The 2nd Annual Arizona Distracted Driving Summit


Our COO, Frank Leutz, will be part of an education panel for the Annual Arizona Distracted Driving Summit (ADDS) on January 24, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. It will be facilitated by a dedicated coalition of statewide volunteers and organizations and will focus on three key components needed to end distracted driving: Education, Engagement, and Enforcement. All are welcome to attend the event at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza (Arizona State Capitol) 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007


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Take the L.E.A.D.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - Take the L.E.A.D.!


We are excited to support Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Arizona Chapter as we show Law Enforcement that we appreciate them. We have created an oversized Thank You card for our customers to sign and then deliver to the Chandler Chief of Police, Sean Duggan, to share with the entire department.


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Girl Scouts Attend Lifesaving Car Clinic

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You protect your children as they grow up from all sorts of dangers and when they become teens, driving is now added to the list. Before handing over the keys, help by educating them about automotive safety and distracted driving. Need help? An automotive expert and small business owner is in the Chandler neighborhood and happy to help.

For several years, Frank Leutz, COO of Desert Car Care of Chandler, has provided automotive clinics for teens and women. They are available about once a quarter or sooner if needed. Various organizations and groups come to the automotive shop to learn more about simple automotive maintenance, vehicle safety, what to do in case of an emergency and safe driving practices.

Recently, ten teens from various Chandler high schools, who are members of the Cholla Girl Scouts of Chandler, scheduled a teen clinic with the goal to earn their automotive badge. To start the fun, Frank handed out festive orange safety gloves, then led an interactive workshop to teach basic car maintenance. The girls learned how to check the oil, tires, battery, and what to do in case of an emergency. Frank always ends his teen clinics with an emphasis on safe driving practices, particularly distracted driving.

He pointed out a dedicated website on teen driving that has been created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It shares that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. With inexperienced drivers behind the wheel, it is understandable, yet many can be prevented through education and awareness. Did you know that one in three teens who text say they have done so while driving? Is your teen one of them? Just the activity of dialing a phone number increases teen’s risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times! Any distraction that takes the focus off driving reduces one’s ability to react to a road hazard, incident, or bad weather.

Frank talked about why it is important to keep both hands on the steering wheel (an unforgotten safety skill), how to properly check the rearview and side mirrors, plus the lifesaving seat belts. Then he reminded them that distracted driving is more than just phone activity. It includes activities such as eating or drinking, applying makeup, changing the radio station, riding with an unrestrained pet, and having their friends as passengers. Anything that takes your eyes off the road even for five seconds could cost them their lives.

Not something teens want to hear, yet according to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, they suggest not allowing teen drivers to drive with their friends. Just having one friend in the car makes a young driver 44 percent more likely to crash. In fact, having three or more passengers younger than age 21 has been associated with almost quadrupling a driver’s risk of being killed in a crash.

Some teens were accompanied to the event by their mothers, and he shared with them to not be afraid to set firm rules for driving. He and his wife did with their daughter, and she understood that it was because they loved her. And reminded the girls that their parents are strict because of their love for them, period. And with that said he congratulated them on the completion of their clinic and all passed to get their automotive badge!

Frank has a deep passion for educating his clients and the community on automotive care, so if you have a civic, neighborhood or business group that would like to schedule a car care clinic for first-time drivers, or a ladies car care clinic, please contact Susie Wong at Desert Car Care of Chandler at 480-420-3555 or schedule online at


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6th Annual Back to School Teacher Appreciation Event!


Desert Car Care of Chandler welcomes back teachers for the 2017-2018 school year with its 6th annual Back to School Teachers Appreciation event. Teachers work hard all year for children and with limited budgets, they spend on average, up to $500 of their own money each year on supplies. In appreciation of their efforts, we offer a gift of preventative maintenance to keep their vehicles reliable. The event is Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 8:00am – 12:00pm and it is first come, first serve basis. Vouchers will be given for rescheduling.  See our Facebook page for the flyer.

Teachers who provide a school I.D. will receive a complementary oil change - includes 5w20 semi-synthetic oil and filter, and a 15-point safety evaluation test. Auto technicians will check these areas while teachers relax and enjoy food from The Hungry Monk food truck, music and prizes!  


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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


We are taking the LEAD and joining C.O.P.S. for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day January 9th, 2017.

For your service to our community, all officers who come in and present their badge will receive a two for one oil change which includes 5w20 semi-synthetic oil and filter, a $45 value, and a free alignment check, a $40 value, to expire on January 31st.

Please stop by our Chandler location: 95 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 420-3555


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MADD Tie One On For Safety – 3TV Phoenix

Thank you to Javier Soto TV 3TV Phoenix for your support in our “Tie One On for Safety,” campaign with partners MADD Arizona Chandler Police Department Chandler High School.

Javier was the last reporter to interview Chandler Police Officer, David Payne, who was also a part of the East Valley DUI Taskforce, at our event in 2013. Sadly he was killed by a drunk driver on Oct. 31, 2014. We honor him every year.

Come out and take the pledge to not drink and drive during this holiday season and receive a free pair of windshield wipers. Let’s celebrate the holidays safely!

We are also accepting toys for the 911 Toy Drive W. Steven Martin and raffling this cute kids motorbike on Dec. 22. Tickets are 1 for $5 and 3 for $10.

We love supporting our charitable causes during this holiday season.

MADD Tie One On For Safety – 3TV Phoenix (Segment 2)

MADD Tie One On For Safety – 3TV Phoenix (Segment 3)


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Commit to Tie One On For Safety, Don’t Drink and Drive this Holiday Season

Desert Car Care Center of Chandler and MADD Invite You to Take the Pledge To Drive Sober

We Honor Chandler Police Officer David Payne, Part of the East Valley DUI Task Force who was Killed by a Drunk Driver in 2014

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Desert Car Care Center of Chandler and MADD Phoenix partner for 4th annual “Tie One On For Safety®” public awareness campaign to remind the community to always designate a non-drinking driver. We again honor and dedicate our efforts to Chandler Police Officer David Payne, part of the East Valley DUI Task Force, who took part in our 2013 campaign and was tragically killed when hit by a drunk driver on October 31, 2014.

From December 13 through December 31, come to Desert Car Care Center and sign the Pledge to Drive Sober and receive a “Tie One On For Safety®” MADD decal, a free set of windshield wiper blades and a voucher for 20% off any repair or service up to $100.00 through January 31, 2017.

Monday, December 13

Desert Car Care of Chandler
95 North Dobson Road, Chandler

Pledge To Drive Sober:This holiday season, I give my family, my friends and myself the gift of life. I pledge to not drink and drive or ride with an impaired driver, let my friends drink and drive or ride with an impaired driver, and to always wear my seatbelt. I make the commitment to always have a designated driver.

About: For more information call 480-726-6400.

Those who sign the pledge, through December 31, will receive a “Tie One On For Safety®” MADD Ribbon, a free set of windshield wiper blades and a voucher for 20% off any repair or service up to $100.00 through January 31, 2017

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Help us spread the message this holiday season by sharing our “Tie One On For Safety®” button on Facebook and Twitter. *Note – complimentary gifts for on-site visit pledges only.

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Officer Payne

According to a news article in the Arizona Republic, Officer Payne was killed shortly after midnight Oct. 31 when his motorcycle was rear-ended as he waited for a light at Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive in Chandler. Police and safety officials describe the suspect in his death, Brian Yazzie, as the sort of chronically impaired driver that troubles them the most. Yazzie had a blood-alcohol content of .29 percent, more than three times the .08 percent limit at which Arizona drivers are presumed impaired under state law.

Last year in Arizona, 281 people were killed — 30 of those were killed during the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — in alcohol-related crashes. The average Blood Alcohol Consumption (BAC) of the 30,000 people arrested in Arizona for DUI was 0.151 – nearly DOUBLE the legal limit. Although the “legal BAC limit” is set at .08, Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to DUI. You can be arrested for DUI by being “impaired to the slightest degree”. In Arizona, a DUI can cost a first-time offender about $10,000.

Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That is why every holiday season MADD asks you to display a MADD red ribbon in a visible location to remind others to always designate a non-drinking driver.

Tips to keep your family & friends safe this season:

  • Promote the non-drinking designated driver concept in party invitations.
  • Host parties by providing alternate transportation or accommodation.
  • Have bedrooms and your sofa ready for those who need to spend the night.
  • Provide plenty of food, yet avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
  • Designate a non-drinking driver BEFORE the celebration begins.

“The accidents that happen are preventable and we can’t remind people enough, especially around the festive holiday season, to make the commitment to have a designated driver,” states Frank Leutz, CEO of Desert Car Care Chandler.

Desert Car Care of Chandler is a leader in the automotive industry and an award winning shop with ASE Certified Master Technicians. Named 2015 and 2014 East Valley Tribune’s Get Out Best of Chandler, 2013 “Angie’s List” Super Service Award recipient, 2012 Phoenix Business Journal “Best Places to Work,” 2012 Motor Age Magazine “Top Shops” nominee, members of Chandler Chamber of Commerce, NARPRO (Network of Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals), ASA (Automotive Service Assoc. of Arizona) IATN (International Automotive Technicians Network) and the Better Business Bureau. Frank Leutz, COO, is the President of the ASA Phoenix Chapter with over 150 members. Frank is also a media expert for local television news on all things automotive.

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Ladies Car Care Clinic

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“A Healthy Car and A Healthy You!”

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When: Wednesday, November 30th – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 95 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler AZ 85224
RSVP: (480) 726-6400 or email [email protected]

Learn how to talk to a mechanic to make the best financial decisions for you! Get ready for an interactive session and we’ll provide the gloves!

Clinic taught by car care and media expert, Frank Leutz, COO of Desert Car Care Chandler and President of Phoenix Automotive Service Association.

Some of the topics Frank will share and illustrate will be:

  • Does my car need all those repairs?
  • Maintenance tips to keep costs down.
  • To fix or trade? That is the question.
  • Tips to get 200,000 miles out of your vehicle.

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November 5th – 22 Too Many 5K Walk/Run

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November 5th: 22 Too Many - A 5K Walk/Run Dedicated to Local Soldier Who Committed Suicide


88.7FM The Pulse Event Raises Awareness that Approximately 22 Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day

Desert Car Care of Chandler Donates Vehicle for Raffle to Raise Funds for Vets

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October 28, 2016 (Mesa, AZ) 88.7FM The Pulse Radio and The East Valley Institute of Technology announces its first 22 Too Many 5K Walk and Run on November 5, 2016. The event was created by EVIT’s 88.7FM The Pulse’s business and marketing director, whose best friend’s husband, Antouine Castaneda, an Army Ranger, committed suicide in July of 2015. A portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to the national nonprofit, 22 Too Many. The event is at the EVIT campus at 1601 W Main St, Mesa, 85201. Registration and more information visit or call (480) 461-4157.


The wife of a soldier and marketing director for 88.7FM The Pulse Radio at EVIT, Emily Aiton, knew Antouine Castaneda for 12 years and was the maid-of-honor at his wedding. He was larger than life, making friends everywhere he went. Antouine was trained as an Army Ranger, even part of former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s security team in Afghanistan. He went back and forth to Iraq and Afghanistan for multiple tours, only coming home for a month at a time.

While serving as a Blackwater agent after his successful army tours, he was in a bad accident that took him from his security career. That is when his mental health plummeted, and Emily feels that Antouine died then before he physically died in July 2015.

He was yet another veteran who attempted to get help at the VA Hospital in Phoenix and was shuffled around with no results. One night Emily, her husband, Antouine and his wife, were out at a restaurant and Antouine said he was going to the bathroom only to then disappear and be found walking down the road insisting he was “doing recon.”

“I was frustrated and angry that this kept happening to our veterans when they came home, especially with my husband being a Marine and most of our friends and family having served,” states Emily. “There was a story that aired on KTVK Channel 3 that was the inspiration for this event. After seeing this, 22 Too Many reached out to Antouine’s wife Sharon, to help her and their daughters. They were the nonprofit I wanted to align with.”

Event producers encourage those who register for the event, to bring photos of their loved one to wear on the back of their shirts to honor their memories. There will be photos of Antouine Castaneda that people can wear, and 22 Too Many will be bringing photos of soldier’s who have taken their lives and whom they have received permission from families to promote.

Every day, approximately 22 veterans take their own lives, many because of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), and the negative stigma in the military community around seeking help. Veterans don’t suffer alone; the families suffer long after their loved one is gone.

The nonprofit, 22 Too Many, are committed to increasing public knowledge and awareness of PTS, honoring the memory of the fallen who have been lost to a PTS related cause, as well as providing comfort and support to their mourning families.


This event starts and finishes at the East Valley Institute of Technology featuring a 5K distance for walkers and runners. The 5K Run will be chip-timed by Startline Racing and all participants will receive a custom event shirt. Desert Car Care of Chandler has donated a mechanically restored 2003 Buick Rendezvous to be raffled off. Raffle tickets are being sold for $10 each or 3 for $25. It is a kid-friendly and dog-friendly event.

Saturday, November 5
7:00 AM Race Day Registration and packet pick-up opens
8:00 AM 5K Run/Walk Begins
9:15 AM Award Ceremony
The 5K course is three laps around the EVIT campus.

East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Adult Walkers and Runners: $25 registration fee includes an official t-shirt. Registration fee is $30 on the day of the event. Registration and more information are online at

East Valley Institute of Technology
The East Valley Institute of Technology is a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education. EVIT adds to a student’s academic instruction with hands-on learning provided by experienced professionals and excellent resources. Students earn elective credit in more than 40 occupation-specific programs, and programs are tuition-free to high school students who live in 10 East Valley school districts. Students, including charter school and home-schooled students, spend half their day at EVIT and the other half at their sending high school or home school. EVIT also offers classes for adults.

Keri Jacobs and Danya Harrison, co-founders of the nonprofit, 22 Too Many, are marathon runners and began running for soldiers who took their lives due to PTSD. They began running with the photos of the fallen servicemen/woman on their backs to honor them, after receiving permission from the family and encourage others to run in events and do the same. Any medals won are sent back to the grieving family to show respect for their service. Through various events, they seek to serve as a living memorial, reduce the stigma by increasing public knowledge and awareness of PTS, share helpful resources, and provide support and comfort to the grieving families left behind.

Additional resources: Veterans Crisis Line for veterans suffering from PTSD and their loved ones: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Veterans Press 1, chat online.


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Thank You Teachers!

Big thank you to all the teachers who came out to our 5th Annual Back To School Teachers Appreciation Event!

Desert Car Care – In appreciation of your efforts in preparing for another school year, we want to provide you with some auto service TLC! Present your school I.D. for these services plus the opportunity to win great prizes and car service gift cards up to $100 off! Enjoy music and refreshments while you wait!!



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