ABQ auto repair firm to be acquired by national chain

Glenn Lucero examines a car engine at Quanz Auto Body’s Rio Rancho site on Tuesday. (Matt Hollinshead/Rio Rancho Observer)

As considerably as he views it as a “bummer” to discontinue a nearby title for his institution, Quanz Auto System President Adam Quanz saw plentiful chances for continued advancement and growth by signing up for Crash Champions.

Crash Champions, a nationwide chain running in 17 states, introduced this week it will purchase Quanz Auto Entire body, an Albuquerque-dependent business with a few Duke Metropolis spots and a person Rio Rancho location, as aspect of its enlargement into the Southwest.

“Our marketplace is consolidating at a very significant, fast amount. Our plan was hardly ever to promote, it’s just one thing that variety of arrived up around the earlier few months. A great deal of issues designed feeling,” Quanz mentioned. “We’re in the exact same precise boat with every other business enterprise in our community and in the region you can’t obtain people, men and women really do not want to function. And the fees of every little thing are skyrocketing. … These bigger organizations can soak up a good deal of those people expenses. The insurance coverage associations that we have relied on above the decades have modified, and there is a ton much more general performance-based mostly contracts with insurance firms, which price tag us dollars.”

Helpful Monday, Quanz reported his business will officially develop into Crash Champions, but expects it’ll still just take a variety of months for signage to adjust on the structures.

Quanz Vehicle Overall body, which introduced operations in 1980, offers expert services like paint and human body get the job done, bumper hurt restore and hail destruction fix.

Calvyn Encinias scuffs the panel of a pink Honda Civic at Quanz Automobile Body’s Rio Rancho spot on Tuesday. (Matt Hollinshead/Rio Rancho Observer)

Crash Champions CEO Matt Ebert reported New Mexico will be the initial state in the Southwest to present Crash Champions spots, introducing his firm will finally broaden in other places in that region.

“We at the moment go from Missouri to Colorado to California, when you glance at the footprint of the states we’re now in. So, we sort of have some gaps in the map,” he stated.

He also claimed Quanz’s business enterprise product aligns with Crash Champions.

“They’re quite targeted on holding their shoppers delighted. They have a whole lot of contented shoppers. They also have a great deal of insurance partners that are happy with the outcomes that they get from Quanz. Similar to us, they do late-model collision maintenance as opposed to, say, a restoration store,” Ebert stated, incorporating his business and Quanz Auto Physique also emphasis on producing certification for repairs and education.

Quanz claimed there were worries in dealing with the “extreme highs and some extraordinary lows” of functioning a organization in the course of the pandemic.

He also reported it’s become hard to contend as a neighborhood organization mainly because of some troubles New Mexico faces as opposed to bordering states.

In the end, Quanz reported the possibility for advancement and developing more of a statewide presence appealed to him. He explained the pluses of the acquisition consist of supplying nationwide fix warranties and added client services means.

“I’ll tell you, Crash Champions will grow in this marketplace and in the point out, and it’s heading to transpire extremely quickly,” Quanz explained, adding it’ll increase with other New Mexico areas outside the Albuquerque metro space in 2022.

Quanz said he will provide as the New Mexico director of functions for Crash Champions, although his brothers will remain on in several roles.

“We’re likely to continue basically running as is. It is just a identify improve, with extra money backing and more sources,” he reported.

He also claimed the people today inside of the retailers, insurance business relations, company certifications, maintenance quality and present buildings will stay, incorporating the only variance is replacing the Quanz logos with Crash Champions logos.