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G&C Auto Body Gets Back into the Giving Mood with 3 Car Giveaways

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The Crozat brothers, from left, Shawn, Josh and Patrick, are committed to their family’s foundation and proud to be working with an organization like NABC. The Crozat brothers, from left, Shawn, Josh and Patrick, are committed to their family’s foundation and proud to be working with an organization like NABC.


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During the pandemic, auto body shops known for giving away vehicles had to put their programs on pause, but now they’re back at it in a big way.

On June 4, three Northern Californians received fully refurbished vehicles through the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program during a presentation held at G&C Auto Body in Santa Rosa, CA.


The cars were donated by Allstate, painted with PPG and given away by G&C Auto Body, an MSO with 20 locations in the North Bay Area.


If you know anything about the history of the collision industry in California, you know the name G&C Auto Body and its late founder, Gene Crozat, who took the charitable act of giving cars to deserving people and turned it into an art form. With his infectious smile underneath a gray mustache, Crozat loved helping others and sharing his success with those in need.


G&C Auto Body has sponsored more than 196 car giveaways through the Crozat Family Foundation since its inception in 2004. In addition to giving away vehicles, G&C often provides additional monetary help to aid in the cost of vehicle ownership and operation.


G&C Co-Owner and CEO Shawn Crozat proudly works with NABC Recycled Rides as he continues his father’s work.


“My dad started this---he was a car guy and he was always passionate about helping people in the community,” said Shawn Crozat. “He saw a need in our community and he created the Crozat Family Foundation to help. We’re excited to get over the 200 cars donated milestone.


"Giving back is good for business and supports our culture of caring for our team members and our customers. It’s amazing to see...

...technicians donate their time on these projects. It’s also important for our community---they support us and it is our responsibility to give back to them.”


The three families receiving vehicles included Ami, now the proud owner of a 2019 Nissan Kicks. She is a single mom of four working full-time to support her family. Her vehicle recently broke down and she has been relying on her friends for rides up until now. But now Ami can rest assured she can get to work every day while delivering her children to school and their other activities.


The recipient of a 2017 Honda Accord is Brooke, a single mother with a child who has special medical needs. Brooke moved back to Ukiah, CA, after fleeing an abusive relationship with her now ex-partner from Minnesota. She had to leave her work at the beginning of the pandemic due to issues with childcare and has employment waiting for her once she has childcare again.


Now that childcare is available, transportation has become an issue. Her car began losing power on the freeway and became unreliable for getting to work or getting her son to daycare. Having reliable transportation will now enable her to achieve full independence as she pursues her goals and dreams.


The third recipient is Nadia, presented with a 2018 Nissan Sentra. She has been on her own since high school graduation, when she was kicked out of her parents' house. After living in her car for about a year and maintaining a full-time job at Starbucks, her boss told her about Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) and encouraged her to reach out to them.


She has been renting from SAY since August of 2020. As she was moving into housing with SAY, her car broke down. Nadia now has a second part-time job and is trying to save for a reliable vehicle. The presentation of a reliable car will allow Nadia to pursue her dream of attending SRJC for nursing, and help her get to medical appointments for her diabetes.


In addition to the vehicles, the team at G&C Auto Body also provided each recipient with...

...$200 grocery cards for the next six months, $200 gas cards for the next six months, six months of insurance through Allstate Memmer Insurance Agency and a one-time $500 gift card for Target.


PPG, a global leader in paints, coatings and specialty materials and longtime partner with G&C Auto Body, supplies all the automotive refinish paint and equipment for the 20 G&C Auto Body locations throughout Northern California.


“At PPG, our purpose to protect and beautify the world guides our actions in serving our communities and neighbors,” said PPG Strategic Accounts Director, Automotive Refinish Sales Tom Wolfe. “We have had long-standing business partnerships with both G&C Auto Body and the NABC for many years, and our common goal of positively impacting deserving families within our local communities makes our partnerships that much more meaningful.”


Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the NABC, is relieved to be giving cars after a short recess caused by the pandemic.


“What a tremendous honor to join the Crozat family and G&C Auto Body in giving so generously to their community,” he said. “We offer congratulations to G&C Auto Body on this incredible milestone of presenting 196 vehicles to community members in need and thank them for their commitment to and support of this program."


NABC Recycled Rides is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides program in 2007, members of the NABC have donated more than 2,600 vehicles valued at more than $36 million.


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