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Apr 28, 2022 by Audra Fordin

The Remarkable Story of Women Auto Know
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How One Auto Mechanic Is Empowering Women and Changing Her Community
Great Bear Auto has helped countless women gain confidence and take control of their lives through these workshops.

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Nov 21, 2022 by Audra Fordin

Sidewall Storytime | MotorWeek Your Drive
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Have you ever taken a look at your tire’s sidewall? It tells an important story. But all the numbers and codes can be confusing.

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Empower Your Audience with Fun and Informative Tips They Auto Know

Audra Fordin is the author of End Auto Anxiety, CEO of Women Auto Know, and owner/operator of Great Bear Auto Repair in Flushing, NY. When she isn’t busy writing or fixing cars, Audra loves to speak about her experience as a woman who found success in a male-dominated industry.

Audra took over her family’s auto business during the Great Recession of 2008. She remembers driving past her customers’ homes on the way to work and seeing their cars parked in the driveway.

This was a sign of incoming trouble. A lot of folks lost their jobs and couldn’t afford to maintain their vehicles. After a few sleepless nights, Audra became possessed by an idea that saved her business from disaster.

Audra hosted her first Women Auto Know workshop in 2009. She collected donations from participants and area businesses, which were used to provide single moms with free repairs. Since then, Great Bear’s revenue has quadrupled.

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OWINGS MILLS, MD – MotorWeek, television’s original and longest-running automotive magazine series, gets a high-speed tune-up for its 42nd season with a fresh pair of innovative themes. Season 42 reimagines video car care with “Your Drive,” and reinforces its long-standing commitment to driving for a cleaner environment with the “Destination Zero” automotive recycling initiative punctuated by the slogan, “Put waste in its place!”

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Audra Fordin is the fourth-generation owner of Great Bear Auto Repair in Flushing, N.Y., founder of consumer advocacy initiative Women Auto Know/Drivers Auto Know (womenautoknow.com), and author of “End Auto Anxiety: No Fear Car Repair and Maintenance for Busy Women.” Reach Fordin at audra@womenautoknow.com.

Audra Fordin has been in the auto repair business since she was a little girl working side-by-side with her dad. Now she is a 4th generation AutoMD ATU auto shop owner.


Audra is the founder of Women Auto Know (WAK). Her mission is to take the fear out of auto repair. Find out how WAK can help you win consumer trust at www.WomenAutoKnow.com.


Audra Fordin is the fourth-generation owner of Great Bear Auto Repair in Flushing, N.Y., founder of consumer advocacy initiative Women Auto Know/Drivers Auto Know (womenautoknow.com), and author of “End Auto Anxiety: No Fear Car Repair and Maintenance for Busy Women.” Reach Fordin at audra@womenautoknow.com.

Audra Fordin has been in the auto repair business since she was a little girl working side-by-side with her dad. Now she is a 4th generation AutoMD ATU auto shop owner.


Audra Fordin of Great Bear Auto Repair and Women Auto Know wants her fellow females to get comfortable in a traditionally male space.


Women are buying nearly half the new cars in the U.S., and outnumber men on American highways, but when it comes to fixing a flat or changing a brake light, many of us find it to be a daunting task.

Audra Fordin learned her trade as a kid working under the hood of a car. She’s the fourth generation to operate Great Bear Auto Repair & Auto Body in Flushing.


In Queens, New York, says auto repair shop owner Audra Fordin some Customers have chosen to save money by patching pick up a flat tire, only to be later swept aside by more costly repairs.

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