Friday, 11 May 2018 11:28

CARSTAR Opens 1st Location in South Dakota

CARSTAR recently announced the opening of its first CARSTAR location in South Dakota, expanding its U.S. footprint to 34 states.

CARSTAR Collision Center-Rapid City, part of Granite Buick GMC and Granite Nissan, is located at 415 East Omaha St., Rapid City, SD 57701.  It is owned by Ross McKie (shown on left) and his partner Troy Claymore (shown on right). McKie is a second-generation dealer whose family business started in the ‘60s. Claymore oversees the two dealerships for Buick and Nissan and is the top dealer in the area.

“We joined CARSTAR for the expanded relationships with insurance carriers, the leading-edge technology, the access to best practices and the power of being part of a national brand with hundreds of other owners,” said McKie.

CARSTAR Collision Center-Rapid City will offer full-service collision repair, paintless dent repair and glass replacement services, along with free collision repair estimates, expert color matching, towing assistance, vehicle pick-up and delivery, a nationwide warranty for most repairs and rental cars through Enterprise.

The 9,500-square-foot location features all updated equipment in a stand-alone building from the dealership. The facility technicians are I-CAR Gold and Platinum certified, and the location is a certified repair facility by Nissan and General Motors. Ken Lammers, a long-time industry veteran, is the general manager. Hours are Monday--Friday 8 a.m.--5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.--noon.

“As we build our network across the United States, we are excited to announce our first location in South Dakota,” said Michael Macaluso, President, CARSTAR.  “Ross McKie and Troy Claymore represent a growing trend of auto dealerships partnering with CARSTAR to help efficiently manage and grow their collision repair operations. We look forward to helping build their business as part of the CARSTAR family.”