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RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2012

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MEDIA RELEASE

MVC Offers Free Car Care Checks to Jackson Seniors at Fall Car Care Fair
Other State Agencies On-Hand to Offer Assistance/Information

(JACKSON TWP.) – Proper vehicle maintenance and free car checks were the primary focus of the day for seniors in the Jackson Township area today as New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez and his team of trained safety specialists took part in a Fall Car Care Fair event today at the Jackson Township municipal complex.  Six other state agencies were also on-hand to lend assistance and answer questions to seniors who waited to have their cars examined.

October is Fall Car Care month and today's event was organized in an effort to promote responsible vehicle ownership and to provide a central location where seniors could meet with representatives from several state entities in one location.

“With more than seven million registered vehicles traveling the roadways of our state, it is important for owners to understand their responsibilities when it comes to car care,” said Martinez. “Routine maintenance, whether provided by a local garage, dealership or done by the owner, goes a long way in preventing costly repairs that can quickly drain a wallet.” 

Joining Martinez at the event were representatives of the state agencies, including Consumer Affairs, Human Services, Banking and Insurance, Military and Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection and the Lottery.

“It is our hope that seniors will leave the fair with a better understanding of the state services available to them as well as the confidence that their car is ready for the harsh winter months ahead," said Martinez.

From lights and windshield wipers checks to advice on oil, brake and tire changes, motorists were advised of any issues that needed attention. They were also reminded that keeping a vehicle in shape is essential because law enforcement can cite a driver at any time for failure to make repairs to a vehicle.

In addition to car care, Martinez highlighted the important role that the state’s federally-mandated emissions inspections play in maintaining air quality. The inspections are conducted every two years, on vehicles that are older than five model years, at any one of 26 central inspection stations or 1,100 licensed, private inspection facilities.

The MVC continues to promote the environmental benefits of its emissions testing program and vehicle owner responsibility through its NJInspections campaign, which launched in 2009. The campaign is used to communicate federally-mandated clean air messages, provide helpful maintenance tips, promote energy efficiency through “green” driving and assist owners in preparing for an inspection.

“Regular car care is an easy but necessary part of being a vehicle owner,” added Martinez.

For more information, visit www.njinspections.com