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Friday, 10 April 2020 18:32

CA Shop Owner Creates Rideshare Collision Network

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Dan Dewater established the Rideshare Collision Network last year to connect rideshare drivers with qualified body shops suited for these types of repairs. Dan Dewater established the Rideshare Collision Network last year to connect rideshare drivers with qualified body shops suited for these types of repairs. Dan Dewater

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“RCN member shops are a group of independent shop owners that know what it’s like to be self-employed and not get the best service, and discounts from bigger more powerful companies,” Dewater said. “We do not have any DRPs, so that we are not obligated to work with any insurance company or give them any discounts. For this reason, we’re able to offer you better service with Uber/Lyft approved rental and deductible assistance, in many cases.”

The mission is for any rideshare driver to find a body shop within the network using RCN’s website and to have greater access to repairs, Dewater said.

 

“We are in the process of partnering with a fleet rental company to offer the drivers an alternate automobile in order to keep them working while the vehicle is in the body shop,” he said. “Whenever a rideshare driver gets into an accident, they can find us easily through our website and social media.

 

"We enable our RCN shops to make changes easily on their own or by contacting our support team which prides itself on being highly responsive! Time is money in this business, and even more so when it comes to ridesharing.”

 

Dewater is the third owner of Hangtown Body Shop, which has been voted No. 1 in Placerville by the local newspaper several times. Bob Williams Sr. opened the shop back in 1975. Bob Williams Jr. took over from his dad and Dewater assumed ownership in 2012.

 

He learned the trade from the Regional Occupational Program at Ponderosa, CA, and credits one of its teachers, Chuck Brault, for much of his success.

Dewater accumulated a fair amount of car repair experience in his high school years, working at a local body shop summers and Christmas break.

 

One of his first repairs occurred when he crashed in a relative’s Datsun B210. But, by working fast and using his rapidly developing skills, Dewater was able to save the day. He fell in love with the collision repair industry right then and there, and as they say---the rest is history.

Shops interested in joining the Rideshare Collision Network can go to ridesharecollisionnetwork.com or visit the RCN YouTube Channel for more information.


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