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JAA Autofest 2012 set for June 2

By May 14, 2012No Comments

Earl Jarrett (second left), Chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA), inspects an off-road tire on display at the 2011 staging of the JAA Autofest auto fair, Looking on (from left) Duane Ellis, General Manager of the JAA, Orville Johnson, Executive Director of the Insurance Association of Jamaica, and Supervisor at Chad Ad distributors Ltd, Desmond McDonald. The event was organized by the JAA in partnership with the Insurance Association of the Jamaica (IAJ).

Vehicle care and maintenance services, as well as driver improvement simulations and training, are among the main features of the Jamaica Automobile Association’s (JAA) Autofest auto fair to be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at JAA Headquarters at 7 Central Avenue, Swallowfield, Kingston.

 The event was first held last year, as a hybrid version of the association’s quarterly Auto Clinics and received a positive response from the over 300 persons who turned up to take advantage of the complimentary services on offer.

 Duane Ellis, General Manager of the JAA, said the event will once again be staged in collaboration with the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ) and will offer persons “a variety of car care services such as washes and general cleaning; vehicle inspections, valuations and diagnostics.”

 “With the participation of the IAJ, Autofest will also place emphasis on road safety and accident prevention, with exhibits that will highlight some of the hazards of driving, including speeding,” Mr Ellis pointed out.

 Among the new features that have been added to the event, is driver improvement simulations and training that will be open to patrons. “We will be using a simulator to allow persons to test the driving skills and provide suggestions on how they can make improvements,” stated Mr Ellis. 

As part of the JAA’s support of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety campaign, special focus will also be placed on safe road use by children and the promotion of behaviour change as it relates to drunk driving.

 Mr Ellis added that JAA Show Your Card and Save discount partners and other affiliates, will be on hand with booths to showcase their products and services to those in attendance.

 “The very popular Used Car Flea Market will also be brought back to facilitate car owners who are seeking a quick sale”.  More than 10 vehicles were sold on the spot, at the 2011 Flea Market.

 Autofest is open to the general public and will be free of cost to all in attendance.