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Monday, 04 February 2019 19:51

Five Star Autobody Celebrates 20 Years of Serving St. Johnsbury, VT

Written by Staff, Caledonian Record
On the job at Five Star Autobody are, from left, Jacob Mudge, George Mudge, Suzanne Mudge and Brandon Larrabee. On the job at Five Star Autobody are, from left, Jacob Mudge, George Mudge, Suzanne Mudge and Brandon Larrabee. Courtesy photo

Five Star Autobody is a family-owned, independent collision repair facility founded by George Mudge on July 1, 1999. George has worked in the auto body industry since 1978.


After moving to Vermont in 1985, he was employed by Vinton Motors and later moved to Wayne Ford as an auto body technician before becoming shop manager. In 1999, he was given the opportunity to take over the auto body shop at the dealership. From there, Five Star Autobody was formed. Suzanne, his wife, joined him in the business, along with their children, Jacob and Deborah.


Suzanne’s grandfather, Amedee Caron; her father, Pete; and uncle, Normand, worked in auto body shops in the St. Johnsbury area in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1956, they established Caron Auto Service on Back Center Road, which was in operation until 1985.


Five Star Autobody has employed many great, talented technicians over the years, many of whom have become “family.” At this time, Jacob, a fourth-generation auto body technician, and George’s nephew, Brandon Larrabee, complete the team. Coming into their 20th year in business, George and Suzanne are in the process of slowly grooming “the next generation” to serve the collision and auto body needs of the local community and outlying areas for many years to come.


Five Star Autobody prides itself on customer service and quality repairs. It is the business’s mission to make sure that customers are educated and well-advised throughout the claim and repair processes. Five Star Autobody has longstanding relationships with many insurance companies and appraisers, allowing it to assist customers in a timely and knowledgeable fashion.


The company believes that it works for the customer and with its insurance company. Customers have commented that they know “[they] care,” and they do. Five Star Autobody also assists local services and businesses with their fleet work, so they can get their vehicles back on the road to do what they do best.


We thank Caledonian Record for reprint permission.

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