Monday, December 30, 2013

Boise Auto Body Shop: Wish Granters Corvette

We have some follow up pictures for the Corvette that we have been working on for Wish Granters of Idaho. This is a project that they have been putting together for a man in the Treasure Valley to see that his dream of restoring a Corvette comes true. As an auto body shop in Boise, we were extremely happy to do our part to help, but there have been several other businesses that have helped with other aspects of the job.

The first picture is what the car looked like when it came into the shop
Getting ready to prime the car.
Painting the car. 

The finished product. 
We would like to thank Wish Granters for the opportunity to work on this project. It has been a fun thing to do and hope that it brings some light into this person's life.

Happy New Year!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Local Boise Auto Body Shop Helping a Great Cause

Wish Granters is a company in Boise, Idaho that is granting wishes to adults 18 and older who have terminal illnesses. The aim of the company is simple:

"We come into the lives of these individuals and give them something to look forward to and something to hold on to, at a time when they need it the most. We also give their families a memory they can have forever."

One of the most recent wishes that they are granting is something that means a lot to a local individual. His dream is to restore a 1980 Corvette. It is a project that will take some time but in the end will be worth the wait to the Boise resident. 

The project has gone through several phases including having engine work done, and adding new tires and wheels. Wish Granters is now teaming with a local auto body shop to get the auto body refinish and repair work done. This means that they are one step closer to having the work done so that they can present it and complete a dream come true.

The work that Wish Granters, along with locally owned businesses, is beyond measure for what it means to the individuals whose wishes they are granting. Wish Granters is bringing a ray of sunshine to an otherwise dim situation and they are allowing members of the community to be a part of something very special. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Collision Repair?

You might be asking how collision repair fits in with social media and Skype, and you would not be the only one asking that. In the past year as a social media specialist, it is easy to see that social media is good for any company, even an auto body shop.

The hardest part about doing social media for an auto body shop is proving the worth to the shop owner. Many shop owners whom I have talked to have not used either Facebook or Twitter on their own accord let alone in a business setting. Needless to say, when confronting auto body shop owners and telling them that they need to use these social platforms, you might expect to get some confused faces and questioning eyes.

It is important to let these owners know the overall importance of social media for business. Social media is the new website for businesses. Ten years ago businesses may have had a website, or they may not have had one. Now that it is 2013, if you do not have a website, then you may not be found...ever. It seems that now, almost as with websites, that consumers will look to find and "like" a businesses Facebook fan page either before or immediately after they find their website. Needless to say, it is an important asset to have for all types of businesses.

"How does Skype fit into this?"

Well, I am glad you asked. The auto body and collision repair industry is having to keep up with the times, just as any business has to. These businesses are now turning to Skype to do estimates for customers. This is an idea that is brilliant but can also be intimidating for shop owners. If they are not used to the technology then they have to not only learn it but feel comfortable enough to be able offer it as a service.

The newest technologies are great for all types of businesses but it has become apparent that social media and systems like Skype can be very useful for businesses like auto body shops but it takes time for some owners to feel comfortable with the idea before they will implement them. So it is up to a person like me to show them that they are not scary and that they can be very useful to CONNECT with their patrons on a level that they have never known before.