What Sets First Aid Collision Apart?

What sets First Aid Collision apart Asheville, NC

Whether you’ve been in an accident, dinged up your car during a hail storm, or have a dent that needs to be fixed, there is no shortage of auto body repair shops in the Asheville, North Carolina area. But not all of them are created equal! You need fast, friendly service and great results. First Aid Collision stands apart from the pack: we’ll fix you right up! Continue reading

How Tropical Weather Can Impact Your Vehicle

How Tropical Weather Can Impact Your VehicleAsheville and Arden are not necessarily areas you might expect to encounter tropical weather; however, the remnants of tropical storms and hurricane making landfall on the coasts of the Carolinas or the Gulf can wreak havoc in our area. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo maintained its strength and brought significant damage to western North Carolina. As recently as 2018, two systems Hurricanes Frances and Michael, brought heavy rains, high winds, and landslides to our South Asheville.

If tropical weather does impact our area this season or in the future, it could have a profound impact on your vehicle. In this post, we are discussing ways in which tropical weather could damage your car, and what you should do if it happens. Continue reading

How to Choose an Auto Body Shop

How to Choose an Auto Body ShopArden is a great place filled with wonderful people. In the past few decades, especially in the five years, several businesses have started or opened new locations in our area. Thousands of new residents have moved to Arden and South Asheville as well. There no better place to live, work and drive.  We are proud to be a part of this community. In this post, we want to help our neighbors with tips and advice on how to choose the right body shop. Continue reading

Accidents Happen…..

There are more drivers and vehicles on the road today than ever before. All that driving adds up to an average of 6 million accidents each year in the United States alone! * That breaks down to about 16,438 accidents every day! The reality of driving is, if you do it long enough, you’re almost guaranteed to be involved in one.

Fact: Folks who don’t wear their seat belt are 30X more likely to be ejected from their vehicle during a crash. Despite those odds, and despite the fact that wearing one drastically reduces your risk of death by 45% and serious injury by 50%, amazingly 1 out of 7 drivers or passengers still don’t wear one.

As reflected by the numbers above, accidents happen quite frequently. Odds are if you drive or ride in a vehicle daily, you will find out first hand! There are a number of things you should know to do after a car accident. A quick list to help you might look something like this:

  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is safe, and check on the extent of their injuries.
  • Turn you hazards lights on. Approaching vehicles are likely not expecting to encounter an accident, so flashing lights can alert them ahead of time and keep you safe from a second event.
  • Call 911 asap to get the proper responders in motion as quickly as possible.
  • For safety’s sake, if possible, you should move your vehicle out of the path of traffic, provided your injuries do not prevent you from being able to do so, and your vehicle can be moved. If this isn’t possible, YOU MAY BE SAFER STAYING IN YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ARRIVE ON SCENE!
  • Take plenty of pictures. Jot down some notes. This will help keep your thoughts straight later, when it’s time to file your claim and tell your side of the story!
  • Finally, it goes without saying that you should report the incident in a timely manner.


After Things Settle Down…

So, now you have a vehicle that needs to be repaired. You have a number of rights as a consumer and knowing (and exercising) these rights can be vital to making sure your vehicle is repaired safely and properly. For instance, did you know that in almost all cases, you are not bound to use the suggested repair facility? That’s right, you have the right to have your vehicle repaired wherever you prefer! Don’t get me wrong, the suggested facility could be just what you need. But if you already have a place in mind, you almost certainly can use them**.

You also have the right to request that only Original Equipment (known as O.E.) collision replacement parts be used. This doesn’t guarantee that your request will be honored though, so check your specific state’s laws regarding collision repair, as well as your policy’s limitations**.


**Consult your policy for details. If you have any questions at all, you should check with your agent.

First Aid Collision

Asheville Collision RepairWhen you’re looking for an auto collision repair shop in Asheville and Western North Carolina, there are lots of choices. Not all collision shops are created equal! Here’s what makes First Aid Collision your best choice: Our special mix of high quality materials, extensive experience, and top-notch customer service.

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First Aid Collision is a full-service body shop located in the Arden area of South Asheville. Whether you’ve been in a collision, or your car or truck has collected its share of road and parking lot scrapes and dings, we can make it look as good as new.

At First Aid Collision work isn’t a four-letter word. A hard day’s work is what brings us together. The pride we take in that work is what gets us pumped to do more. Keeping you safe and getting you back on the road is what we do best. We serve our customers by treating them well and charging them fairly – explaining everything we do and only recommending services you need. We use high-quality parts and stand behind every job we take on. It’s this high level of honesty and integrity that make us true professionals. We strive to never stop learning or improving because, as an independent shop, our biggest competition is ourselves.

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If we could boil down what makes us unique into just two words, they would be “ease” and “convenience.” We’re conveniently located near main roads and off of a major highway, I-26. Shuttle service to and from a car rental company, short time-frame repairs, and a comfortable waiting area in our 4500 square foot facility are just a few of the ways we stand out from other shops.

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For more than 10 years, we have honed our skills servicing more than 25 auto dealers in the area. These include Skyland Automotive, BMW of Asheville, Appletree Honda, Toyota of Asheville, Asheville Chevrolet, and more!


Although insurance companies and auto dealers are our biggest clients, walk-in customers are always welcome. Come in for a free estimate on everything from dents and dings to heavy collision damage. Our highly certified technicians and estimators use the best tools and paints on the market. We also have a special quality control department that verifies all our repairs are performed to the highest standards. And we stand behind our work, with a lifetime warranty on paint and a manufacturer’s warranty on parts.


So for everything from minor dings to extensive collision repairs, come see us at First Aid Collision, and let us show you what makes our work and our team so special. Have you had an accident and need our collision services? Click Here: Get an Estimate


First Aid Collision

369 Rockwood Road

Arden, NC 28704

(just two minutes from Asheville Airport)



Joe and Jen LaBruno







New Owners of First Aid Auto

From Fletcher to Arden, new owner Joe LaBruno is excited for the new venture, collision center First Aid Auto. Jennifer & Doug Mielke have left a great name for themselves – having run First Aid Auto for over 10 years. It is with our humbled honor to uphold the First Aid Auto values and business practices, bringing you a family owned and operated collision repair center.

Joe LaBruno has owned a reputable mechanical vehicle repair and maintenance center in Fletcher for 13 years. He has scouted top industry collision specialist and retained staff to bring you an eager, ready to “wow”, new and improved collision center.

Come meet us at First Aid Auto anytime Monday – Friday 8am-5pm. Our phone number hasn’t changed, 828-684-4484.

We look forward to helping you!

Holiday Letter

Letting Go

I have two friends who could hardly be more different from one another, and yet, both are faced with similar monumental decisions that will change their lives forever.
For one, this choice is a test that every parent must eventually face. The moment when your child is no longer a child. That murky hormonally charged precipice when one is tempted to cast their parental safety net into the adult realm…or to let their grown child go.
In the case of my other friend, even though there is no child involved, they stand at an almost identical crossroads. A seminal moment where the agonizing loosing of the reins of their life’s work is the only way to let a new dream fully bloom.
At this time of year, as the Christian world celebrates the birth of its Christ, these two have deepened my understanding of this holiday. Their willingness to relinquish their hold on the most important things in their lives in the name of love has changed the way I view the Christian advent.
The symbol of the Creator of the universe giving up his first born to suffer the depths of human indignity and estrangement is the center piece of the most sacred of all Christian mysteries. It is frightening to contemplate releasing our life’s most precious things into this broken world filled with uncertainty, misery and evil.
My two friends have given me a glimpse into the sacrificial way that the God of love rules the universe. Their willingness to let go of the rudder and trust the invisible winds of love to guide their most precious cargo to port marks a decisive step toward spiritual maturity. The risk of relinquishing protective control and guidance is a recognition that the constraints of love are ill served by immutable power. This divine wisdom is founded on the premise that the hearts of men will never be won over by infallible wisdom, lofty piety or some nuclear blast of celestial glory.
However, a world ruled by a God who “lets go”…is a world of anxious struggles and discouraging obstacles. In our infantile spiritual state we long for someone or something to shield us and take control. We are tempted to join with the rabble that chose Caesar while simultaneously rejecting the Messiah. In our immaturity, it is all to easy to bow before rulers, earthly or divine, when such figures promise to take control and offer us security in this broken and unpredictable world. But my two friends have reminded me that the price-tag of such homage is too high. Surrendering our freedom and spiritual dignity is to much to pay for gaining control over our unpredictable lives.
So…during this Advent season I have determined to follow my friends lead. Like them, I am aspiring to grow a little and mature enough to “let go”…to loosen my grip on the guardianship of my life, along with the people and the things that I love. Such letting go inevitably leaves a great vacancy of uncertainty and doubt, therefore…I also want to resist filling that uncomfortable void with the excesses of this digitally spun postmodern age. Filled people are no longer useful. Filled people have no capacity for any real depth of compassion or sorrow…the sacred ground where the Spirit sows and germinates its seeds of love.
As I celebrate with family and friends this season, a couple of millenniums removed from those two homeless refugees that were forced to give birth in a stable, I hope to emulate my two wise friends. I’m endeavoring to “let go” and make sure that there is still room left at the inn

First Aid Auto Launches New Website

First Aid Auto Asheville Website Blog

After many years on the scene, First Aid Auto of Asheville North Carolina has recently launched their new website featuring the main areas of service they have been providing to the community. These include Auto Body Repair, Paintless Dent Repair, Hail Damage Repair, and Auto Detailing. As you can see, we are really excited about being online with the site and we are serious about business. Let us know if and when we can assist you.