This time of year I usually write about how thankful I am for family, health, and our crew. Each of these things remains true as we head into 2019. I also have said many times that I can’t believe how long I’ve been here and how interesting and outrageous it has been over the years, which also remains true heading into 2019.
This year, however, I have decided to take a slight detour for my last blog of 2018. After reviewing the year, as I always do at this time, I found we had an uptick in US Service Members who came for vehicle repair. I am especially thankful to persons who serve. My family has served with pride in every branch of the service. My Dad was in the Army, an Uncle in the Navy, four Uncles who served as Marines along with one of their daughters and my Nephew who is an active member of the Air Force. I have great respect for those who are called to serve and feel privileged they are choosing Allston Collision Center for help.
One such customer, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jen McCabe, came to Allston Collision Center because we are a preferred provider of USAA. Her vehicle was originally towed to another shop but they couldn’t fix it. This 2014 urban assault Jeep Rubicon had front end damage but had steel modifications made to the bumper. It also had aluminum fishing pole mods made to the front end. There were electrical, battery, and alternator issues. It had structural damage along with alignment issues. To top it off PO McCabe’s Rubicon has oversized tires which created additional problems with the alignment. This vehicle was raised and had suspension modifications. Not every shop can handle a vehicle of this magnitude.
PO McCabe created a complete beast and with it a really difficult fixing process. I mean check out the photos. The mods on the front of this vehicle with its beefed-up bumper and aluminum fishing pole shafts- super cool. The mag tires; I mean this Rubicon is really unbelievable. I have never seen anything like it. Though PO McCabe was not from Massachusetts, she ultimately trusted us with this one of a kind gem and Allston Collision Center welcomed the challenge.
As you can see from the finish photos the vehicle was back to its better self and the customer was very happy. So happy in fact, she gave us permission to use her vehicle and her name on this blog. I hope she gets the opportunity to read this and see her newly fixed car on our website.
As I finish out 2018, I want to round out this year by saying thank you from the bottom of my heart to all people who serve our country, to my family who has always backed my ideas, to my crew and their families for the hard work and long hours, and my partner who is especially important to the operation. All of these people have their part in keeping Allston Collision Center, Inc. the shop we always wanted. A workplace where the treatment of our crew and customers reaches a level of respect we don’t often experience in other places.
And sometimes, just sometimes, we come across a vehicle that is an absolute beast in the best way and Allston Collision Center rises to the challenge.
Peace and happiness to all in the New Year
Elaine M. O’Neill
Allston Collision Center
This time of year I usually write about how thankful I am for family, health, and our crew. Each of these things remains true as we head into 2019. I also have said many times that I can’t believe how long I’ve been here and how interesting and outrageous it has been over the years, [...]
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Allston Collision Center is a family owned & operated Boston auto body shop, providing both automobile repair and auto collision repair services to the Greater Boston area. Allston Collision Center’s team offers 50+ years of combined experience in auto body repair and insurance negotiating, and they do some of the best auto body work in Boston.