2020 was a devastating year for many, and the auto industry has seen no exception. With many bodyshop’s sales down 80 percent or more, the collision repair sector has been the hardest hit.
Despite 2020’s less-than-ideal circumstances, Dom Vetere, owner of Dom’s Auto Parts has always been able to keep a positive attitude and look toward the future. The owner of the Courtice, Ontario, facility took pandemic downtime as an opportunity to get creative, ramping up new efforts in its mechanical, U-Pull self-serve and retail divisions to offset slow collision repair business.
“Over the last year, we’ve been accumulating motorhomes, travel trailers and motorcycles, which are now available for parts in our U-Pull trade.”
Vetere has also made a point to support front-line responders in the wave of the pandemic. Back in April, Dom’s Auto Parts launched an initiative offering up to $200 in free auto parts to front line health care workers. Nearly a year later, Dom’s has continued to support local medical workers through this program.
“We wanted to be able to give back, and it’s been great to be able to show our support to the front-line workers,” said Vetere. “Every month there are a few more that come in and show their IDs to redeem that $200.” As we progress in 2021, Vetere said fellow auto recyclers need to stay safe and continue supporting their communities as they get back on their feet.
“When it comes down to it, our industry has fared well, compared to others—many of whom will never recover. For this, we must be thankful.”