Memorial Day

 

On February 7th, 2007, Marine Corporal Jennifer Parcell was killed in Anbar province, Iraq when a woman she was searching at a checkpoint detonated an explosive vest. This was my first real experience with losing another service member, and one I’ll never forget. I remember the first time I met Parcell. We were both scared little recruits in boot camp, surviving the 13 weeks of brutal training by clinging to one another and trying to make it to the next meal. That was our goal; just make it to breakfast, then lunch, then dinner. Not one thought yet of the contract we willingly signed, a contract that says we would give our lives for our country, should the need arise. Not one of us thought THAT would actually happen. We’d see the world, train in such a way that we would never need fear another human being again, taste exotic foods, see exotic places and people, and gain life and trade skills. Not one thought of whether we might actually be asked to pay the ultimate price. That was the last time I saw Parcell alive.

Every time there’s a 3-day weekend, there’s going to be a BBQ or two. Completely understandable. I mean, what else are you going to do with 72 hours, no boss to answer to, no emails to check, no formal business to attend to? The kids are begging you to set up the pool, the weather’s nice, and the BBQ and smoker are calling our names. But let us not forget the true meaning behind Memorial Day observation, which began during the time of the Civil War and has been carried on ever since. Memorial Day was set aside to honor the Fallen. Those that never thought that THAT would actually happen to them. Those that were once just scared recruits, hoping to see the world. With time, things tend to lose their original meanings, I get it.

But let us not forget. Enjoy your BBQs and your pool parties, but take the time to remember those who have served us all and selflessly gone before us. Teach your children about these heroes. Talk about them and remember them. Find time to visit them and leave flowers, or simply allow for a moment of silent reflection. Yes, Memorial Day was Monday, but the message should stay with us longer than a 3-day weekend, don’t you think? We do. JP’s Collision Center supports our troops and veterans, and we carry on the tradition of remembering with respect our fallen heroes. In our office sits a “Wall of Honor”, where we have dedicated the space to honor our military service members. Come down and see it for yourself. It truly is a sight to behold! Are you or someone you know active or veteran military? Bring us a photo and your story so that we may add you to our wall and share your story!

Friendly reminder! JP’s Car Show is coming up soon, and we want to spread the word and get as many participants and sponsors as possible. It will be held Sunday, August 26th, from 10 am until 3 pm, at 3675 S. 300 W. We will have food, fun, raffles for prizes, and all donations made will go to the Operation Zero PCR non-profit organization, benefitting the fight against veteran suicide. Mark your calendars and join us for a day of fun and charity. See you there!

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Car Show for a Great Cause

Have you heard? JP’s Collision Center is reinstating their annual car show and they’re going to donate 100% of the donations made this year to the Operation Zero- Veteran Suicide Prevention, PCR organization. As anyone who is familiar with JP and his family will know, they are passionate about our military and veteran communities. Military service members sacrifice a lot for our betterment and our country, and we think it’s time to give back to them. Did you know that we lose 22 military veterans to suicide daily? That’s 22 brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and children that are needlessly lost each day. In our opinion, that’s 22 too many!

 

Operation zero is a non-profit that pours their hearts and souls into the battle against veteran suicide. Everyone on their team donates their time, expertise, and energy, without collecting a dime for themselves, to spread awareness, provide resources, and lend an understanding ear. When I first reached out to this organization, I spoke with the founding Marine that goes by the nickname “Cliffhanger”, and I quickly realized that this person embodied everything that is right in this world. He answered my call and tirelessly answered all of my questions, even though he had just spent the night, standing watch over another Brother in hospice. I knew right then that I wasn’t dealing with an organization whose heart wasn’t in the right place, which has unfortunately been an issue in the past.

 

The fight for many of our veterans doesn’t just end when their contractual service does. These are men and women who have been through journeys most couldn’t even imagine. They serve their countries, without ever asking for gratitude in return. The nature of their service often asks things of their spouses and children that put extreme pressures on their families. They train and re-train nonstop, around the clock, until the completion of their service, and they often have difficulty with transitioning back to civilian life because they become so good at what they are trained to do and it becomes a way of life; it isn’t just a job. Operation Zero isn’t just a place for those struggling, it is a family. When I called, I realized that I had found another Marine Brother, even though we’d never met in person. This is precisely the kind of organization JP’s wants to be a part of and promote. Help us keep them doing the amazing things that they are!

 

The Car Show is going to be held in the JP’s parking lot on August 26th, from 10 AM to 3 PM, at 3675 S. 300 W. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring or would like to be a part of this event, or if you would like to enter your ride in the show, let us know! You can reach us via Facebook or call (801)266-7791. If you are planning on showing your car in the show, snap a pic and post in it the following comments. Let’s get the excitement brewing because this is going to be a fun day, and for a really great cause! There will be food, fun, and even a lottery to win prizes. I plan to open a separate fundraiser for the same organization on Facebook very soon, for those that would like to donate to the cause but can’t be physically present for the car show. Thank you to those who have already offered donations, even before all of the logistics could be planned out completely! Watch your feed for a link to the online version of the fundraiser, coming soon, or you can wait for the show or visit the link to their homepage and donate to them when it is most convenient for you. It matters not how the money reaches them, just that it does. Together, we can spread awareness and eradicate this issue altogether. See you there!

Attention to Detail-ing

It happens. Humans are very busy creatures. You have 100,457,933 things to do before the day is over, and sometimes those things that are piling up on the back burner get neglected. Like, for a long time. Things like getting your cavity filled, scrubbing your bathtub…. and cleaning and washing your car. Sound familiar? Let’s face it. We can always make more time by getting up earlier or staying up later, but that means dipping further into our preciously coveted sleep time, and who doesn’t love to sleep? So why not let us take one of those nagging things that you need to get done off of your to-do list for you?

 

$125 gets you a full detail and wash (complimentary when you have another service done with us), and this isn’t like any other car detail you’ve had before. I can attest to this personally, as I have very high standards and when I picked up my car after having the leaks in my power steering and coolant systems, and transmission fixed, I was in absolute shock. I have 2 young girls, I frequent muddy mountainous trails, camp as often as I can justify, and I have a dog. You can imagine the damage we can collectively do to the inside and outside of my poor car when working as a team. When I picked up my Subaru, my vehicle was cleaner than I had ever seen it. I almost walked right past it because I didn’t recognize it, sitting there in JP’s parking lot. Gone were the crayons and greasy little fingerprints on my windows, and the hair that my dog had shed all over was also missing. Even the air conditioning vents had been cleaned out, a part of detailing that even the high-end detail shops tend to skip. Not at JP’s!

 

You would think JP’s detailing technician had at some point graduated from Parris Island because their attention to detail is impeccable. They will steam-clean your mats, vacuum, clean all surfaces, windows, wash the exterior, and even shine your wheels and tires up for you. JP’s Collision Center offers shampooing, as well, if your carpets and upholstery are in need. (Pricing is based on how much time it will take to get all of the stains out.) Come and see what a superbly clean car, inside and out, really feels and looks like! Summer’s around the corner! Don’t be the one that is caught rolling around with something that looks like you drove it into Utah Lake and forgot about it for a month!

 

Update on the upcoming Car Show:

Date: Sunday, August 26th.

We now have a time designated, and it will go from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (1000 – 1500, for those that prefer military time).

100% of donations will go to Operation Zero- Veteran Suicide Prevention PCR, benefitting the fight against Veteran suicide and raising awareness for the cause. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Operation-Zero-Veteran-Suicide-Prevention-PCR-1889149701371441/

Headlamp Restoration

Everything ages. We do, our dogs do, and so do our vehicle’s headlamps. Fear not though, because JP’s has a solution… at least for that last one. Have you ever been driving at night down that dark back road, studded with potholes, deer, and the occasional creepy shadow that could possibly turn out to be the guy from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre? And then you have that epiphany of a moment when you realize that you can’t see 5 feet in front of you? In my personal experience, that’s always exactly when the deer will jump right out in front of your car like fuzzy, four-legged Rambos. Let’s face it; we need to be able to see in all conditions while driving, people! Foggy headlamps reduce your ability to see at night and during inclement weather conditions, and they are at fault for many accidents. We can help!

 

Through a process of dry sanding, wet sanding, and then a clear coat application that contains a protective UV filter in it, we can bring your old and foggy headlamps back to looking better than new and back to lighting your way like they were originally intended to do. The best part? They’ll stay like that. The UV treatment in the clear coat protects your headlamps from further oxidization and deterioration so that you can rest assured that the next time you need your lamps to do what they were designed to do, they’ll be ready. Come and see us, give us a call, or drop us a message and ask about our headlamp restoration!

Also… just a friendly reminder, JP’s Car Show is coming up this August 26th (which is a Sunday) and for this year, JP has decided to ask for donations in lieu of a registration fee… 100% of which will go to the Operation Zero – Veteran Suicide Prevention PCR, which provides a number of services for veterans and their families in an effort to reduce the number of veteran suicides. This is an issue that is close to the hearts of everyone at JP’s, and we would appreciate your donations in an effort to raise awareness and much-needed aid for the veterans that are in need. Exact times still TBD, and we’ll keep you posted as the date gets closer, but mark your calendars now! More information about this amazing organization can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Operation-Zero-Veteran-Suicide-Prevention-PCR-1889149701371441/

 

1998 Fleetwood Bounder

Every project that we have the honor of working on presents its own unique requirements and challenges; that’s what makes our jobs fun! This motorhome was no exception to that rule, and we pulled out all of the stops to ensure both the satisfaction of our customer and the delivery of an exceptionally finished product. This particular job was both a customer pay and an insurance claim collaboration, which was no issue for the team at JP’s! We frequently work with situations similar to this one, and we handle all of the hassles that tend to accompany insurance claims, leaving you to spend more time planning your next vacation, rather than worrying about covering all angles yourself.

 

Look, we are never in the business of judging anyone. We understand that motorhomes are large, precarious, and bound to get a few bumps and bruises. We get it! No matter how awesome of a driver you are, it isn’t a matter of IF, but WHEN it will happen. No stress. We’ve got you! Bringing your vehicle back to its best condition is what we do, and we like to think we do it extremely well. No matter the size of the vehicle, no matter the damage or how many multiples of requests, we can and will accommodate!

 

Insurance companies can give even the toughest of people a massive headache. They seem to speak almost in code at times, leaving us to question their motives and our own sanity. Our team has established working relationships with those insurance companies and we speak their language, so the inconvenience that often accompanies dealing with them will be our pleasure. Don’t get us wrong; we love our insurance agents, but working with them if you don’t speak their language can be confusing and an added stressor. Let us take the proverbial wheel for you so that all you need to do is be excited about what the future holds!

 

Project completion photos soon to follow! Stay tuned!