The milestone was reached with the conversion of two Cincinnati centers owned by multi-shop owner Kevin Rains. Formerly known as Precision Body and Frame and Center City Collision, the auto body shops have rebranded to CARSTAR West Chester and CARSTAR Center City, respectively.
According to the company, the brand is on pace to reach its goal of doubling its total unit count to 1,000 over the next four to five years.
"Seeing CARSTAR hit the 500 shop milestone is a testament of the exceptional support we are able to offer our franchisees," said president of CARSTAR Michael Macaluso. "After joining our parent company Driven Brands last year, CARSTAR shop owners have been empowered with more resources needed to grow their business. Our outstanding franchisees play a major role in propelling the brand as we continue to grow. By adding successful, business-minded owners like Kevin Rains to our brand, CARSTAR will continue to be a powerhouse in the paint and collision segment."
Rains entered the auto aftermarket industry as an independent shop owner in 2003 when he purchased Center City Collision in Cincinnati, and again in 2015 when he acquired Precision Frame and Body in West Chester, OH. Rains observed massive consolidation taking place in the paint and collision industry, which led to his exploration of joining a national brand. According to the company, CARSTAR was able to offer support to help accelerate growth plans, and he ultimately rebranded due to CARSTAR’s exceptional purchasing power, sophisticated operations platform and relationships with leading insurance carriers and vendors.
“Joining the CARSTAR franchise network helps me both offensively and defensively," said Rains. "On the offensive side, I’m aiming to acquire ten additional body shops in the Cincinnati area over the next five years, and CARSTAR’s support will get me there faster. Converting to CARSTAR is also a wise defensive strategy because it protects my shops against competitors entering the market. Under CARSTAR, I’m able to leverage large-scale opportunities with a national brand while maintaining freedom and control as a small business owner.”
CARSTAR and its franchise network employs 4,000 automotive professionals throughout the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, CARSTAR was founded in 1989 and has repaired more than four million vehicles since opening its doors. CARSTAR’s parent company, Driven Brands, Inc., was recently announced as a new member of Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in franchise, brand management, environmental services and marketing services companies with attractive growth prospects.
For more information, visit www.CARSTAR.com.