’55 Mercury

 

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as bringing a classic back to life. It’s like turning back the pages of history to breathe life into the past. It’s true that things just aren’t made like they used to be anymore, and it’s our responsibility to keep the past from disappearing altogether. This beautiful Mercury came to us in need of body repair and a fresh coat of paint. There were holes completely rusted through and body lines that wouldn’t line up correctly. The hood itself was actually sitting about 2 inches off, which was the culprit for the rest of the lines with the fenders not matching up. The car had no B pillar, making the top frame somewhat vulnerable to wear and the connecting points for the hard top had to be welded for reinforcement. We think that she turned out beautifully. What do you think?

Speaking of classic cars, we would like to once again remind you that our Car Show is coming up in just over a month. Want to see more beauties like this Mercury? Come on down and join us on August 26th for food, fun, and a raffle for prizes. We are still looking for a few great people or companies to donate their services or goods to the raffle, so if you’re interested, get in touch with us! I will be hunting down donors pretty seriously over the next few weeks, so let us know if you’d like to help. Thanks to those that have already stepped in to answer the call. We are getting close, so naturally, we are getting excited! Please RSVP to the event if you think you might be coming, so we can get a proper headcount, and feel free to share the event on your Facebook page and get your friends and family to join us! Thank you all for the support! We appreciate it immensely!

Coming Up!

The date for the Car Show is steadily creeping up on us like a ninja in the grass, and we want to be prepared to knock this year’s show out of the park! As we comb out the last-minute details, we need to get a head count for those attending in order to give us an idea of how many people will be there, as well as how much food we will need to serve. (No one likes an event that runs out of food! It could go from a Car Show to a hangry mob really quick… Not the outcome we are aiming for!) Would you kindly do us a favor and RSVP to the event to help us in this endeavor if you plan to attend? Our thanks in advance!

 

Another matter regarding the Car Show that we need to address are the vendors and businesses, maybe even private parties that would like to donate products or services to the event. We need to get an idea of what’s on the table at this point. This gives us an idea of what prizes and other services will be able to count on to make this event a success, as well as how much further we still have to go. If you or your company are interested in being a part of making this all come together, please send us a message or call us at (801) 266-7791 and let us know! Everything donated is going towards a charitable cause and is tax deductible. Keep that in mind.

 

We ask that you tag and share with anyone you think might be interested in attending or donating to the Car Show event. It could be anything from massages from an LMT to a free AC diagnostic check from a licensed HVAC company, donated for prizes to help entice a great turnout. Not only is this free advertisement, but the event itself gives you an opportunity to network and gain new clients. Make use of this opportunity, don’t waste it!

 

Lastly, we’d like to remind you what the reason for this event is all about. It’s about giving back to the community. It’s about great people coming together for an awesome cause, and it’s about helping to bring an end to Veteran suicide. This is an issue that is becoming more and more prevalent, and the men and women that wore those uniforms need our help. Things like PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and depression are very real enemies. They are the unseen enemies that sneak in like guerrilla combatants, slowly bringing our warriors to their knees. If only someone had their 6… well, here’s your chance!

 

Let’s come together to evoke change. Nothing is impossible with an army of supporters behind us. Please RSVP and check within your businesses to see if there might be something that can be spared for this cause. We will be compiling a list shortly, as well as getting a head count soon so that we can truly make this event an absolute success.

https://www.facebook.com/Operation-Zero-Veteran-Suicide-Prevention-PCR-1889149701371441/

A Food Truck and the 4th of July

 

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I personally have so many fond memories of my dad and my brother duct taping fireworks together with bottle rockets (and subsequently setting the neighbor’s tree on fire). It was like a game of tag… almost…with fireworks. They’d light them and we’d dodge them. Somehow, we survived. Ahhhh, those were the days! BBQs, sunburns, lawn chairs, us kids running amok with excitement, and the sweet smell of gunpowder mixed with freedom! I can almost see a majestic bald eagle right now, swooping down to snatch a hot dog off the grill, all while screeching “FREEDOM!” Ok, ok… maybe that’s a bit far-fetched. Regardless, we at JP’s Collision Center want to wish you all a very happy and safe 4th as you celebrate the birth of our great Nation in the company of family and friends. Let us not forget the price that was paid, our history, nor our military and veteran members and their families on this day. We enjoy the freedoms we do today because of those that have paved the way and made it possible. Be safe, don’t drink and drive, and let freedom ring!

 

We thought you’d also enjoy this last project that was just completed, and we wanted to share it with everyone. At JP’s, we love interesting projects and this recent food truck makeover turned out to be one of our all-time favorites! The client came in with a dream and a vision and we did our best to help it come to life. The original truck was in pretty good shape, very little bodywork was necessary. What was needed was a makeover, changing it from its original lime green color into exactly what that the client had envisioned. The job was a complete repaint order, and man was it fun! We live for commissions like these where we can watch an idea that someone has turned into a reality through creative collaboration. With your dreams and preferences and our skilled professionals, we have a winning combination!

 

We would be ignorant to believe or even entertain the idea that this was all done without a team of assembled professionals working together to make it happen, and we believe they must be acknowledged. Where do we find our amazing artisans and experts to help handle things like graphic design and other aspects that we admit might not be our areas of expertise but are necessary to pull it all together? We assemble a team and work with our group of trusted professionals to make this happen. BNI Wealthmasters group is a tightly-woven and connected group of business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals who can call on each other, much like the A-Team, when we need to be able to contract out the parts of projects that we know are best handled by those with expertise in those areas. A collaborative effort led to amazing results! Special thanks to Tom at Tom Sloan Designs for creating the graphic art. We love the end result! What do you think?

 

What dreams of yours can we help you bring to life?

Got FOMO?

I can think of several instances where FOMO (fear of missing out) is a very real and actual thing. Like the time you wanted to go to Mexico with your high school friends for a graduation celebration, but your parents didn’t trust you (rightfully so), so they got you a parrot instead. Can’t go to Mexico, but here’s a 20-year commitment you can have instead! Or the time when you really wanted to go to that concert with all of your friends. You got in line for the tickets. You waited hours. Then the last ticket was sold to the person in front of you, who you thought was one of your best friends. Guess they didn’t feel the same way.

 

Yes, FOMO is a real thing, but I’m here to save you from your next possible FOMO experience. JP’s Collision Center is hosting a Car Show on August 26th, and you will want to be there! Trust me on this one. Beautiful cars, food, prizes, and great people coming together for a great cause. You could just sit home on your couch and wonder why your life is so boring or piddle around in the garden, but that would be a waste of an epic day! Grab your kids, wives, husbands, cousins, and relatives twice-removed and get out to 3675 S. 300 W. and join us! Leave the FOMO to someone else this time!

 

All joking aside, the real reason behind the car show is raising money for a non-profit called Operation Zero- Veteran Suicide Prevention. This is an organization unlike any other non-profit that claims to put their Veterans first. The car show itself is free, we just ask that you make whatever donation to this organization that you feel comfortable with. Why did JP choose this organization to donate to this year? Because the people that stand behind and hold up this particular non-profit have their hearts in the right place. They are all volunteers, they are all veterans themselves, and they believe that you must “be the change you wish to see”. Come join us and help be a part of that change. Let’s get our good Karma on, have fun, and not miss out on a day that people will be talking about for a long time!

 

Want to be involved? Contact JP at (801)266-7791 if you are interested in sponsoring or donating prizes for the event, or if you’d like to help with the event itself. Thanks again to everyone that has donated thus far!

Drawing for Prizes!

 

As most of you are aware, JP’s Car Show is sneaking up on us! August 26th is fast approaching, and we want to hear from you! We are going to do a drawing for prizes at the event and we are ever so grateful to the companies and people that have already answered the call so far for donations as prizes. (Apparently, raffles are considered gambling and are, in fact, illegal in the state of Utah. Who knew? We didn’t, so we changed it to a drawing.) We are still looking for a few more willing parties to donate so that we can make this event an absolute success and hit, so if you, your business, or someone you know might be interested, please reach out to us.

 

All monetary donations made at the show will go to the Operation Zero- Veteran Suicide Prevention, PCR non-profit organization. 100% of it. Operation Zero has a mission that we at JP’s whole-heartedly support and align with. They assist in the mission to give back to and save the lives of those who have sworn to protect us. Something that most people may not understand about veterans is that minimal resources exist to help them transition back into a civilian life after their service. Many of them struggle. Many of them, myself once included, don’t know how to go from being a trained military service member back to the way they were before. Service changes you, and you cannot simply just turn that off.

 

We are aware that we have been discussing the Car Show quite a bit lately, but this is because we really want to help effect change and be a part of the solution to a serious problem. Most of you have heard that we lose an estimated 22 veterans to suicide per day. Those numbers are on the rise, and we are not going to sit quietly and watch it happen. Something must be done. We owe it to those who have served our country to take care of them afterward. Every cent counts, every life counts. Please find it in your hearts to donate what you can, whether services or products to the drawing, a monetary contribution to the charity, or simply tell a friend about the car show and show up in support. The effort or contribution doesn’t have to be about money. If you can’t spare change, please spread the word and come join us for a day of beautiful cars, fun, prizes, food, and great company! Come and enjoy yourself while you help us be a catalyst for a much-needed change! See you there!

 

Oversized Vehicles

 

JP’s Collision Center is well known for having the capacity to handle any car and truck that comes through their doors, but did you know that we can accommodate much, much more than that? From smaller-sized vehicles like Vespas, motorcycles, and quads, to oversized RVs and motorhomes; even the strange and oddly-shaped jobs like support equipment, trailers, and boats…we do it all! Our facility is quite large, and our 7 utility bays boast an average height of 16 feet and a length capacity of 48 feet long, making our building large enough to house just about any large or bulky rig.

 

Seriously, we’ve seen it all. Food trucks, ambulances, semis, boats, oversized RVs and toy haulers, horse and 5th wheel trailers, utility equipment, tow trucks, flatbed trucks, tractors, limousines, large passenger and utility vans, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. With an appetite for the weird and the unusual, we welcome even the trickiest and most complexly challenging undertakings. Bring it on! The possibilities are endless! Come and share your dream with us, and watch us make it a reality!

 

In regards to the upcoming Car Show on August 26th, if you or anyone you know is interested in donating prizes for the raffle, sponsoring the event, getting involved with the event itself, or registering a car for the show, hit us up! You can call JP or Scott at (801)266-7791, message us on Facebook, or drop by and see us at 3675 S. 300 W. This is your chance to be a part of something really great, helping raise money for the Operation Zero- Veteran Suicide Prevention non-profit organization. Get your feel-good on and get involved today!

Insurance “Steering”

 

Imagine you’re driving the kids to school early on a Monday morning, still groggy from the long 3-day weekend before, when your lifeline of scalding coffee spills into your lap. You slap at it with a napkin, taking your eyes off the road just long enough to rear-end the car that has come to a stop in front of you. Your Monday morning has just gone from bad to worse. Accidents happen all the time, and whether or not you’re at fault, insurance companies are bound to be involved going forward.

 

What a majority of drivers don’t understand, and what the insurance companies don’t often tell you, is that you have the right to have your vehicle repaired at the repair shop of your choice. They may tell you to take it to a repair facility on their “preferred list”, which is an issue we want to address with you today. This is called “steering” and it is, in fact in violation of the law via the 1963 Federal Consent Decree. The reasoning behind why they attempt to do this in the first place varies in nature, but the fact still stands that it isn’t right and it could lead you to take your car to be repaired at a place that you don’t want to or that you didn’t choose.

 

Now, we aren’t trying to scare anybody with this information, we just believe that knowledge is power… and you should have that power. Know that the next time you are in an accident, the control is in your hands. You decide where you want your vehicle repaired, no one else! If you decide you’d like our shop to handle the repairs for you, we will do more than just that. We will deal with the insurance companies on your behalf, from start to finish, so that you don’t have to and can get back to living your life. Remember that you are the one who pays the insurance company, and so, therefore, they work for you, and it is you that is in control of the situation! Been in an accident and in need of repairs? Come visit JP and get an estimate to see if we are the right fit for you!

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/