Ladies Car Care Clinic

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“A Healthy Car and A Healthy You!”

dcc Ladies car care clinic

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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Wrench Nation on 88.7FM The Pulse
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Join Frank Leutz, Desert Car Care Chandler & Steve Grosz, The East Valley Institute of Technology



Community Events

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

Father and his baby

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

Sherry L. Butler Communications

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.


Community Events

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!!



Community Events

5th Annual Back to School Teachers Event

Complimentary Oil Change & 15 Point Car Safety Inspection

Back to School

This promotion is good at the Chandler location only.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Back to School

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!!

  • Please bring your school I.D.
  • Complimentary Oil Change includes 5w20 semi-synthetic oil and filter
  • 15 point safety evaluation test
  • Both services – $49.95 value
  • First come first serve
  • Vouchers will be available for rescheduling if necessary

Complimentary 15 Point Safety Evaluation includes checking:

  • Lights
  • Belts – drive
  • Fluids – oil, coolant, power steering, brake, transmission
  • Hoses – coolant
  • Tire condition and pressure
  • Windshield wipers and cracks
  • Fluid levels
  • Air filter
  • Mirrors
  • Emergency brake inspection
  • Battery
  • Child seat belt check

This promotion is good at the Chandler location only.

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Community Events

Desert Car Care Wins 2016 Small Business of the Year Award

Desert Car Care Wins 2016 Small Business of the Year Award

Desert Car Care of Chandler wins 2016 Small Business of the Year Award from Chandler Chambers of Commerce. In recognition of continuous contributions to the Chandler Community and appreciation for their innovative and high-quality service.

To qualify, the business must:

  • Be Located in the Chandler area
  • Be A Chandler Chamber Member
  • Employ less than 99 employees
  • Be in a sound financial position
  • Have been in business in the Chandler area for at least 2 years
  • Contribute to the growth of the local economy
  • Offer high-quality service
  • Exhibit innovation in its field
  • Demonstrate a pattern of community support/involvement
Desert Car Care of Chandler wins Chandler Chamber awardFrank and Josephine Chandler Chamber 2016



Community Events


Woman in Car Care Industry

Aimee Andrews has an outgoing personality and a smile that warms a room. When customers enter Desert Car Care of Chandler’s reception area, she makes them feel at ease. After all, car repairs can be stressful.

“I consider myself a people person, and I create a good relationship with people coming in the door and I make it a fun experience”, Andrews said.

She has been happily greeting customers since 2014, when Desert Car Care of Chandler COO Frank Leutz hired her as customer service manager in January 2015.

Aimee fell in love wit this new business challenge and this summer she is scheduled to attend Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) classes to become a certified service adviser.

Santan Sun

Women still represent less than 1% of the total ASE-certified service advisers,. Industry experts suggest that women often do not consider auto service careers because of the industry’s gritty, male-dominated image, according to the Automotive News.

To enhance women’s knowledge of cars, Desert Car Care of Chandler is hosting a free Ladies Car Care Clinic on Wednesday, April 27. The event kicks off with a live remote of “Wrench Nation“, Leutz’s new radio show with co-host Steve Grosz on East Valley Institute of Technology’s Pulse 88.7 FM. The clinic features food, refreshments, shopping with exhibitors from locally owned business and Leutz’s educational session on car tips. To register or for more information visit or call us

Helping the public
A native Arizonan, Andrews sought out career choices with customer service as a priority. Her time as a medical secretary, a pharmacy technician, selling timeshares in Sedona and real estate in the Valley were all about helping the public.

She was ambitious, but not for herself. by 32, she was a single mom raising four children. Andrews was grateful to have the support of her family, including her brother, Ian. He frequented her home, along with his high school friend, Zach Andrews. Zach and Aimee became good friends and over the years their friendship blossomed into love. In 2014, the couple married.

Zach worked as an automotive-service technician at Desert Car Care for several years, working in the team environment that Leutz created.

In October 2014, Leutz was looking for someone to assist with outside marketing efforts. Andrews shared her interest in joining the company and was hired as a part-timer.

Leutz trained her on the specifics of the automotive service business and her customer service skills and vibrant personality took care of the rest.

“Frank is a great teacher and brought it down to a level of understanding instead of the ‘industry’ speak”, she said. “I work in a fun, friendly atmosphere where it is clean, it smells good and the lobby is nicely decorated. It is a place you can grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit down on the couch with your laptop and hang out while waiting for your car.”

She built new relationships within the community and reignited Desert Car Care’s connection with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

Several months later, Leutz had to make a change at the customer service desk, the face of the company, and Andrews filled in.

A quick study, she learned the business from the service technicians in the shop, creating great relationships between them and the customers. Within a few weeks, Leutz offered Andrews the full-time position as Desert Car Care of Chandler’s customer service technician.

Andrews, who recently gave birth to Harper Ashley Andrews, will return to work for the Ladies Car Care Clinic.

“Aimee is a tenacious spirit that truly identifies with people, bringing warmth, professionalism and value not only to the consumer, yet to our team and culture”. Leutz said.


Community Events


Desert Car Care Center of Chandler and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Phoenix will host the “Tie One On For Safety” to spread awareness about the importance of not driving under the influence.

Community members are asked to visit Desert Car Care Center, 95 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, Dec. 15-31 to sign the Pledge to Drive Sober.

Participants will receive a “Tie One On For Safety” MADD decal, a free set of windshield wiper blades, and a voucher for 20 percent off any repair or service up to $100.

The repair service is valid through Jan. 31, 2016.

For more information, call 480-726-6400


Community Events

Tie One On For Safety

Desert Car Care Center of Chandler and MADD Phoenix kicks-off their 4th annual “Tie One On For Safety®” public awareness campaign during the festive holiday season, to remind the community to always designate a non-drinking driver. This event is dedicated to Chandler police officer David Payne, part of the East Valley DUI Task Force, who came out to support the event in 2012. Sadly, he was hit, while on duty, by a drunk driver and killed on October 31, 2014. We dedicated last year’s event and outreach to honor him for his work in the community and we continue to do so every year.

The kick-off event is Tuesday, December 15 at Desert Car Care of Chandler, 95 North Dobson Road. From December 15 through December 31, come in 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 percent off any repair or service up to $100 through January 31, 2016.


Community Events

Helping Hands Car Care Clinic 2015

Single moms learn the basics of car care with host Frank Leutz of Desert Car Care in Chandler Arizona.

Learn the ins and out of car care from symptoms, noises and smells to look out for and how to keep those maintenance costs down. Learn how to get the most miles out of your vehicle and when it’s time to stop throwing money into it and buy a new car. This event is held every year.


Community Events

Buckle Up!

Buckle up! Agencies enforcing seat belt laws as part of national Click It or Ticket campaign.


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