Smiths Falls’ Sendoff: Ottawa area bodyshop closes after 25 years

Ottawa, Ontario — As of July 30, 2021, Dan and Kathy Trudel are officially retired after closing up shop at Smiths Falls Auto Body. “I enjoy working on cars,” Dan said. “The repairing and painting of the cars, no-brainer — I’ve done it for 40-some years, but I’ll miss the customers.” Dan began restoring cars […]

Welcomes of the Week: January 23, 2021

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— In this new weekly series, Collision Repair celebrates the latest shop openings from coast to coast. This week, CARSTAR welcomes its new Mississauga North location in Ontario, while CSN Collision Network and Lift Auto Group add CSN Klassen to its network family.    CARSTAR Mississauga North opens in Ontario Hamilton, Ontario — […]

Fix Auto network comes to Amherst, Nova Scotia

Fix Auto Amherst manager Laura White and Steve Smith, Taylor Ford Amherst general manager.

By CRM staff   Amherst, Nova Scotia — June 6, 2018 — Taylor Ford Amherst’s collision centre is joining the Fix Auto network.    Taylor Ford Amherst’s general manager, Steve Smith, says the decision was the logical extension of the shop’s customer-first philosophy and commitment to staying ahead of recent technological changes.   “We do everything […]

Fix Auto welcomes Charlesbourg South to the network

The Fix Auto Charlesbourg South team.

By CRM Staff   Charlesbourg, Quebec — May 21, 2018 — Fix Auto has announced the addition of the Charlesbourg South location to its network. The new location will be owner Daniel Fortin’s third Fix facility. He also owns Fix Auto Limoilou and Grand-Beauport.    “For myself and my team, it’s all about personalized customer […]

Fix Auto welcomes family-run shop in Verona to the network

A few members of the Fix Auto Verona team. From left to right: Gail Reynolds (office manager), Paul McCormack (manager), Mike Arney (estimator).

By CRM Staff Verona, Ontario — April 2, 2018 — Fix Auto recently announced the addition of Fix Auto Verona to the network. Family history is the main reason owners Larry and Alan Revell have been in the industry for so long. “We’ve been in the collision industry for 58 years and have enjoyed working […]

Simplicity Car Care expands to Etobicoke

Paul Prochilo, CEO of Simplicity Car Care; Nick Polizos of Simplicity Etobicoke; Domenic Ieraci, President of Simplicity Car CarePaul Prochilo, CEO of Simplicity Car Care; Nick Polizos of Simplicity Etobicoke; Domenic Ieraci, President of Simplicity Car Care.

By CRM Staff Etobicoke, Ontario — February 8, 2018 — A recent announcement from Simplicity Car Care revealed that their network has expanded to a new location in Etobicoke, Ontario. The shop is a family run business, with owner Nick Polizos and his father taking care of things in the shop while Polizos’s wife and sister […]

Tesla approves Spanesi equipment for structural repairs

Tesla joins a growing list of OEM approvals on Spanesi equipment.

Naperville, Illinois — January 26, 2018 — On January 16, Tesla announced the addition of three new Spanesi structural repair benches, along with the Touch Measuring System, to their OEM approved equipment list. “Spanesi is excited to be a part of approved list of collision repair equipment recognized in the Tesla Approved Body Shop program,” […]

Up in Smoke: Port Hope bodyshop burns down

Port Hope Firefighters practice tackling industrial blazes like the one which destroyed half of Eric's Auto Body.

By CRM Staff Port Hope, Ontario — January 30, 2018 — Late on Thursday night, fire crews from as far away as Cobourg and Hamilton were called to assist with an out-of-control blaze at Eric’s Auto Body in Port Hope. Within an hour, the crews had managed to put out the fire with no injuries. […]

CARSTAR expands in Quebec with CARSTAR Mercier

Alex Leduc, co-owner of CARSTAR Mercier. The repair facility can accommodate more than ten cars at a time at its 4,550-square-foot repair facility.

Mercier, Quebec — January 4, 2018 — CARSTAR Collision and Glass Service is expanding its network in Quebec with the opening of CARSTAR Mercier. The facility is owned by Robert and Alex Leduc, and was formerly operated as Carrosserie Robert.   Roger Leduc first opened the 4,550-square-foot repair facility more than 45 years ago. Since then, […]

CARSTAR expands in New Brunswick with CARSTAR Tracadie

Reginald Brideau recently joined CARSTAR with his new facility, CARSTAR Tracadie.

New Brunswick, Tracadie — January 3, 2017 — CARSTAR recently announced the addition of CARSTAR Tracadie to its North American network. Reginald Brideau, who has nearly 40 years of collision repair industry experience, owns the facility. It is located at 1024 Route 370, Leech, New Brunswick.   “Holding myself and my business to the highest […]