One of the unfortunate realities about driving and owning cars in the Lowcountry is that you will probably have to deal with some form of body damage at some point. Whether your driver-side door gets dinged in a parking lot or you back into a light pole, accidents happen. The good news? Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration is here to help with all of your body shop needs.
Unlike many fly-by-night collision repair companies, our auto body shop in cityname, state has served hardworking people for years. We make it a point to only employ the most experienced, highly-trained auto body technicians available, so you have peace of mind that we'll get the job done right. In fact, our mechanics have more than 60 years of combined experience. There is no collision repair job that we haven't handled - from minor bumps and scratches to complex repairs stemming from multi-car accidents.
At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality body shop services at the most reasonable prices in town. We believe that everyone deserves to have their car or truck repaired when they need it the most. After all, our vehicles are crucial to daily life. We need them to live, work and play. We use them for just about every activity we enjoy, from taking the kids to soccer practice to hitting the gym on a Saturday morning. That's why we work with just about every car insurance company out there to ensure that our loyal customers have access to the best collision repair in South Carolina.
Customers choose Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration because they know we strive to exceed their expectations. At the end of the day, we want to do right by our customers with reliable body shop services, high-quality repair work, and helpful customer service. But that's not all. Our clients enjoy peace of mind with their collision repairs because we:
Provide Free Estimates: Drop by our shop or call our office to learn more about our free estimates. Once we understand the scope of your restoration needs, our team will get to work.
Offer 100% Guarantee: We have become a staple in our community because we guarantee our work 100%. If we missed the mark, made a mistake, or you're unhappy with our service, let us know. We'll make it right.
Specialize in Full-Service Repairs: Our collision mechanics make repairs on all vehicle makes and models, so you don't have to worry about whether we can service your car. As a full-service collision repair company in South Carolina, we help every step of the way, from the moment we meet until you leave our parking lot.
Love to Paint: Yes, you read that right. At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we have a team of incredibly talented car painters to supplement our collision services. We offer various auto painting services, from minor paint jobs to full-scale custom paint projects.
Accept Car Insurance: As daily drivers and locals in South Carolina, we know that collision repairs can be pricey. Despite the cost, they are necessary for daily life. That's why we're happy to work with car insurance companies, so you can go where you need to go without stressing about safety.
Work Hard for You: At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we try to keep it simple. You can rest easy knowing that there's no fine print, sleazy sales tactics, or lazy mechanics to worry about. When you pull into our parking lot, know that we prioritize good old-fashioned hard work and reliable service. No if's, and's, or but's.
According to recent statistics from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, a new traffic accident happens every 3.7 minutes in South Carolina. That's a lot of car accidents in a short amount of time. Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, filled with complex insurance claims and complicated auto body repairs. At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we know how stressful it can be to have your care restored to its pre-collision beauty. That's why we offer comprehensive, streamlined auto body services and unsurpassed car restoration quality.
With more than 60 years of combined body shop experience in South Carolina, our repair techs leave no stones unturned and never take shortcuts when repairing your vehicle. We're proud to say we only use the latest diagnostic techniques, equipment, and parts to get the job done right. That way, you can get back on the road quickly and safely.
A few of our most common auto body shop services include but are not limited to:
Studies show that about 50 percent of vehicles suffer some kind of frame damage in a car collision. Frame damage can occur easily, even in common situations involving minor fender benders. Often, frame damage is difficult to see and can go unnoticed by insurance adjusters. The unfortunate truth is that even minor frame damage can put you, your family, your friends, and your car at risk when driving. When it goes unnoticed, it can often spell disaster for everyday drivers who might think their car is fine to drive.
When your car's frame is bent, your alignment is usually off, too, causing you to swerve and veer while driving. At best, this scenario results in unnecessary wear on your tires and, at worst, results in a car wreck. The bottom line? You need to get your car's frame inspected by a team of professional collision repair experts, even if you've only been involved in a minor accident.
At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we take a comprehensive approach to frame repair and alignment. Our highly-trained frame repair technicians use a multi-point process to diagnose and correct your frame problems by:
Chips and cracks are bad news for your car's windshield and don't just look bad - they can do serious damage when left unrepaired. Cracks and chips can quickly turn from a minor inconvenience to a safety hazard by impairing your vision. If your windshield crack is bad enough, you might even get pulled over by a police officer. Driving your vehicle with a large crack or even with an object embedded in it is a bad idea, but Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration is here to help.
Our windshield repair technicians have years of experience repairing car windows and windshields for many types of automobile glass, including side and rear windows. If you have been involved in a collision and need new glass, we can help facilitate that process and install a new windshield without you ever lifting a finger. New glass is usually needed with serious car wrecks, and it's always best to trust a professional auto body shop in cityname, state to get the job done. Our team uses the most modern glass and adhesives on the market, so you know your windshield and windows are high-quality and ready for the road.
Whether you have a chipped windshield or need all-new glass for your car, we're here to serve you.
Out car windshield and glass repairs include:
Any kind of item or stray piece of debris can dent your car. If you've been driving for at least a few years, chances are you've parked at a grocery store and, after shopping, returned to your car to see a big, unsightly dent. Whether they're due to inclement weather or rocks on the highway, dents cause noticeable damage that only gets worse with time. One of the most common dent repair solutions is paintless dent removal - a process that removes dents in your vehicle without removing any paint.
Paintless dent removal is great because it is not invasive and is a very efficient, cost-effective way to fix car dents before they get even worse. There are no fillers or sanding involved, making this option one of the quickest ways to remove dents. At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, our dent removal technicians use several tools to gently massage dents out of your car. When we're done, we'll smooth everything back into place, leaving your car looking like new.
To make matters even better, most paintless dent removal is supported by car insurance agencies, meaning you may not pay a cent out of pocket for our dent removal services.
At Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration, we are very passionate about classic car restoration and offer a wide range of restoration services in Isle of Palms. We understand that no two classic car restoration projects are the same, which is why we offer a wide variety of services. We're talking mechanical upgrades, partial restorations, and full car restoration projects. If you have a repair, upgrade, or restoration plan in mind, chances are we can help you achieve your goals.
After we perform an initial inspection and provide you with a detailed estimate on the scope of work needed to restore your car, our seasoned technicians will get to work on your project.
Our full-scale classic car restoration process includes:
When was the last time you got compliments on your car's paint? If you loved your car's paint when it was brand new but hate what it looks like now, Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration can help you fall back in love with your vehicle. Whether your current paint job looks old and faded or you're craving a new color to show off, our paint technicians can deliver what you're looking for.
Between our advanced painting tools and uber-talented vehicle painting experts, our team can transform your car's aesthetic appeal, no matter the make and model. We can even fix dings and scratches in your paint while we're at it, so your car is shiny, smooth, and ready to turn heads.
We offer various auto painting services, from minor paint jobs to full-scale custom projects. We're happy to work with budgets of all sizes and can accommodate all of your painting needs, whether you want to paint a daily driver or a show car.
We recommend you call our office today, so we can get to know you a little better and understand what kind of paint job your car needs. We're happy to chat about cars and your paint job, even if you're just inquiring. After all, we're more than the best body shop in Isle of Palms - we're enthusiasts, too.
If you're on the hunt for the highest-quality auto body repair services in South Carolina, backed by decades of experience, look no further than Lowcountry Paint Body & Restoration. We put our customer's needs first and strive to exceed expectations with every service we offer - all at a price you can afford. Swing by our body shop or contact our office today to discover why we're the Lowcountry's first choice in collision repair.(843) 996-4995
Photo by Suz FilmToday, South Carolina rock outfit The Blug Dogs released Big Dreamers, their first studio-recorded offering since 2004’s Halos and Good Buys. The anticipated album was produced by acclaimed producer, solo artist, songwriter and Grammy-winning member of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Sadler Vaden.Blue Dogs were founded in Charleston, S.C. in 1987 and are led by songwriters Hank Futch and Bobby Houck, who handle bass and acoustic guitar respectively. Since forming, the duo spent t...
Photo by Suz Film
Today, South Carolina rock outfit The Blug Dogs released Big Dreamers, their first studio-recorded offering since 2004’s Halos and Good Buys. The anticipated album was produced by acclaimed producer, solo artist, songwriter and Grammy-winning member of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Sadler Vaden.
Blue Dogs were founded in Charleston, S.C. in 1987 and are led by songwriters Hank Futch and Bobby Houck, who handle bass and acoustic guitar respectively. Since forming, the duo spent two decades on the road eventually slowing down in 2007 to take jobs outside of music to support their new families. Despite that, music stayed at the forefront of their minds and the desire to create an album only grew.
“We’re doing this to follow that dream of playing music and sharing our sound with whoever wants to listen,” Futch said. “We’ve probably been Americana before that became a term. But we didn’t feel like we had to be anything other than ourselves to write these songs.” Houck added, “We still have something to say. We can write good songs that we like, knowing other people will like them too. We’ve got a lot more to do, more places to play, and maybe bigger places to play. Because of this album, we get to live this dream longer than we thought.”
Big Dreamers came together when guitarist Dan Hood, steel guitar player Charlie Thompson, and longtime drummer Greg Walker joined the Flutch and Houck in the studio – former member Phillip Lammonds also joined them to co-write three of the new songs featured on the project. The LP serves as a comeback for the Blue Dogs and a full-circle moment for Vaden who collaborated with the band since he was 18 and admired their sound even before that.
“Any time I hear the Blue Dogs, it takes me home to the Carolinas. I feel like they have never gotten the recognition outside of South Carolina and the Southeast circuit,” said Vaden. “So, I hope this album can get them out there a bit more and gain some new fans who will look back at their legacy as well. These guys deserve the type of record we made.”
Vaden isn’t the only support seen on Big Dreamers, legendary Texas songwriter Radney Foster is featured on “That’s How I Knew,” which he wrote with Houck and adds background vocals on the glossy, “If Ever.” Master dobro player Jerry Douglas also assists Blue Dogs on the bluegrass-influenced “The Road You Don’t.”
To celebrate the release of the project Blue Dogs will perform a show at Isle of Palms, S.C. famed Windjammer beach stage tomorrow, June 3. Tickets are available now and can be found here. Following the album release party, Blue Dogs will continue to perform around the South through the summer and into October where they’ll perform a homecoming performance stint at North Charleston, S.C.’s Riverfront Revival Music festival.
“[‘Big Dreamers’] is written for all the family members, friends and fans that have loved and supported us and our music and helped us be big dreamers,” said Futch, tying a bow on the project. “‘Big Dreamers’ seemed to be a title that we can all relate to and embrace. Take the Big Dreamers recording wherever you go and be a big dreamer believer.”
Listen to Big Dreamers below:
June 3 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer’s Kona Liquid Aloha Beach Stage
June 10 – Norfolk, VA – Norfolk Harbourfest
July 2 – Aiken, SC – Aiken Music Fest
July 8 – Columbia, SC – The Main Course
July 9 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s Knoxville
July 10 – High Point, NC – The Revival with Paul Thorn & Friends
July 23 – Phenix City, AL – Chattahoochee Brewing
Sept. 13-17 – Nashville, TN – AMERICANAFEST
Sept. 30 – Sumter, SC – Sumter Opera House
Oct. 8-9 – North Charleston, SC – Riverfront Revival
By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye NewsThe Isle of Palms City Council is expected to vote in June on a measure that would give island residents the opportunity to decide in a referendum on whether to reduce the size of the Council from nine to seven members. Following a discussion at the Council’s May 24 meeting, the Personnel Committee, chaired by John Bogosian, was directed to prepare an ordinance for the full Council to consider June 28. The city’s governing body must pass two readings of the ordinance to meet the Char...
By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye News
The Isle of Palms City Council is expected to vote in June on a measure that would give island residents the opportunity to decide in a referendum on whether to reduce the size of the Council from nine to seven members. Following a discussion at the Council’s May 24 meeting, the Personnel Committee, chaired by John Bogosian, was directed to prepare an ordinance for the full Council to consider June 28. The city’s governing body must pass two readings of the ordinance to meet the Charleston County Board of Elections & Voter Registration’s August deadline to add the item to the Nov. 8 ballot. At its May 24 meeting, the Council also approved an ordinance to temporarily suspend meetings of all standing committees from July 1 through the end of the year and replace them with workshop meetings that include all Council members. Neither measure passed with the full blessing of the Council. Kevin Popson was adamant in his opposition to both proposed changes. “Since 1953, we’ve had standing committees and nine people on Council,” Popson said. “I must be living on a different island. I’ve lived here for 37 years, and nobody has come up to me and said the Council’s too big; you need to reduce it. And nobody has said get rid of the standing committees.”
“Why are we doing this now?” Popson asked. “Whose idea was it? I’d love to have it on the record. Was it an individual on Council? Was it two individuals on Council? Was it staff? I really would like to know where all this is coming from.” “And just to be clear, I’m not against referendums. I am against reducing it from nine to seven,” he added. “It’s not about being right or wrong. It’s just about changing the way you do business to some extent,” Mayor Phillip Pounds responded. “We’re way out of step with what others are doing. Does that make it right or wrong? Absolutely not. But when 98% of the municipalities of this state are doing it a different way, there must be something to that.”
“I see absolutely no downside in putting that out for a referendum to let our resident speak. We’re not voting on it. All we’re voting on is to take it to a referendum,” Pounds added. Jimmy Ward said he thinks a petition for a referendum should come from the citizens of the island rather than from the Council, while Katie Miars commented that “It would be really interesting to have the residents tell us what they think, one way or the other.” Blair Hahn suggested that there should be a meeting that includes Council members and citizens who have an opinion on the proposed changes.
“What we need is information, both on this Council and with the public so everyone understands and can make an informed decision,” Hahn said. Jan Anderson suggested waiting until the workshop experiment is completed before deciding what to do with the size of the Council, while Scott Pierce said “Being brought to the residents to decide is the best possible outcome.” The Council voted 5-4 in March 2021 to hold a referendum on the size of the Council, but by June, when the measure came up for a vote, then-Mayor Jimmy Carroll had changed his mind. As a result, the vote went 5-4 in the other direction. Last year’s referendum was nonbinding, which means the Council had the option to overrule the will of the electorate. The plan would have been phased in over two election cycles, so the Council would not have been reduced to seven members until 2027.
In other action May 24, the IOP Council approved the budget ordinance for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022; voted unanimously to give the Spirit of the Island Award to Jim Thompson; and approved the Personnel Committee’s recommendations to appoint Chrissy Lorenz, Barb Bergwerf and Chas Akers to the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee and Jeff Rubin to the Planning Commission. One vacancy remains on the ATAX Committee, following the resignation of four members earlier this year. The Committee is supposed to have two members from the hospitality sector, but only one, Lorenz, filed an application. Bogosian said Bobby Ross withdrew from consideration for a spot on the Committee. Bogosian pointed out that if no additional applications were filed by the end of May, the Personnel Committee would reconsider applications that were submitted previously.
“There’s some flexibility,” Bogosian said. “If no one applies, we’ll revisit some that don’t necessarily fit hospitality.”
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will resume its Beach Reach Shuttle service later this month.The agency announced Wednesday the free seasonal park-and-ride shuttle that provides a connection between Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms, will relaunch on May 28.The service will operate on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 5, as well as on Memorial, Independence and Labor Days.“We work hard at CARTA to make sure we’re providing a cost-effective and efficient way...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will resume its Beach Reach Shuttle service later this month.
The agency announced Wednesday the free seasonal park-and-ride shuttle that provides a connection between Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms, will relaunch on May 28.
The service will operate on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 5, as well as on Memorial, Independence and Labor Days.
“We work hard at CARTA to make sure we’re providing a cost-effective and efficient way of getting people where they need to go – and, in the summer months, that includes the beach,” CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings said. “Thanks to our Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant and Towne Centre partners, we’re able to once again make that happen, and we look forward to re-introducing our riders to the Beach Reach Shuttle.”
Each Saturday, the shuttle will run every hour from 9:15 a.m. (first departure from Towne Centre) to 5:30 p.m. (final departure from Isle of Palms). On Sundays, in order to improve efficiency and ease necessary transfers, the shuttle will run every hour from 9:40 a.m. to 5:55 p.m.
“The Town of Mount Pleasant is proud to stand alongside CARTA, Isle of Palms and our very own Towne Centre to bring the Beach Reach Shuttle back into service,” Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said. “I hope folks throughout our community and beyond will join us in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity to make the most of this summer.”
“This has been a team effort in the truest sense of the term, and we’re glad to be working alongside our remarkable partners to increase beach access and share the beauty of the Isle of Palms shoreline this summer,” City of Isle of Palms Mayor Philip Pounds said.
Riders should plan to arrive at least five minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Beach Reach riders will be able to board the shuttle at stop No. 715, behind the Belk Men’s store in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, and disembark at 9th Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, adjacent to the Isle of Palms beach access.
CARTA provided the following rules for the shuttle service:
Full route details and bus tracking can be found in the Transit App, which is available for download in the Apple and Google Play stores. Riders can also view traffic conditions and municipal information for all area beaches via the Beach Reach app, which is also available for Apple and Google smartphones.
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ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – A small group of current and former leaders on the Isle of Palms say they’re working on a plan to secede the city from South Carolina to form an Independent Republic. The group is hoping to bring attention to some residents and leader’s frustrations over beach parking using humor.The Palm Republic is an idea of former Mayor Jimmy Carroll. The idea is in response to the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s beach parking authority and the department’s changes on the IOP...
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – A small group of current and former leaders on the Isle of Palms say they’re working on a plan to secede the city from South Carolina to form an Independent Republic. The group is hoping to bring attention to some residents and leader’s frustrations over beach parking using humor.
The Palm Republic is an idea of former Mayor Jimmy Carroll. The idea is in response to the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s beach parking authority and the department’s changes on the IOP connector last year.
“When you have city leadership saying that we hate the rest of the state so much we’re going to secede and have our own little country here, that sort of ticks a lot of people off,” says South Carolina State Senator Larry Grooms who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee.
The idea for the Palm Republic is form of retaliation by the organizers against the restriping of the Isle of Palms Connector and Senate Bill S-40, known as the beach parking bill. The bill’s author, Senator Grooms says legislation was needed to keep local leadership from stepping out of line.
“The state had to come in and be almost a little bit heavy handed when leadership basically outlawed all public parking on the island,” says Senator Grooms.
Former Mayor Carroll told News 2 the idea was inspired by The Conch Republic, when Key West, Florida declared itself a Republic from Florida in 1982. He and current IOP City Councilman Blair Hahn are behind the effort believed to be half a joke and half an effort to bring attention to the city’s frustrations with the state’s changes to beach parking regulations.
Former State Attorney General Charlie Condon says the city could claim the state violated the Home Rule Act in court but says seceding from the state isn’t legally possible.
“You can’t secede, that’s going nowhere,” says Condon. “It’s not legal, it’s not possible under our system of laws but they do have access to the courts.”
Some residents I spoke with say they only recently learned of the proposal. Leadership for the proposed Republic were set to have a meeting Friday to outline the future of the Palm Republic, they’re expected to present plans soon. Senator Grooms believes the issue should be approached differently to find better solutions.
“Let fools continue to sing their songs and just try to ignore them and do what’s best for all concerned,” says Senator Grooms.
Current Mayor Phillip Pounds sent News 2 a statement that reads quote, “The City of Isle of Palms is in no way involved with the Palm Republic. Our Council and I continue to be focused on collaborative relationships and seeking solutions that benefit residents and visitors.”
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The start of Spring is right around the corner, and those who hope to spend these warmer days while at the beach will see some new upgrades at the Isle of Palms County Park that are designed to make the beach and park area more accessible for everyone.Construction on these upgrades began last fall and has recently wrapped up, according to Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission officials.There a...
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The start of Spring is right around the corner, and those who hope to spend these warmer days while at the beach will see some new upgrades at the Isle of Palms County Park that are designed to make the beach and park area more accessible for everyone.
Construction on these upgrades began last fall and has recently wrapped up, according to Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission officials.
There are now seven accessible car parking spots and four accessible van parking spots at the park that are all fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA, Recreation Director Steve Hutton says.
There were also upgrades made to the access ramp and stairs at the Park Center to bring them up to current ADA standards. An updated handrail system was put in place that will last longer and require less maintenance, according to Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission documents.
The accessible parking, route improvements, stairs, ramps, handrails and other updates are all part of Phase 1 improvements at the Isle of Palms County Park. In total, the upgrades cost about $220,000, Hutton says.
“We are absolutely committed to making sure we are as accessible as possible for all of our residents,” Hutton says. “We don’t want to serve a small segment of the community. We want to serve anyone who wants to be able to come to our beach parks, or our day parks or our natural areas. We feel it’s essential.”
Though these changes might not seem major, they can make a huge impact for those who want to enjoy the amenities there, according to Hutton.
“While these improvements are called for by the ADA, improved curb cuts, accessible routes, ramps, etc. benefit parents with strollers, customers with fishing carts, etc., so it’s not just about wheelchair users,” he says.
This is the first major capital project that is part of Charleston County Parks’ 11-year plan to improve accessibility throughout the system and resolve any accessibility barriers for folks wanting to use the parks, according to Hutton.
Next fall and winter, there will be more upgrades made to Isle of Palms County Park as part of Phase 2 of the project, including replacing the beach access ramp and adding a viewing station, Hutton says.
Other accessibility options currently at the park include accessible picnic tables under shade structures, accessible restrooms and beach wheelchairs.
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