Reimagining Performance

For John Scetta and the crew at Performance Collision & Restyling, every day is a chance to do something great.


John ScettaWe’ve seen the numbers of dealer owned collision repair facilities shrink in recent years. Every case is different, but the smart money says that dealers rarely close a part of the business that’s acting as a profit centre.

However, the tide may be turning. Dealers are looking at collision with fresh eyes, and the drive within the industry towards greater efficiency is making the business a more attractive proposition. Today’s dealers know that profit can only be realized if the management and staff are top-notch.


Enter John Scetta, General Manager of Performance Collision & Restyling in St. Catharines, Ont. Performance Collision & Restyling is part of the Performance Auto Group, a group of dealerships representing brands such as Acura, BMW, MINI, Chrysler, Dodge Jeep, RAM, FIAT, Hyundai, EQUUS, Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter and smart. The group is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  The collision business has been part of the group for the last 42 years. 


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Performance Collision & Restyling holds Open House

Open HousePerformance Collision & Restyling recently opened its doors for an open house and tour of its new location.

"We really needed the room,” says John Scetta, the facility’s manager. "We’ve been aggressively growing the business over the last few years, and our old facility simply couldn’t handle more volume.”

The facility is now located at 342 Ontario St. in St. Catharines, Ont., just down the street from its previous location. Performance Collision & Restyling is part of the Performance Auto Group, a group of dealerships representing brands such as Acura, BMW, MINI, Chrysler, Dodge Jeep, RAM, FIAT, Hyundai, EQUUS, Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter and smart. The group is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The collision business has been part of the group for the last 42 years.

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Why Has My Windshield Chipped?

It happens to the best of us. Without warning, cars ahead can send debris flying in our direction that cause significant chips or cracks in the vehicle’s windshield. When this happens, the problem cannot be ignored. Existing chips or cracks can develop over time into larger damage. With this in mind, it’s always better to fix the problem as soon as it happens.


You won’t find ordinary house glass in your vehicle. This glass is brittle and breaks into dangerous shards upon impact. Plastic is safer, but it scratches easily and, over time, won’t remain clear enough to look out of. You’ll find tempered glass on your vehicle’s windows. This is much stronger than house glass and breaks into safer ‘cubes’ upon impact.


When it comes to windshields, auto manufacturers use laminated glass. This glass consists of two thin sheets of tempered glass that are fused to an inner layer of rubber. The rubber layer acts as a shock buffer to reduce the chance of glass breaking from small rocks. However, if a rock hits hard enough, a chip could break part of the glass. Since the windshield is double-layered, this will usually break the outer layer only, leaving the inner layer unharmed.


If the impact is significantly hard, both layers may break. In this case, the inner layer of rubber will prevent the glass from shattering into pieces (keeping the driver safe). Instead, the glass may break in a ‘sheet’ style, keeping the glass in one piece and preventing material from going through the windshield.

Global Airbag Manufacturer Takata Corp. Issues Massive Recall

North American auto safety regulators have determined that approximately 29 million airbags made by manufacturer Takata Corp. are defective and must be recalled for consumer safety. This massive recall spans multiple car brands and models.


Further evaluation is taking place to determine if an additional 70 to 90 million airbags should be recalled. In total, as many as 120 million Takata inflators have been installed in North American vehicles. These inflators contain a volatile chemical known as ammonium nitrate.


Takata, one of the world’s largest airbag manufacturers, states that this chemical can cause some inflators to become unstable and burst unexpectedly, launching metal shards at vehicle occupants. In other cases, airbags may not inflate at all in the event of an accident.


It is currently unclear exactly how many vehicles have been affected by the airbag defect, as many vehicles have multiple inflators which can come from different manufacturers. Safety regulators have stated that the approximate 29 million defective Takata inflators have been used in approximately 19 million vehicles.

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Performance Collision & Restyling
342 Ontario Street
905-688-4160
1-855-688-4160

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St.Catharines Area
905-357-0202
1-866-665-6635


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