressure
  16. Tire tread
  17. Transmission fluid*
  18. Turn signals
  19. Washer fluid
  20. Wiper blades

*Not applicable to all vehicles

Relieving the stress

Car repairs can be a stressful experience, as no one ever plans for their vehicle to break down. When it does, the questions get your head spinning: “How do I find a quality mechanic to fix my car?”… “Will I be over-charged for any unnecessary repairs?” … “Can I trust they’ll repair it right the first time?”

In this age of computerized automobiles, knowing a competent technician is essential. AAA can help you eliminate your stress and frustration, and point you in the right direction.

With more than 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America, you can trust that your vehicle will be expertly repaired by a trained, ASE-certified technician, whether you’re close to home or on the road traveling. Every AAA Approved Auto Repair facility undergoes a comprehensive inspection, meeting stringent AAA standards that are unrivaled in the industry.

As a AAA member, you get more than just quality workmanship. You’ll receive: 24-month/24,000-mile warranty on parts and labor; a 10 percent discount on labor (up to $50); guaranteed written estimates upon request; free maintenance inspection with any paid service; vehicle triage within 60 minutes of a AAA tow to any AAA-approved repair facility; assistance in obtaining alternate transportation, if necessary; and best of all, AAA assistance should you need to resolve any repair disputes.

Learn more, or find the nearest AAA Approved Auto Repair facility @ AAA.com/autorepair.

The choice is yours

Renting a car just got a whole lot easier for AAA members who are also Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members, with Hertz’s Ultimate Choice®. This great new service lets you choose the car that’s right for you. Just reserve a midsize car or higher as usual, then skip the counter and go directly to the zone that corresponds with your Gold Member status.

Not a Hertz Gold member? As a AAA member, it’s free to join. Just visit AAA.com/hertz to learn more and to enroll.

AAA Night at the Avs

Join AAA Colorado for this season’s first AAA Night with the Avs on Satudary, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., as the Colorado Avalanche face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks. Plus, enter for a chance to win prizes!

Visit AAA.com/AvsNight for more details and to purchase discounted tickets.  There are no taxes and no fees when purchased online.

Free Maps for Schools

Each year, AAA Colorado donates surplus maps to Colorado educators. Maps make great interactive teaching tools, and there is a wide variety of titles available.

This year, maps are available in units of 50, and educators can order up to four (4) units (200 maps total) free of charge. To request maps, visit AAA.com/mapsforschools.

Order deadline is Oct. 13, 2017.