The trauma of being involved in a car collision is bad enough, but all too often people are victimized a second time when trying to find a reliable collision repair specialist.  Fortunately, Havasu residents and visitors know a dependable and honest company that will service all their post-collision needs from start to finish – Don’s Auto Body.


Since 1980, Don Underwood has been a respected name in auto body work in Lake Havasu City.  Don's son Chad can service any and all collision repair work.  Don’s Auto Body has four auto refinishing technicians who have been trained at PGG and the I-CAR (Independent Certification of Auto Repair) School.  Also, the company is a charter member of the ASE in Mohave County.


To make life even easier for its clients, Don’s Auto Body is a direct repair facility.  That means that in addition to body work, the company also can handle all of the insurance claim paperwork for clients who hold policies from most major insurance companies.


“I can handle their claims from start to finish, from the accident to picking up their repaired car,” said Don.  “All it takes is one simple phone call to get things moving.”


Don’s Auto Body has been meeting collision repair since 1980, so permanent residents and snowbirds take comfort in knowing that they’re dealing with an established business that will be here long after the work is done.  Don’s wife, Sue, is also a familiar face with residents and visitors.


The auto body specialist calls himself “retired with a job” who “uses the heck out of the lake” and the desert terrain. But life wasn’t always so good.  Don remembered when he moved his family to Havasu in 1979, and the McCulloch plant was operating at is peak.  Six months later, the plant moved the bulk of its production to Tucson; suddenly Don was almost out of a job and Sue was working at McDonald’s. “We struggled in those early days,” he reminisced, “but I’m proud that we stuck out the hard and lean years.”


Don has lived in Lake Havasu City for longer than anywhere else in his life, including his hometown of St. Joe, Missouri.  It’s the people here that have made his business flourish. “The people in Lake Havasu have been overwhelmingly good to me and my family and I owe a lot to them,” said Don.  “They’ve made me as large as I am.  Thant’s why I like to give back to the community as much as I can and I want to make sure that my customers get a fair deal.”