For years, Lee Ann Smith drove an old Saab with more than 300,000 miles on it. Although it kept breaking down, she continued to drive her well-worn car for two reasons.
As the founder of a Member of Service Mom, a non-profit organization that helps locate vital resources for military veterans and service members, she needed the car to perform her volunteer work. More important, it was the last remaining material possession of her son, Andrew Tobin, a U.S. Army Sergeant who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011.
To ensure that Lee Ann has more reliable transportation to continue her volunteer work, Fix Auto USA hosted a tribute on September 2 to honor Andrew and his mother. During the ceremony, held in Pasadena, Fix Auto Pasadena and SCA Appraisal jointly presented Lee Ann with a refurbished 2014 Hyundai Elantra, through Recycled Rides.
Recycled Rides is a community awareness project that brings together all facets of the auto repair industry – from insurers to paint and parts suppliers, towing companies and auto body shops like Fix Auto. Working together, they refurbish cars that have been declared an economical total loss but are still structurally salvageable. Instead of selling the car, insurers and other salvage organizations donate it to a shop that participates in Recycled Rides. The shop repairs the car and hosts an event to donate the car to a local charity or recipient.
In this instance, SCA Appraisal sourced the vehicle on behalf of Recycled Rides and turned it over to Fix Auto Pasadena, who performed a safety inspection and made numerous cosmetic improvements before gifting the car to Lee Ann.
“Sergeant Tobin was admired and respected by his comrades, who looked to him for courage, strength and support on the battlefield,” said Vatche Derderian, owner-operator of Fix Auto Pasadena. “He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and we are proud to play a small role in supporting his mother as she carries out good works in the name of her son.”
Fix Auto is revolutionizing the collision repair industry. First, Fix Auto has an extensive network of carefully selected collision body and auto paint shops that are at hand, and at your service, after an accident involving automobile body damage. Whatever needs to be done to get you back on the road – frame reconstruction, car paint or collision and body repair – every one of our collision repair facilities offers the brand of reliable auto repair service that has made our name synonymous with excellence. Further, our collision service rates are very competitive. And finally, all Fix Auto automobile body shops offer consistent, professional auto repair service that includes standardized estimates, the very latest auto repair shop equipment, and courteous personnel. From bumper to bumper, you are surrounded – and supported by – Fix Auto collision and repair service specialists.
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Fix Auto’s job is to remove the hassles associated with an accident. Our simplified claims process with your insurer, our quality commitment and the Fix Auto guarantee all combine to ensure your peace of mind. Anywhere you see our sign, you’ll find the impeccable standard of quality that has made our name. Just ask your insurance company.
The simplicity of one-stop shopping
An automobile collision is a big
disruption in your daily life.
Everybody values continuity and keeping
things moving along smoothly.
Fix Auto understands this, which is
why we offer the convenience of
Fix Auto not only handles your vehicle
repair, but also the processing of your
claim. Our experts deal with insurance
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That means no unnecessary delays.
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A rock-solid guarantee
Any repairs undertaken by a Fix Auto
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We promise you won’t find a better
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auto repairers simply stick to the
minimum protection required by law:
X months and no more.
With us, you’re choosing the route of
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The Fix Auto lifetime guarantee is
endorsed by all 280 of our body shops
– a network stretching across Canada,
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All in the details
Some people see a body shop repair
as nothing more than a part
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Fix Auto’s professionalism can be seen
in our attention to the smallest detail.
We will look after you from start to
finish. We listen, we care,
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The bottom line is: nobody wants to
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