Each one boasts state-of-the-art technology for collision repairs, paint, or other vehicle upkeep that manager Gerrit den Dekker hopes will entice drivers to the new center in Jasper County, whether they purchased a car from the New River Auto Mall or not.
In one plastic tent, vehicles are cleaned and painted before they’re steered into large ovens for baking. In two white buildings behind the auto body shop, the used cars the Hardeeville auto mall acquires on trade-ins are detailed, then photographed for its website.
Another space is dedicated to repairing cars with aluminum bodies, which can be contaminated by iron oxide particles if a worker nearby is grinding steel, causing paint not to adhere properly to the surface. Confining aluminum-body vehicles helps the vehicle remanufacturing center avoid that problem and meet the standards of luxury manufacturers such as Audi, Porsche, and Land Rover.
The Vehicle Remanufacturing Center, which first opened in January 2013, celebrated its grand opening with live music, catering, and remarks from local community leaders.
The center has 16 employees and a plan for the operation to grow, according to den Dekker. He doesn’t expect that to take long.
“People tend to gravitate back to where they purchased their vehicle,” he said. “Now they’ve got that peace of mind of knowing it’s all the same family.”