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Friday, 21 September 2018 15:40

Custom Auto Builders Focuses on Service, Quality Control in IA

Written by Elda Stone, Globe Gazette
Steve Tass, Sean Hook, Jason Tesch, Debbie Bryan and Kristy Tass with Custom Auto Builders. Steve Tass, Sean Hook, Jason Tesch, Debbie Bryan and Kristy Tass with Custom Auto Builders.

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Cristy said their two sons essentially grew up in the body shop. Cory now works for Enterprise Car Sales in Des Moines. Joe works as an Alliant Energy lineman.

 

They also credit their faith in God for seeing them through the years.

 

“We’re not shy of giving a person a hug and ‘God bless you,’” Steve said. “They’re devastated with what just happened and need compassion. When they see the finished car, they often go, ‘Wow!’ We bring their car back to pre-accident condition, and sometimes it even looks better. I had a guy say, ‘My car hasn’t looked that clean since I've owned it.’”

 

Cristy is retired from running a Curves women’s fitness center for 25 years. Before that, she was a Jazzercise instructor.

 

“We used to run ads about how we had two ‘body shops’---Custom Auto Builders for cars, Curves for you,” she said. “We did radio ads where Steve would say, ‘I’m here to tell you about Custom Auto Builders,’ then I’d say, ‘I have a body shop, too! I strength-train women and get them back in shape.’”

 

“Thirty-five years go by awfully quick!” Steve said.

 

Simultaneously, they said, “It’s been fun.” And laughed.

 

We thank Globe Gazette for reprint permission.


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