“The building itself was a collision repair shop for 70 years,” said Ty. “We were able to secure the lease on it and bring it back to life. Now we’re seeing the fruits of our labor.”
Part of the remodel included purchasing two new frame benches, a measuring system, a spot welder and a MIG welder. “We’re fully equipped,” said Ty.
The team is working on several OEM certifications. “Between 30 and 40 percent of our business comes from dealership referrals and auto repair shops,” he said.
The shop is also going through the process of becoming I-CAR Gold Class.
“I pretty much eat, breathe and sleep the business right now,” he said.
Recently, Ty and his wife realized they needed to be part of something bigger to be successful in the future. “From my time working with an MSO, I knew I needed to talk to other shop owners and management for feedback,” he said. “The only way we can move forward in this ever-changing collision industry is if we get to be part of something bigger than ourselves.”
The shop is currently part of several direct repair programs (DRPs). “We are looking to 1Collision to help us work more efficiently and streamline our processes,” he said. With 1Collision’s assistance, they also hope to increase insurance and vendor relationships and improve the health of their business.
“You have to get you keep your head up and look around and see what everybody else is doing,” he said. “One of the things I tell my guys all the time, especially my office people, is I’m not worried about fixing cars today, but how are we going to do a better job tomorrow and even better next month?”
The Sunkels recently acquired an office in a building adjacent to their current shop and are going to be moving the office into that location in January.
Long-term goals include opening a possible second location in 2023. “Hopefully between 1Collision and our other partners it will spearhead us into opening another location,” he said.