Terry Feehan and Steve Taylor of Fix Auto Australia officially announced the well-known family business as Fix Auto Osborne Park to the market at a launch event at their repair facility on Thursday 21st of September in front of invited guests including their customers, suppliers and insurers and of course family members.
Owned by Tony and Steve LoPresti and originally established by Tony in 1992 it is one of the most respected and trusted collision repairers in their market. Tony himself had opened his first shop in 1971 and his son Steve joined the industry and became a partner with his father in the current shop in 2007.
“Tony & Steve have watched how the Australian industry has changed and consolidated and recognised that they too might need to change how they do business”, said Terry Feehan. “The relationships between insurers and repairers are changing dynamically and like so many repairers at the moment, Tony and Steve looked at how they should address that, for their business and future.”
The Franchise model offered by Fix Auto appealed to Tony and Steve as it meant they were still in control of their own business while receiving support for the marketing and promotion of their business, operational tools and support and buying power which was previously unavailable to them as a single repair site. Steve LoPresti stated “we wanted to continue to grow our business which we love and we feel that joining Fix Auto did not diminish our own entrepreneurial drive but in fact has enhanced it. We want to get bigger and better and continue to deliver the high-quality repairs and service we are known for. Fix Auto is international with over 600 shops and it makes sense for us to join this network but still retain our independence as a family owned business. We have already had joint meetings with some of the other repairers in the Network and that is a powerful tool, being able to talk openly with your peers, share ideas and discuss ways of working together like an extended family.”
“We are obviously excited and proud to have Tony, Steve and their talented team join Fix Auto and the other repairers in our growing Australian network” states Terry Feehan of Fix Auto Australia. “Once repairers recognise that they still retain full ownership of their business within the Fix Auto network but are also a part of a national network of good, fair and strong repairers, I believe we will grow even more rapidly. Our focus is on being a national solution to the work providers and obviously provide them innovation and operational performance so they can grow their business, alongside Fix Auto”, added Feehan.