The Plus in Auto Painters Plus is Courtesy and Good Customer Service
Photo/text by Renee Burrell
After the accident: Rex Minnick, owner of Auto Painters Plus (left) and Willie Torres (right) helped the owners of this car deal with the insurance adjusters and provided them with a discounted rental car
LARGO - If you get into a car accident, Rex Minnick would like you to call him first. Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Rex moved to Florida in 1972. His business, Auto Painters Plus, is conveniently located in Largo at Rodgers Business Park, 2101 Starkey Rd. E20. One of the advantages of choosing him to fix and paint your car is that pricing for auto body paint and repair work is usually $40 per hour of work, where dealerships and larger shops are $45-$60. Rex is ASE certified, attended several tech schools and considers auto body paint and repair an art and science. He has 30 years of experience in the industry. Employee Willie Torres has 28 and assists Spanish speaking customers--another plus.
Rex specializes in torn bumpers and welding plastic and welcomes insurance claims. He keeps his overhead low so that he can pass the savings to his customers. "Insurance adjusters typically send people to the big auto repair and paint shops. Your car kind of gets lost in the shuffle and becomes a number while you're waiting around for it. If you bring it here, I'll remember your name and I can help you through the process of filing your claim."
That consideration for his customers on top of his exceptional skill with damaged cars has helped his business grow through word of mouth referrals. Chris Chapman, of Clearwater said of his experience with Rex's work and customer service, "I recently got into a car accident and was a little shook up and a friend of mine referred me to Rex. My experience with him was great...He was very professional and was also considerate of my situation. He helped me by working with my insurance company on all of the details from start to finish. The work he did was great. You would never know that there was any damage done at all. I would definitely refer him to anyone who needs his service... it was a pleasure."
"At Auto Painters Plus no job is too big or too small," said Rex. "I use top quality chromo base paint, including European colors and offer a lifetime warranty. Turn around time depends on the severity of the damage. Small damage is usually done by the next day. For bigger jobs that take longer, I refer customers to a rental car company I partner with to help them get a car to use at a discount until I'm finished with theirs."
Along with vehicles that have been damaged from accidents, Rex also helps restore older vehicles, brightens faded sun spots and touches up leased cars before they have to go back to dealerships. Said Rex, "If you have a leased vehicle, we can repair any dents, mars or scratches so the leasing company won't detect it."
Another plus is that Rex is an all around nice guy. One of his customers recently didn't have a credit card to leave with the rental company, so Rex used his own.
Rex and his wife of 27 years, Andrea, a teacher and assistant director at Country Acres Preschool in Seminole, have a son in the US Coast Guard and a daughter in pre-med at USF. They attend Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
If your car exterior needs repair/painting for whatever reason, call Auto Painters Plus at 727-504-6891 or 727-678-4627. Se habla espanol!
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