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Glenn Lucero examines a vehicle engine at Quanz Auto Body’s Rio Rancho location on Tuesday. (Matt Hollinshead / Rio Rancho Watcher)

As much as he considers it a “disappointment” to drop a local name for his establishment, Quanz Auto Body President Adam Quanz saw many opportunities for continued growth and expansion by joining Crash Champions.

Crash Champions, a national chain operating in 17 states, this week announced the acquisition of Quanz Auto Body, an Albuquerque-based company with three Duke City locations and one Rio Rancho location, as part of its expansion in the Southwest. .

“Our industry is consolidating at a very high and rapid rate. Our plan was never to sell, it’s just something that has happened over the past few months. A lot of things made sense, ”Quanz said. “We’re in exactly the same boat with all the other businesses in our community and across the country; you can’t find people, people don’t want to work. And the costs of everything are skyrocketing. … These large companies can absorb a large part of these costs. The insurance relationships that we rely on over the years have changed, and there are a lot more performance-based contracts with insurance companies that are costing us money.

As of Monday, Quanz said his business will officially become Crash Champions, but expects it will take several more months for signage to change on buildings.

Quanz Auto Body, which started its business in 1980, offers services such as painting and bodywork, bumper damage repair and hail damage repair.

On Tuesday, Calvyn Encinias scratched the panel of a red Honda Civic at Quanz Auto Body’s Rio Rancho location. (Matt Hollinshead / Rio Rancho Watcher)

Crash Champions CEO Matt Ebert said New Mexico would be the first state in the Southwest to offer Crash Champions locations, adding that his business would eventually expand elsewhere in that region.

“We’re going right now from Missouri to Colorado through California, when you look at the footprint of the states we’re in right now. So we kind of have gaps on the map,” he said.

He also said that Quanz’s business model aligns with Crash Champions.

“They are very focused on the satisfaction of their customers. They have a lot of happy customers. They also have many insurance partners who are happy with the results they get from Quanz. Just like us, they do late model collision repairs, as opposed to, say, a restoration shop, ”Ebert said, adding that his company and Quanz Auto Body were also focusing on manufacturing certification for repairs and Training.

Quanz said there were challenges in dealing with the “extreme highs and some extreme lows” of running a business during the pandemic.

He also said it has become difficult to compete as a local business due to some challenges New Mexico faces relative to neighboring states.

Ultimately, Quanz said he was interested in the opportunity to grow and strengthen a statewide presence. He said the benefits of the acquisition include offering nationwide repair warranties and additional customer service resources.

“I’m going to tell you, Crash Champions is going to grow in this market and in the state, and it’s going to happen very quickly,” Quanz said, adding that it will expand to other locations in New Mexico outside of New Mexico. of the metro Albuquerque region in 2022.

Quanz said he will serve as the New Mexico COO for Crash Champions, while his brothers will hold various roles.

“We will continue to operate essentially as is. It’s just a name change, with more financial support and more resources, ”he said.

He also said that the people inside the stores, relationships with insurance companies, manufacturer certifications, quality of repairs and existing buildings would remain, adding that the only difference was to replace the Quanz logos with Crash Champions logos.