Female Mechanic Educates Women On How To Own The Auto Industry [Owning It]

Female Mechanic Educates Women On How To Own The Auto Industry [Owning It]


-I love being a woman. I mean,
it’s pretty kick ass.
I can wear my red heels and
still get my hands dirty.
Women – we’re capable of all
these things.
We can still be feminine and
still be sexy and wear make up.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
I’m a mechanic and I’m an
entrepreneur, and I’m an
engineer.
I can be all these things. I
don’t have to be one or the
other.
Yeah, what’s next? What cars up
next? Lets do work.
I’m Patrice Banks and I’m auto
mechanic that caters to women.
I’m also an engineer and an
entrepreneur.
I started Girls Auto Clinic so I
could educate and empower women
through their cars.
I was raised by a single mother.
We actually didn’t even have a
car growing up.
The first person to get a car
was me when I was 16. I worked 3
jobs.
Growing up, I loved math. I
loved solving problems.
Things were chaotic at home and
I was the one that was always
trying to make things perfect.
I had a really tough childhood.
I did not stand out.
I was chubby, I was quiet, I
suffered from abuse as a child
but I was always smart and
I was always different and that
protected me in a way until I
was able to really
have enough confidence to really
step out on my own.
Then I was the first person to
go to college to be an engineer.
That’s kinda where my career
started.
I’ve always been interested in
women in nontraditional roles.
They trying to get a job in?
Even as an engineer, I didn’t
know anything about my car.
I was an auto-airhead and that
means minimum service to my car.
I always feared going in to the
mechanic.
I had that anxiety that has to
do with the car – that cultural
stereotype with women.
So I decided since I couldn’t
find a mechanic,
I couldn’t find resources, that
I was gonna create them.
I am empowered women and I
wanted to educate myself so I
started looking for resources
so I could learn.
I googled female mechanic.
The first thing that pops up is
girls in bikinis next to the
cars looking hot.
I thought that was crazy because
I also learned that women are
the
number one customer in the
automotive industry.
We spend more money than men on
our cars, we buy more cars than
men,
we take our cars in for repairs
more.
And that’s when a bell went off
for me because here we have
your number one customer and
there is no representation of
her in the industry.
So yeah, I went to school for
two years for automotive
technology.
And while I was in school I
started building this company.
I was gonna educate women, I was
gonna empower women, it just
started to unfold.
So SHECANIC, which I love, is my
name for all my car-savvy
ladies.
They’re feeling good about
themselves, they’re feeling
more confident as a driver and
when talking to a mechanic.
I have a definition for it which
is really a woman who goes from
yes I can to yes I did.
Today, you’re gonna learn all
about your car,
so you can be a more confident
driver and this is a real
workshop
so you’re gonna learn a lot of
information here.
I started Girls Auto Clinic in
2013, officially
What I wanted to do was educate
women so I was doing that
through car care workshops.
You wanna make sure that if you
need rotors
that you get both your pads and
your rotors replaced.
Don’t put new pads on a worn
rotor like this.
Women leave saying “wow this is
amazing, I feel so much better.
I feel more confident.” They
learn how to talk to a mechanic,
they learn why they need
maintenance on their car, when
they need it.
Everything that I wish I
would’ve known,
now that I’m a mechanic I’m like
– this is what you need to know.
You wanna get it square on this
valve. Push it on hard like –
psh.
-When I put this in there it
said 30.
-Its at 31-2. So you’re a little
bit low.
Let’s make history.
It’s a really crazy time for
Girls Auto Clinic right now,
because I’m getting ready to
sign a sale of agreement for the
first property I’m buying.
Like this is real – ah! I can’t
believe this.
I wanna open a full-service auto
repair center that’s
going to cater to women. I wanna
hire female mechanics
and the best part – there’s
gonna be a nail salon
there so you can get your nails
done while you’re waiting for
your car.
I’ve got the bank and interior
designers and contractors coming
out so we can be open –
hopefully – the summer of 2016.
And that’s super ambitious, but
I’m an ambitious persons.
Guys ready? So this is gonna be
the nail salon, here we go!
-I SAY YES!
-I love the ceiling too!
-There’s so much character.
-I’m so excited about this.
Sometimes I feel guilty about
not taking time for myself cause
I’m not working on Girls Auto
Clinic.
I think I’m not gonna get
everything done!
But that goes away, because you
realize the work never goes away
and you start to realize your
sanity and those breaks are just
as important.
And that guilt can eat away at
you which is not good if you’re
trying to run a business.
It’s powerful to be a part of a
movement that’s creating change.
It can be scary, but you belong
to something.
So now the next time you go,
you’re gonna know how to replace
your filter.
I’m blessed. It gives me a good
feeling to be able to help
women.
I really feel like that’s my
purpose in life.
I grew up with a single mom, so
I’ve always had this desire
burning
in me to be able to help and
empower women.
It’s crazy that it took me 30
years to find it,
but this is my destiny, I’m here
for this – for sure.


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