Great Gifting Ideas!

With the Thanksgiving turkey hangovers done and over for 2018, festive lights are beginning to pop up around town and the snow is in the near forecast. Everything smells like pumpkin spice and our waistbands are feeling a little more pressure than average. Driving around town, we can see people coming home with trees strapped to their roofs and the infectious holiday spirit is so thick in the air that we can taste the peppermint. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, you’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there’s always that last-minute shopping left still to do before you’ll be ready for the Mother of all holidays: Christmas!


Have you checked off almost all of your entire gift list and still have yet to get something for that hard-to-buy-for person? You know, the one that seems to already have everything or is so picky that you get anxiety about gifting to them? May I suggest thinking outside of the Christmas box? JP’s Collision Center can help you come up with an unusual, meaningful, and sure to please gift! We offer a wide variety of gift ideas for the season, ranging from headlamp restoration to bed liners and running boards. Not everybody needs paint and bodywork. We know this. So, maybe now’s a great time to fix that pesky automated running board that has been bugging your mother all year long. (The one that sporadically pops in and out at the most random of times, while failing to open and close when actually needed.)


Funny (now) personal story; I once had my car stolen at 0500 hours, on a Sunday, right from my driveway, in the dead of winter. I was warming my car up and getting ready to head off on another snowshoeing adventure and I had left my car running to defog while grabbing the last of my gear from my house. I hadn’t been gone 2 minutes, but I turned around with my gear and opened the door to my house, only to find… an empty driveway! My epic frolic in the woods now canceled and, more importantly, my beloved Subaru Outback was gone! I could just picture in my mind the little snot-nosed young’uns that were out joy-riding, hitting trash cans, and doing donuts in my baby as I called the police to report it. Then came the anger from the violation of my personal space, as well as being angry at myself because I knew better than to leave my car running, unlocked, with the keys in it! But, honestly, who steals a car at 0500 on a Sunday?! Somebody did and it wasn’t fun to deal with.


You know what would’ve saved me this entire garbage experience? If I had had a keyless ignition system installed in my car. This might be the perfect idea for those in your circle who, like me, like to warm up their car from the comfort of inside the house. It’s also a great idea for anyone who doesn’t enjoy having their vehicle stolen, which I’m assuming is just about everyone on the planet that owns a car. I had one installed immediately after my vehicle had been recovered and now I never have to worry about that again. And it feels great!


Out of Christmas gift ideas? Come chat with us and let us help you come up with the perfect options that are actually useful! News flash: everybody’s tired of getting wool socks! Step outside of gifting norm and knock their socks off this time, rather than just giving them socks! Call for pricing and scheduling now and then relax while we check that last person off your list for you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In just a handful of hours, the majority of us will be sitting around a table, enjoying our loved ones and a great spread of food. The kids will be running amok and the obligatory conversations with the mildly tolerated in-laws and estranged second cousins will begin. Turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green bean casseroles, rolls, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs… I can almost taste them now! Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, good food and company, thankfulness, and laughs. It is a day where we don our stretchiest of pants and put our personal intestinal fortitude to the test! We sign ourselves up for round after round of helpings, ultimately ending the day in a state of a food-induced coma, snoozing it off on the couch.


JP’s Collision Center wants to wish you and your family the happiest of Thanksgiving holidays! But on a more sobering note, we cannot forget those this season that have encountered a less-than-fortunate series of circumstances. Those that are homeless. Those that are alone and feel this void more seriously around this time of year. Those that are serving our country abroad and overseas that cannot be with their loved ones at this time and those that are at home, wishing their loved ones that are serving could be with them. Let us also not forget those that have suffered a loss in number this year and will feel that loss more heavily, staring at that empty chair around their table.


As we reflect on our blessings from the year, may we take a moment to pray for those hurting, in need, and for those that are alone. I myself have committed to taking my kids to the local shelter so that they can gain perspective and volunteer to serve their fellow man. They are only 5 and 10, but compassion and love can be learned at any age. Make it a point to do at least one random act of kindness and sign yourself up for some charitable work. You will help others while helping yourself grow as a decent human being at the same time. If you would like to join me and my family in visiting the shelter, please reach out and let us know. I will be contacting the shelter soon to find out what is most needed from us, as well as dropping the clothing and other needed items that we have collected over the last few weeks off.


May we continue to be blessed and thankful throughout the year, and Happy Thanksgiving to all those that are receiving this message! Cheers!

Ho, Ho….NO!

Is your vehicle in need of a minor fix in order to look great for all of the inevitable holiday travel that is going to be happening over the next few weeks? Let’s face it, no one wants to roll up to their in-law’s or friend’s house this holiday season with a dirty car with duct tape being the only thing keeping it intact. (A particular Adam Sandler song comes to mind, doesn’t it?) We get it! Stuff happens! We’re a busy species! First, the frost on your car thaws, then every speck of dirt along with every leaf in the universe gets stuck to it. Been there! I don’t have a garage to park in either, but I sure as heck am not going to be rolling around to business meetings and holiday parties with it like that!

Then the salt trucks come back into commission, coating your vehicle and making it prone to rust, not to mention adding to the overall unsatisfactory look of your car. Driving around like this usually results in strangers drawing colorful and creative modern petroglyphs on your windows as well, am I right? Then later at the grocery store, you park your car alone on the far end of the parking lot to avoid anyone parking anywhere near you, and lo and behold! You come back out to find a solitary shopping cart has been parked/smashed into the side of your door.


But maybe, just maybe you’ve decided it’s time for the duct tape holding your mirror on, along with the “seven different colors”, the dirt, and the dents to go? We are there for you! JP’s to the rescue! (Que the superhero soundtrack.) The thing is, you have a choice. We make conscious decisions every day, and today might just be the day you make the conscious decision to fix that nagging door handle or that mirror that’s hanging on for dear life.


Treat someone you love to a unique and thoughtful gift this Christmas season; fix their car! Have no friends, avoiding the in-laws, or is your significant other actually a car? It’s ok to give your car a great Christmas present too! Better yet, treat yourself! JP’s offers a wide variety of services and we can help you find the perfect fit for your holiday budget! Come drop in, say ‘hello’, and let us show you the possibilities!

The Vacationer: Part 2

We had a blast with this project and we think it shows in the finished product! What do you think? We tried to document the process as much as possible to show you the amount of work that goes into a project this large and let our photos do most of the talking. It was no small feat, but we did it, and we think it turned out beautifully! Gone are the cracks in the paint. Goodbye weathering and oxidization, hello beautiful! How do you think we did? Feel free to comment, share, and visit our Facebook!


These customers did the smart thing and got this work done well before the next time they’ll be wanting to take it out. Winter is a great time to get your RV or motorhome ready for next spring because, let’s be honest, most people just store their motorhomes during the winter anyway. Why not take advantage of the camping season downtime and get it done while you’re not using it? It’s also a great Christmas idea for those of us who have run out of ideas and want to really impress someone this year! Check out the rest of the photos on our Facebook and give us a call or stop by with any questions about how we might make you as happy as the owners of this Adventurer!