Bad Dog Modifications offers quality customization and modifications
When it comes to vehicle customization, particularly for trucks and sports cars, it’s no secret that people in Orangeville love the chance to make changes to their vehicles, to make them a little more their own. Whether it’s window tinting or paint guarding, custom rims, seats and kits, or even just a really great detailing job, there’s a large local market with very few options.
One of those options is Bad Dog Modifications, a modification and customization company started almost two years ago by Blackstock Ford. Their shop, which is located on Riddell Road beside Meineke, is a breath of fresh air for people who are used to driving to the city to try and get the customization they want on their vehicle.
“There’s no other shop like this in Dufferin County,” explained Jim Carsen President of Blackstock Ford. “To get the same kind of job and the same level of products as we provide, people would have to go to the city. We’re here because we recognized the need for this kind of shop.”
The shop itself is impressive, and like many places, much bigger on the inside than the storefront makes it seem. Along with a large showroom fully stocked with custom parts and accessories, there is also a garage specifically for 3M modifications like paint/scratch guarding and window tinting, a photography studio (which is also used for paint correction because of the spectacular lighting), and a full detailing garage.
Everything they use throughout the shop is used with environmental impact in mind as well. From the West Side Buggy Bath, which runs on recycling water, to the top of the line Italian steamers used for detailing (which run on extremely low amounts of water), and all the microfibre cloths that are used in the shop are washed regularly rather than using new ones for each job. Even the computer, which provides precision cutting for the scotch-guarding and tinting helps get the most out of the products being used.
“Making sure we are using things that are environmentally friendly is a big deal to us, explained Greg Chapman, Fixed Operations Manager at Blackstock. “It not only ensures great quality, but its also about being responsible in the work we are doing for our customers.”
Another are Bad Dog Mods feels responsible in for their customers is the quality of product they provide. Not only are all of their items from well-respected, quality, name brand companies, they also only offer the top of the line products from each of those companies.
“All the products these companies offer are great and reliable,” said Mr. Carsen. “But we want our customers to have the best quality and the best product, so we only offer the top line from each of them at a competitive rate.”
“Everything we offer is state of the art, quality high-end products,” added Mr. Chapman. “There’s no-one like us in Orangeville; you really would have to travel to the city just to get this kind of service or customization.”
The shop has only been running for just over a year, but so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive by their customers and the local residents.
“A lot of people have been really pleased to see a facility like this in town,” said Mr. Chapman. “There is lots of interest, and a lot of people coming from all over the area to get things like lifts, detailing and other customization done.”
As to why they decided to open up Bad Dog, it just seemed to make sense. Blackstock Ford has become known across the country for their vehicle modifications over the past 10 years on both new and used vehicles. And while their modifications have never been Ford exclusive, they wanted to have a place that could be open and available to everyone.
“We do work on all brands and all types of cars,” said Mr. Chapman. “Everything from hot rods, antiques and classics, through to brand new, used models – whatever people want to have work done on.”
Bad Dog Modifications also boasts 15 highly skilled technicians, with a large amount of experience, specialties and backgrounds that range across a number of areas including electronics, diesel, suspension, and transmissions. Part of what makes them a strong addition to the Bad Dog team is that their experience stretches beyond Ford vehicles, onto many of the makes and models present in Canada.
Graham Blower, Inventory Coordinator is one of those specialized technicians, and is noted as being incredibly skilled with paint correction and detailing. He’s been detailing for over 5 years, and some of his paint correction work can be seen on Blacstock Ford’s Youtube Channel, where they highlight Gtehcniq coating, one of the top of the line products they use.
“We’d like to think that perfection is what we aim for when we are doing a job,” said Mr. Blower. “We won’t let a car go out if there is something we’ve missed. There’s really nothing we can’t do, and all of our mods come from well-known, respected companies.”
That goal of perfection fits in line with Blackstock’s goal to be both reliable and supportive in the community of Orangeville. Blackstock Ford is driven by their community work, through programs like Dufferin Hospice and the Ford Drive For Your Community.
“We do what we do, because that becomes a major part of being in such a great community like Orangeville,” said Mr. Chapman. “You get the opportunity to give back to the people who help support your business.”
To find out more about Bad Dog Modifications or to view some of their products and services, you can visit the shop at 670 Riddell Road, Unit 2 or check out their website at www.baddogmods.com.
Written and photos by Tabitha Wells