Macaluso, group president of Driven Brand’s Paint, Collision & Glass segment, details the Fix Auto USA acquisition and how it benefits the franchise group’s collision repair strategy, insurance and vendor relationships.
With last week’s announcement that it was acquiring the franchise operations of Fix Auto USA along with ten Auto Center Auto Body (ACAB) company owned stores that operate under the Fix Auto USA brand, Driven Brands expanded its collision repair footprint by over 150 locations across the U.S. The acquisition brings the Fix Auto USA brand into a the Driven Brand’s family of franchise operations in its Paint, Collision & Glass segment that already included the CARSTAR, Maaco, ABRA and Uniban brands.
In our video interview, embedded below, Macaluso discusses how the acquisition will benefit its franchise partners and further its strategy to grow in the U.S. market. He also details its brand strategy and how the acquisition will benefit its insurance partners and improve vendor relationships.
“We strongly believe in the collision space and the paint collision space today and into the future. We’re looking for opportunities to continue to grow and to serve our insurance partners, our fleet partners, the general retail business and we see the Fix Auto USA acquisition and the ACAB acquisition as a great extension, a vital extension, particularly into the West Coast and complementing our existing footprint and what we’ve built with our other great organizations, in really just extending our service offering to our core partners across the board,” said Macaluso. “We’re really excited about the recent acquisition. We’re already right into discussions with Paul, Eric, Shelley and the entire team in how we can continue to enhance the platform, the operational playbook for our franchisees, for our insurance partners. It’s only been a week, but it’s been very, very busy and extremely productive so far.”