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Collision repair is about people helping people

who find themselves in a difficult situation, often through no fault of their own. It’s not just about putting cars back together — it’s about making people whole again. The collision repair community — including body shops, paint, parts, equipment and insurance companies — has been doing this for a long time.

And sometimes, the collision industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to make things a little bit brighter for those less fortunate. This section honors the shops and suppliers that take that additional step.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Progressive to Gift 59 Refurbished Vehicles to Veterans

Fifty-nine of our country's veterans and their families will soon be driving away with refurbished cars, courtesy of Progressive Insurance and the National Auto Body Council (NABC). On June 12, Progressive will hold a one-day, countrywide event called Keys to Progress. The event will take place at Progressive Service Centers, formerly known as "Concierge Centers," all across the country.

Progressive is working together with local NABC member body shops to recycle and donate vehicles that have been damaged in an accident. They've been fully restored for the veterans as part of a special NABC Recycled Rides project.

"Hearing the stories of the veterans who are receiving these vehicles highlights how important this effort truly is," said Tom Minnick, senior claims director at Progressive Insurance. "These are proud people who served our country, and we're able to give them a boost with Keys to Progress. Whether they need the car to go to work, volunteer or get medical treatment, we're happy that we're able to help them keep moving forward."

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a partner that offers rental vehicles at Progressive's Service Centers, is working with Progressive to provide insurance for each donated vehicle for the first six months.

"The involvement of all of our partners on this project has been fantastic," continues Minnick. "Between the NABC, Enterprise, local body shops, 1 800 Charity Cars, local VFWs and other military charities, we've worked together to find and restore vehicles for some great families. We really enjoy using our Service Centers for community events like this."

Keys to Progress is one of the single largest donations of vehicles in the history of the Recycled Rides program.

"Recycled Rides started in 2007 with five vehicles donated across the country the entire year, so seeing 59 donated in one event with one insurer just six years later is really outstanding," said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of the National Auto Body Council. "Keys to Progress and other Recycled Rides events are made possible by everyone making the effort to go the extra mile - doing a little more each day to help make life better for those who need a helping hand."

Progressive Service Centers participating in Keys to Progress are located in the following cities (some cities will have multiple vehicles):

Arizona: Phoenix, Tempe
California: San Diego
Colorado: Denver
Connecticut: Hartford
Florida: Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach
Georgia: Atlanta
Illinois: Chicago
Indiana: Indianapolis
Kansas: Kansas City
Louisiana: New Orleans
Maryland: Baltimore
Michigan: Detroit
Minnesota: Minneapolis
Missouri: St. Louis
New York: Albany
Nevada: Las Vegas
Ohio: Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus
Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
Oregon: Portland
Pennsylvania: Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
Rhode Island: Providence
Texas: Austin, Dallas, Houston
Virginia: Richmond, Springfield, Virginia Beach
Washington: Seattle
Wisconsin: Milwaukee

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