in Haunted House at Albion Hills Auto Collision
For years, Albion Hills Auto Collision in Palgrave has been the place to take your car if has come to grief in an accident.
Families going there Oct. 31 might find themselves in for a scare, but all for a good cause in celebration of Halloween.
Proprietor John Barbaro said they will be holding their fourth annual Haunted House, with the proceeds going to SickKids Foundation. As well, members of the South Simcoe United U-15 girls’ soccer team will be on hand to help out.
The Haunted House will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Barbaro said the office and gara ge areas will be decorated to reflect a variety of themes, such as vampires, werewolves, electric chairs, scare crows, ghosts and other fun stuff. And they will make sure the frights aren’t too serious.
“We tone it down for the small kids,” he said.“It’s something that we really like doing,” Barbaro commented. “It was a hit the first year we did it.” It’s all part of what the Barbaros have been doing since they took over the site on Highway 50 in 2004.
Affiliated with the Collision Solutions Network (CSN)since 2004, Albion Hills Auto Collision offers a variety of services, including auto body and collision repair, rustproofing, painting, detailing and windshields. And the growth in the business is continuing. Barbaro said they are planning an expansion, with a showroom area and increased garage space. He’s hoping that will come about in 2014.
Barbaro said their location is a benefit for the business, with it fronting on a highway. As well, he said people stop in ad are attracted by the clean shop they see.
It’s also a family operation, with Barbaro’s wife Sandra working there, along with his father. And his mother helps out too. This type of business is not one people are anxious to use, and Barbaro realizes that.
“We don’t want anyone getting into accidents,” he said, but if it happens, he wants to make sure they do a good job. He said one of the best parts of the job is helping people realize if they get in an accident, it’s not the end of the world, because the car can be put back together.
“It comes in all destroyed and smashed, and when I give it back to the customer, it’s all nice and fixed and clean,” he said.
The business draws clients from an area bordered roughly by one kilometres north of Highway 89, Airport Road, one kilometres south of Mayfield Road and one kilometres east of Highway 27.
“We do have dealings with dealerships,” he added. “Dealing with dealerships gives you a really reputable name.”
Written by Bill Rea