November 06, 2013 // Franchising.com // Manassas, VA - Glenn Buck’s first introduction to Colors on Parade was as an employee. Five years after going to work for the company, he became an owner when his boss was promoted to area developer and sold his franchises to his employees. Now, after eight years of ownership, Buck is once again ahead of the curve, as his Colors on Parade location has become one of the first autobody shops to use waterborne paint in anticipation of the adoption of a new law in Virginia.
A graduate of a Tennessee vocational school educated in autobody repair, Buck worked a similar autobody job in California for two years and found it to be an easy transition when he moved back to his home state of Virginia. "I spent a year as a painter in a different body shop, but didn’t like that," he said. "I saw an ad for a job for Colors on Parade in the paper and started working for them, and it was great. Then when Jeff Martin, my boss, was promoted to area developer he offered me a chance to buy one of his franchises and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. I’m glad I did."
Colors on Parade provides cost-effective, same-day, non-collision vehicle damage repairs to car dealerships, fleet owners, rental car agencies, body shops and individual vehicle owners nationwide. Their extensively trained and certified technicians repair everything from dents and dings to scratches and interior repairs using proprietary and patented systems, as well as original manufacturer products, same-day, onsite and outdoors.
Buck’s business has been prospering since he bought it in 2005. In some ways, he says, his business has been recession-proof. "I do most of my business with used car dealerships, and during the recession they’ve taken on more vehicles that are older and with higher mileage and that’s provided more work for us." When Maryland enacted a new law regulating the environmental standards which car paints are held do, he decided to become an early adopter of the regulations in Virginia.
The law enacted in Maryland, which follows a law originally introduced in Southern California, aims to reduce the number of volatile organic compounds (VOC) released into the air when a car is painted which negatively impact air quality. Waterborne base-coats suspend their compounds in water, putting them within EPA regulatory standards.
"When Maryland passed their waterborne paint law, it was obvious to me that Virginia would do the same soon," he explained. "There are a lot of good reviews of the product, and so by switching early we can ease ourselves into it, really get to know waterborne paint and how it works. Sooner rather than later we’ll all have to switch over, and by then we’ll be experts."
Staying at the cutting edge of the autobody industry allows Buck to maintain an ideal work-life balance. "Right now my workload is enough that one person can handle it, but I’ve had some great employees in the past. I helped one of them, Jose Lainez, become a Colors on Parade owner himself. By far he’s the best employee I’ve ever had and if I could find another one of him I’d expand in a heartbeat," he said. "But I’ve also got two young boys at home and I have lots of flexibility with my work so I can spend time with them while they’re young. It’s an ideal job for me."
Having set the industry standard in providing a non-traditional solution to minor automotive body repairs, the "Original Body Shop on Wheels" has put together a strong operating system for continued growth. Colors On Parade is well-positioned to be the No. 1 provider of services to the individual car owner retail market, which remains largely underdeveloped. The franchise has been providing non-collision vehicle damage repairs to car dealerships, fleet owners, rental car agencies, body shops and individual vehicle owners nationwide for the past 25 years. Colors On Parade is focusing on the continued growth of its area developer program and is looking to add 15 new area developers and 45 new operator franchisees during the next three years. For more information, visit http://www.colorsonparade.com.
To tweet this release: @ColorsonParade owner Glenn Buck is keeping Manassas on the cutting edge of autobody work by adopting waterborne paint early!
SOURCE Colors On Parade