Free headlight inspections Oct. 4 in Bellingham, Everson

With daylight hours steadily decreasing, local auto repair and supply companies want to make sure Whatcom County drivers have their vehicle lights in good working order.

In support of National Car Care Month, the Automotive Service Association Northwest will conduct free inspections, as well as replace faulty standard exterior vehicle bulbs free of charge.

The Lights-On program will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at two Whatcom County locations: Bellingham High School at 2020 Cornwall Ave., and Everson Elementary School, 216 Everson-Goshen Road.

The inspections will be performed by local technicians and students from Bellingham Technical College. Due to costs, the volunteers won’t be able to provide LED or HID bulbs but can install them if the driver provides the bulbs.

The program is in its 41st year. Nita Harksell of Pete’s Auto Repair in Ferndale said about 150 vehicles in Bellingham and 100 in Everson are inspected each year.

The standard bulbs are being provided by Bellingham NAPA Auto Parts and Seattle Automotive.