CAA South Central Ontario (CAASCO) has agreed to purchase six family owned automotive repair facilities formerly operating as Midas franchises. The new CAA owned Car Care Centres are located in Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford, Listowel, Milton and Georgetown. They will complement CAASCO’s already existing centres in Scarborough and Peterborough. For over 40 years these facilities have been serving their respective communities with trust and professionalism by the Buttinger family.
“We’ve been proud to be a part of a legacy—started by our parents—of providing trusted service to the community,” said part-owner Gord Buttinger. “We’ve made many terrific friends along the way and have enjoyed every moment. We are sad to leave but are happy to let our customers know that many of our expert staff will continue to be there for your car care needs through CAA.”
Three shops in the Waterloo Region and one in Guelph will continue to be owned by Gord and Paul Buttinger. More and more CAA members are choosing to hold onto their vehicle in these troublesome economic times. According to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc., the average automobile on the road today is 8.4 years old.
“Our members deserve quality and trusted service when it comes to their automotive needs,” said Teddy Chien, vice president business development and chief financial officer for CAASCO. “This acquisition is a natural extension of our roadside assistance and automotive service and will allow CAA to provide a full complement of car-care needs to any member. We look forward to continuing the strong reputation, community presence and expertise the Buttinger family brought to these facilities.”
The new CAA Car Care Centres will open on April 20th. The facilities will provide motorists with high-quality maintenance and repairs that are guaranteed for one year or 20,000 kilometres under a parts and labour warranty.In addition, CAA members will earn three per cent in CAA dollars on parts and labour for each repair.