Craftsman Collision was started in 1977 by Bill Hatswell, an Australian who was vacationing in BC and liked it here so much that he decided to stay. What he wasn’t keen on was the state of BC’s collision repair industry. So he set out to do things differently at that first shop on West 6th Ave. – starting with crisp, clean staff uniforms, friendly receptionists, courtesy cars, replacement vehicles, and new standards of quality and accountability.
Today, with Bill still driving growth, we are by far the largest family owned bodyshop chain in Canada, with 38 locations and counting. No other shops have surpassed us, and no other shops in BC offer our exclusive AIR MILES® reward miles. As long as more drivers keep coming to Craftsman, we’ll keep growing to meet the demand.
A craftsman’s story.