Opened in 2000, the independent collision repair facility is part of a dealer group that includes Mercedes-Benz of Fredericksburg and Volvo Cars Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg, Va.—1Collision has announced the addition of its first location in Virginia, Huber Collision Center in Fredericksburg. Opened in 2000, the independent collision repair facility is part of a dealer group owned by Clay Huber and includes Mercedes-Benz of Fredericksburg and Volvo Cars Fredericksburg. Phil Rice is the general manager.
“We are excited to add our first dealership location that operates as a standalone shop,” said John Hollingworth, 1Collision’s director of new location development. “Phil Rice is an excellent operator and we look forward to working with him and his team to take their business to the next level.”
Rice said the partnership with 1Collision will allow Huber Collision to connect with a group of people from across the country who have similar goals and aspirations without selling the organization to a consolidator. “If someone has already encountered a barrier or obstacle and they have already worked through the problem, it’s great to hear about the experience and learn from it.
“While other auto body shops have been taken over by large corporations with headquarters thousands of miles away, we have been locally owned from the beginning and plan to stay that way. 1Collision has a great track record with processes both on the front and back end. They also have a great network with different vendors.”
The family-owned company includes a team of 25 employees who range from those who are brand new to the industry to others who have worked there for 17 years. One of the ways Rice keeps his team connected is through daily production meetings. “We are able to identify the customers and vehicles that need priority attention and develop a plan as to what is going to take place,” he said. “Sometimes, those plans change and if you aren’t willing to effectively communicate that on a floor level, then it creates confusion or dissension within the organization.”
“Local ownership enables us to be actively involved in day-to-day operations, decision-making and quality control and to make investments that are best for our customers,” he added.
One of these investments was the shop’s decision to become certified by Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Huber Collision is also an AAA Approved Auto Repair Center and staffed with I-CAR Gold Class professionals.
Huber Collision Center also supports the local community and demonstrates its involvement in a variety of ways. In addition to sponsoring the annual Fredericksburg Christmas Parade, some of the organizations the company assists include Choices Women’s Center, Christian Youth Theater, the Fairy Godmother Project, the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and the Rotary Club of Rappahannock-Fredericksburg.