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Friday, 11 May 2018 21:36

Automotive Entrepreneur Opens 1st CARSTAR Location in ID


CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts recently announced that its first location in Idaho has opened, bringing its U.S. locations total to 33 states.

CARSTAR of Hayden, located at 1770 W Hayden Ave., Hayden, ID 83835, is owned by Greg and Rachelle Solesbee. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 8,000-square-foot facility specializes in duplicating factory repairs with advanced equipment such as the CAR-O-LINER Bench Rack, GYS NeoPulse Welder for aluminum, steel and silica bronze and GYS Resistance Spot Welder.

The CARSTAR location offers free collision repair estimates, bumper repair, expert color matching, towing assistance, vehicle pick-up and delivery, a nationwide warranty for most repairs and rental cars through Enterprise.

Solesbee got his start in the collision repair industry with his family. His father, Wendell, started repairing vehicles when he was in high school and continued to work on cars throughout his career as an electrical engineer at Rockwell. Solesbee’s mother, Martha, also did her part to help, even long-blocking cars while pregnant, handling the finances as CFO and raising seven children alongside Wendell.

“My wife and I decided to branch out with our four children and take everything we learned from Mom and Dad to establish our own dream of creating a stellar work environment,” said Solesbee. “Our employee team is like none other and we really enjoy helping bring people’s lives back together one car at a time. We want to put a smile on every customer’s face.

“Rachelle and [I] had originally designed our own business blueprint. As we shared what we were looking to do, we had a friend tell us we should look at CARSTAR. We took their advice and did so. After investigating what they were about, I turned to my wife and said, ‘They literally took our business plan and already made it into 500 locations!’”

The technicians at CARSTAR of Hayden are I-CAR- and ASE-certified and trained to work on all makes and models. They participate in ongoing education programs on the latest vehicle technologies and materials.  

As part of the CARSTAR network, CARSTAR of Hayden can access the North American collision repair leader’s advanced tools, technology and training, along with a well-known brand, purchasing efficiencies, national insurance relationships and more.

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