When Brewer Hicklen, a Huntsville native-turned-minor-league-baseball player, found himself without a game to play and practice every day during the spring, he knew he wanted to spend his newfound free time helping others.
“It’s really weird, it really is,” Brewer said. “I can’t remember the last time it was spring, and I was not on the diamond. And so I’ve really just kind of had a hard time figuring out what to do with my time.”
He turned to Woody Anderson Ford, where Brewer worked growing up, to spark a new outreach program for busy people. Since the service lane at Woody Anderson is operating on a shoestring staff, the dealership decided to open a mobile service department — they come to you instead of you going to them.
The program was supposed to launch this summer, but the coronavirus outbreak prompted them to move the start date up since many were hesitant to come to the dealership in the midst of social distancing measures.
Technicians come to your home or business to change your oil, rotate your tires, check your breaks or fluid levels, and perform other vehicle maintenance services.
“A lot of people work 8 to 5 jobs, (and) they don’t want to go in the morning on a Saturday to get their oil changed,” Brewer said.
The program will start by offering the first customers 50 percent off the regular price of services. The first 50 customers will also get a signed Brewer Hicklen baseball card with their purchase.
By the way, this isn’t the first time Woody Anderson employees have made headlines for helping out.
Jeremy Price, a tow truck driver for Woody Anderson, was working the late shift, wishing the call was closer to his home when he saw another accident — an airborne vehicle flipping through the roadway before landing on the passenger side door. The passenger was stuck until Jeremy climbed in the vehicle and pulled him to safety.
“I couldn’t just stand there and watch someone burn up,” Jeremy said when asked what was going through his head. “I was just trying to do something I’d want someone to do for me if I was in a burning car.”