Be Prepared!

In the name of national emergency preparedness, most of us received an emergency alert text message on our phones or heard the nationwide drill on the radio today. It’s great to be prepared for anything, and I know that I cannot be the only one that was a little bit freaked out by this. It got me thinking… Is my vehicle prepared for an emergency situation? When was my last oil and brake change? Is my emergency kit that stays in my car stocked? How much gas is in my tank?

 

My father, JP, raised me to never let my gas gauge get below half, in case of just such a scenario and also because there are benefits for your fuel pump when we practice this. (There are sediments that inevitably end up at the bottom of everyone’s tanks through normal filling.) Gasoline has impurities in it that settle at the bottom of your tank, which can potentially clog your fuel filter when the gas level gets low enough. Imagine if you had to pack your kids up and get out in an emergency situation, only to get to your car and the gauge is telling you that you will only make it 2 miles or the filter quit on you. Not to sound like the kind of person that might horde hand grenades or build an underground bunker underneath my house, but what if the scenario involved a total loss of power, state or nationwide? The pumps wouldn’t be in operation and if you had no gas, you would be up a creek without a paddle, so to speak.

 

Think about it. Most Americans spend more time driving around in their cars than they do at home. If disaster strikes while on the road, we want to be prepared. Take the time to check your oil this week and if you need a change, come see us! We can help with that! Are your brakes in good condition and fluid levels filled? Check all of your tires (spare tire included) for accurate tire pressure and wear. Make sure that you have a jack and that it is serviceable. Where’s your lug wrench? You may even want to put together a toolkit and bag that has emergency items in it and store it in your vehicle. Things like flares, reflective signs, extra oil, windshield wiper fluid, brake and power steering fluid, gloves, a blanket, jumper pack, and cables can be invaluable things to have with you in a pinch, especially with tricky winter situations that can present further challenges.

 

The word of the day kids is prepared. No one ever thinks of needing these items and being prepared until the moment presents itself. Usually by then though, it’s too late. Make yourself a mental note to check your vehicle this week and if you need help getting prepared for emergencies, come down and visit us. We can help point you in the right direction and give you peace of mind. It’s only scary if you aren’t ready!

Fleet and Government Contracts

You’re probably aware by now that JP’s Collision Center doesn’t just paint and restore cars, but did you know that we also accommodate fleet, government, and military vehicles and support equipment? We recently had an order to refinish five separate military support equipment trailers, ranging from mobile generators to a crane! The task was much different than simply sanding down a flat surface. There were cylindrical and oddly-shaped pieces galore and a degreaser had to be applied in order to ensure that the paint would adhere to the surfaces and not flake, bubble, or peel off. We do things the right way!

 

Regardless of the technicalities, the same attention to detail was given to each and every piece, sending them back to our military looking great and ready for action! This particular job even required a special mil-spec paint, which was ordered and applied after the prep work was completed. JP’s Collision Center takes pride in supporting our military and in keeping their equipment in great condition. This just goes to endorse even further that we truly can handle anything that comes through our doors. Have a challenging piece of equipment or an unusual request? Give us a try! You won’t be disappointed!

Calling all Anglers!

Do you remember when we said that JP’s Collision Center can, quite literally, do it all? We meant it too. My fiancé and I are fly fishermen, and we try to hit the rivers as much as possible in our Hyde drift boat. Sometimes we bring the kids, sometimes we leave them with Grandpa and Grandma and get a little more serious fishing time in, but there are always great memories and fun times to be had by all. Just imagine you’re floating down the river, birds in the trees on the banks, fish jumping here and there, everyone on the boat is hooking fish, and there’s even a double rainbow…all the way across! Pelicans are diving for fish alongside you and the breeze smells of sweet vacation. Sounds amazing, right?

 

Well, if you happen to be the designated rower of said boat and the oars that you are using to navigate the river are leaving fiberglass shrapnel in the palms of your hands, and quite literally anything else they touch, it can quickly take your focus off of the vacation and on to attempting to pull splinters out of your hands (or other parts). JP’s Collision Center set our little family up much more comfortably for many more river trips to come by sanding down the shafts of the oars and giving them extra coats of clear coat to seal in and protect the existing fiberglass of the oars from the sun and further oxidization. Not only did it work perfectly to preserve the oars, but the best part is that there are no more worries about getting fiberglass stuck in random body parts that just happen to graze their surfaces any longer. We don’t even have to wear oven mitts to row them anymore! Yay! (That last part was a joke, but it really was almost THAT bad.)

 

JP’s really is the one-stop shop for anything that needs bodywork and paint, and it doesn’t just stop with roads. Headed to the river this fall or next spring? Come down and see what JP’s can do to make sure your drift boat is the envy of the river! We can do just about anything that you can row, sail, float, drive, and…well, you get the idea! Remember, it’s always better to get your toys ready now, before the occasion calls. It’s called being proactive, people! The rivers will rise, the hatches will happen, and the fish will bite. Are you ready?

Clothing Drive!

Hello, community people! This week, JP’s would like to announce that we are doing a clothing drive for the Salt Lake Valley Veterans in need, many of whom are homeless. We will be collecting items clear up until the Holiday season, so if you have any of the following much-needed items that you’d like to donate, please bring them down to the shop at 3675 S 300 W, or arrange to have one of us pick them up for you.

 

Items requested:

 

Coats

Hats

Gloves

Shoes

Pants

Shirts

Sweaters

Hoodies

Socks (new)

Underwear (new)

Blankets

Sleeping bags

Personal hygiene products

Anything else that you can think of!

 

We are going to have some boxes soon inside the main office where you can drop your items. Please let us know if you have any further ideas or questions regarding the clothing drive. Thank you to all in advance for helping us keep our Veterans warm and safe this winter!

Ready to Roll?

Summer is over, the kids are back in school, and some of the leaves up the canyons are even changing color. This means that winter is making her way to the Salt Lake Valley. Are you prepared?

 

JP’s Collision Center offers a variety of services to help get you ready for travel in the colder winter months. Headlamp restoration is an often overlooked but very necessary item to check off your list before the flurries begin to cloud our vision while driving, especially at night. Headlamp restoration drastically increases visibility and light projection at night and during poor weather conditions, keeping you and those you love safe during the inclement months. Headed to the resorts this winter? Make sure you drop in and get your headlamps back in shape before the snow starts falling. No one ever thinks to get something like this done until the situation presents itself, but let’s be proactive this go around, shall we?

 

Another item to check is your tire tread. If you are like some people, you assume that as long as your tires aren’t completely bald, they’ll grip the road, even when things get slushy. Not true. Think about how snow might pack into what tread you have left, essentially rendering your tires ineffective. JP recommends looking into a set of new tires to get you ready, if not a simple tire rotation to keep the tread wear even. It may even be something as simple as checking for proper inflation. Remember that as it gets colder, the air inside your tires will contract, which could leave you rolling around with insufficient PSI, leading to minimized traction and uneven wear on the tread. No Bueno, my friends!

 

As JP’s daughter, and from a very young age, he instilled in me the knowledge that allows me to keep my vehicle running at peak performance. In fact, I knew how to change a tire before I was even old enough to drive a car. The point is to check your tires now. Don’t wait until you have a flat, slide off the road because your tires aren’t capable of handling what you’ve thrown their way, or the upcoming inevitable blizzards. We can even get you set with an alignment to make sure your vehicle will turn when and where you want it to, with no surprises, and ensure proper wear of the tread, making them last much longer and saving you cash in the end.

 

Winter is coming. Don’t be left unprepared and wishing you’d have checked everything thoroughly before the need comes along. Come down or call us and let’s give you peace of mind so that you can enjoy the winter months safely!

 

Thank You!

There are times in a person’s life when your soul is touched by the actions of your fellow man and even if you begin as strangers, the ending result is that you have just acquired a new friend, if not a new family member for life. Such is the result when people come together to support a worthy cause and become a part of something greater than themselves. I bore witness to something so extraordinary this past Sunday at the Operation Zero car show that I struggle with the words to describe it, while still giving the moment full credit. What began as a fun idea became something so, so much more. It wasn’t a non-profit car show, it was a movement.

 

A successful event doesn’t happen without good people. Firstly, it takes people to show up, help set up and break down, organize, strategize, and otherwise run around like chickens with their heads chopped off to make it all work. Secondly, it takes minds coming together from every perspective and it all begins with a message in need of a messenger. The crowd present at this last Sunday’s car show was an eclectic group of people, all brought together in the unity of a cause: to show our veterans that we care, that they are not alone, and that we hear and see them. No one deserves to be left in a dark space alone, and those that showed up in support of the event are sending a clear message.

 

The most important message that we sent on Sunday was that there is hope. These veterans, who have seen things that most people cannot even begin to imagine, are not damaged goods. They are not delinquent expendables and the world needs this message more now than ever. Remember Vietnam? Those servicemen and women lived a nightmare, came back, and, where they should have received support, they were spat on. They were abandoned, ridiculed, lectured, and rejected. Let us learn from the mistakes of our past. Let us take them into our safety and help them find the way through the darkness and leave no one behind.

 

This is what Operation Zero is all about. It is hard to understand a trial that is unfamiliar to you personally and most people simply are just not aware of the issue. This awareness needs to be spread and shared, encompassing all of our vets until there are no more veteran suicides, only hope. Thank you to everyone involved, from the planning to the donations, and all the pieces that came together to paint the big picture. We couldn’t have done this without you all, and we want you to know that we know it.

 

A humbling moment, I must admit that I learned more than a few things about event planning in the process of helping to get this thing going, and constructive criticism is my friend. I have written these mistakes or shortcomings down so that next year I am not doomed to repeat the same. Thank you to those that took the time to offer their advice and experience regarding car shows. I have taken note and will implement those things into next year’s plans, as well as remain open to suggestion.

 

Please enjoy the photos from this year’s car show and thank you again to all those that were there, either in flesh or in spirit! See you next year!

In It to Win It!

We thought you might want to see the trophies that will be awarded at the car show on Sunday! If you want to claim one of these bad boys, you’ve got to be in it to win it! So, get your pride and joy all washed, shined, and ready to show off! All you have to do is be there and you’re entered to win!

 

The BYU helmet has been signed and is ready for Sunday, and we will have the signed Utah helmet within the next 24 hours. Special thanks to all of the BYU and U of U football players that signed, making these one-of-a-kind helmets really special! Shout out to Michelle Bodkin for spearheading this endeavor! We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts!

 

Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, those helping with the event, the participants in the show, as well as our friends at Operation Zero – Veteran Suicide Prevention, PCR! This is going to be an amazing event and we can’t wait to see you all on Sunday!

 

Remember that the event starts at 10:00 AM and goes until 3:00 PM. Those participating in the show are encouraged to arrive early for setup. Feel free to call with any questions. See you there!

 

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UPDATE:

The Car Show is only 4 days away! We are so excited and anticipate a great turnout for a great cause! As previously mentioned, 100% of all donations made will go to Operation Zero- Veteran Suicide Prevention, which is on a mission to spread awareness about veteran suicide and to get our veterans the help they need and deserve. Let’s band together and take our stand in this fight! More information about this non-profit can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Operation-Zero-Veteran-Suicide-Prevention-PCR-1889149701371441/posts/

Come hungry! We are extremely pleased to announce that we will have a food truck at the event, serving up delicious BBQ and all-American favorites! You can visit their website at http://www.texasmoke.com. Some of the goodies you can find on the truck include pulled pork sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, and baby back ribs. They’ve also got yummy sides like Roadhouse Chili, Mimi’s Coleslaw, and Texas green beans. Is your mouth watering yet? Come find the Texas Smoke food truck at the event and get fueled up for a fun day!

 

This year, we will be awarding trophies for Best of Show, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, People’s Choice, and several other special genre awards. We have also recently expanded the show to include motorcycles, which we will award 1st Place and 2nd Place trophies to as well.

 

The BYU and Utah helmets for the silent auction are being signed as we speak, so come ready to bid if you want to take one of these one-of-a-kind beauties home to your collection. They’re great sports memorabilia pieces that will make all of your buddies green with envy at the next game day BBQ!

 

The car show will begin at 10:00 AM and go until 3:00 PM. Participants in the show are strongly encouraged to arrive before the event starts in order to allow for staging of the vehicles before the crowds arrive. The drawing will be done just prior to the closing of the silent auction. To keep things simple, we are using raffle tickets for this drawing. Numbers will be called and the winner must be present to claim the prize, so plan to stick around until then if you want a real chance at winning. The silent auction will close promptly at 2:30 PM, in order to give all time to square away details before the closing of the Car Show event.

 

Thank you to everyone who has had a hand in making this event happen! We know who you are, and we couldn’t have done this without you! It is a humbling thing to witness, so many people coming together to help out their fellow man. Get ready to have a great time and we will see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us here or call (801)266-7791.

Making the Most of a Utahn Rivalry!

The car show is ten days away (Sunday, August 26th) and we are getting pretty amped up for the event over here! The final pieces are coming together and we couldn’t be happier about it, nor more humbled by the sheer number of people who have already donated to the cause. When we set out on this mission, we never imagined that so many people would step up and support us in this endeavor. We feel truly honored to know each and every one of you and we thank you for helping this idea become a reality. Special thanks must be given to our internal employees here at JP’s for helping with the brainstorming and organizing of this event as well. We truly have the best work-family ever!

 

Last week I mentioned that we will be auctioning off two football helmets, one Utah and one BYU. But it gets better. I was able to reach out to a friend who has special connections with the players from both teams, and she is getting the helmets signed by the players this week! In addition, I plan to have a certificate made for each helmet, stating who signed them. If someone you know is a Utah or BYU fanatic, please share this post with them so that they don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity! This will be a silent auction, so if you are interested in bidding, please find the auction table at the event and place your bid. Bidding will close at 2:30 PM (1430) on the day of the event, so get there before then if you want a chance at getting one or both of these helmets!

 

Last week JP and I met with the Operation Zero representatives from our state and we are pleased to announce that a number of them will be active and present at the event to answer questions and raise awareness, as well as mingle with the amazing crowd. The Utah branch of Operation Zero is in its fledgling stages, but the money that is donated to the larger and more established PCR (Pacific Coast Region) branch will be shared with their Utah counterparts, ultimately helping the non-profit in two regions, and potentially reaching more veterans and getting the awareness out about the fact that our veterans need our help. They deserve our attention and this is the driving factor behind this entire charity car show event.

 

Gearing up for next weekend, please, if you can read this and you’re going to be there, RSVP to the event page, which I will share again immediately following this post. We anticipate a great turnout, but a heads up regarding sheer numbers will be helpful in the orchestration of the event itself. Also, if you plan to enter a vehicle in the show, please let us know with a comment attached to the RSVP. We will, of course, accept as many cars as we have room for on the lot, but a heads up can help us with staging to allow for maximum space. As previously mentioned, the entire JP’s and adjacent parking lots will be dedicated to the car show staging, so please park any other vehicles not participating in the show on the main road (300 West), or wherever you can find a legal spot.

 

Those participating in the show, please bring your own form of sunshade, cooler, and anything else you will need to be comfortable for the duration of the event. Spectators should come prepared with sunscreen and a water source. We have a donor supplying drinks, but because we don’t know the exact number of those attending, we strongly encourage you to come prepared and hydrated. The drawing will likely be done towards the later hours of the event and just before the silent auction closes, so please fill out the short form for the drawing fully, or drop a business card in the drawing box. (We need the contact information in case your name is drawn and you leave before the drawing.)

 

We are looking forward to a successful event that will hopefully raise a healthy sum for our veterans, and we look forward to seeing you all next Sunday! Let’s show our veterans that the Salt Lake valley cares!

BYU and U of U Fans Unite (For Once)!

 

I think everyone who follows us is well aware that the benefit Car Show is coming up in a few weeks, as we have been talking about it with each week’s post for a while now. It has been absolutely heart-warming to witness all of the people that have come forward and donated towards the event, and we thank them all from the bottom of our hearts! Speaking of such, we recently were gifted a set of two football helmets representing the University of Utah and BYU!

 

These are legitimate football helmets that were beautifully designed by an artistic associate of JP’s and we are going to auction them off at the car show. The funds raised will be donated directly to the Operation Zero PCR non-profit organization, which is actively in the fight against veteran suicide. This organization connects our veterans in need to a number of resources that allow them to stay in the good fight. An estimated 22 veterans a day lose this fight, and the numbers are tragically rising. That’s 22 too many!

 

As everyone knows, money helps make things happen and opens the doors of opportunity. All of the money donated to this great organization at our event will make it possible for them to reach even more veterans in need and help give them even more access to the resources necessary to get them through their struggle and back to a successful life, leaving no service member behind. We don’t leave our wounded in combat, and we certainly don’t ditch them after their job is done. They need us to limp them back to safety.

 

Please join us August 26th for a day of fun and charity at 3675 S. 300 W. in Salt Lake City, from 10 – 3. We are so excited to add the auction of the helmets to our plans for the day and we hope to see you all there! Let’s show our veterans that Salt Lake City cares! If you are interested in donating goods or services or loaning gear to the success of the event, let us know! See you there, and thanks in advance for your generosity!