Fox and Fox was born in 1963 when Walter Fox and Jerry Fox purchased what was then called “The Body and Fender Shop” from their employer. At that time, as the name implies, the shop was a complete body shop.
Walt and Jerry specialized in frame and alignment repair and immediately discontinued paint and body repair to concentrate on their specialties. Dolores, Jerry’s wife, handled the office details while they concentrated on the shop. They grew rapidly because the frames on cars were becoming more technologically advanced and required more knowledge, training and equipment to repair.
Before long they were performing these repairs for most area body shops and Insurance companies. The large size and weight of these vehicles provided many alignment, suspension and brake repairs as well. After Walter passed away, Jerry and Dolores ran the company by themselves and continued to grow.
In 1968 Dick Fox, Jerry’s son, began to work in the summers and after school. In 1970 after graduation from high school and while going to IPFW to obtain a business degree he began to take over some office duties and was made a part of the business in 1973 along with his wife JoEllyn and was made a part of the business in 1973.
In the late 70’s with the introduction of the “unitized body” constructed vehicles it was necessary to retool and retrain and new skills were required. Air conditioning, engine repair, drive train, and electrical know-how and equipment were required.
The shop grew and there were increased opportunities to perform maintenance repairs.
Finally in the late 80’s with air bags and restraints the need for computer diagnostic skills was apparent and we decided that it would be best to make the shop full service offering oil changes, tune up, drive-train, alignment, air conditioning, services available to anyone needing them in addition to the collision services already being offered.
Once that transition was completed the next logical step for growth was to offer complete collision repairs including paint and body and in 1997 a paint booth was purchased and a painter hired.
Since that time Fox and Fox has been a complete collision repair center able to take a damaged vehicle from start to finish, working with all major Insurance companies while providing expert frame and suspension repairs for shops that do not specialize in that area. The mechanical repair shop performs every type of maintenance and repair needed on cars, vans, SUV’s, and mid-size trucks.
The Company was founded on being the “best” at what it did and every day the staff strives to continue that tradition in all of the areas of repair and service.