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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:21

Fix Auto Adds Five New West Coast Locations

The rapid growth of the Fix Auto USA franchise network across the western United States shows no sign of slowing as the organization announced new locations in Springfield, OR, and Watsonville, Salinas, San Clemente, and Sun Valley, CA.

Fix Auto Springfield, formerly A Street Automotive & Collision, is the eighth Fix Auto center in the state of Oregon and the 17th in the Northwest franchise group. Owners Cris Kuhnhausen and John Kimpton, attuned to market trends, noted changes in the industry that they believed they could benefit from if they aligned with a larger group. In the Fix Auto franchise model they found the best of both worlds—the opportunity to reposition their business into the MSO segment while maintaining control of the business they had spent over 25 years building.

WAB Collision Center, locally owned and operated by Mike Garland and family, opened for business in Watsonville in 1981, adding a second location in Salinas in 2012. Recently aligned with Fix Auto as Fix Auto Watsonville and Fix Auto Salinas, the two shops are the fourth and fifth centers to open in Northern California under the Fix Auto brand, making it an exciting new frontier for the organization.

Fix Auto Sun Valley, formerly known as J&L Body & Paint Shop, was recently added in the metropolitan area of Los Angeles, CA. Siblings Daniel and Sandy Panduro, who own the facility, grew up in the business learning the ropes from their father John, who opened the business in 1983.

Fix Auto San Clemente is the second franchise operation owned by partners Richard Fish and Bill Lawrence (and the fourth center owned by Fish). Fish’s rapid expansion with Fix Auto testifies to how existing standards and operations encourage rapid, organic market growth. “Fix Auto’s methodology provides a template for how a successful franchise should operate, which removes much of the guesswork that goes into getting a new operation up-and-running,” Fish explained. “Each of our franchises has its own flavor and its own set of unique challenges, but having a clearly-defined, proven methodology in place for operational excellence certainly makes things easier.”

The addition of these five new facilities brings the total Fix Auto USA count to 54 locations.

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