Monday, August 29, 2016

Gino’s Auto Collision

A tale of two family businesses.

Some family businesses start off as group enterprises, no doubt, while others become family establishments over years and decades. The subjects of these two profile of local automobile repair businesses are examples of the latter. Each started off as a sole proprietorship based on the expertise of one man but each is gradually becoming a family affair.

Gino’s Auto Collision 

Gino Barrilla came to Canada from Calabria, Italy in 1960. He trained here in Canada as an auto body technician and set up shop here in Dunnville in 1978. His son, Joe Barrilla, has worked along with him for the past ten years.

He gets most of his business by word of mouth, from doing a good job. Gino's guarantees all of the work it does. Other recommendations come from local insurance companies and the Canadian Automobile Association.

If you have an accident, Gino reminds drivers from Dunnville, remember that you do have a choice.  Some insurance companies have arrangements with certain large body shops in Hamilton, and they will try to steer you there. That means not only a longer drive, but also it tends to cost more.

Be sure to ask for an estimate from the large non-local shop and compare what is included with Gino's. I would add that generally speaking you are less likely to be a victim of sharp practices if you go to a local business, since in the country reputation is everything and dishonest establishments do not last long, as they often do in the city.

Remember, auto body repair is a highly skilled trade involving elaborate equipment. Whereas mechanics only have to get the insides of the car working, collision work demands that, as well as making the car look good, too.

One client wrote on an auto body site this tribute to them: "I didn't realize how skilled some auto repair shops are until I took my car in. I was amazed at their ability to restore my car to new. It wasn't just the damage on the body but also the drive line. I was really impressed with how well they did. I'll consider always going to a repair shop to get my cars fixed."

Gino’s Auto Collision,
448 Main St W,
Dunnville, ON,
N1A 1W4


Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Closed on Sunday

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