OUR TEAM

At Classic Paint & Body we have been repairing cars since 1991. Experiencing an auto accident in the best case is a nuisance, and at its worst is terrifying and traumatic. Our technicians are focused on the safety and quality of your repair, and our estimators and customer service staff work to simplify your experience and reduce the time and complexity involved in the insurance and repair process.

Our technicians and staff engage in regular annual training, hold multiple I-CAR and ASE certifications, and work as a team to deliver the highest quality work in western North Carolina. We work closely with our industry partners Akzo-Nobel and CCC Information Systems to optimize and streamline our process so that we can build more quality into each job. We work closely with our insurance company partners to advocate our customers’ needs and ensure that each repair is safe and thorough.

We are a company of career “body men” and most of our technicians have more than 20 years experience repairing vehicles.  The quality work that is built into every car we repair is both industrial art, and craftsmanship in the finest sense of the word.

Classic Paint and Body has been in the same location since 1991, and is the largest independent collision repair shop in the Asheville metro area.  Our 23,000 plus square foot shop sits on three acres at the corner of Sweeten Creek and London Road, adjacent to Biltmore Village.

PERSONNEL

Donnie McDugald

Manager

Donnie has been in the automotive industry for over three decades. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Donnie coordinates the people on the floor of the body shop to ensure that the repairs run as quickly and smoothly as possible. There’s not much that goes on at Classic Paint and Body that Donnie doesn’t know about.

Scott Caltrider

Manager

Scott recently brought two decades of estimating and production experience to both Asheville and Classic. Originally from Ohio, Scott’s favorite end of the business is repair planning. He’s certified I-CAR® Platinum.

Lou Leonzio

Senior Estimator

Lou has been around cars for almost 4 decades and worked as a body tech and a former classroom instructor in collision repair. He can estimate bodywork, paint, frame repair, welding and mechanical repairs on every vehicle from a classic muscle car to a new work truck. But his favorite type of work order to write up is for a custom paint job and body parts fabrication.

Ben Watts 

Ben Watts, Estimator

Estimator 

Ben’s from Statesville, NC and he has over 35 years experience doing almost every job a career car man can do, from bodywork and welding to estimating repairs and customer service. Ben’s I-CAR®, ASE® and Toyota® Technician Certified.

Jessica Dubois

Estimator 

Jessica has recently joined the Classic Paint & Body team as an estimator. She likes to see body and paint work through from the beginning to end so she can keep an eye on quality. Originally from the Florida Keys, Jessica moved to Asheville with her mom and her three kids to be closer to family.

Mike Allison

Repair Planner

Mike’s from right down the road in Marion, NC. He’s a certified I-CAR® Platinum estimator, which makes him a great fit for the teardown bay where he checks for hidden collision damage. Mike has 30 years experience with all manner of body repairs on anything that rolls or floats.

Debbie Atkinson

Debbie Atkinson customer service manager

Customer Service Manager

Debbie is originally from New York City, and has been with Classic for over two years. When you call the shop, it’s likely that Debbie will be the first one to help you. She keeps our customer service area running smoothly.

Martin Mozzachiodi

Parts Manager

Martin came to Classic in 2017 when he moved to Asheville from Tampa to be close to family. He’s been in the car industry for almost two decades, and he’s glad to be living in the town that he used to only see during vacations. His grandkids are the light of his life.

Randy Plemmons

Senior Combination Technician

After 45 years working on cars, and 20 years at Classic, Randy is one of the most experienced technicians working anywhere in the industry. He is a notable “combo tech” who can do frame repair, body repair, and paint. The heaviest hit vehicles find their way to Randy’s part of the shop for his expertise and quality workmanship.

Karl Miller

Senior Body Technician

Karl sets the standard for exceptional quality and consistent work. A veteran body man, he can work as easily on high line vehicles as on hot rods. Karl’s usually the first one in the shop in the morning.

Aaron Sondej

Body Technician

Aaron moved to Asheville from Quad Cities, Illinois and has been working on cars for over 10 years. His favorite repair work is 1/4 replacements, heavy metal work and bringing heavily damaged cars back to their original condition. Aaron’s number one concern is the satisfaction and safety of the customer.

Justin Petree

Body Technician

Justin has worked on everything from NASCAR race cars to his grandma’s sedan. He’s worked on cars for 20 years and has been with Classic since 2009. He can handle bodywork, paint, frame repair, welding and mechanical repairs. Justin is certified I-CAR® Platinum.

Justin Jones

Body Technician

JJ’s spent most of his life working on cars. He loves to show off his bodywork, welding and mechanical skills whenever he gets the chance. JJ even builds racing engines in his free time and says he’s just doing it for Dale every day.

Austin Clark

Body Technician

Austin grew up in Vero Beach, Florida where he painted his first car at 14 years old. Austin is a usually found in the shop making a racket hammering dents out of vehicles. He and his wife have two kids, and in his free time he’s an airbrush artist.

Abel Enriquez

Paint Technician

Abel is from Goldsboro, where he spent 10 years painting and refinishing at his family’s collision center. He’s been focusing on quality and craftsmanship at Classic since 2016. Abel enjoys hiking with his family and playing ABYSA league soccer.

Classic uses top quality Sikkens automotive paint by Akzo Nobel.

Melvin Guadalupe

Paint Technician

Melvin is Classic Paint and Body’s newest painter, but he came to us with almost two decades of experience. Originally from Puerto Rico where he still has family, Melvin is searching for the best Latin food in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Classic uses top quality Sikkens automotive paint by Akzo Nobel.

Phillip Lee

Shop Assistant

Phillip is a North Carolina native. He has been working on cars for more than 30 years. He enjoys paint and body work, and he really shines when it comes to mechanical repairs.