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Driven Collision Center: Driven to Improve

Wednesday, February 1, 2017  
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It came to him in a dream — the name and logo, that is. The rest was a result of a great opportunity and timing.

It all began in 2010 when Phil Tripp opened Tripp’s Auto Shop’s second location in Lansing, Michigan. Joe Laird had the honor of running the new location for the first three years before Brandon Tripp, Phil’s son, took over. Brandon continued the growth and success of Tripp’s Auto Shop of Lansing but always longed for something of his own.

In late 2015, Brandon and Laird sat down with Phil to discuss their dream of buying the Lansing location. With Phil running for Michigan State Representative, it was a perfect time to lighten his workload and pass the torch. After six months of red tape, mountains of paperwork and financing, Driven Collision Center opened on April 1, 2016.

Driven Collision Center is an 18,000 square-foot facility filled with state of the art equipment. It has everything from a vehicle frame-straightening bench with precise laser measuring to a resistance spot welder for matching vehicle manufactures welds exactly.

“We have really invested in equipment to make sure your vehicle is repaired quickly and most importantly correctly,” said Brandon. “We have added all energy efficient LED lighting throughout the whole shop, upgraded our computer systems and have added a high-tech vehicle scanner to help better diagnose vehicle repairs. We have even invested in purchasing loaner vehicles, so customers will have a vehicle to drive while their car is being fixed. There is no job too big or small for us to handle.”

Since the grand opening, the two owners have made it a priority to ensure that both their employees and their customers are happy and satisfied, also becoming active in the community that surrounds and supports them.

“We are building this business on transparency and integrity, and giving back to the community in which we live and work,” said Laird. “So far this year we have been fortunate enough to be able to sponsor the BWL Chili Cook-off, Sparrow Foundation and the Lansing Hope Promise Balloon festival, just to name a few.”

The name and logo came to Brandon in a dream. The slogan, “Driven to exceed your expectations,” was an idea of Laird’s. Together with the combination of all of their ideas, experiences and know-how, they have been able to transform their auto body collision repair shop into a place they can call their own.

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