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 West Ashley. 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 West Ashley - 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
The South Carolina Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to bring back an early voting measure in an election reform bill, raising the possibility of voters heading to the polls as early as two weeks before the June 14 primaries.The House quickly approved the bill. The measure now heads to Gov. Henry McMaster, who has indicated support, for his signature. More: ...
The South Carolina Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to bring back an early voting measure in an election reform bill, raising the possibility of voters heading to the polls as early as two weeks before the June 14 primaries.
The House quickly approved the bill. The measure now heads to Gov. Henry McMaster, who has indicated support, for his signature. More: Associated Press
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Charleston to install pocket wetlands to help flooding. Charleston City Council approved a $246,000 construction contract May 10 that will create ‘pocket wetlands’ to West Ashley areas plagued by flooding. The plan will create ponds and a walking trail on three lots on Mowler Court. It is part of a larger $5.2 million effort to incorporate these types of flood mitigation projects throughout outer West Ashley.
Charleston to reinstate sidewalk sign ordinance. The city of Charleston is looking to enforce its sidewalk signage ordinance, citing pedestrian safety. The ordinance prohibits the use of signage on public right-of-way sidewalks. Complaints sent to Charleston’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator contributed to the reinforcement of the ordinance to help protect the safety of pedestrians, especially those with disabilities.
Imported goods on the rise in Charleston. Cargo containers at the South Carolina ports in Charleston reached 140,730 containers in April, a 56.5% increase compared to April 2020 and became the 14th consecutive month of record-setting freight. Everything from apparel to furniture accounted for more than half of all boxes moving through the terminals.McMaster signs extended foster care bill. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law the extension of children in the foster care system. The bill offers extra support to those in the foster care system and extends foster care services to youths until the age of 21.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – City of Charleston officials are moving forward with their next steps in the multi-million dollar Ashley River Crossing project.The first reading of moving forward with funding was approved during Tuesday’s Charleston City Council Meeting.The city is now waiting for the federal government to approve the next steps with a one million dollar grant. Bicyclists in the area say they are excited to see connectivity for thousands of residents in the area to enjoy.“This particular brid...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – City of Charleston officials are moving forward with their next steps in the multi-million dollar Ashley River Crossing project.
The first reading of moving forward with funding was approved during Tuesday’s Charleston City Council Meeting.
The city is now waiting for the federal government to approve the next steps with a one million dollar grant. Bicyclists in the area say they are excited to see connectivity for thousands of residents in the area to enjoy.
“This particular bridge is not only an important gap to address on its own, but it’s propelling all of these other connections to get into place,” says Katie Zimmerman, the Executive Director of Charleston Moves.
City of Charleston officials are moving forward with submitting plans to start designing and building the Ashley River Crossing project. Mayor John Tecklenburg says construction is expected to start early next year to create a greenway and paths linking the Upper Peninsula and West Ashley.
“We are really making incredible progress that’s why we are all excited. an important piece of this with the cost of living is making sure you have all the funding in place,” says Mayor Tecklenburg.
Zimmerman hasn’t owned a car in 16 years and her main mode of transportation is her bike. She crosses the bridge almost every day and says this project is needed to improve safety as sidewalks are very narrow.
“I do not drive I don’t own a car. Bicycling is the most efficient way for me to get across it. I don’t think motorists realize how close they actually are to those of us who are on that side path,” says Zimmerman.
The project is expected to provide pedestrian and bicycle paths that are 21 feet wide. Mayor Tecklenburg says will improve mobility for thousands of people, especially in the highly populated medical district.
“It is a mobility piece for our city and it’s going to take cars off the road. It will also provide a remarkable recreation and quality of life addition,” says Mayor Tecklenburg.
The projects are expected to cost around $41 million in total and city leaders expect the project to be completed by 2026.
A downtown Charleston women’s apparel retailer recently bought an adjacent building that once housed another clothing shop and now has a satellite operation on the upper peninsula as part of its expanded footprint.An affiliate of Hampden Clothing, owned by Stacy Smallwood, purchased the former Anne’s women’s clothing shop at 312 King St. for $3.25 million in November, according to Charleston County land records.It serves as an extension to Hampden’s flag...
A downtown Charleston women’s apparel retailer recently bought an adjacent building that once housed another clothing shop and now has a satellite operation on the upper peninsula as part of its expanded footprint.
An affiliate of Hampden Clothing, owned by Stacy Smallwood, purchased the former Anne’s women’s clothing shop at 312 King St. for $3.25 million in November, according to Charleston County land records.
It serves as an extension to Hampden’s flagship store at 314 King and its counterpart shoe store James next door.
The apparel store has been growing its presence on the peninsula in recent years. It now occupies more than 10,000 square feet of retail space on middle King, including Small by Hampden at 324 King.
The retailer also recently leased the former Barrie Newman Building at 747 Meeting St., according to the commercial real estate firm NAI Charleston.
The retailer will use the 7,200-square-foot rental space as an e-commerce and distribution office to focus on the company’s growing online business. Special events, such as partnerships with brands, also are planned at the site for shoppers.
The newly leased property in the area called NoMo, for North Morrison, backs up to the planned Lowcountry Lowline linear park that will run along the peninsula’s spine. The site also is close to Interstate 26 and offers on-site, off-street parking.
“The iconic building is a perfect fit for the internationally recognized boutique,” said Sarah Shelley, of NAI Charleston, who represented Hampden Clothing LLC as the tenant.
Jack Owens, also of NAI Charleston, represented the building owner, AD Meeting LLC, which paid $2.25 million for the property in December 2020, according to land records.
A new dessert-type eatery is in the works for West Ashley.
Big Dough Daddy LLC recently leased 1,581 square feet at 3863 West Ashley Circle, off Bees Ferry Road, according to the commercial real estate firms Avison Young and Bridge Corporate Solutions.
The venture will be called Cookie Dough Bliss & Creamery and will offer cookies, cookie dough, ice cream and other treats, according to owner Jason Keyser of West Ashley.
An opening is tentatively planned for April or May. His partner, Kitty McDowell, will be the general manager. She previously worked at the creamery’s location in North Carolina.
The Concord, N.C.-based company has 11 locations in eight states. The West Ashley site will be its first in South Carolina.
A five-building commercial complex is the newest proposal for a developing area in Cainhoy.
The planned Foundation Place at Point Hope on Clements Ferry Road north of the Publix-anchored Point Hope Commons Shopping Center will include 38,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space on about 4.5 acres.
Plans call for 22,000 square feet of office, retail and fast-casual restaurant space, including a coffee shop with a drive-thru, as well as a 16,000-square-foot, two-story medical office building, according to site plans.
Three buildings are slated to be 6,000 square feet each while another with the drive-thru window will be 4,000 square feet.
The developer is listed as Vulcan Property Group of Fort Mill, which is building the new 25,000-square-foot Serendipity Labs co-working structure in Nexton in Summerville. The co-working space is expected to open during the summer.
The Charleston franchise owner of a new Chicago-based fitness firm is planning four more locations across the Lowcountry after launching his first operation earlier this month in southern Mount Pleasant.
Franchisee John Youngblood said he plans to open Spenga fitness sites in northern Mount Pleasant, James Island, the Summerville area and West Ashley. Specific locations and opening schedules have not been determined.
Youngblood opened the initial Spenga site in a 4,000-square-foot space at 996 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant on Jan. 8. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Jan. 18.
Spenga combines spin, strength training and yoga.
Development in West Ashley around Bees Ferry Road has been dominated by multifamily growth — a trend the city of Charleston planning director said the city wasn’t expecting when development of annexed areas began in the late 1990s.“Years ago, the assumption was that there was going to be a huge amount of retail demand,” said Christopher Morgan, planning director for Charleston. “There are a couple of new multifamily developments right near ...
Development in West Ashley around Bees Ferry Road has been dominated by multifamily growth — a trend the city of Charleston planning director said the city wasn’t expecting when development of annexed areas began in the late 1990s.
“Years ago, the assumption was that there was going to be a huge amount of retail demand,” said Christopher Morgan, planning director for Charleston. “There are a couple of new multifamily developments right near West Ashley High School on the Glen McConnell Parkway that are on properties that are zoned general business.”
Morgan said that general business in the city allows for 26 units per acre for residential, and the market has responded. Developers who might have invested time and money into office buildings 20 years ago are often choosing multifamily construction.
Early major multifamily developments included Grand Oaks Plantation, built in the late 1990s that added more than 1,400 homes with an entrance from Bees Ferry Road; Hunt Club, built in the early 2000s with approximately 500 homes also off Bees Ferry Road and Carolina Bay, an 1,800-home multifamily development five minutes from Bees Ferry Road.
Smaller multifamily developments currently in the works, according to Morgan, include 38 single-family lots at Verbena Lane and Apiary Lane at the end of U.S. Highway 17 and Bees Ferry Road. Developers recently announced 55 single-family homes off of U.S. 17 on Hughes Lane near the 17 and Bees Ferry Road intersection.
Multifamily development is occurring on both sides of U.S. Highway 17 in the area. Palisades of Charleston apartments, with several hundred units, is nearing completion near the intersection of Main Road and U.S. 17.
With demand from multifamily developments comes with the need for improved road infrastructure. Major road widening projects are in the works to keep up with the number of cars on U.S. 17, Main Road and Bees Ferry Road thoroughfares.
In 2016, road improvement projects were identified by Charleston County to be paid for with the transportation half-cent sales tax. Considered “a project of regional significance,” per county documents, the $195 million road improvements could include a flyover at U.S. Highway 17 at Main Road and widening Main Road from Bees Ferry Road to Betsy Kerrison Parkway.
The first improvement will be for U.S. 17 and Main Road intersection improvements and Main Road improvements from Bees Ferry Road to River Road. Right of way plans for the first segment were expected to be complete at the end of 2020.
Bob Nuttall, managing principal and founder of Lee & Associates Charleston, said road improvement projects move at a considerably slower pace than private development. Nuttall, who specializes in office, retail, industrial, land and investment products, said a better solution to keep road congestion down would be to build denser multifamily developments with neighborhood retail.
“Any private development could go from zero to done in under 24 months, but any government project is going to be three times that long, if not longer,” Nuttall said. “The office, the retail, the warehouse, the multifamily — all that’s being built faster than any roads can ever keep up with, but I think that higher density is one way to help solve that problem.”
Nuttall said there’s no stopping the influx of people moving to the Lowcountry, but higher-density multifamily development, where units are built taller above a ground-floor level of retail and commercial spaces or neighborhood commercial spaces where residents can walk to without getting in their cars is a way to curb road congestion.
“There’s only two directions that you can grow in an area like Charleston — up or out. So, you either have to do the higher density stuff, like what’s happening on Morrison Drive, which I think is the right move, or build out wider,” Nuttall said. “The Glen McConnell Parkway expansion opened the opportunity for easy ingress and egress. And now it’s this kind of gangbusters. People are talking about how Bees Ferry Road already has so much traffic on it at peak times.”
Nuttall said is encouraged by the Medical University of South Carolina moving a clinic into the Citadel Mall in West Ashley and Roper St. Francis opening an Express Care in the area. He said that keeps needed services nearby, which reduces commute times.
He said West Ashley could benefit from beautifying its roads, similar to road beautification surrounding Park Circle in North Charleston.
“There really doesn’t seem to be a comprehensive plan (for West Ashley),” Nuttall said. “If there was more density, people wouldn’t have to drive so far to get places and do things. The city of Charleston really wants to grow, and I think it’s a great spot for them to embrace it.”
Plans for the former Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley are taking shape, including an outdoor event space, restaurants with rooftops and outdoor dining options, offices and an underground parking complex.Developers behind the project, which they are pursuing through a public-private partnership with the city of Charleston, gave an update April 18 to the West Ashley Revitalization Commission on the progress of the site’s design.Although some changes may be made to the design before the project breaks ground, new renderings...
Plans for the former Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley are taking shape, including an outdoor event space, restaurants with rooftops and outdoor dining options, offices and an underground parking complex.
Developers behind the project, which they are pursuing through a public-private partnership with the city of Charleston, gave an update April 18 to the West Ashley Revitalization Commission on the progress of the site’s design.
Although some changes may be made to the design before the project breaks ground, new renderings are the most detailed look the public has had at the project that’s been years in the making.
Mount Pleasant-based Landmark Enterprises is leading the development and Liollio Architecture is leading the design.
In the coming weeks, the design will go before the city’s Design Review Board. Some changes to the site’s general design may need to be incorporated as a result of the these presentations, Landmark Enterprises President Jason Ward said.
Meanwhile, the city is in negotiations with the developers and architect to form a development agreement. This will determine the different entities’ specific roles in the construction and funding of the project.
If all goes to plan, the project, which has been in the works since 2017, could break ground within a year.
“Its not unrealistic to think that dirt can’t be turned later this year,” said Councilman Peter Shahid, who represents the area.
The city of Charleston owns the former Piggly Wiggly property — now a 2.2-acre slab of pavement. The city purchased the site, at the intersection of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road, for $3 million in 2017 and demolished the store in 2018. The grocery store had been closed for nearly five years before the building was torn down. The city bought the property with plans to redevelop it and help give commercial development in West Ashley a needed boost.
Plans for the site presented April 18 include 12,000 square feet of office space, 20,000 square feet of civic space for meetings and city offices, and 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Most of the buildings will face Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.
Developers are putting an emphasis on gathering spaces on the property, including a lawn for events such as farmers markets and outdoor movies.
“Outdoor dining was very attractive to most of the folks that we polled, as well as a live music venue,” Ward said.
As currently designed, the lawn will be mostly surrounded by the buildings on the property, creating a sound barrier for passing traffic on Sam Rittenberg and Old Town Road. Between the buildings, visitors will traverse pedestrian walkways set back from the road.
“It’s kind of that effort to evoke the European, Italian or Greek-inspired small street areas,” Dinos Liollio, principal of Liollio Architecture, told the West Ashley Revitalization Commission.
A surface parking lot will cover the southeast corner of the lot. The developers proposed adding underground parking beneath it instead of a parking garage because area residents that were surveyed about the project were opposed to adding a large garage. In total, they plan to include about 230 parking spaces.
The design also plans to retain stormwater underground rather than in a surface level detention pond. This allows the site to accommodate the city’s stormwater detention policies without using too much of the surface level of the property, Ward said.
Representatives with Landmark have also started talking to local restaurant owners about opening locations in the development.
“We would like to see somebody fill a barbecue place role and somebody to fill a grill or brewery type roll and somebody to fill a tacos or Tex-Mex type role. We want to see what might make sense for West Ashley and what things might compliment one another,” said Jonathan Oakman, Enterprises’ vice president of development.
Shahid said he wished the plan moved along faster but acknowledged the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and competing priorities within city and county government.
At one point, Charleston County proposed a road project that would reconfigure the roadways surrounding the property. That proposal was scaled back and now focuses on intersection improvements, traffic-calming medians, and better bike and pedestrian access. While Shahid said he is content with the new plan, he had pushed for a more thorough road project.
“I would have liked to see something more dramatic but given folks perceptions and objections. ... I am satisfied with where we are,” Shahid said.
To increase accessibility, the project’s design includes a rideshare drop-off and pick up area. Developers are also in talks with the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority about adding a bus stop on site.
Editor’s note: this article has been updated to correct one of the roads in the intersection where the Piggly Wiggly property was located.