For the better part of three decades Bodyline Auto Recyclers has been successfully serving the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) with quality new and recycled auto parts.
Dave McDonald, the head honcho at Bodyline, while his wife, Kathy McDonald, handles accounts payable and son Eric McDonald serves as operations manager. The team also includes a sales staff that has been alongside the company for the last 30 years.
Bodyline has aligned itself over the years with a network of automotive recyclers that have helped shape the auto recycling industry’s eco-friendly efforts.
Last year Dave McDonald told Canadian Auto Recyclers that 2019 had been good to the company in terms of growth and expansion, and while many have been reluctant to compare anything to 2020, McDonald told us that the company has been fortunate enough to have a steady business flow throughout the pandemic.
“When we first went into lockdown there was a lull across the board,” said McDonald. “We were impacted for about a month, but after that things began to pick back up.” With many other businesses making cutbacks and taking things slow amidst the pandemic, McDonald “bought harder and heavier” to ensure the shop had a wide supply of inventory available. He noted that with everyone staying home there would be less people on the roads and therefore less vehicles to salvage, little did he know that it also meant people would be taking up hobbies, which luckily included working on their own cars.
According to McDonald, Bodyline became a popular source for parts when the initial lockdown eased up a bit, so having the foresight to keep going and keep “taking cars apart like nothing ever happened” certainly paid off for the company in a time where other businesses might have faltered. Though 2020 is behind us, the reality of the pandemic is still here, and businesses must continue to adapt to the rising needs of digitalization. Bodyline is constantly working on the company’s online presence, with the most recent feature including a live chat tool where customers can talk to a team member in real time for assistance.
Heading into 2021, Bodyline has a few simple goals according to McDonald including uploading photos of their entire inventory to the company site, building on the automated management system to help serve customers better, and finishing up a construction project at their JLM Metal Recycling location in the country.
BODYLINE AUTO RECYCLERS
3 Birmingham St