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 Johns Island. 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 Johns Island - 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
JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - A couple on James Island thought they were well on their way to renovating their back deck after hiring a Lowcountry contractor. But after the contractor took their money, they say the work never got done.Don Geddes and his wife have lived on James Island for more than two decades. They recently revamped their front steps and in September of last year decided they wanted to pull the trigger on renovating their back deck as well. They wanted a certain material and Geddes says Travis Tardiff of Tardiff Builde...
JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - A couple on James Island thought they were well on their way to renovating their back deck after hiring a Lowcountry contractor. But after the contractor took their money, they say the work never got done.
Don Geddes and his wife have lived on James Island for more than two decades. They recently revamped their front steps and in September of last year decided they wanted to pull the trigger on renovating their back deck as well. They wanted a certain material and Geddes says Travis Tardiff of Tardiff Builders initially came recommended by the company that makes the material.
“The deposit was 50 percent of the job,” Geddes says. “The job was $15,000 and we wrote him a check for $7,500. And that’s the last time I saw him.”
Geddes says Tardiff started out by emailing them updates.
“I wrote him that check in September,” Geddes says. “We would get emails that told us where we were in the process. He said some of the material had come in, and then he said the material had come in but not the railing.”
The last email though came in March when Geddes says Tardiff dissolved the contract.
“He said the money orders are in the mail – but we never got that,” Geddes says.
Geddes also found, out after the fact, that Tardiff’s contracting license with the state expired months before even taking on the job.
Attempts to reach Tardiff through multiple forms failed. The email account listed was not accurate and bounced back. Some of the phone numbers listed were out of service. One phone number made it to voicemail, but it was full. The address for the business listed is now occupied by another company.
At this point, Geddes has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and says his next step is to take the matter to small claims court.
“We also need some kind of emotional closure to this – because it was a violation in a way for us,” Geddes says. “But doing the interviews with the new people are more exciting because I’m going to be counting on these people to do the work they promised to do.”
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3050 Marlin Rd, Johns Island, SC, July 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johns Island, S.C. — Many are familiar with ropes courses in trees, but in May 2022, Charleston Aqua Park opened the first-ever above-water ropes course in the United States....
3050 Marlin Rd, Johns Island, SC, July 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johns Island, S.C. — Many are familiar with ropes courses in trees, but in May 2022, Charleston Aqua Park opened the first-ever above-water ropes course in the United States. This unique challenge course has been a hit with the Charleston community upon its opening, providing exhilarating fun for people of all ages. The park is open daily from 12:00pm-6:00pm, resting atop the Trophy Lakes of Johns Island just a short drive from downtown Charleston.
Designed to bring out your competitive edge and inner child, the ropes course allows people to swing, balance, and zipline their way through the course with a smile on their faces. Originally manufactured in Germany as the Aqua Chimp, the ropes course brands itself as a ‘floating jungle,’ that encourages its participants to be simultaneously challenged and entertained, all while remaining low-stakes above a body of water.
“Since opening in May, our one-of-a-kind above-water ropes course has brought so much joy to our visitors,” says the co-founder of Charleston Aqua Park, Jessica Neumann. “There is such a sense of unity when a group of people comes together to have fun and be challenged— we’re honored to be the first in the nation to offer this experience.”
While Charleston Aqua Park originally gained attraction via its Wipeout-style aqua park, the addition of the ropes course has added new fun for individuals of all ages and skill levels. People have loved using the course for birthday parties, camps, corporate team building, college outings, date nights, and more!
The ropes course can be found atop Johns Island's Trophy Lakes which has been in operation since 1985 with the goal of creating a fun-loving atmosphere for watersports of all kinds. Trophy Lakes is best known for its ski slalom course that has seen some important records throughout its history. Private ski lessons and a disc golf course are available in addition to Charleston Aqua Park’s wipe-out course and on-water disc golf course.
The ropes course is $18.90 for 45 minutes of pure fun and can be enjoyed by all individuals over the age of six. If you think you have what it takes to tackle the challenging and fun features of the Charleston Aqua Park Ropes Course, you can reserve an appointment on Charleston Aqua Park’s website.
Charleston Aqua Park opened in June 2019 at Trophy Lakes of Johns Island where it has been celebrating fun water activities for the whole family ever since. Charleston Aqua Park is dedicated to creating great memories in an authentic and exciting way. To learn more, visit its website, call at 843-279-4520, or email at email@example.com.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A shiny new basketball gym, an indoor-outdoor building construction classroom, a commercial kitchen and an entire wing reserved for health education are just some of the features of the two new buildings at James Island Charter High School. The $25 million development is the last major project in the Charleston County School District’s Phase Four Capital Programs plan approved and paid for by a referendum in 2016.The new buildings consist of a Career Technology Education center and a new competitive gym...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A shiny new basketball gym, an indoor-outdoor building construction classroom, a commercial kitchen and an entire wing reserved for health education are just some of the features of the two new buildings at James Island Charter High School. The $25 million development is the last major project in the Charleston County School District’s Phase Four Capital Programs plan approved and paid for by a referendum in 2016.
The new buildings consist of a Career Technology Education center and a new competitive gym. Inside the CTE building, students will find classes aimed at allowing them to achieve a Completers Status by developing hands-on skills. The Completers Status opens the door for students to get a leg up in college or to simply enter the workforce straight out of high school. Principal Timothy Thorn says it’s all about giving students options and opportunities.
“The thing behind Career Technology Education is that you can get a completers status and go into the workforce and earn a living wage,” Thorn said. “You don’t need to go to college to make a lot of money or to do well early on. You can always increase your credentials over time as well. You can go into the workforce, begin to provide for yourself, have some success and then maybe find the path you want to go down. Either way, it provides a vehicle for kids to earn skills and credentials to help them be successful in life.”
Students can study culinary arts in a commercial kitchen or building construction in an indoor-outdoor facility filled with the same machines found on an actual worksite. Of course, there are state-of-the-art computer labs for classes aimed at teaching students coding, programming and engineering as well.
Perhaps most impressive are the rooms dedicated to health sciences. Before entering classrooms, students walk past a nurse station designed to simulate the triage area of a hospital. Across the hall, half a dozen medical beds line a wall in a room that mirrors what you’d expect to see at any medical school. It’s the same equipment used by medical students, down to the patient dummies. Here students learn the basics of care and medical administration.
“We’re ecstatic. The facilities are gorgeous and state of the art,” Thorn said. “It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to get the kids in there.”
Next door, the gym has more than enough capacity to hold the entire student body and has everything you’d expect to see in a high school gym. The gym is branded head to toe in school colors and even the new weight room houses dumbbells with the image of the school’s mascot – a trojan warrior – painted on the sides. While the building is designed for athletics, it also doubles as a classroom.
“Every space has its purpose and supports our academic mission and hopefully helps kids find their paths going forward,” Thorn said.
Students studying sports medicine, for example, have classrooms adjacent to the gym, while even the student store located next to the trophy case has an educational opportunity for business students.
“The school store for example. It’s about learning how to do inventory, run a store, the debits and the credits and taking care of the cashier and patrons and serving the public, so learning all those aspects of life skills and employment skills are critical,” Thorn said.
Students will be able to start using building buildings when they return to school in August.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Charleston County School District staff members presented new information and a possible plan to build a new elementary school on Johns Island Thursday night.The district has allocated $41 million in taxpayer dollars to build the new campus, according to the school district’s 2023-2028 Capital Building Program.The school will be built on River Road, between Brownswood and Murraywood roads. As it stands, the district says they will have to put in a roundabout at the River Road entrance of th...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Charleston County School District staff members presented new information and a possible plan to build a new elementary school on Johns Island Thursday night.
The district has allocated $41 million in taxpayer dollars to build the new campus, according to the school district’s 2023-2028 Capital Building Program.
The school will be built on River Road, between Brownswood and Murraywood roads. As it stands, the district says they will have to put in a roundabout at the River Road entrance of this new school near Swygert Boulevard.
Several parents say they are worried about the impact on traffic, but others were worried about equity. The district’s chief financial officer, Jeff Borowy, says the school will ease overcrowding at Angel Oak and Mount Zion elementary schools.
“We have multiple children that are in trailers,” Borowy said. “They’re still a good educational environment but certainly not as good as a permanent building, and so this project will give us the opportunity to bring kids in from the classroom trailers.”
As part of the new school, the district is looking to establish a single attendance zone for elementary students on the island and change the grade configurations.
Students in Head Start through first grade would go to Angel Oak Elementary, while students in second through fifth grades attend the new school. Mount Zion Elementary would be turned into a family center under this proposal.
“It would give every child on Johns Island an opportunity to be at the new school in grades 2 through 5,” Borowy said.”
A big talking point among parents was the potential impact the school will have on traffic.
“We do need a new school, especially our Mount Zion kids, but also, it’s just the location of where they’re going to have it,” Keiaunta Alexander said. “How are we going to fight this traffic when we already have more traffic?”
However, other parents were worried about how the school’s proposed change to grades will affect education.
“Having Mount Zion being a Title I school and all the extra resources that go to that Title I school, just want to make sure that when we combine schools and have those different age levels that our children who are living below the poverty line are still getting equal access and getting resources they still continue to need...,” Casey Thaler said.
Officials say they need to come back with recommendations on possible changes to the board of trustees in August.
The district says they expect construction to be completed on this new school in the summer of 2024.
In its 2023-2028 plan, the district has funded over $410 million consisting of several new buildings and expansions to current schools.
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At 6 years old Lucas Parra joined an unfortunately growing number of children in South Carolina.He and his mother, Ashlee Parra, were making dinner at their home in West Ashley. Placing his step stool inches away from the stovetop and within arm’s length of his mother, he climbed up to the kitchen counter to make his regular glass of chocolate milk.Parra was boiling a pot of water on the stove when suddenly, Lucas’s stool gave out underneath him.As he fell to the floor his right elbow tipped the pot of boilin...
At 6 years old Lucas Parra joined an unfortunately growing number of children in South Carolina.
He and his mother, Ashlee Parra, were making dinner at their home in West Ashley. Placing his step stool inches away from the stovetop and within arm’s length of his mother, he climbed up to the kitchen counter to make his regular glass of chocolate milk.
Parra was boiling a pot of water on the stove when suddenly, Lucas’s stool gave out underneath him.
As he fell to the floor his right elbow tipped the pot of boiling water over, scalding his face, shoulder and arm.
Drenched in boiling water, his Orange Grove Elementary School sweatshirt clung to his skin, causing second- and third-degree scald burns. He’d just started first grade.
“It was one of the scariest days of my life,” Parra said.
Over 1,000 people in South Carolina will need inpatient burn care each year. And since 2020, a growing number of kids in South Carolina have been hospitalized at the South Carolina Burn Center at MUSC Health, the only inpatient burn care center in the state.
Tiffany Smith is the pediatric burn program coordinator at the center. She said nationally, pediatric burn numbers rose during the pandemic as kids stayed home and cooked more often.
And in 2022 the number of children hospitalized for burn treatment at MUSC increased over 40 percent from 2020.
Smith also serves as the director for Camp ‘Can’ Do, a free five-day camp designed for children who’ve suffered burn injuries and hosted by MUSC Burned Children’s Fund and South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association.
“What’s really great about the camp is they can be with other kids who have been through similar experiences,” Parra said. “They’re able to be with kids who understand what it’s like to be looked at because they have scars.”
This year marks the camp’s first year back in operation since taking a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. Kids ages 6-17 bunkered down at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island Aug. 6-11.
“It was amazing to watch these children just be kids and not worry about their burn injury or if they had a scar and live life to the fullest,” Smith told The Post and Courier.
Days at Camp ‘Can’ Do start early, with campers rising at 6 a.m. to go fishing on the docks, followed by a group breakfast and activities based on the theme for that year.
This year’s theme was “Under the Sea,” so campers visited the Splash Zone water park on James Island and the South Carolina Aquarium, ending their evenings beachside.
For many camp volunteers like firefighters, pediatric burn team members and adult burn survivors, working with burn survivors every year leaves a lasting impression on both parties.
This was the case for Ross Vezin, deputy chief of operations for the Beaufort Port Royal Fire Department and camp counselor for more than 10 years.
He recalled years ago, watching one of his campers who’d been severely burned in a house fire as an infant catch his first fish at the docks at Camp St. Christopher.
The camper’s burns were so severe his hands, nose and ears were unsalvageable, and left him with a prosthetic nose and ears.
“To see him catch a fish for the first time with no fingers or hands, just using his arm to reel in the fish down at the fishing dock at 7 a.m. kind of changed my life,” Vezin said.
“All he had on his face the rest of the week was a smile,” Vezin added.
Smith said most of the burns she sees at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital are scald burns, which occur when exposed to hot liquid or vapor.
She said many of these patients can heal within seven days depending on the depth and size of the burn. But there are instances where a patient needs surgery, like a skin substitute or autograph, the process of taking skin from a different part of the patient’s body and placing it over the burn to heal.
Lucas has had two surgeries since his incident nearly 10 years ago. One was a skin substitute. The other was to perfect the look of one the scars on his right arm.
“As a mom, you think something like this will never happen to you,” Parra said. “But it happened in the blink of an eye.”
Lucas was invited to the camp the summer of 2013 by his nurses at the Medical University of South Carolina, months after his accident. They helped care for him after his skin graph surgery and were instrumental in getting the program started.
Now 15 years old and a sophomore at West Ashley High School, Lucas has attended every camp since 2013.
According to a recent report from the National Library of Medicine, nearly 20 percent of school-aged children experienced significant traumatic stress reactions less than a month after sustaining a burn.
The reactions include avoidance, hyperarousal and flashbacks. The report also found that some kids feel a “reexperience” every time they mention their burn injury and many are worried about whether they will fully recover.
Parra said she is proud of the way Lucas has dealt with the hardships of having a burn injury. Whether it’s standing up to a middle school bully or volunteering and advocating for the Burned Children’s Fund, Lucas hasn’t let his injury hinder his progress.
“He’s still very outgoing and likes to tell jokes and laugh,” Parra said.
Lucas also works at the Early Bird Diner in Charleston as a dishwasher and busboy and hopes to graduate to line cook in the near future.
“Its funny,” Parra said proudly, “he’s really not afraid to be in the kitchen. Now, he’s big into culinary arts.”