automotive service

6 10, 2020

Celebrating Ten Years of Putting the Brakes on Breast Cancer!

2020-10-06T10:36:04-04:00October 6th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Throughout October automotive repair shops across the country are looking to end breast cancer with a unique fundraising campaign.

GENEVA, Ill. — During the month of October, Merlin Complete Auto Care in Glendale Heights, IL, and more than 200 Independent Auto Repair Shops across the US are raising funds for a breast cancer vaccine as part of the Brakes for Breasts fundraiser.

As part of the fundraiser, these auto repair facilities are giving away FREE (quality) brake pads or shoes.  The customer simply pays the labor and any other ancillary parts necessary to complete the brake job and the shops then donate 10% of the brake job directly to Dr. Vincent Tuohy & the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

100% of what we donate goes directly to research!  Celebrating our 10th year and $1,000,000.00!

2020 marks the tenth year for the Brakes For Breasts fundraiser.

2011 Our 1st year – 5 shops in Ohio raised $10,000 
2012 Our 2nd year – 27 shops in 17 states raised $32,848
2013 Our 3rd year – 66 independent auto repair shops in 27 states raised $66,499
2014 Our 4th year – 143 independent auto repair shops in 29 states raised $115,236.53
2015 Our 5th year – 174 independent auto repair shops in 32 states raised $141,868
2016 Our 6th year – 131 independent auto repair shops in 35 states (most ever!) $125,867.37
2017 Our 7th year – 114 independent auto repair shops in 34 states raised $114,389.20
2018 Our 8th year – 138 independent auto repair shops in 34 states and 2 countries raised $141,061.80
2019 Our 9th year – 141 independent auto repair shops in 38 states and 2 countries raised $194,160.04

To date donation total is $940,931.74!

This Brakes For Breasts fundraiser is different from any other breast cancer fundraising campaigns:

  1. Dr. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic has actually created a vaccine that has proved effective in laboratory animals in actually preventing breast cancer. Think about polio, eradicated because of a vaccine, a distant memory for most generations. This is the same principle!
  2. Dr. Tuohy and his team are rounding the corner and are hoping to start Phase 1 trials in 2020.
  3. 100% of the proceeds from the ‘Brakes for Breasts’ fundraiser goes directly to the Cleveland Clinic for research on the Breast Cancer Vaccine.
  4. These are just “mom & pop” shops across the country, independent business owners that have joined hands for a great cause.

For more information about the breast cancer vaccine, Dr. Tuohy and a list of participating shops, go to, download our “Brakes for Breasts” app to your smart phone and like us on Facebook!

About Merlin Complete Auto Care:

With over 3500 centers in North America Merlin Complete Auto Care is part of the Driven Brands family of companies. Locally-owned and operated in Glendale Heights, Illinois, franchise owner Muffadal Simba and his team are dedicated to premier service, customer education, and community service.

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30 01, 2020

Merlins of Glendale Heights IL, Vehicle Donation

2020-01-30T10:32:17-05:00January 30th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops of Glen Ellen, IL Donates a Vehicle to Help the Bridge Communities.

ST. CHARLES, Ill. — Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop of Glendale Heights is excited to donate a vehicle to a family in need. Franchise owner Muffadal Simba sought to help his community and families. As a father and husband, he understands how important family is.

The Village of Glendale Heights recommended Bridge Communities as an organization helping Glendale Heights families in need. Car donations are one of the biggest challenges that client families in the Transitional Housing Program struggle with, as well as finding and retaining a good job that will support their families.

“I am delighted that the Village was able to facilitate the connection of our local Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop and Bridge Communities,” said Mayor Linda Jackson, Mayor of Glendale Heights. “The Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop has been in the Village of Glendale Heights for quite some time, and Simba continues to demonstrate his dedication to our community and our residents.”

One of the most significant barriers to finding and keeping employment is that of unreliable transportation. Many client families enter Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program with no car or cars that soon break down. Most of these cars are not worth the cost of repairing. There is limited public transportation in DuPage County, and owning a car is a real necessity for any family. Client families use donated cars to transport themselves to work and their children to school, childcare, and activities.

“Bridge Communities provides an essential service assisting residents getting back on their feet via its many programs and housing opportunities,” said Jackson. “The pairing of these two organizations and the donation of this vehicle to our resident shows the importance and value of public and private partnerships, along with greatly assisting our resident and her family.”

On January 29th, Simba and his Merlin 200,000 Shop of Glendale Heights donated the vehicle to a Bridge Communities client family.

“We are proud to be partnered with this organization and hope that this donation will help the family with their transportation needs,” said Valerie Zabriskie, Merlin’s Marketing Director.

About Bridge Communities

 Bridge Communities is a dynamic, grassroots, non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families through partnering with talented, resourceful individuals and groups in our community. Our program of housing, mentoring and empowering families focuses on moving them towards a goal of self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit

About Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops

Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops offer a neighborhood approach to automotive service and provides both repair and maintenance services as well as tire replacement and tire services. Merlin’s DRIVE FOR 200,000, the industry’s most comprehensive and affordable maintenance program, supports vehicle owners thousands of miles beyond the usual manufacturer’s maintenance requirements and has positioned Merlin as the leader in vehicle longevity. Founded in 1975, Merlin is headquartered in St. Charles, Illinois. In February 2014, Driven Brands™, North America’s leader in the automotive aftermarket, acquired Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops. For more information, please visit