CollisionMax Launches Metal of Honor Project to Thank 11 Veterans with No-Cost Auto Body Repairs - Program to kick off at Warminster Shop Classic and Custom Car Showcase

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CollisionMax Autobody and Glass Centers is launching a new program to honor and thank, US military veterns by giving away 11 auto body repair jobs Pennsylvania and New Jersey; the program kicks off May 4 at a Classic & Custom Car Showcase in Warminster PA, featuring WMMR radio personality Pierre Robert and his CollisionMax-restored 1972 VW Minibus, "Minerva".

The Metal of Honor Project is our way of saying thank you and honoring the men and women of our armed forces who put their lives on the line for all of us.

Eleven U.S. military service veterans in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will receive a free auto body repair over the next year through the Metal of Honor Project sponsored by CollisionMax, an auto body repair business that operates in Philadelphia and suburbs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the family-owned company announced today.

The company will kick off the program at a classic and custom car showcase at its Warminster shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, featuring WMMR-FM radio personality Pierre Robert and “Minerva,” his custom 1972 Volkswagen bus that CollisionMax restored this year. CollisionMax’s Warminster shop is at 565 West Street Road, just south of York Road/Route 263.

“The Metal of Honor Project is our way of saying thank you and honoring the men and women of our armed forces who put their lives on the line for all of us,” said Jim Tornetta, CollisionMax and president and CEO.

Starting in June, the Metal of Honor Project will honor one veteran a month from the service area of each of the 11 shops CollisionMax operates, Mr. Tornetta said. Honorees will be chosen from nominations made by the public on the program’s web site, http://www.metalofhonorproject.com, and announced in the first week of the month. The website will receive nominations for each selected shop for the month preceding the announcement.

In New Jersey, CollisionMax operates shops in Blackwood, Cinnaminson, Glassboro, Marlton , Pennsauken, Sicklerville and Westmont. In Pennsylvania, it has repair centers in Oxford Valley, Warminster and two in Northeast Philadelphia (both on West Grant Avenue).

The first shop to honor a veteran will be Warminster, with the selected veteran to be announced in the first week of June. People who want to nominate veterans are asked to visit the Metal of Honor web site to determine when nominations for the shops nearest to them will be accepted.

“What we’re asking people to do is to identify the veterans near our shops whose vehicles need body repair,” said Mr. Tornetta. “All we ask is that people give us a few words about their nominee’s story, including what his or her vehicle is and the work it needs.”

For more information, please visit http://www.metalofhonorproject.com. To learn more about CollisionMax, please visit http://www.collisionmax.com.

CollisionMax Metal of Honor Project Schedule

Below is the full schedule of the Metal of Honor Project by shop:

Shop/                 Nominations Begin/    Honorees Announced

Warminster, PA /    May 2013 /             June 2013
Glassboro, NJ /    June 2013 /             July 2013
Cinnaminson, NJ /    July 2013 /             August 2013
Oxford Valley, PA    August 2013 /        September 2013
Blackwood, PA    September 2013 / October 2013
Westmont, NJ    October 2013 /     November 2013
NE Philadelphia/     November 2013 / December 2013
Retail Shop
Sicklerville, NJ    December 2013 /    January 2014
Marlton, NJ    January 2014 /     February 2014
Pennsauken, NJ    February 2014 /     March 2014
NE Philadelphia/     March 2014 /     April 2014
Fleet Shop

Questions and Answers about the CollisionMax Metal of Honor Project

Q. Why is CollisionMax doing this?
A. We are conscious of being members of the community in which we do business, and believe in being good neighbors and good citizens. Few people give more us than our military service veterans.

Q. What qualifications do nominees need to meet?
A. Nominees must have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. No other qualification is necessary. They must also have a vehicle they use for primary transportation that needs body repair.

Q. Are World War II and Korean War veterans eligible?    
A. Yes.

Q. Can my nominee have served in the National Guard or Reserves?
A. Yes

Q. Are active service people eligible?
A. Yes, as long as their legal address is in our service area and they own a vehicle that needs body repairs.

Q. Will CollisionMax restore classic vehicles or show cars through the Metal of Honor Project?
A. No. We will only repair a vehicle that is veteran’s primary mean s of transportation

Q. Will CollisionMax do mechanical repairs if they’re needed?
A. Yes, but only if they were the result of an accident.

Q. How will honorees be chosen?
A. CollisionMax management will make the selections according to its own discretion. We’re sure that we’ll have many good candidates, and that we may have difficult decisions to make.

Q. Does having car insurance disqualify a nominee?
A. No.

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