C&A Automotive in Eldersburg is accepting nominations for its second annual Back on the Road giveaway for local veterans.
Last year, more than 30 nominations were submitted for South Carroll veterans who continue to serve their local community.
“I have a lot of friends that are veterans,” said Adam Langmeade, owner of C&A Automotive. “The one thing that I can offer — that I guess I’m skilled at and have a gift for — is fixing cars, and I thought, you know, it’s an important piece to being able to take care of your family and get a job or whatever. That's one thing that I'm able to offer.”
Langmeade was born and raised in the Eldersburg area, and said he and his family just want to do the best they can to give back to the community.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, C&A will select two veterans living in the Eldersburg/Sykesville area who could use a little extra help getting or keeping their vehicle going — whether it’s for travel to work, finding work or transporting their family around.
The selected veterans will each receive up to $2,500 of auto repair or maintenance services at no charge. All work will be done to C&A’s standards with a full 24-month/24,000-mile warranty.
One of last year's veteran giveaway winners had a coolant leak in their Ford Focus that C&A Automotive was able to fix. (Video courtesy of C&A Automotive)
Veterans can be nominated on on C&A’s website through Saturday, Nov. 10. Selections for the Back on the Road offer will be made the following day, on Veterans Day. Updates can be found on the C&A Automotive Facebook page.
“There was one fella [last year], and I don't want to give too much detail but he served and retired and he's part of the local volunteer fire department. He volunteers at the high school in the area, and right before we did this his wife had a stroke and was in a rehab facility,” Langmeade said.
“He was driving — he didn’t have to, he wanted to — he was driving down there every single day to visit her, and his only vehicle needed a lot of work. He explained to me, ‘I want to be there for her when she wakes up every morning,’ and the vehicle just wasn’t reliable enough. It needed tires, brakes and exhaust.”
After the work was completed, Langmeade said the veteran stops by the shop to visit regularly.
“Just to see his expression, and to see him after he drove his vehicle and knew he had something reliable,” he said, “to see he didn’t have to worry about that anymore — it was neat. It was really neat.”