Burlington auto shop offers free repairs to help those in trouble

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – With inflation and high gas prices, spending money on your car can seem like a huge expense. But a Burlington auto shop has found a way to help those in need. The program was launched during the pandemic and helps get things done when the going gets tough.

“I know the community, I know the people who come in and out of here. They trust me, I trust them. You know, having a good business is supporting the community that supports you,” said Brian Moegelin of Brian’s North End Auto.

And supporting the community is the goal. This is the second year that Brian’s North End Auto has offered free auto repairs, an initiative inspired by COVID.

“The ability to give back to people who, yes, have low income, but it doesn’t have to be low income, you could just be in a bad financial situation,” Moegelin explained.

The company launched the service as a way to help people cover the cost of car repairs.

Last year, over $6,000 was donated to people in need. Burlington’s Cesar Rodriguez says it was a blessing.

“The extra money actually allowed me to go to New York and visit my mother because she was in the hospital at the time. So it actually allowed me to pay for the gas and paying for the gas to come back in. It was a godsend,” Rodriguez said.

This not only creates business, but also relationships.

“What I love about Brian is his interpersonal connection. He actually explained what the problem was, what some of my options were, what I shouldn’t worry too much about, and what I should worry about. worry,” Rodriguez said.

If you know someone who needs an auto repair, you can put their name in a bucket at the front door. Brian will select the winners at the end of the month.

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