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Tuesday, 08 June 2021 20:27

Korte's Collision in MI Gives Away $4,000 in Repairs to Honor Milestone Achievement

Written by Zach Russell, Press & Guide
Mike McRae, right, and his daughter Brooke stand with the owners and staff of Korte’s Collision after they were given a $4,000 auto repair for free for being the 10,000th customer. Mike McRae, right, and his daughter Brooke stand with the owners and staff of Korte’s Collision after they were given a $4,000 auto repair for free for being the 10,000th customer. Zach Russell, for MediaNews Group

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Since opening in 2003, Korte’s Collision has served the auto body repair needs of Dearborn Heights, MI.

In their 18th year of business, owners Lisa and Matt Korte and their team recently passed the milestone of the 10,000th repair and wanted to give back to the community to celebrate by offering complimentary work.

 

The winners of the giveaway say the free repairs couldn’t have come at a better time.

 

“I’ve been in the auto repair business since 1984,” Matt Korte said. “Lisa had thought of doing a giveaway for our 10,000th repair and doing something for the people. We come from a Christian background and wanted to give back.”

 

The milestone repair winner was Mike McRae, whose daughter, Brooke, a nursing student at Wayne State University, needed a repair on the front bumper of her red Ford Fusion after getting in an accident. He said he didn’t realize he had won the giveaway until after the work was complete.

 

“Times have been hard financially, especially for my daughter, who was going to have to pay out of pocket for the repair,” McRae said. “I come in to pay, and then tell me ‘it’s all set.’ I couldn’t believe it. She and I both needed help and as fate would have it, it was huge. It was such a humbling experience. It made me feel great because of their generosity, and it saved her a lot of money.”

 

The Korte Collision team fixed the front of the car that had been damaged in the accident, as well as...


...one of the rear doors that was repaired previously, but showed signs of failing. The workers themselves suggested repairing the door, saying “if this is the giveaway repair, we’re going to do it right.”

 

The free repairs totaled $4,000.

 

"We knew it was a tough time for them, and it’s special that they were our 10,000th repair order,” Korte said. “I can’t say enough about them as people and how much they appreciated it.”

 

McRae said the shop "went the extra mile."

 

"It’s a big blessing to us," he said. "I don’t know how we would have repaired it otherwise. I can’t think of a greater story.”

 

The shop is located at 27100 Van Born Road, Dearborn Heights, MI.

 

We thank the Press & Guide for reprint permission. 

 

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