Philadelphia, PA

Woman opens auto shop with nail salon: "A unique and confident car repair experience for women"

Amy Christie

Girls Auto Clinic is setting out to change the way women relate to their cars. No more waiting for someone to rescue you or sacrificing other things while the car gets fixed.

Patrice Banks has a one-stop-shop where every customer can have their car fixed while getting educated about what they need to know about car maintenance and having a manicure.

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Patrice Banks was always worried when she had to take her car to a mechanic.

"I felt taken advantage of. So, I kept waiting until the last minute to do any maintenance or car repairs. Anytime a dashboard light would come on, I'd wish it would go away. And I felt like I needed to ask a guy for help when it came to my car," she shared, according to Sunnyskyz.

The woman was a successful engineer earning six figures before she took the decision to change her life completely and go back to school to learn how to repair cars.

Once she got her bearings and felt ready for the plunge, she opened Girls Auto Clinic close to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Women mainly run the shop, and it also includes a nail salon on-site, so every customer can get the best nails while they wait for their cars to be fixed.

"Girls Auto Clinic is set on creating a comfortable, unique, and confident automotive repair experience for women. We aim to provide the Philadelphia area with dependable, honest, and educational auto repair. We offer full-service auto repair, women mechanics, and the cherry on top – manis and pedis while you wait at Clutch Lounge and Beauty Bar!" the website says.
"We empower women to be fully engaged and confident in purchasing and managing their vehicles. We increase the presence of women successfully and happily employed within the industry," the description adds.

Banks revealed that she had the idea to add a nail salon to the car repairs shop while she was getting her oil changed in her breaks at her previous job.

"My girlfriend and I would go to Jiffy Lube on our lunch break because there was a nail salon next to them. And we'd get our nails done, and our oil changed, and we loved it. So, I thought this would be great. Since we go out of our way to get our nails done, we'll not do that to get our oil changed. I thought it was great," she explained.

And the shop is also dedicated to teaching people about cars. It holds monthly meetings where anyone can learn how to check and keep their vehicle in good shape, from breaks to tires and oil.

"It's just a matter of time. I want to reach every woman driver, so I'm excited to start expanding and growing," Banks concluded, referring to the continuous expansion of the shop and plans to connect to more women in the future.


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