Scott, Amanda, and LeGrande McLaws work in the shop full time. The family recently relocated to Arizona from South Dakota to fulfill their lifelong dream of owning their own body shop.
Office Manager Amanda McLaws said this is Scott’s first business, after working in the auto body industry for 15 years. She said they moved up to Heber/Overgaard in July, but Scott grew up in Joseph City. Before moving, the two lived in Rapid City, S.D., for 10 years.
“He’s always wanted to have his own shop,” she said. “It’s a dream come true for him. We’re happy to be here and serve the area.”
They bring with them experience in all aspects of collision repair from the initial writing of an estimate to the final completion of the repair and delivery. They understand that a high-quality repair is no accident and that certification and training is key to ensuring a professional job and a happy customer. They are I-CAR certified with training/classes including Genesis and Chief, air conditioning, estimating, Cycle Time Management and other body and paint classes ranging from structural to cosmetic.
Says Amanda, “We are pleased to be able to provide a much needed service to the Heber-Overgaard area. The response in the community has been overwhelmingly positive. We have found that our customers are pleased to know that they no longer have the hassle of driving as much as 60 minutes to towns such as Show Low, Snowflake or Payson for their auto body repair needs. They can receive a high-quality repair completed in a timely manner right here in Heber-Overgaard.
“We had been living in SD for 10 years and had been talking for the last couple of years about wanting to move closer to our family. We came down last spring to visit family including Scott's brother and sister who were both living in Heber at the time. We really loved the area here and it just “felt right.” This little town was really in need of a good body shop and everything just sort of feel into place from there. We sold our house in SD and moved down here in July. It all happened really fast!
“There was a very nice, existing building in town that had been used as a mechanics shop previously. We decided that with a little work, including installing a brand new paint booth, we could make it work for a body shop.
“Business has been better than we expected for just starting out. The response here has been very positive and the people in the community are happy to have a body shop conveniently located rather than having to drive elsewhere. Of course, as with any business we have had ups and downs but overall things have been great. We average 3 cars per week and anticipate things only growing as word continues to get out.”
Premier Auto Body also offers painting services and free estimates. The McLaws can be reached at (928) 535-9505.