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Celebrating our Oldest Inspector and 3 New Additions

Exciting things keep happening at TNT, and it’s all occurring so quickly we can barely keep up!  We try to celebrate every accomplishment and milestone, though at times I confess it seems we go from party to party to milestone to accomplishment to celebration.  In the middle of the whirlwind, if I would ever start to get overwhelmed by it all, I stop to breathe and choose to call it blessed.

This month we were able to celebrate a very special accomplishment for our TNT family: Lloyd Hodges renewed his inspector license and was found to be one of the oldest licensed inspectors in the state of Virginia! 

I spent some time on the phone with the Virginia State Police and Trooper Steele to try to find as much detail for Mr. Hodges as possible, and more and more interesting information kept coming.

Lloyd inspection file reduced

Fact: While the State Office is “pretty sure” that Mr. Hodges seems to be the oldest certified inspector in Virginia, those certified before 1986 were kept on file through an index card system in a time when computers weren’t such a necessary staple.  Because we do not have a perfect and accurate record, we decided to “settle” on a title that we know for sure for him; that he is most definitely “one of the oldest inspectors” in an area that covers 16 counties in Virginia.

Mr. Hodges can be found at the Service Center side of TNT at his beloved garage, Lloyd Hodges Garage, Monday through Friday.  And since TNT has been running Saturday morning hours, he can even be found out there many Saturdays between 8:00am and 12 noon.  He has visitors and friends alike show up daily for unique car questions, inquiries for ancient parts, and even the occaisional tinker job.  He knows right off where the parts are if he has them, what exactly is wrong with your vehicle if you describe it to him, and how to fix it if you bring it by.  He knows just how much he can handle, and has no problem resting in his office or even the shop bench to watch our crew do what he no longer has to if he so chooses!

You can hear his wrecker start up just before 8:00am on any one of those days, ready to be pulled out of the garage to start the day.  He parks it outside during the day so we can carry out inspections, oil changes, brakes, tires, alignments and other basic services.  Somewhere between 4:30pm and 5:00pm, you will hear that wrecker rev up to signal the end of another day, ready to be parked inside for the evening. 

Sometimes we start our TNT day a little sooner than those hours, and he lets our crazy crew move that beloved wrecker to get our day going.  Sometimes, our TNT day ends a little later than that, and he waves good bye as we finish up jobs and pull that truck in to end the day for ourselves. 

guys inspection certification 2017

This month, we had an extra flurry of activity going on as we celebrate the triple certification of our TNT team: Roger Gillispie, Brent Allen, and Travis Piccioni, each one of them already a vital part of our TNT crew.  Every one of them took and passed their inspection test, and Trooper Steele spent the morning at our facility training and instructing them even further in safety and hands-on vehicle experience. 

inspection training 2017

We are so proud of the growth we are seeing in our team, and even more grateful for the ways that it enables us to better serve you.  Our TNT team is not just a bunch of people that punch in their time every day and count down the minutes before they can go home.  While every one of them loves to go home to their beautiful families at the day’s end, when they are at TNT, you can be sure that they are giving their best to make it better every day for every customer that walks through our doors.  It is because of this hard work, dependability and passion that we can do what we do.  If you need an oil change, brakes, tires, an alignment or an inspection, come visit us at TNT and enjoy the show you see across the street as you enjoy free coffee, WiFi and great service work from an even greater team!

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We’re Adopting!

So, we’re adopting! I know that this blog is for and about TNT, but I’ve learned a few things over the past 15 years in business and marriage: so much of you is your business. Rephrased with guts, I would say “so much of ME is MY business.” We can’t help it. It’s our dream, our passion and our hope, fueled with our blood, sweat, tears and time. So it naturally comes through that who we are is so much of what TNT is. And any one that has ever had any type of relationship knows that your relationships affect your life. And your work.

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Victory Lane 2016 for TNT

The Franklin County Fair was a great experience for TNT this year. We had been able to use our beloved Cool Bus and sponsor the fair last year, but the weather did not cooperate very well and Friday and Saturday, the two largest days of the fair, ended up having to be cancelled. We had a blast even in the two days we were able to participate in 2015, so we were bound and determined to give it our all this year.

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TNT Announces Contest Winner

TNT is so happy to announce that our winner of the $2,000 prize in the “Hit A Deer, Win Gas For A Year!” Campaign is Cindy Thurman of Glade Hill, Virginia!

Cindy and her family have been loyal customers of TNT for years, and we couldn’t have been more pleased that it was her name that we literally pulled out of a paper bag for the drawing from our customer database!

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Couple Keeps Motor Running on Glade Hill Garage

TNT Auto Body Repair has found a way for the dream of the Service Center in their name to come true right in front of them! The opportunity to work with Lloyd Hodges Garage and expand their Service Center has been such a wonderful chance to both continue a community legend, as well as offer even greater services to TNT fans. TNT is able to offer oil changes, brakes, alignments, tires and so much more! Customers from Rocky Mount through Smith Mountain Lake can now enjoy regular vehicle maintenance in addition to the auto body repair that comes with stellar customer service and a lifetime warranty. Adding a full time mechanic has opened the door to grow TNT as well as preserve Lloyd Hodges Garage as a legacy and community landmark for Mr. Hodges.

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TNT Auto Body Repair to Announce $2,000 Winner at Franklin County Christmas

“Hit A Deer, Win Gas For A Year” was the theme for TNT’s advertising and promotion this past year, where every customer who came in for a vehicle repair from November 1, 2014 through November 2, 2015, was entered in to a drawing to win a $2,000 gas gift card. You may have seen their mascot, “O” (as in “O Deer!”) around town at community events, or even appearing on Cable 12. It was TNT’s way of trying to put a silver lining around their customers’ otherwise dreary situations.

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TNT Auto Body Repair and Service Center to Expand With Lloyd Hodges Garage

How does one preserve a community land mark and protect a legacy while providing modern day service work to customers needing current technology in their modern day vehicles? That is the question Tim and Tara Wall of TNT Auto Body Repair and Service Centers in Glade Hill, VA, have been trying to answer with J. Lloyd Hodges of Lloyd Hodges Garage in Glade Hill, VA.

“We are so glad TNT is keeping Mr. Hodges’ place open. It’s close to home, and we’ve always had our inspections and service work done there,” remembers Norma Turner of Glade Hill. “When I was growing up, my Dad wouldn’t go anywhere else but to Lloyd’s, and now it’s become a sort of family tradition. It’s so good to see it stay open.”

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TNT Auto Body Repair Supports United Way’s Shine & Dine

TNT Cool BusThis Saturday, April 18th, TNT Auto Body’s Cool Bus will be shuttling a group of partygoers to socialize under the stars for United Way’s first-of-a-kind  fundraiser, Shine & Dine.  This nod to Franklin County’s heritage celebrates the night at The Early Inn in Rocky Mount with thimbles full of locally distilled moonshine and local foods tasting with the beautiful backdrop benefitting the United Way. Guests can get gussied up for a fun photo booth for selfies and laughs.   A fire pit with folklore stories make this an amazing date night for an amazing cause.  All ticket sales go directly to benefit the United Way, which is just now reaching 40% of their $382,000 goal.  TNT hopes to promote a safe an enjoyable event while supporting such a worthy cause.  Executive Director Nancy Bell has worked tirelessly to create a night to remember for our town that also helps United Way help others.  Tickets for the event and the shuttle are still available online by clicking here.

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TNT Celebrates with Glade Hill Elementary

 

TNT just had the privilege of congratulating the children of Glade Hill Elementary School in some of their recent activities and accomplishments. The children received a visit from “O” Deer, the TNT mascot who has surfaced this year to implement TNT’s promotion, “Hit A Deer, Win Gas for A Year!” in which every customer throughout the year is entered in to a drawing to win a $2,000 gas gift card.

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TNT Mobile Estimating Saves Customers Time And Money

No one needs to tell you that being in an accident is stressful. Even in the best of circumstances, having a vehicle in need of repair seems to make everything around you move in slow motion. Finding time to schedule an estimate with a local auto body repair facility can seem like a daunting task in and of itself, let alone dealing with your insurance company.

But what if there was an option that actually saved you time and money? All while fixing your vehicle safely and efficiently?

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TNT Mobile Estimating Saves Customers Time And Money

​No one needs to tell you that being in an accident is stressful. Even in the best of circumstances, having a vehicle in need of repair seems to make everything around you move in slow motion. Finding time to schedule an estimate with a local auto body repair facility can seem like a daunting task in and of itself, let alone dealing with your insur...
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