CARSTAR DANRICH Chooses Car-O-Liner® for OEM Approvals, Sales and Support Team
Written by Autobody News Staff
Published Sept. 21, 2023
Brothers and co-owners Dan and Rich Schwartz combined their first names to form DANRICH Collision in 1980 in Homer Glen, IL. Since then, the body shop has changed to CARSTAR DANRICH, acquired a second location, earned a Tesla certification and had more family members join the team. Dan’s son Clarke is the general manager, while his nephew Danny is a painter.
“My brother and I are the third generation in the auto repair business,” said Dan. “My father was a technician, my grandfather was a technician and with my son and nephew working here, that makes four generations.
“Compared to the big MSOs, we’re still a small family operation and we treat our customers like family,” he said. “My brother and I still work on the floor, will repair cars when our team needs an extra hand, and my brother handles the parts department right now, too.”
Homer Glen, IL
Company At A Glance...
Type: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 11
In Business Since: 1980
Number of Locations: Two
Combined Production Space: 18,000 square feet
During the pandemic, Dan and Rich bought a second location in Des Plaines, IL, that they’re currently remodeling.
“It now serves as Tesla parts storage,” said Dan.
CARSTAR DANRICH holds a Tesla manufacturer certification and is in the process of becoming BMW and Volkswagen certified.
Switching to Car-O-Liner® equipment over a year ago has helped CARSTAR DANRICH in earning OE certifications.
“Car-O-Liner® is approved by many of the OEMs we want to be certified by,” Dan explained.
“I remember when they wanted the Tesla certification, and now whenever I go in there, they are loaded with Tesla repairs,” recalled Chris Cooling, who works for Wakeman Equipment, a proud distributor of Car-O-Liner® that enjoys helping body shops such as CARSTAR DANRICH grow their business and earn OEM approvals. “There’s always one sitting on the Car-O-Liner® bench. So, I think the equipment has driven new business.”
Dan added that Car-O-Liner’s® sales and support team was also a significant factor in choosing the vendor.
“The company stands behind their equipment,” Dan said. “If you have an issue with anything, they come in and are there for you.”