It has been an interesting first year in business for Craig and Tricia Johnson, who last year opened Wreck “O” Mended, the newest local body shop at 1925 N. Broad St., in Globe.
Business is expanding as Wreck “O” Mended is carving out a niche in the Copper Corridor, forging relationships with insurance companies and earning certifications that allows them to take in a wider range of vehicles for repair.
“We’re working away at it. We have local vendors now, so that saves a lot of time,” Tricia said. “We’re now General Services Administration (GSA) approved and can do government vehicles and tribal approved too, so we can work on tribal vehicles. We’re really blessed.”
Wreck “O” Mended brings more than 30 years’ experience along with the state-of-the-art tools and up-to-date software that connects directly with insurance companies for fast track claims service.
Globe native Craig Johnson has been fixing cars “since he was in diapers,” and both he and Tricia, who has spent her entire life in rural Arizona towns, worked for another local body shop for more than 10 years. They are excited to offer residents of the Copper Corridor a choice when they are in need of car repair.
But it’s the community connection that really brings the business to life and keeps the Johnsons going, even in the wake of a tragedy that affected their lives and business in profound ways.
The first year saw the expansion of their family unit, as they welcomed three new grandchildren into the fold for a total of four.
But the year was also touched by the shootings that took place in downtown Globe last November, as their daughter Charlie Peak is a survivor of that horrible night.
Tricia said that if not for the community coming together in support, they may not have survived the incident.
“We want to give a shout out to the community because people really stepped up,” she said. “We were hit hard by the shootings. We were closed for eight days and might not be here if not for that community support.”
The Johnsons are survivors though, and have made it through the initial shock of that experience to come back even stronger than before.
“Everybody said the first year is the hardest, but we never could have foreseen this,” Tricia said.
Community is at the heart of what they do at Wreck “O” Mended though, as the Johnson’s are always focused on keeping people moving.
“We help people out: they need to have someone to advocate for them and they work with us to smooth things out,” she said. “We do the small things: If your bumper is falling down we’ll do what we can to get you on the road again. Your vehicle is priceless if it gets you to work.”
Wreck “O” Mended offers free in-town towing and can handle any type of bodywork on all makes and models of vehicles.
They currently offer deductible discounts and mobile estimates, and anyone in need of service who cannot get away from a job to get their car in for service, or has vehicle non-drivable vehicle that needs help, the staff of Wreck O Mended can go offsite to write an estimate and submit information directly to the insurance company.
Wreck “O” Mended has office hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment anytime.
For more information, got to the new Wreck “O Mended website at wreckmend.com or contact the friendly staff at 928-793-5987, or by email at [email protected]