1st Collision Center opened its doors on September 1st, 2006. The owner, Pete McGoldrick, has been in the body shop industry since 1984 and has been a body shop owner since 1991. The Manager, John Ellington, has been in the body shop business since 1992.
We are located inside the Simi Valley Chevrolet dealership – get directions – and we are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We have plenty of parking and storage, and if needed, we can arrange for car rental for our customers.
The shop handles different direct repair programs including Automobile Club, MAPFRE, Liberty Mutual and Travelers. We also handle repairs through all car insurance companies and welcome car owners in need of owner pay repair work. Our staff is I-CAR certified and continuing education is required.
At 1st Collision we believe in using brand new OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts for our repairs. Typically, the parts are dictated by the car owner’s policy, what the owners authorized under their policy with their insurance company. If your insurance company states that we use an aftermarket part to keep the cost of the repair low, we have programs that we use to submit an estimate to the parts departments of various car manufacturers so that they match the price and we get brand new OEM parts for your car.
Our bodywork and paintwork is covered under a written warranty for as long as you own the car. The parts are covered under their own warranty from the places that produce them, like GM, Honda or BMW.
“Car accidents are stressful, but the body shop experience does not have to be,” says Pete McGoldrick. “At 1st Collision, our goal is first and foremost to put our customers at ease. We shake their hands, pour them a cup of coffee, and discuss how we can get them repaired and on the road as soon as possible. For me, that makes what we do incredibly gratifying – and it’s why we have some of the best reviews in the business.”
Customer satisfaction rating is a good thing, and we rank top 1% with Auto Club. But customer enthusiasm is even better! Customer enthusiasm is the result of not only meeting our customers’ expectations but exceeding them by spontaneously “wowing” our customers with the results. We our very fortunate to have many enthusiastic customers who have now become our advocates for new work opportunities.