On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, Bonners Ferry Rotary Club met at North Idaho Collision Repair Center for a delicious lunch catered by Two Tones Cafe, and then a tour of the facility. Rotary member and owner of NICRC, Shane Florea, welcomed everyone and gave an overview of his business.
After introducing his employees, Shane explained that he grew up in Bonners Ferry in the 1970s. He got his start in the business in 1978 working for Bill Hiatt at Bonners Ferry Datsun, now Riverside Auto Center. As most young people do, at age 18 he couldn’t wait to leave small-town Bonners Ferry.
Shane worked in Denver for 35 years, with 20 of those years working on high-end vehicles. He came home about three and a half years ago and is so glad to be back. He wanted to bring back with him the high-end quality of service that Boundary deserves.
On the tour, Shane explained the differences between a “body shop” and a “collision center”. The main difference is the level of technology used and the instruments that allow factory specs.
He then “walked through” each step that is taken from the moment a vehicle arrives until it is completed. The vehicle receives a complete washing and scanning when it comes into the shop. It is then marked and completely photographed, making sure to note any damage (both current and prior). Then the vehicle moves to the laser frame where lasers pinpoint the alignment nad any issues with the frame or foundation of the vehicle.
NICRC does everything from frame straightening to disassembling, replacing parts, welding, painting, then a final scan and inspection to ensure that everything is put back to factory spec.
On the tour, Shane showed the different kinds of welders in the shop and demonstrated the Pro Spot welder. Painting is done in the Blowtherm Paint booth. The temperature during the painting process is 77 degrees. After painting, the bake cycle dries the paint in 20 minutes. They use zero-emission, 30-year warranty paints.
While on the tour, Shane mentioned that he is in the process of acquiring an existing shop in Libby, Montana to expand the services he can offer to local people.
With a motto of “Where Quality Matters”, Shane’s goal is absolutely high-quality work with superior customer service.
For more information, visit the North Idaho Collision Repair Center website.