Maaco of New Hampton becomes first in network to earn OEM certification

April 8, 2016
To qualify for the Honda ProFirst program, the shop had to meet certain knowledge and skill requirements, which they had through their I-CAR Gold status.
Maaco of New Hampton, in New Hampton, NY, has become the first Maaco location to earn an OEM certification with their completion of the Honda ProFirst program.  The I-CAR Gold shop was recruited by Honda after a visit showed that they had the equipment, personnel, and facility capable of performing at the high level of quality required by the program. To qualify for the Honda ProFirst program, the shop had to meet certain knowledge and skill requirements, which they had through their I-CAR Gold status.  Technicians then had to take Honda/Acura specific I-CAR classes.  While Maaco of New Hampton already had most of the required equipment in place, they did have to make a small investment in new tools.  They also had to meet a 300-item list of requirements and pass an independent party inspection. “It’s an exclusive program, and an honor to be a part of” said Kevin Calnan, who co-owns Maaco of New Hampton with Melissa Fimognari.  “To be the only Honda/Acura certified shop in the Orange County area, and the first Maaco shop in our system, is great for our business and customers.” Maaco of New Hampton established a relationship with a Honda dealer in their area, which has already brought in new business.  That, combined with the fact that both Geico and Allstate have offices in their shop, makes them the go-to location for area Honda and Acura owners.

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