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St. Claude Autobody scores a Manitoba first with Toyota certification

The team at St. Claude Autobody. The facility is the first in Manitoba to achieve Toyota certification under the new program, and only the sixth so far in Canada.

St. Claude, Manitoba — July 5, 2017 — Toyota Canada has recently recognized St. Claude Autobody as an official Toyota Certified Collision Centre. The facility the first independent autobody shop in Manitoba to meet the new requirements of the Toyota certification.

As of time of publication, St. Claude Autobody is one of only six shops in Canada to meet the newly revamped requirements of the Toyota Certified Collision Centre Program. CSN-Brimell Paint and Collision Centre in Toronto was the first Canadian collision repair business to qualify. For more on this, please see “First in Canada: CSN-Brimell qualifies for updated Toyota certification program.”

“We’ve been working extremely hard to stay on top of all the recent changes in the collision repair trade,” said Norm Bruneau, owner and General Manager of St. Claude Autobody. “We are extremely pleased that Toyota Canada recognized our efforts and are willing to count on us as one of their certified repair centres.”

In a recent statement, Paul Stella, Manager of Toyota Canada’s Collision Repair and Refinish Program, outlined that it’s about more than returning vehicles to pre-accident condition. It’s about returning them to original factory specifications to ensure that customer safety is not compromised.

While most Toyota certified repair facilities are dealership owned, dealers without an in-house repair facility can designate an independent shop of their choice to become certified as long as they meet the Toyota requirements. Portage Toyota has chosen St. Claude Autobody as their repair facility of choice to ensure that their customers receive certified repairs.

“Customer safety has always been a focal point here, so it was important for us to work with a qualified repair facility,” said Doug Thompson, General Manager of Portage Toyota. “We’ve had a great working relationship with St. Claude Autobody over the years and partnering with them was the right choice for us and our customers.”

For more information, please visit stclaudeautobody.com.

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