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Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Ctr. (aquarium)

Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Ctr. (aquarium)

Canada's fourth "collect and release" aquarium opens in Gibsons, BC Canada’s fourth community “collect and release” aquarium celebrated its opening with the Sunshine Coast community and other special guests this past week. The Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre showcases 70 local species in 30 live exhibits. Since starting its phased opening in September 2017, the aquarium has received almost 3000…
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B.C. bodyshops dispute claims of overbilling ICBC

B.C. bodyshops dispute claims of overbilling ICBC

ICBC accredited B.C. body shops are disputing allegations that they’re driving up auto insurance costs by overbilling ICBC. When you look at the massive deficit ICBC finds themselves in, auto body repair payouts make up a small fraction of the debt compared to personal injury claims and legal costs paid out by the crown corporation. Following allegations initially made 3 weeks…
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Craftsman Make a Dent Food Drive – Big success!

Craftsman Make a Dent Food Drive – Big success!

We recently completed our annual Make a Dent Food Drive! Craftsman Collision dedicates a day every year to raise money and food for local Salvation Army Family Services units throughout British Columbia. Now, the big question: How much did we raise? In total, we helped to raise $33,944.70 in donations at this year’s event. “We are incredibly pleased with the results of the…
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“There’s a what living in this car…?

40 years, 40 locations and more than a few highlights for Craftsman Collision, Canada’s largest privately owned bodyshop chain Weird and wonderful moments abound in any upstart organization, and after 40 years and literally millions of customers, bodyshop chain Craftsman Collision has certainly had its share. Since opening on Vancouver’s Cambie Street in 1977, Craftsman has experienced everything from fires…
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Craftsman voted best of Vancouver

Craftsman voted best of Vancouver

On September 30th, the readers of The Georgia Straight shared what they thought was the best that Vancouver has to offer. Craftsman is proud to announce that we were voted 'Best Auto-body Repair Shop' 8 years running. Congratulations to the runners up Vickery Collision and Colorworks as well as Kirmac Collision. The 20th annual survey features over 270 categories and…
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2015 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering

This year's Vancouver Island Motor Gathering event presented by the German Auto Import Network, was held on the Viscount Aero Centre’s grounds on August 16. It was a huge success raising over $100,000 for local charities, such as Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Children's Health Foundation on Vancouver Island, and the David Foster Foundation. Over 100 of GAIN’s most dedicated employees…
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Craftsman’s COO finishes Dakar Series race

Craftsman’s COO finishes Dakar Series race

The Desafio Ruta 40 (Argentina), the first event in the Dakar Series 2015, finished yesterday at Villa Union after five testing stages over 2,825 kilometres, of which 1,540 km were special stages. The general opinion is that the route was tough, with 56 of the 88 entrants making it to the finish after negotiating dry river beds, mountain paths and…
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Dakar Series rally race ends Saturday

As part of the Dakar Series, the Desafio Ruta 40 is soon coming to an end on Saturday, May 23rd with the completion of stage 5. "I made it through stage 1 and 2 but cut the second stage early with wrist injuries.", says Rick Hatswell, COO of Craftsman Collision. "Nothing major but I couldn't use the clutch anymore." He…
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Craftsman Collision Employee Golf Classic a huge success

Craftsman Collision Employee Golf Classic a huge success

Craftsman Collision appreciates the support all of our vendors have shown our group over the years. We would like to take this opportunity to mention a few of our vendors who were very generous with their support this year: Lordco Port Moody Radiators Marant Media West Coast Auto Group Pro Auto Care Enterprise Rent a Car Pat Anderson Insurance Marrand…
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