Automakers roll out free inspectionsLocal automakers are offering free inspections at highway rest areas for the Lunar New Year holidays, starting tomorrow.
The Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association said companies will operate inspection service shops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday.
Hyundai Motor said it has set up service shops in 22 rest areas, while Kia Motors is offering services at 16 areas. Tomorrow and Thursday, they will be at southbound rest areas and northbound rest areas on Friday and Saturday.
The service shops will offer free checks of battery, coolant, engine oil and tire pressure as well as free replacement of small auto parts such as wiper blades. Cleaning services, free beverages and small gifts like tissues will also be offered.
Hyundai and Kia drivers can also get free navigation updates and audio inspections at the Hwaseong rest area on the West Coast Expressway and the Chiak rest area on the Jungang Expressway.
GM Korea will operate shops at 10 rest areas (Okcheon, Pyeongchang, Chiak, Yeosan, Seomjin River) in both bounds of highways, also offering similar services. Ssangyong Motor said it will open 10 service shops, while Renault Samsung Motors offers inspections on all vehicle makes at six rest areas (Okcheon, Hoengseong, Daecheon) in both bounds.
Meanwhile, Korea Expressway said yesterday it expects 3.73 million vehicles to be on the highways each day during the holiday period, up 2.3 percent from a year ago. Thursday morning is expected to be the most crowded time with 4.5 million cars on the highways.
BY JOO KYUNG-DON [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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