Boise’s Choice for Auto Body & Collision Repair
At Mike Minegar’s Auto Body, we are ready to serve you Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm.
Mike Minegar’s Auto Body is a full-service auto repair and preventive maintenance center. We understand that having an accident can be very stressful. Our highly trained detail orientated technicians and knowledgeable staff will work with you to restore your damaged vehicle.
How We Got Started in Auto Body Repair
Welcome to my story,
I really appreciate you exploring the website. They asked me to write the “about us” part of the website and I really didn’t know where to begin.
I think it was about 1979 when my brother decided to go stock car racing at the local short track (Meridian Speedway). He didn’t really have any money to paint a race car and I really liked learning new skills. So with some coaching from the local paint store and a 39.00 paint gun I worked my mad skills. The car came out beautiful and everybody that saw it commented on the nice paint. Well needless to say, I found a new hobby.
Hobby it was. Painting everything I could lay my hands on. Most jobs I did were for free. I was using my garage at home and it was connected to our house. The wife wasn’t thrilled with the new found hobby as the house smelled like paint most of the time.
So we set out to buy a house with a detached shop. I continued my craft for about 2 years and found I had more work than I knew what to do with. I needed to hire a body man to help with the projects I had coming through the door. Hiring somebody to work in your home hobby shop was not easy to do and the neighborhood wasn’t going to take it lying down.
So with some coaxing of the wife we moved to a shop on Chinden Blvd. I found myself in the Auto Body Collision trade. That was 1984 and we never looked back.
If I look at what I think sets us apart from the other shops in the area, it has to be I have chosen to stay relatively small. I like the feeling of the family that I have developed here. My employees are all long timers. They all share the feeling of quality that I do. We recognize this process is painful. One day your car is fine and the next it’s wrecked. So we try to take the pain away the best we can. We will pickup and deliver without whining or giving you dirty looks. We will repair the car beyond your expectations. We will make sure the color matches. We will keep you posted on the progress of your vehicle as it develops.
We have invested in all the right equipment to do the job as well or better than anybody. We sport a new Nova Verta spray booth. This doesn’t mean anything to you the consumer but it lightened my wallet by about $100,000.00. That one stung for awhile. But I wish I had done it years ago. It bakes the paint just like the factory did and your paint is 100% cured in about 30 minutes. Cool stuff.
I purchased a Car O Liner computerized frame straightening machine about six years ago. This thing was way overpriced, I thought. When the salesman told me about $80,000.00 he had to call 911 to get my heart going again. Man is this thing nice. It has made life much easier around here. We can show you, the customer, a before and after colored printout of every measurement on the underside of your car. Not that you really care, but we do. It insures when we’re done that you’re not going to wear tires out uneven or that your vehicles going to look like a wounded dog when you follow it down the road.
In closing, if you lasted this long, we are your one stop shop for all your collision needs. We work with all Insurance companies. Please don’t allow them to tell you where to take your vehicle (unless it’s us, of course). You do the research and take it where you want. You will be happier in the long run. If you need some advice, pick up the phone and call me.
Contact us today to discover how we can help you.