Philadelphia, Pa. And Kennesaw, Ga. - April 16, 2020 - Pep Boys, one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket service and parts providers, has been servicing the vehicles on which communities deeply depend through good and bad for nearly a century. As the country has navigated a global pandemic, Pep Boys Service and Parts businesses have continued operating as an essential business.
The Pep Boys team has remained hard at work to support the vehicles of first responders, healthcare professionals, suppliers and delivery drivers who are working tirelessly to treat patients and provide food, medicine and other critical items. As either the sole or primary provider for thousands of state and local governments and municipalities, Pep Boys serves fleets as well as individual drivers. The essential nature of the automotive business has made the changes Pep Boys put in place to continue to keep Team Members and customers safe even more important.
“In these uncertain times, one thing is certain – the health and safety of our customers and our employees will always be our priority,” said Brian Kaner, CEO-Service. “As we make service safer, we’re also making it simpler and more convenient for our customers whose lives and daily routines have changed significantly.”
Pep Boys has worked to eliminate physical contact between customers and team members in the new service process which includes the sanitary handling of vehicles and keys. The updates, which include Touchless Drop Offs, Mobile Pay and Extra Mile Care & ; Cleaning, help to make sure the process is as safe as possible without sacrificing quality of the service. How it works:
- Make an appointment online
- Park the vehicle at the Pep Boys Service & ; Tire Center
- Locate the key drop box outside of the building
- Place the key into the envelope with contact details on the front
- A Pep Boys Pro will be in touch to confirm service
- After service, when the vehicle is ready, Mobile Pay is an easy, safe and secure option
- A Pep Boys Pro sends the customer a link to the work order via text
- Following the link, the customer enters credit card information
- A confirmation text is received when payment is complete
Extra Mile Care & Cleaning
In addition to sanitizing all high-touch surfaces after the vehicle arrives at Pep Boys and before it departs, a Pep Boys Pro will also use seat and steering wheel covers and floor mats, and personal protective equipment throughout the service.
Making repairs possible
Because sometimes repairs are unavoidable and it’s an economically uncertain time, Pep Boys has partnered with Synchrony to offer 12 Months special financing on purchases of just $499 or more1 on the Pep Boys Synchrony Car Care Credit Card through May 31, 2020. Customers can use the card on a qualifying parts or service purchase and there is no penalty for customers that pay in full before the promotional period is up.
Connecting with our customers
Over the past few weeks, Pep Boys stores around the country have lived out its vision to “be the one communities can count on.” To highlight good news during challenging times, Pep Boys has shared a video about its commitment to the community and daily social posts that inspire on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
Stories have emerged such as a nurse who needed her car battery replaced so she could get to work at the local hospital ; a dialysis patient whose car was quickly repaired so he could get to and from his life-saving treatments ; a police department who brought several cruisers to a shop that opened special hours just for the officers ; and an elderly couple who needed food and couldn’t find someone to help them get their vehicle running, until they called Pep Boys. Local community giving efforts have also started – from food pantries to face mask donations.
Pep Boys Parts CEO Chris Cox and Service CEO Brian Kaner said in a letter to customers recently, “For almost 100 years, it’s been our privilege to serve you through good times and bad, and we will continue doing everything we can to meet the challenges that lie ahead of us. We are thankful for our hardworking Team Members and proud of their commitment to continue to serve you.”
For customers that rely on Pep Boys for parts, Curbside Pick-Up is available, in locations where permitted. Customers order and pay for the parts needed on www.pepboys.com. Pep Boys parts specialists will pull the order and prepare it for pickup. Once a customer arrives at the Pep Boys location, they will simply receive the part(s) without ever having to enter the store or have direct contact with an associate.
In addition, all Pep Boys locations and distribution centers have implemented enhanced and more frequent cleaning and disinfecting practices and restrictions on the number of coworkers and customers inside, clearing waiting rooms and abiding by social distancing guidelines. Corporate office employees continue to work remotely to support the business.
Although Pep Boys is an essential business, guidelines continue to evolve nationally, on a state by state basis and in some cases, individual cities have unique requirements essential businesses must meet. Because local curfews or limits might impact operations, customers should call their local store before visiting for the best possible service.