Memorial Day

We set aside one day out of the year to pay our respects to those that have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy every day. The people disperse for the weekend to enjoy barbecues, visit with friends and loved ones, and decorate headstones.

There are tears shed and there is also laughter and joy, remembering those that didn’t make it back home. There are trips to the lake and games of horseshoes are played, pies are devoured and hamburger fixings sell out of stock in stores.

This is exactly what these brave men and women fought and died for. Do not take it lightly, nor in vain. Enjoy yourselves this weekend, but reserve a few moments in silence to thank those that paid the ultimate price on our behalf.

If you need a good reminder, check out these links:

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history
https://www.militaryfactory.com/american_war_deaths.asp
https://search.archives.gov/search?query=american+war+casualties&submit=&utf8=&affiliate=national-archives

From everyone at JP’s, we wish you a safe, happy, and thankful Memorial Day weekend!

Fuzzy Love Photography

We wanted to take the time to thank and highlight Fuzzy Love Photography for taking these wonderful photos for this year’s Car Show flyers! Dawn did an amazing job and we are so grateful to her for her amazing work!

There’s just one problem… we can’t decide which one we like best! Help us out by reacting to which photo you like best! Please and thank you!

Blast from the Past!

Remember last week’s post about the ’70 Chevelle? Well, we wanted to follow up this week with more photos of the process! It was a lengthy project that required countless hours and attention to every detail in order to make this dream a reality for our customer! Enjoy!

Do you have a dream waiting for the right people to help you bring it back to life? Come visit us and let’s explore the possibilities!

’70 Chevrolet Chevelle

Where were you in the year 1970? Well, I was but a twinkle in my daddy’s eyes, but for those of you lucky enough to have witnessed streets filled with the era of American muscle cars, I envy you! There is literally nothing sexier in my opinion than a Chevelle.

My mother owned a ’70 Chevelle when I was a kid, and I have to say that my appreciation for these beasts hadn’t yet blossomed, mostly due to my mother’s lead foot and her propensity to drive it like one of the Dukes… usually resulting in projectile vomit on the floormats. No, I was not a fan at the ripe young age of 6. Now? My heart races whenever I see one.

Maybe it’s the sleek body lines and the shape. Maybe it’s the power nestled under the hood. Maybe it’s the little bit of Duke in all of us… Whatever it is, you will never hear someone call them ugly. And if they do, they have zero taste. Zero!

We had the pleasure of being able to bring this beautiful work of art and a piece of history back to its glory days! Stay tuned for more photos and video of the restoration process next week!

*Reminder: The Annual Car Show is coming up in August and we already have Sponsors stepping up to the plate! If you would like to be involved, reach out to us and let us collaborate to make this year’s show amazing!

Thank you all and stay tuned for next week’s post! You’re not going to want to miss it!

Revolution Update!

As with any big project, time is a requirement. You don’t cut corners, you don’t rush, and you take the time necessary to do things the right way the first time. We have been working away at the elaborate puzzle that is this Revolution RV, and even though it has taken a chunk of time, we finally got the slide out repaired and back on! Sounds simple, right? Why did it take us that long, you ask?

Before the slide out could be reattached, there were many things that had to be done prior in order to ensure the safety and functionality of the structure. The support frames had to be built or straightened, wiring harnesses replaced or fixed, and the newly fabricated parts needed to be lined up and made compatible with each other. Adjustments, both large and small, have been made and will continue to be made over the next few weeks. (And let’s not forget the ordered parts lag-time and accessibility!)

Once we finish with the body, the vehicle will move to paint and the exterior will be completed!

Yes, we are taking our time over here on this project, but when it is finished, you will be able to see the detailed process, from start to finish, wreck to “wow”! We are excited to document and share with you the process, so stay tuned for further updates!

One last note: We have begun the early planning stages of the 2019 Car Show. As previously mentioned, the proceeds of this year’s event will go to The Utah Humane Society, benefitting our furry friends. If anyone has radio station connections, or knows of a stellar food truck, please reach out to us. We aim to make this year’s event even bigger than last year, so mark your calendars for Sunday, August 25th!

Happy Easter!

JP’s Collision Center wants to wish you an egg-stra special Easter! This is one of my favorite holidays. I love everything about it! The green grass and the smell of it freshly-cut, the signs that Spring is finally here, the warmer temperatures, planning for summer trips, baby animals, the flowers and trees are budding… It seems everything comes to life around this time!

And let us not forget the Cadbury eggs and the occasional Peep in the microwave just for fun! For those that are religious, this holiday may attach a much deeper meaning than just a giant and thoughtful rabbit that brings candy and goodies to the kiddos, but I think we can all agree that Easter is awesome!

How do you celebrate this holiday? Egg hunts? Maybe you get together with loved ones and simply enjoy each other’s company? However you celebrate, we want to wish you the best version of Easter that suits you and your style!

Stay tuned for much anticipated updates on the Revolution RV, which is now at a stage where the changes are much more visible as well as our upcoming Car Show!

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

The rainy season is upon us, and for Utahns, that can mean scattered snow, hail and sleet showers… as well as any combination of in-between. While the precipitation means many positive things for our rivers, lakes, water supply and vegetation, it can mean danger for motorists. Standing water can lead to hydroplaning, excessive rain means inevitable collisions due to loss of traction and visibility, and how many people actually turn their running lights on in inclement weather anyway? The whole thing gives me anxiety!

There are ways to arm yourselves, so to speak, during the wet season. Ever heard of Aquapelä? Anyone who has ever been in a car knows that it is a definite requirement to be able to see out of your windshield in order to drive safely. Aquapelä is an applicant that actually repels water. It doesn’t stand a chance, doesn’t stay and runs right off your windshield! I had it applied to my vehicle and didn’t even need my windshield wipers during the last storm! It’s amazing, and I highly encourage you to search for the videos pertaining to this treatment on the web. (I would add a link, but we don’t like to use content without permission.)

Another issue during this season are headlamps and running lights. Ever been driving around at dawn or dusk and you notice that one vehicle that doesn’t have their lights on or the lights that are on are barely visible? Scary! Not only are their issues with the driver being able to see, but (and this one often gets overlooked) no one else can see you! Now, add the occasional rainstorm or microburst that are so common in the Salt Lake Valley, and we have the recipe for inevitable disaster! We do a lot of things at JP’s, but we also do the little stuff like bulb and lamp replacements, as well as headlamp restoration, which returns the surface of your lamps to like new conditions, helping you keep yourselves and other safe while venturing forth on the road.

Lastly, take a look at the tread on your tires. If they resemble something that might be used instead for a flotation device, it might be time to consider a new set of kicks for your vehicle! They can’t grip the road if they’re bald, and we can help!

We love our customers and we want them safe, so stop in and chat with us about what we can do to make your driving adventures less cringe-worthy! Save the white-knuckling for the rollercoasters and fun stuff!

JP’s Collision Center has selected a date for this year’s Car Show, benefitting the Utah Humane Society! It will be held on Sunday, August 25th from 10 AM and go until we have had enough (around 3 PM-ish)! In light of lessons learned from last year, we are getting a move-on much earlier in advance. A few things we are currently looking for in order to make this year’s event an even greater success:

  1. If you know of, or can recommend any excellent food trucks to cater the event, please tag them in the comments below so we can give the people what they want!
  • If you have any specific requests for what you would like to see at this year’s show, please let us know!

This year’s event is still very much in the early stages of planning, so we would love to hear your feedback and requests! What did you love/ not love so much about last year’s event? Let us know, we really do want to hear from you!

We are considering hosting a Facebook live event in the next month to cover details, get feedback, and take requests and suggestions. Updates on this to come!

Flyers are in the making and the event will be listed soon on Car Czar’s official website.  I am currently running around, gathering donations and getting things pulled together. This year’s beneficiary is the Utah Humane Society and I will personally be working closely with them to make sure that this year’s event is representative of who they are and what they stand for.

Updates to come, but feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below so that we can consider each and do our best to address them! Stay tuned! Flyers will be available soon! Thanks for all of your support! We are great because you are!

Did You Know?

The internet is a double-edged sword of information. You can literally find information on anything and everything, ranging from how to build a rocket to the access to endless funny cat videos. Have a weird rash? There’re definitely a few websites out there that’ll more than cover that. Just be careful though because I once looked up my ailments and was self-diagnosed and convinced thirty minutes later that I was definitely dying of an enlarged brain tumor and had three days to live. It can be the greatest tool ever, or your imagination’s worst enemy.

Need a great place to bring your car for automotive paint and repairs? Getting ready for a season of road trips and want to make sure your family will travel in safety, the stop to visit the World’s Largest Ball of Yarn being your only painful setback? Google no further! Jp’s Collision Center can comb over your vehicle making sure everything under the hood is working properly as well as looking great on the outside.

In addition to his extensive knowledge, the owner, JP Flynn is a proud 10-year member of a local BNI Wealth Masters chapter. BNI focuses on a system of networking and referrals between various other business owners and this means that if you need a service that we don’t provide, we have someone that we know and trust to refer you to. Healthy working relationships with these businesses also means that in many cases, we can arrange for the extra services/repairs to be completed while your vehicle is already in our shop, getting whatever else you might need done.

For example, say you need a piece of glass replaced on your vehicle. We proudly and highly recommend Corey Lambert and his experienced team at Auto Glass Specialists. They can come to you and create an easy and hassle-free experience! In many cases, with the right insurance, it may not cost you a thing! How great is that? As a personal example and testament to the BNI system, I recently needed to have my power steering on the Subie fixed, as well as getting my emissions testing done and registration renewed. The BNI referral and networking system made it easy to find Aposhian Garage, a tried and trusted professional outside of JP’s to take my business to. The experience and service were amazing!

In the event that you need something that JP’s doesn’t routinely offer, we know someone who does! Come in and let us show you what we and our network can do to make your life easier and your ride through life smoother!

JP’s Collision Center’s 2nd Annual Car Show!

In light of the lessons we learned from last year’s car show, we are attempting to get moving on this year’s show much earlier in advance. Date is still TBD, though we are accepting feedback from last year’s attendees regarding whether September might be a better month in which to host this event, weather permitting of course. (August was a little too warm last year.)

For this year’s car show, JP has chosen the Humane Society of Utah as the charitable contribution recipients! For more information regarding this organization, go to https://www.utahhumane.org. On their page you can see what each dollar amount donated can do to help our furry friends. The best part about the Humane Society of Utah, is that they are official members of the No-Kill Utah Coalition and they focus on the successful adoptions of each animal that comes into their care.

Anyone who knows JP personally knows that he has a deep affection for animals, more specifically dogs. JP has been blessed with several furry companions during his lifetime, many of which came directly from the Humane Society. This year, let’s come together to help those that make our lives each day just a little lighter and brighter. A dog never judges us when we wear our slippers out the front door. They couldn’t care less about our physical appearance, all they seek is our love. Let’s show them we are there for them in return!