Rudy Schmid Total Car Care: Since 1930

Rudy Schmid Total Car Care: Since 1930

Rudy Schmid started a backyard garage in Syracuse, N.Y., offering auto care and collision repair services in 1930.

Rudy Schmid started a backyard garage in Syracuse, N.Y., offering auto care and collision repair services in 1930. Despite the Great Depression, he grew the business and moved to a new location in the 1940s. In the 1960s, his son, Paul, took over the business and moved to even larger quarters, where they still operate today. In 1992, P.J. Schmid and sister Diane, the third generation, purchased the shop from their dad, Paul, and have since modernized the shop with the latest tools and paint processes, environmentally friendly products and procedures, and a remodeled front office for customer comfort and improved workflow.

Does your shop have a similar history? We want to hear from you! BodyShop Business will be compiling the exclusive list of the most experienced collision centers by virtue of their years established in the trade. Body shops wishing to be included in the BodyShop Business 500 may apply to be on the list at bodyshop500.com. It’s simple and will involve uploading an image of any document, old photo or business card that states the year you were established under the original owner.

The BodyShop Business 500 will be honored at WreckWeek June 20-22 in Dallas/Ft. Worth, featuring ShopXpo, the DRIVE Expo Conference and TowXpo.

Don’t wait, apply now!

You May Also Like

NABC Donates Recycled Ride to Needy Milwaukee Man

The NABC, GEICO and Crash Champions West Bend recently donated a refurbished 2019 Buick Envision to a West Bend, Wis. resident.

The National Auto Body Council (NABC), along with GEICO and Crash Champions West Bend, recently donated a refurbished 2019 Buick Envision to a West Bend, Wis., resident as part of the NABC's Recycled Rides program.

Recipient Michael Frey managed to keep his old car running for 29 years, but it finally stopped. He had been a client of Family Promise, living in its shelter, and in April he was able to move into an apartment on his own. He has recovered from health issues. Through all of this, he has kept his job as a taxi driver. The donation of the car ensures that he will get to work and appointments reliably. 

LKQ Corporation Announces LKQ Refinish Division

LKQ Corporation has announced the merging of the LKQ PBE and FinishMaster businesses under one umbrella now called LKQ Refinish.

Auto Care Industry Expected to Grow 5.7% in 2024

The 2025 Auto Care Factbook projects the total light-, medium- and heavy-duty automotive aftermarket to hit $617.3 billion industry in 2027.

Association News

The latest association news appearing on bodyshopbusiness.com.

Consolidator Report

Consolidation news from the week of June 10.

Other Posts

Top 5 Stories of the Week

A recap of the top five stories on bodyshopbusiness.com during the week of June 10.

Collision Careers Enhances Web Presence, Debuts New Video

The updated website now includes career path details and downloadable resources for parents, educators and school advisors as well as a new, engaging video.

SUN Collision Brings Back Thank You Thursdays Sweepstakes

SUN Collision is celebrating Automotive Service Professionals Month in June with the return of its “Thank You Thursdays!” sweepstakes.

Snap-on TSS Onsite at SkillsUSA in Atlanta

Snap-on Total Shop Solutions (TSS) products will be on display and included in the competition at the 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 24-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Related Articles – NABC to Host Third Golf Fundraising Event of 2024 – Honda Starts Production on 2025 Honda CR-V Fuel