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Keeping customer safety top of mind with DrivePur

Keeping customer safety top of mind with DrivePur

Lasts up to six months, offered at promotional price of $49 Returning sparkling clean vehicles to their owners has always been part of the service at Craftsman Collision. Now Western Canada’s largest bodyshop chain has teamed up with Viral Defense Solutions' DrivePur sanitization treatment to take cleanliness to a new, microscopic level. Joining a growing group of North American bodyshops,…
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Step up with Craftsman, Deeley to support COVID-19 emergency bursaries

Step up with Craftsman, Deeley to support COVID-19 emergency bursaries

When we finally beat COVID-19, Rick Hatswell wants to be part of a revitalized and re-energized collision repair industry. To that end, the Vancouver Community College (VCC) Automotive Collision Repair Technician alumnus and president of The Craftsman Group donated $5,000 to the Giving Tuesday Now campaign funding emergency bursaries for VCC students. The campaign, administered by the VCC Foundation, was launched on the Giving Tuesday Now global…
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Safety precautions, HR initiatives and smart marketing keep all Craftsman shops open

Safety precautions, HR initiatives and smart marketing keep all Craftsman shops open

Extreme times may call for extreme measures, but it’s a thoughtful, multi-pronged approach to the COVID-19 pandemic that has been keeping Western Canada’s largest collision repair chain humming. Sales at the 43-shop Craftsman Collision chain did slump somewhat during the COVID month of March, but only by 12 percent – less than required by the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidies (CEWS)…
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The Salvation Army purchases truck with Craftsman donation

The Salvation Army purchases truck with Craftsman donation

Today, Lieutenant Alfred Esdaille, North Vancouver Salvation Army and CEO/Owner, Bill Hatswell of Craftsman Collision unveiled a new refrigerated food truck at Craftsman's head office in North Vancouver, BC. Craftsman Collision generously donated $42,000, which was used to help purchase a new refrigerator truck.  The new truck enables the Salvation Army Food Services feed over 1,000 people every week in the Lower Mainland. Volunteers pick…
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New Wedge Clamp head brings impressive set of tools

New Wedge Clamp head brings impressive set of tools

The Craftsman Group, owner of Western Canada’s largest autobody repair chain Craftsman Collision, has appointed a uniquely qualified candidate to take charge of one of its family companies, equipment manufacturer Wedge Clamp Systems Inc. With credentials including Red Seal autobody repair certification, extensive real estate experience and certification, years of head office management and a recently earned MBA, Mark Greenberg…
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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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