Some deserving people receive donated cars to make their lives a little easier, while others use them to get better jobs and improve their situations.
Kristopher Muse, a metal technician at Mike’s Auto Body, is only 25, but he has been playing the bagpipes for 14 years and is a member of one of the largest nationally acclaimed bagpipe bands in the country.
In the old days, they were called retreats: A group of employees would meet at a hotel and go out in the woods or up in the mountains to bond, and the really smart people would figure a way out of it.
As a part-time firefighter, a member of his town's Building and Planning Commission and an area marketing manager for asTech---a company that focuses on providing OEM diagnostics to collision repair shops nationwide---Eric Newell, 36, is adept at multi-tasking, to say the least.
So, you've tried it all: conventional advertising, email marketing, digital advertising---maybe you even bought a billboard or hired a plane to write your name in the sky.
With more and more consumers searching for body shops’ information online, it has become increasingly important for shops to clean up their digital presence.
In the U.S., there are half a million women actively looking to buy a new car at any given time.
Back in 2014, Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, presented a completely refurbished van to the San Francisco Skate Club that is still running strong.
He's got mad skills when it comes to making furniture out of wine barrels and old wood that he finds or purchases for his creations.
As a sales and service tech for the past 12 years at Martin Auto Color---a statewide PPG Platinum jobber with 21 locations---Monte Marrott knows that using the right tools is vital to doing a good job when it comes to painting a car or repairing a vehicle.
When Dylan Maki, VP at Maki Body & Glass in Grand Rapids, MN, isn't landing big DRPs or luring in body repair work by stressing quality and top-notch customer service, he is a professional fisherman who competes in large tournaments nationwide.
When deserving people get cars from body shops, either MSOs or independents, it is always a win-win for the industry and the community.
I interviewed a body shop manager a few years ago who told me that he motivated his people through fear.
When George Melendez isn't writing estimates at Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, he is working as a security specialist for the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.