Car Care Champions Predict Positive Upturn After Pandemic Milestone

A father and stepson duo of car repair technicians are celebrating after completing work on their 7,000th vehicle.

Robert Ashmore and Jonathan Foster, who run the ChipsAway Car Care Centre in Lincoln, have achieved the milestone just three weeks after emerging from a complete halt on operations, inflicted because of COVID-19.

Following a surge of enquiries for their services as the UK emerges from lockdown, Robert, who owns the centre, is hopeful 2020 will be his most successful year to date.

Jonathan Foster ChipsAway

And to ensure the public can continue to access the Car Care Centre during the pandemic, he has enforced a stringent set of social distancing and sanitising protocols, including appointment-only customers, remote key drop offs and a deep clean of cars before and after their repair.

Originating as a mobile car scratch & bodywork repair service with ChipsAway in 2007, Robert would occasionally take stepson Jonathan to call outs, where the youngster began learning the trade. 

In 2014, when Robert decided to open a ChipsAway Car Care Centre at Newporte Business Park, Jonathan became his first and only employee. Six years later, the duo still man the fort, and – having struck the perfect balance of trade and consumer customers – they are feeling optimistic about the future.

Robert said: “We completely closed for business on 23rd March – just like thousands of other businesses in the Lincoln area. We reopened three weeks ago when the lockdown started easing, and have since been inundated with people wanting to have their car scuffs, scratches, dents and alloys repaired.

“Because they’re not able to spend money on their favourite luxuries, like eating out and drinking in bars, we’re finding the public are wanting to spend their money on the next big luxury in their life – and that is their car. As a result, we are booked up into July, and are still receiving many more enquiries each day than we did before lockdown.

“To reach the milestone of working on our 7,000th vehicle proves we have our business model in great working order, and we’re very grateful to every customer we’ve had in the past, and anyone who comes through our doors in the future. We’re proud to have ridden out the storm of COVID-19 and are now very much open for business for the Lincoln public.”

Find out more about becoming a ChipsAway franchisee here

Other articles

ChipsAway team members triumph in London Marathon 2024

ChipsAway Team Members Triumph in London Marathon 2024, raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity ChipsAway Head Office Team Members, Karl Heeley (ChipsAway Technician) and Rebecca de Chair (B2C Group Marketing...
Read more

ChipsAway makes radio debut on TalkSPORT: Promoting their services to millions of listeners nationwide

ChipsAway, the UK’s leading car body repair specialists, are thrilled to announce their latest advertising campaign on TalkSPORT Radio, which is now live on air. This new marketing activity marks...
Read more

ChipsAway Specialist, Brandon Akerman, Wins Prestigious ‘Next Generation’ 2023 BFA HSBC British Franchise Award

Last Thursday, nearly 600 members of the franchising community gathered for the prestigious annual BFA HSBC Awards dinner, known as the ‘Oscars of Franchising,’ to celebrate the finest in franchising...
Read more

Brandon Akerman Nominated as Finalist in Prestigious 2023 BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards

Owner of ChipsAway Exeter and Torbay, Brandon Akerman, has made it to the finals of the prestigious 2023 BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards, in the ‘Next Generation’ category. Fighting for his position...
Read more