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An exceptional business owner

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From page A6 | January 07, 2014 |

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).

Dave Hessl

Davis

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  • Alan MillerJanuary 07, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    So the point of the letter is . . . A-1 Body provides free bodywork to the Davis community?

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  • chris carey-floresJanuary 07, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    No, the point of the letter is that A-1 Body is a classy operation.

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  • January 07, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    I had a similiar experience with A-1 Body Shop. Years ago I took my truck into them with a jimmied door that had been knocked out of whack by the wind slamming the door open too hard. I brought my truck to them fully expecting to pay and the owner made a few adjustments, fixed the door and refused any money. I offered to buy them lunch and I really that remember if they even took that. They now have my business forever.

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  • Rich RifkinJanuary 07, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    I've had two experiences with A-1. I found them excellent in both instances. Not only did they do very good work, but they were fair and honest and friendly. In one case, a woman had crashed into my car at the Marketplace shopping center near Safeway, putting a good sized dent in the real quarter-panel. According to the law, I only needed to get one estimate. I got three, just to make sure the lady did not have to pay too much. (She was paying cash. She did not want her insurance company involved.) A-1 was not the cheapest, but, seeing the three estimates, she cut a check for what A-1 wanted, and told me to go there. I did. And A-1 did the job, and it turned out it cost half of what they had estimated. (The higher estimate reflected a fear that the unseen damage was much worse.) I was very happy to give that lady half her money back. I would recommend that company to anyone in Davis who needs body work done.

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  • LMJanuary 07, 2014 - 11:26 pm

    Pretty good endorsements for this business. Anyone know of a local fencing contractor that does good work?

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  • KimyJanuary 08, 2014 - 11:52 am

    Our Dial A Professional lists these businesses/contractors: http://www.davisenterprise.com/classifieds/?main=1000&sub=99100

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