On the way back from Los Angeles on a visit to relatives, we put a huge dent in the bumper of our family van — oops — to the tune of $1,150 for replacement or $900 for repair, according to one body shop. It was a real downer after celebrating New Year’s. I’d better get another estimate, I thought.
Off to A-1 Body, where owner Brian asked me to leave it with him to “see what he can do.” Just hours later, I got a call to pick up the van. To our astonishment, he had popped out the dent, painted and buffed not only the damaged area but other unsightly dings in the front of the car for no charge. No sign of damage anywhere.
As my mother would say, “Now he’s a real mensch!” (Yiddish for a person of integrity and honor).