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FindPigtails.com Helps Gibson Automotive Speed Up Cycle Times

Gibson Automotive has served Greenville, TX, since 1969.

Gibson Automotive in Greenville, TX, has undergone several transformations since its doors opened in 1969.

“We originally opened as Joe Gibson Ford, then transitioned to Oldsmobile Cadillac,” explained Brent Ash, the estimator at Gibson Automotive. “In 2016, we changed operations to focus primarily on collision repair.”

The family owned and operated business holds an I-CAR Gold Class title and stands out by providing customers with a “miraculous quality of work,” said Ash.

Gibson Automotive
Greenville, TX

Company At A Glance...
: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 21
In Business Since: 1969
Number of Locations: One
Production Space: 15,000 square feet

FindPigtails.com, a long-time vendor partner, has helped Gibson Automotive offer dependable repairs and efficient turnaround times to its tight-knit community. 

“With all the expanding electronics and how hard harnesses are to get, there are certain things you just need a pigtail for,” Ash explained. “So, FindPigtails.com has fulfilled a huge need for us.”

Ash said typically, Gibson Automotive contacts the vendor for fog light pigtails. 

Gibson Automotive uses quality pigtails from FindPigtails.com to speed up the repair process.

“There are connectors---pigtails---throughout the car---front end, rear end, headlights, tail lamps and radar connectors for cruise control systems. So any time one of these areas gets damaged, hopefully, the shop catches it ahead of time, which Gibson Automotive always does,” said Ruston Blanchard, general manager for FindPigtails.com. “Some shops don’t catch that they need a connector until the very end when they’re about to ship out the car. This happens because they’re not used to looking for a connector, which is basically a needle in a haystack.”

Blanchard, who initially worked in vehicle diagnostics, said deciphering whether the car needs a pigtail is an acquired skill.  

“You’ve got this huge impact with all this other damage, so a little plug on the end of two wires can easily get missed,” Blanchard explained. “So, as the shops work with us, we help them identify what they need, or if what they think they need, is correct.”

He said body shops eventually get to the level Gibson Automotive is at and will know they need a pigtail sooner than later.

“At that point, the shop sends us a picture through our website chat, text line, email or the FingPigtails.com app,” Blanchard said. “I then send back a price, they tell me to ship it, and we’re done. It makes everybody’s life super easy.”

Ash said he uses the convenient text line FindPigtails.com offers.

“I can’t remember the last time FindPigtails.com didn’t have something we needed,” Ash said. “They treat us right, and they take care of us. Ruston is my main salesman over there, and he’s awesome.”

On the rare occasion FindPigtails.com doesn’t have a compatible connector in-house, Blanchard said he will hunt one down for the client. 

“If all we can find is a used part, we’ll get it and, of course, let the client know it is used,” Blanchard explained. “To keep up with competitors and meet niche demands, we started carrying a small percentage of aftermarket parts.”

Ash said the vendor’s reliability has been key.

“They have helped us speed up repairs, which aids cycle time,” said Ash. “I don’t have to wait seven or eight days to get a pigtail out of Michigan from the OEM. I can call Ruston on, let’s say, a Tuesday afternoon, and it’s at my door Wednesday around lunch.”

The fast delivery paired with high-quality connectors gives Ash peace of mind. 

“Our philosophy since we started working in diagnostics has been, ‘I don’t want to worry about my repair down the line.’ If something’s wrong, I want to know that my repair is OK and that it’s something else on the car,” Blanchard explained. “So, that’s why we started with OEM plugs, which comprise 98% of our inventory.”

FindPigtails.com has secured distributors that sell OEM connectors, including ones with factory part numbers, and the company works directly with most car insurance companies.

The Gibson Automotive team is united by a simple phrase: “Do the right thing.”

“We make our wires and terminals in-house,” said Blanchard. “Ninety percent of the time, shops buy our OEM-plus plug that we’ve upgraded with higher temperature wire,” which deters rodents and “knocks down and absorbs flames,” he explained. 

Kyle Gibson, vice president of Gibson Automotive, said his company’s core values align nicely with those of FindPigtails.com.

“Our core values are not a printed statement, but the beliefs of all that work here,” Gibson said. “We are all united by a simple phrase, ‘Do the right thing.”

Gibson said he and his team apply this philosophy to all daily activities “to keep the body shop machine rolling.”

“We break it down to its simplest form; make one decision all day: do what’s right to ensure all parties involved are taken care of,” he said. “That includes the customer, the vehicle, the insurance company, the vendor and Gibson Automotive.”

Apart from implementing top-tier products and procedures, Ash said Gibson Automotive creates a welcoming environment for every customer.

“There are so few people in this town who don’t know the Gibsons since they’ve been a part of the community for so long,” he said. “Everybody feels at home when they come here, and that’s the vibe we like to keep.”

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