Monthly Archive for March, 2008

A good auto-body shop in Kitchener-Waterloo

I recently had some body work done on my Infiniti G35.  Why?  I’d rather not talk about it…

Anyway, I got quotes from a few different body shops around town.  Most were crazy expensive.  But one quote stood out from the others.  It was from Towne Collision, in Kitchener.  It’s a small shop, mostly just one guy, named Sieg.  His quote was very, very reasonable.  And he seemed like a great guy.  So, I went with him.

His operation is pretty old-school.  The tiny little office is lined with pictures of Sieg in the shop, from like 1978.  He’s still wearing the same baseball cap.  No computers in the place, he does everything with big books and a telephone.

Just want to say, his work was flawless, and done right on time.  Being a one-man shop, I had to wait a while before he could start the job, but when he started, he was done when he said he would be done.  The paint match was perfect, no sign that there was ever any damage.

I’m always frustrated when I have to choose somebody for work like this, on a car or house or whatever, by the lack of independent opinions to be found.  So, I’m putting this one out there on the inter-tubes: you can do a lot worse than Towne Collision for auto-body work.  Good work, and priced right.

    Update June 16, 2015:

I have disabled comments on this post. I wrote this post about Towne Collision, but the comments have been dominated by reviews of Rowa Collision, mostly positive, a few negative. I’ve never been to Rowa, so I have no opinion on it.

    Update Jan 13, 2017:

I took my truck’s tailgate to Towne Collision to fix up a dent that was starting to rust. When I went to pick it up, I was sad to hear that Sieg has passed away. He was working right up to the last. The business is closed now.

Mediterranean Cruise 2007 diary online

I just put up my diaries and some photos from our Mediterranean cruise in 2007, on the Emerald Princess.  The photos are also available in full 6 mega-pixel glory at my home-hosted photo gallery (it’s slow, but lots of disk-space.)

Photos in the diary are just thumbnails, and link to the big ones in the home gallery.