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It’s that time of year again! Shields of Hope – Heroes Holiday is back!

Shields of Hope – Heroes Holiday is a local organization that supports several families that are struggling from cancer that could use some Holiday Cheer! Selected families will receive needed gifts delivered by the members of Shields of Hope. To help one of these families, please stop by any Auto Body Xperts locations and pick a tree ornament off of the giving tree to help support one of these families this Christmas. Everyone one who returns a tag with an item to any Auto Body Xperts location will be entered to win a Family Fun Package that includes a Celebration Cinema gift card, Craig’s Cruiser gift card, and a local restaurant gift card!

For more information, including the stories of the families being helped, please visit: www.shieldsofhopewestmi.com/heroes-holiday/

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Locations:

  • 216 N 120th Ave, Holland
  • 3483 Highland Dr, Hudsonville
  • 126 Railroad St, Wayland
  • 9389 Riley St, Zeeland

This year, Auto Body Xperts had the honor of pairing up with the Holland Police Department to get Operation Polar Patrol up and running. Operation Polar Patrol is a Ice Cream Truck serving the Holland area!

Sgt. Matzen was the main individual who proposed and executed the idea of Operation Polar Patrol. He said, “It’s a non-complaint driven contact with the community. It’s about getting back to that service aspect. Most of the times, because we’re wearing uniforms, people don’t like to come up and talk to us. We want to build trust and make that connection. We want people to know what our characteristics and morals are.”

This summer was the first summer that Operation Polar Patrol was out in the community and throughout the summer they attended over 60 different events and served over 10,000 individuals!

Operation Polar Patrol has proven itself to be a huge success and has big plans in place for 2018.

 

For more information:

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20170606/holland-police-unveil-new-polar-patrol-ice-cream-truck

 

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During the month of October, Auto Body Xperts had free pumpkins available to all kids and teenagers at all four locations. Kids of all ages stopped by to say hello and grab a pumpkin! During that time, we gave away 235 pumpkins! There was also a fun giveaway for adults too (because why should the kids be the only ones to have fun), adults had the opportunity to join a Facebook contest to win a dozen donuts from Post Family Farm! This year’s winner was Lindsey Doverhof!

 

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It’s that time of year, winter is right around the corner. Here are 5 Xpert tips to help prepare your vehicle for winter.

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First, always have a winter supply kit in your vehicle. In this kit, always have a flashlight, first-aid kit, a few blankets, change of warm clothes for the driver, few extra pairs of gloves, portable charger for your phone, bag of sand (for traction), winter boots, extra ice scraper, some high-energy snacks (like nuts or jerky), and a bottle of water. The winter supply kit is important in case of a slide off in winter to make sure you are well prepared to get yourself out or if you can’t due to extreme weather, to be able to call and wait for help.

Second, never have less than half a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times. In case of a slide off or traffic jam, you want to make sure you will have enough gas to get you through the situation.

Third, check your tire pressure and tread depth. With the snow and ice, it is important to make sure your vehicle has good traction on the roads. To check the tread on your tires, do the “lincoln test”. Insert a penny into your tire’s tread with the top of Lincoln’s head pointing inward toward the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you need to replace the tire before winter weather begins.

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Fourth, check your vehicle’s fluid levels and make sure they are all full, especially engine coolant and antifreeze. The antifreeze will insure that your vehicle is running smoothly even during the cold winter times.

Finally, make sure your brake lights is working properly. In the winter weather, it takes longer for a vehicle to slow down so it is important that your brake lights are working properly to insure that the vehicles behind you have an ample amount of time to stop.

 

If unfortunately you are in an accident this winter, be sure to see Auto Body Xperts!

On October 18, 2017 we had our grand opening celebration for our new Zeeland location! During our Grand Opening Celebration we had free food trucks, cake, bounce house, free pumpkins for kids, and tours of the new building! We had a huge turn out for the event! Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us!

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The Zeeland location is Auto Body Xpert’s 4th location and officially opened for business on September 5, 2017.