Charlevoix dealership updates body shop
COURTESY PHOTO Fox Charlevoix Ford body shop technician Fred Kelly (front), manager Tom Burley (back left) and painter Mike Schmidt are seen in front of the shop's paint booth.
The waterborne paint system reduces volatile paint emissions by up to 80 percent, improving air quality for the work environment and surrounding community, and also reduces hazardous waste.
This paint system also aligns much closer to vehicle manufacturers’ waterborne paint technology, allowing for better color match & durability.
The system uses waterborne paint supplied by PPG. The dealership’s paint department has undergone extensive training at PPG’s development center in Wixom.
Since purchasing the Ford dealership — formerly Pat McKeown Ford — about a year ago, Fox Motors has made other updates to the body shop, including extensive remodeling and upgrading of the shop and office areas.
Fox offers computerized estimating through CCC ONE & is now electronicaly linked to several direct repair insurance programs to help ease customers’ claim process.
The shop also offers frame and unibody straightening and recently purchased a computerized measuring system that gusrantees accuracy within 3 millimeters on unibody vehicles or 6 millimeters on full frames.
Technician Fred Kelly is Automotive Service Excellence recertified in master collision repair with 18 years experience.
The paint department is equipped with a heated downdraft spray booth with bake cycle. Painter Mike Schmidt has been at the same location for more than 30 years and is certified with Dupont and PPG.
Manager Tom Burley has been at the Ford dealership’s body shop since August and is also Automotive Service Excellence recertified in master collision repair and estimating. He has more than 25 years experience in management and estimating with stops at the Bill Marsh dealership group in Traverse City as well as Lake Area Collision in Walloon Lake and Fletch’s in Petoskey after getting his start at Sam’s Body Shop in Harbor Springs.
All three stafffers are also certified with the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair and regularly attend Automotive Technical Education Group seminars.
The Fox Charlevoix Ford body shop, which offers on-site car rentals for people with vehicles in the shop, is located at 06725 U.S. 31 South and can be reached at (231) 547-4401.