BCAA opens first auto service centre in Kelowna,Columbia

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014

The British Columbia Automobile Association will open its first Auto Service Centre in Kelowna on Saturday, Oct.18,  the first of multiple planned locations in B.C.

The Kelowna service centre is located near the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 33, at 1545 Keehn Rd.

“BCAA has been rescuing BC motorists and repairing vehicles on the roadside for decades,” said Paul Healey, BCAA’s president and chief executive officer. “For years, our members have been asking us to get into the auto service business as a natural extension of our roadside assistance service and we’ve listened.

"We’ve been serving members in Kelowna for 30 years and we are proud to make this the home of BCAA’s first Auto Service Centre.”

Open to all British Columbians but with special savings and an extended warranty for its members, BCAA’s Auto Service Centre provides full-service, warranty-approved auto maintenance and repairs including oil changes, tires, brakes and everything else.

With 10 service bays, the 7,500 square foot location features clear glass walls, giving customers a full view of their vehicle as repairs and service are being completed.

Customers can speak directly to Red Seal-certified automotive technicians and will have full access to detailed information on work that is required and work that has been completed.

“BCAA is proud to be the most trusted organization in B.C. according to our Members,” said  Healey. “We work hard to earn that trust every day by ensuring our customers are good to go and safe on the road. Anyone who comes into our Auto Service Centre will get the straight goods and only the services they need according to their owner’s manual.”

The grand opening festivities on Saturday  grand opening event will take place from  9 a.m. to  2 p.m. Local residents are invited to meet the BCAA Auto Service Centre team and Healey, enjoy some refreshments and test their vehicle maintenance knowledge through interactive games with the chance to win prizes.

As well, BCAA will also be supporting local communities by donating $25 (to a maximum of $5,000) to United Way of the Central & South Okanagan Similkameen on behalf of every British Columbian who visits the Auto Service Centre on Oct. 18.

With plans to open dozens of new Auto Service Centre locations across the province over the next decade, BCAA expects to create almost 500 new jobs in communities across B.C.