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Where collision repair is like an art form

Ray Flores
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Name of business: Classic Auto Body

Description: automotive collision repair shop

Owner: Ray Flores

Address: 1695 Enterprise Court, Rifle

Phone: 970-625-8667

E-mail: classicautobody@sopris.net

Website: classicautobodyrifle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raysclassicautobody

Date business opened: 1998

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How did your business start?

With a dream. A dream of owning and operating my own collision repair shop. I opened Classic Auto body 16 years ago and have been repairing and restoring vehicles for over 30 years. Growing up in Texas I was in a high school work release vocational program, sparking my interest in all things automotive.

What do you sell?

We offer collision repair and restoration, from frame straightening to full paint jobs, minor touch-ups, major repairs, even headlamp cleaning. We repair today’s vehicles as well as the cars from yesteryear.

Why do you like what you do?

Collision repair is like an art. I see the damage and want to bring it back to its original form. I truly love the classic cars and restoring them. It’s kind of like bringing life back into the vehicle.

What strategy do you use to hire good people?

Having a collision is traumatic, so having a staff with the empathy and knowledge to help the our clients is very important. Honesty and integrity are key.

What is your strategy for growth in the next year?

We have several offers for the next year to come. Discounted headlamp restoration repairs and free winter inspections are being offered right now.

What is the best thing about running a business here?

Our local people and businesses that we work with day to day. They become more than clients, they becomes friends. Most of our customers come back just to see what classic car is in the shop this week.

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