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Wednesday, 19 May 2021 10:51

Spanesi Helps Fix Auto Body Shop Owner Ensure Quality Repairs

Written by Autobody News Staff
Teammates at both Fix Auto locations were really excited to receive  new, modern equipment and  appreciated the training provided  by Spanesi. Teammates at both Fix Auto locations were really excited to receive new, modern equipment and appreciated the training provided by Spanesi.

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Ian Morton grew up in the collision industry, with his stepfather, grandfather and uncle involved in running auto body shops.

Fix Auto Tucson-Thoroughbred and Fix Auto Sierra Vista
Locations: Tucson and Sierra Vista, AZ
www.fixautousa.com/sierra-vista
(520) 263-4973
www.fixautousa.com/tucson-thoroughbred
(520) 790-4946
Ian.morton@fixauto.com

 

Company At A Glance...
Type: Collision Repair

Facility Employees: 27
In Business Since: 2019
DRP Programs: 15
Number of Locations: Two
Combined Production Space: 18,000 square feet

 

Morton recalls spending time at his grandfather’s facility in Tucson, AZ, at the age of 5, and helping out during the summers when he was 12.

 

“I was pulling weeds and picking up cigarette butts for a penny,” he said.

 

Throughout high school, he worked at the shop, starting as a porter and eventually becoming general manager.

 

“Sometimes, I even slept at the shop, showered and then went to school,” he said. “I just loved it.”

 

After the business was sold to Morton’s uncle, Morton worked for two large MSOs. In 2018, Morton learned about an opportunity to purchase Thoroughbred Paint and Body from a family friend.

 

“I was sitting on the beach in Maui and told my wife, ‘I’m going to buy this shop,’” he recalled. “I had no idea how I was going to make it happen, but we did.”

 

On Jan. 1, 2019, there was an unexpected snowstorm in Tucson with 8 inches of snow. He couldn’t get out of his driveway the following day and was late for his first day of work.

 

Since purchasing the Thoroughbred shop and opening a second location in July 2020---Fix Auto Sierra Vista---Morton has focused on building a culture for his teammates while ensuring vehicles are repaired properly for customers. This includes keeping up with modern technology, so they can pre- and post-scan vehicles and meet the OEM requirements from an ADAS and calibration standpoint.

 

At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Morton decided it was a great opportunity to reinvest in his business.

 

“I realized that we might not get another opportunity like this where we can spend time remodeling and upgrading without impacting our workflow or guests,” he said.

 

Spanesi June 2021 SPS 2

Since using Spanesi equipment, Morton has found it has helped with cycle time and repairing vehicles properly.

 

He set out to research new equipment for his facilities.

 

“I knew I wanted a bench and fixturing systems for repairing today’s modern vehicles,” he said.

 

A fellow market leader at Fix Auto told him about Spanesi, and Morton reached out to Tim Morgan, COO of Spanesi Americas.

 

“We had a 30-minute conversation,” said Morton. “I was so impressed that the COO of a company would take a call after hours and spend time talking to me.”

 

Morgan flew to Tucson to meet Morton and the team. Together, they mapped out how to reorganize the shops. Meanwhile, Morton talked to other Spanesi owners and received...


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