DCF: Who Are You?
I’m Patrice Banks, Founder, CEO and head #sheCANic at Girls Auto Clinic!
DCF: For those of you who haven’t heard of this mecca, here’s some more info!!
Girls Auto Clinic (GAC) is a woman owned and operated business that caters to women. GAC offers automotive buying and repair resources, products, and services based on trust, education, inclusion, and empowerment.
It’s no secret most women hate their automotive buying and repair experiences because we feel misunderstood, taken advantage of, and/or mistreated. To make things worse, the automotive industry has not done much to ease concerns, anxiety, and fear despite the fact more than half their customers are women and spend $200 Billion (with a B) a year on buying and repairing their cars.
Patrice was once one of these women. A self-proclaimed “auto airhead,” Patrice created a business model that supports a need in the lives of millions. Girls Auto Clinic offers:
Automotive repair services
Educational resources in person and online through
Car Care Workshops
Facebook #sheCANic community
DCF: Why do you love what you do? What makes you funemployment?
PB: I get to do what I love which is help people. Everything I create is for the purpose of educating and empowering women. It’s empowering to me and fun. I want to create a place where I want to be a customer and I want to work. (DCF: I wish all businesses thought this way, I would never work somewhere that I did not want to be a customer).
DCF: Who was your first mentor and how did you find them?
PB: I have had many mentors. You can find a mentor in almost anyone. It was probably a teacher or coach. I don’t really remember my first. If I was going to survive growing up where I was, I needed to find help or mentors. Look for those that are you doing what you want to do, and ask them how you can help them. (DCF: Notice she said ask them how YOU can help THEM, go make yourself useful and that will be returned, don’t go looking for what you can get first)
DCF: What’s your happy place?
PB: The beach! =) (DCF: Mine too girl, I love the water!)
DCF: Where do you get your energy?
PB: Knowing that what I do is needed and I have a responsibility to work. True joy comes from working contribution. The gym, meditation, talking to a mentor, taking a nap.
DCF: What does balance mean to you and how do find it?
PB: I live by balance since I’m a Libra, but balance is never being too much of anything. Too much of a good thing can be bad too. Our strengths unbalanced are weakness. I find balance by doing the things from question 4.
DCF: What sacrifices did you have to make to get here?
PB: Everything. You will sacrifice all you time, money, blood, sweat, tears, friends, and possibly family. But if you survive, you win. You’ll look back and realize the journey is worth the reward. You will gain greater things for the things you have lost.
DCF: What struggles have you faced as a women in your industry?
PB: People don’t take you seriously because you don’t look like them or talk like them. They don’t think you are good enough because you are different. There isn’t much women led support.
DCF: What is the early advice you didn’t listen to that you wish you had?
PB: Be yourself. People who matter don’t mind. People who mind don’t matter.
DCF: What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
PB: I don’t have failures. Only learnings. I fail everyday. I welcome failures. So I don’t see them as great at all, I see them as necessary. Take the fear out of failure. Take the stigma out of failure. (DCF: YASSSSSS this is exactly why I ask this question. Failure is great, failure makes us, there would be no success without failure!)
DCF: What was your proudest moment to date?
PB: Writing my published book, The Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide (which you can order now on Amazon!!) . It is amazing and every woman driver should own it!
DCF: What are you Currently Conquering?
PB: My book came out September 19th (hot off the press) and we are doing a book tour on the east coast, performing Girls Auto Clinic car care workshops and book signings. (DCF: Fingers crossed for DC!!!!!)
I’m also available for public speaking.
Our full service auto repair center in Upper Darby, PA – that cates to women, hires female mechanics, and has a nail salon on site to get a mani/pedi while customers wait– is open and doing very well! (DCF: Because it is BRILLIANT!!)
DCF: Let’s get Social Media!!
Women are also welcome to join our #sheCANic facebook group, where they can ask any questions they have and have them answered by female mechanics. facebook.com/groups/shecanics