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Wednesday, 08 July 2020 20:24

Ohio-Based DCR Systems Facility One of First Independents to Become BMW Certified

Mike Southworth, left, general manager for Classic BMW; Michael Giarrizzo, center, CEO of DCR Systems; and Paul Pennington, right, parts manager for Classic BMW. Mike Southworth, left, general manager for Classic BMW; Michael Giarrizzo, center, CEO of DCR Systems; and Paul Pennington, right, parts manager for Classic BMW.

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DCR Systems announced July 8 that Classic Accident Repair Center, one of the company’s nine operations, is now a BMW Certified Collision Repair Center.

Located in Mentor, OH, and established in 2005, the collision repair facility is one of the first independent repair facilities in the country to earn this designation. It is affiliated with the Classic BMW dealership, which sponsored the body shop during the certification process.

“We’re proud to say that Classic Accident Repair Center has successfully completed the high standards set by BMW of North America to become certified by the auto manufacturer,” said Michael Giarrizzo, CEO of DCR Systems’ dealer-based collision centers. “It’s a great and honorable distinction to receive and really falls in line with our business model, as a network of nine dealer-based collision centers.”

Up until recently, only a BMW dealer-owned body shop could become a Certified Collision Repair Center (CCRC.) 

“Since DCR Systems was founded in 2004, our focus has been to create exclusive strategic partnerships with dealerships,” said Giarrizzo. “Previously, we did not qualify to become BMW certified based on that technicality.”

In 2018, the auto manufacturer announced that it would begin allowing independent repair facilities sponsored by dealerships to join its CCRC network.

When DCR Systems learned the program was going to be offered to select independent shops, the team at Classic Accident Repair Center began working toward meeting the auto manufacturer’s rigorous requirements.

“BMW is definitely a leader in connected cars and the cars of the future,” said Giarrizzo. “Being part of the certified repair program is critical for collision repair facilities that are affiliated with BMW dealerships and repair these vehicles.”

With 12 certifications, Giarrizzo and his team are big supporters of the certification process. Over the years, they have found certification programs are becoming better and more stringent in their requirements.

“Becoming a BMW Certified Collision Repair Center was not an easy certification to obtain,” said Giarrizzo. “However, it is a priority for us to be trained and certified in all brands we represent.”

Since first starting the BMW certification process, Classic Accident Repair Center has focused on specific technician training, the use of original BMW parts and the required tools and equipment to earn its certification.


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