Red McCombs Automotive and the McCombs Foundation in San Antonio have pledged $250,000 to fund work to find a vaccine for COVID-19 and to help San Antonio residents who are struggling financially due to the virus.
A portion of that money will go to Texas BioMed in San Antonio. The medical research facility will use the money to work on therapies for COVID-19 patients and vaccines. The rest of the money will go to local charities that are supporting area residents who have lost their jobs due to shutdowns meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The dealership has also launched a home pickup and delivery service to help customers have maintenance done on their cars without leaving their homes. The service is available at multiple Red McCombs dealerships, which include Red McCombs Toyota, McCombs Ford West, Red McCombs Superior Hyundai, Red McCombs Ford, and Red McCombs Hyundai Northwest.
The program works because of a partnership with AutoThink, which is a San Antonio company hiring veterans and their spouses to drive and deliver vehicles.
When a customer signs up for the program, they will receive a text detailing who will pick up their vehicle, and they can track their driver with a map app that allows them to know the status of their vehicle at all times. A service adviser from Red McCombs will be in contact throughout the service and repair process, and payment will be completed over the phone. When the vehicle is returned to the owner, AutoThink drivers sanitize any parts of the car that they touched, including the keys, steering wheel, door handle, and gear shift.
“Having a reliable vehicle can’t always wait.” Joe Shields, director of business development at Red McCombs Automotive, recently told News4SanAntonio.com. “From oil changes to major repairs, this new program will help San Antonians maintain and repair their vehicles while we all work to slow the spread of coronavirus.”