Updated: Oct 12, 2022
By: Ron Moore
Ever had a fender bender or a chance encounter with a deer while driving down Hwy. 80? If so, your vehicle has likely been repaired at Stanford Quality Collision. If not, then let me tell you all about it.
Starting out as a backyard hobby for owner Chris Stanford, Stanford Quality Collision has progressed into a thriving business that encompasses a full block of the Historic Summit area in Twin City and has been serving Emanuel and surrounding counties for nearly 20 years. Although the core services are automotive paint and body restoration and rebuilding, the facility also offers light mechanical services stemming from growing demand and limited availability of these types of services in the area.
The thought of where the business began versus where it is today makes Chris think back to how it was his older brother James who first started teaching him to repair cars. Chris soon realized that this was something that he was really good at, and he later went on to earn automotive collision repair and refinishing diplomas from Swainsboro Technical College and Valdosta Technical College. He added in ASE and iCar certifications and set the standard for Stanford Quality Collision to become a PPG-certified facility.
As a spin-off of the collision repair center, Chris co-founded Stanford-Pullens Used Cars in 2014 providing reliable transportation to buyers throughout southeast Georgia. You can always spot the blue and white Stanford-Pullens tags riding around Emanuel County, and the buyers love to rave about their purchases on Facebook. It’s become a tradition that he takes a picture with each person that buys a car.
When asked what the driving force is behind his businesses, Chris’ response was simple - a need to serve. “I’ve been a lifelong resident of Twin City and just try to do my part to help the community in any way that I can,” said Stanford. “Every day isn’t pretty, but when we work together, we start to see results.”
This need to serve is very apparent as Chris was ordained as a Deacon this past year at his church home, Victorious Empowerment Church. His faith has been a “vehicle” in allowing him to continue his community outreach despite running his businesses. He has provided many complimentary services throughout Emanuel County that most people would have no idea about because he chooses to do so anonymously. He provides sponsorships to various students, athletes, clubs, and organizations throughout both Swainsboro and Twin City to ensure that these kids are able to participate in extra-curricular activities and meet their needed expenses.