Opeka has been impressed with the training and support provided by Great Lakes Car-O-Liner.
“They have been fabulous, and the service is wonderful,” he said.
The body shop has since purchased Car-O-Liner® products for all of its locations. Even though Opeka said there was a perfectly good frame machine at the newest location, the first thing he did was sell the existing machine and replace it with another Car-O-Liner® Benchrack™ and Car-O-Tronic® Vision2™ X3 measuring system.
Since using Car-O-Liner® products at the facilities, Opeka said it has streamlined the repair process.
“It goes back to our mantra of helping people,” he said. “We want cars to get out and back to the customers as quickly as possible.”
Since using Car-O-Liner® products at the facilities, Opeka said they have found it has streamlined the repair process.
He has also been impressed with the equipment’s accuracy and the lack of mistakes. With their prior equipment, Opeka said there were many times employees would have to put the car back on the frame machine to make a change later in the process because it wasn’t measured correctly the first time.
“Now, that’s dissipated,” said Opeka. “We’re able to do it right the first time.”
Opeka said his shops use the equipment all the time, even during the pandemic. Although the claims count was down during the stay-at-home restrictions, Opeka said severity was substantially higher.
“The machine seemed to be getting used more now than it was before,” he said. “People were getting their cars repaired because they had to, not because they were choosing to.”
In addition to the frame machines, Opeka Auto Repair uses Car-O-Liner CTR®9 and CMI™300 Pulse Trio welders, which Opeka describes as high-quality products that are competitively priced.
“They are just amazing, the way they will duplicate factory welds almost automatically,” said Opeka.
Opeka said the Car-O-Liner® equipment meets the manufacturers’ certifications, and the measuring system, Car-O-Tronic® Vision2™, is very accurate and simple to use.
A burning issue that Opeka said really bothers him is how the outside world often portrays the industry.
“I think if shops would make more of an investment in themselves through high-quality equipment, training and professionalism, like what is provided by companies like Car-O-Liner, maybe Hollywood would stop acting like we are all drug dealers and chop shops.”
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