In the North Bay Area of California, there are two body shop chains that pride themselves on doing as much philanthropy as they possibly can to help those in the cities they serve.
Dave Ludwig, 58, owns Prestige Auto Body in Manchester, NH, a shop he started with just one helper back in 1986.
Regal Collision's Co-Owner Shellie Boyle with the "Pirate's Ride." More than $10,000 in parts and labor went into this show-stopping piece of art.
Dogs and the collision repair industry seem to go together, and that's why there are so many shop dogs working for free as they help their crews all over the country.
Midwest Auto Body decided to give a car to a worthy recipient, and as a result, local Catholic seminarian and missionary Marco Franco got a 2006 Mercury Milan from this shop in Melrose, IL.
Last year, I interviewed Jose Esquivel, the owner of Midwest Auto Body in Melrose, IL about his journey into collision repair.
Jimmy Lefler with Yin Yin Khin and Sophia during his recent and 11th trip to Myanmar.
The collision repair industry gives back in a big way, and certain body shops are well-known for their philanthropy and kindness.
For the 11th time, Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA presented a completely refurbished vehicle for a deserving family through its participation in the national Selected Benevolence Program.
Just like Nigel Tufnel said in the film This is Spinal Tap, "This one goes to 11!"
Santa was a big hit with all of the children whose families received completely refurbished vehicles from Mike's Auto Body, complete with trunk loads of gifts and toys.
When Mike's Auto Body in northern California's East Bay gave away its first car back in 2000, did they ever imagine that it would become one of the largest Benevolence programs of its type run by a single family-operated body shop chain in the country? Without fail, Mike's Auto Body presents completely refurbished vehicles to deserving families and non-profit organizations from throughout the Bay Area, and this year, it marked its 16th straight year of involvement.
From left, Thommy, Steve and John Spinnett run the show at Steve's Imports in Portland, OR, a business Steve started 40 years ago. When he saw homeless people living in a camp near his shop, he decided to take action.
Last month, we ran an article about Steve Spinnett, a Portland body shop owner who became an advocate for local homeless people. Autobody News reached out to Spinnett to get the full story on his advocacy.
The annual Kentucky’s Big Brown Truck Pull in Paducah, KY gets sponsors from all over the state, and Randy's Body Shop has been involved since its inception eight years ago.
Randy's Body Shop in Paducah, KY has been in existence since 1982, when Randy Wiersma opened his doors with just five people, including two co-op students from a local trade school. Randy's wife, Dianne, ran the front office, and Randy jokes that his two young sons, Brad and Kyle, were also there as "part-time helpers," with their principal roles being to interrupt production.
The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks, by staging a realistic reenactment of a serious accident.