It’s a Revolution!

(Everybody calm down, it’s not that kind of revolution.)

If you’ve ever been in a large motorhome, then you know what it feels like when the driver takes a corner a little too swiftly. It’s that same uncomfortable feeling we get when a plane suddenly drops hundreds of feet in altitude due to turbulence or when we are teaching our teenager how to drive for the first time. Our rear ends tighten and we grab the “oh crap handle” like our lives depend upon it. Cups are falling from cupboards, the kids are screaming, the dog is looking at you like you’ve lost your mind and in short, it isn’t a good feeling.

This Revolution had the unfortunate accident of being driven around a tight turn too quickly, sending it onto its drivers’ side. Every motorhome owner’s worst nightmare, right? Luckily, no one was injured in this event and the owner knew exactly where to take it to be fixed. The extensive damage will require quite the overhaul and we are diving into the task! The first step was getting it into the shop, which, even though we boasted about having large enough bays to accomodate any project, required that we actually tear down a wall to allow for the length of this beast. (Who says we don’t go the extra mile?)

The driver’s side received the majority of the damage, along with the front and tail ends. The interior had to be gutted due to the damage caused to the slide out and the entire drivers seat area had to be pulled out and gutted as well. Before this ginormous rig even makes it to body and paint we first have to fix the slide out and the front and tail ends, which sounds a lot easier than it will be in reality. If you look at the collage pictures, you will see the wiring harnesses hanging everywhere and the extent of what we are up against. But we love a good challenge, and boy did we get what we wanted!

Stay tuned as we cover the entire process, from start to finish over the next consecutive weeks. Watch as we turn this wreck back into a chariot fit for a king and queen! Have an interesting project for us? Reach out or stop by and let us show you what we can do for you!

We’ll Come “Thru” For You!

I’m sure it’s happened to us all. We are in a rush so we hit up the nearest fast food joint drive-thru, thinking this is going to save time and, lo and behold, we are stuck there in line for 15-20 minutes because the guy in the van with 45 kids who’s in front of us has apparently ordered 10 of everything on the menu. Then you finally get your order and drive off quickly, looking to make up for even more lost time but by the time you actually check your bag you’re 5 miles away with no time to spare to turn back. Instead of getting what you ordered, you discover you have ended up with something that you weren’t even aware was on the menu. To top it off, there’s no straw, no ketchup, no napkins and the food’s cold. Pretty sure this is what begins every road rage incident.

Bottom line is that no one enjoys wasting their time and money, getting something other than what they asked for, or sloppy, rushed and inadequate service. JP’s Collision Center strives for excellence with each and every job that comes in. We won’t give you something you didn’t ask for and we never cut corners. Our completion dates are taken seriously and we do our best to meet each deadline on time, delivering an end-product that’s above your expectations. If a situation arises that requires more time, you will be informed ASAP. We will educate you on how the insurance process works, should you need it, and walk you through the entire process as we go. No surprises. No gimmicks. No games. Just straightforward and honest service.

We like the fact that we are unique and unlike any other auto body shop you will ever visit, especially the “big box” companies who couldn’t care less about you as an individual and only see dollar signs. That’s just not what we’re about. We enjoy getting to know our customers throughout the process and making you feel like a part of the family! We don’t want anyone to feel nervous about walking into our facility, though we get it. Too many companies out there will try to upsale you on something you didn’t really need or talk you into more than you want to spend. Some places won’t even make you aware of your options, using only the most expensive parts, instead of educating you about your options and letting you decide. Come visit us and leave your worries at our doormat! You can expect honest service at JP’s because integrity is the cornerstone of our business…and we won’t skimp on the metaphorical ketchup!

We wanted to share with everyone that we are also currently in the process of remodeling sections of the building to accommodate even larger projects! Remember our previous chat about the evolution of businesses? Change was needed, and we (quite literally) knocked down a few walls to make room for our largest challenge yet, which is currently in-process and we can’t wait to show you the results! Stay safe out there and stay tuned!

New Year, New Possibilities

We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful time with family and friends over the holidays! The new year has begun, and with it, naturally, comes thoughts of change and progression. We take time to reevaluate and assess our current situations and welcome a chance to start again fresh. This applies to business owners as well because a successful business should take the time to do just this. No business remains in business for over 40 years without the constant growth and applied learning that comes with the various challenges that each year presents us.

JP’s Collision Center is proud to say that we have been adapting, changing, and making an effort to better our business strategies since 1978. That’s 41 years of business-related new year’s resolutions! We are always seeking ways to change with the market, stay up on technology, and deliver a higher level of service for our customers… and we are always open to suggestions on how to make the overall experience better, so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to message us! Love what we do? Let us know with a quick review! We can only get better when we recognize an opportunity for change and then make it happen. How can we better serve you?

Stay tuned for an exciting new year, filled with unique and fun commissions that we will do our best to document for your knowledge and enjoyment, from start to finish! Here’s to an amazing 2019!

Happy New Year!

With Christmas now in the books, we naturally turn our attention to the next big holiday: New Year’s! What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we think about this holiday? For most people, and I’d be willing to bet on this, the word “resolution” comes to mind. Almost everyone makes one in the spirit of forwarding personal progression and change for the better. “Lose 10 Lbs.” or “make healthier choices”. Maybe even somewhere along the lines of changing their financial and personal situations. Whatever the resolution, a call to action is present and it’s kind of the whole point, isn’t it? Maybe you are a part of that .001% of people that either doesn’t have a resolution, doesn’t believe in them, or you are just simply content with exactly where you are in life; you can still make a conscious effort to better your situation. What am I talking about? Let’s chat.

Have you ever heard that your possessions, especially things like your car, are extensions of yourself and serve as reflections of your character? I once attended a business conference where one of the Keynote speakers talked about the hiring process for a particularly large company he owned. One of the final interview process steps he implemented involved walking with the interviewee to their vehicle and seeing them off. Seems like a polite and courteous gesture, right? But he did this for a reason. He told us that if he walked them to their car and it was filthy in appearance, unkept, or filled with fast food garbage, they never got a call-back. Why? Because we are judged, whether we like it or not, by our overall appearances, and this includes what you drive.

If our vehicles are eyesores, chances are there are multiple other areas of our lives that are equally lacking proper attention, and this is not the kind of person most people want to hire and trust with their businesses and clients. So, whilst everyone else is hitting the gym to attempt to change only their personal appearances this New Year’s, take it a step further and give your vehicles a look that will match your level of excellence and that will send a message that you are organized, pay attention to details, are aware of the subliminal message that you are overall communicating, and quite possibly most importantly, that you CARE.

Does your vehicle not reflect your level of excellence? Come see us! We offer everything from simple detailing to complete vehicular makeovers! You see, it doesn’t do much good to spend countless hours trying to look like the new Aquaman or Angelina Jolie when we are rolling up to an interview, date, or anywhere else in a run-down and hideous piece of junk! But, there’s hope yet! Come visit us and let us show you the possibilities!

Happy New Year from everyone at JP’s Collision Center and remember to celebrate responsibly this year! Be safe out there, never drink and drive, have a plan, and if all else fails…Uber it up! We wish you an epic 2019! Just a quick reminder that we will be closed New Year’s Day, January 1st. See you next week and cheers!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas From Everyone at JP’s Collision Center!

We wanted to keep this week’s post short and sweet so thatyou can get back to what truly matters most this Christmas, and that’s beingwith family and loved ones. That said, we wish you all the warmest and mostwonderful of Christmas seasons!

Please note, we will be closed Saturday, December 22nduntil the morning of the 26th.

Let it Snow!

For anyone that commuted through the Salt Lake valley this morning, I’m sure we can agree on one thing: the snow fell and everyone temporarily lost their minds. (Bet some of you wish you had heeded my words ofadvice a couple of weeks back regarding winter prep now, eh?) People were slidingoff roads and skidding into opposing objects all over the place or gettingstuck behind that one car whose owner failed to remove any of the snow prior toputting it in drive. Fun stuff.

The thing to remember as the days are ticking down to Christmas, the day when all of our shopping prowess finally gets recognition (well, at least Santa gets credit anyway), is that we are all in a mad dash to pick up those last-minute gifts. We are all braving the elements to attend festive parties. We are all busy, with places to be and are on these icy roads together, so why not let some of that Christmas spirit affect the way we drive?

Be courteous, use your turn signals, slow down, give plenty of spacing between you and the car ahead of you and if it isn’t sunny, turn your lights on! Just because you can see, doesn’t mean other people can see you! Flurries and flat light, met with camouflaged salt-covered vehicles? Recipe for disaster! Vehicles with their lights on are much more visible and the best part is that they really are easy to turn on! A lot easier than dealing with an accident.

Another thing to remember is that even if you have snow tires, AWD or 4WD, that does not mean you will stop faster! Additional traction is always our friend, no one is disputing this, but any and all traction is lost by sudden changes in speed, like slamming on your brakes or “punching it”. Ever lost traction in a snowstorm, taking that corner a little too fast or tapping your brakes a little too vigorously? You then corrected this by letting off the gas or brakes. Like magic, the vehicle regains traction and you aresuddenly back in control of your vehicle! Well, it isn’t magic…it’s scienceactually. Slow down and just pretend your favorite person is 2 weeks old and sittingin the back seat. That should help you keep your lead foot under control and avoidcollisions and other likewise unfavorable and unbecoming scenarios, like roadrage.

Be safe out there! JP’s Collision Center urges you to buckle up and practice safe and courteous driving this Christmas and New Year’s season. Let people merge, always have a travel plan and never drink and drive! (Uber is seriously the easiest APP ever to use.) Let’s come together in the name of kindness and safety to ensure everyone gets home for Christmas this year!

PSA

There’s something about this time of year, something magical that happens. I’m not talking about getting exactly what you wanted from Santa either. Something’s in the air and it is kind, thoughtful, giving, caring and compassionate. It compels us to reach out to those in need and comfort them. It talks us into taking back that stray shopping cart, left in the middle of the lot, the one we didn’t leave there. We give spare change to the guy on the corner with his cardboard sign more freely and we are less apt to judge how he got there. We shovel our neighbor’s driveways and everybody’s helping everybody. Yes, there’s something about the holidays that brings the best out in us.

 

Maybe it’s the lights or the Christmas trees or the secret Santa gifts (probably NOT the fruitcake), but everyone seems to be getting along and for an entire month and everyone suddenly remembers how to use their turn signals. It truly is a wondrous thing to behold, this everyone going out of their way to be kind to one another thing! But with it comes the question of why we aren’t like this all year round? We’ve all seen it. Come January, the gyms will be packed with new year’s resolutionists and the world goes back to the way it was before the season made us think about others. We go back to the grind and our old, less thoughtful selves. Why?

 

We challenge you to continue your random acts of kindness and pay it forward attitude, even after the Christmas tree comes down. Make it a point to do one selfless or kind act each day. Maybe don’t just walk by that shopping cart on January 1st. Check in on an elderly neighbor. Call yo

 

ur out of state family. Bake cookies and brownies and give them anonymously to a family that could use the cheer. Donate clothing or your time to a shelter. Bring in your neighbor’s garbage cans. It doesn’t have to anything earth-shattering, just a gesture from the heart.

 

The spirit of the holidays should reside within us all year long, not just a few weeks. Who knows? It might even stick and become something you do regularly without even having to think about it. It’ll just be a part of you. Wouldn’t it be some awesome place if everybody did this? JP’s Collision Center would like to wish you and yours a wonderful and safe holiday season. Pay it forward and focus on the true meaning behind this time of year!

 

If you would like to donate to our clothing drive, we are still accepting items over the next week. Just bring it down to the shop and we will collect and distribute those items the week of Christmas.

 

 

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!